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.
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.
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).
anyway good luck. i will come read you and follow you, so that's one more, heh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Don't sweat it. Better you have 24 hubbers following you *cringes again* that you interact with, than several thousand that you don't
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.
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..
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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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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