How To Write Hubs That Score 100 - Don't Ask ME!

Today, March 31st, 2009...

is a red-letter, circle-it-on-the-calendar day! Two of my hubs are at 100! Woohoo! This isn't the first time my pennings have scored 100, but the first (that I know of) that two hubs reached the magic number at the same time. Double woohoo!

The blue "down" arrows make me giggle. If 100 is the highest score a hub can get, where else can it go but down? Hello...

Okay, I'm not a total ninny...I "get" that the down arrow also means visits are dropping... So before the scores return to double digits, I hop over to Best Hubs...

Woohoo again!  My "Siting A House" hub is the very first one!! Right above one of pgrundy's! Be still my heart! (If only my desk could look like the one in Pam's hub... sigh...)  My other 100 hub is farther down the page, but still on Page One! YES!!!

But I have a confession to make...

Before I break an arm patting myself on the back and you upchuck from all my woohooing (which you have every right to do about now), I must tell you...

I haven't the foggiest idea how to write hubs that'll score 100.

With the exception of the "Legalize marijuana" hub, my highest-scoring hubs have been written as "throwaways". Hubs I didn't expect (or ever dream) would be hits.

Case in point: the Sarah Palin hub. It landed in my head during a brief period of consciousness a week into a Cold-From-Haedes, when I was certain I was at death's door and much too sick to write brilliant political satire. After clicking "publish", I crawled back to bed for another week. What you see below - a screen shot taken today - is the lowest it's ever been in relation to my other hubs.

But that will change. It always does. This is - until the Wasilla Barbie totally ceases to be newsworthy - what HubLand calls an "ever green" hub. Hubs about frequently-googled national or world figures, or a topic of general interest, such as health and financial issues, or the environment. I don't have to read a newspaper or watch the news to know when ol' Sarah has made the news again. When she does, the score of that hub rises.

But I'd starve as a write-for-pay freelancer. Writing on a subject picked by a client is not my forte. Nor is having a deadline. Too stressful. Stress gives me writers' block. So I write about what interests me. For the sheer pleasure of putting words to paper. (Okay...and for the "applause" if others happen to enjoy my musings.)

But if you came here looking for secrets to writing "hot" hubs, I don't have them. Sorry. I don't write with Google page rank in mind...most of my hubs don't even have videos or RSS feeds...about all I know about the revered SEO (search engine optimization) is to put keywords from the title in the first paragraph at least two times (three is better). That's it.

Now I'm going to go uncork a bottle of sparkling cider and yell "WOO HOO!!" - again - but really loud this time! Cheers!


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Congrats Jama--maybe this one will be your third 100:-) I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't understand the how and why of hubscores. You go girl!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Congratulations -- whatever the reason, your hubs deserve all the kudos they get. (Woo Hoo!) -- and a hug thrown in for good measure!


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Wow, I'm friends with a genius and never knew it. Okay, well maybe I knew it, but I didn't let it go to my head.

I for one am glad you write about what interests you, because it's all very good. I don't think I'd be able to write on demand.

So, as robie2 says, congrats!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Teresa - and a BIG hug to you too!

LM, I happen to know you're quite the genius yourself! ;D


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

One of the most important things I learned from one of my English teacher was to write about your personal experiences. That's why yours are so darn interesting to me! Congratulations. Have a glass for me--you've earned your turn in the spotlight!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Why thank you, Dink! Cheers!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I am definitely happy for you and when you figure out the scoring please let me know, as I have been trying to figure it out for sometime. I had a hub that was unpublished, that recieved a much higher score then the first that I published immediately. LOLOLOL Anyways Congratulations and it is well deserved!!!:)


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Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

WTG!!!!! ya done good!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Way to go girl. proud of ya!


TheSandman 7 years ago

Congratulations and one more barf free Woo Hoo.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

AE, don't tell *anybody*, but I do know the answer to why an unpublished hub will have a higher score than a quickly published one. Even unpublished, it's a hub...a hub that's "aging", which automatically ups the score as long as you don't leave it unpublished for more than a few days. After that, it'll stop going up.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, SF and C.C.! 

