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Raise HubKarma Easy

Updated on June 30, 2010

Improve HubKarma Increase HubRank Too

HubKarma is a new Hubpages metric used to measure how much a Hubpages author links to other writer's hubs in the community. The idea is to encourage authors to link to other Hubbers so that visitors can more easily find additional high-quality content on the HubPages website.

That is the official, "nice" version, anyway.

The slightly more cynical (and realistic) version is that real links created within the content of a hub count for much more when it comes to search engine rankings and indexing by companies like Google and search websites like Bing. However, a significant number of HubPages users are writers who publish content for free on sites like HubPages in exchange for the backlinks that can be created to the author's own webpages and content elsewhere, typically off the HubPages domain. As a professional freelance writer, I am one of those users. HubKarma is designed to encourage these authors to also link within Hubpages.

HubKarma is relatively new at HubPages and as such has been rolled out gently with little overall effect on the average hubber. However, HubPages says that the HubKarma score does have a "small" effect on a writer's HubRank, which is the author score for the site.

HubRank is important because, along with each hub's HubScore, it determines whether a writer's Hubpages links are nofollowed. Writers with low HubRanks will find that those links they wrote articles to get have been stunted by being given the nofollow tag which prevents "link juice" from passing to them.

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Improve HubKarma Fast Easy Painlessly

The good news is that it is very easy to increase HubKarma. For those hub writers who have been around for a while and published more than a handful of hubs, there are going to be some hubs which did not turn out quite as expected. Also, a prolific writer on HubPages will have hubs that were written just for fun or otherwise not an integral part of the hubber's linking strategy. Using these hubs to link to other HubPages is a great way to raise HubKarma without diluting the value of the carefully crafted backlinks on other Hubs.

For example, not long after starting on the HubPages community, I noticed a lot of hubs about Bollywood. Having no idea what Bollywood was, I did a tiny amount of reading and then wrote a Hub about it called, what is Bollywood.

This hub is of little use to me since it is unrelated to anything else I write about, and more importantly gets very little traffic, as I have put no effort into promoting or linking it in any way. Using the Suggest Links tool provided by HubPages I was able to create links to other HubPages hubs in just seconds. 

Because HubKarma is an overall score that applies to the writer's score overall and not to each individual hub, these links will boost my HubKarma without lowering the value of backlinks to my banking advice webpages, for example.

I'll let you know how many HubKarma points I get for each new link.

HubKarma Update

Ironically, after posting this hub and mentioning how I used one of my throw away hubs about Bollywood to link to some other hubbers, traffic to that hub has increased from about 1 page view each day to around 20+ page views per day.

That's not a lot of traffic by any measure, but it is a significant increase for a formerly dormant hub. Kind of an interesting turn of events.

By the way, my HubKarma is up about 4 points based on those links, so maybe it's time to throw out another one. I have also published a few more "normal" hubs with no links to other hubs besides my own, so at least the technique is keeping my numbers from going down.


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    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks. I have so much to learn and this helps.

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      Richie Rosen 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, need all the help I can get.

    • LisaJClark profile image

      LisaJClark 5 years ago from Triad NC

      Thanks for the article. The hubkarma thing was confusing to me but this cleared it up a bit.

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      skobytube 5 years ago from CA

      great tips, I just wondering the same thing... Keep writing good stuff

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      girlscookinggames 5 years ago

      wow this sounds more and more complicated for hubpages

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      Game Obsessed 5 years ago from Australia

      I'm slowly learning more and more about the HubPages systems, thanks for sharing.

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      sirifly 5 years ago

      Didn't know any of this and glad I found out how to get the prized 'do follow' tag!

      I'm glad hubpages have this measure as it'll definitely help prevent spammers and as a result, boost the ranking of legitimate, useful hubs.

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      Iolani 5 years ago from USA

      I reached here through searching on other hub page about knowing to hubkarma.. really appreciative explanation..

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      jmckinny 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Good stuff, tagged as useful and interesting.

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      VancouverCurrency 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC. Canada

      Quite a useful hub here, thanks. Might try this our or just go the easy hubkarma route.

    • The-BestMouseTrap profile image

      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Karma, all around is a good thing. I was wondering if it would dilute my rss feed as I don't leave backlinks to my site.

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      gevans411 6 years ago from Boston, MA

      Thanks, great article on an important topic. I seem to be fluctuating a lot lately not sure if it is because my account is relatively new or if there are other reasons. I seem to be bouncing from between a 68-72 depending on the day, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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      matthawkins 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thanks for the great post, Hub Llama. I just joined HubPages and couldn't understand why all my links were no follow, but you answered that question perfectly. I guess I will be spending some more time working on my HubKarma.

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      CondoLux Rentals 6 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

      Excellent tips! I think it's great that HubPages uses techniques like this. It really FORCES the user to be natural. Link to other content that isn't yours, write about good topics and write well, and more along those lines. Voted up and useful! Thanks.

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      Indigo NT 6 years ago

      I'll guess I'll look over my hubs and add a few links to my neighbor Hubbers :)

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      positivevibestech 6 years ago

      very informative you seem to really understand the pros and cons of these pages.

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      jennyjune88 6 years ago

      good tips. i'm new to the hubpages and blogging in general. any info is really helpful! :)

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      Petstrel 6 years ago from Slovenia

      Great tips, I liek my karma high ;)

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      the fix 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the great tips!

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      Nice hub even though I am not a carrot duck.

      I wouldn't know what to do with a High Karma.


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      drvosjeca 6 years ago

      nice hub... it was helpfull, i was looking how to raise up my hub karma

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      AutumnLockwood 6 years ago from Northern California

      This hub surely helped. I'm hoping to increase my score in a couple of days. Thanks!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      This is an outstanding explanation for HubKarma from a realistic and internal view point! Good work here.


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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I have just discovered your very informative and interesting hubs. Thank you.

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      pennyauctionviewe 7 years ago from Canada

      Good stuff.

      I read your series on explaining hubscore, hubkarma, and how it relates to spiders and indexing. Your pieces combined illustrated how the whole scoring system works. At least the basics were covered anyway.

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      kdnse 7 years ago

      Will be doing this as much as I can, thanks

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      Ivan Bayross 7 years ago from Mumbai / India

      Nice advice, I will implement this for sure. Makes sense.

      I've flagged this Hub as useful. It certainly is.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cheers, I've got some duds lying around .... I think we all have :)

      I'll get linking!

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      Glenn Stok 7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is really great advice! I knew about the problem that increasing HubKarma can dilute the value of other backlinks and I never thought there was a solution. Thank you Hub Llama for coming up with this idea. I have a couple of poorly performing hubs and I'm going to use them for that just as you suggested.

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      JMPruitt 7 years ago from Orlando

      This is great. I had not considered creating an unrelated hub just to do some HubPages linking. I will have to work on one.

      This is interesting to see how the social sites are trying to give you more kudo points for using their site rather than your own. I agree with the idea, but it means I have to spend more time building up someone elses site rather than my own.

      That being said, if it helps cut down on the spammers just out for a back link, then it will all be worthwhile.

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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the tips Hub Llama. Voted up, and useful. As a relatively new hubber, I am still learning 'the tricks of the trade' regarding linking , backlinks, traffic etc.