Publishing A Lot Of Hubs Fast The Downside
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.