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The Hubbing Experience: The Starting Point Of An Enthusiastic And Energetic Newbie's Journey

Updated on July 24, 2013

Funom Theophilus Makama

A writer, medical practitioner and businessman
A writer, medical practitioner and businessman

My Experience

I am Funom Theophilus Makama, a Nigerian living and studying Medicine in Ukraine but most importantly, I wish to be identified more as a writer. I am a guy, as some of the fan mails I got addressed me as a female in one way or the other. In 2010, I began professional internet writing, in particular ezinearticles, then reposting it in sites such as articlebase, ezinemark, Bukisa, searchwarp and articledashboard. Then I joined some specific sites which i thought have good financial benefits such as wikinut, but earning about $5 after publishing about 170 quality articles and getting more than 120,000 views is not encouraging at all. So, I began a 3 weeks intensive research on good article directories with good financial benefits as well and more than 55% of my results directed me to Hubpages. Do not get me wrong, I am not doing this solely for the money, as I enjoy writing and I get lots of fun, experiences and knowledge from communities of writers, but also it is not bad if I want a little more appreciation.

I spent three days going through the terms and policies of Hubpages, took my time to assimilate every word and then also scanned through some of the top hubbers in this community. As an ambitious person, what I searched in these hubbers is some similarity or corresponding features amongst them so that I can as well adopt these features when I create my own account. The major feature I picked was the many followers they have.

As an experienced Internet writer in directories like wikinut, I knew one of the easiest ways to getting followers is by taking the first step: follow them. And so, that stuck in my head but it wasn't my first plan. Why? I reasoned again that, if eventually I accumulate a lot of followers and they visit my profile to see how it looks and then find nothing, it will seem normal, since I am new. But it would be more impressive if they follow me in return, visit my profile and find one or two information worth reading. So, my first plan was to create a hub. Writing quality articles (Hubs) entails writing what you know best or are interested in, and in that way you will be able to express yourself adequately and this was really dicey for me because I had to choose between medicine, Christianity and tourism. But finally, I chose tourism and hence the decision to write about beautiful cities. After gathering my materials, I discovered the hub can be split into 3, not only did it stop there, I came across some interesting topics during my quest for information on my selected topic and writing about these additional topics would not only increase the number of my prospective hubs but as well give out something not so common and this made it more interesting. Finally, the hubs were published and in order to avoid a cumbersome or rather disorganized pattern of these hubs, the pictures attributed to them were uploaded on my site and then linked back to the hubs.

Hubpages is the best place for writers...

I love it here
I love it here

What next?

Now the hubs were published, what next then? Getting followers. But I had to be careful in selecting active and serious hubbers, not just any hubber. So, I began the uphill task of searching for such hubbers. My target was to get 500 followers and based on this, I thought to myself, if I follow 1,500, at least, I should be able to get 33.33% of that number follow me in return. So, my first task was getting this amount of hubbers to follow.

This did not just stop there, for me to be able to get active hubbers, I needed to take the time out to search, find, scan through profiles and if possible, superficially go through one or two hubs before following. Doing all these on a hub, then to about 1500 more hubs is such an impossible goal isn't it! But guess what? I did it.

One of the first few impressive profiles I came across was that of Rebecca E. With a Hubscore of about 94 and 3,000 followers, she became my choice of profiles-source. I followed her, then clicked on her followers' list to begin my "scavenging". I'll click on a profile, view the information on it, then scan through the hubs and most times select one with a captivating Title to scan through. Most of the profiles I came across are so rich in hot titles and they left me no choice than to not only just follow these hubbers but as well leave a fan mail, to really let them know how excited I am to have a link with them. Monday (1st October) was a public holiday for me, as it is the Nigerian Independence day and I made good use of the whole day to do this scavenging and was able to reach a thousand by the end of the day. But after that day, I noticed, just beneath the 'Accolades' Widget is a suggestion platform which gives suggestions to three 'hubbers you may like' which continuously suggests as you follow, until you follow 10 of them. So I stopped scavenging and continued my following via that tool.


The Hubpages team

What was the Outcome?

