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Really really weird

  1. makingamark profile image75
    makingamarkposted 19 months ago

    So if HubScore reflects quality according to the new algorithm - how come I've got lots of newly unpublished hubs (last 6 weeks or so) which are now getting VERY high HubScores (80+)?

    Some of them have even lost their skull and cross bones.....  Very Odd!

    It's something of an academic question because since they were unpublished, I decided if I was going to have to do work on them I'd do so on my own websites. So I've invested in new domain names and hosts and have now started to transfer content to new sites and am hugely impressed by how much better the content looks on the new websites.

    I deleted my top scoring site (96?) just yesterday and more will follow!

    Anybody else noting what appears to be a major discrepancy between unpublished hubs and hubscores?

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image78
      Matthew Meyerposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      The general idea of HubScore is to give you a way to gauge your Hubs quality against each other. So you can tell that a Hub in your account with a score of 85 should be edited before a Hub that has a score of 97.

      I looked at your account and see that you have deleted several Hubs that were unpublished for lack of traffic as part of the QAP.
      If you have this occur with a Hub in the future, you can edit the Hub and then the time period to acquire readers will start over.

      Please email us at
      team at hubpages dot com if you have any further questions.

      1. janderson99 profile image85
        janderson99posted 19 months ago in reply to this

        Interesting quote from the blog:

        "Please keep in mind that HubScore was never intended to be be looked at in a vacuum or as a grade for a particular Hub". Hmm! Really!

      2. makingamark profile image75
        makingamarkposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        I'm extremely puzzled by your response as it is an inaccurate description of what has happened on my account.  Maybe you'd like to reread my first post?

        My hubs have not been "unpublished" for lack of traffic.

        They have been unpublished since the official Squidoo Grace period was up because they have more than two links to one domain and accordingly they were designated "over promotional". Quite why they had to wait for the grace period to finish for this to happen puzzles me as virtually all have been edited since the transfer - and hence the grace period finished at that date. However that's what happened. I'm now working through them and trying to decide whether to sort them out and keep them on HubPages or transfer them to new websites.

        The point I was making - which you seem to have missed - is that these recently unpublished hubs have GAINED in HubScore SINCE they were unpublished following the official end of the grace period.

        Quite why that should happen is beyond me. It just struck me as really, really weird.

        In any case, I thought it was HP practice to "unfeature" hubs which don't generate enough traffic (rather than "unpublish" them) so I'm very puzzled by your description of my unpublished hubs as 'lacking traffic'.

        The only reason the "unpublished/needs revision" hubs lack traffic is because they are unpublished!

        Since HP thinks the "no more than two links to a domain" rule is important and I don't (i.e. they were popular lenses on very niche topics which got traffic at Squidoo plus I've never had a problem with more than two links to the same domain on my nine year old high ranking blog) I'm probably going to move the content of those hubs to a new site(s) - but I'm taking that decision on a hub by hub basis as I work my way through them.

        As this is a matter of general interest given some of the concerns which have been raised about the new HubScore algorithm it seemed more helpful to other hubbers to continue the dialogue in this thread rather than offline

        (Note: I did delete (quite a while back) some hubs which were 'unfeatured' because I really felt no great urge to improve the hub or transfer the content.  However these are NOT the hubs I'm talking about since obviously these are no longer on my dashboard following deletion and could not be affected by the recent change in the HubScore algorithm.

        I've only deleted one hub since the algorithm change - that was the high scoring one.)

        1. Titia profile image88
          Titiaposted 19 months ago in reply to this

          Same here, unpublished hubs (unpublished by me) are scoring high in the 70s and 80s too and it beats me too why,

  2. JenwithMisty profile image83
    JenwithMistyposted 19 months ago

    Nothing on this site makes any sense at all but here's my take - If a hub gets traffic, it gets unfeatured.  If a hub makes sales, it gets unfeatured.  If it has NO traffic and NO sales, it gets a hubscore in the range of 96-100 and remains featured.

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image81
      LuisEGonzalezposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      You mean that's not what Google wants????



    2. makingamark profile image75
      makingamarkposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      That made me laugh!

      I'm also having a quiet giggle at the fact that the very first of my hubs to be unpublished (more than two links to one domain) is now nudging a score of 100.

  3. Solaras profile image92
    Solarasposted 19 months ago

    I deleted a hub, and during the 24 hour grace period its score went up to 100 from the low 80s.  That amused me at the time.