How Hubscore Works
All this information is available around HubPages, in the FAQ or in some cases discussed further in the forum. But rather than send you off on a wild goose chase to find it all I've collated the information to present it here as an easy to find resource.
Please note: This is not an official hub, but it does have quotes and statements by HubPages staff.
Table of Contents
- What's a HubScore?
- How is HubScore computed?
- Traffic affects HubScore
- Originality affects HubScore
- Being Overly Promotional affects HubScore
- Does someone duplicating my content affect my HubScore?
- Hubber Score
- Authors Status
- Fluctuating HubScores
- Lagging HubScore
- Do deleted or unpublished hubs lower my HubScore?
- Low HubScore Consequences
- Linking too many times to the same site
- How do I improve my HubScore?
What's a HubScore?
We use this to determine the quality of individual Hubs, much like Google ranks popular pages. Many factors contribute to our rating scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being our top score. A HubScore is used to determine your Status.
How is HubScore computed?
- Amount of traffic, including percentage from sources other than HubPages
- The length of the Hub (the more unique writing, generally, the better)
- The uniqueness of content (copying content already available on the Web will be penalized)
- The number of thumbs-up votes from unique users
- The overall quality of the Hubber (author HubScore and Status)
We reserve the right to change the factors used to assess a Hub’s HubScore as we continue to determine those that measure a great Hub.
The bottom line is if you write original, useful content, your HubScores will reflect the quality and work you've put into them.
Traffic affects HubScore
This will give you rough idea of what different HubScores mean in terms of percentile rank across all published hubs. I've also included approximate traffic numbers for hubs in some of the ranges. Traffic is just one of many factors that go into HubScore, but it should give you an idea of the ballpark to shoot for to achieve various levels.
- 96-100 - 99.9 percentile (3000 page views a month)
- 91-95 - 99.3 percentile (2200 page views a month)
- 86-90 - 97.7 percentile (1300 page views a month)
- 81-85 - 94th percentile (900 page views a month)
- 76-80 - 88th percentile (90 page views a month)
- 71-75 - 78th percentile (30 page views a month)
- 66-70 - 65th percentile
- 61-65 - 48th percentile
- 56-60 - 31st percentile
- 51-55 - 20th percentile
Duplication and Plagiarism
There seems to be some confusion, especially in the community here at HubPages, as to what duplication really is.
Find out the differences and how they can effect you as a HubPages Author.
Originality affects HubScore
I'm pleased to announce a new factor that goes into assigning Hubscores. Hubs which largely contain content that can be found elsewhere on the web are now penalized slightly. This should help make the Hubscores better reflect our desire for quality original content.Some authors who have republished the same content on a bunch of sites will likely see a drop in their Hubscores. But our best authors should enjoy slight lift in their scores as a result of this change. Source
Overly Promotional is when there's a noticeable trend of linking to the same domain/s.
Being Overly Promotional affects HubScore
It is true that too many links to the same site or sites can affect your scores, both on one hub, or across all your hubs. We would prefer that hubs be unbiased and provide links to the best resources on the web. If your agenda is to promote other sites (especially sites of dubious value), unless you are very careful about it you will probably run across one or more of these: 1) your scores will be reduced and many or all of your links will be nofollow, 2) your hubs will be moderated as "overly promotional" and unpublished until repaired, 3) you will be identified as a problem author and all new hubs will have to be reviewed before being published, and finally 4) you will be permanently banned and all hubs unpublished.
Does someone duplicating my content affect my HubScore?
The number of duplicates must reach above a certain threshold before the duplicate penalty kicks in.If your Hub's content continues to be copied and the dupe checker does assign a penalty (you'll know because it will say so in the top notification pane), then let HubPages know and they can issue an override, since they are 100% certain you are the owner.However, it is in your best interest to make sure that copies don't start stealing your search traffic, so contact the site owner and request them to remove the copy since it was copied without your permission.Source
Some of the things we look at when computing your author score, in no particular order:
- your participation in the HubPages community, such as: reading and commenting on other people's hubs; forum activity; flagging content violations; rating other people's hubs (thumbs up and down)
- total number of published hubs
- the hub scores of your published hubs
- the total traffic across all your published hubs
- how recently you've published
- your fans
Not exactly about HubScore but worth mentioning...
