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Joining Fan Clubs: How To Get More Readers

Updated on September 11, 2009

Are You Exhausted From Trying To Get More Readers?

Our Kitty Muffin
Our Kitty Muffin

What Fans Mean....

Having fans can make you feel really awesome, knowing that someone out there likes your work enough to get an email notification from you every time you create something new.

That just feels awesome to me, and I'm so glad that people are finding my work helpful, and that one of the things fans mean to me. That those people are getting something out of the writing that you are doing... it's helping them, and that's the best part.

Getting Fans: My Advice...

I wasn't exactly sure what they meant by "advice", if they mean for getting new fans then here's what I can say:

A lot of people will go and join the fan clubs of as many people as they possibly can, you'll see on the front page hubtivity that a person is joining 20-30 people's fan clubs at a time, with 3 minute gaps per person. I guess they do this with the hope the people will "return the favor" and fan them back.

The more fans you have the more people your work is getting out to, however, people who fan you because they liked your info rather then "returning the favor" are going to get a lot more out of your information then just an extra email.

Personally I think that the best way to get fans is to simply be there to answer questions, be part of the wonderful community like presence that HubPages offers and put your self out there. Answering someones question, commenting on their hub with an intelligent comment that shows you READ the hub often has MORE impact then joining their fan club and leaving to never return. If you are looking to gain fans then being active, making sure you have yourself out there to see, (In the forums or in comments or whatever it is) will get you way farther then clicking a button that has no meaning.

Are You Saying I Shouldn't Join Fan Clubs!?

Now I'm NOT saying you shouldn't join people's fan clubs!! Not at all! I'm simply saying that if you are joining their fan club so they join yours your not going to be getting to the people you want.

I join people's fan clubs, but only the people I truly find intriguing, only AFTER I've read a hub or more and usually left a comment about it too, I try to do more then one liners like: "Nice hub!" or "Great work!" comments, comments that state your opinions and show that you read the hub with that tagged onto the end are much more valuable then one liners.

The basics are, be there, show your interest and you will get fans and the kinds who WANT to read YOUR work better and easier then hoping one or two out of hundreds of "fan back" people will actually take the time to read your hubs... think about it, if you didn't read/comments on theirs, why should they yours?

Having Trouble Holding Onto Your Fans?

My Little Brother grasping onto our cat Nora. :)
My Little Brother grasping onto our cat Nora. :)

I'm Losing Fans? What's Wrong?

How do you KEEP fans?

People start freaking out if they lose a fan, I lost one just the other day... but you don't need to be upset, simply understand that your writing is something that no longer interests them and gives them value.

It's rarely anything personal... so unless stated it is, don't take it that way! ;) You have to remember that you can't make everyone happy, you can't value everyone and therefor leading to not everyone being your fan or staying your fan.

The best advice anyone can give you to keep your readers I'll give you right here, right now. Yes, come closer and hear the secret.... Be, Your, Self... That is the best thing you can do and the people who will gain value from your work will find you. Trying to please everyone... writing in way that you normally wouldn't write in will often make you lose the fans that you really wanted, the ones who counted and liked your work.


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      Cam Anju 5 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin


      It is an amazing feeling! I'm glad you enjoyed this, good luck and thank you for stopping by!

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      earthangel11 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi Cam,

      This was a very informative hub. I recently wrote four hubs and was so excited when i received a notification saying someone had commented.

      It is truly an amazing feeling to know that someone half way across the world felt connected to what you were feeling.

      However, I have been lately wondering about how to get better at this...and will be re-reading your hub to apply some stuff.

      I especially applaud you for the last paragraph of your hub :)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Koby, everyones got their opinions! ^_^

      LOL thanks, I don't think I'll be making that one though, that's kind of what this hub was about... I just try to follow my own rules here and I've gotten this far, I'm not a fan of that may people.. like I said I don't like the "fan back" method. Just keep working on it, you'll get there! :)

      Thanks, the are aren't they?! ^W^

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      Koby 8 years ago from Ohio

      also, your bro and cat picture is cute

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      Koby 8 years ago from Ohio

      I agree with dohn121 above that "Joining the team" sounds better than "fanning". Fanning reminds me of fanny and i'd rather not go there.

