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How to Increase the Number of Comments You Receive on HubPages

Updated on August 28, 2014

A Couple Statistics Before We Begin

As I write this article, I have 75,244 comments here at HubPages. I’ve been told that is a large number. I honestly don’t know. I’m approaching my three year anniversary on this site, and I don’t know what is an “average” number of comments for that time frame, but it seems like a great deal to me.

Those 75,000 comments have come from 825 articles and 514,000 views. Some quick math will tell us that I am averaging ninety comments per article, or one comment every 6.8 views. I know, from talking to other writers at HP, that ninety comments per article is a fairly large figure. I know many, many writers here who are happy to receive ten comments on an article, so I’m feeling very fortunate and blessed to receive so many comments from such a great congregation of writers.

Which leads us to the purpose of this article: why do I receive so many comments, and how can you do the same?

Now, for those of you who are not interested in comments, may I suggest you read no more of this article? There really is no point in doing so. If you are simply interested in writing articles and then racking up online views and by extension passive income, then you really don’t need to read what I am about to write. Go on your merry way and thanks for reading this far.

But, if you are a writer who is interested in becoming an active member of this writing community, and if you are a writer who enjoys feedback on your writing, then I invite you to continue reading as I tell you how I’ve done it, and what you might consider doing so you, too, can enjoy this kind of interaction with your peers.

Are you ready?

I was  completely unimpressive when I started at HP
I was completely unimpressive when I started at HP | Source

How My Journey Began

In January, 2012, I wrote my first article for HubPages. I posted it and then sat, anxiously awaiting a notification telling me that someone had commented.

And I waited.

And I waited.

Finally, four hours later, my ridiculously mundane article garnered my first and only comment.

I was on my way.

Five more mundane articles followed, and by the end of that totally mundane week I believe I had a grand total of fifteen comments.

I was dazzling absolutely no one.

And then I discovered the first secret to attracting comments.

I got real.

My seventh article was titled “A Letter to my Birth Mother Who I Never Knew,” and the comments poured in and, in fact, still pour in almost three years later. What was the difference between number seven and the first six?

I got real.

I allowed people to know me as a real human being.

I wrote from my heart.

And people responded.

There is your first tip if you are interested in receiving boatloads of comments on your articles.

Be real! Allow people to get to know you. Break down those protective walls and expose yourself.

HubPages is a community of writers, but don’t forget that it is also a community of real human beings.

Be human!

INTERACT

It is amazing how many people on HP do not understand that a writing community is a give and take community. When such a community is functioning properly, I read your articles and you, in turn, read mine. At first I will read yours out of a sense of obligation, but eventually, as we get to know each other, I will read anything you write simply because you are a friend.

That type of online friendship will not happen without interaction.

A good friend of mine, Always Exploring on HubPages, reads everything that I write. She loves it when I write creative articles, and she tolerates it when I write articles about writing, but she is there every single day supporting me, and commenting, because she is a friend….AND….because we have formed a friendship based on give, take, and interaction.

This takes work, so if you are not into work, stop right here.

I spend at least an hour each day reading articles by other HP writers…at least an hour each day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks per year. How can I expect others to comment on my articles if I am not willing to do the same?

Amazingly, to me, I am asked by a writer at least once a week why they aren’t getting any comments on their articles, but when I start questioning them, I find out that they do not comment on the articles of others.

Duh!

Writers are busy people, and many of them have families and work full-time jobs as well as write, so their time is limited. If you want them to spend part of that time with you, then give them a reason to do so.

Interact!

Three Hubbers enjoying their friendship
Three Hubbers enjoying their friendship | Source

Form Friendships

There is a natural progression from interacting to friendship, and I am so grateful that there is.

If you are not doing this then you are missing out. Period!

I have said this before, but it bears repeating: I could take a road trip across the country, and I know…I absolutely know…that I would have friends in each state who would have dinner with me. Add to that about fifteen or twenty different countries. There are writers around this planet who would interrupt their lives to spend time with me if I visited the area in which they live.

Do you have that?

Writers on HubPages are my friends. They are not casual online acquaintances. They are friends. They follow me online, and comment, because they like me, care about me, and they know that I like them and care about what is happening in their lives. I have talked to at least twenty of these friends on the phone. I know the names of their spouses and their children. I know what they do for a living, and I celebrate their victories and mourn their losses. That’s what friends do.

