This is what I have observed with my hubscore. After publishing a hub and leaving comments on other hubs, I get lots of traffic but the hubscore falls by the hour. When I stay away from HubPages for a few days, and the traffic drops to nothing, the hubscore starts to climb and reaches an all-time high. Puzzling!
I've actually noticed that too, I guess when you don't log on for a while it allows for things to flow "naturally" and so your hub score goes up or down based on that.
@ Lady Rain, are you talking about the personal author score or the score you get for each hub?
If you are talking about the personal author score, it may be because you are doing too much. HP has an algorithm that calculates your overall activities. This system is able to tell if you are overdoing it or your actions are natural. What you need to do is just moderate the amount of activity you perform each day.
If you are talking about the score a hub gets when it is published don't worry about it. That score fluctuates with traffic, comments and votes.
Which is why I totally ignore hubscores for the most part. I have articles that get 3 views a day scoring 99 and articles with 700 views a day scoring 86.
YEP!!! I've noticed the same.
I'm not working for the author score though, I'm trying to make some money (even if my hubs seem pretty un commercial)
I've noticed the same, too. Cardisa's comment intrigued me - what is overdoing and what is a moderate amount of activity on Hubpages?
I guess over-doing it would be if you decide to become super active on hubpages one day and reply to a bunch of questions and forum topics, and ask a bunch of questions as well. It also means commenting on a bunch of hubs just for the sake of commenting without being insightful, and maybe posting excessive half-thought out hubs as well. Moderate activity would be what you do everyday. Sometimes when you feel uninvolved its good to go out and participate in the community, but not so much that you're doing it just for the sake of doing it.
Well the author score isn't that important, but I think that there is a lag in the calculation of data that leads to the score.
So in other words, if I publish a really good hub, comment ten forum posts, answer some questions, hop some hubs - all that stuff today, then it tends to lag a couple days before my score goes up from it.
So my score is typically highest on the days when I'm mostly trying to write something instead of participate elsewhere on the site. I'm not sure that that made sense, but I tried :=\
Some of my high scoring hubs only get 10 views a day, but the ones that make money are often in the 80s and not 90s.
I have gone from an author score of 96 to 88 even thought my traffic has been steadily increasing, this appears to be something new and as of yet totally confusing an unexplainable.
Maybe the author score calculator has an algorithm that randomly moves the score up and down a few points on top of the purposeful calculations just to keep us confused.
I too wondered why my author score went down. I'm still figuring things out on here. And as far as being confused... I've been there for years! lol
I agree (or also believe) that what Wesman said is probaby the way it works. The only real problem with the up and down movement of author scores is if it drops below 75. I can't see any other problem. I have been really involved today. Not sure why. But my author score has gone down. Tomorrow I'm going to research and write another hub I have in the planning stages. I just know my score will go back up and I will probably get my award for interacting back. I'm sure that old score lags by at least a day!
@Cardisa, yup, that's the author score (hubber score) I meant, sorry for the confusion, thank you everyone, we are on the right topic.
I leave about 3-4 comments per day which I don't think I am overdoing. I would think I am not doing enough but then, the author score will go down even more if I do too much socialising.
I've noticed this trend too once the hub is more than a week old and past the initial hub hopping stage.
Flora said something which intrigued me, relating to hubscore going up after the initial stages. I will propose a hypothesis here: that the percentage of search-engine-driven traffic on the author's hubs (relative to their total traffic) will affect their hubscore.
So to illustrate this, suppose that on a given day 80% of an author's traffic is from Google/yahoo etc etc, and 20% is from other hubbers. The high proportion of search engine traffic is seen as 'good' for the hubscore, which accordingly goes up. However, soon after publishing a new hub, the hubber's followers and HubHopping folk notice this hub and read it. Google hasn't indexed it yet. So then the author sees a lot more TOTAL traffic suddenly, but because of the new hub, this may be only 10% search engine traffic with the remaining 90% being from other hubbers suddenly viewing the new hub. So now the percentage ratio has gone the other way, which HP views as 'not-so-good' and then the author's Hubscore goes down accordingly. Perhaps explaining why "Hubscore goes down when traffic increases" as the OP asked. But this state doesn't last of course, because after the initial few days of the new hub, the author's traffic will go back to whatever it 'normally' was, e.g. the 80%/20% example at the start.
This is just a postulate though. I want to see what others think.
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