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Why do we Write and should we leave Comments on Articles or not

By Edited Jan 30, 2016 13 42

Most Writers enjoy interacting with readers and receiving Comments

 We all love to write our articles in the hope that hundreds of people will read them and learn something from them. If no one reads them then why are we sitting here tapping away at the keys night after night and living in the hope of earning money when someone clicks on the adverts on our article?


Why do we write? Writing is a way of expressing our feelings and sharing our knowledge on a variety of subjects. This can be on crafts, technology, food, cooking, gardening, and wood working or in fact any subject at all. The subject itself is irrelevant; it is the information that you portray in the article that someone will learn something from that is of utmost importance.

We need to keep this in mind when we write all our articles. Sometimes we all forget this as we tap away at the keyboard we need to write interesting articles or at least write to the best of our ability. No one can ask or expect more than that.

Should we leave comments on articles or not?

I think we can all benefit from leaving comments on articles. Writing can be a lonely occupation at times, therefore I believe that everyone should leave a few comments on articles that you think are either informative, helpful, or because you feel better and enjoyed the article or the beautiful pictures on the article. It may have given you something to laugh about and with today's current life trends we can all do with a laugh from time to time.

No they do not have to be long winded comments, they can reflect that you enjoyed it, learned something from it, loved the pictures, or maybe you will try out the wonderful cream sponge recipe.

New writers and new members


As I said before, we sit there typing out what we believe to be a helpful or challenging article and to the new person if they never see a comment they will become disenchanted with their work and may think it is not good enough and you will never see them again.

All it will take is ten seconds of your very busy schedule to at least challenge yourself to comment on two articles a day. Your comment may keep the new person writing and they in turn will offer comments of their own on other new writers' articles. This could create a snowball effect with all writers commenting more.

Points unlocked for commenting

At info barrel we are awarded points when we leave a certain number of comments it could be thirty, fifty or even one hundred points. This benefits all writers and lifts there info barrel rating higher still so there is that added advantage for commenting on articles.

When I first started writing for info barrel I was so disappointed that no one left any comments. Where I had written before as soon as I wrote something, or within an hour or so I would have a message saying someone has commented on my article. This used to give me a real lift as it encouraged me to want to write more articles.

I know that many other writers think the same, and I have to acknowledge that there are members here that do leave comments. Yes many do not care or cannot be bothered to spend time leaving comments. They sometimes forget that it could be because of a comment they leave that may lead to someone clicking on one of their adverts and improve their income at the same time.

My Content page

This page shows a list of recent articles that I have written. There is nothing more depressing to me than looking down this page and not seeing a comment left by anyone.

If the articles are written solely SEO orientated then they will not attract as many contents.  Whereas how to, DIY, recipies, gardening articles may not earn as much but they will attract more readers and in turn receive more comments from readers with the same interests.

So how about it guys and gals lift your game. Start a new challenge today and leave a few more comments and also add more points to your score at the same time.

Enjoy writing for info barrel and earn money

So now you know the answer to why do we write and should we leave comments on our articles or not?







Jun 9, 2010 7:10am
Great article. I agree that leaving comments is great for the author, but like you said, the commenter can also benefit by getting more traffic and back links to their own work. Its a win win situation.
Jun 9, 2010 8:03am
That is what I thought I hope others think likewise. thanks for reading and commenting
Jun 9, 2010 9:50am
This is a very helpful article for newcomers to our writing community. I just returned from a trip, and am leaving this evening for another one. However, the one thing I wanted to do between trips was take the time to comment on articles before I left. When I get back in a week, I'll be back writing comments again, quickly! Thanks for the great reminder!
Jun 9, 2010 10:15am
deborah, Hope you have a great trip and do lots more commenting when you get back. thanks for your comments here today. I hope it helps the new writers. cheers.
Jun 9, 2010 2:44pm
Excellent article on leaving comments and why we write. :)
Jun 9, 2010 3:29pm
Thank you eileen, this is a great article for everyone! I hope more members will participate and leave comments.
Jun 9, 2010 4:18pm
Eileen, great article. I make a point of commenting on several articles a day. I know how I feel when I receive a comment!
Jun 9, 2010 10:07pm
WOW!! That's the most ever comments I've had in my email box from info barrel.
Since writing it I see there is a couple of others written similar articles.

