Hub Scores and How You Improve Them
There have been numerous Forum questions from Hubbers worrying about their Hub Scores and Hubber Scores. What?! You don’t know what these are? No problem. It doesn’t seem like too many people truly understand what these are all about anyway.
I thought I would put together an article that summed both of these up and too all of the frustration and unneeded worry from the shoulders of us all.
To start everyone off on the same level, the number associated with each individual Hub (article) you write is its Hub Score. This number is based solely on this particular Hub, it is all-over quality, the traffic it gets, and the activity on it, like comments and votes.
The number on your profile picture is your Hubber Score (see the difference?) and is essentially your reputation on HubPages. It takes into account all of your Hubs and everything you do while on the site. This includes your Forum participation, comments you make on yours and others Hubs, and Hub moderation. More on this stuff in a little bit.
So the Hub Score is for Hubs, and the Hubber Score is for Hubbers. Got it? Great!
What is the Hub Score and Why Does it Change?
The Hub Score is essentially a rating given to your individual Hubs (articles) by HubPages moderators on a scale from 0 to 100. This score is based on a number of Hub characteristics.
The overall quality of your Hub (word count, pictures, spelling and grammar, polls and extras, original content, etc.), the amount of traffic it attracts, and even the number of comments and vote ups (the thumbs up sign at the end of your Hub) it gets are all factored into each Hub Score.
All brand-new Hubs will typically start with a score of about 45, and then they go through a Quality Assessment Process with the HubPages moderators. Depending on the above characteristics, your score will fluctuate from there.
Obviously if you publish a good quality Hub with all of the necessary components they are searching for, get a good amount of traffic coming in, and have readers commenting regularly on your Hub, your score will go up. The more traffic and comments you receive, the higher your score.
Don’t freak out if your score doesn’t jump up right away. Some people will see a change within a day or so, but for others you might not see the change for about a week. There’s no need to worry unless you see your Hub scores going down.
This means you have a low-quality Hub. In this case, be sure to check the key at the bottom of your Hub statistics page under My Account, where HubPages will most likely tell you what’s wrong with the Hub. If the score dips below 40, if will begin affecting your Hubber Score. You will want to immediately get on and make the necessary corrections.
What is the easiest part of HubPages to you?
I Have a Low Hub Score. What Do I Do?
Remember that your Hub Score is likely to be super low when you first publish an article. Until it goes through the review process and starts receiving traffic and comments.
Give it time. When people start reading your articles, voting them up, and leaving comments, the system will kick right in and your scores will too! Many people see a change within a day or so, some won’t see any changes for about a week. Don’t worry about it. Just keep on writing and they’ll soon go up.
Remember if they start going down instead of up, that’s when you need to worry. This means you have low quality Hubs that don’t meet the criteria we have been discussing throughout this article and they need to be updated. Simply go back in, read through them, and make sure they meet all of the Hub suggestions HubPages so generously offers at the top right of every article creation page.
Tons more about your Hub Score here!
How do I Increase my Hub Score?
HubPages provides a handy-dandy guide at the top right-hand side of your screen while you are composing a Hub. It tells you exactly how many words you have written, and how many pictures, polls, videos, tables, links, etc. you have used in your article.
As you scroll over each area in the little picture guide they have for you keeping tally of your work on your article, they offer tips and suggestions for how to write your Hub. For instance, they suggest that you write an article with at least 1250 words, because Hubs with 1250+ words typically get more traffic and more comments.
Using multiple text capsules with headings, rather than writing one big long article makes your articles easier to read and therefore they before more popular.
High-quality images that are either yours or are available for commercial use through any Creative Commons give readers a visual to better understand your information, and it makes your overall article look more professional and well put together.
Did you know this Goal Suggestion Table existed before this article?
Adding additional items like videos, quizzes, Amazon or eBay capsules, or even polls make your article that much more interesting to readers and make them an involved participant in your article rather than simply a reader.
All of these suggestions come straight from the table I was discussing. It will even give you check marks all the way across when you have completed all of the goals.
When you are at risk for a violation, your Hub will even post a message at the top of your screen warning again being over-promotional, duplicate content, etc. Just pay attention as you are writing, and you’ll get plenty of help from HubPages with your articles.
Obviously, you’ll want to use your spell and grammar checker, and maybe even have a friend read it first, before posting just to make sure you’ve gotten all of the kinks and mistakes out of it before you publish it for all to see.
What is a Hubber Score?
The Hubber Score takes into account all of your current activity and all of the Hubs (articles) you have published. This includes people commenting on your Hubs, you commenting back, you commenting on others Hubs and voting them up or down, participating in the HubPages Forums, posting your own and answering others, and even moderating others Hubs on the Hub Hopper.
The more you participate honestly and in a valuable way (no cheating!), the better your Hubber Score (your reputation) will get. Here is an Author Status chart that will lay out your ranking for you.
See Author Status Table Below
In general, your Hubber Score is meant to not only reflect the collective quality and success of your Hubs, but also the contributions you have made to the community as a whole.
My Hubber Score Just Went Down... What Do I Do?
There could be a number of reasons why this has happened. Throughout your time with HubPages, your score will constantly be going up and down. Did you just write a new article?
Every time you write a new article, it gets that beginning Hub Score of 45. Remember? As your Hubber Score is partly the average of all of your Hubs together, writing new articles will most certainly bring down your Hubber Score.
(Mine is as low as it is, a 74, because I write one to two new Hubs every single day. My Hubber Score doesn’t have a chance. lol)
However, as you are with HubPages for a longer period of time, have a greater amount of history behind you, and have a much larger number of Hubs, that average score won’t affect you quite as much.
Please don’t do anything drastic like deleting all of your low-scoring Hubs, or loading your current Hubs down with keywords or links. This score will constantly change. Just be patient, keep writing high-quality Hubs and it will return to normal.
There’s nothing you can really do to change your Hubber Score from day-to-day except to keep moving forward and doing what you know will work to keep it moving upward.
How Do I Get a Higher Hubber Score?
Just as there is a huge list of actions you can take with your Hubs to improve your Hub Scores, thankfully there are just as many actions you can take today to get that score moving skyward.
Publishing more quality Hubs is one of the best things you can do right now! HubPages also wants you to be an active member of the HubPages community. Get involved!
Participate in the Forums, ask questions, and answer questions. Read other Hubbers’ articles, make valuable comments, and vote them up.
Jump on the Hub Hopper and help HubPages’ moderators with the Hub reviewing process by leaving your own comments and suggestions. Don’t be afraid to report Hubs if they are inappropriate or low-quality.
Finally, promote your own articles! Why not? You want traffic and comments of your own right? You make money when you get traffic!
So link to them on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, and any other social media site you can think of. More fans and more traffic will certainly raise that score!
What are you doing still sitting here?! You have Hubs to write and a community to get involved in!
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