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Hubber Score: How I Got a Hubber Score of 99 in Two Weeks - Make that 100!
Wow! 99! My inner kid was happy!
Does a hubber score really matter?
On HubPages, there are two scores. The score that shows up on your photo or avatar is your Hubber Score, which is your total rank. And each Hub you write gets its own rank, it's HubScore, too. The scores go from 1 to 100.
Your hubber score only matters if it matters to you. If you're on HubPages to write, read, learn, and share in the community, then the score may not matter at all. If you're here to make money, then the score can be useful, because, before you make a lot of money, it can show you if you are heading in a good direction.
A few disclaimers
Here are a few things I just want to make clear up front:
- I do not work for HubPages.
- I'd really rather not write about myself at all. I'm here to help others. It just happened that I got to a score of 99 in two weeks, then, I jumped to 100 less than a week later. So, in this case, I'm a good example for us all to learn from.
- I did not get to 99 in my first two weeks on HubPages. I was on for six months, but, for personal reasons, did almost nothing before 4/2/2012. And I hit 99 on 4/13/2012, before I dropped back to 95. Eight days later, on 4/21/2012, I had worked my way back up to 99. Then, on April 27, I blew the lid off, and hit 100!
- A high Hubber Score does not equal high earnings. For example, I earned my way back up from 95 to 99 by writing a hub on Hub Hopping. It was very popular, and almost certainly part of why my score went up. But it did nothing for Google Adsense earnings. People aren't shopping when they're reading about HubPages features.
- I'm still learning, and I really appreciate the examples and encouragement of great hubbers.
- Small changes in your score do not matter. I do get hung up on this, and it's a challenge to let it go. Why did my score drop from 99 to 95?!? The best answer is: I don't know and it doesn't matter. I'll keep telling myself that until I believe it!
- Please, stay positive. Learn from the success of others, and help others to succeed. No one boosts their hubber score through envy or personal criticism.
- I wish I could call this hub "how to boost your hubber score," but, the truth is, I don't know. I do believe what I'm doing works. I think that, if you try what I'm doing, your score will go up. But I'm no guru, and I'll be learning a lot from your comments and experience, as I hope you learn from mine. To quote cre8tor: "I make no promises that what I state here will work for you. This is just a sort of diary of my activities and I assure you, I do not work for HubPages."
Note: I do think I have one special asset that will help you. I am trained in quality management, which means I keep track of what I'm doing and report it well. I'll share with you all that I've found.
Why are you on HubPages?
I'm here on HubPages for three reasons. First, I have some things to say, especially about Zen, spirituality, and healing, that I want the world to hear about. Second, I want to make money as a writer so I can write more, because I love to write. Third, it's really cool to get appreciation for my writing days and even minutes after I publish, instead of waiting six months for my book to come out after I send it to a publisher.
Note that my first two reasons run against each other. Writing about spirituality is not the fastest way to make money on HubPages. So, it's all about a balance of dreaming and doing, of working and serving.
Why are you on HubPages? Be sure you know. Then you can decide if your Hubber score is important or not. And, if it is, you can decide the best way to raise your score. Here are some reasons to raise your score:
- Your Hubber score is a sign that you are becoming a better writer of articles. So, if you want to know you are becoming a better writer of articles (not, necessarily, poems or stories), then the score is a guide.
- It's a measure of how much money you could make. Now, I want to be clear. There is not a one-to-one correspondence between your Hubber score and how much money you make. It's much more complicated than that. But a high Hubber score is an indication that you are headed in the right direction. It shows you're getting the basics down, too, which means that when you start to earn money, you'll do it more reliably and steadily. And, since people look at your Hubber score to decide if they want to read your hubs, having the higher score will help you make money in the long run, too.
- The Hubber score is a great measure of how much you participate in the community, and how helpful you are. So, if you like to know you're helping others, then a high Hubber score lets you know that - along with the notes of appreciation you are sure to receive.
