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Get Followers--Tips for Bloggers

Updated on August 14, 2012
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Get Followers

Writers need readers. There is little purpose in a writer's work without them. Whether writing strictly for self-expression and creative outlet, or to generate an auxiliary income, writers need readers.

There are several ways to develop a growing readership when writing online.

Number one is to find a niche, or several niches, that appeal to you. They should be topics that you personally have some experience with and that you enjoy so much that you want to learn more--and share.

Number two is to write great content, consistently. Whether you post daily, or just a few times a week, get in a pattern that your readership can anticipate. Eventually, you will have some that will come looking for you.

Number three is to start a blog. Even if your preferred outlet is a different venue, like HubPages, having a blog can only increase your overall readership over a period of time. Cross linking from blog posts to your hub posts will give your hubs more exposure and can increase SEO (search engine optimization). Developing a blog in a particular niche can also brand you as somewhat of an expert in your field. Again, it takes time but we love to write, don't we? So, we have time.

Number four is to offer ways for people to follow you on your blog:

  • Sign up by RSS feed
  • Subscribe to your site and receive new posts by email
  • Become a Facebook Fan
  • Follow you on Twitter

Number Five is to comment on blog posts and articles of other writers in your field. You can gain recognition by being a regular supporter of their work. Develop a relationship with them, and eventually you could become a guest writer. Guest posting can lead to greater readership for yourself and bring you recognition for your expertise in the field.


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Get Followers with Comment Luv

Now here is a real tool in making your blog commenting very effective. Comment Luv! Comment Luv is a plugin that can be added to your blog. Originally created for Wordpress blogs, there are now ways that it can be added to a Blogger blog, as well.

The plugin creates a double backlink effect. Your comment gets a link just from you adding your information but then it also picks up your latest blog post. Two in one!

Here's how it works: Comment Luv inserts their logo with a checkbox, which appears as part of the comments section below a blog post.

The person commenting completes the field entering their name, email address (which will not appear publicly) and the URL of their blog. If he/she clicks on the Comment Luv box below the commenting field, their latest blog post's title will also appear as a clickable link.

Add a nice comment and click "submit". Not only have you created a backlink to your blog but others can click and go to your post. I have gained some notable traffic for my own blog by commenting on Comment Luv blogs.

BENEFITS: Those offering Comment Luv on their blogs increase the value of their blog site. Readers will come with the sole interest of reading your work but others will come knowing it will help their own viewership as well. Traffic is increased--everybody's happy!

Smart visitors of Comment Luv websites will subscribe to the site to be alerted when new posts come out. It reminds them to visit again, read and comment, making a regular appearance.

Get Followers by Comment Luv Surfing

So, how do you find the right blogs and websites where Comment Luv is used? You need to find sites whose readers would also be interested in your topics. You need to go "Comment Luv Surfing."

Here is how you find Comment Luv sites in a particular niche.

  1. Go to the Google search engine and click on "more" on the toolbar.
  2. Now select "blogs" (This works for finding websites, as well. Just use the regular search window,instead.)
  3. Enter the keyword that you are surfing for and + comment luv enabled.
  4. Then "enter".

A list of blogs in that keyword niche will appear. Their comment function should have Comment Luv set up on it.

EXAMPLES:

If I were looking in my blog's niche, I might enter the following keywords:

  • organizing + comment luv enabled
  • dessert recipes + comment luv enabled
  • family + comment luv enabled

If someone was into writing about sports, they might try something like:

  • football + comment luv enabled
  • sports trivia + comment luv enabled

You get the point. I go Comment Luv Surfing a couple of times a month. In fact, I just added a couple of comments about party planning on some Comment Luv sites as I was researching this hub! I entered: party planning + comment luv enabled and came up with a few that I wanted to read.

Try it. Surf and find a good blog post and comment on it, clicking on the Comment Luv checkbox before submitting your entry. It's easy and fun. And, the more you visit other people's blogs and comment on them, you will eventually find some sites that bring you some real traffic in return. Those are the ones you will want to make note of and visit them, often!

Comment Luv isn't working?

If you find when visiting CommentLuv activated blogs that your most recent blog post is not being linked, you may need to add a "feed reference". This may be a more prevalent problem for those whose blog is a Blogger product and not on Wordpress. The fix is relatively easy to do. You will need to add a feed reference to the html in the header area. Simply put, CommentLuv needs to know where to find your feed.

CLICK HERE for a 'how to' post from the creator of CommentLuv himself, Andy Bailey.


About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Green Lotus. I'll stop by your blogs and check it out.

