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.
Other Views on Comments
- How to Create Hubs that Generate Comments and Conversations
If your title grabs my attention, my next stop is your introduction. That's your summary Text for those of you who don't know. Work it, make me want to see what you are writing about, and you may just generate many more comments.
- Comments and Traffic
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? Making and receiving comments are good for you ... think traffic!
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.