How does HubPages determine an author's Status?
Your Status is determined by a combination of your HubScore and the number of Hubs you’ve created. This system is very important, because it’s our way of ranking the quality of your Hubs, and it ultimately helps us weed out spammers. Look at the chart below. Your Status is designated by the various names in the chart, i.e. “Hall of Fame”, “Rookie”, “Spammer”, etc.
# of Hubs 0-24 25-29 30-74 75-100
400 or more Stop Prolific Elite Hall of Fame
100 or more Spammer Producer Very Good All Star
20 or more Rookie Experienced Good Expert
19 or fewer Novice Junior Average Prodigy
Note that simply publishing a lot of Hubs won’t boost your Status. This is to prevent spammers from simply dumping loads of content on HubPages. Spammers tend to pack content full of keywords just to drive traffic to their site. Our HubScore algorithm alerts us to these people, and we automatically lower their HubScore (Note the designation on the chart below labeled “Stop” and “Spammer”, and the corresponding low HubScore.)
To boost your HubScore, your content must be original and useful. A lot of high HubScore Hubs will lead to a higher Status. And if you have a high Status, HubPages will help drive more traffic to your site. High-Status Hubbers bring great value to the Internet community. They reflect well on HubPages, and will be rewarded for their efforts.
Sometimes there's a slight shifting in HubScores for your hubs. Like a boat sitting on the water bobbing up and down. There is a reason for it...
One small factor is intentionally assigned completely at random in order to induce some fluctuation into the score. We want the scores to move a little. We also don't publicize every single component of the score, since we don't want to make it easier for or to encourage people to try "game" the system.
Don't get too hung up on HubScore for Hubs that are published within the day or so. HubScores can be on the low end until meaningful data starts to stream in and get computed along with all the other Hubs in the system. We have so many Hubs (over 80,000 at this point) that the computing load has become tremendous and computations for each HubScore aren't instantaneous - there can be a lag.Source
Do deleted or unpublished hubs lower my HubScore?
Low HubScore Consequences
When the Hubber score (AuthorScore) is below 75 all links in all hubs by the author will have nofollow applied (which means no, or very little benefit in search engine rankings).
We've recently taken the step of applying NOFOLLOW to the links in hubs that have a HubScore below 50*, and to all the hubs of authors with an author score below 75. This negates most of the SEO value of the link. Getting to 40 and 75 isn't too difficult but it requires some participation, and gives us time to ferret out the deviants before they gain much from their behavior.
* The HubScore threshold used to be 50, but it's now 40. The user score threshold remains at 75.
Linking too many times to the same site
1. One link or two to domains that have been heavily "abused" by other Hubbers (like tinyurl.com), in the context of plenty of other "good" links, will not have an effect. However, repeatedly using tinyurl across your Hubs, again and again, will.2. Links to hubpages.com will not hurt your HubScore.3. You are allowed to publish Hubs with up to 2 links to the same domain. However, you might get a penalty applied to your (published) Hubs if you repeatedly link to that domain across many/all of your Hubs. So: allowed, but HubScore penalized.Source
How do I improve my HubScore?
This question is often asked in the forum.My only suggestion is that you write original articles filled with useful information.If Search Engines index it and rank it highly you will have a quality source of traffic like no other.Promote it online, and if it warrants it, offline. It depends entirely on the topic and the audience. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for promoting webpages.The HubScore is a reflection of the success that your hub has accomplished, it is not a step towards success. HubScores fluctuate, so don't hitch your emotions to the numbers on your hub. If you enjoy hubbing then go and research and write content for another one!