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Comments Please

Updated on November 15, 2010

The final module of a hub should be the comments section. This section is an especially useful means for readers to express their opinions on what a huber writes. Generating comments may be the main objective for a huber to write a particular hub. I have read in other hubs that requesting comments at the end of a hub may actually increase the number of comments you receive. This makes sense when you compare generating comments to looking for a job or selling a product. You need to close the sale or ask for the job. The same may be true regarding comments.

Commenting on hubs is a useful means for a hubber to support the HubPages community. Comments to a hub show that visitors have actually read the page and developed some opinion on what was said. If you read a hub and the hub stimulates your thinking, then by all means comment on the hub. The author should appreciate the opinions of valued readers. Comments also affect the page rankings for hubs by demonstrating that the hubs that receive comments promote visitor participation.

I occasionally write politically motivated hubs. These hubs serve a dual purpose; get the message out and generate interest. Comments provide feedback on how these two purposes are accomplished.

I welcome debate.

Comment Modules are Automatic

A Comment module is automatically inserted at the end of each new hub. The author is free to insert more comment modules to generate comments on specific sections of a hub or remove the comment modules all together. I feel that removing the comment modules is a mistake.

One goal of web-design is to attract repeat visitors and one method to add to the number of repeat visitors is to start a conversation. Visitors will return to check the author's replies or see if other visitors have commented on a particular section.

I added this module to this hub because over the weekend I read a particularly interresting hub. The hub spurred my interest and I wished to leave a comment. However, when I reached the end of the article there was no comment section. Needless to say, I left no comment and now I have no reason to visit that hub again.

Comment Modules are not Advertisement Space

This may seem obvious to most but the comments modules of hubs are not the place to promote another website or your own hub. The HubPages rules specifically state the policies for comments.

When I recieve comments, I try to respond to them as soon as possible. Sometimes I do not succeed because of the limited amount of time that I have available. However, when you receive comments on your hubs you should respond to those comments, if they request a response or if the comment sparks another thought.

The authors of hubs must approve a comment before HubPages posts the comment to the comments section. Many people try to sneak in advertisements or promotions for their own hubs. As an author, when I receive comments that promote other web sites or hubs I flag those comments as SPAM and mark them for deletion.

This is something that you may wish to consider when formulating comments on another author's hub or when reviewing your own comments.

If you found this little bit of information useful, please let me know in the comments section.

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    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I do not find it all uncalled for or overbearing. If you want to have comments, there is no harm in asking for them. A person reading it should not feel compelled to respond, even though you explicitly asked.

      My 'Peripheral Man' stories are works of fiction - I'm not asking for comments, but I am very happy to read any of someone decides to respond. In my hub about where to put a digital photo frame, I would ask explicitly for comments to ask a question of the reader. So as I see it there are some cases where it is warranted to be explicit, but in others, not so much, but for anyone, whenever they like is fine with me.

    • Dumbledore profile imageAUTHOR

      This Old Guy 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      Phil,

      I often place a statement at the end of a hub to inform the reader that I appreciate and welcome comments.

      Do you feel that this is uncalled for or a bit overbearing?

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I have permitted comments on all of my hubs but have only asked explicitly for comments on ones where it was warranted.

    • Dumbledore profile imageAUTHOR

      This Old Guy 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      eventsyoudesign,

      First of all, thank you for the comment. I always appreciate when someone shares input for what I wrote.

      As for not getting comments, most of my sites do not rceive many comments either and I simply blow it off. However, I have discovered that since I started asking for comments I seem to be getting more.

      I think it may have something to do with the same reason that salesmen do not make many sales if they do not learn how to close.

      Just keep writing and comments will eventually come.

    • eventsyoudesign profile image

      eventsyoudesign 

      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I wish my hubs stimulated more comments. They seem to get read, but no comments. Now my hubs for the most part are not designed to create a debate. Maybe my hubs need to be more controversial? I am not sure what I am doing wrong???

    • Dumbledore profile imageAUTHOR

      This Old Guy 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      As I stated earlier, we must remember the obvious because these aspects of any trade are the most overlooked.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • profile image

      Moncler4u 

      7 years ago

      his may seem obvious to most but the comments modules of hubs are not the place to promote another website or your own hub.

    • Dumbledore profile imageAUTHOR

      This Old Guy 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      Sometimes, we overlook the simple or obvious tasks. These may also be the most important.

      You are welcome. Thanks for the comment.

    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 

      7 years ago from A small southern town

      I like the comment section also.

      On my last hub, in error, I omitted it.

      I was so glad that people cared enough

      to send me personal emails, alerting me.

      There have been times that I wanted to

      offer support and there has been so comment

      section.....it left me wondering if it was

      an error, or if some people do not want

      the feedback.

      I wish I had read this hub, before I

      published the last one!

      Thanks for the reminder.

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