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My Hubscore is 1

Updated on November 18, 2011

Disaster Has Struck!

Look over at my beautiful profile picture in the top right corner of your browser. Admire my appearance, charm, and class for a moment, and then take a look at that little number in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. It's a 1! One! Uno. Single. Alone. Separate from the crowd. The Lone Ranger.

At first glance one might be envious of my position as the best. However, my Hubpage friends, this is not the case. The "1" in the corner of my photo does NOT mean I am number one. But rather, out of a scale of 100, I am 1.

Saying "I am 1" is nothing like declaring "I Am Legend". Sadly, unlike Will Smith I am not the last survivor, but rather someone devoured by the zombies of Hubpages. If Hubpages was an IQ Test, I wouldn't even be the special kid. If it where the SAT, I would be working in a sweat shop. My score of 1 is terrible.

However, I've been on Hubpages for 1 week, written 7 high quality articles, and already gained a following of 80 hubbers and a profit of $6! Why is my hubscore so bad?

Because of THE EVIL COW.

My Hubscore: Killed by a Cow

New to Hubpages (a week ago), I saw a huge opportunity in this site. If you've read a few of the success stories you will notice that people are making hundreds of dollars a month writing articles on here. They're living the dream! Just think: enjoying life, writing about whatever you please, no required time commitments, and making a decent amount of cash. This got me excited.

I thought to myself, "How can I make money doing what I love with Hubpages?"

The answer was easy. Write quality material and gain a large following! And thank goodness I have a bit of experience with online marketing - meaning I know how to quickly get a large number of people to follow me.

How? By following them of course! Now, I wasn't sure if this was something that people did on Hubpages, and wanting to be a respected writer as well as a financially successful individual, I decided to refrain from pursuing large numbers of people on Hubpages. That is, until, the COW.

Maybe you've seen him. Maybe you've read his material. Maybe you ARE him. Regardless, this is what happens: a mysterious cow on hubpages that continually writes about flatulence comes to all of the newbies on Hubpages and follows them. Of course, if you only have 3 followers, you become very excited with a fourth. You check out his article, laugh a little, leave a comment, and become one of the 1.5k people that are following him!

Now, I thought, if a dairy animal can do this, so can I. So that's exactly what I did! I went to the "lastest" section on the hubbers page and started following people. Of course, many of them (maybe including you) followed me back. This is great! A win-win. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

Unfortunately, this caused THE FALL. My hubscore was up to about 60. Not too bad considering I had only been on for 3 days. However, two days after my boute of following new hubbers, my score began to plumit. In fact, I have worked hard to comment on articles, ask questions, answer questions, and be an all around upstanding character, but my score continued to fall, point by point, until, finally, I woke up today to a pitiful 1....

Thanks for the influence, Flatulent Cow.

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Is Recovery Worth It?

Having read other hubbers stories, I've discovered that many people don't make more than a couple of dollars their first month. I made $6 in my first week! A lot of this is because of the large number of followers that I've acquired from following first.

So the question is this. Is it worth working my score back up? With my current method, I could easily gain another 25 followers a day - increasing my readership and profit significantly. However, I would also remain at the measly 1.

Wanting to be viewed as a talented writer, and not caring only about making money. I have decided to work my way back up. If I make it from 1 to 100 in a couple of weeks/months, I will write an article about that success. If I remain at 1, I will recommend that you avoid me like the plague. Wish me luck!

What's The Best Scenario for You?

From my experience on Hubpages during this week, you have two options. 1) Build up slow and steady, increasing your score and participation, OR 2) Grow fast, but drop your score to one. Before you decide which to do I think it is important to consider why you are on Hubpages.

Do you just want to make money with your writing? Then having a hubscore of 1 is probably alright. Just keep following new users left and right and you will soon have a gigantic following. However, the veterans probably won't take you seriously...

Is writing something that you enjoy? Do you want prestige as well as income? Then I would recommend not doing what I have accidentally done. Add people slowly. Participate in the community. Patience is a virtue that can drive you crazy, but is at times beneficial.

If when you read this article my score is back to being high, I have succeeded in recovering from this newbie plunder. If it's still low, I kindly ask that you take my writing seriously (or jokingly, depending on the article), as that was my intention for being on the site in the first place.

I hope you enjoy your Hubpages experience and avoid the plunders that I have made in my first week!


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      6 years ago

      Hub pages for sharing views - sure benefit someone in the web. One good use of the net. Surely

    • compu-smart profile image

      Tony Sky 

      7 years ago from London UK

      My hubscore was 67 yesterday and 57 today!.

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      8 years ago from California

      You are right Hector, sometimes it is a bit annoying. Generally speaking, just don't worry about the score much. Focus on writing great content and people will read it!

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      Richard Rees-Williams 

      8 years ago from Buxton, England

      Well the HubScore thing is nonsense to me. If people with good hubs (inc. featured ones) can have a score of 10 or 0 for example, then it is clearly no indicator of the quality output of that person, and therefore, a pointless "metric" in every way. Also, what is the need to rate a person on a level of 0 - 100 anyway? Seems quite infantile to be honest. If people like advice they read in a hub then good; if not, they can look at something else. Pretentiousness to a "T".

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      Richard Rees-Williams 

      8 years ago from Buxton, England

      Well mine is now 1, despite my good article on here. Seems like a crock of you know what to me!

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      8 years ago from California

      Yes, the scoring can appear crazy sometimes. But fortunately, using my self as an example - you can actually pull yourself out of it! So no worries, just keep writing and doing what you enjoy and your score will go up. ;)

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      Richard Rees-Williams 

      8 years ago from Buxton, England

      This score appears to be a total enigma.

      My score was an already poor 29 when I joined, then my hub then passed the quality assessment and got featured, but my HubScore is now 10???? It seems totally meaningless to me. On my stats page the actual hub has a score of 61, so why the crap hubscore? Weird.

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      L C David 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I think I have you beat as my hub score currently stands at 0 despite getting out 10 quality hubs in less than a week. :-( Here's my problem. I'm interested in SO MANY topics that everyone I'm following has something that I'm interested in---cooking, art, pets, gardening, travel, writing.....I guess I'm not really supposed to follow my personal interests but only follow those that have hubs similar to mine? Thanks for the insight. I'll keep plugging along.

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      8 years ago

      I am also new at hubpages but I see it takes some work churning out the dollars with mi writing so I decided to buckle my shoes and participate ( my sore point). Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Michael Tully 

      8 years ago

      I see you're now a 92, so you must be doing something right ;-) Thanks for an interesting and light-hearted look at a puzzling situation. I don't understand the Hubber Score, and probably never will, so I'll take whatever I get and be happy. Voted up.

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      8 years ago

      Hi, Robert I am relatively new to Hub pages. So I found your article really helpful. I will also apply this slow but steady process to increase my readership. That's where I think Hub pages is different, because it's a global community of writers/ publishers so to gain popularity it is important that how anyone is actively participating in the community. This article will be really helpful for those who are new to Hub pages.

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      9 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Hahaha this is a funny article!

      I recon it would kinda be funny to see me hubscore at 1.

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      9 years ago from the South

      Don't worry about the numbers ... just keep writing and following who you want to. I like your style and will now be a follower. Personally, I feel the best when people follow me becuase they like what I write and not just to add to their numbers. Good luck!

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      9 years ago from PA

      I see your score has risen quite a bit since you wrote this Hub! Congrats on that! I am very new to writing in general and was very happy to read your Hub. I do believe slow and steady is the right way!

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Yep, it's been an exciting journey! lol. And yes, the cow was basically a guy who wrote a ridiculously long story and followed everyone as they just started out. I noticed that he was following people, so I decided to as well.

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      Leah Lefler 

      9 years ago from Western New York

      This totally cracks me up - and should be a must-read for all new hubbers. I'm also curious about the flatulent cow, haha! You've obviously come a long way, Robert!

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks all! I'm glad I made it up and I hope you do to.

