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How do some hubbers get so many followers?

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    Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago

    How do some hubbers get so many followers in such a short space of time.  Okay - some people write brilliant hubs on interesting topics but it still puzzles me.  I expect someone will come back and say that I should have read something somewhere that makes it obvious - so apologies if this is a boring point.

    1. Anesidora profile image65
      Anesidoraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah I hate it when she does that. And I thought I was a ...

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      (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      In this day and age, content is boring, too much content is downright dangerous.

      Lonelygirl15 on YouTube was a perfect example of this phenomenon.

    3. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Forum interaction gets followers.The sad thing for us oldies, is that internet etiquette forbade us from posting from day 1. We were taught to read and keep quiet until we had learned the ways of the forum, and to not ask about things that had already been covered a million times before.
      Nowadays, everyones asks first, and thinks later. But, having made that first contact and not been shot to pieces is all the encouragement it takes to fully participate.
      Full participation of the forums gets you noticed, and being noticed gets you fans.
      But money comes from organic traffic, not hubbers. Fans are lovely, but not the be all and end all.
      And they won't make you money.
      Me? I participate in the forums because I want to, because I like the people and the interaction. I like the characters, but I don't do it to gain more fans like some I could mention.

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



      honestly, i just write hubs and people start following me. i also read their hubs and comment, but not to score followers. not everyone who you comment follows. i remember when i first started here i was all jazzed when i saw that i had one follower (they called them fans back then).

      smile

      anyway good luck. i will come read you and follow you, so that's one more, heh.

  2. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 7 years ago

    Follow everyone else and many will follow you back... very simple... Follow, make comments on other peoples hubs and make smart comments in the forums and people will eventually follow you....

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Many will follow in return but there are plenty who will not.

      I'm under the impression that many people join HubPages thinking it's a social networking site or a social bookmarking site. So, they follow as many people as possible, so as to get a lot of followers.

      I have a lot of followers who don't even bother to read my writing and do not visit any of my hubs.

      Then again, I have about less than 100 of my followers, who actually read my writing or check out my other hubs.

      I received a lot of my followers because of my views and interaction within the forums.

      Just my thoughts on the subject.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's true.  It's not what following is meant to be about, though (as you know, Cag).  If you follow someone, you can get notified of any new Hubs they write, so you can read them.  If you follow too many people, you can't possibly keep up with all that reading!  So personally, I only follow people whose writing I'm really, really interested in. 

        In spite of that, I've gathered a lot of followers myself - so following other people isn't the only way to get them. 

        However, no one will follow you if no one knows you exist, so you do need to be active in the forums.

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      Lecieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      i agree with you lean. i have followed many from day one and most thankfully have returned the favor. it also helps to have brilliant hubs. mine aren't very good at all. i just write when the mood strikes and i rarely ever revise. most of the time i don't even know what i'm writing. kind of like being in a trance and then i'm shocked that something is on the paper. so i just think well if it was good enough for me to trance out chances are it's quality enough for others. but the key thing for me has been to hub hop and follow others in order to gain followers.

  3. valery elias profile image74
    valery eliasposted 7 years ago

    I would like to know this as well.

  4. goldenpath profile image74
    goldenpathposted 7 years ago

    gunpoint! sad

  5. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 7 years ago

    You all have one more follower.... see, just interact with the rest of the community...

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      Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you

  6. Greek One profile image76
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    People usually follow me because of my good looks and not for the content of my Hubs.

    I'm OK with that, but i do feel kinda dirty for a wile after I send them my nude pics

    1. Wayne Orvisburg profile image81
      Wayne Orvisburgposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What about the ones that send some back? I'm guessing they're never the ones you wanted.

      1. Greek One profile image76
        Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        i usually keep them as 'pity followers'

        I'm OK with that

    2. literal profile image71
      literalposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Lol

  7. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Free lunch makes wonders wink

    1. 49lart profile image69
      49lartposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "Following" creates a friendly community for visitors.

    2. TheWicklessCandle profile image56
      TheWicklessCandleposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Haha. well, what are you in the mood for!

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    Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago

    I have no followers, but then I havent followed anyone yet.  I am just feeling my way.  Should I be clicking on people to follow?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      If you like their writing.

      and I expect my followers to send me $1 each month big_smile Surprisingly, no one has followed those rules...

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        Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        OK... I can see this is going to take time.  Thanks Univited Writer!

  9. Richieb799 profile image60
    Richieb799posted 7 years ago

    Im slowly approaching 200 followers and havent tried smile

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      Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That is very good... 6 months eh... umm.. it is going to take time, I can see that.

      But it is like chicken and egg... what is the point of producing articles when there are no followers to read them?

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        Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        If you have got something important to say, you will find a way to an audience. Otherwise, why write at all?

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          Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, and I suppose we all have to start somewhere.  Thank you for your inspiration, I am sure that with work it will happen.

      2. Anesidora profile image65
        Anesidoraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        HP followers don't really mean a whole lot. Most HP followers won't even read your stuff anyway, unless it's something they're interested in. They're even less likely to click on anything.

