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How Do You Get Nine 100 HubScores At Once?
I usually have four or five 100 HubScores at any given time but I recently scored a personal high total of nine at the century mark. In order to assist Hubbers in obtaining high HubScores of their own, I thought it would be a good idea to analyze what these Hubs contain in order to be able to gain some insight into the vagaries of the HubScore mechanism, which is shrouded in more convoluted mystery than any Dan Brown medieval Vatican plot.
First of all, I have to restate the essence of my Hal's Not-So-Secret Method To Writing Successful Hubs, where I explain that:
"I have never been able to figure out why one hub with 500 views and 3 comments gets 100 and another with 10,000 views and 60 comments in the same time span struggles to get 80" and, yes, that is unfortunately still the case. No, I have not reached any mind-expanding satori epiphany and can now elucidate upon its intricacies: If I had as much as a clue as to the Brobdingnagian and Draconian workings of the infernal HubScore Enigma Machine, I'd have 1,086 Hubs all scoring 100 and the nice people at Hubpage Central would have to rename Best Hubs as Hal Hubs.
Let's take a look at each of the nine top scorers to see what conclusions can be derived:
This Hub falls squarely within the parameters of "weird, new, and different" which is usually excellent HubScore fodder. A three wheeled motorcycle with two wheels at the front which looks like a sportsbike that rear ended a gigantic, wide track quad ATV, it certainly is weird, new, and different.
This is a Hub that offers some fairly solid, technical information on a topic that any computer enthusiast who is interested in building or even just configuring their own PC system would find of interest. This is one of my consistent day in and day out 100+ page view Hubs, therefore, it's not too much of a surprise to find this at the 100 mark.
Although fuel prices dipped (and now they're on their way back up) since the time I published this Hub, the traffic has been steady, and this has to be one of my most consistent 100 HubScorers. I would estimate that this particular Hub has a score of 100 about half the time I check the stats.
I'd previously stated that it's a good idea to stay away from highly controversial subjects if you want to reach high HubScores as some of the readers are likely to Rate It Down and kill your score. Well, this Hub lives to prove me wrong. It's by far one of my top five controversial Hubs out of 1,086, and it still manages to keep on scoring 100!
Just like CanAm Spyder falls squarely within the parameters of "weird, new, and different" this Hub deals with a somewhat similar vehicle, except that it is only on the drawing boards. It was written two years ago and by now the product should have hit the dealerships but no sign of it yet. Still, that doesn't stop this Hub from consistently scoring strongly.
In a down economy people everywhere are watching their pennies, so outlining how a motorcycle manufacturer can change the wheels and the paint job and charge almost $6,000 more is certainly a topic that is of interest to anyone in the market for a new bike, so again not a huge surprise that this is a strong HubScoring Hub.
Talk about controversial! This one is even more controversial than Top 10 Ugliest Motorcycles Of All Time and I've had some commenters enter into hyperventilating paroxysms of anger about my comments dealing with this popular illegal torrent site. Again... no impact on the HubScore as here it sits at 100!
This one is rather puzzling. I have my Motorcycle MPG Guides scoring very strongly in both HubScores and page views, but why Kawasaki Vulcan would be chosen over, say, Yamaha V-Twins at this particular time remains one of those impenetrable HubScore mysteries.
Three out of nine of the 100 HubScores are extremely controversial. Hmm... What this might indicate is that Rate It Down (which I am positive I've received plenty of on all three of these Hubs) doesn't really seem to have any impact on the HubScore!
Alright, so now let's try to figure out what the HubScore algorithm is seeing in all these Hubs. They're all very different, with six on motorcycling topics, one on personal computer technology, one on illegal torrent sites, and one on politics. We also have to acknowledge that there is an element of randomization in HubScore's algorithm to keep any one Hub or Hubber from monopolizing the top scores, so there is no real way to "game" the HubScore system.
There seems to be no real common thread in these nine 100 HubScores, except for the fact that none of these Hubs are overtly commercial. I am now hawking any particular product or service in any of them, including the motorcycle ones. I state my information clearly, along with my personal opinion, and let the chips fall where they may. Yes, there is plenty of product information in those motorcycle and PC Hubs, but at no time is there an in your face product pitch. You can look at all of those nine Hubs (as well as the other 1,077 I have published to date) and you'll almost never find a BUY BUY BUY NOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW! I provide the information: If the reader is interested in proceeding with a purchase of whatever, then they can or can not. That's not a relevant factor in what I write and the subjects I write on.
Of course this 100 HubScore approach may be diametrically opposed to what constitutes good AdSense Hubbing as in those cases you want to push the product as much as feasible. However, the title of this Hub is not How Do You Get Nine Hubs To Make You $$$ At Once.
The conclusion may be tenuous, but it does seem that highly commercial, mercenary, and (gasp) scammy Hubs don't reach the 100 mark to any noticeable degree.
It's good to know that at least in HubPages' scoring system there is still an ample reward for informational and entertaining writing, rather than thinly disguised Billy Mays (may he and his overdyed beard rest in peace) commercials!
Therefore, it's completely up to the Hubber which way they want to go. If they are single mindedly interested in pulling in that big AdSense income (and there are Hubbers who are very successful at that), they can't have their HubScore cake and eat it too!