Do you have that? You can if you put in the effort to get to know people here at HP.

Follow Blogs, Get Involved in Forums, and Ask Questions

I follow about twenty blogs written by other writers on HP. I do this because I want to show them support. In return, they support my blog.

I do not get involved on forums because I have found some nasty people there, but it is one way you can involve yourself in this writers’ community. You can also take advantage of the link that allows you to ask questions of the community, thus becoming more a part of the community.

Respond, Respond, and Respond Some More

Let me tell you something that will turn me off immediately. If I take the time to comment on one of your articles, the least you can do is respond to that comment. You get two chances with me and then, if you haven’t responded to my efforts, I am done.

Writers are busy people, and commenting on an article takes time they do not have to waste. If I take my valuable time and comment, then I had better get a response, and I’m not talking about a token thanks. When people comment on my articles, I make the effort to write a nice comment in return. I think they appreciate that. I know I do when others do the same.

This is a tough path but the results are worth it
This is a tough path but the results are worth it | Source

All of This Takes Time

You bet it does. You have to invest the time to see the results, but for me it is worth it. I want to know my fellow writers, and because they sense that in me, they make the effort to get to know me.

I read once that a writer should try to find 100 followers who will follow them into hell. That select group of followers will then tell other writers about you, and the word-of-mouth advertising you gain from that is invaluable as you progress in your writing career.

I have my 100 loyal followers and then some.

How about you?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobby, that is a very kind thing for you to say. Thank you! If I'm ever on the east coast again, we'll sit down for lunch. I do wish there was some way to meet all of my online friends in person. What a great reunion that would be. :)

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Bill, first let me say thank you. I agree with you, and I am going to be a better writer. I am thankful for Hubpages and for Hubbers like you. I truly feel fortunate to have so many wonderful people here on HubPages, that I can already call friends. Though I have not met you in person, I can tell, we would be friends, because of the articles you write. Thanks for all you do for all of us. Blessings, Bobby

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, Zulma! I hope it never ends.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ha-ha-ha, we have fun. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma....:)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Me too. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, gadabout....LOL I was like a fly on the wall. No matter how many times you swat at it, it's always there. I'm glad you found me, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's how I found you, Bill. Whenever I read the comments section of hubs I was interested in, your name always seemed to be there. I decided to find out more about this gadabout and...well here are. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, I am touched by your very kind words. Thank you so very much. I want my writing to be a communication between me and my readers. It is a human thing I do, with words, reaching others and letting them know that we are all the same.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Writing, reading, commenting, interacting and getting real. With such a great humility, you have unfolded the secret to all of us. This kind gesture of yours reveals your true character. You want us to grow like you have done.

      Bill, you are not merely a writer, you are a great writer with a special human touch. You are a true lantern carrier, guiding guys to a correct path of writing and living as well. I feel myself very fortunate for being one of your followers. Thanks for sharing such an affable and very useful hub. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalinin, thank you. Interestingly, this is something many writers have trouble with. It is not easy to drop the shields and allow our readers to know us. I hope we become friends too. :)

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      Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

      I can really appreciate this article because on occasion I think I do have to be reminded to be human, to let other people know me through my writing, and to connect. I also appreciate all your feedback and advice, and I do hope we become friends :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Venkatadchari M.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for your support and good advice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, as one of your followers, I think you are doing a fine job. You are loyal, you always make comments, and I find you very supportive. Be patient and keep doing what you are doing.....follow some of the people you see following me...most of them are givers.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I visited this hub again, because I want to know the secrets of interaction and making friendships and also to improve my viewership and comments, etc. I have 97 followers and I am following 235 people. I have 330 comments to my credit. I want to follow many more people. I already contribute daily 2 hours reading hubs and commenting on them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't see it that way, Lizzy, but thanks for the clarification.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Thanks, Bill--gosh, on re-reading my impulsive post, it sounds like some sort of pity-party diatribe! :( Sorry about that! My internal censor must have fallen out the window!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are the same age...you have me by about nine months...and I hear you. I'm tired too....sigh...so we carry on. :)

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      You raise excellent points. I don't earn much money here, but I do enjoy the social interactions.

