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How to raise your Hubber Score

Updated on June 25, 2013

How'd she do that....

So you want to know how to raise your hubber score? I'm glad to help.

     What is it that makes me so qualified you ask? Well, I’ve been here for two weeks as of today and already my hubber score is at ninety-one. How did I get into the nineties so fast? By implementing all the little “tricks” I used to tell others about. That’s right- there are “tricks.”

     If you’ve searched the site at all for how to raise your score, you have probably seen most, if not all, of the tips I am going to mention. Since no one quite knows the exact algorithm for determining hubber score, there is no magic answer that will work without a doubt for every hubber. But there are a few things you can do that are more than likely to raise your score.

I don't think HP cares about your pornstache but I could be wrong...
I don't think HP cares about your pornstache but I could be wrong...

I love the nineties...

     As you have likely noticed, your score will raise over time, regardless (usually) of what you do. Its hard to say what score new hubbers start with. I, personally, started in the low twenties (and griped about it a little in the beginning) and in less than two weeks, had moved into the nineties. It wasn’t a fluke.

     If you pay attention, you will discover that your hub score isn’t really that difficult to manipulate. Whether its high and you want to keep it there or even make it go a little higher, or its low and you want to get it back up, you can make it happen.

     My goal when I started this account was to build myself up as quickly as possible. I wanted my score up because, well, I wanted to prove that I could get it there. I wanted to prove to myself and any other newbies out there that this stuff really does work. I’m not just blowing smoke here…

Raise your hand if you want a higher score!
Raise your hand if you want a higher score!

What's a hubber score anyway and why should I raise it?

     Your Hubber Score is that little number in the right hand corner of your profile pic. It ranges anywhere from 0 to 100 and follows you around like a brand all over this site. It matters to no one really, other than yourself. That’s right, I said it, it holds little importance. Okay, okay, so there may be a benefit or two to having a higher score. But its more just a personal, dare I say pride, thing.

     Honestly, I think it’s just human nature to want to be the best we can. If we know that number can be higher, we want to know how to make it rise and why it isn’t and when it will. So, while we all pretend not to care about our scores, we all really do.

Come On Get Higher...Please?

So how do I raise it already??

     Alright, alright, I’m getting there. You wanna know how to make those numbers sky rocket, huh? Hmmm…I can’t do ‘skyrocket’ per se, but how about rise steadily a little quicker than normal? Will that do? Good, because that I can help you with..

     Lets start out with the obvious. If you’re new, take a minute to get familiar with the site. Don’t start throwing hubs and comments out there wilily nilly, just take a little look around first. Find out what a hub looks like before you publish your own, see what types of comments, fan mail, forum posts others are posting. There are a few general rules that apply to everything around here that new hubbers are usually unaware of until they have committed their first faux pas. Checking out the standards can help to eliminate that.

     After you have an idea of what everything looks like, it’s time to get involved. There are six areas one should utilize at HubPages to raise their score. They are; Publishing, reading, commenting, rating, forums and karma. Or PRCRFK …Percrufffk.

What goes up doesn't necessarily have to come down. Right?
What goes up doesn't necessarily have to come down. Right?


     Start by publishing your first hub. Make it a QUALITY hub! The jury is still out on how long a great hub should be. Some say between 500-800 words, others say close to a thousand. I say enough to get your point across while not ending up overly wordy or incredibly short. Your trip to hubville earlier will have given you a good idea on what is generally accepted as good length and structure.

     Set your hub up nicely with pictures (that you are legally allowed to use!) and videos or polls. Experiment with the capsules and utilize the ‘preview’ button before you publish. The aesthetics of your hub can entice or repel a potential reader.

     The second most important rule of thumb here is this: no matter how many wanna be hubs you have already written and saved on your computer or have swimming around in your head, don’t publish more than one at a time! At least not yet. When you have your score where you want it, publish whatever you want but understand that if you publish more than one hub at the same time or closely in a row, your score may suffer by a point or two, as may your traffic from within HP. Let your first hub be up for a day or two before you repeat the steps for your second, same for your third and so on.

Reading (which goes along with commenting and rating)

     No matter how long you have been a member of this site and no matter how high your score may be, it is important and beneficial to everyone for you to read other’s hubs and comment on and/or rate them. It benefits (obviously) the hubber you are visiting but also yourself and the hub community. HubPages gathers information from the ratings we provide and your score will reflect your activity around the site. By regularly reading (yes, you have to read a hub to give a decent/honest rating or comment and preferably more than just 'good hub') and commenting on hubs, you become a productive member of the HP family and will be rewarded through your score.

You mean I have to go into the forums?
You mean I have to go into the forums?


     Oh the HubPages forums….full of interesting dialogue, friendly chatter and endless drama. The forums can be fun, frustrating and fulfilling all at once. Most importantly, they are a place to find answers for most every question you might have. Browse around the different discussions and find one you might want to join. Then, participate effectively. By that, I mean add to the discussion don’t add to the drama. The benefits of participating productively in the forums are twofold. There is the help for your score of course, but it can also bring traffic your way as other hubbers will see you and read your responses, drawing some to then check out your profile and, often, hubs. By participating in the community, through forums and commenting, you are also making yourself known, putting your face out there for others to come and get to know you.


