The purpose of HubKarma is to create more interlinking within HubPages so that readers stay within the site longer. The longer a reader stays on HubPages, the better it is for HP's reputation with Google, and the more likely they are to click on an ad somewhere along the line.
HubKarma doesn't give you any direct benefit - it benefits the site as a whole, which gives all of us an indirect benefit.
Mine is at 93. It reached this point after 5 days of HubKarma being rolled out and has stayed at this level, without change, for the rest of the time. Nothing I now do seems to make one jot of difference. I do not chase numbers but I am pleased that I have some feedback as to my linking strategies to other hubs. As anchor text has an impact on Google relevance I think that utilising the suggestions by adding links to hubs that have the search words I am using, in the title of that Hub, has a positive effect on my earning potential, if only small.
As Empress Felicity, I have a hub karma of 60 which has remained more or less constant for the last few weeks.
As Empress Felicity, I (occasionally) help people in the forums, I occasionally comment on other people's hubs and I frequently hit the "Report" button whenever I see spam in the forums. All of these are activities which should in theory result in increased hub karma.
And yet I have a second account which is 6 weeks old, has nine hubs to its name, never comments, never reports spam (never comes to the forums in fact), and doesn't even have comments boxes in its hubs. Its hub karma is only a few points less than Empress Felicity's.
Really, if any of you are stressing (or even just mildly curious) about "what it all means", then don't bother. It doesn't mean anything.
Yes, my other ID is as active on HP as your other ID - just has more Hubs than me (73), and a Hub Karma of 89. So, I thought it could have something to do with the amount of Hubs, although illogical. Anyway, reading your message here, I see it has nothing to do with the amount of Hubs ... I think you're right - it doesn't mean anything.
Felicity, HubKarma relates ONLY to the amount of linking you do to other Hubs, both your own Hubs and other people's Hubs.
Nothing else counts towards HubKarma - not participating in forums, commenting on Hubs, or reporting. Those things contribute to your Hubber score and your Accolades.
Excessive linking can make your Hubs look as though they have blue measles, which is annoying to your reader, so I have yet to see any good reason to chase a high HubKarma score.
My HK is 80. I link to my own Hubs a lot, which counts. For instance, if I write a Hub on belly dance, I'll add an RSS feed to my other belly dance Hubs. If I join in a HubMob or similar challenge, I'll add an RSS feed to the other Hubs in the challenge. That's all I do. I don't use the link suggestion tool at all.
As well as linking to my own Hubs within my text, I often add a RSS feed of my related Hubs at the end (which is another 8 links, I suppose). Thirty of my Hubs - which is a big chunk of my Hubs - have a 60 Day Challenge RSS feed on them as well.
I've just looked everywhere, including on FAQ and Marisa Wright's Hubs, but can't find or figure out the answer (okay, I had a hard day yesterday, and too little sleep) - how do I do this with RSS Feeds?
Mine's at 96 or 97. It fluctuates on its own. It went up there after I placed links with the link suggestion tool on every hub. But I only have 20 hubs, so that wasn't hard to do. I don't know that the hub karma matters, but it's nice to see one number high.
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