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My Inactive Hubpages Followers
Active & Inactive Fans (er, I mean Followers)
Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd check up on my followers, and see what they're up to these days. I had suspicions that some were inactive, or very up to little activity. Some, of course are rather prolific here on Hubpages. What I found somewhat shocked me. Maybe it shouldn't have, but, it did.
Here's what I discovered.
I have 361 followers at the time of writing this Hub.
I individually clicked through to 6 pages worth of followers. With 20 per page, that's, um ... um ... um 120 people ( just messing with you. I knew the answer was 199.. er, I mean, 120).
The results for these first five pages were as follows inactive/active
Now, if you want to talk percentages, that's 71/120 = 59% . That's 59% of my followers ( extrapolated to all 361) are no longer active . That means that I actually only have .59 X 361 = 231 followers, in "real terms" as the politicians would say.
Given that many people who start on Hubpages are not writers, but "wanna-bee's" (no offence intended, as I consider myself among them), so it is reasonable that writing does not become a long(er) term activity. I guess you could say, they dabble a bit in writing, and then move on.
This could be for many reasons. Boredom, disappointment, other interests come along, not happy with the system, or whatever. This, again, is not a criticism, just my thoughts about possible explanations.
I don't know why they are inactive. I don't suppose it makes any difference if I did know. They would still be inactive. However, I know one thing, and that is that if many of my readers came from within this group, the readership will go down.
But, the converse is true for me. My page views have taken a rather large upturn in the last month or two. Mostly from google search results, based on my stats. I still don't get huge numbers. I suppose, like anyone who writes, I'd like to get hundreds or thousands of readers, but, I'm not really fussed. I enjoy writing things that come to me by way of inspiration, so I can often go long periods between hub publishes.
Main Traffic Source
If Google is the main source of traffic, (readers), then perhaps submitting hubs to Google may be helpful. Also, writing content, and topics that are of interest to the wider audience than Hubpages may help also.
I guess I'm writing this for my own benefit more than anyone else. I expected more visits from hubbers than I've been getting. Having said that, most of my commenters have been hubbers, and only a handful of non-members.
What are your thoughts?
Curious to see them.