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I'm losing followers...instead of gaining them!

  1. kittythedreamer profile image98
    kittythedreamerposted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. Bobbyben10 profile image60
      Bobbyben10posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Well, there, you gained a new one. smile

      1. kittythedreamer profile image98
        kittythedreamerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Bobby, ditto!

  2. MartieCoetser profile image91
    MartieCoetserposted 6 years ago

    Some serious changes in HubPages affect us all.

    1. kittythedreamer profile image98
      kittythedreamerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What serious changes?

  3. WriteAngled profile image85
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. kittythedreamer profile image98
      kittythedreamerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't realize that, great point! Thanks so much.

    2. Greg Sage profile image38
      Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      thank you

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
        PaulGoodman67posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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.

  4. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
    PaulGoodman67posted 6 years ago

    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.

  5. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    "Spun" means they take content and mangle the text, sometimes through an automatic program, so it will not show up as duplicate content.

    1. Greg Sage profile image38
      Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      thx

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
        PaulGoodman67posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        ah, i gave an explanation too, further up, before I saw this! lol

  6. sofs profile image84
    sofsposted 6 years ago

    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 smile
    Welcome to Hubpages and best wishes to you smile

 
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