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How to Increase Your HubKarma Score

Updated on June 19, 2011

HubKarma was recently introduced, and it's been a hot topic on Hub Pages. The new Karma Score is intriguing, but many writers are wondering how it is calculated. Is the Hub Karma calculated based upon comments, votes, RSS feeds, or links? As writers, we want to know the best way to increase our score to make money.

The goal of this Hub is to provide information about the Hub Karma, so we can work to increase our HubKarma and our profit. Once we know how to do it, incorporating these features will be a breeze.

So, I encourage you to offer your comments on the HubKarma process below. If more information is discovered on your journey, post it below and I'll incorporate it into this hub. Let's work together to make our HubPages scores and our freelance writing income improve.

What is My Writing Karma?

Many Hub Pages' freelance writers are interested in viewing their Hub Karma scores. Simply  visit any one of your hubs and click on your username. Right above your username, you will see a black banner. Your new Hub Karma score will appear in a box right above your username. The score is ranked on a scale of 0 to 100.

What Does Hub Karma Measure?

According to the Hub Pages information page, Hub Karma measures the quality of links that the writers include in their article or hub. Their goal is to make each of the hubs more valuable by sending users to other relevant hubs. By making this website a higher quality, they encourage readers to come back, and readers are more likely to spend money.

Thus, a reader who is interested in horseback riding will find it very easy to find links to other hubs on horseback riding. When you include links in your articles, you make their surfing experience better, and their overall vision of Hub Pages improves. In addition, both you and Hub Pages may earn advertising revenue on the services provided. A reader who is interested in horseback riding may wish to purchase a bridle, a saddle, or a bevy of other equestrian supplies.

Thus, Hub Karma measures the quality and quantity of outgoing links on your hubs. To increase your quality score, you need to not only increase the quantity of hub links in your article, but you also need to increase the quality of these links. As you do so, you are also increasing your ability to earn money as a freelance writer on this site.

Good Karma Benefits Us All

Freelance Writing Karma is good... Source:
Freelance Writing Karma is good... Source:

Why Does It Matter?

Right now, it does not appear that the HubKarma score affects any other aspect of your score. However, this is a new feature, and none of us writers are really certain how it will change in the future.

However, HubKarma can instantly affect your ability to make money in other ways. In fact, it is aptly named. By encouraging us to try to improve our outgoing links to other authors on Hub Pages, the site is also increasing our real life karma. This is true because just as it is encouraging you to link to others, it is encouraging other to link to you. What goes around, comes around. And in this case, you just may receive new visitors. And maybe, in the best case, new fans!

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Watch It Increase!

You can increase your score. Source
You can increase your score. Source

How Can I Increase My Hub Karma?

Easy! You simply link to other relevant Hub Pages. Every time you link to another relevant site, you have taken one more step to increase your Hub Karma. The links can be to another Hub author, or even to your own articles. But you must only include links that cover the same topic as your article.

Hub Pages has even provided a nifty tool, the Link Suggestion Tool. This handy tool appears at the top left of your hub page. You can see the box that includes "edit," "stats," and "delete". It also includes "suggest links."

Click on the "suggest links" button. Now, your article will have several phrases highlighted throughout your article. Click on the highlighted words of your choice, and a box will appear. This box shows several different hubs that are available and relevant to your topic. Simply click on one of the most appropriate choices, and the link will be inserted. It couldn't be easier!

You can also increase your Hub Karma by including other hubs that you enjoy. Simply insert them in your hub, as you normally would. You can insert them in either your text or in a separate section for links.

Happiness is Good


All Karma is Good

The most important thing to remember is this:  All Karma is Good. Whether or not you are concerned about your Hub Karma, you should be concerned about your karma on Hub Pages. In this context, I mean your karma toward other authors. When you are kind to other authors, the other authors will probably be kind in return.

This Good Karma is meaningful. Take the time to read other hubs, and press the up arrow if you like them. I don't generally press the down arrow, because I do believe that I should be kind to others. Leave comments that are meaningful to the author, and remember to be positive. These authors have put their hard work into the hubs, and we should not take their work for granted. After all, Hub Pages would not exist without all of the authors. This gigantic library of articles exists because each author has worked hard. Thank them for their efforts. They just may thank you in return.