      This was a nice hub and i would like to see another that could explain to me why you have 75 fans and i have a measly 22 :o

      well, make it 76, because i'm your fan now

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Hiya NYMiskovic!

      Welcome to hubpages, your off to an awesome start! I'll be reading more later. Thank you for reading my hubs, very much appreciated! ^_^

      I am very glad you found this hub useful, yup... you got it! ;)

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      Kara Leigh Miller 8 years ago from Oswego, NY

      Hi Cam!

      I'm still new to this site but you seem to be popping up every where I visit lately : ) I have read quite a few of your hubs and look forward to reading some more...I think I'll even fan you!

      This was a truly great hub and very useful for a newbie like myself. I have found that simply being active will get you noticed more than fanning everyone you encounter.

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks CabinGirl, great to know! :)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      AsherKade, that's great! Good for you... thanks for stoping by. :)

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      AsherKade 8 years ago from Texas

      I haven't lost a fan yet...however...I grovel to get as fans many as possible. I love comments just like the next guy... so I try to send as many comments to other...

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      anjalichugh, thanks!

      I'm glad you agree, hopefully it can start getting through.;)

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Hi Cam: I would like to endorse all that you mentioned in the hub. I've been trying to advocate 'no need of fanning everyone' concept for a long time simply for the reason you stated here. It does not make any sense joining 20-30 fan clubs a day if you cannot keep up with all those e-mail notifications. It's better to have a small list of loyal fans who like to read your stuff and get benefited out of what you write. Thumbs up for this hub.

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Herald, Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub! And thank you for your complement, positive attitude... aw shucks. :)

      Cool, spread the love... thanks for commenting!

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      Herald Daily 8 years ago from A Beach Online

      I read this and then had to scroll up to make sure that I'd joined your fan club! Whew, I did.

      Enjoyed this hub, love your positive attitude, Cam. I'll be back to read more of your hubs.

      I feel bad for Dohn, going to join that fan club, now.

      Thanks for a great hub, Cam.

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Shirley!

      To your note Shirley, I also agree with that, I often just see someone on hubpages so much I never realize I'm not their fan yet, today I fanned a few people I already thought I was a fan of... thank you for bringing this up! ^_^

      Thanks again, that's how I see de-fanning... it's sad when people always take it personally.

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You did a really job on this, Cam! Thanks for sharing.

      In reference to Dohn's note about people refusing to join your fan club, I don't think it's refusal. Many times, I've thought that I already was somebody's fan, then one day noticed that I wasn't. I join once I realize it. Others are cautious and want to wait and see what a new hubber is about first. Also, if you have hundreds of fans, it would be easy for a hubber not to notice a new one unless a message is left with the fanning.

      Not to worry, Dohn, the fans will come as people get to know you and realize that they haven't 'signed on' yet.

      By the way Cam, I love your attitude towards de-fanning, it's so perfect. :)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      dohn121, lol... almost got me! :)

      Well I hope you don't stay upset you can write one to! This was an answer to a request someone gave me, although I've been thinking of writing it for a little while anyways! Thank you!

      Very true, if you are constantly leaving wonderful feedback and are not the persons fan yet it seems kind of odd. ;) Team huh? I like that lol! I just want to make sure people know what I'm talking about so I try to use the proper wording. ;) I have, so I understand.

      Thanks for stoping by and commenting! ^_^

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Nice hub Cam! Ha ha ha! Just kidding! I hate that too, it's so...Plastic. I'm a tad upset that you STOLE my idea for this hub, because I was going to write one JUST LIKE THIS ONE. But no matter. You did a thorough job on this piece, namely the unspoken (until now anyway) Hubbers Golden Rule of becoming their fan whenever they fan you first kind of thang, so GREAT HUB, CAM!

      One other matter that I would like to bring up are hubbers whose work you read constantly and leave encouraging / quality feedback for time and again but yet still refuse to join your TEAM (I think Team sounds better, don't you agree?). I don't nor will I ever understand those people. Ever have anyone like that?