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My Inactive Hubpages Followers

Updated on April 28, 2012
I have NO idea where they went!
I have NO idea where they went!

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 That's 59% of my followers ( extrapolated to all 361) are no longer active .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.




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    • aka-dj profile image

      aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

      Goes to show how long it's been since I logged in!!!!

      3 weeks??? Can't believe it. But, it's true.

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Most of my traffic comes from Google and a little from other search engines. The rest comes from HubPages followers as well as non-followers who just read anyway.

      Every so often I check the status of followers, as you do. I also check on people who commented on my hubs. Once in a while I find one or two that is no longer active or even has been banned.

      I remove those comments when I find them. This seems to help increase traffic. The reasoning is that links to banned profiles lowers ranking.

      Google talks about outbound linking in their webmaster blog. But I have no proof that this is the reason for the increased traffic. It's not a scientific study since I only have a handful of examples. That's something to consider for further research.

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      This is interesting. I think most of my traffic comes from Hubpages, from my loyal followers. I don't have many, but the ones I do have, always comment. I think it helps, too, to answer as many as you can and read their hubs, also. I get behind on that, but I try to catch up occasionally so I won't get too far behind. I know one of my followers who sets aside one day of the week just to read others' hubs, then she writes the rest of the time. I like that idea.

      Voted up.

    • aka-dj profile image

      aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the read, and comments everyone.

      This hub was kinda pointless, other than I was just curious. The results surprised me, as I said. It bothers me not one bit whether I have 50% active followers, 10% or 99%.

      Since a majority of my readers come from google, it makes little difference.

      I was however, hoping to make more friends than I have. But that's ok too.

      @ the pink umbrella. What do you mean by that? Me, being inactive?

      If so, I'm not any more or less than before. I am cyclical though. On for a while, and off for a while, but tend to check in regularly. Time contrains me to do more. I sometimes feel I "waste" too much time here, esp on the forums.

      I was sent an email from hubpages telling me that I am LEVEL something commenter. Not sure what level, but have never seen any such title next to my name. :/

    • the pink umbrella profile image

      the pink umbrella 5 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      if you think about it, at one point, those followers came to your page saw your stuff and thought you were good enough to follow. so really, whats the problem? Its their porogative to try this site out, write every day, or write here and there. Some even write a few and keep the site in their back pocket just in case they want to come back to it months later. And by the way, look who's inactive now.

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      feenix 5 years ago

      Hello, aka-dj,

      I must admit that I do not read the works of others nearly as much as I should. However, that is about to change. My plan, for the time being, is to do less writing and more reading.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      GREAT hub. I apparently have 444 followers but my comment box is always filled with the same 6 or 7 people.

      I try to make sure that I get back to read theirs but I´m not good at getting around them all.

      At the same time I seem to be getting comments from people I´ve never heard of before. So my brain is mushy at the moment. I shall just keep writing and apoligise to you , because I can´t remember how long it is since I read and commented on your page. Take care.

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      RichardPac 5 years ago from Sunny Florida!

      Thanks for sharing the actual numbers! I think that many folks come to hub pages for the wrong reasons. Folks think that they can write blog and quit their day jobs over night. Sure a little bit of cash here and there is a great thing, and I'll probably just blow it on something useless when I cash out, but I think people expect an overnight paycheck.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Great to know these facts. Thanks for sharing it.

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      John Harper 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Ironically, my stats have been climbing steadily, although of course they were never big to start off with, if they keep growing as they have been, it will be interesting, and yes, most of mine are coming from Google searches, rather than through HubPages (of the new growth).

      Possibly the ones that are climbing have just been around long enough to get higher on the Google searches?

      Who knows? anyway I only write for fun or when the mood takes me, not for cash (fortunately).