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Should I delete low scoring hubs in Hub Pages?

Updated on May 1, 2011

This question has been asked time and time again. Should I delete low scoring hubs? That depends on why you are writing, and how personally you take your hubber score that is the score seen in your profile. If you are writing for the love of it, joy of writing, and don’t mind your hubber score being a little low, then there is no reason to remove any low ranking hubs. If it is extremely important that you have a higher hubber score, then you will want to think about removing poorly performing hubs.

The only thing a low hub score on an individual hub may affect is your overall hubber score. There are other ways to increase your hubber score to offset any negative effect that you would get from a low hub score. Such as hup hopping, participating in the forums, commenting on hubs, and basically getting your hub karma up.

One thing to think about is a hub may have a low score of 49 now, but it can jump up to a higher score of 65 or more later on. With my hubs, the lowest score I ever had was a 47, which rose to a 65. A score of 65, I personally think is still reasonable. Someone aiming to have a hubber score of 100 may not think so. They may think any hub score under 75 is not any good, and delete those hubs.

If you are really worried, then you need to set a minimum score on your hub you are willing to accept. You will need to determine that for yourself.  You will need to decide what you are comfortable with.  Some may not want a hub score below 65, and for others it may be a low hub score of 40. Some people will just wait until their hub score really plummets, and get a notice from HubPages.

If the hub drops to your low minimum, give it a couple of week to see if it stays that low or jumps back up. The reason being is that the hub score really loves to jump around. I have read from other hubbers that it usually takes six months to a year for a hub score to really settle into its average score. I know some people don’t want to wait that long.

Try to give it the most time possible, while keeping daily track of the hub score. This will give you an idea if the hub score is jumping wildly or just in little increments. If it is staying steadily around you low cut off point, then you can think about deleting the hub.

Before taking that drastic step, you always have the possibly of saving your hub as long as you don’t hate it. Why save your hub? One you already put a lot of time, effort, and typing into it. If you are writing on hubs to make money from the ads, then every hub you have can help bring in revenue.

You can review your hub for spelling and grammar errors. Review or have someone else review your hub to see if the ideas and words are flowing fairly smoothly in the hub. In other words is your hub jumping around from one idea to the next without any real order, or can you see the logical progression from idea A to idea B to idea C. Do you have what I like to call connector sentences? These sentences connect idea A to idea B. Ask why should idea A connect/flow into idea B?

This may be a poor example, but it still is one. Two paragraphs above, I jumped from talking about deleting hubs to trying to revitalize them. Would it have made sense if I didn’t have “Before taking that drastic step, you always have the possibly of saving your hub as long as you don’t hate it”? I decided to just start with, “Why save your hub?” I could have started with saving hubs first, but I though it was more relevant to start with why or why not one would think about deleting a low scoring hub.

After you have checked for spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, and word flow, look to see if you can add anything useful to your hub. Can you add a personal experience to it if possible, or even add more of your own comments, thoughts, and feelings. Adding your own experience or feelings helps to connect with a reader.

For example, if I was looking at an article on disease, I can go to many places that have statistics, symptoms, and treatment. If you add a personal experience on how you or a friend dealt with it, and what worked for you then I believe more people would be a lot more interested in the hub.

If you were writing a handy man article, not only would I want to read how to do and complete the task, but also your personal experience of doing the project. Was it easy or tough for you? What mistakes did you make? Your mistakes will give the reader knowledge on how to avoid them. If written in the right way, mistakes can become humor.

If you are doing a product review, instead of giving your readers a review that looks like it came off the product website itself, came off of Amazon, or reads like an ad copy.

Give us every last little detail of your experience with the product as much as possible. What did you love about it? What did you hate? Did it actually work for you? Tell us exactly how you used the product. Would you buy it again or not? If you don’t have any experience with the product, can you find someone who does? Put their experiences in with permission of course. I used my daughters experience with the Scooby Doo Wii game review.

