Wow, Jackie, that is a lot of views!!! Yes, that one should be skyrocketed to the top, one would think, being it has been how the hubs were scored until just recently where they are now basing it on hub quality and not views.
Traffic plays a very small part in HubScore now. Have you tried looking at the "Need Some Goals?" section when you're in edit mode? That tells you the kind of things HP is looking for - getting more boxes ticked can help push the score up.
You would think that's true, Marisa, but I have many hubs with all blocks ticked on "Need Some Goals?" and show a message of "Great Job" when I hover on the multiple photos image. Yet many of these have low scores despite being both EC hubs and featured. It becomes frustrating to try and figure out what works and what doesn't.
Have you looked at your view duration under your stats > hub metrics? A short duration can be a reason for a low score no matter how much traffic you have. If you see people are dropping out early, try to discover why they are not reading all the way through.
Glenn, Hi. I have hubs that are five years old and still say "still collecting data". Since 2010? What's up with that? That's showing on the one at the top of the list today with the highest score. In fact, I just checked and that is the message on the highest scoring seven hubs.
I would have thought they can only calculate duration if the reader clicks on something within the hub. If they finish reading by closing the tab/window or hitting backspace, there is no way of picking up how long the reader stayed.
Hi Peg, That's strange. It seems to be the reverse of the explanation in HP's blog, if I understood it correctly. Maybe you might want to email staff and see if they can chime in on it. I also have several still collecting data but they are not at the top of the list.
Peg, I have to correct what I said in my last post. I just found a few of my hubs in the 90s that still say "still collecting data." It seems that hubs need to get at least one view per day for an entire month for the stats to reflect the view duration. But that's just a guess based on my review.
With the latest changes to the algorithm, the hub score is more effected by how much of your hub people read (how long they're on the page ) rather than how many people read it. See the blog explaining this...
I have one which has had a score in the upper nineties for two years with over 30,000 views but since the last debacle over scores it has a score of 78. Hubs which have received little traffic over the years now have very high scores. None of this makes any sense anymore.
It makes perfect sense. As explained in HP's latest blog, your hubs with low traffic and high scores probably keep your reader's attention all the way through. Even though the traffic is low, the long retention of those who do visit is what's raising those scores.
Keeping the reader's attention all the way through? Then please explain to me how it can be that 6 out of 7 of my unpublished hubs (unpublished by me several months ago) are scoring in the 70s and 80s? Nobody but me can see those hubs, yet they score way higher than a lot of my published and featured hubs.
I think it would bother you if you give a hub all that they ask for and all evergreen and you struggle to keep an 85 hub score. It really is like a slap in the face; especially when I see people doing short poems with one photo and staying in high 90s. It is like there really is no set rules while at the same time they put out these guide lines to go by but not everyone has to go by them and ones that do will not benefit. More than a little crazy and unfair.
I've got you beat. I have a hub that has 53,740 views and it has a score of 60. I know what the problem is. I don't have any photos for it and can't find any free ones that would go along with it. The score is something to ignore.
Marisa, Thanks you for the offer. I will try Pixabay. At the time I wrote the hub, I didn't know it existed. To be honest, with the traffic I've gotten to it, I don't care much about what score it has. When they change our author scores according to hub scores, then I might be sorry.
I'm not a fan of Pixabay. I've found several listing saying Paintings by Judy Filarecki, and they are other people's paintings with their name attached to them. I think they are using my name to draw my traffic to them. Very frustrating.
Hi Jackie, I am sorry you are having this problem and I can relate.
A hub of mine with 99,682 views had a score of 100---now it is at 75, and no matter what I do to it either stays or drops. And, my Hubber Score was 99 and it is now 87—this is disheartening, I hope no one else is having this issue.
However, I will not give up—I will keep trying for a while anyway.
Thanks for letting me have a Sunday morning vent. Bobbi Purvis
Jackie, everyday I check my accounts page and there are different hubs at the top of the rankings. Today the top two scoring hubs have a total of 8 views for the last 30 days between them. I have hubs with lower scores that have had 580 views in the last week, which is more than the top two have had in total since they were published. I'll check tomorrow and there will be different hubs on top again. It's also strange that my highest score has decreased but my lowest score has increased.
Do you think it is to ensure your average score remains? When I edit my lower scored hubs, my highest scored ones go down so the average remains. I wonder if this has to do with maintaining the normal curve distribution of hubs. I have tried deleting my hubs with scores in the 60s to raise my average, nothing happens except the lowering of the higher scored hubs.
Thanks Uzochukwu. I know but those scores bugged me and I also wanted to find out if I did it, my average score would go up. Besides, I really did not enjoy writing on those topics. You are right. Traffic is more valuable.
I'd say don't worry about view count and instead focus on quality of your writing and posting. That should be a writer's objective regardless the numbers, that you write to the best of your ability, or even challenge yourself to write better than you think you can. Otherwise, if it's all about the views, then you're not really a true writer, you're just a bean counter.
Do not assume you know why other people are posting articles here. I want to reach more dog owners by publishing useful articles about health, and traffic lets me know if that is happening. If you want to write a novel and publish chapters, great. That is not what I want to do.
Because the less popular ones are focused on quality and not monetizing and SEO. Really, there is a difference between quality and quantity. SEO reduces quantity because you have to resort to gimmicky key words and phrases, rather than focusing on good writing.
Nonsense. Good SEO is not about using gimmicky keywords and phrases. SEO means what it says - you are considering what your readers are looking for, and making sure you include that information in your article. That's looking after your readers and can hardly be a bad thing.
If you are writing a comprehensive article on your topic, then SEO happens naturally to a large extent, because you are finding and using a whole variety of words and phrases relevant to the subject. These days, Google is looking for a keyword density of only 2% or so, which is a natural level of frequency. Perhaps you've been reading very old advice on keywords which recommended shoehorning keywords in at a rate of 4% up to 7%.
That may be what you want to believe. But the truth is that it's all about trying to scam with spam. Looking after your readers is giving them quality writing, not making them suffer through talk about products that they didn't want in the first place.
Just my opinion, but good SEO for articles just happens. If an article is good enough, in depth and gives readers a good deal of information, proper SEO just happens. The keywords will be there without any struggle, usually, since there are some exceptions.
I like Pixabay and never found any problems. The first line of pictures they show will always be Shutterstock, and the rest is Pixabay. If they are stealing your pictures, you need to talk to them...right away.
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