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The Secret to a HubScore of 100 - Who Cares?

Updated on April 15, 2015
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Anti-Valentine started freelancing in 2008, as well as blogging, hubbing, affiliate marketing, and other forms of online money making.


I figured that since so many people, particularly hubbers, seem to be interested in articles pertaining to Hubpages and its various aspects, I would try my hand at writing an article on it myself.

Why are people so obsessed with getting this mythical HubScore of $100$ (complete with angels singing, one-armed bandits dropping coins, cash registers chachinging, and a big brass band playing “We’re in the Money”)?

Here are some testimonials:

“It completely changed my life!” - Anonymous hubber #1

“I’ve never been good at anything, and now this? I’m so happy! Thank you Hubpages!” - Anonymous hubber #200090

And now, back to the article!

I am far from boasting, but in the time I’ve been on Hubpages, I’ve created over 100 hubs, including this one, on two profiles, and I’ve had hundreds of visitors and backlinks due to asking people nicely to reciprocate; the highest hubscore I’ve had so far is 92. The highest HubRank I’ve had is 95.

Okay, so we now know that if you do happen to attain this mark, it might mean that you’ve come across something unique that hasn’t been touched upon that much, and that no evangelical vigilantes have pooh-poohed your hubs.

What I’m writing here isn’t a knock against people who have achieved it. It’s good to have a goal and something to work towards, but generally the score, in my opinion, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best article on the web on that topic, it doesn’t mean that it’s the most popular, it doesn’t mean people will search for it, and it doesn’t mean that a lot of people will visit it either, and in that case you can forget about it making a lot of revenue.

I don’t worry about the score, I just enjoy writing. If people don’t like what I write, they can get out of my airspace and go and drop their bombs on someone else. It only takes a second to leave an article or site by way of the exit (unless you have dial-up), which will save you from plenty of stress and lack of sleep if you happen to be that sensitive. If they are going to rate my hubs negatively, then they can at least have the courage to leave a comment, and not be so spineless and pathetic.

I for one actually enjoy and seek out a few different articles on the same subject, to compare. You can’t just read one and say it’s the best - there might be ten others that are even better, and the chances are that one of them might be the original that the person you were about to praise copied.

God knows how the score is calculated (he probably doesn’t), but God, if he, she, or it exists, does know that quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. It may as well be a little timer sitting in the corner, indicating the exact end of the world, because like anything handled by computers and programming, it would be wrong anyway, and I would just ignore it as usual.

I think, despite the HubScore supposedly not taking it into account, interesting topics whether unique or not so unique, well written articles, pictures, videos and use of other capsules, as well as plenty of links and references would win me over any day, and consequently make me visit your other hubs too, even if they don’t have a score higher than :(60:( (honest). After all, I’m the one who decides I want to know more about writing, making money, or other topics, instead of How to Get Rid of Toe Jam (no offence to anyone who has written about this). I can spot something that I would like to read, and I know if I’m going enjoy it after the first paragraph and perhaps a quick scan through.

Besides, if you think the HubScore is confusing, then you’ll cry about the equivalent at Helium, or so I’ve read. A defector once wrote about how he or she did little tests, and found more often than not the well written articles dropped, whereas the not-so-good ones were at the peak of the heap.

I suppose it’s as they say, not only cream rises to the top.

Note that as of late, I have hit the mythical 100 HubRank or Author Score on this profile as well as having achieved a 100 score on more than one hub. So you can't really accuse me of being bitter. My argument here still stands: ignore the score.

“When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.”

— Katarina Witt

Do you care about HubScores or HubRanks?

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© 2009 Anti-Valentine


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    • Cirjan Raluca profile image

      Cirjan Raluca 3 years ago from Bucharest

      "complete with angels singing, one-armed bandits dropping coins, cash registers chachinging, and a big brass band playing “We’re in the Money" - that was hilarious :))

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      KristinaMPitts 3 years ago

      I'm new to hubber so I don't know much about all this yet :( but I guess the higher the hub score the more your contents appears on this site? or the better? am i right? if wrong tell me. I'm just curious :)

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Central USA

      You said it all. AMEN!

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I don't worry about my score but I have to say I have been very excited when I hit 100. Hitting 100 doesn't mean you will be showered with praise or money (at least in my case), but I get a little personal satisfaction when I achieve it. I've been ranked in the top 10 writers on the site just to be kicked down to 100 in less than an hour. The numbers change constantly-I'm just glad that I've been lucky enough to see the 100 for the few minutes when it appears.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Great article! I guess I've wondered what it mean but I haven't worried about it. I thinking worrying is wasted time and energy. Now, because of your article I want give the score another thought, I'll just write and enjoy the process. Thanks again.

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      Anti-Valentine 8 years ago from My lair

      "i like the article very much :-)"

      "Love the article and your writing style!"

      Thanks you two.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Goldentoad commented on a hub Friday night that I was practically begging someone to comment on.  From there, things took off.  I've had more new fans, more page views, more FUN, in the last 48 hours than the entire time prior to that.  I started HubPages early October.  So, yeah, I got excited as my Hubscore reached 99 for the first time, and you bet I longed for the 100.  I know it's fleeting, I know it doesn't mean crap in the big scheme of things.  But, it was nice to feel it close.  Did I reach it? No.  Will I ever? Who knows?   Does it change anything either way? No.  I'm still going to write and I'm still going to have fun.   But, when it happens to someone they deserve to revel in it a bit and I for one, intend to congratulate them.

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      Rainbow Brite 8 years ago

      Love the article and your writing style!

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      riotgrrrl 8 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      i like the article very much :-)

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      Anti-Valentine 9 years ago from My lair

      "I never worry about my score as it moves up and down all of the time, I as yourself enjoy writing on topics that come to mind or that I have great knowledge in. Thank you for shedding light on this subject.:)"

      No problem.

      "sounds like the kind of thing you could spend far too much time worrying about!"

      Thank goodness I don't!

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      LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

      sounds like the kind of thing you could spend far too much time worrying about!

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I never worry about my score as it moves up and down all of the time, I as yourself enjoy writing on topics that come to mind or that I have great knowledge in. Thank you for shedding light on this subject.:)