This morning I had Fan mail that started out with
hey your hubs are nice. I enjoyed reading them. I am new to hubpages please help me grow
and then listed5 of their hubs.
That's going to be instantly denied and deleted by me and probably everyone else here unless they are also a clueless newbie.
It's so blatant I'm not even going to look at your hubs.
Don't do this.
I agree 100%. I also, and don't tell anyone, only approve fan mail that 'suits' what I want to show on my profile page. So if it says "you are brilliantly funny" then that's OK. But if it says "I read your hub and it was interesting" then I don't bother with it.
It's all part of sales and image really. Bit harsh I suppose.
The check's in the mail, right?
Wow. I can't believe I wrote that. Very gushing, and I rarely ever bother following anyone let alone writing them fan mail.
Apparently I have a strong appreciation for nonsense! I think it was your cat hub which got me.
Yes, not quite gushing enough. The "quite intelligent" remark irritates me every time I see it, but I've left it on there.
Quite intelligent. Suppose I should be flattered.
On the subject of the thread - I just had the same fan mail that Pcunix got! The fanner's not having a great morning.
Which type of fan club are you trying to draw and is it only your fans who make you money?
I think you have no clue what we are talking about..
Ok clueless..... I hope this unruly fan didn't click on any ads of yours. Did you send a letter to Google?
I have never gotten this.. than again maybe it is because I am considered a newbie myself. And hopefully by posting this forum, whoever is doing it, gets the message loud and clear!
I hate that and them asking or even telling me to become their fan.
Here's a recent one:
Hi! I already follow you, it would be really nice if you please follow me back and help me grow like you. Thank You :-)
I know who you're talking about - he did the same to me. I went to his profile and saw that those 5 hubs were ALL of his hubs. While looking, I noticed that he wrote (or should I say published!) a hub about how to make money with Google AdSense...
....so, I perused that hub and then left a nice comment letting him know that what he did in his fan mail to me is not cool and that I don't know why he's asking for help from other hubbers when he's already got it figured out if he's writing hubs about Google AdSense!
Of course, as I expected, he deleted my comment, but I know I got through to him because he then emailed me (via HP) to say that in reading the advice of the best hubbers, his understanding was that you were supposed to do what he did with the fan mail and links - whatever! DELETE!
This is the reason I have the following written in bold on my profile:
Please note that any fan mail or comments you leave for me that request mutual reciprocation will be deleted, as I consider this very rude and bad etiquette.
Hah. I ran it through a spinner.
Oddly, it came out just the same, though. Oh well.
Yeah, that's incredibly rude. Kind of spoils the compliment they start off with.
Well, I would image the "compliment" is nothing of the sort, because they likely didn't read a single hub!
Just a couple of days ago. I thought it might be a good idea after being here almost 9 months and writing nothing, so over the weekend I dashed off 284 hubs.
I'll do another one today, though I have to say I'm really worn out.
79!!! Holy Toledo! I guess they expect people to actually write stuff. Huh. Better break out the old spinner.
Just changed my mind about this! No sooner that I posted that I add them all than I had one of the spammy "help me grow" mails with a list of 5 hubs! Well, that got denied promptly! I don't mind fanmail that doesn't say much but I don't want spam!
Most of the stuff about community in Hubpages is also good SEO. Fanning, commenting, questions etc, etc, etc. It all ties the site together internally and makes it more appealing to Google.
You might get proprietorial about what appears on your profile page but it all helps the greater good- in other words we all make a little more money.
Emails like this are a very minor irritation. And you can do anything you like with them.
Or send them yourself.
I think you misunderstand.
It's not as much about it appearing - its the implication of reciprocal favors that annoys us.
There really is no obligation. Truly. It's not like your sister's husband asked to borrow the lawn mower. Reciprocal favours are for people who matter to you.
I get emails all the time that say something like, "I see you're an English teacher, and you write great hubs. Would you mind reading all my hubs and correcting all my mistakes?"
