When I first started on Hubpages, there seemed to be more reciprocation. In other words, if I read and commented on someone's hub, they'd do the same on one of mine. But now that doesn't seem to be the case. Has anyone else noticed the same?
HubPages user base and site revenue has been in decline for several years. There are less people creating this site, and way less people using this site than just a few years ago. That's the number one reason there is less visible activity.
Haven't noticed. I comment when I feel the urge to do so I never seek reciprocation. It is not expected, not necessary, not required at all-- it is an unexpected pleasant surprise when it happens.
I think expecting someone to visit and comment on your hub because you have done so is not a good practice. This can lead to malpractices.
I always try to reciprocate if possible. I make sure I always reply to every comment left on my hubs and do try to read a hub of the person who commented. The more people you follow and vise versa the more difficult this becomes especially when they are both in the 500s like in my situation. I find that most of the people in my circle do reciprocate when possible. I do know there are some people on HP wh openly state they never comment on other peoples hubs and rarely reply to comments on their own. They are only interested in outside traffic, not interacting.
I wrote a Hub on HubPages Etiquette (it's on the slider on my profile), which discusses this exact thing.
From my experience, there are two basic types of Hubbers - those who are here to earn an income from their writing, and those who are here to share their writing with other Hubbers. Most of us are a bit of a mixture of both, in varying degrees.
The income-focussed Hubbers know that reading and commenting and following will do nothing to help them towards their goal (because internal traffic doesn't count). To them, reading and commenting is like stopping for a chat at the water cooler at work - enjoyable, but you can't spend much time there, especially if you're getting paid by the hour! Obviously, as earning online gets tougher and tougher, those Hubbers have less and less spare time to spend at the water cooler.
Social Hubbers, on the other hand, see socialising as the main reason for HubPages' existence - reading and commenting and following are so important in their world, they'll accuse people of being rude if they don't do it. That's a distortion of HubPages' business model, but that's OK - unlike a real-world business, if Hubbers prefer to spend all their time at the water cooler instead of at their desk, HubPages doesn't mind. Unfortunately, because internal traffic doesn't count towards keeping a Hub Featured, and outside traffic is falling, those Hubbers are seeing their Hubs getting unFeatured, becoming discouraged and leaving.
So that's why I think you're seeing less internal activity from both types of Hubber.
Great explanation, Marisa. I didn't want to hang out at the water cooler too long but a little bit seemed enjoyable. But it's no fun there alone!
But reading and commenting is to be a voluntary act, not binding. I will read and comment but it should not mean that I expect something in return from those people. I am reading because I find it interesting or inspiring. I comment because either I appreciate the work or I want to encourage people through my comments. But, I do not worry if they are not commenting. Reciprocation is something more than mere socialising.
When I first wrote here over five years ago, it was the done thing. Then scores started dropping, and people were being told it was due to following and commenting on each other's Hubs.
I do not care about scores, so that did not bother me.
I have had people ask me to critique their Hubs in comments on my own Hubs since I have been back. IF it is an area of interest, I am happy to do so, WHEN I have the chance.
Interesting. Many how-to hubs say that commenting is so important but, perhaps, those are older ones.
Not really, they're just written by "social" type Hubbers.
It's good to have comments on Hubs because they can be seen as fresh content, but my point is that you'd rather have comments from outside visitors than internal ones, since their views also count.
Five years ago I received lots of comments everyday on my hubs. Now there our few if any. I felt commenting on others hubs if they commented on mine was the friendly thing to do and I am here for the money too. Having friends at Hubpages is a good thing. Some that leave comments will also share your hub on Facebook and other places.
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