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Reminder: Hubscore poorly related to Traffic - What Google Likes vs HP

  1. janderson99 profile image86
    janderson99posted 23 months ago

    I decided to check how the NEW Hubscore is related to traffic, after the changes to Hubscore to remove traffic as a contributor. Below is the result. Clearly there is a very poor correlation, and some of my best performing hubs have Hubscores from 65-75. My take from this is that what Google likes is poorly aligned with what HP likes. What now? How to please Google and get more traffic?

    http://wotheheck.com/scatter.jpg

    1. calculus-geometry profile image87
      calculus-geometryposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Hubscore is the embodiment of HP's belief that it knows better than Google what readers want/like/need.

    2. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Did you include factors such as the number of searchers, amount of competition and where the traffic is coming from?

  2. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 23 months ago

    Having read a few forum posts by staff, I think HubPages' aim is to be one step ahead of Google. The belief is that what HubPages likes today is what Google will like tomorrow.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      That is certainly the hope.  Whether it works, and whether google will allow it to work remains to be seen.

      1. colorfulone profile image88
        colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        That is my hope, and HP must be putting their faith in it.
        I am putting faith in the HubPages Team.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          With neither the data necessary nor the ability to analyze it, let alone the ability to make any changes, that's what I do.

          1. colorfulone profile image88
            colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            It is better than a sharp stick in the eye.

  3. aesta1 profile image89
    aesta1posted 23 months ago

    Maybe the lower score for hubs that get traffic is to encourage us to update those so it will even get better traffic once it's updated.

    1. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I think so.

    2. Ramkitten2000 profile image94
      Ramkitten2000posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      If true, that feels manipulative to me.

    3. Jayne Lancer profile image90
      Jayne Lancerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Perhaps something to do with Paul Edmondson telling us that poor quality hubs that attract a lot of traffic are a danger to the site. He is probably right, but I don't think it's legitimate hubbers who are currently active who are creating that cr@p. There is still so much pre-2011 stuff on the site that was created by hubbers who have long since abandoned their accounts. Perhaps staff should deal with this before lowering the scores of our best performing hubs.

  4. janderson99 profile image86
    janderson99posted 23 months ago

    My take on this is that it may be better to write 10 short hubs to get traffic than 5 massive stellar ones full of stuff. Getting traffic is a bit hit and miss. This tactic could yield twice the traffic from 2-4 short ones that succeed (20:80 rule), than 1-2 big ones. Bit radical I guess!

 
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