Sandman, a barf free Woo Hoo to you too!  ;D


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

Congratulations JamaGenee, I bet next time it will be at least three of your hubs on the first page ;)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

31st March sticks in my mind every year for a much better reason - it's my birthday (-:


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Drats, LG!  It's already past midnight there, isn't it?  Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! even if it IS a few minutes late!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, funride! I'm just thrilled that two made it!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

sorry to rain on your parade jama but I will flag both hubs now! party's over! but i'd have to make an alter ego first so you won't suspect me!

congrats! :D


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

ROTFL, Cris! You always crack me up! Thankx for the congratz! But don't bother making the alter ego. Too many other jokesters around here...might be awhile before I'd get around to suspectiing *you*! ;D


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats, JamaGenee! You have every reason to celebrate! I'm sure there will be more to follow.

Happy Birthday, LondonGirl!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Shirley

Not if I can help it!

newhubber007 (def not Cris A)


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Shirley!

Psst...Cris...we know newhubber007 is you...the avatar is a dead giveaway...try to remember to change it next time you go incognito. ;D


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Awww darn! Okay, wait give me a sec....


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Congrats, JG! You deserve it!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, KCC! Have to admit tho, it feels weird tooting my own horn... ;}


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

WOW! I wish I had that mind and interest. i bet this one is going to score 100 again.

I get nosebleeds creating a hub. I have to translate my thoughts into English.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Toot away!  Maybe I'll start calling you Tootsie!  You should enjoy it.  Your obviously doing something that works, and you deserve everything you get.  Plus your content is always interesting,well written and a pleasure to read.  Or maybe there's a big computer that has a crush on your little computer?  It could happen!

Congrats, JamaGenee!  You're the greatest!


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I sure don't know anything about Google page rank and SEO, JamaGenee, but I know a good hub when I see one -- and yours are always good. Personally, I don't put keywords in my title or my lead paragraph (and if Google doesn't like it that's too bad.) Congratulations.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Aw shucks, Christopher (she says blushing)....

sheena, I am in total awe!  You can write a hub in one language and then translate it into another!  Wow!

Thanks, Bill! I like yours too!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

ChristoPH...see what happens when you get me all rattled? I misspelled your name! Oops! Sorry.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I came by to ask you if you have any suggestion re my wouldbe new avatar? Something that you won't associate with me of course. Thought it wise to ask you first. Thanks :D


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

100???? if i could get my flippin' service to work on a regular basis i may actually make a consistent 85-90. 100??????//// wtf is that??? Awesome!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Cris...new avatar....hmmm....  Well, it can't be anything to do with art or culture, or poetry or movies, or beautiful women, or dressing men.  Gee, I dunno.  Something Eskimo-ish or a dog sled, maybe?  Those are on the other side of the globe and *you'd* never live in a frigid climate!

Hey, Pest!  I was askin' about you just last night over on The Captain's one and only hub!  Hope you get the service issue solved.  Gets real quiet around here without you!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You are so wise Jama! You'll never catch me now!!!! *wink*


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

You do deserve the 100's if anyone does. Congratulations and here is to many more!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Peggy, and here's to every hubber hitting the Magic 100 many, many times!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Ha! Actually, that's my real name, Jana, so I didn't even notice. The whole thing wouldn't fit when I signed up. Ha! I like it when I get you rattled.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Congrats!!!! I don't think any of us have the secret answer to anything in regards to Hub score, or anything like that. Just be happy to know that it has happened. It hasn't happened to me yet, but I would like to hope that one day, it will. Congrats, again!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great hub. The down arrows just mean a drop in traffic to the hub and not the hubscore per sae. I have some high ranked hubs that see arrows up and arrows down a different times through out the week.