Do these 10 things to raise your score
I want to keep this very simple. Doing these ten things has raised my score. I think they will work for everyone, so I say "we":
- We write great hubs on topics we know about
- We answer questions
- We ask questions
- We read the learning center and learn from the examples of great hubbers
- We participate in forums
- We make suggestions for improving HubPages
- We read hubs, hop hubs, and make positive comments
- We take it a step or two at a time
- We are positive and appreciative in everything we do
Here's a bit more on each one.
We write great hubs on topics we know about
Please, write what you know. The worse hubs are boring facts or purely personal stories. But the best hubs are a mix of fact and personal story. Bring us your own experience, and your knowledge about life and the world. Why? Experience plus knowledge equals wisdom. And wisdom makes life better, it's what we're all looking for. (Humor, too!)
Here are some tips for improving your hubs. These are the core essentials:
- Write several capsules, keeping each one short.
- If you write a lot of capsules, add a table of contents.
- Make sure the hub stands alone. Your readers should not need to read another hub or go on to a web page to understand what you mean or get the whole story.
- Write clear, grammatical, meaningful sentences and paragraphs. Don't use acronyms without defining them. WDTM? (What does that mean?)
- Proofread your work. Eliminate spelling and punctuation errors.
- Use clear titles with keywords that people would search in Google if they are looking to read about what you are writing about.
- Add good tags.
- Always write a summary for every article.
- Use the Link Suggestion Tool to link to high quality hubs and HubPage locations relevant to your hub.
Here are some other great things you can do. Note, I've only done the first two of these, and it was after my score hit 99. All these make better hubs, but are not essential to your HubScore.
- Add photos or pictures, preferably your own. And be sure you have rights to them.
- Update and improve your old hubs.
- Use polls.
- Add video, your own, or links from YouTube.
There is a lot more advice out there on writing great hubs. Keep reading and learning, and use what you learn!
We answer questions
It was actually the questions that really got me going on HubPages. I'd joined, but did almost nothing for about six months. (I'll skip the personal drama: family illness, changing job priorities, blah, blah.) Then I started reading questions and answering them. I answered only questions where either I could really help, or I was really interested. (As a kid, I was a walking encyclopedia, so there are a lot of answers I can just spin off for people.)
I keep all of my answers positive. Even when I don't like something, I don't call it bad. I ask a question instead.
It was answering a question that got me going on HubPages. I got excited, and my answer was too long for the answer box. A great way to write a hub is to use the "write a hub on this topic" button that comes with every question.
We ask questions
This may sound funny, but I was answering questions for weeks before it occurred to me to ask any. I guess that's a danger of growing up as a kid Braniac. Everyone thinks I know all the answers. Heck, I used to think my older brother knew all the answers, and I asked him everything. And he's an official genius. Now, he asks me questions! I'm happy to help out, but I'd better not let this rub off on me.
So, I'm asking questions. Mostly, I'm asking people about their experience. For example, I have a friend who is a waiter, and he wants to know how to keep his tips up as the restaurant gets slow in summer. So I asked some questions about what makes people tip more in restaurants. I got some good answers, too. So a new Hub is on the way. . . .
Then I got so excited about writing on HubPages that I couldn't fall asleep. So I asked all of you how you unwind and fall asleep.
I encourage all of us to ask questions that will help us learn, and will stimulate more great hubs.
Wow! I did it! 100!
We read the learning center and learn from the examples of great hubbers
I took most of a day and read most of the HubPages Learning Center. And I took notes, and made notes of articles to read a second time, and others to read in the future. When it comes to the Learning Center, I say, "Why re-invent the wheel?" The answers to almost all of your questions are out there.
And I've got great news. How do we write great hubs? How do we get a great Hubber score? The answer is all around us. Let's get out there and read some hubs! Read hubs by people with scores in the high 90s. Get inspired by hubs that you enjoy, or that inspire you, or that you think are awesome. Then imitate them. I don't mean steal their ideas or their style. Share your own ideas and create your owns style. But,when it comes to tools and techniques, follow great examples. And HubPages is full of them.
One thing to learn about is accolades. Accolades teach you the habits that will increase your Hubber Score. And, for me, my inner kid totally freakin' loves getting accolades. That keeps me coming back every day, even on bad days.
