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HubberScore Alternatives - How To Really Measure Your Worth on Hubpages

Updated on April 17, 2012

I have been on Hub Pages for almost 2 months now and sorry that it took me so long to discover it, but I am having some fun here not just writing hubs and enlightening people in my world, but discovering people in THEIR world. I am already addicted to Hubpages so much that I have replaced it for blogging altogether and my blogs were doing extremely well. I am about to put a link on my blog saying something to the effect of "Now writing on Hubpages" with a link to my Hub Pages profile.

After 2 months, most people would consider me a newbie and that's ok. I see people doing really well after 2 or even 3 years and some people have been here for only a year and they are doing pretty well too.

The biggest challenge is getting that HubberScore up, but also not stressing out when it is not where you want it to be. When the newbies see people who are in the 90s while they are hovering around lower scores, there is a "How did you get up there so fast " mentality. First thing is: Click on that person's profile and check how long they have been up there for. You would be surprised that most of them are not newbies.

The biggest piece of advice that any experienced Hubber will tell you, either in their own hubs or forums, is not to worry about the HubberScore. It does not mean much. Just be a community member and do all of the following:

  • participate in forums
  • answer questions
  • comment on other people's hubs

Still even when people do all these great things, their HubberScore just drops at times and then shoots back up. Your HubberScore activity on Hubpages does not seem to really reflect what you do here. It does, but we just don't know and should we even care? It is like a Google ranking algorithm for our websites and blogs. We don't know and it changes every week.

Hmm, maybe the HubberScore algorithm changes weekly just like Google rankings. Something to ponder for another day.

Last week, this is what happened to my Hubber Score:

  1. Rose consistently from 81 to 91.
  2. Dropped down to 86.
  3. Rose back up 90
  4. Dropped back down to 88 (Overnight)

At this point, I finally realized that there is nothing I can do about my HubberScore and now I finally see what other people mean when they tell you in forums not to worry about your Hubber Score.

So How Do You REALLY Measure How Well You Are Doing On Hub Pages?

I think it is other Hub Page members who are your REAL HubberScore. We need to stop relying on a computer web application to tell us how good we are.

Use These Scores (All these are average scores):

  • CommenterScore
  • FollowerScore or FollowerRatio
  • EarningsScore

All these scores are based on people. However, like the mysterious HubberScore algorithm, there are so many people that it would be hard to calculate our "PeopleScores" based on our activity here, so just have fun with these scores:


Leaving comments is crucial to your well bring on Hub Pages. Why do I say this? Because Hubpages rewards you at certain levels of your commenting with their trophies (e.g. Level II Commenter, Level VII commenter).

Calculation: Take the number of comments you leave on other hubs. You can figure this out by going to

My Account->Activity->Comments You Made

and then scrolling down to the total of the "ever" column. Subtract the number of comments you made on your own hubs. They really don't count in my opinion. You will have to estimate this as there is no number of comments that you made on your own hubs. If you reply to every comment you get for hubs (like most Hubbers), you an take a guess.

Then, divide this total by the number of hubs you read without commenting on.

For example, if you have made 50 comments and read 100 hubs, your CommenterScore is a 50. This number will never go over 100 (unlike your FollowerScore)

Folks, I made up these scores to measure in my own head how well I am doing at HubPages. These are not official scores by HubPages but they satisfy me as a method to determine how well I am doing here.

FollowerScore / FollowerRatio:

Your FollowerScore Calculation: The average ratio of people following you per hub. For example, if you have 500 people following you and you have written 1000 hubs, your follower ratio is 50%. This may not account for the people who just follow you for the sake of getting followers, but your Hub work speaks for itself and you know it.

At the time of this writing, I have written almost 80 hubs and have 98 followers, so my HubberRatio is over 100%. I think I am doing well there. I don't need 1,000 followers for 43 hubs and it would not be realistic for me to get upset with just 45 followers. I am happy. Of course, I could always use more. ;) hint hint

I have seen a hubber with over 150 hubs and just 25 followers. That should tell you something about the quality of this person's writing. That is a 16.7 HubberRatio.. Do the math.

Some of you reading this may think that the number of followers is not a good measure of your worth on hubpages, but I would disagree. The more followers you have, the better your chances of getting more shares, more money earned, and more comments.

Earnings as a measure of success...

I don't worry about my earnings, because that figure, like the HubberScore, is unpredicatable. However, if you do measure your success on Hubpages based on your earnings, then you have to come up with this number yourself and make that number your goal.

