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Removing Inactive Followers on Hubpages it really helps.

Updated on November 9, 2011
Should you be following people on Hubpages who are inactive? NO
Should you be following people on Hubpages who are inactive? NO | Source

The purpose of this article is to help people who are new to hubpages realize that they should be selective about who they follow on Hubpages and how to stop following people on here who are inactive.

As of today 11/09/2011 I can say with certainty that you will benefit by not following inactive people on hubpages.

In my oponion you should follow people who

  • Write Quality Hubs
  • Who are following you
  • Who are active on Hubpages
  • Leave comments on your hubs
  • Can help you learn things
  • Share information freely
  • Are active in contests
  • Are Hubpages Elite or Hubpages staff
  • Write articles similar to yours

In my opinion you should not follow people who

  • Are inactive (haven't published anything in months)
  • Write low quality hubs
  • Do not leave you any feedback
  • Are rude

Why does it matter who I follow?

I get a fair amount of traffic from hubpages, I have never figured it out but I would guess that 10% of my traffic comes from other hubbers.

I realize that other hubbers will not be buying things from Amazon links and clicking my ads but at the same time they can and do provide me with feedback as to how my writing is doing by voting a hub up and awesome for example.

Other hubbers also can help you learn things from how to get traffic to your hubs and anything else you would like to know.

But if you are following someone who has not wrote a hub in 6 months they aren't going to be doing much helping.

I would recommend that you go your account and click on the activity tab,then click on hubbers you follow and see if you have any people who you may want to stop following.

If you see someone who has not done anything on hubpages in 3 years I would recommend not following them because they are inactive.

Please keep in mind that this is just something that I personally think may help you and I cannot guarantee that it makes any differece at all.

I have stopped following several people as of today and I will from time to time stop following more because I take hubpages seriously and I don't want to be following anyone who doesn't meet the criteria above.

I need to trade some links!

I mentioned above to follow people who write articles that are similar to yours because I love swapping links with other hubbers.If anyone has a hub that they would like to trade links with me please send me a email or leave it in a comment (I won't publish it) and I will be happy to trade some links to see if we can help generate each other some more traffic.

I look forward to reading in the comments - how other hubbers feel about this hub.


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  • Elani-Lee profile image


    5 years ago from Los Angeles

    How do you swap links? I'm not sure what you mean by that

  • TIMETRAVELER2 profile image

    Sondra Rochelle 

    5 years ago from USA

    I think this is a great idea because although I never thought about it before, when you follow someone, you are linking to them. If the link is to someone who is inactive or who provide substandard work, I believe it can affect your standing with Google. Thanks for bringing this one up! Voted up and shared,.

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    Sheila Brown 

    5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I agree with being selective with whom you follow. Having a thousand followers is going to do you no more good than having 100. I follow those whose writing I enjoy. I have unfollowed a few people in the last several months. If someone has not published a hub in the last 6 months, I assume they have "left the building". I would much rather really follow someone and read many of their hubs, than ignore them to read someones that I really don't enjoy or have anything in common with. Voting up and interesting! :)

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    C E Clark 

    5 years ago from North Texas

    Interesting hub. Will share with my followers.

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    Esther Strong 

    6 years ago from UK

    Interesting - new hubbers will appreciate your views.

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    Anamika S Jain 

    6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    If a Hubber is inactive or not cannot be found by checking the 'following' link. It only gives a list of followers with the time of last hub. Some hubbers who have not written hubs for 2 years or so may still be active by posting comments on hubs and forums. Unfollowing Hubbers with low profile score may be of help, but unfortunately we cannot find the profile score or activity level without visiting their profile.

  • tammyswallow profile image


    6 years ago from North Carolina

    I will look at your hubs again and see what I can link. I don't link hubs to anyone who writes substandard material. It is best to have a few loyal followers than many who follow you and disappear. Great topic.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Useful hub. It's better to drop such hubbers as they do not add anything worthwhile to your achievements excepting for your increasing number of followers.

    Voted up.

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    Stacy Harris 

    6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Interesting. I know for me, I am not one that finds the "you follow me I follow you back" status anything but annoying. I believe in following those who I enjoy their writing or those that are supportive. There are some that I follow that might not be as active but I love there style. And while the active ones are likely to offer help, they may also be to busy to necessarily do alot of commenting on other hubs. They are active and likely got that way from being active with alot of people. I guess what I am trying to say is following is important, but I look more for the interaction that I am given from the followers. Those are the ones who get my attention first. :) Interesting hub and gives a lot to think about.

