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How to Increase Your Personal Hub Score (aka Hubber Score)

Updated on June 19, 2013

It's basic HubPages knowledge: Your personal Hub Score (aka, your hubber score) will determines you are, who reads your hubs, and how much money you earn. The bottom line is clear: If no one reads your hubs, then you don't get paid. So you need visitors so you can get paid by Google AdSense.

But many of us are confused by all of the magic. Exactly how is the hub score determined? How does it work? Why does the hub score matter? The purpose of this article is to tell you a bit more about this mystical number. And perhaps I can answer some of your questions.

Where Do I Find My Hub Score?

Like all HubPage authors, you have a personal Hub Score (some people call it a hubber score). This mystical little number is located on the bottom right hand side of your icon. Just look at one of your hubs, and you will see it in a little box on the right side of your picture. These numbers range from 1 - 100, where 100 is the highest number that you can achieve.

My number usually ranks somewhere between an 85 and a 90, and I'm pretty happy with it. This means that I probably won't get front page coverage any time soon, but I'm still learning. As I learn more about Hub Pages and work harder, I hope that my number will increase. And I hope to eventually become a steady 98 or 99.

Don't be confused by the fact that your articles (or hubs) also have hub scores. This article focuses on your personal hub score, which is the number under your icon. Future articles will address the individual article scores.


What is a Good Hub Score?

A good hub score is all a matter of personal preference. Some people aim high, and want to see a steady number in the 90s or above. Others, like me, are happy in the 80s. But the truth is that we all want to stay above 75. If you are above 75, then your hub links will appear elsewhere on the site. If you go lower than that number, then your links become dead ends and readers won't be able to find you. So no matter what, try to keep your hub score higher than a 75.

Expect the Numbers to Change

Before we delve too deep into the finer points of your personal hub score (aka, your hubber score), I should tell you a secret: your hub score will change a lot. Sometimes it will change daily. But don't worry about small changes. They are bound to happen. Just as long as your numbers are in a generally acceptable range, you'll be okay.

Make Sure You Write Well

It all boils down to one thing: If you want to have a good ranking, you have to produce well written hubs. It actually does make sense. After all, when businesses want their customers to keep coming back, those businesses need to produce a high quality product.

So that will be our secret ingredient: In order to receive a high personal hub score, we need to produce well-written, high quality hubs. We need to find subjects that interest our audience, create an interesting thesis, and support our theories with examples and suggestions. It's a great idea; I think it just might work! (Okay, so I'm throwing a bit of humor in there.)

Keep your articles interesting, and make sure they have a decent word length. Short and sweet is simply not enough right here on Hub Pages. Provide pictures, polls, and videos to break up the flow of the text, and provide interesting links. But most importantly, be yourself. Your readers are visiting your hub because they want to hear from you. Let your personality shine through. Let them see who you are, so they can enjoy visiting your hub.

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Do you care if your hub score reaches a particular number?

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Don't Just Write and Run

Many writers love to "write and run." This technique involves throwing out a lot of keywords, jotting down a quick article, and moving on to the next piece. But this isn't what your readers want to see. Your readers want to get to know you. They want to learn about the topic. they want to hear your opinion. You need to spend quality time with them and teach them about your subject. Don't just write something down and run away.

In this age of the internet, writing has become a lost art. But there are still plenty of readers who will appreciate you for who you are. Spend time with them, and talk about subjects that they want to discuss. Give them ideas, describe some of your bullet points, and provide examples. When you show your reader that you love your work, your reader will want to spend time with you.

When you spend this extra time improving your articles, your true style will shine through. Your readers will understand your examples more clearly. And then you'll receive an added benefit: Your hub score will increase. It's a win-win situation. And you can feel good because you have provided a quality product.

Stop and Enjoy a Cup of Coffee

Figuratively speaking, it will greatly benefit you if you stop by the neighbor's house for a cup of coffee. Visit other authors here on Hub Pages. Read their hubs, enjoy their articles, and leave some insightful comments. When you leave comments, make sure you include a few keywords about their articles, so Google AdSense will be happy with their hubs too. You definitely want to be a good neighbor.