      @bryanbaldwin: It is actually possible to make a bit. I should make about $15 this month from advertising. But, more than that, Hubpages has some programs in place where they will pay you to write! Currently I am making $6.09 for up to 24 article I write per month, on top of advertising income. This makes writing much more lucrative now and later. I may get about $150 this month!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      9 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very interesting hub. Since being on hubpages I have been kind of choosy in whom I'm following unless a person follows me. If I can get 2 or 3 out of the 10 people I decide to follow to follow me back, I think I'm doing well. Voted up and sharing.

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      I wonder how many people make significant incomes....

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      C E Clark 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      I have been here for quite a while. Twice as long as you. It seems like every time I comment on someone's hub or respond to comments left on one of mine . . . every time I publish a new hub or hubs, every time I respond to a question, my hubber score goes down.

      If I do nothing, do not read other people's hubs or comment, do not answer questions or publish new hubs, then my hubber score goes up. I have been slow to get where I am and didn't do what you did, "following" a lot of people, etc., right away, and still don't, so I do not understand why my score drops so low all the time. Dropped like a rock a couple of weeks ago from 92 down to 87 and has never gotten back up there since.

      I have to work, giving me little time for anything else during the week as a rule. That is of course not appreciated by hubpages. Even so, my hubber score goes up during the week often times, and as soon as I write anything at all on here, that score starts plummeting again.

      Further, I have exceeded the 10,000 page views almost 24 hours ago, but received no notice for doing that. Maybe I never will since it seems hubpages highly disapproves of me for some reason.

      Hope you appreciate my leaving you this comment because my hubber score will likely drop down to 85 once I hit "post comment." (Kidding Robert.)

      I don't remember being visited by the flatulent cow, but just a few days ago someone did post an ad along with a link to a site where people can get Cialis in the comments on one of my hubs.

      Anyway, your reflection on your experience is interesting. I like to read about other people's experiences on here in case it may offer some insight into my own situation.

      Voting you up and interesting!

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      9 years ago from new delhi

      the score is now upto 87 . does that means what one loses on the cows one makes up on the bulls?

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Wow, 1 ... don't think I've every seen that before :-s. At least you made it back. Actually, you can use your response, but what you need to do is read their hub first and comment. Hubpages marks you down for just following lots of people.

      Glad you battled on, seems you are doing well now

      Sharing the story to motivate others and voted.

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      Jay Rando 

      9 years ago from England

      Nice hub rob, thanks for sharing this info. I have yet to see a hub with score 1 yikes.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks B. Leekley, it is certainly great to get a hub featured!

      And YoBob12 - I hope it gave you some good tips. I look forward to reading what you end up writing about.

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      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Nice Hub Robert ! I just signed up for HP, and it was the first hub I've read, and I was amused from the first paragraph (and supporting picture..) You're clearly a talented and amusing writer, and you're sure to do well. When I get more time I'll read your other hubs and others' too.. Keep up the good work, y'all.

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      Brian Leekley 

      9 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      I'm glad this hub got featured and glad I chanced upon it and learned from it and its comments. There must be an optimal rate of following.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Yep Mekenzie, that's her problem! It's nice to be getting that score back up again.

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      Susan Ream 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Recently I read an article by a hubber who is really creative with her words. I noticed her score was a 1 and was at a loss to understand why. Thank you for sharing your story and solving the puzzle for me.

      The moral of the story is to be a great writer and participate in the community while taking your time to read others and follow them.

      Your score is getting big .. Good for you!


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      Nare Gevorgyan 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Rob! Have a nice day :)

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Hey Nare! It's true. I had no idea a score of 1 could make you famous. lol. But you're starting off great - already 13 followers! You'll be going places in no time! Keep up the great work.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 

      9 years ago

      I wish I was "the number 1" :D I'd be famous now :D Though I am not that far...

