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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Comments?

  1. Daniel Mollat profile image97
    Daniel Mollatposted 3 months ago

    I now have 17 articles published and most are in niche sites. Why am I not getting comments from readers? I have very few comments so far. Is this related to quantity of impressions, where the more impressions I rack up I could get more comments coming in?

    Appreciate any ideas.

    1. RJ Schwartz profile image93
      RJ Schwartzposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      If you are getting views, then why are you concerned about comments?  Being that HP has a closed comment system (must be signed in) the likelihood of getting lots of comments on the types of articles you write is unlikely.  Most people are busy writing or, if they comment its often done in the forums; the exceptions are usually politically charged topics or the back and forth comments a group of friends post. 
      You currently have 6 followers and you only follow 1 person - try to build up your regular audience and make sure you follow back (some people will not follow unless its a two way arrangement)
      I'll help you by following your work!

      1. poppyr profile image96
        poppyrposted 3 months agoin reply to this

        I don't see the point in following someone just so they'll follow back.

        As for your question, Daniel, my most viewed articles don't have many comments at all. It doesn't affect your views or earnings, so I wouldn't worry about it smile

        People usually comment to ask questions or "correct" the writer. So your articles are probably answering the readers' questions and satisfying them, so they feel no need to comment!

        I find polls very effective in engaging readers.

    2. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 3 months agoin reply to this

      I have articles that do well but have few, sometimes no, comments. It doesn't bother me because I'm more interested in traffic. Though, I do have articles that get a lot of traffic and also have a lot of comments. So, traffic does often have something to do with it.

      However, as far as getting a lot of comments, my experience has been that the article is either on a subject from which people are dying to get more information or it's on a subject that fires people up and gets them combative. Emotional subject matter that involves people's serious problems will often elicit comments.

    3. Robert Sacchi profile image88
      Robert Sacchiposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      It is difficult to say.  Most of your articles are about making money, which seems a popular topic.  You have an enviable score, 97.  You also have a Hub on religion which would seem to draw many comments.  It could be you just haven't been on HubPages long enough.  How many hits have you been averaging?  How many comments have you made?

      1. Ravishar313 profile image60
        Ravishar313posted 3 months agoin reply to this

        Hey can you please tell me how can I improve my hub score !? I'm new to hubpages

        1. DrMark1961 profile image99
          DrMark1961posted 3 months agoin reply to this

          Start your own thread.

          1. Ravishar313 profile image60
            Ravishar313posted 3 months agoin reply to this

            How can I do that???

            1. DrMark1961 profile image99
              DrMark1961posted 3 months agoin reply to this

              Go to the forums. Click on "Getting help from the hubpages community". It will take you to another page, and in the upper right you will see "start a new discussion". Type in your question.
              You will get more answers to your own thread than you ever will if you just attach your question to someone elses thread.

    4. Odessa Coniendo profile image61
      Odessa Coniendoposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      I am a new member and I want to learn more. I would appreciate any help.

      1. poppyr profile image96
        poppyrposted 3 months agoin reply to this

        Go to the top right of the page and click "Help." There is an enormous amount of helpful information you can find there.

        1. Odessa Coniendo profile image61
          Odessa Coniendoposted 3 months agoin reply to this

          Thank you.

    5. Jean Bakula profile image97
      Jean Bakulaposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Since HP has switched to niche sites, people don't make a lot of comments, unless it's a niche which a topic which inspires them. Don't worry about it as long as you are getting views.

  2. daydreams profile image98
    daydreamsposted 3 months ago

    I think most readers of articles don't tend to leave comments. It might also depend a bit on the topic.
    Views is the main thing to worry about- I have an article several years old that always gets decent views, but has never had one comment.

  3. EricFarmer8x profile image98
    EricFarmer8xposted 3 months ago

    From what I have seen unless your Hub is something that will start arguments I would not expect too many comments. A lot of the Hubs I have seen with many comments are things that get opinions out, and arguments started. This is not 100% the case of course but just my observation. I have noticed Hubs on politics and religion get many comments.

  4. sallybea profile image98
    sallybeaposted 3 months ago

    If you have a facebook page or a twitter account you could join a few share related groups where you can occasionally share your new hubs with like mind people who are interested in what you are writing about.  They may not comment on your hubs but you should see your stats improve.

