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The Trick to Writing Effective Hubs that Get Read and Grow Fast In Comments
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Questions For All Hubbers Reading This:
- Are you getting a good amount of comments on your hubs? How many comments to do you average per hub?
- 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?
- What types of hubs do you write that get more comments?
- What do you suggest other hubbers do to get more readers?
- What has been working for you so far? Please share your ideas with readers of this hub.
- Do you browse the Hubpages home page for trending ideas on what to right about?
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:
- Create your hub a table of contents. More on that later.
- 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.
- 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: