How Do You Get Nine 100 HubScores At Once?


I usually have four or five 100 HubScores at any given time but I recently scored a personal high total of nine at the century mark. In order to assist Hubbers in obtaining high HubScores of their own, I thought it would be a good idea to analyze what these Hubs contain in order to be able to gain some insight into the vagaries of the HubScore mechanism, which is shrouded in more convoluted mystery than any Dan Brown medieval Vatican plot.

First of all, I have to restate the essence of my Hal's Not-So-Secret Method To Writing Successful Hubs, where I explain that:

"I have never been able to figure out why one hub with 500 views and 3 comments gets 100 and another with 10,000 views and 60 comments in the same time span struggles to get 80" and, yes, that is unfortunately still the case. No, I have not reached any mind-expanding satori epiphany and can now elucidate upon its intricacies: If I had as much as a clue as to the Brobdingnagian and Draconian workings of the infernal HubScore Enigma Machine, I'd have 1,086 Hubs all scoring 100 and the nice people at Hubpage Central would have to rename Best Hubs as Hal Hubs.

Let's take a look at each of the nine top scorers to see what conclusions can be derived:

CanAm Spyder: 3-Wheel Cruiser Or Roadgoing Snowmobile?

This Hub falls squarely within the parameters of "weird, new, and different" which is usually excellent HubScore fodder. A three wheeled motorcycle with two wheels at the front which looks like a sportsbike that rear ended a gigantic, wide track quad ATV, it certainly is weird, new, and different.

DDR1, DDR2, DDR3: Navigating The RAM Maze

This is a Hub that offers some fairly solid, technical information on a topic that any computer enthusiast who is interested in building or even just configuring their own PC system would find of interest. This is one of my consistent day in and day out 100+ page view Hubs, therefore, it's not too much of a surprise to find this at the 100 mark.

Could MPG Alone Get You On A 250 Cruiser?

Although fuel prices dipped (and now they're on their way back up) since the time I published this Hub, the traffic has been steady, and this has to be one of my most consistent 100 HubScorers. I would estimate that this particular Hub has a score of 100 about half the time I check the stats.

Top 10 Ugliest Motorcycles Of All Time

I'd previously stated that it's a good idea to stay away from highly controversial subjects if you want to reach high HubScores as some of the readers are likely to Rate It Down and kill your score. Well, this Hub lives to prove me wrong. It's by far one of my top five controversial Hubs out of 1,086, and it still manages to keep on scoring 100!

Revolutionary Harley Trike Has 2 Front Wheels That Lean

Just like CanAm Spyder falls squarely within the parameters of "weird, new, and different" this Hub deals with a somewhat similar vehicle, except that it is only on the drawing boards. It was written two years ago and by now the product should have hit the dealerships but no sign of it yet. Still, that doesn't stop this Hub from consistently scoring strongly.

Harley Davidson's Outrageous Pricing Ripoffs

In a down economy people everywhere are watching their pennies, so outlining how a motorcycle manufacturer can change the wheels and the paint job and charge almost $6,000 more is certainly a topic that is of interest to anyone in the market for a new bike, so again not a huge surprise that this is a strong HubScoring Hub.

Is Demonoid A DOJ Trap To Catch Unsuspecting Pirates?

Talk about controversial! This one is even more controversial than Top 10 Ugliest Motorcycles Of All Time and I've had some commenters enter into hyperventilating paroxysms of anger about my comments dealing with this popular illegal torrent site. Again... no impact on the HubScore as here it sits at 100!

Motorcycle MPG Guide: Kawasaki Vulcans

This one is rather puzzling. I have my Motorcycle MPG Guides scoring very strongly in both HubScores and page views, but why Kawasaki Vulcan would be chosen over, say, Yamaha V-Twins at this particular time remains one of those impenetrable HubScore mysteries.

Top 7 Marxist Communist Policies Being Implemented By Obama Today

Three out of nine of the 100 HubScores are extremely controversial. Hmm... What this might indicate is that Rate It Down (which I am positive I've received plenty of on all three of these Hubs) doesn't really seem to have any impact on the HubScore!

Alright, so now let's try to figure out what the HubScore algorithm is seeing in all these Hubs. They're all very different, with six on motorcycling topics, one on personal computer technology, one on illegal torrent sites, and one on politics. We also have to acknowledge that there is an element of randomization in HubScore's algorithm to keep any one Hub or Hubber from monopolizing the top scores, so there is no real way to "game" the HubScore system.

