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10 Reasons Readers don't leave Comments on Hubs or Articles

Updated on July 6, 2012


Have you ever wondered why some people don't leave comments on Hubs or Articles? Here are some reasons:


1) There is too much hassle. In some, you have to select where you are commenting from e.g google / twitter or other. Then, you write the comment and then have to type in 2 words the computer asks you and sometimes people can’t be bothered to try a second time, if it doesn’t work. That includes me.

Example below

2) It wasn’t really interesting or captivating. An interesting article will provoke a lot of comments. Example: Who should wear the Trousers in a Marriage? (No, I haven’t got such a Hub) but I assure you, if I read that Hub in a dream, I would type the answer in the dream before I wake up. (◕‿◕)


3) They took time to write a very long comment from their heart and somehow, the computer lost it or they pressed a wrong key. In such cases, even I wouldn’t be able to remember what I wrote – so what I wrote in one paragraph would now be 3 words. “Thanks for sharing.”

4) No response / acknowledgement to earlier comments they posted. So, why should they bother?

5) It’s too personal or Traumatic and they just don’t know how to find the words. Example: when someone has lost a family member or it’s about something traumatic. Someone’s brother got bitten by a Shark?! Most readers will be in the "Oh My God! zone" and if you have another article, they would rather read that and comment. (That's not to say we shouldn't write such articles, a few might still comment)


Shark Bite...

6) They forget. They might have read it but maybe had to attend to a child with the thought of replying later.

7) Not confident in writing English, as it might be their second language and they don’t want to embarrass themselves.

8) They are afraid of what others will think of them. Example Hubs on Gay Marriages etc. those who are against it, will not comment because they will be seen as Homophobic.

9) Low views. This can be dealt with by sharing it on Social Networks – it will attract more readers who might comment and also - take time to comment on other peoples' Hubs and Articles - They will most likely return the compliment.

10) Hubpages or your website Unpublished it, due to duplication or "a virus."


Experiment? Look at your Hub(s) or Article(s) with the most comments. It/they will give you an idea of why you have so many comments.


Thanks for reading.


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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @James-Wolve - That's amazing. No one would be able to tell that English is your 4th Language. Well done. I have learnt a few phrases of Arabic in London, but not enough for me to put a paragraph together. :-)

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting and informative.Thanks for sharing.English is my fourth foreign language.I started to learn it when I was about sixteen.The Big Ben clock sound that I got from BBC radio,section Arabic and the fog of London that I saw in some movies are the real motives which incited me to learn it.Now,I could write hubs and comment.I know my English is not perfect.I make some mistakes in grammar and spelling but that never have prevented me from outspoken my mind and express myself here.I do my best so as not to get my wires crossed:)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Acaetnna. Regards, Elena

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      An interesting hub - thank you

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Viveresperando - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Keep happy. :-)

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I found this quite interesting. I have been guilty of a few of those at one point or another. Voted up.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Alecia - Thanks Alecia - I am glad you found it useful. I understand your point on the Controversial ones. I read one today and kept on deleting/re-writing my comment, as it was a sensitive issue. Happy weekend. :-)

      @The AveragePoet - Aaawh... that's nice. I need to start Hub Hopping. That's my new homework. :-) Glad you stopped by. Thanks.

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      TheAveragePoet 5 years ago from Here and there.

      Lady_E: I shall forever endeavor to leave a small piece of myself on every hub I read from this date forward. Thank you for this.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I try and comment on hubs that I really gained or learned something from. The ones I don't comment on are either similar to other ones I've commented on or too controversial- especially political or religious hubs. I want to sometimes comment but I get afraid of being put in the middle of a political/philosophical argument. You did a good job with these reasons.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @KDuBarry - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Even if you forget a few, that's quite a lot of articles you read in a day. Nice of you to do that. I hope people reciprocate and comment back on yours.

      @MamaKim - I admire you for that. A lot of Hubs to read and comment on in one day. If I had young kids, I might be reading just 10 Hubs a day after replying to comments on my Hubs.... and again as I noted above, I hope people return the thoughtfulness to you. Thanks.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Rcrumble - Thanks for sharing that, Rich. I appreciate you stopping by.

      @ThoughtSandwiches - It's good that you do that. It can drive you nuts when you take time to type a long comment, only to lose it. Thanks for stopping, Thomas.

      @Anamika - I'm glad you noted the "not knowing about the content". There are a few technical Hubs that I have no idea or background of and I don't quite know how to comment expect for. "That was interesting to read."

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Mary - Not everyone who reads my Hubs comments on them. I notice when it's just published, some click on "interesting" or "useful" but don't comment....before maybe after half an hour later...then people start commenting. I have also noticed some Hubs that have been published for weeks with no comment. So, you have to be doing something right if at least 1/3rd are commenting. Thanks.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      My biggest hurdle is time. I'm a pretty fast reader so I can get read and comment on a lot of hubs fairly quickly. I try to read and comment on all the new hubs of the people I follow which at the moment averages about 25 a day. Unfortunately I can only average 20 a day outside of replying to my own comments and leaving comments on one of their hubs. So sometimes I just have to delete a whole "recent notifications" email without reading and commenting on any of them.

