I agree, don't worry about followers, a big number of followers looks great, and may make you feel good, but external referrals are the true traffic sources. My top two are google and pinterest. I try to create "pinnable" photos for my hubs and I make sure I pin them to an appropriate folder as soon as they are published. That has increased traffic quite a bit, and every once in a while I get a new follower.
Interaction is key to getting followers. However, it need not be your end goal. Getting followers and following others should come naturally. Sharing in the forums, participating in Q&A, and reading/commenting on others' hubs helps us get to know each other and know each others' work. By interacting, you increase your exposure to hubbers you admire, those you can learn from, and those who are unique and interesting. They also get to know you and may want to follow you, and vice versa. Producing stellar hubs and striving to become a good hubber increases your potential to get followers as well. By the way, 50 hubs in one year is pretty good.
Just another thought on follows and following..perhaps Hubbers don't want a ton of email when people publish Hubs? Most of the long timers have very top heavy follow stats, probably because many that followed dropped out I suppose. Is there a way to turn off email function when people publish?
Most of my followers are people who I've helped on the forums and from interaction on hubs, via comments. I never went out seeking to gain followers, but when I first joined HubPages I think I got a guy who followed me, if I'm not wrong back then there were a few people who on their own accord signed up to tend to new hubbers and be a guide. Or was that not on HP? Older people here may be able to answer this.
Haha you remember it That was from 3 years ago haha. I thought it's high time I take a new one. But my phone camera right now is bad (it's got dust on the lens, an easy fix once I open up the phone, did it once but it's not a priority and so I never find the time). And I'm not a person who takes a lot of pics, so there's no real suitable profile pic that I currently have.
The only thing I like about followers is I think it looks good to see some on your author page, especially niche even though it doesn't affect earnings. I do try to follow writers I enjoy though for the most part.
If you follow others you genuinely like and interact every so often you'll eventually gain a decent amount of sincere followers. Just keep writing and engaging in the community where you think you can add value and the rest will come....
..but the thing is, all those followers will be other Hubbers, not readers.
If you're happy for your work to be known within a community of writers, then Farawaytree's advice is good. If you want to be known to the wider public, then spending too much energy on collecting followers within our little community is not a good use of your time.
Agreed Marisa. But, having some followers to the profile gives the satisfaction that someone likes my work and they want more from me. That's gives the require boost to continue writing. Isn't it? Glad to see that you have thousands of followers.
Just followed you back, MKishor. Although it will not increase earnings, there is nothing wrong with adding a follower and leaving some comments on Hubs. It only takes a few minutes. If Hubpages didn't want the community aspect I'm sure it would have been gone by now.
Jesse, if you've ever tried writing on other revenue-sharing sites, you'll see why HubPages continues with the social aspects of the site. It's because having a lively community keeps the writers motivated. Personally I prefer the forums, some people prefer to do their socialising on each other's Hubs.
I'm just on Hubpages, Marisa. I just like to follow some of the newbies, give some encouragement because I know what it's like starting out. I'm not the best at giving advice so that is my little way of helping. Just like how you helped me when I first started Marisa!
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