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Potential Problem with HubPages Rating System

  1. DanielMarcosi profile image84
    DanielMarcosiposted 3 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    This is my first forum discussion, so I hope I am doing it right.
    I also hope that Hubpages staff keeps track of these forums, because they're really the only ones that can potentially correct my issue.

    I don't consider any of the hubs that I write as being special in any way, shape, or form.  After writing 4 hubs, my score was in the 70's, I was receiving 1 or 2 page views per week, and all of my hubs were considered "Well done", so I was content.

    After I wrote my 5th hub, I saw that it had 13 page views on the first day that it was published. Again, I was content.

    Then, a week later, I saw that article had received 1 or 2 page views which was consistent with my other articles.  No problem.

    However, next to that 5th hub, there now appeared a "traffic falling" sign, and browsing through various search engines, I noticed that my organic position for that hub had dropped considerably, even dipping below my other hubs, though the average page views were basically the same.

    I pondered this for a minute, and then I thought, suppose a company didn't want my article to be seen.  If they purposely view it an inordinate amount on the first day and then stop, can they effectively lower the organic position of the article in this manipulative fashion?

    Does that make sense to anybody, or am I just not getting enough sleep?


    1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
      MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You're not getting enough sleep.

      Are you talking about your hub score or your google ranks...  The former really doesn't mean all that much unless it is excessively low and the second HP can do nothing about...

      1. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 3 years ago in reply to this


  2. HoneyBB profile image86
    HoneyBBposted 3 years ago

    I wouldn't worry so much about the blue down arrows and red up arrows. If your hub gets one view the red arrow can be activated and if it does not get another view within a day or whatever the blue arrow might get activated. If seeing the blue arrows bothers you, you could update something in your hub and that will usually bring visitors to it and the arrows will go back to red. The next day they might all be blue again so you might want to update every few days and not let the blue arrows bother you.

    1. DanielMarcosi profile image84
      DanielMarcosiposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I appreciate that information.  I had never seen any arrow next to one of my hubs, so I guess that I was taken a little off-guard.
      Your response helped me better understand why the arrows shouldn't bother me.
      I've never updated my hubs unless I noticed a typo or something, so I intend to leave them alone and just disregard those arrows.
      Thanks again.

  3. janshares profile image86
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    I agree with Melissa, you need some sleep. You're just starting out so don't worry about rankings and views yet. It will all get better with time. It's best to place your focus on writing. Learn to use all the tools as you write and have fun with it. Don't let scores, rankings, and views distract you. They will fluctuate and confuse you if you let it. Welcome to hubpages, Daniel. smile

    1. DanielMarcosi profile image84
      DanielMarcosiposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well stated.  I understand and agree.

  4. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your sound advice, y'all! They're quite right, DanielMarcosi- you have nothing to worry about. smile