The Secret to a HubScore of 100 - Who Cares?
I figured that since so many people, particularly hubbers, seem to be interested in articles pertaining to Hubpages and its various aspects, I would try my hand at writing an article on it myself.
Why are people so obsessed with getting this mythical HubScore of $100$ (complete with angels singing, one-armed bandits dropping coins, cash registers chachinging, and a big brass band playing “We’re in the Money”)?
Here are some testimonials:
“It completely changed my life!” - Anonymous hubber #1
“I’ve never been good at anything, and now this? I’m so happy! Thank you Hubpages!” - Anonymous hubber #200090
And now, back to the article!
I am far from boasting, but in the time I’ve been on Hubpages, I’ve created over 100 hubs, including this one, on two profiles, and I’ve had hundreds of visitors and backlinks due to asking people nicely to reciprocate; the highest hubscore I’ve had so far is 92. The highest HubRank I’ve had is 95.
Okay, so we now know that if you do happen to attain this mark, it might mean that you’ve come across something unique that hasn’t been touched upon that much, and that no evangelical vigilantes have pooh-poohed your hubs.
What I’m writing here isn’t a knock against people who have achieved it. It’s good to have a goal and something to work towards, but generally the score, in my opinion, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best article on the web on that topic, it doesn’t mean that it’s the most popular, it doesn’t mean people will search for it, and it doesn’t mean that a lot of people will visit it either, and in that case you can forget about it making a lot of revenue.
I don’t worry about the score, I just enjoy writing. If people don’t like what I write, they can get out of my airspace and go and drop their bombs on someone else. It only takes a second to leave an article or site by way of the exit (unless you have dial-up), which will save you from plenty of stress and lack of sleep if you happen to be that sensitive. If they are going to rate my hubs negatively, then they can at least have the courage to leave a comment, and not be so spineless and pathetic.
I for one actually enjoy and seek out a few different articles on the same subject, to compare. You can’t just read one and say it’s the best - there might be ten others that are even better, and the chances are that one of them might be the original that the person you were about to praise copied.
God knows how the score is calculated (he probably doesn’t), but God, if he, she, or it exists, does know that quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. It may as well be a little timer sitting in the corner, indicating the exact end of the world, because like anything handled by computers and programming, it would be wrong anyway, and I would just ignore it as usual.
I think, despite the HubScore supposedly not taking it into account, interesting topics whether unique or not so unique, well written articles, pictures, videos and use of other capsules, as well as plenty of links and references would win me over any day, and consequently make me visit your other hubs too, even if they don’t have a score higher than :(60:( (honest). After all, I’m the one who decides I want to know more about writing, making money, or other topics, instead of How to Get Rid of Toe Jam (no offence to anyone who has written about this). I can spot something that I would like to read, and I know if I’m going enjoy it after the first paragraph and perhaps a quick scan through.
Besides, if you think the HubScore is confusing, then you’ll cry about the equivalent at Helium, or so I’ve read. A defector once wrote about how he or she did little tests, and found more often than not the well written articles dropped, whereas the not-so-good ones were at the peak of the heap.
I suppose it’s as they say, not only cream rises to the top.
Note that as of late, I have hit the mythical 100 HubRank or Author Score on this profile as well as having achieved a 100 score on more than one hub. So you can't really accuse me of being bitter. My argument here still stands: ignore the score.
“When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.”— Katarina Witt
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