    • Robert Erich profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Hubbers is a very funny word ended. It's probably part of the reason why this website does so well. And thank you for the support, I will certainly keep writing!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      I really like your Hub ~ It was like being in your head and probably the head of many Hubbers ( Hubbers sounds like a funny word). I love to write especially lately for me it is about the thought and sharing. You are an amazing writer. I enjoyed reading your Hub it drew me into your thought and that is a talent. So keep writing just for writing or for the greater outcome, but write.

      Peace In Your stages

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Ghaelach, it is a crazy event indeed. And I enjoyed that Tiger Woods metaphor - I will certainly incorporate that into my conversation at some point in the near future!

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      9 years ago

      Hi Robert.

      I must say your score does seem to move faster than the hours in a day.

      Hub score of 1 three months ago, to 90 just 4 hours ago and at this present moment is back down to 81, sure has a better swing than Tiger Woods.

      Keep on pluging away Robert.

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @storykeeping - Yep! It's amazing what can happen when you make a mistake and keep on going. I wish you the best as you continue on with your writing experience.

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      9 years ago from Western United States

      Your hubscore is up to 90 now. What a great accomplishment from a hubscore of 1! Thank you for sharing your experience. It's great to know a negative experience can be turned into a positive. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @Kathleen - Thanks for the support! Look forward to reading some of your hubs.

      @Neeleshkulkarni - You're right, enjoying it is the most important thing.

      @kimh039 - Haha! This sounds like a hilarious situation between you and Thought Sandwiches - potential for another hub?...

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      Kim Harris 

      9 years ago

      Oh. I see i rounded up the wrong bovine!:) Apologies to Thought Sandwiches. Thanks for the fun though, roberterich, even if i did chase the wrong cow:) fun hub.

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      9 years ago from new delhi

      write because you want to and like it/If it makes money cool,if it doesn't does it really matter?

      i am not even registered on adsense and so have never made money here.

      Keep writing good stuff friend- and stuff the money and the score too.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      9 years ago from Escondido, CA

      $6.00 the first week? I quit!

      just kidding. Still much better than I. A fun read! Brought feelings of remembering hearing the starting gun, zooming along, and then discovering while saying, "I better pay better attention."

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well, you are doing something right - Look at all these comments! This is a community of folks who want to participate. Following someone is something of a commitment. I follow less than 20 because there are only so many hours in the day and I do need some time to, you know, write! Welcome to HubPages. Anyone who's accomplished a hubscore of 1 has a lot of potential.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @ThoughtSandwiches - Yes, I noticed he no longer has is post, it was deleted or something - very sad indeed. However, not having a score of one is a beautiful thing!

      @barbergirl28 - Laugh away! Anytime I mess up I much prefer to have people laughing at me then staring at me blankly. So keep laughing and thanks for the tips on how to make a bit of a money on Hubpages.

      @Ruchira - Yep, the goal now is to do what you're doing and just write good Hubs. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors as well!

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      9 years ago from United States

      Entertaining hub now since, your score is not 1 anymore :)

      I do agree that having a line of followers does not make any difference to the score. I have gone slow and worked on my quality of work. I would rather have a few hundred's who are loyal to me and come back often to support my work.

      Wishing you luck in your future endeavors!

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      Stacy Harris 

      9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am sorry if I am laughing at you but this was damn entertaining... at least for the rest of us currently not sitting at a 1. However, luckily for you... you have now jumped back up.

      I have been around Hub for awhile and I can honestly say... I can't explain anything. I have made money - decent money at times... but it has been a lot of hard work that eventually allowed that to happen. But, the other thing is true as well... while some will follow if you follow, eventually this will become a trend. If they don't really care for your work, they might never come back. And then were does that lead you... constantly following to keep people reading. That being said, I guess I would rather have a following of 30 loyal fans than over a thousand that stop by to say hi and then never come back.

      Good luck on your adventure in Hubpages. Obviously your writing is very entertaining and I am sure you will go far... if not... use your plunders to entertain the rest of us ;)

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      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      I actually miss 5 One Cows dancing across my screen following everyone he sees. That said, it's not a good plan to emulate that action as you probably now why he also has a score of 1.

