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.
wow one of them has 141 followers in mere four days..its raining followers for them...
I'm also interested in this. They do appear fake
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.
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.
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
Found another one:
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!
I'd suggest you flag their profiles if they're spamming, especially if you suspect it's automated spamming.
johnsonyv has almost 300 followers in three days - and only 3 hubs! There is another one - sharpmj
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.
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"....
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
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.
by Carolee Samuda 7 years ago
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by Andrew Smith 3 years ago
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by rlaha 5 years ago
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by Ben Guinter 8 years ago
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by FreezeFrame34 6 years ago
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by Randi Benlulu 4 years ago
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