We participate in forums
Okay, forums scared me at first. Remember, I was born a geek. The learning center article on forums talked about "friendly banter" and I got chills. It warned me not to engage in personal attacks and petty bickering, and I started to fear flame wars.
I got over it, and I suggest you do, too. Read forums for a few minutes for a couple of days. Then answer questions to be helpful. Then, if you have a question about HubPages, and the answer isn't in Help, search the forums. If that doesn't work, post your question on a forum. That's what really got me going. I got stuck with a URL for a hub that I wanted to change. Now, you can't change the URL of a hub after you start writing it. But, on a forum, a friendly, experienced, knowledgeable hubber helped out in minutes. I learned you can create a new hub with the right URL, and copy everything over. Once the forum helped me, I started to help out on forums, as a way of saying "thank you."
We make suggestions for improving HubPages
There was a link in the learning center that didn't work. So I posted a forum thread on the suggestion forum asking for it to be fixed. Now, I didn't just complain. I started by saying how much I appreciated the Learning Center. Then I mentioned the link, and asked them to fix it. The Powers That Be fixed it. Then I let everyone know.
That's the way to make suggestions and participate. Appreciate, and ask for things to get better. Sometimes, they do!
How to express a negative comment in a positive way
No matter what we want to say, there is a positive way to say it.
For example, a hubber following me had no hubs posted. His hubber score was a "1." His bio had 4 typos and two acronyms I didn't know, so I didn't understand him at all.
He had posted a forum question asking why all his hubs had been taken down. There were several encouraging comments about how he could find out and try again. I added one of my own. I thanked him for reading my hub. I suggested several improvements to his bio, and offered to read one of his hubs if he sent it to me. I encouraged him to keep reading and writing.
I don't know if he'll ever come back and read that message. But I wrote it anyway. Why? Because I've been where he is. I've been down and out and thought no one would listen to me. And now I've written ten books.
We can all try again. Let's do it, and encourage others along the way.
We read hubs, hop hubs, and make positive comments
Duh! moment! Hubs are here to be read. I actually had to get over some resistance to do this. I came here to write, and, when I write, I don't read much. I had to push myself.
And I'm glad I did. There are some great writers out there. And most of them are very different from me. Reading your hubs, I get inspired and encouraged. Even when a hub is not the best, it adds some value.
And that brings us to comments. I suggest:
- We comment as often as we can.
- We make only positive comments.
- We vote up often, and vote down rarely. (I've only voted down one hub and one comment. The hub was confusing and pushy. The comment was narrow-minded and destructive.)
- Being true to ourselves, we mark a hub awesome, or beautiful, or useful, or funny, or interesting, whenever we can. (I suggest this order. Us geeks think in terms of "interesting," but more people are looking for "useful.")
- We share hubs, on HubPages, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Google+. (Note, I'm not doing this yet myself, because I don't have a following yet. But I will soon.) And I don't mean we share only our own hubs. I mean we share the hubs we like - especially out to the larger Internet.
And hop some hubs. It really helps. I see this as a civic duty to the HubPages community. The Hub Hopper makes sure that all new hubs get checked out. And you don't have to feel bad about flagging a hub. It's anonymous. Even more, a professional evaluator who works for HubPages will look at whatever any one of us flags, and only follow through if there is a problem. And, if there's a problem, then they teach; they don't take down the hub (unless the person doesn't fix the problem).
We take it a step or two at a time
Please don't let yourself get overwhelmed and freeze up. Move ahead at a pace you can handle. And if you need to drop out for a while, that's okay. Just come on back in - the water's fine!
Okay, there's a lot here. Ten points to cover! And, let's face it, writing a hub, itself, involves a lot of learning, especially if you haven't written articles before. So, please, let's take it a step or two at a time.
For example, I spent one day just learning how to create a table of contents, and adding one to my most popular hub. A few days ago, the only new thing I did was visit and read all the people who are following me. But I gave them a lot of love and attention. And now I'm caught up with all my followers, and reaching out to appreciate new followers as soon as they join is a steady habit.
