What is the rationale the HP Team uses to impose "Others You Might Like" on one's profile page?
RANT: I look at the three "Others You Might Like"--Hubbers listed on my profile page--noting that we share at least one mutual follower, or, in one instance, five. When I check out these Hubbers I discover that (1) we have nothing else in common; (2) our writing styles, topics, etc. are dissimilar; so (3) why should someone who enjoys my hubs be interested in these arbitrarily-chosen "Others You Might Like?" For that matter, why should I want to read these three writers' hubs?
I understand the principle for promoting other HP writers in this manner, but PLEASE, HP...use logic when doing so!
This question may be better directed at staff. I would really like to hear what they say about it. Did you post it on the forums? Would be better there since staff does not answer questions here.
However, you can blacklist hubbers you don't want to be associated with your profile.
I've always assumed that the "others you might like" were hubbers that wrote hubs on similar subjects or had the same writing niche as you do. But I could be wrong.
Jaye.....Hello, nice to see you. Sorry that I haven't visited lately......been rather busy elsewhere.
I understand your question and am happy to offer my thoughts on this. Offhand, I can think of 2 examples, aside from HP that do what I consider to be, a similar type of marketing (so to speak)
If you go to Amazon to purchase a book, for instance......you can always see a group of books listed, under a statement that claims: "Customers who purchased this book, may also enjoy......" and they show these particular books
Also, The company I buy all of my health products from (vitamins, herbs, first-aid supplies, etc)......do much the same thing. Should I place items in my cart, the company tells me that "people who have purchased this supplement, have also purchased these products......"
Of course I don't know if hp does this for a similar reason. However, I liken it to their request that we "Hub-Hop." Perhaps they are encouraging we all widen our reach into the community of readers. I can't even recall if I have ever clicked on to their sites, in order to read their hubs.
Also, it may be the same reason that they list HUBS by other writers on a similar topic as our hub. Those, I do often read because I am curious as to another view on the same topic.
Other than these few thoughts of mine, it seems that HP would be best at explaining what their purpose is. I am likely to doubt that they are comparing 3 random hubbers as being "similar" to another in some aspect.....but we don't know for sure, unless they inform us.
I hope you are successful in discovering the answer to this.! Happy New Year Jaye!!.....Peace.
I'd like an answer on this as well because I totally agree, as a mostly science writer I try to find other science writers on here as well. I had hoped the 'Others You Might Like' would link me up with them but, as in your experience, I find I have nothing in common with these suggested writers. I think if it was somehow based on the hubber's content it would be a useful tool.
I read through their profile and we may have one or more thing(s) in common. Or just our interests - maybe from the present, past or future.
I then look through their Hubs to see if any interest me, maybe all do, matybe some, maybe one or none.
I decide whether to follow or not. I believe that is what it is there for, to allow us to choose.
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