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Why the HubScores & Hubber Score are Different, and How to Improve Them.
HP Scores compared to school grades:
Think of HubScores and Hubber Scores as if they were grades in school. To improve your grades in school you would study harder and do well on tests. To impress your teachers, and others, you would be friendly, have good manners and dress well.
In other words, you would get along well with your classmates and teachers, (Hubbers and HP staff), read your books and learn, (Learning Center & FAQ), do well on tests, (write & publish Hubs and pass the QAP well).
HubScores vs. Hubber Scores:
As I said above, HubScores and Hubber Scores on HP are similar to grades in school. When you create your Hubs it depends on the amount and quality of the content – including whether you have written it yourself. Writing from unique thought (memory) is much better for your rating than secondhand work. Plus what you include with the text – the number of photos (minimum required in each Hub is 1, but 3 or more is better), plus video[s], poll[s], etc. – anything extra that you add helps. As long as the Hub does not look too ‘overcrowded’ or ‘stuffed’. Those are your HubScores. Your HubScores are what only you see on your statistics page listed alongside each Hub that you have published. They are sort of ‘secret scores’ since only you (and the staff) can see them on your statistics page.
When you attract Hubbers to follow your Hubs, or when you follow other Hubbers by names or topics, make comments, questions, give answers – these actions are related to your Hubber Score. This is the score which you see beside your photo. Your Hubber Score is what everyone sees on HubPage and when they view your profile image.
Another thing about the photos and videos is that if you take them yourself that is better than if you copy them off of the Web. Even though there are many sites from which you are able to do so. The only thing which you have to watch is that if you do copy them off of the Web, make sure that they are free for 'public use' and that they are not under license or copyright. If they are under license then you must receive written permission to use them and post this beneath the photo in your Hub.
When you do post a photo - any photo - you should always have the source from whence it came. It may have come from an outside source, or it may be your own photo. Either way you post the source where it came from.
Source 1): Wikimedia Commons,
Source 2): Taken by ##. Smith
Examples of earning pointsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Earning ‘points’ (scores):
When we graduated from school we may have earned points and grades which either helped us to graduate in the high class, or not earned points which placed us in the low class. The scores in HubPages are basically the same thing.
In other words, you want to know how to earn your HubScores and Hubber Score. You can either start by writing your Hubs or by being active in the community. If you think that you are ready to start with your Hubs then you need to know that about 750 minimum words are allowed in the text but many more words (1200 -1250) are much, much better for quality and traffic. The content is very important to reach out to the readers and keep them reading. You will get viewers who look to see what your Hub is about but if it does not keep their interest, they just look elsewhere. It is not read through entirely if they are not interested, many photos usually help. Viewers are attracted by photos - but they should be the right ones.
The other option is to join the community first. Then you have to click on the words ‘HubPages’ at the top and view the forums, questions, etc., which are on the left. Then you have to leave comments on Hubs or forums, answer or ask any questions or start a forum. It is best to read and get the feel of things and you can ask questions to find out what you should or should not do. We cannot forget the Hub Hopper, that is another item in the community.
Brief account of Hub Hopper:
Below is an idea of what is included in Hub Hopper. A new Hub which is not featured yet is read by the Hubbers and uses what is shown below to rate it as each person feels after reading it. Each new Hub, including yours, goes through this process in order to be rated.
Until it receives its final score it is not featured. It may even not do well enough to be featured until it is revised* by the author and goes through this process again.
*A Hub may be revised because it needs more words added; grammar, spelling or punctuation corrected; perhaps links are broken or not working, or other reason(s). When the Hub is returned to you there is a box telling about errors in the upper right corner when you are in the edit mode.
Taking account of the scores:
In order to total up these scores, here is a brief list which is added up:
- First there is the Quality Assessment Program. This is aided by the Hubbers in Hub Hopper, which assists the few staff with the huge amount of Hubs to go through.
- After it is published (featured), or when you write it, you must account for the amount of content (text) which you include [700 words -> 950 words -> 1250 words -> more].