We are positive and appreciative in everything we do
There are so many wonderful hubs, questions, answers, and comments on HubPages! There are so many, in fact, that I think we can afford to ignore almost all of the bad stuff. Sure, there's complaining. And people run themselves down, too. Sometimes people express envy and attack other people. How sad!
I almost always set that aside, and focus on the positive. I express appreciation and encouragement. (See tips in the sidebars for how to do that.)
Do I ever criticize people? No. Do I critique what I see on HubPages? Very rarely. In hub hopping, I do try to flag hubs that violate HubPages rules. Remember, HubPages rules support Adsense rules. When bad hubs - hubs that try to sell something too hard, or have adult material, for instance - are on HubPages - it hurts the whole community. And I sometimes vote down a comment that is narrow-minded and prejudiced in a nasty way. But let's focus on the positive.
Let's find and build the wonderful parts of HubPages, and let the rest fall away. In fact, that's a good way to live life, too!
One step back, two steps forwards
Sometimes, we have to take one step back to take two steps forwards. Or, in this case, one step back to go five points up in score.
When I first started writing hubs, I missed the place on the right, available when editing a hub, where you can add a summary to your hub. I saw the note on the list of my hubs on my My Accounts page, and learned what I'd missed. And I spent a boring couple of hours adding summaries to all my old hubs.
Then I added more tags to each hub, too. More boring work. (By the way, you can use the Title Tuner to get ideas for tags, and not just for changes to your hub titles.)
I'm just getting going with photos and pictures. And I'll go back and add pictures to my hubs when I get the hang of it.
A few nights ago, I went back and read at least a hub or two from everyone who's following me, and left a positive comment for each of them.
Any time we learn something new, let's go back and apply it to the hubs we've already written. Or, if a hub feels hopeless to you, unpublish it. Then you can decide whether to rewrite it, or let it go.
Don't get stuck on your Hubber Score
This is a message to myself: "Sid, don't get stuck on your Hubber Score!"
When I look at myself, I see three reactions to my Hubber Score. My inner entrpreneur is very practical. "Let's keep it above 95, then not worry about it, and start to focus on making money," says he. But my inner kid says, "I saw 99. I want 100!" And "Why did my score drop to 95? And, when I wrote a great hub that lots of folks read, more than any other hub I've written, and it got a Double Awesome and a Triple Beautiful, why didn't my score go up again!?!"
I love that inner kid. And I'll speak truth to him, and to you. I don't know. And it doesn't matter. Keep doing good stuff, and don't sweat five points here or there.
Parts of the Hubber Score system have to be kept secret from hackers. And it isn't a perfect system - what computer or person is? So, instead of getting hung up on a score, let's use it as a guide, and then let it go, and sail on in the right direction.
Let's keep going, and keep growing
Of course, once we've got the Hubber Score we want, it's going to take some maintenance. I don't know what the perfect formula is, but I'll share what I think is good. And I'm trying to do this:
- We work on a hub every day, and publish when it's ready. (We all write at our own pace.)
- We each answer 5 questions a day.
- We each read 5 hubs a day, and leave 3 positive comments, sharing as we go.
- We each ask 3 questions (in Questions or on Forums) each day.
- We suggest an improvement to HubPages whenever we think of one.
- We hop 10 hubs a day.
One more thought. If you do all these things, and your score isn't high enough to make you happy, you might take a look at your writing. Read the hubs of Hubbers with really high scores, and learn better writing from them to improve your own.
When I was adding links to this article, I learned that I am, in HubPages lingo, a "prodigy." I don't care, but my inner kid is grinning again!
I'm going to do the items on the list above, because each of these activities helped boost my score. But, more importantly, I will learn, grow, and contribute as I do it. Imagine how much greater HubPages will become, and how much it will grow, if we all do this.
I'm sharing this with you because I believe the heart of HubPages isn't competition, it's cooperation. I don't get a lower score when you get a higher score. Just the opposite. When you get a higher score, you draw more traffic from the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google to HubPages. And all that is good for me. I get more readers and make more money. Thank you!