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Do you 'help' your referrals or leave them be?

  1. WryLilt profile image91
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I'm getting a few referrals and have nearly 100 hubs written by them now. Just wondering how other hubbers approach their referrals...

    Do you try and help them, either person to person or in the forums/on their hubs? Or do you leave them be and hope they're smart enough to learn it all themselves and become prolific?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image96
      Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good question. I only have one so far  (I just figured out how to post the link, duh).
      I became a follower for the sake of encouragement. I normally do not do this until after reading a couple of hubs(none so far), but I could see that the subjects being followed were very much in line with my interests.
      I think it would be fine to offer help or answer questions.

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        How did you do it?  I have been trying to find the help info to put that referral in my profile like you did - I understand that you make a tracker for it and add it to the hubpages url to get your own referral - but how do you insert it so it is a "click here" link in blue?  I don't know how to do that.

        1. profile image0
          Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Like this:

          http://hubpages.com/_xyz/user/new

          Simply replace "xyz" with your own referral tracker. Found under "my profile," "URL trackers."

          To generate the link, type the text like you want it to appear e.g. "Sign up here", then highlight it while in edit profile mode. Click on the linking icon, insert the URL as shown above, click save.

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image96
            Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for doing that-- I probably read about 16 different explanations before doing it myself and I'm still not sure I could explain it to another person.

            One thing I will add-- even though this seems self-evident to many people, is to go to your "my account" page-- then to "edit my profile" -- the edit box contains a linking tool, just like the one in hub capsules.
            This is the "duh"-'easy part' that I was missing in a lot of the explanations before I got it.

          2. mega1 profile image79
            mega1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            thanks, very much - finally got it!

    2. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I don't keep track of them. I won't go out of my way to contact them, I'd find that too intrusive.

      I'll give advice, tips and feedback to anyone in the forum, regardless of whether or not I referred them.

      Not everyone will convert into a prolific hubber. Only a small percentage will.

      According to Jakob Nielsen, 90 percent of online users are "lurkers", or users who visit online communities but don’t contribute; 9 percent contribute from time to time; and only 1 percent of online users are active contributors.

      1. profile image0
        ryankettposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        We can't all be contributors, there always has to be a consumer smile

        Every one of the 90% of those who sign up and never become a 'contributor' does not learn the finer details of the site, and thus remains a 'clicker' or a 'buyer' in my opinion... so its all good.

        1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
          Anna Marie Bowmanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, everyone has their role in life, even here...

  2. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely!!!  Your success in money making is tied to their success.  If they do well, it helps you.  Of course, aside from the selfish aspect, I try and help anyone who asks for it.  Helping your referrals is a good idea for other reasons.  It encourages them to write, it helps bring them into the community, and it makes it easier for them to get the hang of things.

  3. profile image0
    ryankettposted 7 years ago

    The first time I got a decent referral (as in good quality output) I went a bit too heavy in trying to sell the site to him and I think it scared them away.

    I just leave them be now, although I jokingly started a thread about KimberlysLyrics as she is one of my referrals.

    I personally think that the effort and time is better expended seeking new referrals, as it truly is a numbers game.

    My 147 referrals have published 467 hubs, and I am happy with that. My goal is 1000 referrals, I will let them decide whether they wish to become skilled at money making, or poets, or just simply crap, or wish to dissapear, etc etc. Its their life and all that...

  4. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    i have yet to contact a referral, but when a referral reaches ten hubs, I take notice of them and begin incorporating links to their relevant works into my off hub websites, they get put into my twitter feed (6k)and since I read them, I am likely to remember their work and link to it when applicable in my own works also.

    They would never know this but I feel some quick success is more likely to keep them motivated.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image96
      Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds like a good strategy. Sensible and non-intrusive.

    2. Dorsi profile image90
      Dorsiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good advice to help new referrals, and at 10 you know they are probably getting serious.

  5. Dorsi profile image90
    Dorsiposted 7 years ago

    Very good question. I have about 35 referrals and some are very active. I always join their reader club, encourage them and then let them know they can ask me questions or even better yet - visit the forums. I think if they are serious about writing they need to be in the forums and learning as much as they can...
    And I read their hubs too!

  6. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I try to send some kind of constructive motivational email if they dont do anything after sign up, it has worked a couple of times but only to the tune of a couple of hubs.

    1. sofs profile image82
      sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sunforged and Oli  that is some wonderful mentoring!

    2. Cordale profile image76
      Cordaleposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You know you got me rollin in the bank for you Oli smile

  7. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

      interesting statistics.

    I have 5 referrals, and I've been known to tweet and share their hubs. one is not very active, the other 4 do write.

  8. Kidgas profile image78
    Kidgasposted 7 years ago

    If I ever got a referral, I would certainly be willing to offer any level of assistance that would be desired.  I have had over 1000 clicks on my referral tracker but no sign ups.  Needless to say, I am a tremendous internet marketer with a stunning CTR.

  9. Kangaroo_Jase profile image82
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 7 years ago

    I like to personally help out each and everyone one of my referrals, wait.

    I just checked, I have zero referrals.

    No wonder they don't answer my emails big_smile

    1. WryLilt profile image91
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LoL

  10. viryabo profile image89
    viryaboposted 7 years ago

    I got a good product, a subscription actually, through a great hubber (similar to referring IMO), got stuck and needed a few answers. Sent an email asking a couple of questions. Didn't even have the decency to reply or help me out. And i still pay for the subscription up till now.

    Hmm...i wasn't impressed with that attitude hmm

  11. Benjimester profile image94
    Benjimesterposted 7 years ago

    I used to offer assistance.  I even wrote a 20 page guide to Hubpages that I offered to new folks.  Most signed up and then never came back.  I just let them do their own thing now.  Of my 25 referrals, only 2 have ever posted any hubs.  It's a freaking catastrophe!!!!!

    JK smile

 
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