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Ways to Raise your Hub Score

Updated on July 2, 2010

I was asked by fellow hubber, RobertAllenSavage, to answer this question. In fact, I woke to find an email from the editors here at HubPages, with his request to answer or to write a hub about it.

Now, I am sort of new to HubPages, have only been a member for 3 months, so I am sure that there are plenty of folks who could answer this question better than I. But I will share what I have learned so far.

The first and perhaps the most important thing I learned, was to write good content. I studied the hubs of others who wrote about hubs and writing good content was always at the top of their list. To write a good piece, you must know what it is you are trying to say in your hub so doesn’t appear to just be a rant. Research is usually necessary for me.

When writing opinion, I always want to make sure that my opinion is based on some kind of fact. Expound on your topic; give reasons for your opinion or facts to back you up. From reading other hubs I have also learned that the search engines like hubs that are at least 700 words in length.

Presentation is also important. You want people to read your hub and the length of time that a visitor is on your hub is measured. The first glance they get will determine whether they stick around and read your hub, so your hub should be attractive looking and balanced. Add a few pictures or video, just enough to catch the eye and help portray what you are talking about. Adding a poll question can be helpful in gaining their attention as well.

Writing in caps is like yelling, so avoid writing in caps because it is rude to yell at your guests. I also avoid writing in bold.

I use Bold and CAPS for gaining attention to a certain word or phrase in an article or perhaps for a title or sub-title.

Use plenty of capsules. All of your text does not need to be in one capsule. Mix them up. Try different variations of your normal arrangement. A little extra effort is worth it. Just like what realtors call curb appeal, the new coat of paint, added flowers or freshly cut grass, the little extras you add to your hubs may well lengthen the amount of time someone will spend reading your hub or perhaps give them a better reason for hitting a thumbs up.

If your aim is to improve your presence on HubPages, you must have a presence. You need to be an active member of the community. It took me a while to realize this. I started in the Sandbox, figuring it to be a safer place to learn to play the HubPages way.

Having been burned and attacked on other forums by bullies resorting to name calling and such, I was reluctant to jump into the forums with both feet before testing the waters. Being active on the forums and in the Q & A gets your name seen by other hubbers. If they like what you have to say, the chance that they will visit your site increases. While your goal may not be to get other hubbers to read your hubs, it will help in your overall hub score.

Read other hubbers and make intelligent comments.  Follow those whose hubs you enjoyed reading.  Post fan mail to them, let them know you took the time to read their hubs.  Chances are they will at least come back to your site and read a hub or two.  If they like what they read, they will follow you and that may also help your score.  Responding to comments left on your hubs shows you care about your visitors.

For many of the writers here on HubPages, the goal is to make money. The use of keywords and back links are very important tools you can use to further that goal. While I understand the usage of keywords, taking advantage of SEO and back links are new to me and I am still learning how to accomplish those. There are many hubs written about utilizing these techniques. I recommend these 2 hubs to start:

The goal on HubPages is not to have a high hub score or the highest number of followers. But every comment and every page click seems to mean something to someone. Our hub scores fluctuate often and from what I gather from other hubbers, it doesn’t mean too much until it dips too low.

If you truly want to understand how to write high scoring hubs, I suggest you click on the word hubbers at the top of the page.  There you will find a list of all of the hubbers here on HubPages.  At the top of the list are the highest scoring hubbers.  Click on them and read their hubs.  Some of their hubs are years old and are still scoring in the 90s.  Study the hubs.  What are they writing about?  Are they involved in their hubs or just rehashing the obvious? Pay attention to the layout.  What makes the hub unique?  Do you find it attractive?  While advising not to copy anyone else’s work, I do recommend that you notice the how they portray and display the subject matter that they are writing about.   

Good Luck Robert! Your writing is good and will improve even more as you continue to write. I hope I have answered your question in a way that is clear and helpful.

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      Alejandro Molina 5 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      Ho Joni, Thank you so much for this very insightful hub. I am actually reading a lots of hubs related to this one and I find your hub very helpful for me. I will try and include those tips that you've iterated here. This is one great hub from you, a straight to the point and easy to learn tips.

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      Gamerelated 5 years ago from California

      Hello Joni Douglas, these are some good tips and I am going to try to integrate what I have learned here into my Hubs. I am relatively new here so I have been writing while trying to learn to write better at the same time.

