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Success with HubPages is Cumulative
I think so. Many hubs chat about this or about scores and income. A hubber's rating goes to 97 and two days later, to 90, then, three days later, to 94. So, you look at your hubs and their scores trying to make some sense out of it. In my case, my hub on the 1960's Chevrolet rear engine Corvair, has always got a rating of 95-99. It was written two years ago. Yet, when I go to Google keyword search, the keywords are mediocre as far as their rating and those searching using those words. That sort of dispels the myth that keywords are critical in a hub title, important, yes. The Corvair hub is long with video and photos. Hmm, maybe it is the whole package that is most important, but that alone would still not keep the rating high by itself. Yet, I have other hubs that have a complete package also that remain in the low 70's. So, even having the complete package (good length, photos, video) does not equate to high scores.
Maybe it is the number of followers you have. Some hubbers think this is not the case, but then, why do the seem important? I think it is all about potential revenue or clicks on links. Hubbers with 2500 followers are making some serious extra cash, maybe $2000 month. The more hubs and hub followers the hubber has, the more potential income one has. Creating back links to other pages can create traffic, which I suppose might create income.
When you create a new hub, it seems the highest score one can get is 55, I suppose that is based on uniqueness, keyword value to Google and conciseness. I have noticed this to be case, while long, wordy titles get 46. Yet, even that is not always true. As you look at all the hubs your have penned, notice how they change daily or weekly. The go up and down like wind in score rating, some may remain more constant, others not so much. I attribute this simply as interest of the topic to others, nothing more. The more that click on it and view it, the better. So, in this respect, creating a hub that is viewed a lot of times is luck. Sometimes, when you look at all your hubs, you see a pattern. So, you crank more hubs on that topic only to find that is NOT the case. Whatever pattern that seemed to be there, was fleeting. It was there only for a few days because the rating then nosedived.
I do not think there is a guaranteed recipe for success when writing for HubPages. There techniques to use, but because HP is tied to Google search engines, your success is hit and miss and dependent on the whims of Google searchers. You can do everything HP suggests to do and still wonder why so little money comes from it.
One perplexing issue is about sharing your hub. So, you have created a new hub. It has all the elements-dressed for success- after saving and publishing it a pop-up appears when you want share it with followers. It warns you that sharing is not really a good thing.
Why? This pop-up is somewhat new, it was not there two years ago. Why would a hubber not want to share the hub with their followers? If a hubber finds no interest in the hub, they will not click on it, it is there choice. Is there something the HP back end people are not disclosing? If you share your hub, are you penalized?
That brings up a more ominous potential, does or can HP manipulate the hub scores to promote hubs they deem "better" in income revenue generators? HP does make money off this venture, so it is not so naive to think this. Maybe the algorithm can be tweaked to give hubs with a score of 95+ more exposure to Google search engines, so that those HP hubs are on the first page of a search result (most people seldom go to Page 2) of a search result.
It is entirely possible. So, While you can do a few things to get income generated, most of it comes with this: making money on HP is a numbers game, the more hubs, the better. The more followers, the better. The more links, the better. Everything else is luck based and what is interesting to the rest of the worldwide searchers on Google.
Do you concur?