Whether you want to make $10 per month or $200 per month on Hubpages, then you have to set that goal and once you reach it. your EarningsScore is 100.

If you set your goal at $100 per month and you just made 50, your EarningsScore is 50. It is that simple.


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    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      @moneytoplist, thanks. Glad you like the EarningsScore. It is a good measure.

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      @Sherry Hewins, thanks. The views are a good measurement and I will update my hub with that.

    • moneytoplist profile image


      6 years ago

      I like your point of view. Especially EarningsScore is the best metric ...and not only here on Hubpages :)

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      A hubber score in the high 80s and low 90s is good. I admit I don't like it when mine goes under 90 either, but I know it doesn't really matter. The number I watch the most is page views, I like seeing how many people have read my hubs, and I figure if that keeps going up eventually so will the clicks and $. I do think followers are somewhat useful as they will share your hubs if they like them, and that will help with your traffic. At this beginning stage every little bit helps.

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      relache, point well taken, but it sure is a fun metric.

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      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Followers is a useless metric. They are a passive viewing audience who interact minimally and are not a source of revenue.

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad you like it, Spencer. Nice to see you returning for reference!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      I agree that there are many different ways to measure your success on HubPages, and a vague Hubber score is only one of them. I still get excited when it goes up, but I prefer to rely on measures that are more under my control.

    • SpencerPhoenix profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a very enlightening Hub! I think I will bookmark it and come back frequently because it answers all the questions I couldn't find answers to on the hubber site. Thanks hotwebideas!

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      Hey thranax, great news on your Google and glad you like the guide. It's all hearsay and unofficial, but it was fun to think of it like this. Maybe in a perfect world, Hubpages will implement some of these. LOL

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      7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Good guide. Truly the hubber score isnt that important at all. I like to keep it up in the high 90s but it doesnt matter.

      You said with the earning score that it is unpredictable. I wish to argue this because over time you will realize you can generally see a pattern. I make about $4 a day on google adsense for example. It sometimes spikes to $12 or is as low as $1. I havent once gone under $1 in the last 2 months for example. So when I check it at the end of the day I assume there will be 3-5 dollars there. If there is a new hub I wrote or a new backlink I got I expect changes. But maybe just because you havent reached a point of normalcy, that your earnings are sporadic.


    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      You're welcome, liftandsoar.

      Welcome to Hubpages.

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      Frank P. Crane 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks. This was really helpful.

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      @marellen - Glad you stay around the 90s. Congrats. Happy 4th to July.

      @frugalfamily - The EarningScore is a good measure, especially for those who are profit oriented. I am not always in a suit. I was thinking of changing my photo shortly, but thanks for the compliment on the quality hub! Very appreciated and means a lot coming from you!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Earning score...I like it! I've noticed that all of my scores drop any time I publish a new hub. I also noticed that hubs that I am still working on and have never published grow in hubscore! I have to admit, I get super sad when I cross a threshold and then my score drops again. I did a happy dance when one of my hubs was at 97..then it dropped to 80. The same thing happened when my hubber score crossed I'm lingering in the 80's. I'm with you..the numbers are too in your face to ignore, lol...but I'm here to push myself...I'd like to see a hub from you that shows how the man in the suit can write 3 quality hubs a day!

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      7 years ago

      I must say that I look at my score everyday and I'm in the 90's and happy with that. I haven't made a dime in my pocket yet and this will probably take a year or so from reading others work. I never considered myself a writer until I jumped on here...I'm hooked like you. Thanks for sharing this informative info and Happy 4th...

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Earth Angel. I wrote this hub, because I just don't want to be stressed out about the HubberScores. People can tell others whatever they want about ignoring the HubberScores, but people still complain and they probably always will as those HubberScores are big and prominent. So from the corner of people's eyes, they still see it. At least with these formulas, I can exercise a little more control over my score, whichever one you want use from this hub.


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      Earth Angel 

      7 years ago

      Dearest HotWebIdeas!

      Well those are certainly interesting, and valid, theories about scoring! Very logical! I like it! Not sure that's how it works, but it was fun applying some of your formulas!

      Part of your Hubber score also comes from how long you've been here; I've seen six months mentioned as a benchmark numerous times! Hang in there!

      As for Hubber score, it does flucuate all the time! In the beginning I would produce a Hub I thought was brilliant and my score would drop 10 points!

      It still does after nearly four years! But only by a few points here and there! And then it pops right back up!

      Welcome to HubPages! Glad you are here! Blessings always, Earth Angel!


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