      I'm very glad to see your score has been raised to the lofty levels that this writing represents! Voting Up ans sharing!


      PS...I think kimh039 (above) thinks I am the bovine bastard who got you into this fix. If so...I apologize. never want to follow MY advise or examples.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks Lorlie6! I'm glad you enjoy my writing. And yes, that cow will get you! He is a 1 indeed. A funny 1, but definitely not the greatest role model in life.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      PS: Yup, that cow's on my tail as well-HE'S the 1! ;)

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I agree that following too many hubbers can be detrimental to your author score-I have seen others with scores of 1 before, checked their hubtivity, and it looks like following is virtually ALL they do. You, on the other hand, have knocked it out of the park-81 and a hubnugget nomination? That rocks, Robert!

      You have what it takes, that combination of humor and informative writing. Keep it up!!

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @PegCole17 - Thanks so much for the positive words! It sounds as if you are an expert in the writing arena. Having you compliment my article is a huge compliment.

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      Peg Cole 

      9 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      I like your fun approach in explaining what not to do for new hubbers. You've laid out the trap, explained about the bait, revealed the consequences and then let the people decide for themselves what to do. Well written.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks to all who have commented, I look forward to reading more of your hubs. And yes, it is a bitter/sweet to have an 8 in front of my 1. There is something beautiful about that number - especially after gaining such an intimate relationship with it. I wish you all the best in your writings!

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      Marie Landry 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You're up to a score of 81! You've redeemed yourself! ;-) I definitely think slow and steady in the way to go. I know a lot of people come here hoping to get rich quick, but it just isn't going to happen right away, so they're setting themselves up for failure and/or disappointment. I've been here over a year, and I've worked slowly and steadily to build up my score, article base, and following. Hopefully many newbies will come across this hub and learn from you!

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      Dawn Conklin 

      9 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Great sense of humor on the situation! I see your score has increased to 81. Glad to see you didn't give up, this is a wonderful community of writers overall.

      Voted up and congrats :)

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      9 years ago

      If there was ever a manual designed for new hubbers, this would have to be included in it! This is great advice. I see that you have worked up from your '1' in three months. Well done! I wish you all the best and continued success!

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      9 years ago from United Kingdon

      Best Hub I have read yet about the hubpages experience. Excellent work.

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      Al Hawkes 

      9 years ago from Cornwall

      Great hub, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Thought the '1' was great, original, and now they've spoiled it and put an '8' in front. lol

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      Mindy Meisel 

      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I think you made the mark. Looks like you got plenty of interaction. Good job.

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      Kim Harris 

      9 years ago

      I've herded the flatulent cow in this direction. He should be made aware of how his actions have influenced others. I hope he has the courage to show his face and cow up.

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      Amazing, even after a year on hubs I am clueless how all this works with following..not following..the score..I have seen my score drop for a few days when I publish an article. I have been more selective who I follow as I want to be a good support for them too. This was an insightful hub and I love the way you write so keep up the good work. Wishing you the very best and I know your hub score will go up.

      Take care,


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      Horatio Plot 

      9 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Excelent. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey in my opinion. One week, seven followers. But it's as frustrating as hell.

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      9 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      I love the sense of humor with which you write your hubs. Your score is now sitting at an impressive 81. In my opinion, slow and steady is the way to go, and only follow hubbers whose work interests you. You have gained 1 more follower. Good luck.

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      9 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Well I came because I have never heard of anyone having a hub score of 01 before,so at least that score has brought you some attention lol...

      I saw this article on the hub nuggets (well deserved and congatulations) and having read this hub and thoroughly enjoyed it I was even more amazed that this number had ever been given to you.

      I love your wit and humour and your writing style is easy to read so I am still baffled as to why this number was ever given to you.

      I have voted this hub up and hit useful interesting and funny and I see that your score is now heading to closer to where it rightfully belongs the 100 is not far off now well done for sticking with it :D off now to vote for you in hub nugget

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      Madeleine Salin 

      9 years ago from Finland

      I'm sure this hub can help many new hubbers. I'm glad to see your score is 81 now. You are doing a great job, Robert!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany

      You're rising up again. We all learn from our mistakes. I find this hub amazing and funny. This is also a great article for the new hubbers. Thanks for sharing.

