I wrote my first hub a week ago and i wasn't sure if it would do well. I checked back two days ago and saw the hubscore increased and my overall one did as well. However, today i noticed that my overall hubscore increased, but the hub i wrote went down a few points. Could someone help me understand this? I intend on writing more, but is 73 a good score to be starting out with? Thanks.
73 is fine to start out with. As you write more Hubs, most likely your score will rise. The Hubber Score (overall score) is determined by how your Hubs are doing in terms of traffic/votes and your participation in the community via commenting, forums, etc. Individual Hub scores are determined by traffic the Hub gets, votes it gets, etc. There's algorithms involved, I'm sure. Both scores tend to fluctuate. Starting off with a score of 73 is pretty good. The significance of the score has partly to do with whether they'll be indexed on search engines; you need a Hubber Score of 75 for that to happen and for an individual it needs to be at least 45.
Individual Hub's are also scored by quality of content too, I believe.
Not so sure about that as they don't actually get 'read' by anyone to get the score, it is all done by an algorithm which can't actually judge quality of the content, only pick up on key features such as word count, images, quantity of amazon/ebay ads, traffic etc. To judge quality would mean an enormous team of staff reading every single hub on a regular basis and then awarding it a score. Simply not viable.
I think if you just concentrate on writing a good hub which is free from grammatical and factual errors, unique and very interesting, you will do fine. Always remember, the Google search engine is easily attracted to those qualities. When I was just starting out, I didn't even know what all those scores meant, but I just kept on going.
You personal score and your article score is different. You personal hubscore depends on how many people view you hub, how many hubs you view, basically how active you are in the community. While your article score depends on other things, such as how many people view the hub, how often it gets read etc. So over time they both vary!
Take a look at mine you may find something interesting ( I'm a newbie like you!)
My advice is to not worry too much about Author scores or hubscores, and only about your content. If you keep writing, everything will go up eventually, and you can keep track of your progress by traffic rather than scores.
I agree with what ttocs said. I do not worry a whole lot about the hub scores as long as they do not fall too low. I try to focus more on content.
I guess it is better to not worry about the score like that. I just wanted to start out strong. Thanks for the advice, it was very helpful.
I doubt anyone comes out of the gate with one hub showing a high hubscore. 71 seems fine at this point. Anyway, I'm not sure what a high Hubscore does for you anyway. It's sort of a measure of your social credibility, but doesn't necessarily correlate with your writing ability.
I'm glad that here, unlike many other social sites for writers, there is not so much focus on these artificial numbers and how many followers, etc. you have. That stuff is really distracting.
I agree with you, Casimiro. The main point is the writing. But I read somewhere that Hubscore is important for SEO. It is said that after 75 or so, HubPages will allow the links to other Web pages to be counted as backlinks. But, again, such is also "artifical" is distracting. And so far I only wrote 2 hubs. Poor me!
I believe it is the Hubber's Author Score that needs to be over 75 in order for their links to be 'do follow', not the score of the individual hubs themselves.
Yes, Hubber Score (Author's Score) needs to be 75 and an individual Hub needs to be at least 45 to get the do follow and be indexed on Google/the Web.
and let's face it, a trained chimp can get a hub to have a score of over 45 pretty effortlessly
Definitely not a good idea to get hung up on Hub Scores, or even your personal Author Score (providing it is above 75). None of those figures matter to Google, and in fact they can't even 'see' them. These scores are just a tool HP use in order to get you to interact more in the community and churn out loads of content, whilst making sure it has adequate amounts of words, polls, pictures etc (basically whatever HP have decided at the time is their ideal criteria for the perfect hub, something that appears to change quite often!). I have hubs that have a score of 100 some days, but drop to being in the 80's other days. I barely pay any attention any more. The only reason I have the slightest interest in my Author score is because others who don't know that it is meaningless may well judge me as not being a very good writer if my score drops below 90.
If you are new to online writing, read as much as you can about SEO, mix it up with a lot of common sense and hit 'enter!' Do not bother too much about hub scores or trophies. Write as well as you can about stuff you know of.
Well, that's what I can say! Peace!
Hubscores are mainly determined by number of visitors and your participation in the Hubpages community. You have to optimize your hubs and tags for more visitors, but hopping hubs and participating in Questions and Forums help to improve your overall hubscore. This is true for most of the online communities.
It's definitely better to just concentrate on learning about HubPages, learning about search engines and keyword optimization, and writing good content. The scores will follow!
Good luck with your writing on HubPages!
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