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4 Ways to Improve Your Hub Comments

Abby Slutsky graduated University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and writing. She has written copy for more than 12 years.

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Type carefully to avoid errors when reviewing a hub.

Type carefully to avoid errors when reviewing a hub.

During the time that I have been writing for HubPages, I have seen and read a lot of articles that focus on how to write stellar hubs. While creating well-written hubs is important, I would like to take a few minutes to focus on writing comments for hubs. Most hubbers are appreciative when others in the community read our work and take the time to comment. Nevertheless, some hubbers are more adept at writing comments than others. In this article, I encourage you to spend a few moments writing useful blog comments that stand out.

1. Share an Experience That Relates to the Hub

Recently, I wrote a hub about encouraging children to eat vegetables. Although many hubbers were kind enough to read and comment, one comment stood out because the reader offered another idea for encouraging children to eat vegetables.

The comment encouraged me to ramp up my article to include an additional reason to eat vegetables, and it was not one I thought of on my own. The new reason lent itself to another picture, and the article was more eye-catching with a photo of beautifully arranged vegetables. The article is attracting more interest since the update.

Sharing experiences can be a wonderful way to help other readers make their article more comprehensive. Additionally, learning from each other enriches our hub community.

Compare the Comments

One comment is meatier and indicates what the reader likes about it. That comment also shares an idea that the author can add to the article, if desired.

One comment is meatier and indicates what the reader likes about it. That comment also shares an idea that the author can add to the article, if desired.

2. Indicate Why You Like the Hub

We have probably all made the "Great article. It is very helpful." comment, and I include myself as being guilty of it. My better comments will indicate why I like it, and some comments will mention specific parts of the article, so the author knows I actually read it. Sometimes I may comment on how I relate to what the author has written, but it depends on whether I have an experience or background that correlates to the content.

3. Proofread Carefully Before Posting a Comment

Recently, I was reading one of the comments in the "Hub Help" section of the community. I came across a discussion about whether poorly written comments could reduce a hubbers rating score. The truth is I do not know whether they can or not, but as long as the possibility exists, hubbers owe it to themselves and each other to write like professionals and hone their skills.

We have all made a typo, misspelled a word or made a grammatical error. There is no question that we may overlook them at times. (As I write this, I know I have to up my game now because you will all be evaluating my comments.) Nevertheless, if it forces me to be a little more careful that is okay. If I would not want the error in my own content, I should not be adding it to the end of your content.

Then again, you do not have to approve my comment. I have not quite noticed whether hubbers get notified if their comments are approved. However, I do know that once you comment on an article, you receive emails about subsequent comments on the hub. If you check them, I believe you will find out whether your comment was approved and added to the comment section.

Given that another hubber spent time reading and commenting on your hub, you may feel a little badly not approving it even if it does contain errors. So far, my inclination is to approve almost all comments to show my appreciation and encourage readership. However, if the discussion I read was correct, I may have to delete them eventually.

4. Ask a Question About a Hub You Review

There is at least one hubber here who gets a stream of topics from her readers. Not a bad idea when you consider many of us struggle to find topics to write about. On occasion, the right question can spring into a similar or related article. Often, you are already knowledgeable about the related topic, so the new article is effortless to write.

Additionally, if one reader has made an inquiry about a topic, you may find that others are interested in the answer to the question, as well. (It is not too much different than the many articles written about how to improve hubs.) I would imagine that a lot of those articles were written in response to a newbie’s questions.

Why Improve Your Blog Comments?

Hopefully, writing exceptional blog comments will be a little like creating a well-written blog and have a similar impact. If other readers and hubbers value your knowledge and like your writing, they will follow you and read your content. If they value your input when you read and comment, they may also reciprocate with more helpful comments.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky

Comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 13, 2020:

Abby, you're always welcome.

Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 13, 2020:

Thank you for posting.

Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 13, 2020:

Thanks for reading. I always appreciate your input.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 13, 2020:

Pamela, I agreed with you. From comments so far made on my article, or comment, I visit the visitors and learn how these were doing to improve my work. Much thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 13, 2020:

I think comments are imortant. I do not think Hubpages rates your article based on the quality of your comments, but I do think they note whether you are making comments. I also think if you are commenting on someone's articles regularly they should comment on yours. Making a comment that is more then a thank you is probably a good idea.

I have surely made typos and that is for two reasons. I have arthritis in my fingers and I am following so many people with only so much time to read all of their articles. I try to type too fast, So, I need to slow down.

I think you made some very good points in this article, Abby.

Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 12, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your input.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 12, 2020:

I've heard some of these arguments before but you gave some reasons that I hadn't thought of. Simple professionalism is one I overlooked as a given but it should be mentioned. I remember when some friends of mine and I were working on a homeschool newsletter describing the progress of our children. One of the mother's was nextdoor to obsessed with the typos but when she explained that people will be more critical of sloppy work from homeschoolers because it reflected our ability to teach our children. She was right. It was about maintaining professionalism. We owe it to each other to put the best foot forward... or in this case, maybe the best words.

Blessings,

Denise

Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 12, 2020:

Thank you for reading.

Danny from India on August 12, 2020:

Very interesting and useful information Abby.

Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 11, 2020:

Thank you for reading and making a nice comment. I am going to have to up my game after this article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 11, 2020:

This is what I am trying to do these days, especially after writing and publishing an article. The information in this article is educating.

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