Share Your HubKarma Experience

I'd love to hear about your Hub Karma experience. Please share it in the comments section. If it is helpful to others, I'll try to include it in this article. Thank you for visiting!


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    • carpetanchorage profile image


      6 years ago from Anchorage Alaska

      I guess for someone just starting off, the hubkarma doesn't really matter? It seems like it takes awhile before I can get comments, likes and followers. Ive linked to other hubbers and other authority sites but my karma doesn't budge much.

    • shafmasta profile image


      7 years ago

      To be honest, Hubkarma helps us all cycle views to each other. What better way to benefit ourselves, other hubbers AND hubpages all together! After the Panda update, THIS is surely beneficial to increase a persons ranking on Google as well.

    • anemometers profile image


      7 years ago from Anemometer Installation Areas

      thanks for this info. I will link to relevant stuff in Hub Pages

    • ReviewEnvelope profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi,i really liked your views abou HubKarma,Its really a good knowledge sharing for a newbie like me

    • Christine P Ann profile image

      Christine P Ann 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you DonnaWallace, your hub has been very useful to me.

    • lamurray33 profile image


      7 years ago from Southern NJ, USA

      Thank you so much for this hub! I was looking all over the hubpages links for this info, and was unable to find it. Thanks again, and best of Karma to you!

    • safiq ali patel profile image

      safiq ali patel 

      7 years ago from United States Of America

      A good hub on hub karma. I am going to bookmark this hub on hub karma and refer to it again in the future. Thank your for posting this hub on hub karma it was very useful.

    • BaliMermaid profile image


      7 years ago from Ubud Bali


      It is me again. I could not resist checking your keyword values on this hub again RIGHT after submitting my comment.

      LOOK AT THIS - the hub values have changed, just because of my comments.

      hub 69 (2.3%)

      ago 44 (1.5%)

      profile 37 (1.3%)

      karma 37 (1.3%)

      profile image 35 (1.2%)

      months ago 31 (1.1%)

      hubs 31 (1.1%)

      score 30 (1%)

      hubkarma 27 (0.9%)

      and before my previous comment they were this.

      hub 61 (2.2%)

      ago 41 (1.5%)

      karma 36 (1.3%)

      profile 34 (1.2%)

      profile image 33 (1.2%)

      months ago 30 (1.1%)

      score 29 (1.1%)

      hubs 28 (1%)

      hubkarma 26 (1%)


      to me this has interesting implications and possibilities. What do you think about this?

      Thanks for giving me a wake up call about the importance of comments.

    • BaliMermaid profile image


      7 years ago from Ubud Bali

      Hi Donna,

      Very interesting hub and I have a question about how comments may affect a hub.

      I did an analysis and today your keywords for this hub are as follows.

      hub (2.2%)

      ago (1.5%)

      karma (1.3%)

      profile (1.2%)

      profile image (1.2%)

      months ago (1.1%)

      score (1.1%)

      hubs (1%)

      hubkarma (1%)

      so my question is - does a comment that includes those key words push up the value of your key words? That would mean it pushes up the value of your hub in the eyes of the search engines.

      And going further, on some hubs that get very popular, as this one seems to be doing, a lot of comments means a lot of extra text. Is there a limit to how many comments, because of a limit on how much text in total we want on a hub? If that is true then a hubber needs to review and edit comments and weed out those that do not include key words. Wow confusing and a pain if it is another duty to do each day, especially if the number of hubs gets large.

      Sorry for the length of this comment but your hub was very thought provoking - so it's your fault :))

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Kaoskakimu, thank you. I am glad that you enjoyed reading about HubKarma!

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Helene.bliss, thank you!

    • sweetmummy profile image

      Raylene Wall 

      8 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I've started including more links to hubs, and haven't noticed a change in my hubkarma. Is there any special way to do add a link? I have just been searching hubs to find a hub that fits what I'm talking about, pick a good one that works well with my topic, and then link to it in my hub.... I really like the idea of hubkarma, and it makes sense, adding to the community feel for hubbers!

    • Glemoh101 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this useful information , but i think when i put links to other authors hubs may i lost some of my visitor who i want them to go to my affiliate link .

      Is that right?

    • kaoskakimu profile image


      8 years ago

      thank you for the clear explanation!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      informative hub. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and these information.

