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Increase Your Traffic with Comments

Updated on June 2, 2015
He was frustrated because no one commented on his Hubs.
He was frustrated because no one commented on his Hubs.

Comments and Traffic

To comment or not to comment. That is the question.

Should I comment on every hub I read?

Should I answer every comment that I receive?

Those are two questions I was asked by another writer. So this hub is all about comments: whether you should make some; how they should be written and even more precisely, how they should not be written; and why making and receiving comments, just like oatmeal and broccoli, are actually very good for you. Think "traffic."

So let’s get down to the basics. Hold it a minute. Why is it, no one ever seems to get up to something? It’s always, let’s get down to . . . No, I take that back. We do say of our child who has a guilty look on his lovable, little chocolate-covered face, he’s up to something. You wouldn’t say, Alphonse, bless his little heart, is definitely down to something. But I digress. One of my more less than alluring qualities.

How would you define a comment?

A comment is defined as an expression of opinion; a remark; an explanatory, illustrative or critical note or observation. For those unschooled in the art of making comments I will illustrate the various kinds of comments I have noted on Hubpages that are received by the writers of said Hubs.

Here is the one I see the most and shudder at – it’s so stark so plain, so drab – absolutely no panache. “Great hub.” That’s it. Short but not too sweet. And it’s very popular. Almost every comments section of every hub has at least one “great hub” comment. Have you noticed that? Haven't you received one or more of them yourself?

Oh, sometimes there is a slight variation like, “Great read” (pronounced as in present tense) – “I can read this word all by myself.” Not past tense as in “I read an entire paragraph by myself yesterday.”

Wait! There is one comment even more commonplace or pedestrian as I like to call it. How about “good hub”? That one is nowhere near “great.” As we move up the ladder to adjective heaven, the short succinct comments may include an “excellent,” an “amazing,” or a “wonderful” hub. Those comments are always better than just “good” or simply “great”.

Etiquette of Commenting

I know what you’re thinking – is there an etiquette of commenting? Of course there is. Trust me. Should you answer every comment you receive on your hubs? Absolutely Yes!

If others take the time and effort to make a comment then it is only common courtesy to comment back. Your ego is stroked when you receive a positive comment. Answer the comment with a positive stroke for the commenter.

Should you comment on every hub you read? If you are a fan or follow another hubber, you are notified by email when that individual writes a new hub. If the hub has no merit for you (I’m thinking of one that is titled, “Five Ways to Cook Snake Innards,” with explicit snake-gutting and innard-removing photos) then simply delete and move on.

There is no point in making a nasty comment. You may be surprised to learn that a few, a very few, hubbers may be prone to make such comments but fortunately they are in the minority.

If on the other hand, snake innards are right up there on your list of delectable appetizers, feel free to let the hub author know in no uncertain terms of your admiration for the recipe. Something like this comment would be entirely appropriate: “Wow! I’m so entranced by your snake-innards recipe, I plan to share it with the entire Mayville PTA.”

Alternative Views on Comments

“I paint things as they are. I don’t comment.” – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.” – Winston Churchill

“I don’t watch it, but I know enough to comment on it.” – Dan Quayle

Writing Your Comments

So let’s talk about writing really good, even great comments without saying merely good or merely great. Do you want to win the hearts of fellow hubbers? Then leave a comment that is a compliment. The word, compliment, means praise or expressing your approval.

The best way to do that is to tell the author of the hub exactly WHAT you like and WHY.

Here’s an example: “This hub illustrating the beauty of the Grand Canyon (the WHAT) resonated with me because (the WHY) it’s where my first husband tried to shove me over the lip of the canyon. He apologized and said it was an accident. What unbelievable memories you have provoked!”

Here’s another: Do not stop at just the WHAT. “This hub is a remarkably clear explanation of making money with Forex trading.” Go on to state the WHY. “Because I plan to use my wife’s insurance money to invest as soon as she dies.”

You may have noticed that some comments are extremely brief – two words – and others are three or four paragraphs long. That’s OK – as long as the comments are complimentary. If you receive comments that are less than positive, you have the option of refusing to print them.

But do not make negative comments on the hubs of others. Sometimes people might be vindictive and go out of their way to leave purple prose comments on your hubs in retribution. I have seen that, too.

You will find that most of the hubbers with relatively high scores are dedicated “commenters” and their comments are well worth reading. In fact, I have read a few hubs (the writers will remain anonymous) where the comments were even more intriguing than the hub itself. And sometimes a comment will lead to a response which leads to another comment which leads to … you get the idea.

Real Life Examples

Example #1: Rebecca E., one of my favorite Hubbuddies, created this hub: “Getting Traffic: Commenting and Other Matters.” Note - It was reading Rebecca’s hub that gave me the idea to write this hub about how to write comments. Thank you, ‘Becca.

Here is the comment I wrote on her hub:

Drbj. Hi, Rebecca. This is a very important topic for your hub - the importance of comments and commenting. I, too, make it a practice to read and comment on every comment my hubs receive. It is a painstaking process sometimes but exceedingly rewarding.

If someone takes the time to read your hub and comment, you owe it to that reader to comment back with a worthwhile comment. Do you think I've used too many "comment" keywords in this comment?

