100 Followers on HubPages
I would like to begin by saying thank you to all of my followers here on Hub Pages. You all have excellent taste, and very well may have made the smartest decision in your Hub Pages career by following me. And I am entirely unanimous in that.
Now that I have 100 followers on Hub Pages (for the time being, anyway) I can spout off my infinite wisdom on what it takes to get here, for the benefit of new hubbers. Here are some tips based on what I have done.
My most popular hubs
Although both quality and quantity are essential, quality is more important when it comes to followers for several reasons. A single high-quality hub will attract the attention of many people and will reap dividends far greater than the time and effort it takes to write it. A high-quality hub will attract comments, which can turn into a conversation, which in turn attracts even more people. Thus you get more bang for your buck. A single high-quality hub is probably worth many low-quality ones that are churned out more quickly.
Also included in the "quality" category is the subject-matter of your hubs. If you write about things that people want to read about, you will do better than if you write about something nobody is interested in. Needless to say, it is a lot easier to do quality writing on topics you are interested in or passionate about.
Participate in the forums
The Hub Pages forums are exactly what you make of them. They can be a time-wasting quagmire that serves as a high-brow substitute for Facebook, or they can be an opportunity to show off your writing skills to many people at once for very little effort, as well as a chance to see other hubbers in between hubs.
Some hubbers seem to spend their entire time on the forums. You certainly don't want to take time away from writing quality articles on a consistent basis, but a little investment in the forums on a regular basis will expose your name to many more eyeballs than you would normally receive on hubs alone, in addition to helping your score. One good thing about the forums (as they are setup now, anyway) is that they are organized in a very democratic fashion: the most recently commented forums are always at the top of the list, regardless of the popularity or boringness of the topic.
Follow other hubbers
This one is a no-brainer. You get what you give, as the saying goes. I do not believe in blindly following millions of hubbers in an attempt to get more followers, although that certainly may help to some degree. Instead I follow people that I am actually interested in because I enjoy their writing. Luckily, there are many talented writers here, so I can have my cake and eat it, too. I have gained a number of followers from following them first, thereby making them aware of me.
Following people you are genuinely interested in is more efficient than following random people because they are interested in the same kinds of topics you are, thus they are more likely to follow you in turn, and their followers are also more likely to be interested in your topics.
My most commented hubs
Leaving comments is another no-brainer. The more places where your name pops up--in forums, other hubs, lists of followers--the more publicity you are receiving. Comments are also opportunities to contribute to other people's writing while demonstrating your massive intellect and expertise on the subject. Saying something short and sweet like "nice hub," or "thanks for the info," or "OMG this hub changed my life! Marry me!" is nice.
But you are helping your cause more if you add something substantive that enhances the discussion. I rarely leave one-line comments on hubs, partly because I am a blabbermouth with an opinion about everything, and partly because I want to actually add value to good writing or a good discussion. Just a few lines clarifying something you are knowledgeable about, drawing attention to a related topic, or intelligent and respectful criticism, can go a long way in getting other people interested in you.
As of writing this, I have 582 posts in the forums, over 1,000 comments on my hubs and over 10,000 views of my hubs. I have not written nearly as regularly or frequently as I could. New hubbers who want to reach 100 followers can do it in a very short amount of time if they work hard enough and smart enough.