Lately I feel as if I'm doing everything I can to increase my number of followers. I follow others, I comment nicely on their hubs, I post fan mail and try to connect with people who have similar interests...and yet, I'm losing followers instead of gaining them. Any ideas?
Many spun, spammy hubs are being removed from here. A number of the people who produce these also "follow" a lot of hubbers, thinking this will increase their scores. When they leave or are kicked out, this will decrease the follower number of the hubbers they followed.
I didn't realize that, great point! Thanks so much.
Sorry, I don't mean to derail, but I'm new to all this.
I get the "spammy" part, but what exactly does "spun" mean? Searches aren't helping much... more references, but no definition.
Spun is when a piece of text is put through software so that it masks the fact it has been stolen duplicated. It often fools anti-duplication software but can come up with unreadable English.
For example, here is your comment:
"Sorry, I don't mean to derail, but I'm new to all this."
Spun, it might come out as:
"Apology, I don't mean to crash, but I'm fresh to everything this."
The spinners don't care how it reads, as long as it contains their keywords.
I wouldn't worry about followers too much. They will gradually grow over time, especially if you interact with people.
I lose followers too. Normally it's for the reasons that WriteAngled has spelled out.
"Spun" means they take content and mangle the text, sometimes through an automatic program, so it will not show up as duplicate content.
Oh don't worry about followers write good content and participate in the forums you will have followers.
Following people indiscriminately causes your hub score to fall rapidly.. follow only those whose hubs you intend to read and really be in touch with
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