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Publishing A Lot Of Hubs Fast The Downside

Updated on August 17, 2010

Publishing Hubs TOO Fast?

I'm not sure how you got to this Hub, so allow me to recap a little bit so that we are all on the same page.

I recently embarked on the HubPages Hub Challenge, only instead of publishing 30 Hubs in 30 Days, I decided to publish 30 Hubs in 30 Hours. Along the way, I've noticed a couple of things, that seem to be happening. Some of them were expected, some where not.

One of the things I have noticed is that there is an unexpected downside to publishing a bunch of Hubs all at once.

Publishing Too Quick?

HubRank Components and HubScore Average

HubPages is pretty open about what HubRank is and how HubRank is calculated. They even admit to the fact that some of your HubRank author score is random, meaning that your score will fluctuate up and down from day to day, even if your overall author ranking components add up to the same author score.

They are also quite up front about the fact that HubPages nofollows links until your HubRank is over 75 and each specific Hub has a HubScore above 50. (Although it is temporarily set at 40, for some reason.)

The components that make up the author score are not a surprise. How much you participate in the HubPages community counts, as does how many hubs you publish, and so on. Of course, one component of the HubRank is an overall average of all of your Hub's HubScore.

And that, is where the surprise comes from.

Publishing Fast Lowers Author Score

They say that hindsight is 20/20. They are right in this case. There is a statistical anomoly I should have seen coming a mile away when you publish a ton of Hubs all at once.

Since each Hub starts out with a HubScore of 50, assuming that you put in a picture and wrote more than a thimble full of text. If you had 10 Hubs previously published with an average HubScore of 85, for example, and an overall author score, or HubRank, of 90, then, publishing a lot of hubs will cause both numbers to drop.

For example, if you published 20 Hubs all at once and each one was given a HubScore of 50, then your average score for Hubs would be a lot closer to 50. Just to show simple math, if you had 10 Hubs each with a hubscore of 85 and then you published 20 hubs that were each given a hub ranking of 50 points, then your average goes from 85 to 62 (61.67 rounded up).

That means your HubScore would be lower based upon having a much lower overall average on the points each Hub has.

Fortunately, assuming you are writing quality Hubs, this effect will be temporary as each Hub works its way up to their more deserved higher hub ranking. But, in the meantime, you could see a drop.

How to protect yourself against this?

First, the more Hubs you have, the less effect. If you had 200 Hubs and then published 30 new Hubs in 30 Hours, the average wouldn't be weighted so much to the new hubs.

Second, the higher your HubRank is do to other factors, like participating in the community, the less impact the average HubScore component will have.

In the end, I wouldn't worry about it unless you were very close to 75 and really counting on those un-nofollowed links. Otherwise, it will work out in the end.


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    • sls450 profile image

      sls450 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for explaining what a hubscore is and how it works.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I had a feeling that the average would go down, since it seems like if you write a lot of hubs all at once, you don't have the time to write quality ones. I was thinking about moving some of my articles from other websites, but I have decided to do them a little bit at a time.

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      Tim Blackstone 7 years ago

      I had never thought about this aspect of publishing lots of hubs but I can't imagine publishing 30 in thirty hours. Did you succeed? I'll go and see if you wrote a hub about it and if you didn't ...Why not? :o)

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Very informative hub. Thanks for pointing out some of these issues.

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      Hub Llama 7 years ago from Denver, CO


      Yes, the number of visitors increases the rank of each hub over time a certain amount. It doesn't take too many hits either, assuming they are quality hubs.

      Also, don't worry too much about this for the long term. Hubs tend to all start at about 50 points and seem to go up from there with time even without any hits, again, assuming quality hubs. This is primarily a short-term phenomenon.

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      Morrow66 7 years ago

      Once again it seems like I have made the mistake of writing many hubs in a short amount of time. Does the amount of vistors to your hub increase the hubs rank?

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      Hub Llama 8 years ago from Denver, CO


      Hubrank determines whether or not your links get "nofollowed" by HubPages. That is, for those looking to get a little extra link juice from what they publish on HubPages for other websites, having a HubRank over 75 is imperative. What's more, if you watch the various lists that HubPages generates, authors with higher scores tend to get places on those lists.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Why do we care about our hubrank?

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      Hub Llama 8 years ago from Denver, CO


      Most hubs of reasonable length and without "spammy" keywords start out with a HubScore of 50. So, if your HubRank was based on hubs with an average hubscore of less than 50, then yes, publishing a bunch of new hubs would move your rank up to whatever it would be if your hubs averaged a hubscore of 50 or so.

      For most Hubbers who are not brand new, and not just re-posting whatever PLR spam they have in order to build links, that means that the only way to go from lots of new hubs is down. However, the affect is temporary as the new hubs start to increase in value.

      Hub Llama

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      dush 8 years ago

      What if you had a low hubrank to begin with and then publish 30 hubs in 30 mins? Would that bring your average up?