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    Michael Fielder 

    6 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

    Old Hubs... I seem to be reading a lot of these lately, just coming back after being gone about a year. Voted up and interesting, you make good points but so do most of the comments on both views. I don't know. I think I might keep them simply because if I liked them once, I will probably again, whenever they post. :-)

    A great reason for staying active??? I lost my commentator status, my "Awards", and my Hubtivity list by the time I returned last month after taking care of personal stuff I had been ignoring for too long. A minor but annoying thing I guess.

    Roll 'tide, ey?


  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @d william: Numbers don't lie - I appreciate your comment but I will say it is better to be seletive on who you follow, hubpages has hundreds of thousands of users..choose the ones you follow carefully.

    Happy Holidays

  • d.william profile image


    6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    You have received a lot of interesting comments regarding the removing of inactive followers.

    On the surface, removing inactive followers from you list of followers seems to make sense. But you must realize that the comments given are only the opinions of those who write the comments.

    I can not possibly comment on every hub that i read, and i read a lot of hubs. Some hubs gain nothing by making an inane comment, and others would only require a negative response. So, it is best to read, and comment, or not, only if it is appropriate to the readers of the articles.

    The up side of having multiple followers, and following multiple hubbers, is that you can choose which articles are interesting to you, and comment on them, or not; but the exposure of having your hubs associated with others is greater than having only a few followers that you actively interact with.

    When i read hubs, and choose not to make a comment, for whatever reason, i do read the comments on those hubs. Those that are interesting, intelligent, and appropriate, i may, or may not, click on their site to read more of their own hubs. So, in my opinion it is not in the best interest of writers who look for more exposure to delete inactive followers.

    And removing those who do not comment on you hubs frequently may cheat you out of some excellent article they may write in the future. I guess the choice is yours and what ever your preferences are, but there is no advantage, or disadvantage, to either keeping inactive (non-commenting) hubbers, or deleting them.

    Just write, read and enjoy all the diversity offered on hub pages.

  • natures47friend profile image


    6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

    I am still trying to sort the password out and have not written a thing yet, as I am looking and learning. Great interesting opinion though...voted you up.

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    6 years ago

    Manthy, great tips. Since I'm new to all this, I've been looking for some advice to get on the right path. This article gave me some good insight. Thanks.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Phoebe - If you are writying hubs you are active.

    It is just my opinion - not a fact ;0)

    @Memphis Yankee - Welcome to hubpages - I will return the favor, Thanks for the vote

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    Phoebe Pike 

    6 years ago

    Interesting... though I don't agree all together. My laptop died a while ago so I was unable to be on hubpages for about three months and I have been recently writing more than ever.

  • MemphisYankee profile image


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Interesting article for a new Hubber like me. Voted up. Thanks!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @d williams - You are welcome - I'm not sure either it seems like it wouldn't make a difference since they wouldn't show up in your feed if they aren't active WHO KNOWS? I will keep you posted. Thanks for stopping by

  • d.william profile image


    6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Interesting article. I am not sure how sound this advice is, but i will look into it more. I have a lot of people that i follow and cannot always read everyone's stuff each day, so i go through the list i receive every day, and read only those that catch my interest on that particular day.

    There are others i read, but do not leave any comments on them, because i have nothing new to add to the comments that are already there.

    I do try to read and comment on those that i follow on occasion, just to let them know i am still reading their works. If you follow hundreds of people who write something every single day, it is physically impossible to read every one every day.

    Thanks for the thought provoking article.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @learner365 - I guess if we ever stop learning we are in serious trouble, thank you more for your friendship!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Arlene - That is funny I had a recruit who tried to do the EXACT SAME thing, I told her not to do it and explained why and she still did it and got mad at me and said I got her banned..LOL Silly anyway I am glad you enjoyed this article and you did review who you are following I think it is one of the MOST important things you can do on hubpages, but hey that is just my opinion anyway it was nice to hear from you - my wife has been sick and I am moving so I have gotten a little behind...I hate playing catch up.

    Have a great week my friend ;0)

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 years ago

    Manthy, I did go back and took a long look at my list of followers. I simply hacked the ones off my list who had constant spelling errors (that's my thing since I am always editing my Hubs each time I see them and it was much too irritating to me) or those who only want their work commented on, but won't make a move to comment on the work of other writers. Finally, I removed the Hubbers who always seem to put their old work out there over and over again. Were they too lazy to write new stuff and wanted to get more credit without even trying? They were hogging up my feed. Since I don't follow television fluff, gabfests and celebrities, I got rid of their fanatic Hub followers, too. Not interested in reading those. Plenty to think about. Thanks! The one Hubber on my list who was banned had made a habit of bringing her blogs over to HubPages. This is considered a no-no because this work was published elsewhere.

