Gathering Followers

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  1. Shinkicker profile image56
    Shinkickerposted 12 years ago

    Hi folks, any suggestions on the best way to attract more followers. I'm not looking for any easy short cuts but just what are the best methods in your experience.

    It's just that I've noticed a few Hubbers with only a small number of Hubs published yet they have hundreds of followers.

    How do they do it?

    1. bogerk profile image71
      bogerkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      From what I understand, followers do nothing to help your Hubber score and will only result in HubPages traffic, which is fairly unlikely to result in income.

      I'm sure the slight boost to traffic a dedicated follower provides is beneficial to SEO ranking, but I would think you would want to target your Google, Yahoo and Bing Readers more.

      (easier said than done)

    2. profile image0
      ssaulposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      don't worry about hub pages followers, worry about organic traffic that's where you gonna get the cash!

    3. kschang profile image87
      kschangposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Followers just means fellow hubpages members who want to "follow" your hubs. They don't affect overall traffic.

      Frankly, a lot of them are newbies who thinks "follow" is like "friend" on Facebook, and if they "follow" you they expect you to follow them back.  :-P

    4. simeonvisser profile image68
      simeonvisserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You can get hundreds of followers genuinely, it does not depend on the number of hubs that you have. It depends on how your participate in the HubPages community. Sure, you do need to have a few good hubs but when you are helpful to others they generally follow you. On my profile page I have a link to a hub on how to get followers, it's not that difficult really.

    5. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Forums are a great way to meet people and share ideas. I've read hundreds of hubs from people I've met in forums. If I like their writing, I add them. smile Good luck!

  2. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 12 years ago

    Don't follow their example, they are probably spam-following hundreds as well. Read further: … +followers

  3. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 12 years ago

    They probably play the follow me, follow you game.  Kind of debases the point of it, which imo, is surely to follow people you want to read.

    I don't really follow anyone because a. I don't have much time for reading and b.I need my mind relatively clear of other people's thoughts otherwise I will end up accidentally plagiarising.

    imo - you deserve some followers for your polish vodka hub which is excellent and amusing.

    But my question to you is - why do you want more followers?

  4. KristenGrace profile image62
    KristenGraceposted 12 years ago

    It's nice to have followers but like everyone said, it won't really change your author score OR result in more income from Adsense or Amazon, most likely...

    I am not a fan of "if I follow you, will you follow me..." So for ME, I have gotten followers just by being active in the forums, and reading and commenting on fellow hubbers' hubs.

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You don't need to be. You are immensely followable, people are dragged to you like a magnet.

      1. frogdropping profile image78
        frogdroppingposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        ... whereas mine are foolishly swayed by the promise of something shiny and green.

        Alas not emeralds ... but the sheen that emanates from the surface of my stagnant and slimy pond tongue

      2. KristenGrace profile image62
        KristenGraceposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        LOL, thanks for the compliment, W.E.... not sure I'm deserving however.

  5. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago

    I have a few hundred followers. I bet 90% of them have never read a darn thing I ever wrote. They followed me because they hoped I'd follow back (and that is something I am EXTREMELY unlikely to do, by the way).

    At your own website, it can be useful to have good numbers of followers, mailing list subscribers, whatever, because if they come to trust you, it becomes easier to sell them things like books or or other services you may offer.

    Here at HP, I'm not sure they have as much value. Some of your real followers - the people who will actually read new things you write - may help spread your fame across the Internet by mentioning your stuff in their Facebook or tweets and so on.  Given that, I certainly wouldn't say that a larger number is bad, but I would say that it is a lot closer to a meaningless number than it is at your own site.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I was going to answer this, but Pcunix has explained it so well, there's nothing left to say.

  6. melpor profile image89
    melporposted 12 years ago

    It depends a lot on the subject your hub is about and on the quality of the hub.

  7. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    if you want followers you can engage with and share your interests, you can check out hubs/hubbers in the topics you like.
    comment on their hubs, share them, etc.

    like others have said, many have never read one hub, ever.

    everyone follows for different reasons. I follow those I admire and enjoy common interests with. I don't follow everyone who follows me. But I'm not one of those who will only follow someone if I like all of their hubs. Many hubbers have numerous topics they write about. I will read their hubs that interest me.

    HP has some wonderful people here.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed we do.

      I agree. I don't have to like everything someone writes to follow them. But if they never write anything I would read, why bother? I don't mean that they write badly - they might write beautifully about things that just don't interest me. 

      We are on the same page, I think.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image88
        rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I think so. sometimes when I'm feeling lazy and want to read in bed, I'll use my Ipod touch to read hubs. I usually don't comment but I'll always rate up. I find hubbers fascinating. After a while I start to feel like I know some of those I follow and read.
        It's a wonderful thing to connect with people from all over the world.

        I'm following shinkicker now. He has some well-written hubs, and a great profile.

  8. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 12 years ago

    I agree with the above statements, followers are nice if they are following you for the right reasons.

    I've been terribly lax on those I follow - I haven't been a good commenter or a thumbs up followers as I use to be, so I need to change that.

    Another way people get followers is on the forums - I don't necessarily agree with their tactics so I won't go into it here.

    You have a good following now, don't fret! smile smile

  9. Eclectic Mix profile image60
    Eclectic Mixposted 12 years ago

    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie to Hubpages, so I appreciate the insight into the way following works, to be honest I am pleased that it depends on your SEO and quality of content, as I would rather have the credibility.

    All the best.

    1. LeeWalls profile image62
      LeeWallsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'm new also so welcome. When someone follows me I thank them and I do follow their profile not because of the, my friend is your friend deal but because of the content.

      It would be nice not to be so judgmental towards newbies with Facebook. This is Hubpages it has nothing to do with Facebook unless that social media makes up your life as a person and not as a writer.


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