But make sure you truly do stop for a visit. Spend some time focusing on your neighbor's hubs. Get to know them a little better and form some friendships. One hand truly does wash another. You will get to know each other, and perhaps you might even form a friendship. In the meantime, you can form a mutually beneficial relationship. Each time you comment on each other's hubs, you are making their hub more active in Google's eyes. This increases the possibility for them to profit from their hub. They will, I am certain, return the favor.


Increase Your Traffic

As more visitors come to your hubs, you will find that your personal hub score (aka, hubber score) will increase as well. Of course, you can sit and wait for people to come to you, or you can encourage them to come to the party. I prefer the latter.

As mentioned above, one of the easiest ways to find visitors is to build friendships right here on Hub Pages. You can visit other people's hubs and leave comments, or you could read their hubs often and send them fan mail. You could also become their follower, and hope that they will return the favor and follow you. Each will increase your magic number.

Another way to improve your score is to become active in the forums. I personally have never used this particular technique, since I work another job as well. So I find that my time is too limited to spend on the forums. Plus, I'm afraid I might enjoy it way too much and neglect my other duties, LOL. But that's another story for another day.

Creating backlinks is another way to increase the traffic to your hubs. Backlinks are fantastics tools. With these nifty little tools, you visit other websites and list links to your hubs there... and send your visitors to Hub Pages from those other websites. Slick, isn't it? But again, we shall talk about that in another hub that will be coming up soon. I've already started outlining that article.


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      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      Great, and easy to digest, hub... Thanks for sharing!!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Very good points. I always find it disheartening to see my hub score drop by a point (or 2) whenever I create a new Hub. I know that mathematically it makes sense--the score is the average of all of the hubs, so adding one more dilutes the number you achieve. However, since all of my hubs are "featured" I wish that the powers-that-be in the Hub Kingdom could somehow create an algorithm that would reflect not just an average of hub scores, but also take into account how many are featured, if one is a Level 1,2,3 etc commenter, how active one is in the hub community, etc.

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      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the information, I will put these tips into practise.

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      4 years ago

      this information was helpful. thanks

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      Musadiq Rahim 

      5 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Thank you, I was wondering how it is calculated.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A useful article... FYI, my hubscore is 73, so I am really close to the 75 mark... I can't wait to breach it for the first time ever! And I've been on hp for only about a week, in which time I've made 3 hubs.

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      Ryan Rafferty 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the hub, I have just started here and was wondering why what I thought was my best hub had the lowest score (mid 60's). But it also is the newest one I published with the least amount of comments. Very informative!

    • lemonkerdz profile image


      5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Thanks, i have been seeing my hub number go up and down and never knew why, some said it wasn't important.

      But it answers my question as to why sometimes my hubs are featured on the first page and then a few days later they can't be found.

      Thanks for the info

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      Shasha Acharya 

      6 years ago from Mumbai

      Useful information..

      Thanks for the hub..

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      One very useful hub for me to save.

      I now look forward to many more.


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      6 years ago

      Very helpful Donna! You just let this Newbie know that I did not repeat article keywords when I commented on a Hub.

    • travelschooling profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      That is a very nice article. My Hub score just dropped from 87 to 84 for no apparent reason, maybe because I have been busy elsewhere, setting up my website and neglected my Hubs for a while. It's nice to read something that doesn't just focus on SEO and keywords, more the human side of hubbing. Voted up and following!

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      I did wonder if the personal hub score was important, you explained things well, than you.

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      topaz blue 

      6 years ago


      Great hub!Although I have been a member for over a year it is only recently that I have had the confidence and possibly the inspiration to write hubs. I wondered regarding the hub score and this has answered that question very well. I also work full time , at present, and have found contributing to forums difficult. However I am now reassured that there are also other people in similar situations as myself.

      Once again thanks for a great hub !

      Topaz Blue

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      6 years ago from NC

      Love this! I put a lot of time into my hubs and need to remember to share them more!