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    Saadia A 

    7 years ago

    haha thanks Manthy for liking the name...everyday is a learning live,you learn :)

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 years ago

    After reading your Hub the first time around, I went through my followers and hacked the ones off my list who never comment at all. There are also the ones who have very high Hubscores and oodles of people following them, but I don't see what the fuss is all about. Their work is riddled with spelling errors and everything else, along with layouts that scream, "Look at me! Look at me!" Boldface, italics, exclamation points, etc. I also don't care for fluff and morning show gabfests, so I got rid of the ones who live for television, celebrities and reality shows. So, I am learning to be more selective to what I want as a reader. It's working out for me. The one writer I followed who was banned from HubPages just didn't get it. She kept trying to transfer her blog articles into Hubpages. Which is a no-no. If it looks and is a copy of something written and published elsewhere, you are notified that this piece is illegal. She went ahead and did that several times until she was banned. She appeared again under a different name, but I think the whole thing spooked her. Haven't seen here writing in a very long time.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @learner365 - I really like your name, it is ubercool.

    @JT - It is weird but I was following a lot of people who had gotten banned on Hubpages, Thanks you both for stopping by and HOW DO YOU GET BANNED FROM HUBPAGES?

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    JT Walters 

    7 years ago from Florida

    This is some good advice. I not only have inactive people who I follow which doesn't represnet much of a task for me because I don't get notifcations of their publications but I also have people who have been banned from hubpages that I don't know how to unfollow.

    Thanks for the advice. It is sage advice.


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    Saadia A 

    7 years ago

    I totally agree with you on this.Though i am quite new around but i am getting used to this whole Hub thing.I am sure your advice will be very helpful with regard to my future presence on the Hubpages!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @wheelinallover - I would conside you very active - because you are using the forums etc you don't have to publish a hub everyday to be active in the hubpages community and remember this hub is just my personal opinion, but yes I would follow you and I agree with what you said.

    @thelyricwriter - That sounds like a good plan to me - I just hope you will return the links because I am going to start linking to you tonight.

    Thanks for the comments

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    Dennis Thorgesen 

    7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

    I have written 44 hubs in eight months, have 220 forum posts and answer questions when I can. Do you consider me active? I am not sure why I have the followers I do. I know some of my followers have actually requested that I write follow ups to some of my hubs both in comments and in emails.

    I follow people who's information interests me. It doesn't matter if they haven't published in a while. I want to be among the first to read anything new they do. I don't care if they write similar articles, just things which are of interest to me, if this wasn't the case I would not be able to follow any of the hub pages elite.

    I have followers who have a completely different point of view. I also follow others who are totally different from me.

    I run a full time business which is part online and part off. I don't have "time" to write for hub pages every day. My business requires writing a business blog ever other day. Hub pages is my enjoyment or play time.

    Does this mean people should not follow me?

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    Richard Ricky Hale 

    7 years ago from West Virginia

    Thanks for some great info Manthy. Voted up. You are more then welcome to use a link or two and I will do the same. This benefits us both so why not. You make good points. I agree with everything.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Laura in Denver - I know what you mean, I think that is also another reason why you should stay active on here so you can try to keep up with everything ;0)

    @Carter06 - I was the same way I think I wrote 6 hubs the first 3 months I was on Hubpages but I am staying at it now, sice I finally got a good payday, I thought it would make a good pic for this hub a smiling face

    Thanks to both of you for stopping by and God-Bless

  • carter06 profile image


    7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    Great photo Manthy & really informative article. I'm still fairly new to this even though I set up an account over a year ago I didn't start writing untill about 3/4 months ago so don't have many followers but can now see how much difference being followed can make - thanks again -

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    Laura Deibel 

    7 years ago from Aurora

    Thank you for some solid good sense. I personally have trouble following all the changes all the time which affect my income.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Beth - Trading links is like if you write a hub about cars and I have a hub about car...I can highlight the word car and if someone clicks it.they will go to your hub about cars and you can do it for me vice-versa.

    As far as reading hubs that is good and common ;0)

    I hope this helps

    @Arlene - I think I tend to follow way to many hubbers and I don't use email as effectivly as I could I usually just stay in touch thru comments. Thanks for the votes - I appreciate them and I will return the favor,I read your hubs a lot more than you know in fact I wrote a hub telling other hubbers to follow you because I consider you a top hubber.

    Have a great weekend and Thanks for stopping by

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    I think you made some great suggestions. I wonder sometimes if I'm just not an average hubber as often I'll just scan through the new hubs and read whatever appeals to me. Is this common and is it considered good or bad?

