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Have you noticed that the high earners on HubPages appear to follow very few writers themselves?


Could it be said then, that it is more important to have a following than it is to follow back other writers and Are we spending too much time commenting at the cost of writing new content?

 

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Greensleeves Hubs says

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Greensleeves Hubs - I appreciate and value your opinion. I believe you have summed it up perfectly - we all struggle with time and we all try to do the very best we can under the circumstances. Have a Happy New Year - may it bring you much joy.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Interesting! I definitely see your point though! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Hi Billy,

    It is merely an observation - occasionally someone mentions a high earner and I have checked out their profile - plenty of followers and very few follows back. I do so appreciate you and all my followers.

    Have a terrific New Year Billy


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    John Hansen (Jodah) 3 years ago

    Good points. I personally feel it is simply polite etiquette to follow back most (not all) who follow you, and at least have the courtesy to reply to their comments of your hubs. Billybuc for instance have 1000s of followers and takes the time.


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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    i would say this is the general pattern - perhaps follows and followers are not the things which reaps financial benefits - concentrating on writing may in the end be the only thing which increases earnings if our traffic comes from outside HubPages!

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    CraftytotheCore - as you say, names are mentioned and true, they do not spend their time commenting on other Hubs. i like the interaction but like many people would like to know how best to maximize my precious time and still earn from writing.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Interesting about the author score - mind has dropped like a bullet in the past few weeks, it used to say in the high ninety range but not now! Some people say it drops when they publish a hub others say it drops when when they are inactive!


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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    I can imagine Rochelle - that certainly does pose an issue - especially for someone who might have been here for a long time. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate your input.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    srsddn - it is reassuring to realize that I am not the only one to have noticed this. I don't think it malicious - perhaps it is self preservation - earnings can then be attributed to writing Stellar Hubs and not followers or to following!

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    tsmog - that is very interesting. I had not thought to check to see whether or not my own followers were publishing regularly. i appreciate your well thought out answer. Thank you.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Hello janshares - this is merely an observation - sometimes the person may have hundreds of followers but follow less than twenty people. I like to read Hubs and comment and definitely value my followers. Hope you have a wonderful new year.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    You are probably right - I believe that spending more time on writing Stellar Hubs on subjects which people are interested in, is the only way to earn a steady income on HubPages, not following or commenting.


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JR Scarbrough MFA (JRScarbrough) says

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    JRScarbrough

    In the end of it I guess it is all about writing the best you can and about marketing yourself. I don't think it is about following or being followed. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it.


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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    I agree - there's the trick - somehow i think the key is to write about things which solve people's problems one way or another. I am sure you will find your niche.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 17 months ago

    The answer to that we can't really. We are told not to discuss our earnings but there are times when people give an indication of how things are going. At one time it was made clear but no longer. This thread is two years old so things change:)

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    Diana Grant - love the image, love the look of your hubs. You do seem to have struck a happy balance between following and follow - makes me feel tempted to click the follow button. So difficult to strike a balance and find time to earn an income.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 3 years ago

    aron62 - Interesting! I had rightly or wrongly assumed that internal traffic does not earn one much income. Maybe someone could clarify this! I believed that most of our income was derived from outside of HubPages! Thank you for our comment.

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