      This is a great reminder to ensure quality, comment worthy hubs ^_^ voted up and useful. Great job Lady E

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      You hit all the points to the T. What I normally do is open up 20-50 articles at a time and plan my reading time before I write a hub or do other things. About 90% of the time, I do all I can to leave a comment; however, there are times when I forget to leave comments on certain hubs (Sorry Linda, Bill, and Terrye!!!) Also, very few times when I read an article, I don't leave a comment because it didn't interest me or if the whole pieces was one HUGE text box and I lost interest. I do all I can to comment back on other's Hubs, but forgetting from time to time is my biggest culprit LOL

      Great hub and always a pleasure, Lady_E!

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      Anamika S Jain 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Those are some gr8 reasons of not leaving comments. My main reasons are 'too busy with other priorities', not finding the content interesting or not having any interest/knowledge of the content written. Voted up!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      You have pretty much identified all the big ones that hold me back when it comes to the commenting game! I'm glad to see that I'm not alone! I have begun the habit of highlighting/copying longer responses before I hit the submit button...just in case it goes off to never-never land!



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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Very correct and agreed with in all areas. Instead of leaving a negative comment, I would much rather leave no comment. And, in attempting to send some Hubbers emails, the two scambled words are typed in wrong more than not. Frustrating, to say the least. Again, Very interesting!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Hub on comments. If I take the time to read a Hub,I will comment. I have noticed that about 1/3 of readers leave comments on my Hub. Does that tell me something????

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Ruchira - Hi Ruchira - me too. Thanks for stopping by.

      Nice to see you. :-)

      @Midget38 - Hi Michelle - Thanks again for stopping by to comment on another article. Best Wishes. :-)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I agree with all your points, Lady_E! I would rather not vote or comment if the article's not an interesting one or if it is too much of a hassle. Thanks for the really useful tips!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      well said indeed. I agree with most of your points, Lady E.

      I actually find it a hassle when a site asks me to register my name/email address in order to write a comment. thus, leave it!

      voted up as useful

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Acaetnna - Thanks. I'm glad you stopped by. Best Wishes.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Your hubs are always so interesting and in the moment. Well done!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Always Exploring - Lol Ruby. It's the thought that counts. Always a pleasure to hear from you. I'm still smiling at your comment.

      @MHatter - Good to know. Great idea. Cheers.

      @LifeInPrint - Hi, I'm glad you found it useful. Words / Photos can provoke different emotions in readers, depending on how used in the article.

      Best Wishes.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @billybuc - Hello Bill, thanks for sharing your opinion. Good to see you.

      @ComfortB - Lol.... Thanks for stopping. I appreciate it.

      @Flashmakeit - Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you stopped by. Best Wishes.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @zsobig Thanks for stopping. That photo is scary. Poor guy.

      @CheapTrick - Thanks for sharing an important point. It's nice if when Writers can strike that balance - most of the time. Cheers.

      @Paulgc - Hi Paul - Sometimes, it can't be helped. Good to hear from you. (Hope you are not feeling too sad about Andy Murray's defeat. Gutted!!, Bless him) Best Wishes.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Made - Thanks for sharing your opinion. Lovely to see you again.

      @Ttoombs - Cheers, Thanks for stopping.

      @Ghaelach - So True. Acaetnna, Always Exploring, MHatter - write beautiful Poems. You just know it's gonna be awesome. Thanks

      @rjsadowski Thanks for raising that point about Reviewing. I'm glad you stopped by.

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      LifeInPrint101 5 years ago from Scotland, United Kingdom

      I found this quite interesting, as I often, if not always, comment on everything that I read. And ComfortB, I said "Oh my God" too! I thought it was kind of freaky.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I leave comments 1) to show I was here. 2) it leaves a computer footprint to me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If I read a hub, I comment. It might not be long, like this one. HaHa. Great article.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Very useful hub. I only write comment if I am interested in the subject and if I have time to spare I will add a comment to follower to read the responds. Vote Up.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You made some good points here.

      I did say "Oh my God' when I saw the image of the shark bite. Really did!

      Voted Up and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An interesting list my dear, a couple of which I had no considered. The no response thing gets to me after awhile. I will go to the bother of leaving a very long, thoughtful comment, and then nothing in return. Hmmm, why should I bother again?

      Well done Elena!

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      paulgc 5 years ago

      Hello Lady E, its a shame that there's so many reasons for not commenting, unfortunately i have been known to use one or more of those so bad. Hopefully this hub will encourage more people to break bad habits etc and comment more. Thanks for sharing, you are amazing. :)

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      cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I think it's about impact more than anything else.If we can find a way[with our words]to reach through the screen into our readers"humor,emotion,intellect Basket",and Poke it,the rest follows along...and no,I'm not one of those writers lol.Voted up


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      Sophie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting and informative hub, good points.

      And the picture about the shark attacked foot is scaaaaaaary :3.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Good advice but your final comment made the most sense of all. Too often we fail to go review our hubs and see what worked and what didn't. Feedback is a powerful tool for quality improvement and continuous improvement should be our goal.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Mornin Elena.

      Good info and I agree with your thinking.

      I also think we look who the author is and know what type of hub you can expect. I am not a great lover in modern poems, but then again there are some that I know I will enjoy.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I would tend to agree with you Made. I do the same thing.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      This is an interesting hub. I always try to leave a comment after reading a hub. If I don't have an opinion I don't leave a comment. Sometimes hubs disappoint me if they are short and leave too much info out. They don't get my comments either.


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