    Also, what are trading links? I have no earthly idea!

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 years ago

    You're an experienced Hubber, and you brought up a lot of good points. I have 100+ followers, and my inbox goes crazy each day. The emails pile up, so it's hard to sort through them. I can't visit everyone unless I have some quiet evening to enjoy the reading. I do have a life and try not to glue myself to the computer. If you follow a lot of people in the hundreds, I don't know how you do it. I couldn't give them all the attention I would like to. Voted up! And all the other buttons I like hitting.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @SubRon - YW - I appreciate you and I will be visiting more of your hubs today

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    James W. Nelson 

    7 years ago from eastern North Dakota

    Good advice, Manthy, thank you.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Steve - I think you made a wise decision - I am going to be more selective since I was following over 100 people who hadn't even been on Hubpages in 3 years..LOL

    Thanks for stopping bye

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    Steve Lensman 

    7 years ago from Manchester, England

    Interesting hub manthy, I decided to unfollow about a dozen hubbers a couple of weeks ago who weren't following me. And it felt good. A couple of them were in the "elite" class. I don't mind if a follower never comments in my hubs as long as we're still linked as followers.

    Voted Up and Interesting.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    WOW - I don't think I have ever gotten so many comments of a hub so quickly.....OK

    @Homesteadbound - I don't think you get penalized, I would recommend asking a hubpages staffer ;0)

    @willstarr - I agree with you 100% on commenting a writer needs feedback and commenting is a good way to get it and stay friends etc.

    @sunshine - You rock and Thanks for being such a good friend on Twitter and Hubpages

    @Tattookitty - YW - I just thought it might help some of the new writers,I have noticed that everytime I HOP hubs it seems to be new member? Is it that way with you?

    @Glenn - I didn't mean that and I need to change it thanks for bringing it to my attention....LOL..I do that a lot, must be Alheimers and I don't take comments to personally so you don't have to worry when you post a comment with me ;0)

    @Princess - You know I had never done it before myself when I realized I was following around 100 people who haden't posted anything in over 3 years.. I think I tend to follow too much

    @Trecords - I also have older hubs bookmarked and I think they are still on here because whoever reffered them may still be active..Who Knows..I will get up with you on trading links because I am gonna really get busy on here in the next few months since I got my 1st big payday it has really got me lets trade some link.

    Thanks for all the comments and God-Bless-Us-All

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    7 years ago from DeLand, Florida

    Don't worry Manthy, you won't find any hubs like mine. You've probably stopped following me by now anyway, so I voted you down and useful, clicked on all your ads multiple times, and I stopped following you! Just kidding! I agree, they aren't going to be of any help if they haven't posted for 3 years. I've found a lot of music forum threads which are old. Why are they still listed? Tim. PS. I'll trade links with you any day bud.

  • princesswithapen profile image


    7 years ago


    You're right. I learn a lot from the tips and tricks about HubPages and the web in general that other hubbers that I follow write about. It is also great to receive feedback on your hubs from your own followers because it inspires and motivates you to write more.

    Personally, I've never explored the idea of sopping to follow people who are not active.


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    Glenn Stok 

    7 years ago from Long Island, NY

    Although you have a lot of good and useful points here, I do have to disagree with one point. You said to not follow people who do not visit your hubs. I follow people because I want to keep up with what they write about. I have no desire to have them follow me back, let alone read my own hubs, unless they themselves have an interest in what I write about.

    It's perfectly okay that I may have an interest in their stuff but they don't have an interest in what I write about. What else could you have been thinking?

    Don't expect people to follow you just because you follow them. There is no point in that. Following is for one purpose only, to follow their writing.

    Sorry if I came across a little harsh here. Didn't mean to. I just wanted to make my point as following is not a game and Hubber scores get hurt by meaningless following.

  • TattooKitty profile image


    7 years ago from Hawaii

    You make a great point- the "follow" button isn't a toy, it's a compliment for quality writing!! Hubpages isn't a place for popularity contests and fake's where readers and writers can come together and share their love of literature! Thanks for reminding hubbers to take their clicks seriously ;)

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Great pointers!! I agree!! #hubpagesrocks

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    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    There are some Hubbers who don't comment on Hubs other than their own. When I find that out, I stop following. Commenting is what it's all about.

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    Cindy Murdoch 

    7 years ago from Texas

    I'm pretty new, but if you follow someone who hasn't written any hubs, or who is not active, does it penalize you? I just assumed that if someone became inactive, they would no longer show up on my feed because they were not doing anything? What is the benefit of checking everyone out by clicking on them? Just curious. Your article has given me some things to consider, but I could make a better decision with these answers.


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