We don't see the same things until we actually write them, funny how that works eh.
mommymommymommy, thanks all that was a beaut surprise for me this morning and yes I have seen some of your comments. Thanks again and yes it does cheer the older (length of time not age) writers as well as the newbies I think anyway.
Jun 10, 2010 1:16pm
Reciprocating with comments is the best way to create a close community of serious writers on Infobarrel. I hope more people will heed your advice. :)
Jun 10, 2010 9:14pm
Yes I think it helps to encourage new writers and the older ones to hang around as so many people join and never write or may write a few and then disappear, we have to try and discourage this if we can.
Jun 11, 2010 6:51pm
Yes. I too get sad when I see zero comments left in my articles. And perk up when I see a comment left. Thanks for this article.
Jun 12, 2010 1:31am
mandanalyst, yes I agree it is depressing, you wonder if perhaps the article is no good. thanks for stopping by
Jun 23, 2010 12:48am
I've commented before but one of the things I failed to mention is that everyone should keep in mind that clicking on an ad on another member's article page should only be done if you have a genuine interest in the ad. Otherwise, it's considered click fraud and the person who does it can be identified by their IP address. Somehow, the adbots know the difference between genuine interest and an attempt to increase a friend's earnings.
Jun 23, 2010 2:10am
divaonline, Oh yes I know that and it should never be done. From what I have heard, they check out on your email connections with friends and pick it up that way. Simple when you think about it eh..So Google is definitely not stupid. thanks for that.
Jun 26, 2010 8:24am
Eileen, I totally agree with you!
And yes, we should make more comments. - I can only say that for my own part, then it is nice to see that the views my article has, was done by a person who read my article all the way down to the last line, instead of leaving (in disgust) at the top line. ....
Or equally frustrating (maybe) the visitor was a search robot crawling my article) ...
So I am always happy to see a comment on my article.
Jul 4, 2010 3:35am
askformore, yes I have to agree with you and it helps build up confidence that the article has helped someone which is what this is all about as well as earning money of course. thanks for that, much appreciated
Jul 4, 2010 6:31am
Well, I have earned some, but for my own part I am still in the 'learning phase'; that's why I appreciate very much comments on my articles - and/or critique in the forum, where I did try to get some critique/help
Jun 29, 2010 2:26am
This is to funny. I just posted a question in the forum about the exact same thing and just happened to stumble on your article soon after. Great Job.
Jul 4, 2010 3:39am
juicymentality, that was a funny coincidence, just in time eh what. glad to be of help. thanks for stopping by
Jul 10, 2010 6:30pm
Leaving comments is definitely an area where I could use some improvement.
Thanks for the tips. :)
Jul 10, 2010 8:38pm
yes I know what you mean, I try to do a few every day. because I know it does help encourage people to write more
Jul 12, 2010 6:05am
Wow! I have been so frsutrated about this very subject that I wrote an article about it today. Then when looking at different articles I happen to come across yours. Very nice article - well written and well thought out. Happy to know it is just not me. I am in agreement with you. A+! work.
Jul 12, 2010 7:01am
thanks so much for that, Thats why I wrote this more to encourage the newer members. It was so frustrating for me to look down anyones list and not see any comments. That is an important part of writing giving others encouragement to continue especially when they have not received any clicks at that time for their effort.
Jul 23, 2010 9:13am
Previous comments have pretty well summed it up. I agree that comments really do lift new and experienced writers up. It gives value to your expression like saying Amen after someone else's prayer.

Besides, I often look at the people who've made comments to find new writers based on what they've said. If they're thoughtful and genuine I often read some of their work and comment. If they're rude I avoid them totally.
Jul 23, 2010 9:40am
You are so right there, although luckily at info barrel we so far have only helpful and friendly people writing here. Even in the forums, it is good to go there and learn many things from the more experienced writers and they often help the newbies. Which is great. Thanks for stopping by
Sep 1, 2010 1:33am
It is funny to see an article with 1000 page views yet not a single comment. The readers probably come from outside IB.
Sep 1, 2010 7:40am
scheng1, I have to agree with you, you see so many great articles like you say with views but no one bothers to say great article or even rate it up. Weird. Maybe they getting all the clicks on their ads then not bad eh what.
Sep 4, 2010 12:16pm

I agree with all the above after reading your article. It is very up lifting to receive a comment on your article.

I also like to read and comment so mabey if we all adapt and join in our aritcles would indeed benefit in the long run.

Nice article!

Very well written and very good points and views made.

Sep 5, 2010 3:24am
Thanks so much for your thoughts, yes I agree we all need to work together and help each other
Feb 9, 2012 8:43am
Awesome, so many don't take the time to read or comment. I wonder what they think this box is for. Oh well, I comment as much as I can and will continue to do so points or not. So many times I've read an article and learned something from it as well. Thanks for writing this, maybe it will help others.
Feb 9, 2012 8:52am
Thanks lynsuz, Actually I just redid a bit of this article so it brought it back up again. Which does the trick because people start reading again. Thanks and yes I agree with you. Maybe we will encourage a few more comments this time.
Jul 18, 2012 4:58am
Irony that you get so many comments on an article about comments. If only all other articles could get as many comments:) Anyway, great article and a thumb from me.
Jul 18, 2012 5:18am
Thanks Adragast, I wrote this over a year ago but just updated the achievements part as was old so it came up as published. But yes I think it is very important to leave comments.
Jul 18, 2012 5:14am
These are good points. Comments are especially encouraging for new writers.
Jul 18, 2012 5:20am
anointedtoday, You are so right. I remember way back when I first started writing if I did not see a comment I would wonder what I did wrong and thought it must be a bad article.

Although I still love to get comments and I comment on others I believe that money earning articles where you are seo (chasing clicks for adsense)orientated you hardly ever get a comment. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Jul 18, 2012 6:14am
I think especially articles where you sell a product don't get comments (but may be profitable): your reader just want some info about a product before buying it, he is not interested in connecting with the writer and not interested in other articles by the same author.
Jul 19, 2012 3:44am
Yes that is true although it is still nice to get a comment, to share weather its a good product or not, which could also help and encourage others to buy the article.
Jul 18, 2012 3:08pm
The clever bit about your article is you can't read it and not comment! Well done.
Jul 19, 2012 3:46am
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Jul 19, 2012 3:48am
Ok, thanks Andrewagreen, I read that wrong first time round. Yes I suppose you are right. When you think about it.
Jul 19, 2012 3:40pm
Hi - I meant it as a genuine compliment. I don't understand what you thought I meant but I'm sorry anyway!!!
Jul 20, 2012 12:04am
No problems at all like I said I read your comment wrong and thanks for commenting cheers
Dec 19, 2012 10:36am
Thanks for this post eileen, nice one. I'm blogging for a while in Dutch on my own website and I'm used to getting at least some comments on each blogpost I make, but I'm new on infobarrel and I saw and red a lot of great articles without any rating or comment, so strange... Anyway, I keep on rating and commenting, because, as you said, part of what we write for is interaction!
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