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      Leni Sands 

      9 years ago from UK

      Just look what you did with this hub! All the comments, and feedback scores, loads of new followers, even made the 'hubnugget' section (I've never been there) but WoW what a hub. I can see this being the handhub (as opposed to handbook) for new hubbers, the guide to what not to do and how to claw your way back when you do...really amazing article. Big welcome to hubpages. Keep up the good work!

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @catgypsy - Glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, it can be rather confusing, but basically, just write articles, follow people and comment on their articles, and you should have no problem gaining followers and making a little bit of money.

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      9 years ago from the South

      A very interesting and useful hub, Robert. I don't totally understand all the statistics here and what does what! Frankly, I don't understand why it has to be so complicated. Glad you made it back up!

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Well thanks Seek-n-Find! You flatter me too much... I just don't know what to do with myself if I don't have to follow someone first.

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      Jenna Ditsch 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      You are funny! I love a great sense of humor. You've gained another follower--and you didn't even have to follow me first. :-)

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @ BakingBread101 - My score has moved up, which is great! The score really doesn't matter that much, but it does help get your hubs read (exhibit A would be this very hub).

      @thesingernurse - Yes! It happened. I am very excited. Thanks for the support and I enjoy continually reading your hubs!

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      Tina Siuagan 

      9 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      You made it bro. I saw this hub in the newsletter... Hubnugget. Wow! :) More power to you and keep on writing! :)

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      9 years ago from Nevada

      When I looked at your pic, the number was "81". Does anyone know what the number after the HubTitle represents? For this hub, it is "92". I think the numbers don't really matter -- are you having fun?

      I consider myself lucky if my hubs even get read!

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Good point Sherry, it turned out to be rather beneficial. I guess it's just one of those things that you have to make a call on what matters and see what happens. Although I do enjoy having a higher score again.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      9 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Interesting, it might be worth having a low hub score if it helps you earn money. Your score has recovered and you still have your followers. Thanks for the insight.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @millionaire tips - thanks for the congrats! It is a wake up call indeed to see your score fall.

      @lizlauder - I know! I am so excited that my score is recovering. It was a great happening that I never thought would actually take place!

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      9 years ago from Western New York

      You'll be glad to know that when I read your hub, your score was 81. So clearly you've recovered from the terrible cow-induced fall.

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      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. Amusing and sad, you were able to provide hubbers about an important warning - it makes sense to a lot of people to follow a lot of people, until you see your score plummet.

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @AEvans - Thanks for the support! It was a funny and said situation. I am glad it entertained you and I wish you the best as you keep writing yourself.

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      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Not only was this hub funny, it also has a serious too. I would recommend taking it slow and that is something that you already learned in your first few days. Enjoyed the read and give it a thumbs up! :)

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      @sen.sush23 - Thanks for the support! It does seem to be working much better now, and it is nice that earnings are not related, because I was still able to make some cash! I wish you the best as you keep writing.

      @FloraBreenRobison - I'm glad you've experienced the cow as well! It was a very annoying and disappointing realization when you discover that you have a score of one for following people! lol. But it certainly makes sense. Keep writing great hubs yourself!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your nomination.

      Yes, that particular hubber was one of my first followers too. When the home page was introduced, that hubber's updates about following every hubber in existence came on my screen. I unfollowed as that was annoying.Somehow the cow hubber had some method by which she could tell when there was an unfollow, because my fan mail from that hubber disappeared. (You can only leave fan mail by following a person.) How can you figure that out with thousands of followers? I stopped being able to figure out who was following me among people who don't comment ever on my hubs once I passed 150 followers.

      If you've been making lots of comments on my hubs and stop, I'll notice. But if you are a person who just reads and never comments on my hubs, I will have no idea if you stop following me.