Rebecca E. -drbj- commenting on your comment yes it is a time consuming thing, but so much fun in the process, that I found it helps me get more ideas for new hubs and all that good stuff. Commenting is a vital way of getting traffic as well. (did I comment too much?)

Drbj - Dear Rebecca - you could NEVER comment too much. Especially on my hubs.

Rebecca E. - drbj-- you are asking for trouble now!! Lol

See what I mean about how one comment can lead to another … and another …

Example #2: Frogdropping, another of my favorite Hubbuddies, (she wrote "Hubpages Blueprint") commented on my hub, "Dealing with Difficult People - Bellowing Bull & Sly Sneaky Snake" as follows:

Frogdropping - I use a one size fits all approach/tactic/MO - I withdraw and ignore. I know there's a bunch of different personalities but half the time you're wasting time figuring that part out. And probably still getting wound up in the process. So I just shut down.

And bugger off. Always does the trick. I'm not saying folks haven't followed me and tried to get me to engage but you know, my stubborn side kicks in. I can't do with being shouted at, raged at, treated like an idiot or ordered around.

By the way - buggering off is not the same as retreating. It is simply the act of removing yourself

Me - Thank you, frogdropping, for both the visit and the creative explanation of the act of buggering.

Yes, I've known a few folks like the latter and my strategies for coping with difficult people, for me, have always been ways to cope with both difficult bosses and difficult employees. In other circumstances, I, too, might use your M.O.

Frogdropping - And I really do prefer to walk away, fight another day. Though when I say fight - I mean diplomatically and subtlely.

Me - Oh, yes, diplomacy is good.

Here's my favorite quote on diplomacy: 'When a diplomat says yes, she means perhaps. When she says perhaps, she means no. When she says no, she is no diplomat.' Ain't that the truth?

The comments we usually get on our Hubpages are much shorter but I've included those two lengthy examples to indicate how hubbers can get involved, interact with each other and establish relationships.

Summary

1 – Comments make you more visible which aids in driving more traffic to your hubs.

2 – Comments are part of the mysterious algorithm that Google uses to establish page rank. A multitude of comments, if there is also worthwhile content, may raise your rank substantially on Google.

3 – Comments can lead to inspiration for new topics. It often does for me.

4 – Comments make the recipient feel good, whether it’s you or another hubber.

5 – Comments can often be a gauge of “How am I doing?”

You will find that your most effective comments will state 20% of what you read and 80% of how you feel or felt about what you read.

So . . . make comments!

Wait a minute!

I almost forgot. There is a question I would like to ask you. Do you believe that I (drbj) am a male or a female? Why am I asking? Because there seems to be some confusion – not by me – but on the part of readers.

Wavegirl22 was kind enough to share with me this thread from a forum where Katiem had asked the question:"Name the Hubber who most influenced you and how."

Frogdropping responded: "Another that's quiet in the forums but has impeccable manners and an attitude to match is drbj."

Katiem answered: "drbj, is an impressive man."

And Cris A. asked if he could include my photo on his hub featuring prominent male hubbers.

In order to clarify the situation, see the video below which should be self-explanatory.

Your comments, of course, are more than welcome. And I will comment back. Promise!

© Copyright BJ Rakow Ph.D. 2010, 2013. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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The real me with my great-grandson, Erik

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Shame on me, molometer, taking so long to respond to your fascinating comments. Mea culpa, mea culpa! Thank you for finding this hub both interesting and useful. It must be more than a coincidence that we both prefaced our 'incredible' hubs with the same to-be-or-not-to-be comment. Then again, great minds ... etc., etc.

      I concur 100% with your statement that 'we humans (are) inventive. Would not have it any other way.

      I think many hubbers are not aware that every time they make a comment, they are leaving a link to their profile (and potential exposure to their work) as well as the possibility of improving Google ranking. What did your experiment indicate?

      The few negative comments I have received in 4 years appear to be from youngsters on my hubs about pig facts and cow facts. They are usually funny and I respond politely since I think they are just flexing their humor muscles, so to speak.

      Thank you again, belatedly, for your visit and your kind comments. Erik sends his regards.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, snakeslane. I owe you and the 21 commenters that follow a LARGE apology for not responding sooner. Still having a problem receiving notifications of comments on this hub. Hmmmmmm? Wonder if someone is trying to tell me something.

      You do not have to apologize one bit for having a 'senior moment.' Since I am older than soil, those are the only moments I have. :)

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Great hub. I know what you said about those two words but when I comment on hubs, I sometimes use those two words as a sort-of introduction before getting to the other parts of what I want to say. Do you think it would be better to just omit those words? I think it's okay if it's not just 'great hub' but you also have other things to say aside from that. Getting comments is a good thing and it does make the recipient feel good. The added visibility and traffic is just another bonus to commenting.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      drbj, really funny and information hub that you have written here. i really enjoyed the cartoon picture that you included of the farmer and the pig. haha made me laugh. you have a lot of valid points that you have made about traffic and whether or not you should comment. i really enjoyed your hub and i hope that you continue to writing magnificent hubs in the future. thanks and voted up.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      I desperately need to improve my commenting skills.

      I know the feeling about comments like "great hub" really well. Not so much from HubPages, but I recently joined Bubblews, and from some of the comments I've seen there, I'm convinced that people are hitting like and commenting without reading the posts they comment on. I don't get the feeling this happens on HubPages though.

