Yes, when your Hubber (Author) score is below 85, outbound links become no-follow, meaning Google won't count them; so they won't affect sites they go to.Used to be individual Hubs had to have a score of at least 45 to have do-follow links; I don't know if that has changed, because the Hubber score used to have to be 75 but was raised to 85.
Yes. But specifically if you want the links in your Hubs to count in how Google ranks a site you link to. As in, if your links are going to one of your own sites or another site like HP where you write; if you want those sites to get the benefit of a link from HP, then your Hubber score has to be at least 85.
Sorry, I need a specific example to understand the link thing. Example: Hub is about apple varieties. I add a link to an apple orchard in NYState. If my hubber score is 70, even if lots of readers visit that apple orchard link, Google will "no follow" and not use that activity to rate my hub? Please explain something I've never understood. Please don't send me to the learning center, i.e., detention.
I know what you mean about the Learning Center detention. That is quite obnoxious when people are not helpful and just refer you to the Learning Center.
The issue is about backlinks. Many people put links in their Hubs to their own sites so that it will affect the rank of their own sites. Google sees a reputable site like HP is linking to your blog elsewhere, they figure your blog has value. But if the link is no-follow, Google doesn't count it in that regard.
I recall the number was lower, too - I'm guessing HP changed it to eliminate penalties to the site (HP) from bad content being used to drive clicks. Sadly, it's not a one-size fits all thing. Many good Hubbers have lower scores at times, and there are also Hubbers with higher scores who have poor-quality content and are cresting link farms here.
But it's a start - so I'm glad for that.
A related question - do those numbers also affect internal links to other hubs (for example, if someone has a collection of hubs on a certain topic)?
Having a Hubber Score under 85 means that links to your other Hubs are also NoFollow. This basically tells Google that they are links to advertisements or links to webpages that the author doesn't recommend. I advise all Hubbers with a score under 85 to remove links to their other Hubs until their score is raised because it sends Google the wrong message about their Hubs.
The exception to this is the two Hubs which show up at the bottom under Hub groups (Previous and Next). These are still followed links.
Just a quick note to say I disagree with WF here. I have never seen anything to suggest "No Follow" links will damage the Hub or site they link to. They will not count as backlinks, that's all. "No Follow" links are still worth including, because a real reader may follow them and read those Hubs!
I say this based on advice I've received in the past, but as you know, things are changing on the internet all the time. I'm hoping WF can provide some references to clarify.
I know that if a link is "No Follow", it tells Google not to follow that link. However, I have never heard the suggestion that a "No Follow" means a black mark against the site linked to.
I find it hard to believe because I've seen advice (from very reputable sources) to "no follow" links to pages within one's own blog (e.g. to avoid archives being counted as duplicate content). It would be pretty stupid to do that, if the "no follow" meant you were damaging the reputation of your own blog! Can you post some links to further reading on this?
I was asking for some specific advice on the concept that "no following" a link damages its reputation, which is what you said. Having read through the first few links on that search, i can't see any which say that.
I link between my own hubs frequently and I currently have score of 82. You can check the page source of any of my hubs to see that my internal links do not have the "no-follow" attribute. (In Chrome you can examine the source code of any webpage with the command Control + u.) I checked it myself and my internal links are all good.
Anyone who is telling people with scores below 85 to remove networks of links among their related hubs is doling out very bad advice, and I hope people will get the correct information directly from the source rather than second-hand misinformation.
That's bizarre! I discovered what's causing the discrepancy. The unaffected links are in a text capsule, while the nofollow links are in a link capsule. Luckily I almost always use the text capsule or in-text links rather than the link capsule. If I change it they should revert to normal.
It must be a bug HP is unaware of, I'm glad you noticed it. They only ever intended for outbound links to be nofollow according to the learning center article and the blog post, not sure why they would discriminate between links placed in different capsules.
They're all good if they are in a text capsule or as in-text links as most of mine are, but for some weird reason they were no-followed in a link capsule, which I hardly ever use for links. It must be a bug. I hope most people's links are not in link capsules if their score drops below 85!
Unfortunately they will probably not get around to fixing it until after New Year's. I hope it's an error and they did not intentionally configure the link capsule to work that way for internal links! It doesn't make any sense why they would discriminate between type of capsule used.
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