Although I don't believe anyone is obligated to comment in a certain way on someone's hub, in general, I try to make a comment that mentions some of their keywords.
For example, if their hub was entitled "Fishing in Alaska" and I knew that this was their keyword, then I might say:
I enjoyed your hub on "Fishing in Alaska" I can't imagine how you survived those long and bitterly cold nights.
From what I understand, having comments is a good thing in the eyes of google, but is a comment that includes one of your keywords a better comment than one that doesn't? I've just assumed so far that this is the case and acted accordingly.
If that is the case, then is there a "right" way to make a comment on someone's hub?
To be honest, this issue does not interest me personally. However, your understanding of keywords in comments appears to be correct.
You're right about the keywords, and that is always appreciated by the author. sounds like you already know how to leave a relevant value-adding comment as well, from your example.
The only thing I would add is please avoid slapping in a link to one of your hubs. You are already getting a link via your user name, and if you would like to exchange links or ask that author to check out a hub you have written, that is fine - just contact them and ask - but the comment section of someone else's hub is no place for your links
I do try to leave a comment that will help the hub out, mostly by using the keywords (if I can discern them - some don't seem to have any)
I also agree with RedElf - don't put a link in the comment field.
Was unaware of this, that is very cool. Thanks for the info.
Thanks for your guide on how to make a comment in right way.
I think that's fine if that's what someone wants to say. I have definitely seen it where the hub author responding to the comments mentions keywords to the point of overkill. It doesn't sound genuine.
But a simple comment as the OP mentions is fine.
Commentators do it, too. Annoys the heck out of me, cause they make it so very obvious that it looks rather planned. What brandonhart says is true. Adding keywords or keyword phrases in your comments increases the keyword count for the whole page.
But if you're gonna do it, make sure it sounds natural and makes sense.
I suppose nobody should knock awareness of keywords in comments, or trying to make a comment that will boost the Hub in some way; but I pretty much prefer genuine comments (or none at at all), without anyone worrying about their own wording. Search engines or not, my "definition" of a comment that "adds something" is related to the substance of what the commenter posts.
Whether or not a writer prefers to/objects to focusing on keywords during writing is that writer's business/prerogative. To me, though, there's a point where - if only in the comments - can "everybody" forget the keywords and just have sincere, natural, genuine, discussion/remarks...
I don't know... I guess my thinking is that articles/Hubs are generally (not always) structured for search engines. It just seems kind of nice (and right) to me to let the comments section be where some some "genuine" commenting (and even discussion) takes place. I guess I see the comments as a "more personal extra" to any article/Hub. (I know I'm not about to start worrying about keywords in my comments on other peoples Hubs. I don't even worry about them in my own Hubs a good part of time. )
When I comment I don't make an effort to include particular keywords. What matters is that the comment is genuine and that the author of the hub appreciates that you have commented.
I don't think it is incorrect to include key words in a hub comment nor is it incorrect not to do so. It's up to the discretion of the person making the comment. Ideally, IMHO, it would be great to participate in some back and forth discussion between commenters and writers--at least where the hub topic warrants it.
I'd agree that it's not incorrect. (Far from it, I think.) It's thoughtful and sensible and the way things are generally done with a lot of stuff on the Internet. It's just that I've seen some of those more natural, back-and-forth, discussion that can happen; and it looks, to me, like they can "boost" a Hub in their own way.
I have to admit, it actually hadn't occurred to me to include keywords in my comments but in future it probably is worth doing and a very considerate way to comment. I think, however, that there are many people out there who have little knowledge of keywords and are commenting as they have something valuable to contribute. We certainly shouldn't hold it against these people if they don't include keywords. A good point though and one I hadn't considered!
A lot of my comments seem like the people didn't even bother to read my hub. Seems like a lot of people are doing it because they want comments back, or want followers.
Yep you are spot on something at hubpages will never change.
Yes! I had someone once comment on a hub and use the keywords and all that -I know she was trying to be helpful- but she didn't even read the hub. The hub was a review of one item. Her comment said "Nice selection of..."
There was no selection. I lawled, rolled my eyes, and hit Delete.
While I do think it's important to be genuine in your comments, if you really enjoyed an article and want to give the hub a boost, then why not help the hub out by thinking of how you would naturally incorporate the author's keywords into your comments?
This does take some extra thinking, but personally I believe it's worth the effort.
As long as they don't post a link or say something mundane and pointless such as "good hub" or "thanks" I don't care.
Links in my comments are a no-no though, even those ones which are not in the body of the text and are inserted into the username instead. It is a page leak which doesn't benefit me at all.
@Ryan I agree. Generally I delete comments that either list a link in their comments or put one in their name. As RedElf mentioned, this is one thing that people need to avoid (although I've never had a problem with another hubber doing this).
As far as other comments, in my opinion any comment is a good comment, but again if they want to cleverly incorporate my keywords, then it's an even better comment .
I did once have a search that was against a term that someone put in a comment, rather than in the text of my hub. I know this because I am at the stage where I can check and inspect every keyword used. I hope to leave this stage one day.
Whether a comment contains keywords or not is immaterial, what matters is whether the comment was useful and relevant to you and other readers, same goes for links. That said, spammers should aways be dealt with quickly.
As far as comments are concerned, I think search engines are more likely to be influenced by the frequency and recency of relevant comments AND LINKS.
Edit: Comments do not need to include exact match keyphrases to be deemed relevant by search engines.
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