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      Cardia 4 years ago from Barbados.

      This was definitely very interesting to read! Certainly has lots of great tips on how to leave meaningful comments on Hubs. I'll will definitely try to do this more in the future.

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      Bo Tipton 4 years ago from Cecilia, KY

      Great Hub! Wait, Wait just kidding stop the typing. Supposed to be funny. Phew that was close. Now let's get up to business. Anyway, I enjoyed your hub and think it made me think but I am still thinking about if it made me think or not.

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      snigdha.s 5 years ago from India,mumbai

      I love the pictures which are so apt for the title you give to your Hubs. You score with your pictures. I love reading your hubs because alongwith the information provided on a particular subject your writing skills hold the readers attention. I admire your humorous side and enjoy your hubs thoroughly. I am yet to explore some great writers on Hubpages but there are some like you and jeannieinabottle who are excellent with humour. Good job once again.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      I had to come back and read this hub again. I was getting tons of comments, and then they just dropped off. After rereading, I realize responding to comments left on your hub is not enough. You really, have to engage your reader.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Boy does this hub have a lot of comments! I suppose I will add to the ever growing list...

      I agree with you 100%. Commenting and responding to comments are important. It is time consuming but worth every minute. If I connect with something a hubber has written or if I am particularly impressed with how they wrote something I let them know. And I always take the time to respond to comments. Comments from hubbers have really helped and encouraged me as a new writer It would be selfish of me to read the comments and not acknowledge the hubbers for taking the time to leave them.

      I am pleased to see that you point out how comments can lead to more comments, etc. I have built some great relationships with hubbers by talking through comments. And I have found hubbers to follow and hubbers have found me all because of comments.

      One thing I also like to do is READ all of the other comments. Though in this case I think I will passs. I could be here all night!

      I had no idea comments had anything to do with google. Thanks for the info.

      GREAT HUB! :)

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I have now been educated on how to keep a hub thriving for almost 2 years! Not only do you deliver with a substantive message, but you have done so in a humorous way. I must admit there are some hubs I kind of skim over and then there was this one. I read every single word. You baited the hook, threw out the line and I kept nibbling away until I finally got snagged and reeled in. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with all of us.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Alas Poor Yoric, sorry drbj!! Brilliant hub. A little courtesy goes a long way and will also help in traffic stakes.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      What a Beastie Hub! Beastie, being how kids today say "really really cool". I had no idea that comments played a role in Googles Algorithmic formula! Thanks for the enlightenment! I am going to try to me a more devoted comenter!

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      Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      I find it hard to think of what to say at times when commenting on a hub. I am glad that this was shared so that I could add to your never ending story of comments here and hopefully I may have learnt a few ways to comment better. You got me wondering with your comment of how to cook a snake. I don't know if I would read that hub if it had so much graphic detail in it. Thanks for writting this oh so many months ago.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      You are so witty Drbj, love the hub. I have been encouraging people to do the same and I think it lacks courtesy when someone leaves a comment on your hub and you ignore them....just my opinion. I guess there are people here on HP that don't really like socializing much but for me...even though not a talker....I love debating. Isn't that contradictory? I love writing and writing comments I have grown to love as well. I was also taught to reply to someone when they speak to me and I see comments on my hubs that way....hubbers speaking to me...lol. I don't read all the hubs in my mail and I do not always comment since sometimes the message of the hub is lost on me..lol...but for the most part I do.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      So happy I found my way to this hub today. I have given some thought as to whether or not to comment on certain hubs that I have read. While I most often do leave a comment, there are times when I am really at a loss for words and don't leave any comment. I really like your advice about disengaging with a person who has left a useless negative comment, although it usually takes me at least a few hours to recover from these hostile comments. ~voted up & useful~

      Also, I did sense a female undertone to your writing. :)

      Tracy

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Good hub.

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Okay, most excellent hub on how to graciously leave comments to others work. I have often wondered if I should leave a comment on hubs that baffled me. Every now and then I try to branch out on subjects I not all that curious about, then, typically I find myself wondering how the heck can I say something nice about the subject matter…next. I think you have this down pat. Cheers.

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      Susan Mills 5 years ago from Indiana

      I logged in to Hubpages tonight and what should I find but a little "clip" of this article from one of my favorite Hubbers! Oh how I've missed Hubpages!!

      I have often wondered if you're a young beautiful woman or an old hag... but never if you were a man. (avatar envy).

      You are one of the very few who can manage to give useful information and wrap it so well with humor the reader has learned something valuable before she realizes it! (There should be a warning)

      I'll bet you dipped vegetables in chocolate for your kids when they were young.

      Oh, just one more thing..... great hub. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Good hub. I'm guilty of everything you said or pretty close to everything. I have trouble always saying great, excellent wonderful, hub. I feel like I'm over do it just because I don't say those things doesn't mean I haven't read the hub. I always vote.

      I have to say this is a "great" hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This is very good advice on how to make comments. I often find it difficult to know what to say about a hub I read. I have somewhat the same problem in actual conversation with people. Your hub cleared up some questions I had about commenting. I'll share this hub with my followers.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Finally drbj is revealed and with cute little Erik too!

      This was an interesting and useful take on the comments section.

      Considering we both started incredible, with the same initial hybrid quote.

      I thought I was being so 'original' only to find you had used it 21 months ago. Dooh!