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      Donna Wallace 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you very much for your positive comments!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very useful, i have not yet participated in forums, i guess its time now.

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      tiny noise 

      6 years ago

      I'm new to hubpages and this is the most helpful article I've read so far- not only in explaining what the heck a "hubscore" is, but also in where you want that number to be, and how to maintain it once it gets there. Thanks!

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      Christen Roberts Comer 

      6 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      I hear you on the forums. I'm afraid I'll get so distracted I'll never write another Hub! Some comments I leave in other forums could be hubs all in themselves. :) Great simple tips with big rewards. Thanks a bunch!

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      Bill Seemiller 

      6 years ago


      Thanks for the well written and informative article. Obviously, we all want to produce a higher "hubber" score, so this article is highly valuable. I've definitely voted your article up and have become a follower. Feel free to read, vote and comment on mine as well. If you have any suggestions for improvement, I'm all ears!

      Best wishes,


    • artrush73 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub, once my sore was 100 only one time for a little while, nd then I've got a day job. Now I'm back to hub pages and all of it changed... trying to go back to the top :-)

      Good luck with your hubs

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      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thanks for sharing this. I'm new here, so I found it all very useful.

    • htodd profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      This is very insightful..Thanks for the nice post

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      6 years ago

      Just putting my ideas together to begin "hug pages". I am looking for every way to make them good and produce solid

      income. Appreciate you sharing your knowledge! Looking forward to reading more of your articles!

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      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I like what you write here Donna. Its good advice and should help increase our Hub Score. And help make new friends. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      really really well done

      and thank you

      Kimberly :))))

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the info! Always good to know more about hub pages.

    • seigfried23 profile image


      6 years ago

      This was an extremely useful read to answer a few questions I had. Thanks for taking the time; you deserve to be on the first page for this info.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the article. I am looking forward to move my personal hub score to 100 and need to read such articles. Thanks.

    • TheTruthasIseeit profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      I was wondering what that number was! Lol! Thanks for all the great info.!

    • jloeding profile image


      7 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      You have answered my questions regarding my hub score changing. Thank you for all of the advise. I shall begin to follow and watch for mine to increase.

      Thanks again.

    • detroitsteel profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you Donna. I appreciate your insightful and extremely helpful article.

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      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      i learned that i may not have been a good hub neighbor as it never occurred to me to be sure to include comments with key words for google adsense on a hub on hub pages in order to increase a hubbers hub score or personal hub score. I hope you get a good hub score and a very good hubber score, donna. Seriously, thanks for that:)

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      bell du jour 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you so much for a very interesting useful and informative hub!

    • pinaythoughts profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      thank you for this info... i just wrote my first hub and i have to admit i didn't understand the numbers beside.. :)

      until after reading this.. thanks again! God bless!!!

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      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, and Interesting. I want to read your hub about backlinking because I do not do enough of that. I am still learning.

      Great Hub!!

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      Carmen Beth 

      7 years ago

      Looking forward to reading your upcoming hub on creating backlinks.

    • dajesters09 profile image


      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for the information! I am very new to writing and hub pages and have been trying to figure out the best way to raise my score! This was very useful information!!

    • tarrka1089 profile image


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Now it all makes sense! I didn't understand the difference between the two numbers - my articles are in the 70s but my personal hubber is only the 50s : ( Definitely need to get more exposure! Any suggestions welcomed.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Good info. The hub score is that ever changing mystery and increasing your hub score seems even more mysterious! Voted up.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about the always mystical, somewhat elusive, personal hub score (aka hubber score.)

      I pretty much follow the steps you've listed here not so much to raise my score (although it is nice to see it rise, and it does help more readers find you) but because it makes the Hub Pages experience more meaningful and interactive. I enjoy reading the quality hubs of others and follow authors whose work I admire. I also love leaving, and receiving comments. Before joining Hub Pages writing was a solitary activity, but here there's a supportive community and it's easy to learn from the comments and work of others.

      Thanks for this well written explanation of what the scores mean. It shows that there is some valid reasoning behind the scoring system.