Um, yeah, I would mind! I don't mind helping someone out, but that's just too much. The emails I get that say, "I really admire your writing skills. If you get a chance, would you take a look at ONE of my hubs and provide some feedback?" are more inline with what I'm willing to do. After all, there are only so many hours in a day. If I did what everyone asked me to do, I'd have absolutely no time to write my own hubs or to write articles for pay. Hope you guys don't think I'm a b**ch! lol
Darn and I was just about to ask if you could go read all my hubs and correct my mistakes... lol... Although I can definately see how that would be irritating!
dont get upset at them for that habee just let them know that your normal rate for that is 10 dollars a hub in your paypal account and find out when they would like you to start.
In any identity here I never reciprocate without looking at a sample and then only follow if I like the stuff. I also follow people because I like their stuff, never just because.
I was replying because it seems every couple of weeks you come up with an unruly fan. I think you just draw a funny crowd. Never mind. Hope your dey is wonderful.
People tend to follow people with high hubber scores and a good number of existing followers. I suspect that they wrongly assume that if we follow them back, that would increase their scores.
That's why we draw "funny" people.
Worth checking out a page for anyone writing a short patronizing pithy line like 'love your hubs' as you may find they've sent it to fifty other Hubbers too, as they mainly hope everyone will then be their hub friend and support their karma / ads in turn. They probably spent about 5 seconds on your hub and never read so much as the title.
Hey barbergirl28 I'm gonna follow you because you have some interesting titles for your hubs that I want to read further.
What a strange thread.
I check out profiles of people who follow me or far less frequently fan me. Most of the time that's all I do. It's enough to form an opinion. A few times I look deeper at a hub or two. And on very rare occasions I might decide that I could read future hubs of theirs and I will follow.
That's my ploy to win the popular hubber of the year award.
In my defence I will say that those few I follow - I occasionally read their hubs, sometimes comment, and I always check the daily email.
I just got fanned by the guy with the list of 5 hubs which he'd like me to read. Like Bard of Ely, I generally just accept unsolicited fanmail. It doesn't mean that I will be reciprocating any time soon. On this occassion, however, I'm following the crowd, and deleting the fanmail. It's just a bit too cheeky to expect people to check out your hubs without being part of the community first.
However, you've managed to give link juice to the SPAM provided in the fanmail you receive. It's not a good practice.
I'm quite insulted. What, I'm not good enough to have the five hubber send me fan mail? Everyone else seems to be getting it but me!
No one has sent me any fan mail (except for the "welcome to Hubpages). I'm feeling left out.
(This is in no way a plea for attention)
Diane, I'll write you some fan mail and then you can write me some fan mail so we won't feel so left out, OK? Bard, here it was I thought you just liked me...Dang!
And I also have been snubbed by the masked spammer...where, oh where, did I go wrong???
I just got fan mail with five links in it. I guess this little guy is getting around. I didn't approve it, but did not delete it. I guess I will delete and send a polite private note on etiquette here.
I got some fan mail like this some time ago now, I accepted it at the time as I was and still am pretty new to this. The more and more I read hubs though the more the image of that dairy product keeps appearing with the same copy and pasted message they posted to me. I'm sure you know who I mean right.
by Sherri 11 years ago
Might be a brain fart here, but I have a couple of fans I'd like to leave fan mail for...how do you find that option? TX in advance.
by CrystalSingleton 11 years ago
Some people have over a thousand followers and have just recently joined say 4 months ago, seems skiddish. what gives.
by chrisdildilio 7 years ago
There should be a tab for sent messages or sent fan mail. I cannot find this anywhere on the site. Thanks!
by Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago
I'm reading an awful lot about Hubpages at the moment and while a lot of it is going in, not everything is and I'm certainly not very good at being able to reference back to where I read it. Frankly it's all very new!One thing which concerns me is fan mail. I've got a vague recollection of reading...
by CMHypno 9 years ago
This is something I have only seen in the last few weeks, but newbies are starting to post the link to their first hub when leaving fan mail. Much as I appreciate the fan mail, I have started to deny them.Personally, I don't like it as I believe that fan mail should be about appreciating the hubber...
by Susan Reid 9 years ago
When I get a notification that someone has posted new fan mail and I click on the link it goes to a list of my fan mail which appears to be in reverse chronological order.The new fan mail isn't even there! I have tried looking on every page of my fan mail. The new fan mail isn't on the first page...
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