        Don't worry about HP followers. It's virtually meaningless. You want outside traffic, and HP followers have extremely little to nothing to do with that.

      3. Uninvited Writer profile image81
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You want to attract people through Google and other search engines rather than just Hubpages. They are the people who tend to click on ads and earn you money. Keyword research will help with that. I don't do that much research and I'm hitting at least $100 a month.

        If you take part in discussions like this people will get to know you and will check out your hubs and probably follow you if they like what you have to say.

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          Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you.  I am working on some articles at the moment.  So lets see what people think!

    2. Spacey Gracey profile image60
      Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's for your devasting good looks smile

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    "Many followers" - how many would that be?

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      Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not really sure what I mean by many followers.  But there seem to be so many people celebrating they've passed 100, 200 etc etc. in very short space of times, it doesn't make me feel encouraged - it just makes me feel inadequate.  And before you tell me not to be so self obsessed and get on with it I will shut up.

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        Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Those are achievable goals. But you have to stand for something, so people come to identify you with something. It takes a consistent effort over a period of time.

        At first, there is hardly anything at all, then people will start drizzling in at a rate of maybe a handful a week. You will get there, once you have found out what kind of hubber you want to be.

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          Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Sound advice - thank you.

      2. Anesidora profile image65
        Anesidoraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Most followers follow people due to interaction in the forums. So you can spend all your time in the forums trying to court potential followers who won't increase your earnings, or you can focus on gaining outside traffic which will increase your earnings.

        Or you can focus on the latter and occassionally check in the forums just to share some camaraderie and encouragement and shared procrastination from time to time.

        1. Lisa HW profile image80
          Lisa HWposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think you can pay attention to things like how many followers you or anyone else has.  People get followers for different reasons, and even one Hubber will have followers who "follow" (and don't really even follow) for their own reasons.  I think if you just create the best Hubs you can, genuinely enjoy participating in some of the other things on the site (the forums, reading other people's stuff, etc.) things just kind of fall into place.  Some people come to the forums for the sole purpose of hoping to get followers, and they'll make a bunch of meaningless remarks "just to get their names seen".    I think  you should participate in whatever you want to, don't participate in what you don't want to - but be genuine and aim to make some contribution in some way.  Unless you have some "gimmick" for getting a zillion followers, followers tend to just kind of add up over time.

          When all is said and done, what to focus on is trying to come up with the best Hubs you can.  If Hubs are good the traffic comes over time.

  11. Anesidora profile image65
    Anesidoraposted 7 years ago

    Write internet marketing hubs. Marketing to internet marketers seems to be the biggest market.

  12. watchya profile image61
    watchyaposted 7 years ago

    Create Sockpuppets and follow yourself ! LOL

    I see a lot of people doing it lately !

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, you're good at doing that. lol lol *tantrum* lol

      1. watchya profile image61
        watchyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        No. Sorry ! But I don't follow myself. Check my 'followers ' lol

        No tantrum among them
        You should think before posting LOL

        1. Cagsil profile image60
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I don't care. lol

          You play with sock puppets is my point. roll

          1. watchya profile image61
            watchyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            What about you ? Do I have to name them here ? roll

            lol lol lol

            1. Cagsil profile image60
              Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I dare you to try little lady. Because YOU would be a liar, right out of the gate. I have only one account, so stick where the sun don't shine. tongue

              1. watchya profile image61
                watchyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                But you play with someone's Sockpuppets and that is what we're talking about ! lol

                1. Cagsil profile image60
                  Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Again, that would make you a liar. lol

  13. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Your followers will come.  Share your work outside the Hub world - share it on Facebook, email friends and family, backlink.  Yes it is great to have Hub followers, but I guess the question you need to ask your self is, "who are my readers, and what is my intent"?  Do you intend to make money?  If so, then you want organic traffic, hubbers are not going to click on your ads.

  14. Anesidora profile image65
    Anesidoraposted 7 years ago

    Good Intentions - The first step is probably to learn about keywords and writing with keywords.

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      Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I was reading about that.  I need to know some fundamentals before I release my articles.  I want to take this slowly and methodically. 

      Thank you for this.  I will check out wikipedia and find out more.

  15. Greek One profile image76
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    it doesnt really matter how many followers you have.  Write what you want, participate in forums, and with time you will get up there.

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      Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This coming from someone who just started a thread celebrating his first 100 followers!

      1. Greek One profile image76
        Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        got to have SOME reason to party!

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          Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I'm sure you so richly deserve every single one, congrats!

          1. Greek One profile image76
            Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I wouldnt go that far.. but thanks lol

  16. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Because we good *nods* wink



    Seriously ... I have a few dozen. I have no idea who most of them are. I have no idea if most of them remember who I am. I fairly certain that to a hubber they're good people but I reckon there are maybe a dozen that genuinely comment etc. Maybe the same again read and rate but leave no comments (I do this too) - which leaves an awful lot of hubbers in the ether smile

    Don't sweat it. Better you have 24 hubbers following you *cringes again* that you interact with, than several thousand that you don't wink

    1. nikipa profile image25
      nikipaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am with you there! Good points!