The result I am getting right now is unbelievable. It is happening exactly as I thought. Hubbers are not just following me, but as well checking out my hubs and a good number love them. Their comments are so encouraging and the excitement and joy I get is like a burning fuel ready to be used. Right now, I feel like publishing a thousand hubs from all the comments and fan mails that I get. It is just the third day but with already over 300 comments and about 750 views just from 5 Hubs. Is this not fantastic? On a regular basis, as soon as I log in, I follow 10 more hubbers, as my target of followers isn't reached yet (280, from an expected 500). But having such an amount of hubbers already within my first 3 days (280), is indeed wonderful. Most importantly, my profile carries my website of which some hubbers have given it a positive acclaim. Some have even subscribed to some of the music channels on my site. The rewards and blessings just within these three days are enormous and beyond words. Despite the influx of comments, the joy I get from them makes me never feel tired of replying and this just adds to another characteristic about Hubpages been a community and family of writers.

Another factor which contributed is the social networking factor. My site has a page on facebook which I use to post or share some of my articles from other directories and I did so with the first 5 hubs I published. Then I shared in other social networking and bookmarking sites as well as corresponding forums associated with the topic of these hubs and this gave a fantastic result as the outpour of comments never seems to end. What then can I say? THE INITIATIVE WORKED!

The next thing to do is to apply for the earning programs. But I do not want to rush into that. I want to at least reach the hub score of 75 and as well, publish 10 hubs, then I can apply for it. I already use Amazon for my website, so I can simply just insert the code here. If after all these are done and I am consistent in publishing quality hubs, then I am sure I can reach the level some of my senior colleagues here have reached.


CHALLENGES

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Challenges!

Is it possible to avoid challenges in a system where you are new to ? The answer is NO! No matter how smart, ordered and organized you are, you will always face challenges when new to a system and I am not an exemption.

My first hitch was the disabling of ads after publishing my first hub. I wondered why but then I followed the warning just above the hub in the editing tool and these are the reasons for disabling ads:

"In partnership with our advertising partners, we've identified below some areas that are not suitable for advertising but that, at our discretion, we may allow to remain published without ads:
Reproductive medical content (including vaginal and penile issues and sexually transmitted diseases)
Content about sexuality, including losing your virginity or fetish content
Content about abortion, circumcision, genital mutilation, rape, incest, pedophilia, and molestation
Content describing violent crimes, gruesome accidents, or self mutilation
Lewd or profane humor, including provocative double entendre
Restrained journalistic or fine art nudity

If the content of your Hub falls into one of these areas, please set the Ad Level to 'None'. If you have specific questions, please Contact Us."

Well, the Hub in question and its contents do not fit into any of these definitions or categories because it is about the economic control centers of the world: London, New York and Tokyo and there is nothing sexual, obsence, profane, weird or medical in terms of reproduction in it. An e-mail was also sent to me on this warning and I immediately replied to lay my complain. A moderator viewed it and rectified it immediately, even though a warning still stands on the editing tool section of the hub stating the following:

"Despite being identified by our automatic content filter, this hub has been reviewed by a moderator and it was determined to be OK. If you make any changes to the content of this hub, it will be evaluated again by the automatic filter and advertising may be disabled until it can be reviewed once more by a moderator."

Then a second Hub on one of the Hub series about the 15 most beautiful cities was unpublished on grounds of overly promoting other sites. This was also weird to me as I only placed one external link in the hub and this link is a link to the photos of these cities on my website. I also sent a complain in reply to their warning mail about this issue and I categorically stated, it is just one link (which is allowed) and the others are links to the other episodes of the same hub series which are all hubpages links.

Then finally, a second hub of the same hub series was unpublished, on the grounds of placing an unrelated link and by this time, I was getting frustrated and angry. It was as if the hubpages team isn't happy with the "one-allowed link" we are to place on our hubs. The hub informs its readers about beautiful cities and the link from my website shows about 300 pictures of some beautiful cities in the world of which more than 85% are pictures of the 15 cities used in the hub series. I sent another complain again in reply to their e-mail warning and it was as well rectified.

