@ Jodah, I am with you on the comments thing. I personally live to get comments from YOU and the rest of my Great followers who have stayed with me in thick hub and thin hub and I appreciate them and YOU very much.
You can also delete the comment capsule altogether. I have one where I deleted the comment capsule. The page is way too long, nearly 5K words, lots of photos and videos. Were there to be lots of comments it would take the page that much longer to load up, and slow loading pages don't serve my purposes, which are to make an income.
My immediate thought would be to split that Hub into two or preferably three Hubs, so you can allow comments again. It's rare to find a subject where you can write 5,000 words on just one aspect of it - usually if you take a hard look, you can see how you could split it up into different aspects of the topic.
If you're writing informative Hubs, readers often have questions and it's a bit mean if you don't give them the chance to ask, IMO.
Oh, John! You are too strict! Why punish anybody who may want to avoid any unpleasant comments or something like that. But, I never disable the comments section even though once it was disabled by mistake and later enabled when many of our nice hubbers, including you, pointed out to me that glitch. I may read the articles even though there is no provision to comment on them.
I don't check before-hand to see if comments are disabled. So if it is a subject that appeals to me I will read the hub. If at the end of reading it I see the comment capsule doesn't exist I may check to see if they allow comments on their other hubs. If they have a lot of hubs that interest me I may send an email through fan mail and question if they know they have comments disabled (some do by mistake). If they deliberately don't allow comments then I may read an occasional hub by them if it really appeals but it is doubtful. I read mainly hubs of people who comment on mine and interact.
.....so you're reading for social reasons, not for research or education. If that's the case, then that's fine. The person who disallows comments is probably not worried about networking within HubPages anyway.
I have a comments capsule on all my Hubs, but I do it for my external readers who want to ask a question, nothing more.
Yes, I read hubs totally for enjoyment and social reasons. Certainly not for education. I know others do and that's fine, but as you say, those who don't allow comments don't write here for social interaction, only for external views.
I know it's an option that you can choose not to take advantage of, but I think it's crazy to purposely disable it. I for one get busy or sidetracked and have a hard time getting back to respond to comments, but I love knowing someone is reading what I write. When I used to be a better Hubber years ago, I'd take one day just to respond to ALL my comments on all my hubs. It's very time consuming, but FUN.
I ditto you Chitrangada. But, I will read other articles also where I cannot comment or express my feelings to the author. Because my own happiness and satisfaction in reading those articles are quite enough for me.
@Christy, good morning. I hate to intrude, but I just wanted to share that I love to get comments from my Wonderful Friends/Followers and even the non-followers. I use their input as a gauge as to what type of materials to write and the type to leave be. Have a safe day, Christy and Everyone on this forum session.
Comments are seen as part of the content to search engines. That means if the comments are high-quality and on topic, they can help the article, but if they're low-quality, off topic, or don't add anything useful to the conversation, they can also hurt the article. Some authors don't have time to delete comments that don't add substantial value to the conversation, aren't about the subject of the article, or are poorly written, so they choose to turn off comments completely, which is reasonable.
@ Christy, (seriously) thanks for your valuable input on the comments on hubs topic. Now to me this just means that "I" have to strive, labor, and work to produce HIGHER quality hubs. And that is MY Pleasure.
Christy - Thanks so much for this information! I wasn't sure if they were seen by Google or could affect traffic. I need to consider that factor. If a comments section has comments but has been disabled, does Google still see the content?
Related to Google seeing comments - a while back (a long while back), I reported some hubs that seriously violated HP's terms. Some had adult content in the body of the hub and at least one had good content but the comments section was being used for adult hookups. I hope that situation was addressed, it could have a very negative impact on HP. The hub was written by someone who, I believe, had no idea it was being used that way and possibly hadn't checked it in a long while.
Yes, Google considers comments are part of the Hub - that's why HubPages is encouraging us to delete meaningless complimentary comments, because they dilute the content of the Hub with irrelevant material. It's a tough call for social Hubbers, who often carry on conversations in Hub comments - but then, I guess they are not so worried about income.
I'm not sure what you mean by comments being disabled? If comments have been made and they are visible on the Hub, then Google will count them. If you've disabled future comments, that makes no difference. If, on the other hand, you've hidden or deleted the comments capsule, then Google can't see it.
Google doesn't use human beings to decide what to include in its search results, it uses algorithms (which we call "robots"). The robots are clever, but they can't read and understand an article. The only way they can decide what an article is about, is what words are used in it.
So, say the robot comes across a poem. It gives extra weight to words in the title, so let's say it sees "Love" and "Crumb" in the title. So now it has to decide, is this poem about love or is it about food? So it looks at the rest of the poem. It finds a few mentions of "love" again, and words like "heart" and "devotion" which it knows are related, but only one mention of food. It's about love not food, the robot decides - so now, if someone looks on Google for a love poem, this one will be included in that category.
The difficulty arises if there are lots of other repeated words in the Hub. What if "thank you" is repeated in the comments, more often than "love" in the poem? This poem is not about love, the robot decides, it's about gratitude.
Thanks, Marisa, for this great information. Now, I myself and most of us are able to know the difference it makes with the quality of comments. You have done a great job by providing this good advice. Thanks a lot.
I was referring to disabling the feature that lets people comment. I always see the author mode, and I wasn't sure if turning off future comments affected the search results. I wonder if having older dates on comments would be a concern?
In other words, there are 2881 comments. Mostly they are long comments, so I reckon the page has well over a quarter of a million words in total. Luckily you can limit it to 100 comments when the page first loads, so it is quick enough.
I enjoy receiving comments and so I keep the comments capsule available. But, I can understand why someone would not want to receive comments. In a very pertinent way, comments are rated as part of the hub and are evaluated as such in the Google world. In the case of a hub that might stir up negative responses or comments that are not related to the hub, having a comments capsule could possibly reduce the traffic received through Google channels.
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