I think trying to give your hubs a personal touch goes a long way. I know it is not always possible, but very nice when it can be done. After rewriting your hub, give it time to see if it goes up. Also, take a look at the tags to see if there are any other tags you can add. Search for other hubs that are on your basic topic, and look at their tags to give you ideas. You can try increasing your traffic, but that is another hub. I may write one if I ever figure it out. If you really improved your hub, the hub score should go up.


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    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      6 years ago from PA

      I don't see it as censorship. From my understanding, your lower scoring hubs will bring down the rest of your hubs on the Google search. Blame it on Google.

      The hubs that get better search results will pull more traffic in to that hub, and potentially to all your other hubs as well. Hopefully from there, that traffic will translate to more views to your other hubs. I do believe people like to see what else you have written.

      If your better hubs get knocked down in the search engine rankings because of your other hubs, then you will have less traffic over all.

      From what I understand, your lower performing hubs with the z's will still be searchable in hub pages itself. There is still a fair amount of traffic to be gotten from other people searching within HubPages, and that may be where your hits and comments are coming from for those hubs.

      I also believe the new policy helps to let you see which of your hubs are really where your strengths and weaknesses lay, and which types of hubs are getting better Google search results overall.

      This hub and some others I wrote that talk more generally about life and things all have the snooze z's, and I have to agree that they are my lower performing hubs. Yet, even with the z's this hub is still being found by you and others, and is being commented on.

      My hubs specifically relating to the Bible, reviews, and how tos are all active, and now I know they are doing half way decent in Google search. Now I know it would be better for me to create a hubs talking about the Bible, reviews, and how tos.

      It looks like this hub is picking up a little more traffic than it has been. I'll wait and watch the traffic patterns on this hub, and see if the z's are removed or are left.

      I think of it more as another tool I can use to see where people's interests are, and where my writing weakness is. My writing on those hubs may not be as good, I need to spice things up, or the interest really isn't there.

      I believe there are hubs out there that truly speaks to a small particular group of people, and are really good.

      In those cases, all the z's may be telling you is that you need to promote your hubs to those people rather than relying on google to send you that small nitch of people. That would mean taking time to learn how to promote/market your hubs on the web to a particular group of people unless you already know how to do so.

      Over all it shouldn't be something to get more grey hairs over. The web is always changing. HubPages is adapting to keep themselves and the writers alive. We need to learn how to adapt to those changes also.

      Honestly, I rather let HubPages decipher Google's ever changing policies and other changes that affect traffic than to try to do so myself. I have enough to worry about.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      6 years ago from Beautiful South

      Bible Studies, I know this is off your subject, but could you elaborate on what you think about HubPages' policy they are going to put into effect that will archive our lower scoring hubs to raise our scores to make themselves look better? Maybe even do a hub on it. I feel like that is censorship because some of my lower scoring hubs are still getting hits and a few comments -- and drawing me a few followers.

    • Eva Civo profile image

      Eva Civo 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much, Bible Studies! You've taken all that time to write such a long and thoughtful response to me! Wow, the people at Hubs are a great family, aren't they? Your advice is so helpful. I'm going to implement it as soon as possible. Again, thanks a bunch!

    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      6 years ago from PA

      Welcome to hubs :)

      You don't have to worry about the score with a brand new hub. Most hubs start around 50. New hubs will take some time for people to see and rate. Give it at least a month to see where your score is before worrying about why the score is low.

      During that month, you can write more hubs, read about how to write good hubs, and learn tips and tricks to make hubs you have even better.

      The best thing you can do is keep reading and learning about how to create better and better hubs. The learning center is a great start. You can find that in a drop down menu under your name at the top. Hubs also offers an apprenticeship if you have the time and energy. It lasts for six months. You can find more information about it under my account.

      I did look at your hub. It is good that you broke down your text into sections and used bullet points for easy scanning. You might want to think about bolding Firefox, Crome, and Internet Explorer. I know there are a lot more writing and formatting tips on hub pages.