So, one thing I learnt from this challenge is: The automated filter can be wrong at times and if we know we are right, it is always good to lay complain and they will surely rectify it. In the terms and policy, it is stated that if some or all (I think) of your hubs are unpublished and not rectified after some hours (24-48), your hub account would be banned. But sometimes, these hubs can be unpublished unjustly or mistakenly and if you know the terms and policy of this great site very well, you can lay complain and even challenge them. They are ever ready to rectify, if you are right.

One more challenge is in the follower-ship. It will be grossly selfish of me to just follow and get followers without actually "following" them. We follow each other not by clicking the "follow" button, but follow up each other's hubs, leaving comments and encouraging each other. This is a community and a community functions basically through communication. Here in hubpages we communicate by following each other, leaving comments on each other's hubs and sometimes, encouraging, criticizing and advising if need be. So, for a person like me, how am I going to cope with the many profiles I follow and those following me?

At first, I thought of using the feed page which comes up immediately after logging in. This feed page shows the newly published hubs and what came to my mind was always selecting the first 20 to read, digest and leave comments. But then, when I checked my mail, I also noticed messages sent when hubbers publish a new hub and I am glad this actually happens. Through the e-mail messaging, it makes it easier for a hubber like me to click on the link in my e-mail inbox and read the hub.

So, to my senior colleagues who are linked to my profile, I will definitely view your hubs sooner or later and of course leave comments. Today is such a lovely day for me as I read some very wonderful hubs.

final advice and suggestions

My Final conclusion and Advice for Newbies

Before my final suggestions, I would like to say, hubpages does not have a tool to bookmark hubs. Maybe I did not read all I needed to read, but I have as well searched for this tool without finding it. If this is the case, I suggest they have this tool, because I came across some hubs I would love to review again in the nearest future and having a bookmarking archive would serve that purpose effectively.

So here is my final word for newbies and others affected
If you are yet to join hubpages, here are some steps you should take to have a lovely start:

  1. Have an already prepared original article which should be your first hub
  2. Register and create an account
  3. Go through the hubpages tutorials, terms and policy and ensure you digest them very well. This is because it will help you stay in track as a hubber and as well lay complaints whenever you are mistakenly or unjustly punished (as already explained earlier).
  4. When you are done, write and publish your article which is now a hub
  5. Try to follow as many hubbers as you can. You can use my already explained method, or use any other method suitable to you. But you must not necessarily have a target similar to mine, unless you are that energetic and enthusiastic.
  6. As much as possible, do not just follow them. When you follow, there is this suggestion box which pops out for a fan mail to be written. It is expected you might have gone through the hubber's profile before following, so do well to say something and click on any of the icons "Thanks", "Good Writer", "You're funny", "Hot!", "You're cool", "Great Hubs". By default, the click will be on "No message", so click on any of the icons and click on the button "Post a Fan mail". Sometimes, you may not know what to click on as you still do not really acknowledge the skill or writing ability of the writer. In this case, you can go ahead to click on "You're cool". I emphasize on this because this fan mail really shows you at least viewed the person's profile and also appreciate what you viewed. Who doesn't like appreciation? In this way, the hubber will acknowledge you in return and put some efforts to take your profile quite seriously. Don't forget to write something before clicking on the icon
  7. When they follow you in return, they will definitely want to view your hub and leave comments. Endeavor to as much as possible reply every comment. It is another way of appreciation.
  8. Do well, not to be engrossed on your hubs alone, but also follow their hubs and leave comments. Also, in the first few days of your experience, your hub score will gradually drop. Mine dropped till 21, even though my hubpages were active with follower-ship and comments. But with time, it will begin shooting up. The major encouragement is to always check your hubs through your account page, you will see the actual score there and each hub score.
  9. This suggestion in particular is very important. Always follow up your mails. From my experience so far, you cannot lay complaints directly to the hubpages team through the community itself, only through mails. So do well to constantly check your mails, as it is the best avenue to contact the hubpages team in case of any issue and as well the best medium of receiving notifications and new posts from your followers.
  10. Do not rush to begin earning. If you are already in the programs hubpages is using, that is good. All you need do is place the codes in the ads program tools. But if you are completely new, just like me, take your time to create a good reputation for yourself by publishing quality contents and having a good follower-ship. Also, as in my case, set a standard or hub score and ensure you reach the mark you set, then try to give your application request. Hubpages team even warned that some regions need to be consistent hubbers for 6 months before applying. So do not rush in doing that, just flow into the system here and enjoy the ride. When it is time for benefits, you will also enjoy it.
  11. Also very important is for you to be consistent. When you constantly read other hubs, you are exposed to a lot of ideas to write about, more information and additional knowledge as well. Consistently leaving comments gives you that reputation as an active hubber and even hubpages itself gives credit by grading the level of your commenting. Then having more ideas entails writing more hubs and consistently doing this adds immensely to the community and to yourself. When finally, you start earning, you earn more. In summary, consistency is the key to success here.