      Don't I feel silly lol.(How is that even possible?)

      Completely different to my take on comments. Aren't we humans inventive.

      You dealt more with the diplomacy points and they are well made points.

      I leaned more towards the experimental with two hubs published close together and how using 'updating comments' as a means to gain page rank on search engines. You also briefly covered this point.

      The experiment is ongoing with these two hubs.

      Sometimes I have had the very 'rare' compliment which has a kind of back hander attached to it.

      Always from the same person.

      I do give them some latitude, as I know that some people are not very good with online communication 'netiquette'; but sometimes, I read this person's comment and think 'x cannot be serious'.

      I just reply with a simple 'thank you'; whereas I would really like to tear them a new ....... fill in the blanks lol

      Thankfully there is only one amongst all of these great hubbers.

      Comments are truly vital. voted up interesting and useful. Say hi to Erik!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello again drbj, not to worry. I've been a member of Hub Pages for 4 or 5 months, and only just started getting notifications a week ago. Or did I just not notice that little green square light up for all those months? I had actually forgotten I commented on this article previously. Didn't notice until after I commented today. You're the Dr. Wondering if that is what they call a Senior's moment?

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I apologize, snakeslane, for not responding to your previous comment sooner. My comment notifications went missing for awhile so I am trying to catch up.

      I'm not surprised you gave up reading all the comments; there were 325 at last count. Including my responses of course.

      You are an excellent commenter because you take the time to let the author know your thoughts and responses to what has been written. Thank you for being a 'return commenter' - I look forward to future interactions.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      How nice to see you again, snakeslane. Thank you for appreciating my comments. I do try to find something meaningful and complimentary when I comment on a hub.

      You pay me an outstanding compliment when you call me your comment guru and try to imagine how I would comment. Thank you.

      I have nothing against snakes as long as they go their way and it doesn't intersect with mine. But you, my dear, are entitled to special dispensation. BTW, don't worry about being a return commenter. I often am and it's usually appreciated by he hub writer. Trust me.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Forgot to add, webcrea, thank you for the Hub of the Day recommendation. Now I am a return commenter. :)

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, webcrea. Thank you for the welcome to Hubpages although I have been here for more than 2 years. You are absolutely correct. Making comments on others' hubs is a fabulous way for others to find you and it provides backlinks to your hubs via your avatar. Thank you, m'dear, for the iteration.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh my, looks like I am a return commenter.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, LABrashear. 'Great hub' is a great comment when it is followed by the reason why the commenter thinks the hub is 'great.' Otherwise, to me it is an empty exercise.

      Thank you for the 'witty' compliment and I do try not to be condescending since I despise it in others. What a lovely compliment you paid me by promising to remember this article whenever you make a comment. Who could ask for more?

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Dear drbj, I do appreciate this commenting hub by you especially since you are, I have noticed, an especially good commenter. I have actually been using you as my commenting Guru for some time now. If I am lost for words I think:"How would drbj do this?" and all is well. However, I am a little taken aback by your snake innards references. Wondering why the snake always gets such a bad rap. Please don't answer that, I think I already know. Regards, snakeslane

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Erin. It's true my collection of hubs is eclectic because my interests are so widespread. Almost everything in this world fascinates me to some degree. So dive in whenever you have time, my dear, it would be my pleasure.

      Yes, I have noticed that you do leave pertinent comments when you visit hubs and that is exactly what I am suggesting in his hub. As you noted, the comments you leave are small conversations with hubbers you know and those you would like to know. And your comments could never be too wordy for me. Trust me.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Not 'Hub of the Century' Linda? Wait, I'm not complaining you know. Hmmmmmmm, how about 'Hub of the Decade'?

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, rsusan. Delighted you enjoyed reading this hub from top to bottom - that process usually works best for me, too. 'Entetaining, funny and engaging?' You ARE my type of commenter, m'dear. Thank you. Please come back - any time.

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Holy drbj! I have no idea how many comments you got on this commenting hub. Remarkable! I tried to read them all, but I confess gave up at about 11 months ago. I appreciate your tips on commenting. I like to let the author know that I've read the piece, and acknowlege the work is well done, or cleverly done, or funny or silly or deep or whatever it is, that seems the least one can do. But I don't mind short comments people make about my work. Especially with poetry that is sometimes difficult to "get" on a quick read. You have so much to offer drbj I am looking forward to reading more of your work. Regards, snakeslane

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      webcrea 6 years ago

      I recommend this hub for "Hub Of The Day" there is a lot to be learned from this article

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      webcrea 6 years ago

      Welcome to Hubpages and the best of luck. You have already discovered that making comments on the hubs of others is a great way to get discovered and also get back links via your avatar.

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      LABrashear 6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Great hub! (Had to get one in there) Actually, I am guilty of the "great hub" comment, but I hope I make up for it by trying to put why I liked it. As for this one, first of all you are very witty. I like how you present the etiquette and your examples. Also, you are not condescending - hopefully, more people will listen and follow your lead. I promise to remember you and this article whenever I make a comment. Thanks for the fun read! ;)

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Hello again drbj! you have the most eclectic collection of hubs, (well maybe you run a close tie with epigramman) that I just wish I had the time to dive in and read them all. I'll just have to keep visiting and read them when I can. I try to always leave good personal comments on all the hubs I read and some constructive feedback about how it touched me personally (all the good ones do, and there are so many good writers here on hubpages). Personally, I love comments and I consider them little conversations with my friends and people I really admire. After being on hubpages for almost two years now, I've gotten to know a few of my fellow hubbers pretty well and its like a social network, I write a lot of poetry, short stories and try out a lot of new writings on here. On my one year anniversary, and on my 100th hub, the page was full of congratulations and comments on how I've grown as a person and a writer through just how they've followed me on here. I was moved to tears with some of the comments.

