I created a post the other day and was hoping to use Inspirational for the topic. This would be a good addition either under the religious or self-help would be great.
Also, on the followers tab, new follows don't appear in chronological order. This would help when one is keeping up with followers and returning the favor or leaving fan mail as a thank you. It's a bit of a challenge to scroll through a long list of followers.
I wouldn't follow a follower simply because he or she followed me. I only follow those whose hubs I want to see on my hub feed.
Thank you, Millionaire Tips. I read a wide variety of topics and have yet to come across a poster whose hubs, not even one, I didn't want to read. For me, it's about the diversity of the information I want to experience. It seems to work for me that in reading one post by an individual, there will be others I like as well.
I understand that - I did the same thing when I first started. I misunderstood how following works here on HubPages. There are several issues with it though.
First of all, there are a lot of Hubbers (mostly new) who will follow you simply to get a follow back. They really have no interest in following you. So you are investing your time with their hubs when they will not reciprocate.
Second of all, your time will be spent with hubs of people of unknown, possibly low quality. I found that when I sought out the high quality Hubbers, I got better ideas about how to format and write my own hubs. I got better, more accurate, advice about how to do well writing articles for the internet. There are a lot of new people trying to figure out the minimum quality they have to provide in order to have a hub be published here, when they can aim much higher. Hanging with the right crowd will help you understand what high quality is.
Thirdly, by following back people who follow you, you are encouraging them to keep following more Hubbers for the follow back. This could effect them adversely, with lower Hubber scores, etc.
Also, I had heard that your Hubber score and Google's impression of you as a site is based on what kinds of links you have, and following low quality Hubbers can affect you negatively. Not sure if that is still true.
Besides, you really don't have to follow Hubbers to read their hubs. I do read the hubs of people I follow, and the hubs they recommend, but I also seek out other hubs from time to time to get a new perspective.
Thank you, Millionaire Tips. I appreciate your input.
To get a notification of a new post by someone you do have to be following them, correct. I may be mistaken about that.
If you follow a general topic, you will get notification of every new hub or forum post. If you follow sub-topics, you will get a notification of every new hub or forum post. If you follow the hubber in particular, for sure you will get the notification - as long as you have your settings set up for all of them to go to your email.
Here's how to do it:
On MY ACCOUNT screen, Go to PROFILE tab, then directly under it, you will see EMAIL SETTINGS, answer the question to prove your identity.
The first 2 questions are ALLOW HUBPAGES TO CONTACT YOU? ALLOW OTHERS TO CONTACT YOU. It doesn't matter about the 2nd question but the 1st one you must check for all of the following to work.
Then go to each event and choose - ALWAYS, NEVER, AUTO - for each of the 3 columns if you want INSTANT EMAIL, DIGEST or MOBILE notification.
Digests are sent minimum once a day (usually 3x). The other two are self-explanatory.
ALWAYS means you will get them as soon as they are published - even before they go thru quality control.
NEVER means you never want to be notified of anyone's hub or forum posts.
I have yet to figure out what AUTO means because when I had mine set to AUTO, I got them in digest form and not instant email form which is how I prefer them. So AUTO to me is a crap shoot. lol
Important: SAVE at the bottom.
Then be prepared for hundreds of emails if you chose ALWAYS on the INSTANT EMAIL part above, especially if you follow more than 100 ACTIVE people.
I read everybody because I have very diversified interests and follow over 100 people. So my emails are upwards of 400 per day. I'm glad I don't follow 1000 or the email would not be INSTANT anymore or even DIGEST because no one can read that many hubs. IMHO
I noticed that hubs that do go thru quality control and get unpublished will always be in the notifications too, but when I click on the link, the "NO LONGER PUBLISHED" screen comes on, showing me that someone is AWAKE at the switch. Many times these were advertisements for private websites or spammy, or even very poorly written.
I do a fair amount of reporting of copied hubs - maybe 10 a day during the week and maybe 10 over a weekend. Because I have 13 blogs which get copied daily and because I also write for Wikipedia and Wikimedia, I can basically tell when someone has copied their hub from those sites. So that's why I report a lot.
Because you will get a lot of emails of new hubs, don't be afraid to report badly spun hubs or copied hubs. No one knows it is you doing the reporting and you will be doing everyone a favor by doing so.
HubPages Team can't be everywhere and that's why they rely on hubbers to help out with Hub Hopping and reporting for the infractions on the report button.
Set up your email settings, then tweak them to suit you and you will be fine.
I agree Arachnea, it seems obvious for "Inspirational" to be a topic. I have a number of hubs that I have put in a folder I titled "Inspirational". Also if you enable "email" notifications you will receive an email every time you have a new follower and/ or fan mail so you can check it immediately without going through a long list. I always check the profile and hubs of those who follow me to decide if I want to follow them back. If the hubs look well written and interesting subjects I return the favour.
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