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      Great article! I have to say I have been reading a bunch of articles on this topic and it still seems like quite a mystery. I wonder if we will ever figure it out.

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      nightmarenyx 5 years ago from Florida

      Awesome Hub, I was really confused about scores until I read this. :)

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Glad it could help you cablestewart. Welcome to HubPages.

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      calebstewart 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you very much for this hub, it explained a lot to me!

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Thank you Helen, I am glad you found this hub useful.

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      Helen Bolam 6 years ago from South Shields

      Useful informtion. Thanks.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Thanks Treasuresofheaven. This is a wonderful community of writers and I wish you every success.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great job Joni. I appreciate this hub. Thanks for your suggestions.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Welcome Happyboomernurse. At this writing, I have been on Hubs for about 8 months and am still learning new things everyday. You are so right - Hub Pages is a very supportive community. Thanks you for stopping by and adding your thoughts here.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for this very practical and clearly written advice on how to improve hub scores. I've been on HubPages for only two months and am still learning new things every day, but I've found the HubPages community to be wonderfully supportive.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Your score will settle down some Mike. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Mike Dale 6 years ago from Far northern California

      Thanks for the great advice! I'm pretty new, and my score is ALL over the place! I'm not too worried about it yet, but in time I'd like it to stabilize and be somewhat decent. I still have a lot to learn, but it should be a fun ride.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Thank you, adair_francesca and welcome to HubPages. I appreciate your comments. That is one thing truly unique to HubPages....the support from the other hubbers.

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      adair_francesca 6 years ago

      Well written hub. whew, it took me some time juts to get at the bottom of your comments but it is all worth it. I learned great info and tips. Excellent hub.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Welcome hubba-hubba. Nowhere special that I know of. But it is mentioned in other hubs as well. It is also an approximate minimum word count for articles submitted to various blogs. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      hubba-hubba 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great thoughts, anywhere special that 700 word number came from? That sounds like a good rule of thumb though!

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      My pleasure skozak. Welcome to HubPages.

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      skozak 6 years ago from New York

      Ahh...thank you Joni! I am new toy the Hub and had no clue what the how the score worked at all. Thank you for your hub on this.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Well thank you. rgerman. Glad to help. Welcome to HubPages.

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      rgerman 6 years ago from Atoka, Oklahoma

      An Awesome read. Posting my first Hub yesterday, I jumped in here feet first. My first attempt at blogging, your Hub answered numerous questions and gave me some new paths to think over. Re-visiting this page is going to help a lot.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Thanks Mathan42, for the compliment and the comments. I will check it out.

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      mathan42 6 years ago

      Great work Joni Douglas...good information on raising hubscore...very great writing skill...I also agree content is important...check out my hub on study techniques at http://hubpages.com/t/1b9a20 and give some comments on improving it.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Why thank you Mark. I take that as a real compliment.

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      I don't usually read an article from start to finish, but this one was well written and interesting. Thanks...

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      You are welcome anginwu. And thank you for the very nice compliment and for the comment.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Joni, you obviously don't need any comment to tell you how great this hub is. Thanks for the tips. I agree great content is very important.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Thank you Treasures. That was my hope. I sure appreciate the comments.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Joni, this is good information. This is so straightforward, clear and to the point! Oh, did I mention, easy to understand.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Yes, Victoria that happens. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      sandun81, thanks for stopping by and adding your comments. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Joni Douglas 6 years ago

      Suzi, that is some story you have. I'm glad you found the information helpful and I look forward to reading your hubs. Thank you for your comments and welcome to HubPages.

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      sandun81 6 years ago

      Very good information for a newbie like me. Keep up the good work !

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      SuziGravenstuk 6 years ago from Long Beach MS, USA

      Ms Joni, I think you stroked an excellent article. I particularly like and agree with "follow/imitate" the successful ones--or stated another way, do what they do until strong enough that a newbie will imitate you.

      I learned this technique 35 years ago when I awoke from a 2 week coma and had to start over again. I knew absolutely 0, a living, breathing--tabula rosa.

      Also, several self help books I read (once I could read and understand again) recommended choosing successful people and doing what they do.

      Off on a scouting mission now. Thanks!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Why thank you kentuckyslone. Glad I could be of some help. I am still learning too.

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      kentuckyslone 7 years ago

      Thanks for doing this. I have been a member for quite awhile but have just decided recently to be active with it. So I am still learning and found a lot of helpful advice here!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you ilmseo. I'm glad you found it to be helpful.