     Finally, there is HubKarma. This one is actually new to me as it wasn’t here when I was before. But I like it, so far. It’s simple to utilize and tells you right off the bat that it will raise your score. If you are wondering what it is, it’s a tool available on all of your hubs that allows you to link via your text to other hubber’s relevant hubs or sections of hub pages itself. The tab at the top of your hubs will suggest options for you, you just choose where you want the link to go.

     I have no idea how others feel about this and haven’t noticed it being used on every hub. Of course, by linking to anywhere else on your hub - through the hub karma tool or any other way, you run the risk of readers leaving your hub for whatever you linked to. That’s not great for your traffic or money making. Unfortunately, I can’t really comment on how it does or doesn’t affect those other points because I haven’t yet used it long enough. I do know it helps the score. The rest I will have to get back to you about.

I hold all of your scores in the palm of my little monkey hand...
I hold all of your scores in the palm of my little monkey hand...

How do you feel about your Hubber Score?

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The Algorithm...DUN DUN DUN

     Of course, as I mentioned before, there is an algorithm that no one really knows that actually determines your score. We don’t know everything that affects it, nor should we. I mean do we really want to know that our Hubber Score is based on how many ticks a monkey can pick off his partner’s back before the rooster crows twice? No.

     I mean, there is a certain reassurance in knowing that said algorithm is likely locked in a secret vault somewhere on the top of Mount Hublympis that no one other than HP royalty is allowed to see. So, try what I’ve offered and see if it helps. And I will soon be hubbing about what NOT to do for a higher score because where there are things to implement, there are always things to avoid. Happy Hubbing!!

Now raise your scores by leaving me a comment!

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      William 3 years ago from America

      This is really useful. I'm not sure if I totally understand the HubKarma, but I'll look into it. I think I'm okay with people leaving my hub for related hubs. I mean, I'm trying to answer questions and solve problems, not just keep people looking at things that I've published.

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      Amie Butchko 4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Interesting about Hub Karma. I will be checking out that tomorrow...! Thanks for helpful hub.

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      Keep it up and you certainly will, DJ Astir! :D Welcome to HubPages!!

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      Lenny 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Nice job! I am new to Hubpages, and have only written 1 hub thus far. I have a score of 71 right now, but definitely would like to raise it!

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      Selina Kyle 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading! Enjoy HubPages!!

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      Heidi McGrath 5 years ago from California

      I've been a hubber for two days. I hope that I can bring my score up, but if not, I am really enjoying writing articles again! I LOVE to write, so that is enough of an incentive for me. (But secretly, I would like to have a high score... check back with me in a month!) Thanks for the informative, funny article.

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      Selina Kyle 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting MelChi! 93 is a good score to be stuck at lol but best of luck reaching 100 :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I can't seem to get past 93 - it's the highest my score has ever been. I think it has to do with a few poems I wrote that don't get higher than 70 and a few others. Will need to look at these in a few months. But, I'm happy with my score :) I wish I had more time to visit the forums though - it's quite a fun place and there is a lot to learn there.

      Thanks for this - voted up and useful! :)

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      Selina Kyle 5 years ago

      Honestly, moment minder, I didn't stick around much to maintain it. This is my second go round as a hubber and the first time I was really involved, writing lots of hubs, reading and commenting and rating and participating in the forums. This time, I just haven't been around much to do all that and my score reflects that. The more you are an appropriate member of the hubisphere, the easier it will be to maintain a mid to high ninties score. It typically takes a day or so to reflect what you've been doing so give it a chance to grow. Just avoid the major no no's and you should be fine :) Thanks for reading!

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      Jennifer Stewart 5 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      I'm new here so thank you for your advice. Since you wrote this hub when you had only been a member for a couple of weeks, how have you maintained since? Was it really a breeze to keep your 90 + score?

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      Selina Kyle 5 years ago

      You're Welcome! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very helpful, thank you!

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the information. I got up to 85 for a day or so but then it plummted back to hovering around 77 or 78. I'll have to check out the forums. thanks for that tip. I do use the links to other people's hubs. I esp. like to choose hubs that are more in-depth but on the same subject.

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      Jodi Patfield 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the information!

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      modgirlok 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for an insightful and helpful hub! As a new hubber with a current score of 2, I really appreciate the advice.

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      gvannorman150 6 years ago from Newark, New York

      My score is in the 70s and I have been trying to figure out how to raise it naturally over time. I believe that I will start implementing the "tricks of the trade" now and see what happens. Thank you for the information. Here is your up and useful. Thanks again.

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      Jason Jensen 6 years ago

      Thanks for this post. This was the info I was looking for, since my HubberScore currently sucks.

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      IsabelDeLosRio 6 years ago from London

      My score is only 30, why it's so low?