      Since I am at home full-time, I should have more time for writing than I do. I'm afraid I've always been a bit of a procrastinator, and overall, not a good time manager; I tend to be easily distracted. Besides which, I'm acting as my husband's caretaker/medication manager, and the stress that causes, given that I was never trained to be a nurse, compounds the issue.

      I'd like to think of myself as a writer; it is my preferred way of expression, and I've written scads of stuff. Published? No. Not unless blogs and HP count as being published. I'll be 67 next month, and have been in the lower-income echelon all my adult life; I'm tired. Tired of struggling. Tired of being poor. Tired of politics. Tired of just about everything, and frustrated by the many things I'd like to do that are well outside my budget.

      At my age, time is at once something I don't have much of, in terms of waiting for things to happen, and by an ironic twist, in a way it is also all I have.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I can't imagine working full-time and trying to write too. I think you do a great job considering, and I'm one appreciative follower of yours. Thank you for what you do.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      You were one of the first people to comment on one of my hubs when I first started here and getting comments is really nice. Of course I have gotten bad about commenting, especially now that I am working, but I always save those emails I get everyday from HP and eventually I get around to commenting. You are definitely right though, they don't happen as often if one doesn't give some support too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, one of the hardest things for a writer to understand is that this all takes time. We build from the ground up, and it is a slow process...but it does pay dividends over time. You are on the right track...now don't derail. :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      This one slipped by me Bill. Great advice. I try to connect with my "online friends" through various platforms. I remember you said in another article that when you are writing it is important to build a base of friends - 100 if I recall - that will be your biggest supporters through starting a writing career. You are right, we cannot expect support without giving it as well :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, ABR...thank you!

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      Aaron Rushing 2 years ago from USA- Florida

      Good Stuff Billybuc, I enjoyed this, I am one who finds it difficult to be real.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ABR

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      chowchowgrl, I'm glad this has helped. Thanks, and thanks for following me.

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      Randi Simon-Serey 2 years ago from Ohio

      Makes sense! I will follow your advice. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you for those kind words. I wish I could visit everyone with more regularity, but I do what I can.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Bill,

      It does not surprise me in the least that you have that kind of traffic. You are well loved here at HP and many of us look to you for support and guidance. Getting feedback from you is invaluable for all of us plugging away writing. Writing is sharing - and you sir, share the most. Thank you.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine. I simply can't read all hubs by all followers. There isn't enough time in the day. Now I'm into reciprocation. There are some writers I will always comment on, ones who have been loyal for years....others, the newcomers, have to earn my loyalty. :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I always love your direct approach to life in general and on this forum. I often wished I was there with you at the very beginning. My time is limited but what works for me is going to the news feed page first. At the beginning I opened ever email from my followers, but that is time wise not possible anymore, so now I go to each person's page who left a comment, and read their last article, and sometimes more than one if I've been absent from hubpages for a week, which does happen. I will share your post with our authors on our Facebook authors fan page.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, it really is my pleasure. I'm glad this helped you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 3 years ago

      Hi Bill. Thanks for sharing views straight from your heart. Its pleasure going through. Who can be better in writing and advising us than you? I do hope as others too have opined person like you continue to embellish the forum with inspiration through write ups and motivation through words of advise. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I happen to think you are very good about interacting. I wouldn't change a thing about your efforts here.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Missed this. I think I must get the old interaction clock working!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All I know, Dianna, is it has worked for me. I'm assuming others can do what I've done.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You make it so real, Bill. Being part of the community is what makes writing here worthwhile and also brings in the comments.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Heidi, and therein lies the reason for the type of writing I like doing. I have had enough years of the info commercials...now it's from the heart and things that interest me. Thanks for always being the voice of logic and reason. :)_

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Doesn't surprise me that you have 75K comments! You are not only a prolific writer, but a prolific commenter as well. Therein is the reason for your stellar comment attraction. People know that when they make a comment on your work, you respond. I have found that out first hand. And, like you, it is through comments that I have found and forged some wonderful friendships, especially here on HubPages.

      However, some online writing of a more informational and less emotional nature (though it may get really real!) may not be a comment magnet. For those, traffic, not comments, may be enough of a "comment" since Google may be "commenting" by including the article in search results. It all depends on one's objectives for writing in the first place.