      It takes me a while to get through hubs because I do read and comment and really strive for quality, but that means I don't get the quantity I like to get through. So, sorry for being too wordy...but I guess your article brought it out of me....

      Oh..great hub :)

      (yeah I just did that because everyone else did too)

      Take care my friend

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      Rika Susan 6 years ago from South Africa

      Agree with you, Sunshine! More than enough proof of that in the lengthy conversation that is flowing from it.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I recommend this hub for "Hub Of The Day" there is a lot to be learned from this article :)

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      Rika Susan 6 years ago from South Africa

      Drbj, who would have thought that boring old commenting could lead to such an entertaining hub and hubber conversation. This is the way it should be; funny and engaging! Had fun reading the whole thing from top to bottom and even backing up again a few times. This deserves a vote up and a 'funny'.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It'll be my pleasure for you to use fan-freakin-tastic comment...I haven't patented it yet :)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Pleasure to meet you, Sunshine. Your avatar name is very appropriate - you have the smile of sunshine. True!

      Thank you for appreciating the information in this hub. And when you are asked a question about commenting, feel free to refer the questioner here.

      BTW, I adore your 'Fan-freakin-tastic hub!' comment. You know I'll find a way to use it.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!

      I hate that it's the way that it is on the sex issue. I've a friend that is working on her Doctorate in Biology. She's extremely pretty - and has an internet radio program. When you here her on the radio, she's prone to giggle - and everyone already knows what she looks like.

      Folks. . .hear giggle and fun - see pretty, and then forget that this woman has so much education and is also VERY bright in about a million other areas. They make condescending comments to her (the men do - obviously!) - which are really . . .(whether the guys realize it or not - I can't say) . . .just talking DOWN to her.

      She writes me often to vent her frustrations about it all. I have to freely admit that I used to be guilty of the very same behavior towards her too. I guess I somehow earned credibility that I really didn't deserve - I think I'm just must be a good listener.

      I don't know how to "beat the game" of sexual identity as it is reflected in human social interactions - but at least I'm aware of it.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Happems all the time, Wesman. We think someone on the web is male and they turn out to be female, or vice versa. Sorry you had an unfortunate experience in that regard.

      Could have been worse, my friend. You could have made arrangements to date Goldie or Wanda and they turned out to be venomous banana spiders. Heh, heh.

      So don't beat yourself up. Now in my case, I chose a long time ago to be a B.J. because I discovered that new suppliers for one of my entrepreneurial ventures gave me better prices thinking they were dealing with someone of the masculine persuasion, than when I used a feminine appellation. Imagine that!

      My avatar is an optical illusion that I have used for years to demonstrate the power of perception. Some folks see the ugly, old crone/hag first and some see the beautiful young woman. The graphic doesn't change - only our perception of it.

      Did you really see an elderly sort of Asian male? We may need to double the strength of your meds. (Joke)

      But you need not apoologize regarding your erroneous assumption. Even today, occasionally someone who has never met me calls me on the phone and asks for drbj. When I say. "speaking," the caller says, 'Is drbj in?" Makes me laugh every time.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      WTS ... I made that same mistake twice on hubs!! Oooops to us! How about a avatar of the writer is mandatory. hahaha!

      DRBJ ... I appreciate the effort and details you placed into this hub. I haven't had any issues with comments but I've been asked that question also. Next time I'll just send them your hub.

      Fan-freakin-tastic hub!!!!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You know - I had a very guilty moment (okay, you DON'T KNOW - it's story time!) on Facebook recently. Someone who I'd assumed was a man was. . . .(ba dum CHING) a woman.

      It was quite a snafu when I so stupidly said something like, "Wait a sec, you're a woman?"

      *sigh*

      It's all in the past now - but it caused me some grief for a moment - and also provided some other some rather great comedy at my expense.

      On the VERY upside - the woman in question is NOW ON HUBPAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      (can we get a round of applause for WTS who turned his stupidity into a plus for the greater hubpages society from Facebook!!!!! give him a round of. . .laughter!)

      The woman's name is Thea, and . . .I just thought it was a masculine name, dangit, forgive me already!

      drbj - I assumed you were a male. I think the avatar sort of looks like an older Asian gentleman that probably lives in the mountains somewhere. I have absolutely no idea why I think that. Please psychoanalyze me for free!

      . . . .

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      You are so welcome, Kelly, delighted you finally found this hub. You already know the value of comments but some folks, especially new writers of Hubs, do not realize that every comment and every answer to a comment is seen by Google as new, additional content. How 'bout them apples?

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh my goodness - it took me a month to scroll down here! Why couldn't I have found this when I first started on hub? Even now it is extremely helpful and I love your style. I was looking for some advice on increasing traffic due to all the changes lately - thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      How nice to meet you, Thelma, especially since you described this hub in one sentence with three marvelous adjectives.