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      9 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I wanted to read this Hub a few days now, but wasn't getting the time to. So I am here today. I see your scores have picked way up, proving your new technique worked. Another thing I learnt is that Hubscore has nothing to do with earnings! Funny and serious at the same time, nice style of writing. Voted up.

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      9 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Hmmm. Learned something new. I didn't know following too many people could get you in trouble. Thanks for the tip!

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks Angela! I appreciate it. It is a lot of fun trying to write with some humor. Sometimes it works, other times you just sound like an idiot or jerk. I wish you the best as you continue on Hubpages!

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      Angela Blair 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Loved this Hub -- your sense of humor is great and it reflects in your writing. I happen to know some people who are very funny in person and fall flat with the printed word -- not you/you've got it. Keep Hubbing and you'll rebound -- you're too talented to fail -- and we've all made mistakes! Best/Sis

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      Tams R 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      Very interesting! I think you've been brave in the face of having a score of 1. I would have thought it a mistake. It seems you are rebounding and with the nomination for Hubnugget I can only see it getting better.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      9 years ago from Planet Earth

      What an important lesson for all of us! I'm just sorry you had to be the one to learn it and share from your experience. Obviously you're doing some great things the right way - your score is rising, and the site recognizes your writing! Voted up and useful.

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      9 years ago

      rob... you are almost as awesome as me and brooke are.. lol

      i thoroughly enjoyed reading this!! (:

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Well thanks to all for your support and I am totally stoked to be a nominee for a Hubnugget! That would be legendary. Thank you so much ripplemaker! I would love to be a hub of the week! Thanks for your support for all who vote it up!

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      Glenn Stok 

      9 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Not only have you learned a thing or two, but you've corrected your mistake (a plus), shared your knowledge (another plus), and you've even been nominated for this week's Hubnuggets (a really big plus)! Congratulations!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      Glad to see your score back up and follow what Relache says. Now that you've learned your lesson you should be doing much better.

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      9 years ago

      I think you're doing great! i have been on hubpages for 2 years and I can't get approval from AdSense. It's maddening. Congratulations on your 6 bucks!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Your hubscore is no longer 1...yay! Sharing your experiences is important for other new hubbers too!

      And with's more! Your hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets! Isn't that totally cool? You bet...check it out now

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      Keep going! Raise that score, and Google will love you, too! :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      9 years ago from Chennai, India

      Glad you climbed up the ladder due to your hard-work and dedication. Many hubbers' hubscore fluctuate including mine. Your hub serves as an eye-opener to all of us. Thank u for sharing this with us. Useful and vote-up.

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, as long as you're enjoying yourself, that's what's important :-)

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      Robert Erich 

      9 years ago from California

      Hey anartiststyle, good luck getting your stuff out there! It is a bit tricky dealing with all of the hoops you have to jump through, but hubpages is a fun hobby. And yes, PDXKaraokeGuy, you've got it completely right! A high hubscore is great, but so is a bit of cash. Which way to go is the questions everyone must ask.

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      begs the question: would you rather have the higher hubscore or the higher paycheck?

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      9 years ago from FL

      Hey Robert, ooh I have to say I am also very new to hubpages, and I believe you were my first follower! ha-ha, I was wrapped into your smart ingenious plan of getting followers because I came to your page, enjoyed your humor and started following you also! So now I breathe a little and share my story: I was NOT hit by this COW, thankfully, however now I am shaking in my little $20.00 fur boots I bought for winter season (I live in FL!) HA-HA wondering when this COW will hit me! My story is one a little different, I got discouraged, as maybe many others I decided I was also going to write on art, art lessons, and even share my paintings! However after publishing two paintings, and then getting them denied and unpublished, trying to fix any errors that might warrant this and still getting denied I got very discouraged. After applying for the 'making money side of hubbing and getting denied there also, again more discouragement. I feel as if I am having a blonde moment and not understanding how this works, so after all that mixed with holidays I have subsided in my hubbing. After reading this though and enjoying a laugh I think I will keep trying, so thanks! :) Good luck, I will try to help you as much as I can.


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