  5. Titia profile image97
    Titiaposted 3 months ago

    People from outside HP have to sign up in order to be able to comment and many won't do that. I wouldn't either.

    1. EricFarmer8x profile image98
      EricFarmer8xposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      You can make guest comments. A few family members have done so for my Hubs. You will look like a anonymous user to HubPages though.

  6. Marketing Merit profile image96
    Marketing Meritposted 3 months ago

    I really wouldn't worry about it Daniel.
    As others have said, some topics naturally generate more feedback than others. It is views that matter.
    In any event, some comments will be poorly structured and contain spelling mistakes or profanities. These may potentially harm your hub's ranking and you should be wary of approving these.

  7. Rupert Taylor profile image99
    Rupert Taylorposted 3 months ago

    I wouldn't worry about how many comments you get. Your articles seem to be mostly informative pieces about stock investing - not the kind of subject that generates comment.

    If you want comments write something derogatory about conservative politics or Christianity and you'll start a firestorm.

  8. Marsei profile image90
    Marseiposted 3 months ago

    I've been writing here on and off for a long time.  All of my comments except for maybe two or three are from fellow writers here.  Most people are not going to sign in to comment.   I wouldn't worry about it.

  9. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 3 months ago

    If you change the focus of your Hell hub and tell all of your readers they are going to hell because they do not follow your views and practices, you will get plenty of comments. Is that more important than page views?
    Do not worry about it. Time to get started on your next article.

  10. Thelma Alberts profile image91
    Thelma Albertsposted 3 months ago

    I think, if you want hubbers comment to your hubs, you have to read theirs first and comment on what you have read. That is one way of how hubbers commented on my hubs. DonĀ“t worry too much as long as you have traffic.

  11. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 3 months ago

    The amount of comments you receive depends on the subject and how many views you get. If the subject is saturated, you won't get many.

    I've only  25,000+ myself! hmm

    1. poppyr profile image96
      poppyrposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Only 25,000 comments? Pshh, what a noob. big_smile

  12. eugbug profile image98
    eugbugposted 3 months ago

    Maybe you're lucky you don't get many. Most of my comments are from people looking for troubleshooting help. Looks as if I'm going to have to take on more staff to deal with them....

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Sounds like a new hub: "Why I Had to Quit My Job to Answer Questions on HubPages"

      1. eugbug profile image98
        eugbugposted 3 months agoin reply to this

        LOL! It would be nice if Q&As on hubs was a premium service and we got bonus earnings for each question answered.

  13. Cre8tor profile image99
    Cre8torposted 3 months ago

    They are providing a separate view chart for q&a so I'm under the impression we're getting a additional views no?

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 3 months agoin reply to this

      My impression is that it is increasing page views and also increasing page retention time. It definitely seems worth the effort to me.

    2. eugbug profile image98
      eugbugposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      What's a "view chart"?

  14. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 3 months ago

    One of my top visited hubs took around 100,000 views before it ever saw a comment. Many people are just online to read and get answers to questions - how often do you Google something and leave a comment after quickly reading a post or article?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image92
      Randy Godwinposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      As I said, it depends on the subject.

    2. eugbug profile image98
      eugbugposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, depends on the nature of the hub. On most of them, I suggest to people that they can leave comments or questions, so I sort of asked for it! So on troubleshooting/ "How To" guides I have hundreds of questions/comments from people looking for advice/help.

  15. Daniel Mollat profile image97
    Daniel Mollatposted 3 months ago

    Hey guys, thank you all for your wonderful feedback on my question about comments. I was under the impression that more comments meant better chances of getting more views.
    I now feel comfortable that I don't get many comments (hardly any). As one of you said, comments can be constructive or destructive. If constructive and good comments don't do anything to increase viewership then why do we need comments at all? Zero comments frees us from having to take the time to respond.

  16. janmodric profile image84
    janmodricposted 3 months ago

    Under my article about Itchy Legs, I have 175 comments, while under all other 12 articles together, I have only 12 comments.

    So, if you write about a common health problem, people tend to ask personal questions in comments. People comment to get more info or debate about something opinionated.

 
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