There seems to be no real common thread in these nine 100 HubScores, except for the fact that none of these Hubs are overtly commercial. I am now hawking any particular product or service in any of them, including the motorcycle ones. I state my information clearly, along with my personal opinion, and let the chips fall where they may. Yes, there is plenty of product information in those motorcycle and PC Hubs, but at no time is there an in your face product pitch. You can look at all of those nine Hubs (as well as the other 1,077 I have published to date) and you'll almost never find a BUY BUY BUY NOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW! I provide the information: If the reader is interested in proceeding with a purchase of whatever, then they can or can not. That's not a relevant factor in what I write and the subjects I write on.

Of course this 100 HubScore approach may be diametrically opposed to what constitutes good AdSense Hubbing as in those cases you want to push the product as much as feasible. However, the title of this Hub is not How Do You Get Nine Hubs To Make You $$$ At Once.

The conclusion may be tenuous, but it does seem that highly commercial, mercenary, and (gasp) scammy Hubs don't reach the 100 mark to any noticeable degree.

It's good to know that at least in HubPages' scoring system there is still an ample reward for informational and entertaining writing, rather than thinly disguised Billy Mays (may he and his overdyed beard rest in peace) commercials!

Therefore, it's completely up to the Hubber which way they want to go. If they are single mindedly interested in pulling in that big AdSense income (and there are Hubbers who are very successful at that), they can't have their HubScore cake and eat it too!

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

As a struggling hubber yet to earn $4 in three months I can only applaud you Hal, well done and more power to your elbow!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Great info, Hal. I'm still trying to figure out what a torrent site actualy is.

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quicksand 7 years ago

I still remember your essay on how to work out one's personal hub score! It involved Nasdaq as well! :)

akhilkarun 7 years ago

It's people like you who share your valuable experiece truthfully who encourage newbies like us.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Okay, that got the gears going a bit. Thanks for the info, Hal. As always, straight forward, no messy frills.

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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

Another great hub. You deserve your high status:) One day I shall get around to writing hubs for different reasons e.g. hub score, Adsense revenue etc and try analysing what makes them successful or not. At present I'm just enjoying the writing and meeting other people, learning things etc.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Gypsy Willow: I thank you and my elbow thanks you. We were all struggling Hubbers at one point, so just keep your eye on the prize, and remember that HubPages effectively works as an annuity. The more you write, the more you're investing. The benefits (both in earnings and in personal satisfaction) then go on for years.

Christoph Reilly: Thanks! A torrent site is just shorthand for a website that lists trackers to download various media such as movies, books, music, in a BitTorrent format. Most of the content on these sites is pirated.

quicksand: Yes, I tried to avoid the calculation of the HubScore in this Hub since the algorithm has changed a bit with the recent gyrations of the stock market. The Nasdaq index component has been replaced by HubPages management with the high temperature in Inuvik multiplied by the number of Big Macs sold that day. :)

akhilkarun: That was extremely kind of you. Thank you.

Frieda Babbley: You're welcome and thanks for the kudos! :)

Tigermadstanley: Thanks! By enjoying writing and meeting people, you're by far experiencing the best aspects of HubPages!

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quicksand 7 years ago

... and the tan of the angle the moonlight makes with the national lampost in Rejkjavik also should be considered, I guess!!! :)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Dang! Have you been talking to Ryan Hupfer? Has he been divulging all the secrets of the HubScore algorithm to you? I'm going to tell Paul Edmondson on him! Beware, quicksand, it's extremely sensitive information which must never fall into the wrong hands, especially the section about the square of the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient of the current lemming population and the inverse of the Fisher transformation of my waistline in millimeters! :)

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quicksand 7 years ago

Shh!!! Not so loud Hal! :)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Did I let the cat out of the bag? Darn it! Me and my big fat mouth! :)

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Have not received a 100 yet but live in hopes. Are we allowed to rate our own hubs once? I considered it but thought probably not lol

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I couldn't tell you what the Hub policy is on own-rating, but I'd steer away from it. It's kinda like clicking on your own Google ads. Sooner or later you'll trip some algorithm-wire in Google HQ and you'll find yourself with a big blackball where you once had an Adsense account! :(

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Staci-Barbo7 7 years ago from North Carolina

Hal, thank you for sharing your genuine insights with your fellow Hubbers.  The one thing I find disconcerting about Hubscoring is that my scores tend to vary so much, even in a 24-48 hour period.  It makes it even more challenging when I'm editing according to advice in other Hubs, such as the advice to use only 10 metatags per Hub.  When I edited all my (mere 7 published) Hubs to conform to this advice - which may, in fact, result in great long-term results, my Hubscores for most of my Hubs dropped sharply over the next several days.  The Hubscores are just now coming back to where they were before, and some are higher.  So, I can understand the reason behind the changing Hubscores in this case. 