- Then there are the photos (the minimum recommended is 3, but more is better); videos; polls; quizzes; maps; whatever your Hub uses.
- When you write it, try to use uncommon text which you wrote yourself instead of something which is a simulation. Your score will probably do better.
- Once you receive viewers, a lot is based on how much traffic reads it.
- Do not let it slip from your memory that receiving comments with those views is also a large plus.
- Also included in evaluating the Hub Score are the total of your Hubber’s Scores.
Totaling these scores involves the list below:
- One of the things taken into account is how well that you have done on your Hubs because the total scores for all of your Hubs are included.
- For the amount of Hubs which you have written, more is usually better.
- How long you have been here.
- How much action you take in the forums – (such as writing them, responding to them).
- How much you approve and follow other Hubbers in your comments plus the types, and length, of comments which you leave.
- When you ask questions it depends on how many you ask and on the nature of them.
- When you give answers they depend on the same participation as the questions.
How well that your Hubs are doing is not the only reason which your Hubber Score includes. Another main reason is how much that you take part in the HP community each and every day.
Google Analytics sample dashboard
Are the statistics not updating?
From time to time, there is a delay which prevents the statistics page from updating (though usually they update on an hourly basis). If on-the-dot statistics are important to you, it is recommended relying on Google Analytics.
Rest assured that delays in the HP statistic updates do not affect your view count and the revenue you earn from ad impressions and clicks.
Accepting your statistics:
Do not expect a perfect 100 score on all of your Hubs every day because that is like trying to get an A+ in all of your subjects until you graduate. It just depends on quality – content: capsules, photos, videos, etc. and originality (plus viewers and traffic). If it is a low score then work on it to make it better. Study competition, do research, get more data, more photos and make everything better including the keywords.
No matter what your score is, always expect it to go up and down. You have to keep your eye on the Hubs and always edit them. If the traffic slacks off maybe you have to add something new to attract more viewers. Watch your comments also. Do not say what will drive people away.
Looking at your list:
When you hold the mouse over your user name (on the black bar at the top of HubPages) you see a short list appear. Click on 'My Account' and this will bring you to a page with many choices. Across the top of the page, in the gray area, you see a list (Hubs, Q&A, Profile, Earnings,…). Click on Hubs and you will go to another page which has a dark green box on the left. There is another list in that box. Now click on ‘Statistics’ and when you scan down that page you will see your Hubs listed.
Next to each one you will be shown the name of each Hub with the statistics for that Hub listed beside it. If you want statistics in more details for a certain Hub then go to that Hub, but not in the edit form, and click on stats at the top above the title. There you will see a window appear which shows - Hub Metrics, keywords from searchers on Google, total views, eBay winning bids, plus the amount of traffic sources per Day, Week, Month and even Lifetime.
New as of 2-26-15
In the past the HubScore included the amount of traffic each received. Now it is hoped to be mostly the quality of the Hub and not to include the amount of traffic that it receives. The HubScores and the data (information) to compute them are updated regularly. So be prepared for constant ups and downs (like the stock market - never staying in one place). This will happen in both the HubScores and Hubber Scores. Especially as more data about them is collected.
Besides the ups and downs, you will see irregularities every now and then. These irregularities are more common with the HubScore than the Hubber. Hubber Scores seem to be more stable.
The HubScore was never meant to be a grade for each Hub. It is just a way of improving your Hubs which have lower scores on them. Can you change or add thing(s) about a Hub which will keep readers happy and bring in more comments?
Is there anything which you do not understand fully?
Do you want to make money?
You do not make money by depending on either of your scores. The scores are only there to show how well of a writer you are and how much you participate in the community.
In order to make money then you have to sign up for ads after you write a certain number of Hubs (at least 20 in the US), this includes quality, content, etc. - (look in FAQ for explanation). Plus draw traffic in to read your Hubs. That includes both from the outside of HP not just the HP members, but it depends more on the non-members.
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