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purpleb 7 years ago from Spain

Nice job! :)


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Cheers and congratulations to you, would love to hit the mark myself some day might be we can cheer again later. .. kudos and good luck for many more..


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, purplb!

charanjeet, just keep writing about what interests you, and it'll happen to you too!


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MindField 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

For dearest J, I send this ode

On milestones made - and earned!

You pile up praise like à la mode;

All doubts are now adjourned.

Today’s the first of April

But you know I won’t be cruel.

You’ve reached a double century, friend,

Which proves you’re no one’s fool.

Grasp with both hands what you deserve,

An author’s life in bold;

And more than that, this special wish:

May all you write be sold.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Jama- I think you know the secret formula and you don't want to share!

Congrats, I've never come close to that.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Meg, I had no idea you're a poet! This is wonderful! I'm speechless! Thanks!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Toad, you're always a 100 in my book! But if I knew the secret formuls, ALL my hubs would be 100s (and yours too, 'cause I'd share). ;D


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Congratulations. I have never gotten any of mine that high. Oh well I will keep at it. Many of mine are consistently in the upper 80s. But, my score is always about 95.


Kscharles 7 years ago

Congratulations, JamaGenee! I've always been so proud to be your friend but you've had your light somewhat hidden under a bushel until you began writing these hubs! I always eagerly await your next one! Go, girl!!


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

You write good hubs that we all enjoy reading. Maybe it is as simple as that.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Good going - I dream of scoring 100 - enjoy that champagne !


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, earnest!  Maybe it is that simple!

Iphigenia, the magic 100 has never been my goal, only writing "readable" hubs.  That two hit 100, and on the same day, was a real giggle since I truly *don't* know The Secret.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Jama, maybe you hit 100 cause you're just that good!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Jama, I'm way late with my congrats, but better late than never! You go, chica!


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Jama, congratulations! I doubt any of my hubs will reach those dizzy heights, but I keep hoping! I guess it's all about writing for the love of it at the end of the day, and if other people enjoy the writing (as they clearly do yours) then that's quite a bonus.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Woo Hoo _ I'm late but wow Jama - congrats! Not one but two!!! Calls for many rounds of bubbly :D

Amanda - you doubt? Of course yours will!!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Elena, I completely understand!  I don't know how you keep up - writing all those wonderful hubs AND choosing the next Weekend Special too!  (Love this week's, btw.) 

Amanda, I second what Shalini said - of course yours will!  Just keep writing and it'll happen. (When you least expect it!)

Thanks, Shal!  Apologies for not saying that sooner.  I went MIA last night after the *other* big woohoo in the forums.  Haven't woohooed so much in 3 days since...I can't remember when!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Jama, I love reading your Hubs. You have a way of making me feel like I'm sitting down to warm tea and cozy conversation. So glad you decided to hang your hat out here at HP. Congrats on these, and I'll bet you find lots more hitting that mark in the future.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Hi, ST! I feel the same way about your hubs - like sitting down to warm tea and cozy conversation!


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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Congratulations. I guess all you have to do is continue what you have been doing. Keep it up!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, JP! Just keep writing. That's the "secret"!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Hope this makes it to a hundred too. I think like me (maybe you also feel the same way) when we are enjoying so much here then we don't really care too much for that magical 100. :D


badcompany99 7 years ago

Jeeez girl I thought you were gonna give me the 100 magic formula, back to the drawing board.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Congrats! And thanks for the very first comment I ever got.


Louidam1 7 years ago

I been trying to figure out the scoring since I started about a week ago. But congrats to you and keep up the good work!!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Haunty! And you're very welcome for that very first comment ever!

Louidam1, thanks to you too.  Don't try to figure out the scoring right now. Just keep writing.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

One of my hubs hit 30!


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

JamaGenee. Getting to your hubs as time permits. I realize this is old as I am reading it, but I have to say, that if your hubs are reaching 100, it's because of the content. Rich, humorous and full of information.

