...do they "follow" themselves (lol!) and post fan mail to their own profiles?
Just got to wondering after a comment by someone in the forums here.
I posted this under the category "HubPages Knowledge Exchange" because I'm wondering if they do it in order to increase their hub scores and gain more traffic...
Number of followers and fan mail don't effect your HubScores. I've seen really poor scores on people who have lots of both, but who produce weak Hubs.
There are some that in the initial stages of playing their sockpuppet charade that they pretend not to know the other profile and tell it how great their hub is.
And the Capuchin monkey continues to dance.
If they do, they've totally misunderstood how HubPages works.
Hubscores have no effect on earnings or your ranking on search engines. Fanning/following is an internal HubPages thing, and while it may get a bit more attention within HubPages, internal HubPages traffic isn't really worth playing games for - we're not that big a community.
There are two reasons why people have multiple accounts. The main one is that some people feel it's better to separate different styles of writing or different kinds of content. The other one is the sockpuppet phenomenon, where people create multiple accounts so they can debate with themselves on the forums.
You should ask BadCo. He has several accounts. However, he writes quality pieces. BadCo is more about story telling and poetry, his Tattoguy is about tattoo art and so forth. I think it is an ingenious way for talented writers, to acquire most profit. I wish I had that talent. Nevertheless, I can barely squeeze out a hub a week. Writers talented like him, can post good, quality work four or five times a day.
I'm realizing that there is no short cut or secret way to get good scores. Just write really quality hubs and the rest should follow.
I don't is necessary for one to have multiple accounts just for the sake of personal promotion. If one should do, then hubpages should be able to track down such people through their IP.
Well, I have two accounts. I don't talk to myself though, in comments, fan mail, or the forums.
Apart from linking to one on the other account and vice versa, they remain quite separate, and I just write about different topics on each.
I don't bother to mess around with it. Traffic from HubPages is not the kind of traffic I'm interested in anyway, and my hub scores are completely irrelevant.
But I'm guessing that they do follow themselves but rarely for pumping up their scores or something like that.
I do agree with Anti-Valentine because some people might have multiple personalities or styles, they would probably want to create separate hubpages for each. Not a bad idea though. But it might be a challenge to promote.
Whooops, having multiple accounts is no more difficult to promote than having only one.
You'll find there's no point in promoting your HubPages account as a whole. Your paying visitors will come to individual Hubs, not to your profile page. And it's quite likely they won't browse the rest of your work. So you have to think of each Hub as a separate entity - if you're going to promote, you have to promote them individually.
But that's one of the advantages of HubPages - unlike blogs or websites, they get quite a bit of attention from Google without a lot of promotion.
I have been tempted to make several accounts before, each for a different general topic, just to pull in a little extra SEO by having a profile name related to the subject, with a subject related profile description.
In the end though I gave it up as too much hassle for only a tiny little bit of extra benefit, which can be duplicated by having a key Hub linking to all the lesser hubs.
I have barely even managed to do anything like that yet though!
I honestly have two accounts on hubpages I have taken over my sister's because she does not have time I thought by helping her she would flourish but I now have my hands full. When I am on the second account it seems that I cannot think of anything to write about, but when I am me I can write about anything. I use the second account more for commercial and my original account for creativity.
I only have one account. I thought about starting another as an evil twin, because I didn't think some of the attacks against me were very effective, and I thought that, since, hey I do a better job of beating myself up than anybody else, I should do it myself.
But I did such a good job of counterattacking that my other self got mad at me and quit before he even opened the account.
I'm just like that somtimes
I have only one account here...hard enough to maintain one for me, but to all that has two or more, may the force be with you
Not long ago I started a second account with the idea of "starting new" with a different kind of writing than what I've accumulated on here. When I first signed up I didn't know what I was doing, and I was kind of just looking for a place to write whatever I felt like writing, because I wanted something different from the "usual" article-writing (for other people and the kind of stuff that isn't all that "rewarding" for someone who writes). I had no idea if I'd really earn anything, and I mostly answered requests as a way of "challenging myself" (the way some people do crossword puzzles).
Now that I know more how things work on here, and now that I've seen how earnings actually do "work", I've figured out how to write what I want to write while still keeping in mind what makes a "professional" Hub. I'll keep the old account "as is" and keep "writing whatever", but I wanted the second account to be something I could link to in "professional endeavors". I've just got completely different aims/plans for that account.
I don't plan to come to the forums under that name, because I don't want to "pretend" to be new on HubPages when I'm not and don't want to "fool" anybody. I REALLY wouldn't follow myself (way too weird and deceptive for me), and getting followers isn't anything I've ever really focused much on anyway. (Not long ago I ran into a Hub with a few followers, and it became clear that it was one person saying how wonderful his own Hubs were under a different name - and then the other "alter-ego" saying how great the "other one's" Hubs were. On top of that, I think the Hubs were copied from somewhere else anyway. (If you write decent Hubs and aim for some version of quality you don't have to get into all that kind of "baloney". )
Lisa, you have expressed my feelings exactly. I signed up and have been feeling my way around, but now I want the challenge of forming a more topical hub separately, but still keep working on the one I have.
Can I ask you a question? When you start the second hub is it easy to link to your adsense, amazon etc accounts? I am presuming it is almost automatic, but can hardly remember all that was involved when I started my first hub.
I only have one account under the name zzron. I invite everyone to visit my site, join my fan club and leave comments, thanks so much.
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