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    Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Great ideas here Sinea! Comment Luv sounds pretty good. I use Livefyre on my blogs and it adds that recent post link as well. It's all good for traffic :) Cheers.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Wow, cclitgirl, three blogs and HP? Find some great guest posters fast! That is a lot of writing. Hope this hub proves to be helpful. Thanks for the great comment.

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    Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

    I have bookmarked this hub. I recently started three (!) blogs, but keeping up with being the newbie here on HP and at blogger, I'm barely able to keep up with it all. One thing at a time, right? :) But, now I can reference your hub when I am ready to do the CommentLuv stuff. Thanks!!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Glad to help!

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    you're welcome. thanks again for writing

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Glad you enjoyed it, Deborah Brooks. Thank you so much for the vote up! :)

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    this is so informative.. I bookmarked this HUB.. I am new to the HUB.. and I need all the help I can get .. thank you for writing this.

    I voted up....

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much, PDXKaraokeGuy.

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    These are great tips, Sinea. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Guyjackson.

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    Guyene Jackson 5 years ago from USA

    Your article is very nice This hubs!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're welcome, cabmgmnt.

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    Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

    Thank you for the information. I am always looking for new tools to help gain followers and traffic. This hubs helps.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Stewart5, thank you so much for the vote up!

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    Stewart5 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Good info for a beginner like myself. Voted up!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you Sasanka7 and Digitskyes. So glad that you enjoyed this hub.

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    Digitskyes 5 years ago from Highlands, Scotland

    Hmm I'd not heard of Comment Luv Thnaks for the tips :D

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    sasanka7 5 years ago from Calcutta, India

    Most encouraging hub.voted up.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    I kind of "tripped over it" myself. I asked another blog owner what this wonderful thing was on her site and she explained it to me. It started out as Wordpress only but benefits all visitors who comment.

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    Cube Jesters 5 years ago from United States

    Thanks for the valuable info. Have never heard of Comment Luv - good to hear there are outlets to assist in backlinking and improved SEO.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks pharmacist! I appreciate it.

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    Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

    Well written at a level even a newbie - like me - can benefit from. Thanks for your work!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks for stopping by bizwin.

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    Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

    Very good info. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Donna. Hope your friends can put it to good use!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Ghaelach. Glad you liked it. Hope it proves to be profitable for you.

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    Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

    Thank you, I really need this information! Voted up and shared it with some fellow bloggers who need to jumpstart new blogs quickly.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Hello hello, you are very welcome. So glad Mr Jolly shared this, too. We all must start sharing each others' work more. I'll be by to check yours out soon.

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    Ghaelach 5 years ago

    Hi Sinea.

    Great read.

    Have been over to "Comment Luv" and find it interesting so i registered. Will give it a go when i get a bit space.

    Saw your part two in my mail box so i'm going over there now.

    See you in a while.

    Take care and have a nice Sunday evening.

    LOL Ghaelach

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    Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your brilliant tip. Itis certainly true your saying what is a riter without reader. Great help and I also thank Mr Jolly to send this hub to me. It was so kind of him.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you Rajan Jolly. I appreciate the votes and shares!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    This is a very useful hub. Never knew of the comment luv plug in and the comment luv surfing needs to be checked out too. Thanks for such an awesome hub, Sinea. Bookmarked and I'm sharing this hub on here and on fb.

    voted up and awesome.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Go for it! You'll be glad you did.

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    The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

    Thanks for reminding me about comment luv. I have so many plugin on my harddrive, it got lost in a file somewhere. When ever I read about commentluv, I think, "I really need to install that." Your article made me realize just how important the plug in is. I'm off to go install it. Thanks again

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're welcome Om Paramapoonya. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you prasetio30. Comment luv is a handy little tool to gain readership.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    The Comment Luv tool sounds very nifty. I'm not a serious blogger, but I might give this tool a try and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very informative hub. Actually I had never know about "Get Followers by Comment Luv Surfing". This is new for me. Thanks for share with us. I'll bookmarked this hub. Rated up and useful!

    Prasetio

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you so much icciev. I appreciate your vote UP! :)

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    icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

    Hi Sinea, thanks for the great tips you provided here, very informative hub which I shall vote up.

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    Warren Baldwin 5 years ago from Kansas

    Helpful article, thanks.

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    kellymom1970 5 years ago

    Sinea Pies, What a great hub! Thank you so much, Come see my first hub, Thanks.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Comment luv is really a great tool to place your blog post links within reach of those new readers who would most be interested in your article. You'll like it. Thanks for stopping by, wanzulfikri.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much for stopping by AlissaRoberts. Glad that I could be of help.

