What is the single best way to increase interest in your hubs? And what is the best way to increase the most obvious evidence of interest in your hubs - namely, comments and accolades received? After nearly 2 years on HubPages, I'm still only seeing an average of about 5-10 comments per hub from fellow hubbers. Yet some hubbers, with fewer followers and fewer hubs who have only joined much more recently, seem to attract dozens. (I appreciate the number of comments is not all that significant really, but it's still the nicest feeling on HubPages when you receive one).
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janshares; Nothing boosts a fragile confidence more than good responses, so it's always nice to receive thoughtful favourable comments. Thanks for your comments here, all of which make a lot of sense. I can agree with every word. Thanks again. Alun.
I've also noticed that when readers come upon a hub that already has several comments, they're less likely to leave one of their own - unless there's an ongoing controversy in the comments.
I've also seen the opposite of what Watergeek sees - and felt it in myself - if a hub has a dynamic dialog (exploratory, not controversial) or a lot of praise, it can be *easier* to chime in.
Thanks for the pick, Greensleeves.
My pleasure janshares. There were some comprehensive answers to this question, and also some nice, very flattering answers from hubbers I respect and follow here, but yours covered all the points I think, and I could agree with all of it.
I think I'd agree Sid. I'm sure reciprocating comments is probably the biggest single factor, but I have seen how hubber guides seem to get a lot of interest and I've also noticed how few external visitors leave comments. Thanks a lot. Alun.
This is a good tip. When you include a short paragraph about pros and cons, or a sentence that shows a conflict you've had about your topic, people are drawn in and often comment at the end.
I think this is very true. A hub I read recently (on a very controversial subject) has 2,900 comments and more are added each day. This writer has had over 1.2 million visits to his pages.
2900 comments! Wow! That's a bit too much of a good thing snakeslane. I'd be spending all my time replying to them. :-) But the point is valid. Whatever the quality of the hub, if the topic is controversial, people will always enjoy discussing it.
I always thought that poetry was unpopular, and am quite surprised by what you say. When I write poetry, I don't expect popularity, rather a small, select audience.
My wife has found the same - very positive response to poetry and hubs about writing poetry. With 50 million viewers, a "small" audience can be quiet large. A poet who gets 2 or 3 readers in her hometown can get thousands on the Internet. See KrisL.
snakeslane; first - thanks for the lovely words. Sadly I'm not much into poetry, but it's true that some topics (not mine) definitely attract comments much more than others. My hubs are also very very long (maybe nobody ever gets to the end of them!)
This is an excellent answer to the question! I agree with everything that @SuzieHQ has said :)
Suzie; you're too kind as always in what you say. The tenner's on its way! I agree too, with all the other points you make about commenting - I've also seen those hubbers who click to follow everybody in the hope that some will follow back. Thanks.
Hi alancaster. I guess the number of visits will be more limited on factual subjects however well written and fascinating. We just have to be philosophical - maybe one day Vikings will be in vogue and people will flock in their thousands to comment!
They don't do badly for readers, the Viking hubs. Hundreds, in fact, between them and the other mediaeval pages. I think people maybe feel intimidated, that whatever they write could be pooh-poohed. Let's see what reaction this comment 'harvests'
Thanks friend. I agree. It seems a bit cynical to comment on a hub, just to get one in return, so I wouldn't do it unless I really have something to say, but I guess it's a part of being in a writing community to reciprocate on these kind of things.
You're right. I don't much like it, as it seems disingenuous to comment on a hub just in order to try to get one back. It's the wrong reason for commenting. I'd rather comment only when I really have something genuine to contribute. But that's life.