So, this is my experience and from it comes this hub. I know 3 days is too small to start giving suggestions and advice, but I think I have done my homework well even before having an account here and by the way, I have the backing of my senior colleagues here, so no cause for alarm. If there is any other thing to add, more suggestions, disagreements to some of the things already said, please do well to leave comments as I believe a prospective hubber may also want to read comments to really get the needed and best information they need to begin this wonderful Journey. So far so good, I am loving it here and if you want to join, why not use my referral link here to do so? Click on the link and join under me, follow all the steps suggested and watch yourself become a great writer with great rewards.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Great impressions! You're off to a strong start here on HubPages and your strategy is solid: follow others, read their stuff and they will do likewise. Your final 11 points of advice for newbies is very insightful. Keep up the good work!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot vespawoolf.

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I am definitely a newby, so I appreciate the tips. I signed up four months ago, but I chickened out and didn't post my first hub until Sunday. I'm glad I ran across your hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is really impressive and obviously you think things out before doing. I admire your hard work and tenacity. I am struggling along and hoping to make it all work..Voted UP.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Mommy Needs a Nap and Carol7777... I am happy the tips are helping.

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      Heather Adams 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Funom Makama! Thank you for the lovely fan mail you left for me, and now here's some for you - your writing style is engaging and draws me in. I really like how encouraging you are in this hub for new writers. (When I started I needed all the help I could get!) I was guilty of being impatient for results, so I appreciate how you set out the best approach: write well, make connections with other writers, and have fun. The rest will come. All the best to you in your new adventure!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      This should be the first hub all new hubbers read when they join Hub Pages. You have figured it out in such a short time, with this plan in your head you are flying out into the stratosphere. No pun. We all should take advantage of your great plan for success. Voted Way Up God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Steve 4 years ago from Brockport, NY

      Thumbs up. Avery good and useful Hub. keep up the good work.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great advice for newbies and oldies too! Such a great view on what it takes to make it on Hubpages, and so right on target. Thanks for posting this helpful view of hubbing successfully. Blessings.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

      You write very beautifully, with great care, and I thought you are a female, lol! Funom, I'm so glad I was one of those you sent a fan mail, I'm honored really! In just few minutes signing up at hubpages, I see clearly that you are doing well, a newbie with very impressive thoughts at how one must go about online writing/hubbing. I must educate myself from your strategies. Vote up, beautiful, and useful!

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      Great hub Makama! Welcome to Hubpages! Congratulations on your milestone. Great job! Voted up! :)

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      This is a great hub for any hubber to read Funom Makama 3 . I have been hubbing for more than four years. I did not learn the things that you discuss here for many years. Welcome to Hub Pages and enjoy the experience.

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      Juanita Holloway-Walters 4 years ago from Kemah, TX

      Thanks for the information. I did not join up with making money in mind. I love to write. On days when I am able to do it, it is one of my favorite things to do.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great outlook about your time writing here on HubPages and great information for all newbies . HubPages had a bookmarking tool but does not any more.