      Keep those comment-worthy hubs coming!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bensens, I'm glad to hear you will be increasing your activity here. I look forward to it. Thanks!

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      Thomas Bensen 3 years ago from Round Lake Park

      That is a lot of comments and views, I have to say I am not even close to that LOL. I have not really dedicated myself to the site but I will be putting in more time here now. Thanks for the tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I think readers want to know more about writers...and they can relate to our articles...so give them a little about you. I know I want to know more about Iris from Boise. :)

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Bill, I was saying "amen!" to many of your comments. This article is an excellent reinforcer for what I've already learned from you by observation, but it also gave me something new to think about. You said, "be real". That can be difficult, but I needed to hear that. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Rehan, and thank you.

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      Rehan Ahmad 3 years ago from United States

      Last month I was writing an article for my employer about wood business and found that there is very great aspects for wooden home. One architect from Canada have made nine story fireproof fireproof building . He inspired to Grow home. Thanks for sharing such valuable analysis practical plan for homeless.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita....as always, I am humbled by your words. Blessings to you my friend.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Well Bill,

      I worked as a nurse in New Zealand where I had one of the best references ever. They did give me a glowing report as per usual, but then they added that one of the best reports was what patients themselves were saying, and they all had something incredible to say about me.

      Where am I going? well, I see so many glowing reports here and elsewhere about what great and inspiring things people are saying about you. What can I say? Their comments speak for you and speak for themselves. Jai to you and family.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doris, thank you so much, and welcome to HP. I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have. The FAITH hub will come out Thursday.

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      Doris H. Dancy 3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Billybuc ~ I am new to hub pages, and I first saw your name as the Faith baton is being passed to you. As a result, I decided to read some of your hubs and I started with this one. Wow! What a mass of important information you have here for those of us who want to make friends, share ideas, and build our reading audience. I loved your point about friendships, and I already know that to be true. I have already formed some great friendships here and look forward to making more. Thank you for this invaluable information, and I will certainly take it to heart. I can't wait to read what you have to say about FAITH.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Maria, and thank you.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks, billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel. I'm pretty sure I've responded to them all. If I missed some it was purely by accident. I just think that if someone takes the time to comment then the least I can do is respond, and I know you feel the same way.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I think I have responded to every comment made on one of my Hub Pages articles, and believe it or not nobody had to remind me to. It just seemed like a common sense combination of self interest and courtesy. It's astounding to me how so many people don't have that.

      Of course, if I was overwhelmed with your, did you really say 75,000 comments, I think I would pass out from exhaustion. I don't think there is any conceivable way I could deal with that short of doing it telepathically in my sleep, which no kidding I would like to figure out how to do someday. Great article as always and fantastic advice.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I always have a hard time with praise like that, but I'll struggle on and simply say thank you very much. I love this site because of people like you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Social thoughts, I'm glad you found some value in this. I hope my suggestions work for you. Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      While I am not a bit surprised by your statistics, they ARE staggering statistics! Bill, I know I have said this before and probably more than once, you are an integral part of hubpages. You are the most supportive and I would venture to say, the most prolific. Oh....and you're a darn good writer!

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      social thoughts 3 years ago from New Jersey

      You give some very good advice! I really like that you mention how being yourself is what gets people interested in your work. That's an interesting observation. I'll take some of these pointers along with me on my future writing adventures! Thank you for sharing some of yourself with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pocono, the mere fact that you are working on it is impressive. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend despite the rain.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MariaMontgomery, if you like to comment then you will find others like you here. I love this community, but honestly, I don't spend much time with people who do not want to interact. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to HP>

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      John Fisher 3 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for a great informative and educational article. You write a lot of good stuff, and I'll admit that I have not read all 825 of your articles, but I'm working on it, gradually. All good things take time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Genna, I can't imagine a day without this community, so we all benefit. As always, thank you for your very kind words. I love it here and it is because of people like you.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub contains excellent advice for people who want a lot of comments on their hubs, Bill.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This is very helpful, common sense information. It is nice that people actually receive your replies to their comments. Until recently, I had written only on Squidoo. I always replied to their comments, and they were supposed to receive an e-mail of my reply, but I don't believe that actually happened. This is because when I commented, I frequently asked questions of the writers, but rarely received any response -- so I suspect my readers never received my responses either. You article leads me to believe that will be better here on HP.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. I agree with Jodah (John), whose comment is truly ”spot on.” I couldn’t “say it” any better. I know I speak for many when I add that we are so fortunate that you are here, one of the most valued writers and friends on Hubpages…in many ways. I can't imagine this community without you. Thank you for being you. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Anna. That is very kind of you. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I'm looking skyward. I hope the pilot makes it here soon. :) Thank you my friend and happy weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SheGetsCreative and again, welcome to HP

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jasdeep, thank you my friend. Your words humble me and I am most appreciative.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      You deserve the comments - you are the backbone of the Hubpages community Mr Holland.

