First of all, I'm not sure if having a large number of followers is even important in the grand scheme of blogging...so perhaps that is the best place to start with this discussion.
If you want to make money from ads on your hubs, no it's not important. You consistently need thousands of views per day from organic traffic (people searching for info using Google or other search engines) to make dollars of income per day and the once off views from followers will only contribute a small percentage of that. Some traffic will come from people clicking on your hub, if they see it listed as related content when viewing another hub. Other than organic traffic, Pinterest can be a good source if you produce "made for Pinterest" images that users are likely to pin to their boards and then their followers re-pin and follow the link back to your hub here.
I was wondering the same thing too. It's hard to tell if people you follow will reciprocate or not. Or even if they'll be active on HP. I have been inactive for a while, so I might have missed out on forum interactions.
A related question I have is do you unfollow if you're not followed back? On social media some suggest that if not reciprocated after a certain amount of time, you should unfollow.
There's no requirement to follow people who follow you, or vice-versa. I don't follow everyone who follows me. There's no point as I haven't got time to read swathes of hubs. I'd rather help out here. Sometimes, however, someone stands out as a bright light and I do follow them.
It depends if you aim is to be a part of the HP community or to chiefly generate income. The best way to get followers on HubPages is to read and comment on other people's hubs, and many will reciprocate. If they like your content they will then follow you.
That's true, and my main reason for following others on HP even from when I started 4 years ago was to make sure that I comment on their work. But there are many occasions where an author unfollows you after you follow back. In the last 3 months alone I've had 3 authors who unfollowed me after I followed them back.
I'd say both...side income is nice, but I also want to be interactive in the community.
It's nice to make friends, but to get to know other writers here you can participate in the forums. Traffic and comments you get from other writers here don't make any money for you. It comes from Google.
The main secret is that followers don't have any direct effect on earnings. Traffic and CPM are thing, focusing on external nonmember traffic. You will get followers with time though.
I also don't have a single specific niche' but maybe 5 different things I write about. Do you think that pushes followers away as well?
No, it won't push them away, since people who read your articles are relatively unlikely to notice. They'll read your hub and bounce to the next return on Google (at least that's what I do -- I suspect it's the default behavior when people are Googling something).
But having a niche or two is a good way to write more, which is the one thing that leads to traffic and $. My best advice is to think about other angles or aspects of the topics you have already written about. It's a good way to come up with quality articles.
It is not necessary to have one specific niche. I have articles on 12 different niche sites and even though I only have a little more than hundred hubs up at present, I write on many dfferent subjects.
All very good tips and info., thank you! I wrote 14 the first 6 weeks or so and most have been put on network sites and are scoring pretty well. I have close to 7k views between all of them, so I think that is a good start? It also seems like the majority of the income is generated from Hub's ads and not google Adsense. Does that sound about right?
Followers are never going to make you money. It is nice, however, to get to make friends on Hubpages. You do that by reading and commenting other people's stuff.
You should also only follow people if you're really interested in the kinds of things they publish here. Don't follow someone just because they've got a high score and everyone else in the world is following them. Unless you are trying to learn something about this business from them.
I've got over a thousand followers. I probably only even know two dozen of those persons.
I think followers are important for community participation but not for income. One needs to publish high quality and valuable hubs. Followers are a consequence of your writing. While it is important to follow people you are interested in, it is not supposed to be your main focus.
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