      Welcome to Hubpages and the best of luck. You have already discovered that making comments on the hubs of others is a great way to get discovered and also get back links via your avatar.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi! I find your hub very interesting,funny and informative. I like it. Since I am new in hubpages, I still have to learn a lot that until now I still don´t know how to use the video capsules, etc. Getting comments from readers and co-hubbers are very important to me so I will know how am I doing.

      Thanks for sharing this hub;-)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Hello, Mark, it's a pleasure to meet you. Set your mind at ease. Your comments are more than just 'good'. If you continue to make perceptive and complimentary comments like this one, you will have no difficulty becoming well known on Hubpages.

      Thank you for the sublime commentary which is much appreciated. In fact, you have won my 'follow-ship' - just coined a new word.

      And oh, yes, you don't have to remain a humble servant. Just a plain old ordinary servant will do. :)

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      Hmmm, how to make a sensible comment about this hub in order to self promote and get a backlink? I know..

      Interesting and funny hub you wrote about comments. I like your sense of humour and the way it's woven into the writing without too much of a big "here's a joke" followed by a, er, joke.

      A slight personal downside for me is the all round goodness of your page which has lead to an early morning bout of depression (can't do this, am not funny, competition is hard, etc.)

      I hope that's enough to qualify as a 'good' comment, and remain Sir your humble servant.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, Glemoh. I believe I pointed out in an earlier comment, that every time you make a comment on someone's hub you are creating a backlink with your own avatar to your own hub. That's a very positive bonus.

      To answer your question, yes, submit your hub link with your comment if your hub is relevant to the hub your are visiting. If not, you may be seen as spamming.

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      Glemoh101 6 years ago

      I like your hub ,

      But you never speak about the strength of comments as backlinks, is that comments carry valuable backlinks and how to index that hubs inclduding my comments.

      Other thing , what is better submitting my hubs links with comments in other related author hubs or just my profile?

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for visiting, KLeichester. Delighted you found this helpful. It is entirely my pleasure.

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      Keep posting stuff like this. It is very helpful. Thanks.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you Esmeowl12, and no thanks are necessary. It is entirely my pleasure to share what I have learned about writing comments.

      Good luck in your newbie hubbing efforts and come back any time. Anyone who laughs out loud at my 'tongue-in-cheek writing style' is my kind of friend. :)

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      Esmeowl12 6 years ago

      I laughed out loud at your tongue-in-cheek writing style. I never knew the importance of commenting on others' hubs but I will make sure to do it now. Thanks for helping a newbie!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      My pleasure, MC, my pleasure.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Lol!!! Thanks for making me LMAO :))

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Wouldn't that be neat, Martie? If a hubber doesn't answer comments on his or her hub, the comments capsule somehow becomes deleted.

      I love your new answer for "How do you do?" I think it's so much more professional than my answer to how do you do? "Everyone I can." (The debbil made me say that.)

      Thank you immensely for that beautiful and stunning genius comment. Are you married? If not, this is a proposal. I know, we're both gals but maybe we could change our names. Come to think of it, mine is already androgynous so it's not a real problem. :)

      A very happy and healthy New Year to you and yours!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      We’ve got a new answer for “How do you do?” = “Well, if I don’t stop myself, I shall fall upwards.”

      I agree – If a hubber wants to be so rude to ignore some or all comments on a hub s/he published, gulping all the compliments without saying ‘thank you’, the hub does not deserve a comment capsule and this capsule should be deleted BEFORE publishing the hub.

      Commenting on hubs – Most of the hubs I read kicks my brain in philosophic-mode, and oh boy, if I don’t behave myself my comment will be a thoroughbred hub – which is also not polite in another hubber’s space.

      I think you are a beautiful and stunning genius of a woman. May all your wishes become reality in 2011.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      You got the message, whitton. Answering comments on your hubs is courteous, friendly and just good sense. You will profit from it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      whitton 6 years ago

      Very useful information. I agree with you to make sure to make an effort to try and reply to every comment that someone makes.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, libby, for visiting and the "great writing" comment. Now that makes two of us! You are so right about the importance of making comments and replying to them. I find that comments usually enhance my hubs and make them even more interesting to read. And I usually learn something from them.

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      libby101a 6 years ago from KY

      I loved this hub! I think it's just as important to focus on the comments as one does writing the hub. I know sometimes we get in a hurry, but we should always leave a comment when we read a hub and always, without a doubt, reply to all comments.

      Great writing drbj!!!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Delighted to meet you, SJerZGirl - with your ingenious avatar name. I like your style, too, especially for "liking my style."

      I have always tried to make information interesting when imparting it to others and humor, I've learned, simply makes it far more palatable and memorable. Thank you for recognizing that and enjoying my "stellar" reasoning.

      Thank you for your visit and more than stellar comments.

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      SJerZGirl 7 years ago

      I like your style. You speak matter-of-factly without being professorial. You inject humor, which I think keeps people reading for more. Thanks for the pep talk and the stellar reasoning on the benefits and techniques to leaving comments. I enjoyed reading this.

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      debbiesdailyviews 7 years ago

      Awwwwww what a shame you put the shopping back,

      You could have had it the next day, it sounded Yummy !

      See, I knew you could even make a shopping list exciting.