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    Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

    Off the advice of missolive I thought I would check out your hubs for tips for newbies like me. She was right. Such an informative hub! I have alot to learn so thanks for sharing your tips with everyone!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Hike Guy! I appreciate the vote so much.

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    alvinalex 5 years ago

    Good work, keep it up

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    wanzulfikri 5 years ago from Malaysia

    The CommentLuv tips looks interesting. I'm gonna apply it right away.

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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

    Very glad to include a link to this hub in my latest hub - Grab That Traffic!

    These blogging tips are awesome and I am glad to share this link with my followers. Thanks Sinea for sharing your knowledge!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Dahoglund. I have some hubs that I've bookmarked for a closer read, too.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank ThePracticalMommy! Comment luv is a great invention. Thanks for the vote!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much DzyMsLizzy! Your blog can feed traffic to your Hubs!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Very interesting. My blogs have been rather neglected since I've been writing here, but I'll have to fix that. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Cyndi10. You are so right. There is much to learn and always something new on the horizon!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Just Ask Susan, it was a delight to share this. So glad you stopped by!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Prairieprincess, thanks for the high "wows"! LOL. I so appreciate it.

    Comment Luv Surfing is fun. I took a couple of vacation days from my day-job so last night I was able to stay up later and decided to surf a bit.

    One of my latest blog posts was about a lady who makes some amazing crafts. So, I surfed "crafts + comment luv enabled" and I left some comments. I always try to truly read their posts and leave a meaningful comment. Sometimes I subscribe to their sites, if they're really good, so that I will remember to tune in to new posts in the future.

    Today I got a comment back from one of those blogs and she gave me some tips to other opportunities that can bring me some traffic (which I will be sharing in a future Hub!) :)

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    Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

    Enjoyed your take on this -- and now I have a new strategy to try. Voted up and useful.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Barbara Kay, I PRINTED OUT that great hub of yours "Unusual Ways to Get Free Traffic". I was actually proud of myself that I already had added my URL at the bottom of emails...it made me feel very smart to see it in your recommendations! :)

    What I wanted to know more is the Amazon thing--so I printed it out to contemplate it over a cup of coffee. I am now looking for your craft hubs to see just what you're doing! Thanks for the link. I am so honored!

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    Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

    I've never heard of this before either. I'll add the link to my hub on unusual ways to get traffic. Thanks.

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    Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    This is a bit more than I can absorb right now but I bookmarked this hub so I can review it later.

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    Marissa 5 years ago from United States

    I didn't know there was such a thing as Comment Luv! Thanks for sharing. This hub is full of awesome tips for blogging and getting backlinks. Well done!

    Voted up and useful!

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    Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

    There is so much to keep learning about getting traffic. Thank you so much for giving me more fodder to work with. It was a well put together hub and I will bookmark for future reference. I'll read your other hubs for more info.

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Great information here. Thanks so much for writing this.

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    Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

    Wow, wow, wow!!! This is a very timely post for me. I do have some blogs and I do have comment luv installed one. I did not know about "comment luv surfing," though! That is such a wonderful idea and I will try it. Great hub, as always!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks bangingbeauty. I appreciate your encouragement.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Fastfreta, you tweeted it? I consider that the greatest of compliments. You are a blessing.

    I am glad that you found this so useful. I've learned it as I've been going along and was thinking that one concise article would have helped me to speed up the learning curve. Hope it helps others to do the same.

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    bangingbeauty 5 years ago

    Great post, agree that writers need readers. Great content is one of the main reasons why readers keep coming back! Please keep the great content coming!

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    Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

    Now this is information I can use. Very good, thanks for the research. Voted up, useful, interesting. I even tweeted it.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Hi D.G. Smith. Thanks for the comment. I agree that HubPages is the best. Blogging and social media can help you build your readership.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Injured Lamb, thank you for your "thumbs up". I appreciate it so much. Blessings!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks randomcreative.

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    D.G. Smith 5 years ago

    Great info. I am still trying to figure it all out, web pages, blogs, twitter. Hubpages made it easy sign up and get to writing, the rest is a bit confusing

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    Injured lamb 5 years ago

    Thumb up! What a well organized and constructive hub you have, thanks for the sharing Sinea Pies...be blessed...

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Awesome tips for all bloggers. Thanks!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Dallas93444, thanks for the upward vote! I appreciate it.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you so much, Seeker7.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Coleridge001.

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    Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Another informative and useful article. Your information makes my efforts more efficient.

    Thanks. Flag up!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks molometer. Thanks for the follow, too!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    A fascinating and useful hub not only for beginers but for experienced bloggers as well. Very good information.

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    coleridge001 5 years ago from lucknow,india

    good one .helpful.

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    molometer 5 years ago

    Very informative hub