Do you have any idea why the score for a Hub that is not actively being edited varies so much? Thanks. Staci

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

As I write this I have 8 100s, but less than an hour ago, I had 5. I haven't touched any Hubs since yesterday when I published this one, so editing and/or adding Hubs does not seem to have much of an effect on the score according to what I've been able to figure out. As for the metatags (as pertain to Google positioning), there is reason to believe that you should not exceed one tag per 100 text words, but some Hubbers will insist that you're best off with 15, 20, or more tags even for a 500 word Hub, so the jury is definitely still out on that one. Although there are certainly various "hard" parameters that the HubScore algorithm recognizes, randomization seems to be a very important factor: This keeps various Hubs by various Hubbers bubbling in and out of the top scoring positions to keep the Best Hubs section from becoming stultified.

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Interesting info. well worth bearing in mind but I have never made anything out of hubpages. Just entertainment for me.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Entertainment is great! This is much better than watching TV like a couch potato! :)

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Sandyspider 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great information. I will have to keep coming back. I'm am new at this Hub thing.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Hubbing is the best thing you can do... with your clothes on! :)

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Thanks for the valuable inside scoop!

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

You're welcome. Hope it helps! :)

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Rubes 7 years ago from Somwhere up high

Congrats on your 9 point victory! That's gonna be tough to match. I'm right on your tail though. lol.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! Keep up the good work! :)

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

Will you assist me?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Sure! But you might have to write 1333 Hubs first! :)

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA


"OK boys, I'll coach you to the championship, but first you have to win the championship."

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Writing 1333 Hubs is easy. Assuming you can write and post them really fast they will take you an average of 45 minutes each, which is only 1,000 hours! :)

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

Is that my first lesson?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

No, that was the summary. The first lesson is:

Snatch the pebble from my hand, grasshopper.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Well done mate! I'm still aspiring toward my first 100 hub that stays up there for a while. I did hit the 97 mark once so I know it's within reach! :)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! Keep in mind that there is a very strong randomizing feature in HubScores so your top Hubs will always jump around in score, even hour by hour! :)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I didn't want you to XRAY MY HAND, grasshopper. You have been a bad Zen student. I must now whack you across the head. (Yes, that was a common Zen master ploy... ask an unanswerable question then smack the student on the noggin to provoke satori...)

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA


Ah, sensei, you are too literal in your interpretation. Your left-brained thinking has betrayed you.

I merely demonstrated my pitiful grasp of edge detection and layer manipulation in order to prove myself worth of instruction.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Very well, I accept your explanation as well as your mastery of Bodhishop. First we must discover your inner BuddHub nature. Clear your mind of DharmAdsense as attachment to the material aspects of this world is not on the Eightfold Path to Nirvanascores. Now begin your personal mantra:

"Write for the reader, not for the bucks... Write for the reader, not for the bucks... Write for the reader, not for the bucks... Write for the reader, not for the bucks... Write for the reader, not for the bucks... " :)

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Great informative hub, thnaks for the information. creativeone59

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

You rock so hard it hurts me and I'm not even on the same subnet as you.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Don't ever count yourself short!

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Nine hundreds at once???!!! Hal, you are truly incredible!

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Well, I may HAVE BEEN incredible, but it seems that the more HubPages rises in the web rankings (now that it's cracked 100) the less my Hubs are scoring... I think I'm a fish in an ever expanding ocean! :)

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Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

Very interesting hub here! I am still waiting on a single hundred, but I am more impressed by how prolific a hubber you are! Definitely at the top of the stack as far as I've seen (and not posting "sexy aunties" hubs) ;)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Sexy Aunties! That's it! In my months long research to determine the most fool proof way to maximize Adsense repetitive-keyword revenue so that I may share Google's deep dark secrets with my readership, I missed Sexy Aunties... Let's go... One of the best things about Sexy Aunties is how Sexy Aunties can be when they feel really Sexy, Aunties can seduce any nephew. Sexy Aunties are better than any other form of incest since Sexy Aunties are Sexy Aunties by choice and not Sexy Aunties by nymphomania therefore Sexy Aunties can... :)

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Lamme 6 years ago

Congratulations! I'm still in the learning stages and appreciate all the helpful information.

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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thank you for the kind words and welcome onboard the SS Hub! :)

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

I still have a lot to learn. Would love to see my hub scores go up and increased traffic as well. Still trying to figure out how to use adsense and analytics.

Well despite all that I still need to learn in order to be successful here, I am enjoying hubpages very much, great community and very talented writers.

Larry Wall 18 months ago

Your Hub is excellent. It will not work for me because I write about political issues, energy, some social issues, religion, freedoms we take for granted or abuse and personal musings about different things. I have written plenty about President Obama (I am a strong supporter of the ACA) and that has not netted me the 100 mark. My personal score has hit 100 when I was more active, but the individual Hubs apparently have a limited audience.

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