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      ilmseo 7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is really helpful - thank you!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      James, this hub was about the author score, not an article score. I took a look at your hubs and they are full of good information. Are you getting the word out about your hubs? on the social networking sites? Following others and commenting on their work? Building your rep?

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      jamesphilipson 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the excellent advice in this hub. Do you have any information or advice on boosting your hubpages author score?

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks mcwriter, I hope it does help. And best wishes to you as well.

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      MacDonald Chaava 7 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

      This is quite helpful. Best wishes to you.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks you Alan. Best regards to you as well. Welcome to HubPages.

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      smith.alan00 7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks a lot, very informative data

      might be helpful to all the Hubbers

      Best Regards

      Smith Alan

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you mythbuster. Your comments are appreciated. It is from you and the other great hubbers here that we learn.

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice, concise starter guide for new writers at Hub Pages, Joni Douglas. Thanks for writing in a way that is easy to understand. I think many people will do well at hubpages and turn out good articles if they follow suggestions here.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages Eiddwen, you are very welcome.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for sharing the info. I'm pretty new on here and it is so useful. Thanks Joni Douglas!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Your Welcome REIMillions.

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      REIMillions 7 years ago

      thank you for sharing Joni!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you Kim, I sure appreciate the compliments.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Very helpful article and so well written and explained. Nice style of writing. So very nice of you to share what you know with others. Impressive. Looking forward to reading your future writings.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      That's true Penny Shares, that can happen. HubPages rewards activity.

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      PennyShares 7 years ago from London UK

      I tend to notice that if I go a long time without logging in then the score I have drops

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      I hope they do too Mr. Wine. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Mr Wine 7 years ago from Great Wine Country

      Thanks Joni. Being new to Hubpages I have an amazing low score across the board. Hoping that my score will increase soon with these tips.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank Paula, the best to you as well. I'm still learning my way around here too and get somewhat befuddled by the terminology. I'll keep working at it too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice compliment.

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      Paula Andrea, MA 7 years ago from www.mode of cosmic therapy.com

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. I felt it was informative, insightful and most helpful Though I've been on Hub Pages for about 20 months, I am still in the dark as to what it is that generates alot of readers, the score, and of course the term 'backlinking." I am glad I read what you had to write. I'll keep working at it. Best to you...

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Welcome Dee. Thank you for stopping by and I think you will like it here. In answer to your question, yes, as you write more hubs, they will be categorized on your profile page.

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      Deidre Shelden 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I like the "every comment and every page click seems to mean something to someone." HubPages is for me! Now, I'll become a new follower and go back encouraged and motivated to write my next hub :) Hey, is it because I have so few hubs yet that mine on my profile page are not listed in categories, even though I've assigned a category to each?

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you Loves to Read. There certainly are a lot of fabulous people here. Anyone who has questions can find the answer from the other hubbers.

      Blessings to you as well and thank you so much for comments.

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

      Wow Joni this one should sure give you a good score. :)

      Thank you for the great info. I have been wondering about adding video clips so now i will give it a try. Good luck here on hp. I don't know too much of the techy stuff but i do know there are a lot of fabulous people on here.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Hi Dawn. Thanks for thumbs up. Glad you stopped by.

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      thank you joni for the great advice, I do exactly what you said and some days I am up and others I am not but I write to help others so that is really what matters after all. Thank you for a great Hub, i voted you up...

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks akirchner, those scores really do fluctuate. I appreciate the comments.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great info and have bookmarked the other hubs to study over - it is a fluctuating thing that hub score! All great tips though.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks proudmamma. I feel the same way. I enjoy it too. Glad you stopped by and left such a nice comment.

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      proudmamma 7 years ago

      I started writing hubs as an outlet, a way of coping and expressing my feelings. Now, I've discovered how much I enjoy and want to learn about being effective in my writing. Thanks for the tips.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      You are most welcome soccerpig73. And thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice response.

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      soccerpig73 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I'm new here hubs like these are helping me figure the site out. So thanks again.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks Pratonix. Always good to welcome Christians to HubPages. Blessings to you as well.

