It's great getting comments. But when those comments turn into conversations between people, or links to other people's 'wonderful' hubs - then it starts to get irritating.
They can also dilute the 'message' of the original piece, with text that doesn't fit within the original concept.
Given the amount of time I spend trying to think up smart answers to comments, or just policing them - I'm seriously thinking of binning them altogether.
This is a very interesting forum post, I certainly must say!
PS.. not have you checked out one or more of my hubs?
I always find it interesting that people don't bother to read the comments before posting a comment and end up asking something that which is already answered within the comments, but wasn't clarified in the hub itself.
I don't mind conversations in the comment section, but when it diverts from the contents of the hub, then it becomes difficult to get back to the contents.
My main concern, with all the Panda problems, is that of putting a hub together that should be just right for a searcher (hopefully), and then watching as it meanders around, with text that doesn't add to the whole.
The time to police that, and think about it, is time that might be better writing more stuff, or improving old stuff.
And yes, some of them don't read the comments, or sometimes, the page itself.
I tend to not approve comments linking to other site unless they really are a great resource I would endorse. Most people doing this are stealth or round robin spamming.
I never approve off site links. End of. But these latest ones were for HP links. Other authors.
I read a while back about link 'leakage'. Every link that isn't to your own pages or products is a potential way for a reader to leave you.
I don't think any 'karma' gained shows up in Adsense.
I think this is true to an extend. But most of my hubs have large numbers of outgoing links because they tend to aggregate online materials on a niche topic. And Google still seems to like them to the extend that my average traffic per hub is in double figures.
I think this is true to an extend. But most of my hubs have large numbers of outgoing links because they tend to aggregate online materials on a niche topic. And Google still seems to like them.
Links leading away from your pages are fine providing it's relevant to the content of the hub. These types of links are seen as a value to the hub. Just like internal links are seen as a value to the hubs content, only if relevant.
It is a checks and balances thing. I had a blog where making the outgoing links 'no follow' made it jump a whole page rank.
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