Aside from the delightful, witty repartee of certain SuperHubsters, do comments matter?
I see that some hubs elicit long chains of commentary. Comments, please:-)!
Comments aren't necessary for a successful hub, earnings-wise, but a lot of users derive great personal satisfaction from them. They also help to keep your page fresh in Google's eyes in the same way as a changing RSS feed or news feed, since when they crawl the page, they see comments as "new content." This can contribute to better search rankings and therefore search engine traffic.
Also, comments are a pretty decent variable in making up your HubScore, which if high enough could get you on the Hot Hubs list...and that will get you some great traffic.
So in other words, yes - comments are pretty important.
Thank you! And thanks for the great primer (FAQ) on using HubPages. Goes to show you can teach old scribes new tricks:-)!
Thank you both. And if I might ask, how does one increase one's fan base?
Been working on those zingy comments to other hubs:-).
Once this election is over, I'll start skewing my own hubs more toward the "informative" and less toward the "enjoyable" or even silly!
Good suggestion, Ryan. Thanks again!
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I like to look at comments as a little footprint. It shows me a clearer picture of the kinds of folks I'm reaching rather than staring at dry Google Analytics numbers and going "Hmmmm..."
Aha! What self-respecting writer wouldn't prefer to see who's drawn to her work vs. a cold, clinical Google assessment? Thanks, Gamegirl.
Here's to qualitative + personal feedback ...
just write about interesting things and comments are bound to happen!
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