Over my first couple of days, my Hubber score went up to over 80. Since then, I have published more Hubs, all of which rate over 60, participated in Forums, posted comments and rated other people's Hubs, and this morning I find my Hubber score has dropped to 72.
What's going on?
What do I need to do to get it back up over 80?
Your Hubs have a pattern of linking to the same small group of sites. This suggests you are promoting them. This sort of link-promoting across your Hubs can dampen your HubScore.
I suggest less aggressively promoting those sites in your Hubs, and putting in a wider variety of links instead of just to the sites you have been promoting.
I looked at them...The last two are promoting other websites, so don't know if that could be the reason, but possibly...the first one, there are no links like that, so you probably had a higher score, and then the last two have those other links....that is just my best guess...for whatever that is worth...I could be wrong but others will probably come along and give their opinions as well.
See, I was right, afterall....try putting the links into your profile instead and your score will probably go up.
Ah, OK, so it's links. I guess I shouldn't have started with all the Hubs in one particular topic, instead done a wide range of topics. Sigh.
Does that apply to cross-linking between Hubs within my group as well?
I try to do that so I can give a brief indication what each one is about and how it's relevant to the Hub people are on - the forwards and backwards links within a group aren't very informative.
Will I be penalised for that?
Excessive linking to the same external sites, affiliate links (ie. clickbank, etc), or known "bad neighborhoods" can hurt your score. A reasonable number of links to other hubs will not. Your profile page is likely to end up with the highest page rank, so that is a good place to put links to your other sites.
OK, so once I get some other groups going in other topic areas, will my score come back up automatically?
Or is the measure of "excessive" based on having a certain number of a particular link? Because in that case I would have to delete some from my existing pages.
Or is it a percentage rather than an absolute number, and I could fix it by adding more links to my existing pages?
I am just trying to work out the most effective thing to do to fix this fast.
The algorithm is complicated, and is modified fairly often. But, having the same link URL repeated within a hub is definitely something we frown upon. Too many links to the same site (but different urls), may be problematic as well. If you want to get a feel for it, I'd suggest that you do a little experimentation. Keep in mind that it can take several hours for your scores to settle back in after changes.
That's helpful, Paul. I'll do some experimenting.
Just to make sure I understood correctly - links to other Hubs are always OK, it's just the external links I need to monitor?
Whew, back in the land of the socially acceptable
Thanks for the pointers, everybody!
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