I'm taken aback by some of the interesting articles I have been reading here on HP and the niche sites. They are well-written evergreen articles that are very relevant in terms of content and topic, but I'm reluctant in engaging with them. When I see articles written from 3, 4, 5 years ago and older, I don't see any point of leaving a comment.
I'm just wondering what other hubbers think of this, because I don't want to do anything I might regret. Would commenting on articles from years ago be good or bad for traffic?
Any help is appreciated.
If the information contained in the article is still relevant then you may be missing out on something useful by not engaging. With my own articles, I try to update those that aren't evergreen. I don't think commenting or not would make any difference to your traffic.
I don't see how commenting on an old article would be bad for traffic. If the article is still relevant today, by all means, leave a comment. It may give the article a much needed boost. Some writers constantly update their articles so even thought they may be old, they may still have the most updated information.
I have articles on here that are 8 years old. I have a few left I didn't fix up for niche sites. But I always write evergreen, and have been making money on the same articles for years. With all the changes that came to HP, I stopped writing new content to have time to get old articles up to speed. I think it's good to get comments on old articles, it means people still find them relevant.
But it's more important for you to be spending time on your own articles, writing new ones and making sure older ones meet the standards. It's fun to read other people's articles, but it doesn't help them or you to make money here.
Commenting doesn't directly affect the traffic unless you add substantial content related to the topic, but it definitely does not affect it negatively, unless the comment is pure spam with spammy links.
If the topic is evergreen, I'm sure most hubbers would appreciate a comment.
Getting a comment on any article is always nice for authors, especially if it really comments on what was written. Sometimes a great discussion can begin with an interesting comment. Sharing articles is more important for traffic, again, no matter their age. Not sure why any of this would bring regrets.
My first week of being active on here, I read a few old hubs and dropped comments on some. Doing so didn't hurt my traffic (although I'm not even getting much to start with). If anything, there was a slight rise in my traffic for that week.
Thank you so much for the insight, everyone! I said I did not want to do anything I would regret because as you are probably well aware of, in internet time, any publication that is not updated within the last 2 years are considered dead. And I do not talk to the dead
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