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      This is a very good hub. You are not a newbie anymore; you learnt the ropes pretty fast on Hubpages. Glad to have a senior Christian like you on HP. Blessings.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks star439, I'll take a blessing anytime. I sure appreciate it that you stopped by and commented.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the helpful information. God Bless You.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      I checked them out OpinionDuck and you certainly made your point. However, I tried to write about improving one's overall hub score not just an article hub score. Perhaps this isn't clear in the hub I wrote.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      Joni

      You can check out the two hubs I did on hubscores, and make up your mind on what they tell.

      ~:}

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Good evening OpinionDuck.

      While I'm sure that there are those who would agree with you, but I think most would contend that good writing and good content is important for a good hubscore.

      As for making money? Some claim to make Good money here on hubs while others wait for the firs big payout. Guess I'll have to find that out for myself.

      I sure appreciate the comments.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      Joni

      Hubpages doesn't make real money, like even minimum wage.

      Hubscores are not based on quality, or even writing ability.

      ~:}

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you Denise. I have found that other hubbers are very supportive as well. I hope some have found the information helpful. I must admit that I was little surprised and yes, delighted by the all of the comments.

      Thanks for your great comments.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Joni, you offered a hubful of useful info. I voted it up. I'm still so new here that any bit of info to help me improve my writing is appreciated. Sometimes I feel as if I am 'groping in the dark' until I realize what a wonderfully supportive community this is-if I just ask for some help. Reading great hubs like yours is also beneficial.

      One thing that stands out from your hub, which I was not previously aware of, is that the amount of time spent on a hub reading it is monitored and counted in some way. Amazing. Makes me more conscientious of how I 'click' on and off to some hubs and linger on others...as well as being curious as to the same for mine.

      I'm still so unfamiliar with much of this, however, I'm an eager student. Doing a 'mental' checklist of the things you offered in your hub I find that I am doing many of them already. One of the things I have been enjoying this week is getting involved in the forums. I can relate to your comment about being burned in the forums. I try not to be too opinionated, and hopefully have not offended (too many?)people with my comments, b/c it is easy to get caught up in it all.

      By the number of comments here I can tell you have offered something for everyone! Great tips. :)

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you multimastery. Quality content is definitely the way to go. I appreciate the comments very much.

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      multimastery 7 years ago

      Great insight Joni, especially to be relatively new here. You're right, hub scores do rise & fall a lot , so I wouldn't be too alarmed about it unless (as you say) it drops too low. The main thing is to keep pumping out quality content for your readers as thoroughly as possible.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      mathslover, thanks for stopping by and I hope it helps.

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      Great hub!thanks!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Your welcome, Cuselax. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cuselax 7 years ago

      thanks!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      stephensaldana, I know the feeling. Some days I sit down to write and start reading and have not left myself time to write. So I out it off till another day. Then on a day when I am writing a lot, I don't socialize on hubs too much, Finding a happy medium is something I guess I'll have to work on.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Wow patp, did they credit you for the article? Or just scam your work? I will head over and do some reading later. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great information Joni.. I have been watching my score rise and fall almost on a daily basis so this helps put things in perspective.. There is definitely times I need to log in more and participate in the conversations.. But like someone said earlier, I get so tied up reading others hubs, I run out of time!

      Thanks again..

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      patp 7 years ago

      Well said, this was very helpful to me. I have been dealing with the duplicate content sign on my last article, it was a very trending topic and was picked up and placed on some very popular blogs such as The Huffington Post. This was the first I learned that other people would put you on their blog. So my content was not duplicate until it started appearing on other peoples blogs. I guess I should not feel so bad about it since I know it was originally mine. I have been at this for 4 months,learning everday. Thanks for you article!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Hi to you too, luciano63. That is a great compliment, thank you. I hope it helps.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thank you Sweetsusieg, for the nice compliment. I, too, still have much to learn. Isn't it nice that we can all help each other? Good luck to you.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      knell63, That's the idea, all right. Sure appreciate that you took the time to comment.

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Hi, nice Hub very simple and clear. I started to follow your advices making my hubs look better for an easier and enjoyble reading.

      Take care!

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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Joni for writing this article, as a new hubber it makes things a little easier to understand how hubbing works. I still have much to learn, but I am a good 'grasshopper' and quick minded.

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      knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Some good ideas Joni, I still have no idea how it all works, I think your first comment in the article is correct, write things that are interesting and people will come.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      hubpageswriter, thanks for your comments and the encouragement.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Pratonix, Welcome to HubPages. Blessings to you as well and Good Luck. Thanks for stopping by.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      I see the truth in many of what has been mentioned in this great hub. Keep it up, Joni.:)