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How To Increase Your Hub Author Score to 100 on Hubpages
How to Increase Your Author Score to 100 on Hubpages
Firstly, I will say it's not that difficult to get to be a hubber with an Author Score of 100 on hubpages.
Secondly, I will say it's really not THAT important.
When you first join hubpages, your author score will be 30. As you publish new hubs, get traffic, get comments, you will find your author score increasing. Maybe at first you never even noticed. I certainly didn't even understand hubpages at all - and I still don't know everything about it. Hubpages is an incredibly powerful system and, in time, if you work at it, you'll find yourself spotting new areas, new features, new things ... and reading the forums to pick up and use top tips.
When you do become an author with an author score of 100 you'll suddenly realise it's a bit like catching a butterfly. There are so many variables that go into making up your score that you can literally lose it in the blink of an eye. You've done nothing different, nothing wrong, it's just gone. Maybe that day your hubs aren't getting the traffic you were getting last week. Maybe you should have posted in the forum today and you didn't. I've woken up and seen myself as having an author score of 100, made a coffee, come back and I'm a 99. It's really not worth worrying about! Just enjoy your hubbing .... once you stop worrying about it you can concentrate on more interesting things.
As you'll see from my score right now, I am not a 100. I've just had a six month break (I was moving around/didin't have internet access), when I came back I was still a 92 - that's because my hubs were generating good traffic and getting good comments. Concentrate on your hubs, not your scores!
On the other hand, if you want to know HOW to increase your author score to 100 on Hubpages, here's my quick tip list:
Use the Forums
Using the forums can really boost your visibility on Hubpages. Join in the community, read what others have to say, comment where relevant. Start your own interesting threads. One tip though: don't get confrontational or argumentative with people ... it's just pixels! Chill.
The more you use the forums, the more you'll learn, the more people will notice you and read your hubs - and the higher you'll see your author score creeping.
Write Good Hubs
The definition of a good hub should at least be:
- Write a worthwhile length of hub. Sometimes hubs are short as there's not much to say, but try not to scrimp. Remember you can edit them at any point in the future, so re-visit your old hubs and tweak them, add a bit more if you can. Make them worthy of a read.
- Make sure you write in good English, check your spelling and grammar.
- Use headings and paragraphs to break it up so it's easy to follow - most people don't read every word online, they skim and skip about. Your readers want an easy to read piece, not something that's one mass of text.
- Use pictures where you can. I struggle with this bit as the photos/images have to be legal and I can't create my own. Sometimes finding the right picture can take me two hours before I just go with "the best I found/it's not perfect but it'll do" when the hub itself only took 20 minutes to write! It's annoying, but people do like pictures.
Promote Your Hubs
I figure if it's interesting enough for me to write about it, then it's interesting enough to tell people about it somewhere on the Internet. When you promote your hubs, people visit and read them. This traffic will increase your author score. You don't have to stress about the whole promotion thing, but I do like to set myself an easily achievable goal of putting at least one link to my hubs somewhere on the Internet. Maybe you have a signature on a forum somewhere, maybe you Tweet, do you have Myspace/Bebo or a similar membership - if so add something into your profile. Just tell somebody .. anybody ... for every one. Yes, if you spent half a day promoting every hub you write, then your traffic will rocket and you'll get a high author score quicker, but that's a lot of pressure to put yourself under. Enjoy hubbing, or you'll drop out.
Join a Hub Challenge
I joined in 2007, but actually did pretty much nothing until late 2009 (bad aren't I!). Then I joined the 30 day challenge during October and that really turned things around. I was motivated, I was driven, I was writing on steroids! At first you might be a shrinking violet and think "oh that's not for me", but why not ... it's only pixels. Go for it! Hubchallenges really are the key to success! They show you what you're capable of, then you really reap the rewards when the money comes in.
There's a Questions/Answers section - see if you can answer the questions of others. People will link through and read your hubs.
Use the Tagging/Choose Good Tags
Try to think hard (for about 3 minutes) about what tags are useful and important. What tags do other people use that write about the same things that are in your hubs? Tags create a method for people to be able to move around hubs easily. Use them.
Use Grouping For Your Hubs
One thing you can do is create groups for your hubs. If, for example, you have 10 hubs about pets and 6 recipes, you could create two groups called "pets" and "recipes". You then assign your hubs to the relevant group and instantly a set of navigation arrows appears in each of your hubs, leading readers to other hubs in the same group. Remember, if you forget to do this, it's something you can always do in the future. Maybe at the beginning you don't have enough hubs that are similar enough to create a group ... but when you do, try to remember the feature's there!
UPDATE: The grouping feature was retired, so it's no longer an option. Many people never did it and didn't understand it, so Hubpages removed it after one of their quality monitoring and improvement studies.
Check Your Stats
There's a stats feature in your hub, once it's been running a few months, check your stats. Where's your traffic coming from? Is the traffic growing? What keywords are people using to find your hub?
If you don't know what's working and what's not working, then you can't begin to improve.
Optimise Your Layout
There are thousands of different layouts you can use in your hub. Large picture at the start, large text block at the start. Include/not ebay or Amazon modules ... the list is endless. Read the forums, see what other people suggest. Try new layouts on your hubs.
Reply to Comments
People will comment on your hubs. Where you can, reply to their comments. This is polite and makes people realise you're there and real!
I'm sure I've left out something ... but if you can try to do the above, then you'll very quickly find that you too can have an author score of 100 on Hubpages!
Don't forget: ENJOY!!
Use An rss Feed in Your Hubs
NOTE: The RSS Feature was Removed from Hubpages
Although the rss feature was removed from Hubpages, I've left the information here as it is useful for other sites you might write on, or your own website:
If a subject is topical, there'll be other sites publishing relevant information. Get relevant rss feeds into your hub and that'll keep it an active page, which Google will like.
All of the above are relevant in their own way, but overall if you're writing new hubs, promoting them, joining in the forums, then you'll be accumulating 'brownie points' towards your author score.
Link to the Hubs of Others
If you see a hub that's a great resource, link to that hub from yours.
How To Use RSS Feeds in Your Hubs (requested in comments)
- Promote Your Older Hubs Using Tags To Create Custom RSS Feeds
If you're looking for a new way to promote your web pages, why not try custom RSS feeds? Did you know that you can use the tags at HubPages to generate custom RSS feeds that highlight what YOU want to feature? Well, you can, and these web site tricks
Author Score of 100 Again
I've not been very active in Hubpages for awhile, but, during my absence my score never dropped below 90.
I've just spent the last 2 weeks tidying up/updating and tweaking my existing hubs and, today, I had an author score of 100 again.
Participation, editing, improving, are all important factors.
Not 100 Now!
Update: As you can probably see, I don't have a score of 100 any more. I've been absent and you can't spend your life always staying at the top! Just know that there are ways to get there, but don't obssess!
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