      In answer to your question on swearing?

      Errrrrm yes, I have been known for using such words. But here's the two reason's why I use them,

      One because there just isn't another word in my vocabulary to use at such a time, and two, i find it really funny.

      Before I go though, I must tell you.

      I never ever use bad language in temper, and never in front of anyone who I did not want to offend.

      Other than that, I'm around a lot of men working, and you know what they say when in Rome !

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Loved your line, debbie, about enjoying reading my shopping list. OK, here's the one for today. I'm in the store now picking out stuff for a salad tonight, and some ready-made chicken wings, new supply of chocolate chip cookies ... Hold it, just got a call to meet a friend for dinner. So I put everything back and left the store. Will shop tomorrow.

      Since you were brought up to only say something if it's nice, as I was, I know you would never resort to profanity. At least, not aloud. Right! :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Ah, LG, you are my new role model! :)

      No thanks necessary, the pleasure is all mine.

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Drbj. Both! I cannot make up my mind--er that did get me into trouble did it not? LOL

      Thanks for adding me as a follower.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, kats, so nice to meet you. Your English teacher was so right. Adjectives, positive, that is, are everyone's best friend. Especially when making comments.

      And I'm not sure that all hubbers understand, as I have pointed out before, that every time you make a comment on someone's hub you are creating a backlink with your avatar to your own.

      For more information on backlinks, simply type that word into the Hub search box at the top right-hand corner of any hub. Thanks for visiting.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Lady Guinevers, for stopping by and agreeing with my comments about comments. I'm delighted that you concur with my observations about comments and traffic. So nice to make your acquaintance.

      Give my regards to Arthur - or is it Lancelot?

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      You are a gentleman and a scholar, Tom, and no apology is needed. But thank you for the courtesy. I know that you appreciate making as well as receiving comments.

      Thank you for the "eloquent hub," and your visit. Both are much appreciated. :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, kimh, thanks for finding me. "Up, awesome, thought-provoking" - with comments like that you are more than welcome - any time.

      I have always believed that leaving positive comments when you enjoy what you have read is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing. Because you are "stroking" someone else and also doing yourself a favor by creating a backlink with your avatar.

      Yes, I have been "dr" since I earned my degree in clinical psych back in the Pleistocene era, and because I use my initials in my professional career, it is not unusual to be considered a male by those I have not met personally. Thanks for the gracious comments and the visit.

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      debbiesdailyviews 7 years ago

      Well of course, I did not need to get tips from this particular Hub, as I have in-built common coutesy, and was dragged up good-n-proper!

      ( guess I'm just common )

      I enjoy your style, and would probably read your shopping list too !

      Thank you for your support, it really does mean a lot.

      I know what you mean about the practaces of other Hubbers. And agree just like in life, if you haven't got anything nice to say, then say nothing at all.

      There are very often 2 words I would love to leave on certain hubs, and Hubbers the second word is off !

      Only joking

      " or am I ? "

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      kats48 7 years ago

      Hello drbj,

      As I am searching for better and different ways to increase traffic to my hub, at https://hubpages.com/my/tracker/1jeuabkrjm7k8 I was glad to run across your very informational one. My English Teacher use to say "Adjectives are a girls best friend. I have found it to be oh so right.LOL Now I need one on how to back-link?? Any suggestions??

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      What a pleasure to meet you, funride. Love your avatar name - it conjures up visions of amusement park roller coaster rides.

      Delighted that you agree with me about the value of comments and their ability to enrich the content of a hub as well as trigger additional traffic. Speaking of traffic, you may enjoy my hub, "How to Generate More Traffic."

      Thanks for your gracious comments and "follow".

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Great hub and it shows in your comment section. I do believe in everything that you have pointed out.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      drbj.

      First order of business I owe you an apology for not previously visiting and commenting on any of your hubs. Please pardon my lack of hub manners.

      This is an eloquent hub and on a subject that's dear to my heart. I also believe that one should show good hub manners and answer every comment made one one's hub. You've done so on my hubs and now I'm returning the favor!!!!!!!!

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      Kim Harris 7 years ago

      up and awesome. thanks Ms. drbj. I suspect the dr has something to do with the gender assignment. I still catch myself referring to dr's as he. Also, the profile pic is the classic psychological example about perception. Therefore, if you put the name and pic together you might come up with the impression that you are a professor or a psychologist....and make the assumption that you are a he. I didn't, but "I'm just sayin." Oh, and I liked your hub on comments because it helped me think about the comments I make. I always reply to comments because I really appreciate them. I'm also glad to hear that other people are concerned about their comments needing to be edited or being misunderstand. For those reasons, I often leave short comments. I hope you and all your readers have a fruitful and enjoyable day. Thanks drbj for a thought provoking hub!

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      Ricardo Nunes 7 years ago from Portugal

      You nailed it drbj! Most of the times comments can enrich the hub`s content and that will by it self bring more traffic.

      After a period while I hadn`t much time left in the end of the working day I believe now I`ll be able to read more hubs again and of course leave comments every time it`s relevant or I feel I have something to add... in this case it was the best way to inform you that from now on I`ll be following your work here at Hubpages ;)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Welcome, unverified reader. It is amazing isn't it? But it also tells me that as writers, comments are extremely important both for our ego and our growth.

