I have been a member of HubPages for seven months. I have read hubbers with less membership who have more than 1,200 followers. How is that possible? And how can I attract more followers to my "little world" in HubPages?
I posted this on my blog almost a year ago, and it's still true:
I think I need to repost it with a hub around it. I can never find the danged graphic when I need it.
To be a little more specific: people want:
-- Solutions to problems
-- Answers to questions
-- More stuff to love about something that they love
-- More information about something they've just heard about
-- Where to find X
-- Whether Y is worth buying
-- To learn about fascinating, scary or bizarre things (hence, I suspect, the neverending popularity of celebrities)
Consider what parts of your own passions and areas of expertise can provide one or more of those things.
Greeky . . .fantastic info! Thanks and bless YOU!
Gracious ... bless YOU!
I just looked at your hubs, and I feel like a little kid telling a professional athlete how to throw the ball. You've got a lot more experience and knowledge of the world than I do. It's just a question of how to get people to find it, eh?
The Achilles' heel of the web: with search engines like Google, people only find what they're specifically looking for. Being found because you've got something worth saying is much harder. Search engines can't help you there. You have to build up a following of readers who like your words so much they share and recommend them. That's social media, requiring a mix of psychology, marketing, self-promotion, and blind luck.
I haven't much skill at all in any of that. Good luck!
Hello, Greek . . .and a warm Thank YOU for the advice. I will follow your advice and just try to alter my topics and text to suit the general audiences. That might be worth doing. And again, thanks so much. KA
I think that that is all outstanding advice -but I think if you want more followers - you have to leave more thought out comments on new person's hubs - lots of folks will hit your "follow" thing if you leave them a well thought out and pleasant comment.
Hub fan base will help your hub score but it's not going to help your earnings directly (hubbers don't click ads). What you really want is traffic off hubpages (they do click ads).
A technique I use for traffic influx (used to rather because my hubpages account seems to do it with no help now @ 400+ hubs/1k fans) is:
Write 1 eza article on Ezinearticles.com and put your hubpages page in the resource box (backlink).
Let it marinate for 6 months to jumpstart your hub.
Take it down, turn it into a hub (let it stay off eza for a few days to deindex it so you do't get flagged for dupe content on hp)...
Move to the next. I even created an eza for the article that became a hub FROM eza and keep doing that. You'll grow your hubs (you should also write a hub a day anyway), grow their traffic, and by virtue of more hubs come more fans due to hubtivity syndication.
Another way to gain a great number of fans is to go out and become other's fans. By the law of reciprocation (if you have enough and enough quality hubs to intrest them so only add people iwth like intrests in hub writing topics) they will likely add you. To assure this (to some degree) don't forget to 1. flag them as a good writer etc... and leave a meaningful comment about one of their hubs (so read at least one of their hubs). People like people who like them, and this is the best way to "make freinds/fans/followers). Once your fan count goes up naturally (it's like a domino effect), more people they've found as fans will see you based on your comments to their hub (oh yea also leave a comment on the hub you read and flag them as well, it's flattering and raises their hub score-
Hubpages followers are not going to bring you in long term traffic. Yes you will likely obtain a short term spike in views although that is assuming your followerd actually read your hubs.
Post to facebook, twitter and any social media you have
Think about how your hubs might be located when people search
Publicise your hubs elsewhere
Get your links on other relevant sites
And aim to do this continuously
Basically do everything you can to consider long term traffic sources
This is true CyclingFitness, however don't underestimate how fans can syndicate your hubs in hubtivity- the hidden internal traffic source that doesn't just bring internal hub authors traffic, it actually brings in the funneled traffic. Followers are not just topically cool, they actually have a mechanism in the algorythm that funnels traffic internally (of 30 million hits that could be substantial). Think about how hubtivity works- it shows you your fans and their comments in the feed. If you leave a comment on one of THEIR (your fans) fans posts that the fan you have posted a comment to- this posts your commnet to both hubtivity feeds, this means more people see your comment and if they click your image they see your profile and eventually your hubs.
One comment left on a fans hub then later to one of their fans comments, then on and one- creates a rabbit hole to some serious syndication... too many people take the fan "feature" for granted but simply don't know how it works in the syndication area... it's powerful!
I am following you now. You will get more followers they will come little by little.
Does number of followers really make a difference tho?
actually- it does. Beyond syndication it is also an element in the hub score- this I assume is based on it's power to syndicate your hubs. topically, it's just a "people like my work" thing but there is a deeper mechanism at work. I've leveraged fans to generate millions of hits of organic (from search engines but within the site funneled traffic through Hubtivity syndication) traffic to my hubs and haven't had to create a backlink in years (off page SEO)...
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