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      monicamcarthur 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I loved what she knew about the hub situation I feel like I needed that imput considering that I have only been on hubs for five days and that I'm in love, I just don't want to get fauxed off. Thank you.

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      ohsoamberx 6 years ago from Ohio

      Nice hub, I am new around here and hope to make it to the 90's sometime soon!

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      stuff4you 6 years ago

      My own hub karma is only 42 right now, not very high. handy hub you wrote.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Absolutely, Wendy, it is frustrating. I haven't been participating much for a while and mine keeps bouncing around eighty eight. I'm sure there are things about the hubber score we will never be privy to....

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      Wendy S. Wilmoth 6 years ago from Kansas

      I write very well and participate a LOT, but I hover around 90. I have gone as high as 93 and even though I worked hard today (hub hopping, answering and asking questions, commenting on hubs), It slipped to 89. It seems like the harder I work, the lower it goes. Very frustrating.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      thanks. I think that's what I said too ;)

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      haha me too DIY! I hate when it goes down :(

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Great hubs and some good tips for raising my score I didn't know about. Yes, it's an ego thing, but I like to watch that little number go up!

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      thanks nicomp!!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      My best advice is to not worry about what we can't control. The HubScore score will ebb and flow: just keep reading and writing.

      I like your writing style. You have a great way to get your point across without being preachy.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      You're welcome Andrew, glad I could help :)

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      Andrew Gubb 6 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

      Good stuff, that cleared up a few questions I had, thanks :)

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      thanks ckelly!

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      ckelly06 6 years ago

      Good article, thanks for the hub.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Dovay- thanks for stopping by! I took a look at your hubtivity and I noticed right off the bat that you have been doing one of the big no no's when it comes to hubber score--you have been fanning people like crazy! That will sink your score fast. Slow down on all the following and that will help!

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      Dovay Lee 6 years ago from China

      In fact, i do most of the things that you said in the passage,but my hubber score is still dropping, i do not know why. Feel depressed.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Anytime, Hipprintz! Glad you stopped by. If you need some help with AdSense and Amazon, you can send me an email and I can try to walk you through it. Or try the affiliates section of the learning center. There is a little link down in the gray part of the bottom of this page. It walks you through pretty well. Hope you are enjoying HP!!

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      Hipprintz 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information. I am new and still confused about most of the logistics of hubbing. I am taking my time so that I may understand the proper methods and techniques.

      I have not posted anything as of yet. I am a creative writer, but not savvy with technical instruction. I have no idea how to link to Adsense, Ebay and Amazon, although I have read through some of the lessons.

      I am looking forward to learning more. Thanks again for the information.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Thank you Wendy, Aussie and Jamie! :)

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      jamiecoins 6 years ago from ireland

      very good read

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi ! I liked your hub , it is good to have a higher score , like to be in the 90's .

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      i learnt that be active on your hubpage account for better score,post comments on hubs,forum,ask questions ,tell answers...

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Thanks moneyCreator! There are always little tricks out there to discover!! :) thanks for stoppping by :)

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      MoneyCreator24 6 years ago

      Hey, thank you for this wonderful hub. I have voted up and have shared it with my followers as well.

      My scores also increased well after joining and publishing. And a few times my scores went over the 90-mark but droped again. I found out some tricks on my own but it is good to learn more from you.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Your welcome! Glad it helped you syahbiz!! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      syahbiz 6 years ago from Los angeles, California

      this post was wonderful, thanks for the info

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      Christopher Hyer 6 years ago from Midland, Texas

      Well I had to read quite a bit for just a little bit of information, yet that's fine, good job.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Percrufffk? yeah I think it will take off :) I've hit the big 1-0-0 a few times. (not that I'm bragging or anything...well, yeah I kinda am lol) They are a elusive little suckers. After I saw it, I was hooked and I had to get it again, like an addict ;) thanks for the comment Haunty but that last little bit there sounds a little...well wrong. lol

      Thanks Keith- I wouldn't mind the street cred :)

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      Keith Worth 6 years ago

      When I started out I was pretty concerned about getting that little brand higher. Now I'm pretty content to leave it alone as long as it lingers in a fairly high area and focus on other stuff.

      Since I quit worrying about the score, I find myself answering more questions, making more comments, etc just because I enjoy it instead of trying to crack the mysterious hubber score.

      When I go all experimental month with my hubs I might be give these tips a test run, give you some street cred TSA. As usual, good hub.

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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      I love the mnemonic word you provided. Now no noob will have an excuse for missing these all important activities. I had 99 a couple times, but no 100 that I know of. Now that I took up reading and commenting again (due to valuable information appearing on the site) I may get there. Anyway, there is something to your association of certain activities with certain animals. :)

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Once you hit the mid nineties, it all stays pretty level. I tended to stay within the same general area most of the time. As long as you keep doing what you were doing before, it isn't likely to go out of the nineties again. The toughie is getting (and then hanging on to) that 100! :) They are addictive!!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      The think the bigger chore is maintaining the score after you reach the 90s