    • drvosjeca profile image


      8 years ago

      hub carma is easy to gain and it is good for hub score

    • backword_65 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Feedback. It's weird because mine is always increasing, for no reason. I am Linking other hubs, with every Hub I publish, but it must be like a residual thing, or possibly more Karma per click you get on a link? Anyways, Great hub!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Interesting concept, i was just trying to work out what it was on my profile and found this url. I must say a good idea.

    • chejom2010 profile image


      8 years ago from Dubai United Arab Emirates

      been thinking what hubkarma all about..thanks for sharing it...

    • breakingnews profile image


      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice information about HUB Karma , but i think there is some other ways also , so if any one know explain here.


    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      vinividivici: Keep up the good work! We all start somewhere, and you'll find that your Karma will build before you know it.

    • VivaHealth profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, I wondered why HubKarma score was there and what influenced it.

    • kb24fanatic profile image


      8 years ago from philippines

      Nice post. I was wondering about my Hub Karma score. My current score is 75 and I only have 2 hubs.

    • shirley b profile image

      shirley b 

      8 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the explanations... I was wondering about links on my hubpages.... I'm a newbie and have only 2 hubs and no links yet... so I will work on it as you suggested here. Good hub!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Really it is a good hub. It has lifted off all veils from my eyes. Thank you dona for sharing this hub with us.

    • vinividivici profile image


      8 years ago

      I`ve got 1 Karma, for my first post.

    • Cemil profile image


      8 years ago from Land Down Under

      I have a 0 for Hub Karma. Hoping that is only because I am still new to Hubpages.

    • 4mystickitty profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great suggestion. I am going to add this to my routine whenever I publish my hubs to include these links. It also helps me keep up with other hubs automatically. How neat is that.

    • Csjun89 profile image


      8 years ago

      My hub karma is relatively high according to your poll, but it seems to have stopped growing

    • kiwi91 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      My Hub Karma is relatively low in the high 40's. I like the Hub suggestion tool, but I would definitely check out those hubs before linking to them. I'm curious if Hub Karma will eventually computed into the overall Hubscore?

    • A_K profile image

      Ajit Kumar Jha 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      I am really intrigued by Hubkarma. When I noticed my hubkarma score of 25, I had no idea what it meant or how could I pull up the score. A little research enlightened me a bit. I was suggested to link my articles and the procedure was pretty simple. I began diligently linking my articles. For the last two days I have been doing this exercise and to my surprise what I discover is that my hubkarma score has tumbled down to 17!!! Strange! Isn't it? Probably, little knowledge as they say is too dangerous. Can someone explain what more should I do to raise this score? Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      It is quite mysterious, isn't it? I didn't realize you wrote a hub on the same topic. I'm going over to your pages to check it out! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great hub, on the mysterious HubKarma! I have found it to be a great way to meet other Hubbers that write on the same topics that I do. :) Thanks for sharing your insight. :)

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Ah, if you figure that out, please let us know! I do believe it's primarily determined by the number of links added with the "suggest links" tool. It would be nice to know the exact formula that determines HubKarma!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Very helpful on HubKarma -it is a great idea to improve HubPages. Now if I could just work out how they come up with their score?

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Well, thank you Squirrelchaser. All karma is good karma. I've read your hubs, and I think you will have no problem getting a good following. Your hubs make a great story!

    • Squirrelchaser profile image


      8 years ago from Leesburg, FL

      I'm glad I read your article on HubKarma since I am new to all of this and trying to understand it. Very helpful!

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I've never tried Squidoo before, born to be free. Is it a good site to join?

    • born to be free profile image

      born to be free 

      8 years ago

      Hopefully this will work similar to Squidoo, you can opt out of showing other Squidoo Lens Links, but if you do your sites will not be listed in other Lenses either.

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, Eddy, for the comment. I agree that HubPages should tell us more about HubKarma. The HubKarma seems like a good idea, we just need to know more.

    • Eddy2106 profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      Useful hub, i think that hubpages should put more work into putting hubkarma out there and more noticable, by emailing hubbers about the score. Great hub.

    • DonnaWallace profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. It means a lot coming from you (I've read so many of your great hubs). Of course, you may link to my hub. I'd be honored!

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      hub karma is great, I think it encourages most people to work within hubpages and to help others. This is a great hub I couldn't have said it better myself. MAy I link to this one?


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