Belated Congratulations, from a new and envious friend.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I hopped on all your buttons. This hub is very well done. I like your view. Thank you for your honesty on the Marijuana hub. I wrote a hub on pot but it never got that HIGH!


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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Micky Dee:

Thanks!

You're most welcome.

Pass the munchies...teeheehee.

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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Hmmm March 31. The day before April Fool's Day. But 100 scoring hubs are no joking matter. Congrats.


hubpageswriter 5 years ago

This is really cool and funny. Thanks for sharing this secret with all of us.:p


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

You're welcome, hpw. Contrary to what many hubs on HP say, there is no one-size-fits-all "magic formula" for writing high-scoring, "ever green" hubs (or blogs or books).


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ImChemist 5 years ago

But this hub score is 73!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

I know! But that's life at HP. The score goes up, the score goes down. Up, down, up down. It's a regular roller coaster! (This hub being almost 2 years old has something to do with the current score too...) Thanks for stopping by! ;D


Scott 5 years ago

Hubpages is kind of like my Wife when it comes to Hub scoring. Just when I think I know all there is to know about her BAM she hits me with something new! Congrats on your perfect Hub scores:)


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Scott! One other thing that doesn't make sense is if I stay off HP for a couple of days, my Hubber score will be 100 when I get back, then when I make the rounds as it were, it immediately drops to 99 or 98. ??????? ;D


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Xinox Leugim 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi, JamaGenee. It's fun how you write your excitement garnering a score of 100 in 2 of your hubs. So cute! (LOL). Am a poor hubber as I have written only 1 hub since I joined a month ago. My 1st ever written hub has started a low score which I couldn't remember now but I was amazed to find out last Friday when it reaches 94 and then was shocked to find out today that it has dropped to 85. Hahaha! What have happened to that? To this effect, I wonder what affects the ups and down of the score of your hubs. Can you then share it with me? Thanks a lot.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Hub scores routinely go up and down. The score is based on traffic (views) AND the age of the hub.

"Age" is based on the date you create it, NOT the date you publish it. Many hubbers will leave a hub UNpublished for a couple of days so that it will have a higher score when published. (This also gives them time to review for typos and correct grammar and punctuation errors.) But a hub left unpublished for too long - say a week or more - will bring your overall hubber (personal) score DOWN.

Most of your traffic at first will come from within Hubpages. After awhile, if the hub is "ever green" (on a particularly popular topic), traffic will come from sources outside HP. "Seasonal" hubs (about Christmas, Mother's Day, etc) are usually just that - seasonal. However, even while it's lying dormant in the "off" season it's "aging"...plus (my Christmas dinner hub being an example) people WILL read seasonal hubs any time of the year if it catches their eye.

Of course, if a hub scores high at first, then the score drops, it only means it's not getting the same amount of traffic it did in the beginning. This is normal. Just write more hubs!

Welcome to Hubpages! ;D


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adjustablebeds 4 years ago

Don't sell yourself short-- you have a very conversational writing style that is alluring. Keep writing!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Thank you, adjustablebeds, for stopping by and reading my "conversational" pennings! However, it's a fact that a great writing style doesn't guarantee a high score. In the end, it still depends on that mysterious scorer known as "the algorithm". In fact, there's a theory that only a finite number of 100 scores are available on any given day. Each morning an elf draws that number of hubber names out of a hat and the magic number is bestowed upon the winners or their hubs. ;D


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Congrats on this even though I see it was 3 years ago. I'm sure you have seen many more of your hubs hit 100. I hit it once and it dropped so fast it made my head spin. I have never figured out the secret to how they even get to 100.

Enjoyed reading your hub and voted up.


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma Author

Hi, moonlake. Yes, this is an old hub, and yes, I've had other hubs hit 100 since then - one even stayed there for most of two days! - but the premise of the hub still holds true. I still have NO clue why certain hubs hit that magic number and others never do! ;D

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