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The Trick to Writing Effective Hubs that Get Read and Grow Fast In Comments

Updated on June 26, 2012

Questions For All Hubbers Reading This:

  1. Are you getting a good amount of comments on your hubs? How many comments to do you average per hub?
  2. What is more effective to you as a hubber? Breaking up your hubs into smaller sections to allow people to read only those sections or writing them so people have to read the entire hub?
  3. What types of hubs do you write that get more comments?
  4. What do you suggest other hubbers do to get more readers?
  5. What has been working for you so far? Please share your ideas with readers of this hub.
  6. Do you browse the Hubpages home page for trending ideas on what to right about?

Introduction

I have been on Hub Pages for two months now and have been learning what works for my hubs and does not. It seems that since Hub Pages suggests a four hundred word minimum for hubs, that works only for Hub Pages, but it seems that a lot of people do not have the time to read 400 words. We, as writers, can usually write much faster than we can read. After I am done with a hub, I go back and see how long it really is from a birds eye point of view. I am amazed at how long of an article I wrote just to make the minimum. People simply will not read that much.

In a nutshell, here is what works for me to get more comments faster:

  1. Create your hub a table of contents. More on that later.
  2. Give people a link to the bottom to comment. Some people only read one quarter of what you write and want to comment so they can contribute to the community.
  3. Ask people engaging questions right from the top of your hub. This will give people some incentives to participate in your hub, even before they read it. Some people just do not have the time.

1. Create a Table of Contents For Your Hub

This is the simple art of creating hyperlinks to each section of your hub. Let people shop each section and read only what they want. Like I said, very few people have the time to read a full hub (unless it interests them from the start). Give them sections and title each section with a headline that will grab their attention in 3 seconds. If it takes longer to grab their attention that 3 seconds, you have probably lost them and a chance to get a comment from them (I am not referring to the lurkers).

This involves a little HTML knowledge, but for those of you who are not web designers, don't worry. Darkside has written an excellent hub on how to create a table of contents with hyperlinks and has made it easy at http://hubpages.com/hub/tableofcontents


2. Give people a link to the bottom to comment. Some people only read one quarter of what you write and want to comment so they can contribute to the community.


Some people just want to comment. I know that you want them to read your hub from start to finish. in today's fast world, I don't believe that happens very often. Give them a chance to contribute with a direct link to your comments section. Again, see Darkside's article on Table Of Contents for instructions on how to do it.


3. Ask people engaging questions right from the top of your hub. This will give people some incentives to participate in your hub, even before they read it.

For my hubs where I ask questions to my readers, I add them to the top of my hubs so they see those questions and can answer them if they do not have the time to read the full hub.

Make sure your questions are worded open ended, which means that you are not asking Yes and No questions. Those are closed answers and do not really engage anyone. Ask people questions that start with:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • Why
  • How
  • Which


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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Natasha. Let me know if you need help with the table of contents for your own hubs.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hm. Interesting. Thanks for the table of contents tips!

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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Hey mandarmk9, actually, I was the one who shared this hub. Rajan responded. LOL

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Thanks for sharing Rajan.

      Nice hub. Really useful.

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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Rajan, I am glad you like this hub. The Table Of Contents are a pain to prepare, but they do work well in directing people to the correct place.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful ideas. Especially the one on table of contents. I saw the hub by darkside. HTML is not my cup of tea but I've bookmarked for trying it later when I'm free.

      Voted this hub up, useful and interesting. Shared too.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Adams-Ebooks! Glad you like it!

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      Adam Finan 6 years ago from Worldwide

      Good Hub. Makes sense really! a vote up and awesome dude..

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Izzy M. It's all good.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks yes and I sent you fanmail and wrote look forward to reading your emails, instead of 'hubs'. Sorry no way to correct it!

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Izzy. Glad you like it. Yeah, HP has to fix a few things.

      I am now following you.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Yes it is fine now, but earlier there was an extra http in the link - I think it is an HP bug! Good hub, by the way :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, IzzyM, but it works for me. Try it again.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Just letting you know your link to Darkside's hub is broken.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      No problem. I am now reading your hubs as well. Keep working on that web page of yours. The more you work on it, the faster you become good at HTML.

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      Angelique Newman 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, I appreciate the offer :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Angelique. If you need some assistance writing those TOCs, let me know. They are daunting to some people.

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      Angelique Newman 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub hotwebideas! I really like the table of contents, they have that on Wikinut which is a great navigating tool.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Yeah, the table of contents really helps hub readers shop for what they need quickly without have to read the entire hub.

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      Kieron Walker 6 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      I had never considered the Table of Contents but it's a great idea. I know what you mean about seeing the length of the hub once it's done. People want to be able to scan to the spot they want.

      The questions were a good idea too. I think that helps writers stay on topic while they are making their hub also.

      I'll be putting them into practice tonight when I get home.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Slappy Have you used any of the above techniques in your own hubs?

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      Kieron Walker 6 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      Nice hub. Had been wondering about some different ways to structure my hubs so they are more reader friendly. Thanks for the tips!

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      You're welcome, Almasi. If you need any help with the table of contents, feel free to come back here and let me know.

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great tip. Will see if I can include a table of contents in one of my hubs.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Laura. I am glad you liked the hub. I hope this one grows too. ;)

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      laral 6 years ago from England

      Great hub! I never thought about structuring my hubs in the way you suggest. It is definitely worth to try. Thank you