Are the Two Pretty Chinese Girls following me an Advertizing Ploy?

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  1. Paul Kennedy profile image55
    Paul Kennedyposted 8 years ago

    I'm new here so I was just curious.

    1. LarasMama profile image60
      LarasMamaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      An advertising ploy for what? Basically it's almost worthless having members from the site view your hubs - hubbers don't click ads, just give feedback.
      You want ad clicks from google which means quality articles with good keywords and 500+ words.

    2. pisean282311 profile image60
      pisean282311posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      wow one of them has 141 followers in mere four days..its raining followers for them...

  2. GreenTieCommando profile image75
    GreenTieCommandoposted 8 years ago

    I'm also interested in this. They do appear fake
    opaljj
    johnsonyv

    If you look at their hubtivity, they follow like 150 people each in one second interval. I got a screenshot of that.  My bet is that this is another one of those "article marketing" services like traffic geyser or something.

  3. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    An advertising ploy? No.

    1. Slainia profile image55
      Slainiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think what Paul means is the concept that they're simply spam-following members. I followed a previous hubpages member to see what happened. Within 12 hours their profile was empty of all hubs, and they were following no one/nor being followed.

  4. johnsams profile image69
    johnsamsposted 8 years ago

    johnsonyv followed me too and I saw a lot of people have them as followers. I dint follow him/her back since they dont have any intersting content. Its strange that they have quite a good amount of "fans", since they are non stop following people yikes
    Weird!

  5. GreenTieCommando profile image75
    GreenTieCommandoposted 8 years ago

    Found another one:

    sharpmj

    Do people follow them back out of common courtesy and a pretty picture?

    They are obviously using software to follow people, you cannot follow 10 people in 10 seconds naturally!

    1. GreenTieCommando profile image75
      GreenTieCommandoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ok, it is a spam invasion! Look at the followers of any of these people, they are all the same: name + 2 letters, joined about 4 days ago.

      Another one:
      larrybm

  6. Susana S profile image96
    Susana Sposted 8 years ago

    I'd suggest you flag their profiles if they're spamming, especially if you suspect it's automated spamming.

  7. Polly C profile image96
    Polly Cposted 8 years ago

    johnsonyv has almost 300 followers in three days - and only 3 hubs! There is another one  - sharpmj

  8. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 8 years ago

    The thing about following back these people is that if they never do anything, there's no trigger to make you stop following.

    That johnsonyv had followed me before she got started rolling down the list;  I followed back hesitantly because she hadn't done much.  It was only by chance that I noticed her later hubtivity following person after person.

    If I had not noticed that or this post, there would have been nothing to bring that account back into my consciousness.

    If they start spamming, they'll get unfollowed.  If they don't, what have they accomplished?  You could have every single person here follow you and that would give you exactly nothing in terms of juice outside of here.  Google doesn't care, Bing doesn't, nobody does. 

    Pointless crime, I think.

  9. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    In my experience, none of them will be here long! lol

  10. LeanMan profile image87
    LeanManposted 8 years ago

    What is benefit of following everyone every second... apart from getting hundreds upon hundreds of back links to your profile...

    When you follow someone, you have a link from their profile back to yours, so a link from someones profile that has thousands of links can be quite "juicy"....

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ayup, I  did forget sbout the profile page.

      But until they spam, that profile page juice is useless, and if they do, no doubt they will be quickly flagged and made to disappear.

      So they accomplish what?

  11. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 8 years ago

    If you have a look of two of the aforementioned profiles, they look like the 'same' gal, just with different hair and a slightly different pose

    1. johnsams profile image69
      johnsamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      haha probably they just picked a picture from google.. not a real pic for sure big_smile

  12. NightEmpress profile image57
    NightEmpressposted 8 years ago

    They are following me as well.

  13. timorous profile image83
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    These people seem to think it's a social networking site, as though following others = friends.

    Maybe Hubpages should emphasize the purpose of 'followers' to new Hubbers when they sign up.  Perhaps there should be a limit on how many people you can follow in one day/hour/minute.

    It's all very silly.  Until they start spamming, there's really no harm done, I guess. roll

 
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