  17. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    For example...look how many followers I have. My latest hub has had 13 views since last night...

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    ryankettposted 7 years ago

    Most of my followers join following a hubpage which is useful for the community, such as topics about backlinking or adsense strategies etc. A fair few probably come from forum activity. Also becoming a featured hubber normally does the trick.

  19. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 7 years ago

    I tend to follow people i interact with within the forums, otherwise I have been searching hubs that are in the same and similar areas as my own and have followed the people that have hubs that I actually liked..

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      Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

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      1. LeanMan profile image80
        LeanManposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You should go and check out the old "rumours about me" thread that was on the go several weeks ago...

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          Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks, LeanMan, for the reference.


          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/40787

  20. alternate poet profile image64
    alternate poetposted 7 years ago

    Followers are nice to have as new hubs get mailed out to many people which ups their 'net' count I guess (if anyone comes to look) - but having hundreds of forum mutual-masturbaters by patrolling and licking a*s surely can't be of any real value ?

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      Good Intentionsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Oh? A bit confused now

      1. Polly C profile image89
        Polly Cposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        He just means that going on the forums with the sole intention of trying to get hundreds of people to follow you will not really mean much. You might get a lot of followers, but unless they read your hubs or converse with you then what's the point? They will only end up a statistic on your profile page. smile

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          Website Examinerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That's how I understood it. Forgive him, he is a poet.

          1. Polly C profile image89
            Polly Cposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            lol I know - he's still great though!

  21. timorous profile image92
    timorousposted 7 years ago

    This morning I got a notice of new 'follower'.  When I checked it out, this "follower" had started following at least 12 other hubbers in the space of a minute.  Talk about insincerity. mad lol

    I currently have about 30 followers, and I regularly read the hubs of about 1/4 of them.  I also follow these few, and have struck up a good rapport with them.  One in particular has become a dear friend, and we exchange private e-mails fairly regularly...I won't say whom. cool

    Don't worry about any of the extraneous stuff like followers, Hub Score, HubKarma or anything.  It may make some people feel appreciated, but it's not a popularity contest here..it's not exactly social networking. 

    Just keep writing interesting stuff that people like to read about, and hopefully they'll also enjoy your writing style. smile

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      Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the sound advice.  You are absolutely right.

  22. Shadesbreath profile image86
    Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago

    Just write, do good work and good editing/proofreading, and pop into the forums from time to time and meet folks.

    You'll pick up tons that are just following everyone they possibly can.  I'd say 70% will be that.

    25% or so are people from the forums who appreciate your comments or humor or belief system or whatever.

    10% are people who actually read your stuff at least from time to time, when they can.  (They may or may not have turned off email notifications of who published what.)

    5% are actually keeping up with stuff.  Maybe less than 5%.  To me it seems like they must be getting email notifications.

    Frankly, I wish (and keep suggesting from time to time) that they add a check box on the list of people I am following that allows me to check whether I want email notifications or not.  I could control my "subscribership" based on how much free time I have or don't have at various points in the year.  That's the feature I really would like to see as a reader of hubs (Sorry, don't mean to hijack there.)

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm......you been hitting the hard stuff Shades? 110% huh?
      They might not be receiving any email notifications, depending on their settings. lol lol

      1. Shadesbreath profile image86
        Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LOL  I write because I am illetterut in math.

        1. Cagsil profile image60
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Good to know. lol

  23. zzron profile image60
    zzronposted 7 years ago

    I think it is a lot of diffrent things, good writing, good topics, leaving good comments, being friendly and using back links to promote your hubs such as this one.               
      <snipped>

    1. oscillationatend profile image59
      oscillationatendposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I usually beat them into submission.

      Ohhh sure, they whine about lawsuits and all that but after chaining them down and showing them re-runs of "Whose The Boss?" for a few days they'll read ANYTHING I put in front of them.

      I'm thinking about writing a manual.

      1. Pam Roberson profile image84
        Pam Robersonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LOL! Yeah, that worked on me very nicely! big_smile Write the manual!

  24. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    If I promise to read the manual can I be spared from the "Whose the Boss" marathon?

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hey MightyMom, you trying to skate by without the torture part? That takes the fun out of it. lol lol (j/k) wink

    2. oscillationatend profile image59
      oscillationatendposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Okay, I'll spare you Mighty Mom. wink

  25. jenblacksheep profile image80
    jenblacksheepposted 7 years ago

    If you want a lot of followers then you need to spend time in the forums, having discussions, saying useful things, and generally participating. Then you need to read hubs, make useful comments etc etc. and write hubs of your own otherwise people won't be interested.

    Don't fan a load of people and hope they fan you back, that's just not cool.

  26. warchild75 profile image47
    warchild75posted 3 years ago

    Was on here for 5 years, gained over 300 followers, left for a year, gained none, Came back recently and wrote two hubs, also went on a few forum posts and hey presto another 2 followers, Just interact!.

 
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