      I noticed you didn't have a picture. There are free clip art places where you can obtain a picture to put with your hub. I usually just look for something that somewhat relates to what I'm writing. You could use anything from different words from different languages as a picture, a cartoon guy staring at the screen with question marks over the guy's head, and etc.

      You could always try to create a YouTube video to show what you are explaining in your text. If you can't create a YouTube video, you can always try to find you like to link to.

      If your hub keeps a low score, your wording might still be a little confusing or technical for some to really understand. You may have to bring it down to the simplest explanation possible.

      I hope you find Hub Pages a good outlet for your writing.

    • Eva Civo profile image

      Eva Civo 

      6 years ago

      I'm new here, just started yesterday. I've only done one hub so far, about how to change language settings back to english on your browser, and my score started at 46, then went immediately to 45, then to 46 and now, about 18 or so hours and 13 views, it's 49. I found this hub because I was searching for an explanation of that number.

      I'm kinda disappointed to learn that it's not a good sign. I wonder what specific things I should do to help it along? Thanks for any help or pointers you can offer.

    • Natashalh profile image


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I haven't deleted any, but I have recently un-published a coupe of hubs I think need some reworking. I feel so attached to them, though, even if no one else (evidently) likes them. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who prefers not to just remove them for good.

    • shuck72 profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle

      I deleted several hubs early on because I thought their scores were too low. Now I wish I had not. I could have just refurbished them instead. Oh well part of the allure of hubpages is the learning environment.

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      6 years ago

      Great information on improving hub scores. I will take some of your suggestions and revise!

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      6 years ago from Beautiful South

      I really like the idea of the personal touch. I like to see other people's experiences. If a hub is written like a term paper, it really turns me off and I usually don't leave a comment. I don't understand, though, how some of the highest scoring hubs read like a term paper on acid (rambling thoughts). Voted you up, BTW.

    • Hendrika profile image


      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      You really have some very good points here. You have inspired me to look at my low scoring Hubs and try and do something about them.

    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      6 years ago from PA

      Thank You. Good luck raising your hub scores. :)

    • LoriSoard profile image


      6 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Great advice. I'm going to try upping the score on a few of my lower hubs. Voting up and useful.

    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      7 years ago from PA

      Thank you. No objection, all linking welcome :)

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      Wish I'd read this earlier. :) Voted up.

      I would like to link this to my milestones hub if you have no objection. Thanks!

    • myi4u profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very useful information. I think I will start revisit my under performing hubs and see if I can correct any problems in them.

    • irenemaria profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      So positive suggestions! Thanks a lot

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      I have kept all of my hubs and would much rather refurbish, than delete any of them.

    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      7 years ago from PA

      Tamarajo, I'm glad it helped you to make a decision. Personally I love writing myself.

      Debby, Thank you very much. :)

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Very useful hub. I voted up.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      A useful hub. The scoring thing has always confused me and you cleared a few things for me I have decided that I am more interested in the love of writing and the material itself than I am with the score and will look at how to revitalize the lower scoring hubs.

      Great advice.

    • Bible Studies profile imageAUTHOR

      Bible Studies 

      7 years ago from PA

      Thank you :)

      I figure I would get the debate over with at the beginning, so the reader could then concentrate on how to improve their hubs. That is much more beneficial. It also leaves the reader on a positive note at the end, at least I believe.

      After reading your comment, I could just see you sitting there with your fingers hovering over the keyboard itching to type all the reasons why not to delete any of your hubs, and how to improve them. lol

      If you or anyone else has any more useful ideas on how to improve hubs, please share.

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I didn't know where you were going with this when I strated reading. But I was glad to see how you gave all the useful ways to improve poor hubs. Of course, your ideas work for new Hubs too.

      I never delete poor performing Hubs. I always try to improve them by adding better examples. I especially like your idea of using a personal touch. That really does work. I do that on my business site too. Rather than making things sound like ad copy, I talk about my own experiences with the products.

      Very useful Hub. I voted up.


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