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      7 years ago from NC

      Great Hub! I have watched my hub score go up and down over the last few years. I am starting to see my own personality emerge the more I write.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thank you for this article. I’m new here, posted my first hub a couple of days ago and was puzzled why my score is rising both hub and hubber. Neither are particularly high as yet, and from this I can already see there’s some things I can do to improve that - I’m off to find out more about backlinks for a start!

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      Mike Spain 

      7 years ago from USA

      Very helpful! Thanks for sharing

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      Cameron Dean 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank You, very helpful hub.

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      7 years ago

      Hi, DonnaWallace, thanks for publishing such an informative, helpful hub. I've been a member of HubPages for about 5 weeks, and am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can. I didn't understand the significance of the personal Hub score until I read this piece; but being naturally competitive, I've been pleased to see mine gradually rising, currently fluctuating around 90. I guess my report card would say "Making steady progress, must try harder!" Thanks again, cheers.

    • Alyssa Nichol profile image


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Your article was very helpful. I am new and learning how this whole thing works. Thank you! Best of luck!

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      7 years ago

      a helpful hub....

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Very helpful hub!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tips. I'm new and trying to increase my score!

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      safiq ali patel 

      7 years ago from United States Of America

      My hubber score peaked at 86 last week and is now on its way down. I like your hub for the information that is available and I'm going to bookmark this hub on how to get a high hubber score so that I can refer to it again in the future.

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      7 years ago

      You have answered many question I had regarding hub scores. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Great advise. Thanks.I am a beginner and just did my first hub, got a 50. This is my challange, not my failure.I will keep working to get better.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks! This is a nice tip for a beginner like me.

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      Paul Goodman 

      7 years ago from Florida USA

      Thank you for explaining it to me! :-)

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      Joyce F 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great information on how to increase your hub score. Up until now I've been satisfied with 80 to 90 but now I'm aiming a little higher.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for your help. I am fairly new here also and have wondered the same thing about score.

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      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very informative to me, a newbie, if someone just hopped on this site and read those two words, can you image them trying to figure out exactly what a hubber is??? I just posted my first and still feel like I have a million things to favorite backlink for a while....the learning site!!! Thanks and it was well-written!!

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      Misty May 

      7 years ago

      Thanks! I just started and am hoping to get my hubscore up to the 90s someday!

    • gajanis786 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice hub....good information.Keep it up.

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great tips for increasing your hub score. I can testify to your guide to increase your numbers as when I do as you say, I have high 90's score and yet since the holidays I've been a bit lazy with the back linking, in fact since Nov. YIKES, I've been lazy, just writing and well not doing what it takes and my score is falling.

      However, I must say this, my earnings are still good and climbing so I'm a bit confused as to the whole score thingy. You've helped to clear it up and I will vow to work harder for the greater good of the community!

      Well done and helpful! :) Katie

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      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderfull educational hub. GBY

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      7 years ago from Online where I can be!

      The Donna, why do you have to be so good at this? I really like your writing :D Every time I get one of your Hubs to read, I enjoy reading to the fullest. They are really good :D. Thank you so much for the tips.. Well in my case the cup of coffee has always been there, at least that hehe :) But very, very good tips. Thanks a lot!


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      Kaye McCulloch 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for this information. My personal hub score has been hovering in the high 80s or low 90s for weeks, but suddenly went down to 86 today for no reason I can fathom, wah! Mind you, I didn't really know what the point of having a high hubber score was until I read this, but I've for some reason been wanting to get it into the 90s anyway, LOL.

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      7 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks for the useful info... great read for a new hubber.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for sharing this useful information !

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the information about hubscores... This is useful.

    • Becky Puetz profile image


      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the helpful advice and information. This is a great help for HubPage newbies like me. Thanks again

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      7 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      This is very helpful! Until now I just treated my Hubber score as something that just happened, now I know what is going on behind the scenes. It's been floating in the mid-80's since I got my first hub up and running so I'll take that as a good sign and keep working until I make an "A" =)

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      Karen Wilton 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Well researched and written. Best of luck with your Hubber score.


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