What is the best way to increase comments and accolades received on a hub?
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).
Some members deliberately comment extensively on others' hubs, then may receive enthusiastic responses in exchange. I don't really think there is any other way to get such internal feedback.
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.
Maybe it depends on the type of articles... ones that spark more of a debate tend to make people more likely to leave comments... like if you write about something controversial people are more likely to chime in.
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.
Hi Alun, This is a good question, not sure of the correct answer, but what I've noticed with my Hubs is there is a really big following of poetry on Hub Pages. Any poetry I write gets comments. Maybe because poetry is short and easy to keep up with? People only have so much time to read? I know you've written some amazing articles on a great variety of subjects that will be read and appreciated if you give it some time. Meanwhile if you write poetry (and read and comment on other poets work) you may see an increase in readership. The other thing is to comment right back to the people that read your work (read and comment on something they've done). You are probably already doing this. I know I plan to read more of your hubs, because they are always interesting and well written, I've just not had as much time lately to do the reading I want to do. Cheers. snakeslane
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!)
I've found three things that seem to work:
1) comment on other people's hubs. I find that they come right back and comment on mine.
2) write Stellar Hubs. HubPages did a bunch of research on what makes a great hub, and published it here: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Elem … tellar-Hub
3) write things that help other Hubbers. I wrote a hub on how to put a table of contents in a hub, and another one about the Hub Hopper, and I got a lot of appreciative comments.
Note that lots of comments usually go with being read by lots of Hubbers; which does not correlate closely to page views and revenue. Hubbers are writers, and write comments. People who find your writing through Google are readers, and comment a great deal less.
Hope this helps!
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.
Honestly, write a hub that no one has ever done before (or something that Everyone (or in your niche) wants to know), and make it to where if someone accidentally came across it on Google or Reddit or something, they would say "Hmm that sounds interesting, or Woah that's Cool!"
Just throwing it out there
I agree Greensleeves. I think we all like to be acknowledged for our work. I think it has to do with a couple things. First, commenting regularly on hubs with sincerity and not with the intention of reciprocation helps. Gaining name/pic recognition associated with good, helpful comments I think helps. Second, I think it depends on who's following you or what threads you're on and whether interest is peaked when they get that email. Lastly, if you have one of those fantastic and timeless hubs, there will always be traffic and comments when new hubbers come along. There are several that I see get non-stop traffic since I've been here for 5 weeks. Also, I would add (and hope I don't offend anyone) that I think that there are "cliques" of hubbers who have become friends, support each other, and regulary visit each other everytime a new hub is published. I actually think the camraderie is cool, not knocking it. Soooooo, it comes down to consistent involvement in the community.
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.
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.
Depends on what your Hubs are about, I suppose. Most of mine are bereft of comments, some seem to pull 'em in like fish on a line. There are some subjects I've written on that might intimidate people, make them think whatever they write is inane or trivial. I did have one (on one of my VIKING Hub-pages) who suggested that 'Slav' was something to do with slaves (bit of Nazi ideology coming through there)! I don't expect readers to be 'au fait' (or even familiar) with the subject matter, but if you don't ask, you don't learn.
Hopefully some of your readers will see this and venture something in the way of comment. Even if it seems that I've 'slapped somebody down', it doesn't mean I think any less of a reader. It may be they're confused, so this is where I can clarify a point - or two, etc.
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'
In addition to the obvious, i.e., the hub must be comment-worthy, the only other thing I can think about is that those who have lots of comments probably write lots of comments in the first place. This creates a desire in hubbers to reciprocate. Try it out, I think it will work.
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 pose a good question, my friend and I am genuinely surprised at your average comments.Your hubs are such an example of what a stellar hub should be. You write on what you know and have a passion for, which translates in your work. The attention to detail is impeccable with quality writing.
Having read all the valuable comments which all are accurate, here are my own findings in my 5 mths here.
Having a core of loyal followers who genuinely have an interest in your work will help in your comments automatically. You build a relationship by reading their work which interests you so it is not "because you need to or because you have to".
Streamline your followers if they never comment on your work. Many I have found just click follow, follow follow when you check their activity on the profile page.
Read what interests you and leave a comment. You write beautifully, with a real stylish engaging way that others will find genuine and honest.
You have a good varied topic selection, why not challenge yourself with an exclusive title?? I have just done 2 that I may not have picked ordinarily and I am curious to see how they are received both here and on google!
I don't know what the ultimate right way is but you are certainly one gifted writer Alun!
( you can post that tenner to me c/o hubpages now!!! LOL)
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.
The nature of the topic has a lot to do with a hubs popularity. The seasonal time of the year, and what's hot and what's not, example - "Honey Boo Boo". Hubs that I think will be hot, aren't. Hubs which I don't feel will do well, actually do well. A lot of great followers helps too. Actually it might just be a sign of the times, and sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. No matter what keep on hubbing
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