      Delighted that you saw my personal info as a bonus. And you are forgiven for the "great hub."

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       7 years ago

      It is amazing how many comments a Hub about comments can produce! We always try to answer comments made on our hubs, so are aware that it is much better to leave a comment that the author can 'latch on' to. The little bonus in your hub was that you told us something about yourself (that you are female and have a beautiful great-grandson). Maybe that is the secret of a really great hub. (Sorry just had to get in the words "great hub".)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      How nice to meet you, purpleangel, you are so welcome. The pleasure is mine. Yes, your comment technique is more than acceptable. And loving feedback, is a necessary concomitant to being successful and effective as a writer.

      We all have Mama/Papa Egos (love the title) and need to feed them.

      Thanks for visiting and the insightful comments. Do visit the two hubs on "Fokk University" - I think they will appeal to your apparent sense of humor.

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      purpleangel47 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      What a well put-together hub drbj! (How's that for acceptable comment etiquette?) :) Oh but I'm not finished yet ... I am definitely a response-to-every-comment kinda woman. I absolutely LOVE feedback - positive or negative. Positive strokes my ego - (I call her Mama Ego) and negative teaches me how to get to the postive! (Gotta keep Mama Ego happy!) I apparently have some work to do to get comments for my hubs though. Now the comments I have gotten speak well of my content but my hubs don't generate the numbers in comments. Working on that one! Thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Wayne. thanks for the "nugget, other jewels and sage advice." I am honored by your visit and your sagacious remarks.

      As I think about it, what message would this hub have sent if there were just a few comments?

      Fortunately, good comments beget more good comments like yours.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      I just found this nugget among some of your other jewels read it with interest from top to bottom. You offer some sage advice and set the bar high for good manners as well. I also note that this probably has more comments than my entire body of work...a definite tribute to your skills! WB

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      My pleasure, lisa, thank YOU. And Eric says, "mamafooboowadamuh." When he gets older, I'll ask him what that means!

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      lisadpreston 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Ha ha ha ha ha! The things you say crack me up! You are always good to read when I am depressed. You ARE beautiful inside and out. Thank you for the answers and lots of wuv to Erik!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Lisa - delighted to have you visit here and happy you "made it to the end." That takes dedication.

      To answer your questions: 1) you can't leave too many comments if they are all pertinent. So if someone comments on your hub and you answer and they comment in return, I would answer that second comment if it made sense to give an answer. Otherwise, it could be redundant and add nothing to the hub.

      2) Yes, too many comments could be considered spam if they all say good hub or great hub and appear to be written by all your known relatives.

      3) Would this bring your hubscore down? Only God knows and she ain't talking.

      4) I often comment on what another commenter says if I agree with it or can respond in a humorous or irreverent manner. But a rude comment is a rude comment. Don't.

      5) There will always be some folks who get their jollies from inappropriate language. You do not have to approve such comments.

      It's my pleasure to leave nice comments when I read something I enjoy or learn from. I thank you for your very kind comments. Erik is adorable and I appreciate you for saying so. My pic beautiful? Where shall I send your fee? :)

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      lisadpreston 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I can't believe I made it to the end! Whew! I have read in another hubbers hub that it can bring your over all score down if you leave too many comments because too many will be considered spam, Is this true? If you talked about this and I missed it, then please forgive me. Do you think it is appropriate for someone to comment on what another commenter said to the hubber? Especially if they are rude and really have no clue as to prior conversations that have transpired? Shouldn't comments be left for the person who wrote the hub instead of the hubbers commenters? When they do this just to make a personal attack, it is clear to me that they are not commenting to add substance but really need to get a life outside of hubpages. Intrusive, gossipy behavior really annoys me and I don't think that is what people are here for that seriously want to write or learn to write or just express themselves.

      Thank you for leaving such nice comments on my hubs, by the way. Your picture is beautiful and you are just how I imagined. Erik is too adorable for words.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you dawnM, and thank you for visiting. I appreciate your adding a very important thought to this hub.

      That often the comments others make on our hubs do add wonderful depth and additional perspectives to what we write. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      Hi Drbj, I think commenting is very important and responding to a person’s comment is polite. This is a great article because it points out the benefit of commenting. Through the comments that I have received on my hubs many have added richness and more depth to many articles and provided help to others through their stories.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Tina, for stopping by and the kind and incisive comments. I like the "what and why" method for writing comments because then what you write has more meaning for the reader. And we all as writers, whether we admit it or not, desire feedback. I appreciate yours.

      Delighted you like the picture. Erik is very photogenic and that may have been my "good side."

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I guess you're right, Brigitte, anyone can buy an essay but so far there is no service providing positive comments.

      Hmmm! Do you suppose that good be a viable niche?

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      This article should serve as a guide to all hubbers on how to give comments to any hubs. It is really a good idea to write the “what” and “why” when we give comments. I agree with you that comments can help us gauge how well we are doing. It helps us improve our writing skills. I also want to add that we can give an honest opinion or even disagree with the writer, but perhaps, being tactful goes a long way. Indeed, your hubs are worthy to be read by many.

      By the way, you and your grandson look adorable in the picture. I like it. :-D

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      BrigitteBray19 7 years ago

      I guess, that’s good theme just about this post. Anyone can buy custom essay papers or custom written essays at the paper writing service.