      Well done and vote up !!!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      I appreciate all your comments.... Heather63, Faith Reaper, Stevesco, teaches12345, Lita .C. Malicdem, His princesz, sligobay, TexasLadyJuanita, Kashmir56..... Thanks a lot

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Wow! I so respect your research and attention to detail. Your dedication will help many others! Great Success to you my new "Hubville" friend! Voted UP and kudos to you!!! ~h~

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks heavenleigh707

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Very comprehensive. However, Hubpages make their money from Adsense, and base their hubscores accordingly, therefore your goal should be to attract external traffic, not just internal. To be honest, I find your approach of bombarding hubbers in this way just to get followers to be bordering on spam. You should focus on writing hubs and let them do the talking for you.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Funom. Wow , you certainly have a zeal for getting things done. This is a very well written and informative hub. How can I not follow someone with such enthusiasm . Well done Funom for a great hub.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot theraggededge.... Your advice is well noted and I am definitely working on that.

      bac2basics... Thnks for ur comment.

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      Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you, Funom Theophilus Makama. Excellent, informative hub. I will come back later when I have some free time and read more. Voted UP and interesting . . .

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      You picked some wonderful hubbers to follow. Though I don't see BillyBuc or Millionaire Tips or Red Elf at quick glance. If you are looking for the best, these three are definites you should pay attention to! That said, I am amazed at how much thought you put into this. I am not sure I fully agree with your system (as I can't stand "like for like" ideas); however, your system has afforded you more followers than I have after nearly a year so I applaud your system and ability to inspire your audience, pull them in, and throw out the carrot to get us to chase. Great job. I know if you hadn't left fan mail, I would have never found you, so obviously your system is working. I look forward to reading great content from you in the future. This was very nice to read.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      THanks a lot EyesStraightAhead. I really like your comment and recommendations. BillyBuc wasn't followed prior to your comment but I now follow him. But as for Millionaire Tips and Red Elf, I follow them already. I hope we get to enjoy been hubbers and grow together.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Your process is truly amazing and I commend you for going about this in such a positive process. I started reading this hub and you caught my interest and held it to the very last word.

      Great advice for newbies, oldies and any other hubbers out there.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot shiningirisheyes

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I was just about to recommend a hubber you would enjoy, Billy Buc. But I see, happily so, that you have already discovered him.

      I am so glad to be following you and will be enjoying more of your hubs.

      Blessings to you and yours, my new friend.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Welcome to HubPages. You are off to a great start. Following a lot of people all at once is discouraged - that's why your Hubber Score went down, but as you said, once you actually read the hubs and actually begin participating, it goes back up. Other than that, your strategy is sound - write quality hubs, participate in the community, and be patient. I am so touched by EyesStraightAhead's comment.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot for your advice Millionaire Tips..... Now there is an added point to note here... I am grateful for this..

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Funom. It is nice to meet you and learn of your journey to start writing here at Hub Pages. It is unusual and quite smart to take a good look at the Terms and Conditions of any site and also to look around before joining. I think you did a great job in researching this one.

      Thank you for the thoughtful fan mail and I agree that it is admirable that you actually read and comment on other hubber's work. The one thing I would discourage, like Millionaire Tips is in regard to following too many people. It becomes quite difficult to keep up with all their new releases and to respond promptly to comments so choose wisely. I wish you all the best and congrats on your very fine start out here in this great writing community. I'm sure you will do well here.

      Peg

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot PegCole17... I hope we keep this link alive and active

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      Adam Finan 4 years ago from Worldwide

      Really well written Hub.

      Thank you for the fan mail, it was really nice. Ive been here over a year now and only 30 followers. I only ever add people when I really like there Hub but I might just give your tactic a chance.

      All the best

      Adam

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks Adams

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Firstly thanks for the follow. You practice what you preach. I have learned a thing or two from reading this. You have worked hard to achieve your followers and deserve them. I will say, when I have followed someone I don't always put in a comment, and I should. Thank you for reminding me how important it is.

      I too have had problems with automatic filters telling me my hub was prohibited.

      I look forward to reading more from you.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello Funom Makama! It is really nice of you to stop by my profile and leaving me a Fan Mail. Thank you very much for this gesture and your kind words for me. I was so impressed of the way you talk. I was immediately interested to check about you.

      You've done a great work on this hub and it will really serve many newbies here. And you are right about a Bookmarking button. I bookmark articles from hubbers straight from the Bookmark tab on my browser and organize them from there too.

      Would love to explore more from you. Cheers, Funom!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot coffeegginmyrice

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hello Funom

      Welcome to hub pages! This is the first hub I have read of yours and I must say I am very impressed. When do you find time to sleep. :)

      Thank you very much for the fan mail. I am humbled by your generous words.

      I look forward to following you.

      Voted up and awesome

      Take care :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A fine start my friend! May you have as rewarding a time on HP as I have had.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You are off to a great start. Welcome to hubpages. You'll do well.

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      Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Funom, you are an inspiration! Got a goal and working consistently too! All the very best! I love your writing style,straight form the heart!

      Glad to be following you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      HP is a tremendous community. It's not a big money making mechanism, but the wealth you gain thru friendships is priceless. Word of warning: only follow those who honesty interest you. The more you follow, the more notifications you receive when they've posted something new. If you're not selective, you'll be spending all your time reading hubmail. Money is not earned by the number of followers you have or how many you follow but by your keywords bringing web searches to your hubs, the ads you place in your hubs and keeping the reader's interest.

      That being said, welcome to HP. It's a wonderful place to be.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      I strongly concur with Bravewarrior on the priceless friendships! I am celebrating that right this minute! :) Good luck in your Hubville journey, Funom!

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      schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

      You have a great skill and perserverance, and hard work!, to become so successful so fast, I'm impressed!

      By leaving such wonderful feedback/fanmail to me, it certainly caught my attention. You are very smart

      I never would have thought of the methods you use and I recommend them! personally I prob would never spend the time, but hey, we all do things diff right?!

      I relate to the new hubber experiece- I was so joyful too when I started 2yrs+ ago and got follower sorta fast, who honored me by such supportive and wonderful comments, and faithfully read my hubs.

      Things change over time, though, as followers come and go, or may get busy or whatever but you'll always have special people here commenting as long as you keep writing and of course commenting on the hubs you already wrote.

      Welcome to hubpages......

      SGFR

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot friends... I really, really do appreciate all the comments.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      You sir, are a very gifted and talented writer. I could only hope to someday be as good as you are now. Your attention to detail is fantastic. You will go a long way with your writing skills here on Hub Pages and wherever else you may publish your work.

      Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot for the words of encouragement Old Poolman

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Funom,

      Amazing hub. That is what this is. Very informative; helpful and concise. Voted Up and away. Keep turning 0ut hubs like this and you will taste success and happiness often.

      Your Friend, KENNETH

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Kenneth avery

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      Funom, I found this to be a very interesting and useful Hub. It is definitely filled with great advice and I wish you much success here.

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      proudmamma 4 years ago

      For being a newbie, I am thoroughly impressed. You have definitely done your homework. Your hub is very well thought out and put together in an excellent format. It is easy to read and understand for the newest of hubbers. I think by following you.... I could gain some great insights into gaining traffic and followers. Keep up the good work! Excellent hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Welcome to the Hub!!

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      Becky Grant 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Welcome to Hub! Definately fun and look forward to reading future hubs!

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Funom Makama 3. Your article is very well done and instructive to the newcomer to Hub Pages. Here is a link to an article by a great writer, Jim Hightower, which might inspire another Hub for you. http://www.alternet.org/three-big-myths-right-wing...

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot UMHiram, Proudmamma, audreyHowitt, petweddingtheme4u and sligobay

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      Kitty K. Free 4 years ago

      I just started on here last week and this is the first hub I read. Thank you so much for sharing. This is a great starting point. Really good info.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Kittykfree... I hope my tips help..

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      Suzy sparks 4 years ago

      This is extremely helpful for fresh starters, just like me. Thanks for sharing this article, Funom and all the best to reaching your set targets on HubPages.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Suzy Sparks

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      Kalpana Iyer 4 years ago from India

      I should be following your tips and tricks too! I have been in HP for a long time now (3 years) but I don't have as much followers as you do ! So very well done :)

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot divacratus.....

