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Updated on May 27, 2011

Hub Comments - Take the good with the insipid

Adding a comment capsule to a hub opens the digital door to everyone with a browser and a passing knowledge of the English language. Some hubbers suggest that comments may increase the interest that search engines take when returning search results. This author observed Google returning a particular hub when an otherwise completely unrelated keyword appeared in a comment.

It's pleasant to know real people read what we write: every hubber should take time out from composing Bollywood screeds to read and comment on the works of their peers.

Recently a commenter swooped onto on of my hubs, dropped a cheery greeting, and flittered back to cyberspace. It couldn't be bothered with identifying itself or actually providing useful information, but in the interest of making lemonade from lemons, here's the unabridged text:


holy eye roller 5 weeks ago

I only lurk on the HP forums, but I have to say you take yourself and your "work" on HP waaaaaaayyyyy to seriously. HP is just a content mill good for backlinks. I don't know why you pour yourself into writing for HP when you could be making so much more money with your *own* website and *real* writing jobs.

I make $75,000 USD a year from my own websites and magazine feature writing, how much are you making on HP? Not nearly as much I imagine. You need to do the math and re-prioritize your efforts. You write well enough to get better gigs. You're squandering your talents here.

Deconstructing HER

Certainly HER (Holy Eye Roller) meant well. Leaving an anonymous virtually content-free self-congratulatory composition tends to inspire amateur writers to glorious heights of wordsmithiness. HER simply wants to help, yes.

So many questions are begged:

I only lurk on the HP forums. The comment was not left on a forum. Perhaps the hub looked dangerously like a forum.

...but I have to say you take yourself and your "work" on HP waaaaaaayyyyy to seriously. : obviously, given that I have written such epics as "Fun Facts About a Grilled Cheese Sandwich" and "A Day in the Life of Stan Fletcher." Ovid and Beatrix Potter, look out for me.

HP is just a content mill good for backlinks: A third-grader with a browser knows better. Head Start teaches SEO these days.

I don't know why you pour yourself into writing for HP when you could be making so much more money with your *own* website and *real* writing jobs. : Sure! I strolled out of my 5th Avenue apartment the other day and a "real" writing job fell on my head. I can't stand in line at the Mercedes dealer without people offering me publishing privileges on my own PR 7 websites.

I make $75,000 USD a year from my own websites and magazine feature writing... : The use of "USD" suggests that HER is not from The Colonies. US residents assume currency units as United States Dollars, especially when using the "$" prefix. much are you making on HP?: evidently a rhetorical question, since HER neglected to leave a forwarding address.

...Not nearly as much I imagine.: It's nice than HER possesses a functional imagination.

You need to do the math and re-prioritize your efforts: I have a Master's Degree in Computer Science, so somebody thinks I'm good at math.

You write well enough to get better gigs. You're squandering your talents here.: Perhaps wading through the nebulous unsupported ramblings was the price for this backhanded complement. Or not.

Where'd this advice come from?

Our semi-anonymous commenter connected to HubPages through this IP Address:

Click here to see who owns the IP address. It's no big deal, it's not the CIA or Random House or anything like that. Comcast is a major ISP (Internet Service Provider) that sells service to hundreds of thousands of individuals and companies in many regions of the United States. The IP address reveals almost nothing about who left the helpful (?) message.


Keep writing. Write for yourself and consider yourself blessed if anyone comments.

How was the lemonade?

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    • K. Burns Darling profile image

      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love the community of Hub Pages, I enjoy the feedback from other writers, and I think you gave HER exactly what she had coming! Keep up the good work!

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thanks for the link, I will check that out. I honestly hate all this promotional stuff, so I would love to read something different about it.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Alexander Mark: I don't think HP is that good for backlinks. Just my opinion:

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Her is dumb. I really enjoyed your deconstruction of HER. At first I didn't think it was a big deal, but I enjoyed the keyboard lashing you gave her. But what I don't understand is, she/it left no information to "help" you.

      I HAVE however, heard recently that HP is good for backlinking. The crazy thing is that I still don't understand exactly how to do that. :-P

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree with Robwrite. It seems a little self-serving. perhaps "full of it" is more like it.

      If I was making big money, I doubt I would be spending time commenting how much I earn, instead, I would be out there enjoying it!!!

      Great dissection though...makes for a great Hub...hope it makes you buckets of cash!

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      tebo 6 years ago

      I find I'm interested to read the making lemonade hub. I think the good thing about hub pages is it is a learning environment for the likes of myself.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I write because it is something I love to do. I love the writing and the people I've met here on hubpages. I don't believe a word that your unnamed writer said. Write on Nicomp!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      nicomp - the comment you referred to was utterly stupid; your rebuttal, utterly splendid!

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I find it unlikely that a professional writer who writes magazine feature articles would cruise hub pages to brag about how much money he or she is making and to mock someone else for making less. He could at least have offered to get you a job interview at the magazine.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I'd just take the compliment and keep writing here. Having your own website sounds easy, but it requires continually working at keeping up with the competition to have enough links back and eventually you get tired of the niche you are writing about and it's just work.

      I like how we can write about anything we please here.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree with RTalloni. When something like that comes up, I move on. It doesn't deserve my time, attention or energy. However, I am a hubber who takes herself and her writing wayyyyyyyy toooo seriously, LOL

      Great hub. Enjoyed the chuckle this morning.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      At our worst we are only trying to make money and everything becomes a means to an end leading to empty values and a soulless state of existence - concentrating our efforts on not just the dollar can be highly rewarding and satisfying too. On the make commentators well that's what they are and no offence to Joe the internet marketer Nicomp!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      No need to ignore if you are inspired to make lemonade. In fact that was an excellent idea.

      As a tangent, I notice that a lot of new hubs are being posted without a comment capsule. Are people trying to avoid any feedback? I often think the comments are often the most interesting part of my hubs.

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      Clairepeek 6 years ago

      The conclusion says it all!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very interesting encounter! I'm like RTalloni I 'ignore' daft gowks like HER. He/she sounds pathetic to be honest. But your Hub was interesting and I loved the way you dissected HER's comments. Good one.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      There are always those who claim big money for writing various places but it is hard to separate out the good from the bad.It is never that simple.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Ignoring such people is my best route. Good conclusion.