      :)

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      And as usual I agree wholeheartedly with you, billybuc. You are the best example to all of us and at present most certainly the King of the Hubs.

      Of course, I will love a holiday with you and Bev.... I am sending my pilot to pick you up :)))

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great tips and definitely some BIG numbers to aspire to now that I'm here at HubPages :)

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      Laddi Singh 3 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Simply you are the best, you not only inspire but also support us.

      I definitely feel inspired to read your hub and each line was very very valuable for me. Thanks for this very informative Hub and especially thanks for your real and expensive suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok! Have a great weekend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Once again, you give us great advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, tpneversaynever....I have found it definitely helps me and I hope the same is true for you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks TJHousel..I hope my suggestions help you. I love the interaction that comments allow.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lena, that's interesting about not getting comments, because I've found your articles to be interesting. I hope that changes for you, and thank you for commenting here.

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      tpneversaynever 3 years ago from California

      Thanks so much! Anytime my writing feels dull and lifeless, I can always see that at least one thing is wrong, and that is that I wasn't being real. Thank you for reminding me. Great hub!

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      What great information! My comments are usually hit or miss. I do several of the things you mention, but have never even thought of a few others. I can't wait to try some of your methods out in my own writing. Thanks, again

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      Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I've never gotten loads of comments on my hubs. Some probably don't have any. I guess it may have to do with the topic I am writing about and not necessarily how I went about writing it.

      I do find that when you share yourself with others and when you ask questions in your hubs they will be more likely to respond.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Sarah. With that as your attitude you will be fine here at HP. Take the time, make the effort, and people will respond. Thanks for being here and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa

      Thank you for this very helpful article. I've read a few in the past that simply list bullet points about asking questions and asking people to comment. Getting real and getting personal is much better advice! Comments should be for real interaction, not just stats and numbers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. My friends mean a great deal to me, and you are one of them. I'll always support you and you can take that to the bank.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TreasuresBrenda, wouldn't it have been funny if I'd gotten no comments? LOL Thank you and welcome to HP>

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Country-Sunshine, you are very welcome, and I thank you for taking the time to visit me. I look forward to our new friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ally Lewis, for the following and the comment. Put the time in and you'll see the results here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see that trend as well, Deb, and I don't understand it. The beauty of HP is its people...at least for me. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MartieG, there were certainly a lot of you that came over. I've been quite busy getting to know a bunch of you, and I love it. Welcome to HP once again. I'm glad you are here....and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you just mentioned another pet peeve of mine...the ones who list a bunch of writers and say thanks to all...drives me crazy. Thanks for letting me know I'm not being a grumpy old man. LOL

      Have a super weekend my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Pam Irie, I'm so glad you did as well. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OhMe, if you figure that out, please let me know. In the meantime, I am glad you are here, so thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brite...there are a lot of you no doubt. I have a ton of new friends to get to know, but I'm up to the task and looking forward to it.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I always am honored to get a comment from you, Bill, because I know how busy you are. The fact that you take time out of every day to support your writer friends is really meaningful and very much appreciated. And I suspect I am not just speaking for myself.

      And wow. I know I'm a day late to this party but once again you have achieved an impressive number of comments to this article. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE, and well done to all of us writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. The HOTD was a complete surprise....the comments I have grown to love and feed off of.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, SANJAY, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO...bethperry, you are a funny lady. You are all set my dear. The train leaves the station at nine.

      Thanks for the early-morning laugh.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I totally agree. Comments are very important to me. They make me feel connected to the writing world, and they also let me know I'm not alone and there are people out there who care about my writing. Invaluable if you ask me.

      And I so appreciate you.

      blessings always

      bill