Hello, I joined hubpages a day or two ago and there have been a few things running through my mind. Any constructive advice or comments will be greatly appreciated. Also, please excuse my inexperience and newbiness to the site.
First of all, why is my hubscore zero? I haven't seen such a low score from the browsing I've done in the past couple days. Keep in mind, I'm very new to this website and there's probably an obvious reason that I haven't found an answer to yet. I've written three articles on the site, so I figured that would help my score, but it just keeps dropping (and it stopped at 0)! Before you ask, I think I commented on one person's hubpage and haven't interacted much else yet.
I also wanted to know why you are writing with HubPages instead of (or in combination to) somewhere else (such as Squidoo or your own website, where you would have more control over the layout and ads, potentially maximizing your revenue). In other words, why HP? You chose this website over your other options for a reason and I'd really like to know. I want to know because I like the idea of 100% customization (I know a bit of HTML). If I plan to create content oriented around one main genre, what medium would you recommend?
Thank you for reading this and for your response.
Firstly welcome to Hubpages. I can't comment why you have a score of 0 but I shouldn't worry. When you have been around awhile you will see many fluctuations in views, hub score, and your hubber score. Just hang in there.
As for writing on other sites, many of us do. I write on Blogger and Squidoo as well. All of them offer something different and I use them as back links. The one thing, in my opinion, that sets Hubpages apart from the rest, is the community feel here. On Squidoo, I feel I am standing in a forest of tall trees looking up without being able to grab a branch. Here, someone will help you out.
Thanks Blond Logic,
Good to hear a second person comment on the weird score. I got that feel about Hubpages being more of a structured community too, and the backlinking bit makes some sense (you just refer readers to a relevant article written on the other site, right?) Also, as for which site (your blog, Squidoo, or Hubpages) to write a specific article on, do you have any comments/suggestions?
For this you should look up a Hubber and a Squidooer by the name of Greek Geek. She has written some wonderful hubs, and lenses (Squidoo pages) about the different payment structures. It is very informative and will give you ideas of which type of pages would work best where.
I agree with some of the comments. Don't get hung up on the score. I came to the Hubs nearly three years ago for basically a writing practice ground, which I enjoy, and I really like the writing community here. There probably are different sites you could join and possibly earn more residual income; I can assure you I do not make a lot of money here, although what is made is a bonus with the practicing to get better and better with writing. I's a great place to write to get feedback and to meet others who share the same writing passion, including those who are serious about being here. Involvement will affect your score, but don't let that number stop you from writing about the subjects you know about and those that interest you. Good luck!
If you search, somewhere is a comment from me, several months back about my hub score being zero. It happens. No one knows why. Hubscores are a great mystery. Mine moved ten points down today even though from what I can tell I'm getting the same traffic patterns I was getting two days ago when it was higher.
It will go up if you start publishing hubs so just do what you do and ignore it.
I chose hubpages because it was easy to join initially and yet it offered a real opportunity for me to write what I wanted to write about. I'm interested in many different subjects and didn't want to be limited to just one.
With that said, start off by writing about something you know about. Is there something that your friends or family members always ask you about or come to you for advice about? Start with that.
For me, my family was always asking me pet questions so I realized that was where I should start.
Best of luck as you start out. Just dive right in!
Thanks for your reply LCDWriter,
The hubscore answer is reassuring (even though I'm not 100% sure on the use of hubscores yet, haha. I'm a gamer, they are a score - I feel like I'm losing if it's at 0.
By what I understand from your post, you're saying that hubpages is good for one-off articles and for beginners who don't know how to create their own website? Because I know of a relative topic that I want to stick to, do you think I should focus on my own website/blog and use hubpages for one-off articles?
Welcome to Hubpages, Media Unmasked!
I started out as a gamer, too (started writing game guides so I didn't feel guilty about gaming, so I could call it "research".) LOL
Thing is with scores - they look after themselves. If you write quality hubs and don't worry, they'll slowly rise on their own. If you want to "level up", go for traffic and money
Why Did I Choose To Write On Hubpages?
Well it's the first place I found, and I kinda got addicted. Since then, I've started 30 something of my own sites, and write on Wizzley sometimes, too. I don't like Squidoo's revenue sharing model - you have to get money by rankings, instead of getting your rightful money no matter what. I prefer to know I'm getting the money I deserve.
I don't write here a lot for money anymore (although the money from old hubs keeps coming in), but I do find it a great place to "test" ideas. I'm not going to run out and make an entire content website just because I think it's a good idea - I'll write a hub, and if that does well, I'll make the site and link the hub to it. Or if I have a topic to write on, but not enough information for a niche site, something I just need to get out... I'll write a hub.
EDIT: Having looked your hubs, they're very general. To get traffic here, you need to aim at Google. So why should Google look at your hubs on those topics when hundreds of authority gaming sites are producing content on the same thing? Check out my latest hub (click my face to visit my profile) and have a read on some good tips for your hubs. Also, if you link your Amazon affiliate ID in the earning area, you can just use Amazon capsules instead of messily linking out to Amazon products
Thanks for the response, WryLilt
That's quite the resume you have there, and thanks for the info on Squidoo's revenue sharing model, I was unaware of it. You're probably right that my hubs are too broad and I should narrow them down. Is there a magic monthly searches I should try and aim towards? Thanks for the resources.
Welcome to HubPages! And yes, please ignore the silly "Hubber" score. Nobody knows what it means, and it will go up and down. Just read hubs, comment on them and be active on the site, and that will help. And when you're ready to write, start publishing hubs and that will help, too. Glad to have you here; you will like this community!
I think you will find many that write on and around one particular theme and subject and some like me have several interests that we write about. I would start with the subjects you know a lot about and then you can diversify later if you find another niche you like.
This is a very supportive place and I've learned a lot just by reading the forum posts and seeing what the veterans such as Marcy advise in the way of ideas and how to make your hubs better.
People are very giving and I think it is a good place to start. I think that the level of success depends on many factors.
It's not a get-rich quick place but there are some here that make a nice side income.
Whenever I start a new hub it tends to sit around for a while unpublished until I find the time to publish it. That drops my hubber score every time. I have about three or four half-baked hubs waiting for final editing right now and I think my hubber score is about 93.
Different factors seem to influence the score. I've hit 100 in the past but I can't remember what I was doing (or not doing) at the time.
Your score will hover around an appropriate place once you've been active for a while.
Welcome to hubpages! I'm not sure why your score would be so low. Try hub hopping and interacting more in the forums and you should see a rise in the number. It does take a little while as well.
I write for a number of freelance sites that tell me what to write. I like hubpages because I can choose whatever topic I want to write about. With that being said I can write freely and state whatever opinion is actually mine and in the words that I deem necessary. I have been with hubpages for over a year now and I can definitely see an improvement in so many skills that a freelance writer requires these days. I wrote a hub that skims the surface of everything that writers are suppose to do. If you want you can check it out here: http://larakern.hubpages.com/hub/The-Ba … -your-work .
I'm still rather new at this myself but if you have questions or anything I will always be happy to help. I wish you all the best here on hubpages!
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