As asked in title. I know it's subjective, but in your opinion, what is the lowest score you would allow an article to remain up before editing or un-publishing it?
Understand that I am new here, so putting feelers out on how to do it right!
Indeterminate. I'm not interested in scores, only in the traffic which brings income. If a hub can maintain a dozen or two organic views per month, I'll keep it. If it can't, but is less than a year old I'll probably keep that, too.
Okay then wilderness, thanks. I was thinking that a high hub score was necessary to acquire better visibility via algorithm. Am I mistaken then?
Wilderness' advice is solid, though yes, HubScore affects ranking.
HubScore is also closely tied with quality ratings, so if your Hub has a low HubScore, chances are you can bring it up by improving its quality. To have an idea of what you should shoot for, review the descriptions of Hubs getting ratings of eight and above on this scale: hubpages.com/help/hub_hop_table#informational
Thanks Simone. I currently have all of my articles featured, but am afraid that may change. Now I will know what to do if it does happen. Might be proactive in a case or two also. Thanks.
I wonder about the hub score and quality. I have seen hub score go up and down. One week could be near 90 or even above and then go down to below mid-70's. It is hard to think that the quality changes when a hub is not edited during that time frame.
I will say I have noticed this especially with seasonal topics. I would think that what is popular online during a period of time also effects the hub score.
I believe that HP will more likely spread the links to high scoring hubs than low scoring ones. Links like those at the bottom of each hub or other places they show featured hubs.
Right now my stats are showing 1700 daily views, of which 27 are from HP. Whatever the reason, I'm not getting views from HP links and putting a few more of them around the site to increase visibility through the HP algorithm isn't going to help much.
I've written a few hubs aimed at hubbers, but in the way of putting back some of the help I've received from other hubbers. Not to earn from. Attempting to garner HP traffic would be like wanting a portion of a thimbleful of water when there's a lake right next to you.
Bear in mind that a significant part of the score is how much traffic it's getting, not a reflection of how good it is.
I've found that a good score doesn't mean anything when it comes to earnings potential. My best scoring Hubs are not my best earners. Like Sabreblade, I would never make a decision on Hubs based on their score, because I'm writing for readers, not HP.
To give you an idea how unimportant scores are: there was a forum thread recently where HubPages staff agreed the Hubber Score and Hub Scores are misleading, but they don't have time to work on a replacement system right now, and they don't want to remove the existing scores until they've got one designed.
I don't use HubScore to make this decision. I rely on the Featured Hub element of the HubPages system. If a hub is Featured, I keep it up, as it is adding to my Google revenue. If a Hub is not featured, I slate it for improvement or removal. But, since it is featured, and therefore not indexed, it doesn't lower my Google ranking. So there's no rush.
I think that one should concentrate on writing quality hub with original contents covering all the aspects like the subject, related pictures, opinion polls, connected videos, etc. and if the hubscore is lower than 8 than consider revisiting and revising it.
I don't think a hub score matters that much. It's the views that are important.
When a hub gets more traffic, its hub-score goes up. That is why the score goes up and down even if you don't change anything.
And to answer your original question, I set my limit at 70.
If, a hub of mine, even after improving it, continues to score less than 70 for over a year, it gets the chop.
Right now three of my top ten visited Hubs are 78-75 scores.
Which means HP doesn't care for the Hubs, but readers do.
So....readers win, because that is who I am writing for, not HP.
Don't get me wrong...I love high Hub scores.
But I like traffic and happy readers more.
Let's start a new thread:
Stop unfairly, artificially depressing my Hub Score!
fun, fun, fun
SidKemp has some good points. I also rely upon Google Analytics to determine what to keep published and what re-work. Focus on browse rate and bounce rate helps to understand what viewers are doing when they land on my article.
If the hub complies with requirements and gets views I would leave it up even with a hub score of 0.
If a quality hub gets less than 10 visits in 30 days, it might soon be idled unless it is new The quality does not matter much nor does the score.
All of these responses are the kind of information I needed to understand how it all works. Thanks so much for the insight!
A large portion of the answer to this question is really connected to what your goal is with each article. If you are trying to earn ad revenue and the article is not idle, then leave it published. Though you can work on your articles to help them find more readers.
I am a very new hubber, but I would honestly leave a hub up, as long as it is still getting views. I am still not completely sure how a hubscore really effects everything, though.
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