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub -- Love your writing style because I can feel your personality -- and appreciate the content. Voted and look forward to reading your other work. Ciel

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot ciel Clark

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      MissCollier 4 years ago

      Thank you for this very powerful hub. I would like to follow you, learn and contribute as much as I can! I'm inspired!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot MissCollier

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      Dennis Thorgesen 4 years ago from Central United States

      One of the reasons your hub score dropped so low was because of all the folowing right from the start. In reality it is not needed. Those I followed at first were the people who read my blogs and left comments. If I didn't have an interest in their material I didn't follow. It was months before I added a link to a hub in spite of the fact that I was in business before I joined hub pages.

      English is not my first language and not the one I think in. For this reason many of my sentences seem backwards to the English and Americans. Just as theirs seem backwards to me. Amazingly this helped me rank.

      One thing I did is research Alexa. I wanted to know who was reading what I read. At first you are dependent on other hubbers to give you the comments and shares you need to please the "Google gods."

      Everything you need to know to survive they teach in Kindergarten. Everything you need to survive on hub pages is no different than what you learned there. Manners, making friends, and sharing is all it takes.

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      maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

      Funom... loved your hub wherein your have honestly written about your experience on the hubpages and the way forward for you which also gives the idea to fellow new hubbers like me how to share learn and share whatever little knowledge you have with fellow hubbers and get appreciated for your work.....

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot maheshpatwal...

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Wheelineallover.... I realized this some weeks after publishing this hub... Thanks yet again.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I don't know what to say here except that this is an extraordinarily long article! I can see a number of areas where you need to improve your online writing skills, one of which is to avoid blog type writing. You make money from Google, not Hub Pages, and the world in general does not care about your personal struggles to do well as a writer. You obviously, in the beginning, did not take time to read the fine print about what is acceptable to write about so had to learn it the hard way, which basically did a bit of damage to your reputation with the hub team. This is not a good thing! Also, although your ideas brought you many followers quickly, the real way to get followers is to have people enjoy your work so much that they naturally (not artificially) want to read more. You are right, however, about the importance of interacting with other hubbers, but again, the interaction should come as a normal reaction. I think you basically are a good writer with much to share, but you need to slow it down, shorten it up and dump the blogging. If you do that, I think this will all work out for you. You asked for advice, so I gave it. Honest critique is the only way we improve, so I hope I didn't offend. Best wishes.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Timetraveler2, I really do appreciate your constructive criticism and it is well noted... I am much more wiser and experienced now and I happen to agree with all of your critcism... As for the blogging-nature of this article, its just how I wanted it to be so that I can really express myself. If you read my other articles, I bet you would tell the difference.... I am so happy you wrote your comments, not just for me but for other newbies who would peradventure land on my page....

      Thanks a lot once again.

      Funom Makama

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      Patience Udi 3 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice article... Keep it up

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      Patience Udi 3 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks Funom

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      marshacanada 3 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Thanks Funom for your in depth article, and thanks for your comments on my writing. I voted this article up and useful. I partly agree with Time traveler-you could condense your writing in this article to make it shorter and more interesting. However mostly I am impressed by your energy and original ideas. Good Luck.

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      zoey24 3 years ago from South England

      Wow you have been busy! Very impressive hub :-) Firstly I would like to say thank you for the lovely fan mail you left me. Although you are a Newbie you seem to have picked things up a lot quicker than I did when I joined. This hub immediately caught my interest and I can see how much research and hard work you have put in to it. I look forward to reading more of your work and wish you all the best in your writing on hubpages.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      thank you zoey24

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      jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Funom,

      I can see from this hub that you are doing great! Congratulations! Unfortunately, I have not been active for sometime in HP, but I recently published a new hub. I also check on some old friends too find find what I have missed during the times I have not visited. I'm happy to note that some are still active while others have also not been as active like myself.

      Just wanted to say hello now.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Fantastic piece of writing, my friend. Well-written and specific. Great delivery. I voted up and all the way. I hope to have you follow me one day, for I am about to head to your FOLLOW slot and notch it YES. Again, great job.

      Peace.

      K.

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