I wrote a couple Hubs--I am just starting out. Both came back as not passing the QAP, which is fine, as I didn't expect to be published on my first try; however, I do not understand the scoring system and could use some help. For example, the sheet shows scores 2-10 but one of my scores is a 46. I have no idea what this means or what number is considered passing. I also have no idea why the hubs are being scored so low. How do I know what to fix when there is no feedback?
First things first. Be prepared to write lengthy. 1200 words should do at first, though 700 words is acceptable but just won’t score as high. 1500 is better. When you have the word count higher, your hub’s score will get better.
Also, use at least 3 pictures of your own and make sure to include the source. If they aren’t yours, attribute them and put in where you got it. As much information in the picture capsule as you can muster will raise your score.
Last, use many text capsules and break up your work. Shorter paragraphs is better. Labeling each capsule with a heading will also score better.
I hope this helps some.
Welcome to HubPages, Breezie. The score next to your name is your Hubber Score - an accumulation of a bunch of factors: the quality of your Hubs, your participation on HubPages, traffic to your Hubs, etc.
I think your Hubs are fairly close to passing our quality measures - well done. It's not easy and takes most new Hubbers a few tries to understand how HubPages works and have their work published. Your recipe Hub would greatly benefit from original photos. It is almost a must now in recipes to see original photos. Check out one of our Hubbers, Heathersays, and her amazing recipe images. She is someone we can all look up to!
I would also take a good look at our Learning Center. Here's a specific Learning Center Hub on improving quality. I can tell that you are a good writer that could do really well on HubPages! Keep it up and let me know if there's anything else. Our community is pretty amazing here and is also a great resource!
I still haven't figured out exactly how they figure out the scores. That said, most of my hubs, when first published score in the mid to upper 70s then move up as people read them and leave comments.
If your hub is anything like your post here, I'm doubting spelling and grammar are the problem. Have you broken your topic up into at least a few text blocks with their own headings? HP seems to like the articles to have subsections of information. And even if you don't think your topic needs pictures, HP will give a higher score if you provide at least three pictures (graphs, photos, clipart) that have something to do with your topic. And as they suggest, adding a video about your topic, a reader poll, or a map (if applicable to your topic) also raises the score.
I know I'm not the most stellar hubber here and you don't have to follow me, but if you pop over and glance at a few of my hubs, you'll see examples of what I described above. I have regular hubs about various topics as well as a couple of poems and short stories. My lowest beginning hub score was 70 and all of them have been features. For most of my hubs I use the same format.
I hope this helps.
Welcome to the site, Breezie - it's great to have you here!
Regarding the QAP scores, did you check the Learning Center for tips on publishing? Also, I'm not sure if the report you gets shows details, but you can see the type of factors being assessed in each score by going to the Hub Hopper, which you can access from your accounts page. At the very top of the page, it will say something like, "Help us out - Hop Some Hubs." If you click those words, it will take you to a place where writers here can rate those same qualities on new hubs.
There will be some 'sliders' on the left side of the screen - if you move those back and forth, you can see the general criteria for each number on the rating scales. The QAP is done by humans, so there's a degree of variation in things, but all had to pass a screening test to do what they do.
Some common problems are: Watermarks on photos, pixelated photos, improper use of photos (copyrighted elsewhere), too short, not enough visual appeal (one huge block of text, or poor layout), errors in writing or spelling, no photos or videos, too promotional, copied content, blog-like writing, and many others. I know this list sounds long, but once you get the hang of things, you'll know what the site expects.
Maybe the slider on the Hub Hopper will shed some light. While you're there, hop a few hubs (rate them), and it will help raise your profile score! We all start out way low - so just hang in there, and your score will grow.
Hope this helps!
Welcome to HubPages, Breezie. You have gotten some very helpful people here with good tips to get you started. The only thing I can add to what has already been said, is to go into your hub edit mode and see if there is a Tip Box in the top right of the page. It is a blue box if it is only tips and suggestions, or a yellow box if there are warnings. Also, Sheila's suggestion of checking out hubs from other members is a great idea. Best of luck to you.
+100 on the suggestion Phyllis made! When you go into the edit mode, it will pop up. The info there is gold - so helpful when you're trying to figure out if the hub is where it needs to be.
We all go through the learning curve - so we truly understand!
My first hub I got a -14 on. Just kidding. Really though, it is no insult on you. There is a method to the madness. You will soon be producing hubs that start off on 80 or 85 and begin to rise. At first, it seems like you should just write something or paste into a capsule from word. But in truth, it is about making use of the features available and combining them into an attractive format that looks good and is easy to read.
Trust me here, I bet everyone will attest to the fact that their first hub didn’t turn out as well as they had expected. The learning curve isn’t very sharp though. Stick with it.
My approach is to write short (300-400) words at first, but add a lot of headings and pictures. IMHO the main thing is to have a very clear topic and no obvious errors.
Thank you everyone for your words of wisdom. I will re-read and edit my current hubs. I truly appreciate the quick and helpful answers.
Breezie - Hi. I am also new here. I just got my first hub published! It was sent back to me the first time and I added a few more photos, did some editing, and added more information. I have so much to learn. It will get easier, I'm sure. Good luck!
I am having the same issues with my hub. I would like to know if the article has to be at least 700 words? My first two hubs are less than that. I am still awaiting for the QAP feedback. The first hub I wrote, I had to revise it twice.
This is no specific minimum. It just need to have enough words to do what it is trying to do.
It's all good now. I passed the QAP and had 2 of my hubs featured.
The first hub I ever wrote was not featured. I puzzled over this and decided they must want a picture. Then the hub got featured. I also had a couple of hubs not featured because the pictures I used were pixelated, so I had to find other pictures. I just figured out a couple of weeks ago how to get the pictures to go where I wanted them: You have to create a new text capsule, if you want to scoot a picture further down the page--putting it next to the appropriate text.
I also want to find out what the score means. Please let me know if you find out.
Hi Lee. I was asking the same question earlier and a hubber shared to me a page - http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/hubs … d_13970187
hope this helps. I think it takes sometime to earn the score as it depends on a lot of factors such as your posts and the quality of it. It also depends on your hub activity.
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