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Is it true that you can follow too many hubbers, causing your hub score to lower

  1. K9keystrokes profile image93
    K9keystrokesposted 7 years ago

    Is it true that you can follow too many hubbers, causing your hub score to lower?

    I have been wondering if following a large number of hubbers can cause your hub score to get 'dinged'. I recently had a relatively new hubber (who shall remain nameless) tell me that following too many hubbers will bring down your hub score several points? I thought that by following a number of hubbers I was sharing the hub love, and doing my part in supporting interesting and high quality hubbers within the community.
    Kind of  bummed me out to think this would cause for a negative reaction from the team?...and seems unlikely, however, it's worth asking about in my mind. Thanks for helping.

  2. Ben Zoltak profile image85
    Ben Zoltakposted 7 years ago

    What an excellent question! But alas, I haven't a clue. I want to say my gut says no. I follow quite a few writers, and I've hit 100 several times.

    Hope that helps K9 !!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. poonamhubshere profile image55
    poonamhubshereposted 7 years ago

    For me, it hardly matters. I am just starting out so there is NO WAY I can have too many followers or follow too many. I just got in the room!
    But, its an insight into the inner working of the scoring system here. So, thanks for that.

  4. Raghavzx profile image59
    Raghavzxposted 7 years ago

    No way from what I have learned till now, which is not much that HubPages encourages sharing. It shall increase your hub score and not decrease it. You know when you link keywords from your Hub to someones hub your HubKarma increases and also increases your authors hubscore
    So keep following and get followed
    It only increases your Popularity and doesn't impact you in negative way any how

  5. skisy profile image83
    skisyposted 7 years ago

    I don't know for certain, but can be fairly sure that this is probably unlikely. At least I hope so, I can't imagine punishing people for being interested in other people's content. Personally I choose to follow people based on the type of content they publish because it's of interest to me.

  6. Money Glitch profile image78
    Money Glitchposted 7 years ago

    Hi K9,

    Keep in mind that nothing is concrete when it comes to solving the mystery of the overall hubscore.  However, I would agree with everyone else that following a large number of people would indeed be  considered "spreading the hublove"  provided it is done correctly. 

    An example of an incorrect way - I have seen some people 'newbies mostly' fan 20 to 30 people at a time (hoping to build up a following quickly).  This could possibly be viewed as spamming especially if you are are just getting started and have not written a lot of hubs and would possibly bring the hubscore down.

  7. Hestia DeVoto profile image59
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    It turns out a lot of people who have been answering you have not read the FAQ and are just guessing.  It actually says that following too many people can lower your hubscore.

    "Following excessively or indiscriminately may result in a low Hubber score."


  8. Neverletitgo profile image78
    Neverletitgoposted 7 years ago

    I don't think so it will decrease you score for following too many hubbers.

  9. Seafarer Mama profile image87
    Seafarer Mamaposted 7 years ago

    My first response would be to say "no." I have read other's comments before I have attempted to answer, and my go back to re-read the Hub Pages FAQ page.

    In the meantime, I was under the impression that the point of joining Hub Pages is the opportunity to contribute to a community of writers with mutual support as the goal...and HubKarma encourages us to link our hubs to others' hubs. :0)

    Timing may matter...so striking a balance between building/ publishing/promoting hubs on the one hand, and reading/ commenting on others' hubs with the intention of encouraging them and supporting their work on the other hand, is the key.

  10. profile image49
    maidmarion9posted 7 years ago

    I would hope not, unless you were really doing tons a day just to improve your score!  But sharing is part of being in this hub, so lets continue to share!

  11. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    I have no indication that it decreases or increases the score. It certainly creates challenges in terms of returning the love on a regular basis. I have never taken the spam approach to developing a following. I like to elect who I want to read on the basis of interest but I do find that I often gain fans who never comment on a single thing that I write thus I am not sure they read anything. WB

  12. fibo777 profile image59
    fibo777posted 7 years ago

    I have seen a number of hubbers whose score went to 1 because they tried to follow hundreds of other hubbers. I guess nothing would be wrong with it if that would have been done in a period of a few years. But they did it in a matter of a month.

  13. libby101a profile image60
    libby101aposted 7 years ago

    In the FAQ it says it brings your score down! I believe this would be following way too many people in a short period of time...such as 100 in one day or something!

  14. profile image48
    mikeallenposted 7 years ago

    why not just  do what you would do in normal life. You wouldnt run around a shop introducing yourself as their new best friend would you.  You would talk to people you liked or could help. So the why not apply the logic here.

  15. Rastamermaid profile image73
    Rastamermaidposted 7 years ago

    I would think that there's some program that picks up spamlike activity.

    Like you can't possibly read 100 hubs and follow  100 hubbers in 1 hour.

    That would seem suspect and probably bring down your hubscore.

    I'm sure hubpages has safeguards against spamming and other scams like that.

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