How does the score by your picture work?
I understand the higher the score the better, but I do not know what changes my score. When I started on hubpages last week, my score was under 50. Today it is 70. What did I do to raise it so much in such a short amount of time?
You have more followers and you have comments on your hubs, I believe is one of them, and also if more people just read your hubs even when they do not leave a comment.
Psychologist BF Skinner conducted a clinical study on rats. It will help you understand the underlying dynamics of your hubscore. Each rat's cage was equipped with a button that dispensed a little food when pushed. The rats quickly learned how to acquire a meal. It became routine. The scientists then set the buttons in half of the rat's cages to dispense food intermittently, and at random. The rats with normal buttons only pushed them when they were hungry. Soon, the rats with modified buttons began to punch their buttons continually. Finally, some even reached a point where they were so obsessed with pushing the button that they would ignore the food when it was dispensed. The unrewarded anticipation became a stronger motivator than the reward itself.
You will find your hubscore fluctuating at random. Be careful that it doesn't induce compulsion . . . you don't want develop a clinical case of "Hubber Frenzy Syndrome".
Welcome to the rat race!
I see that you've been on here five days. The score you have is good, and about "standard" for anyone who is fairly new but who has put some effort into writing "decent" Hubs.
What, exactly, goes into the author score is a secret because HP doesn't want people knowing how to "game the system" in order to get a high score. If you haven't done this already, searching for "Hub Score" or "Author Score" will get you more info on scores. (Or, you can just find it by looking over the "Help" section.) What we're told, though, is that a number of factors go into it, and how much someone "contributes to the site" is a big part. (I don't take "contribute to the site" as meaning having five thousand half-baked Hubs, but instead as meaning whether or not someone's contributions on here (in Hubs and to the community) add something to, rather than detract from, the site.)
Anyway, in answer to your specific question: Most likely, you've just been writing decent stuff and/or contributing to the community in one way or another. Everyone is different, of course; but in general, a lot of people start out with a low author score and see it rise into the 80's or 90's within a couple of weeks. (That is if they put in a "decent" effort, rather than do things they believe will raise their score(s), only to discover what they've done will cause it to decrease.) You're probably just doing what you're supposed to be doing, so it's reflected in your score (because, as I said, it doesn't take long to work up to a good score for most people who put it in a decent effort). Generally, Hubs, themselves, start with a low score and work their way up as people read them and vote them up, as they get views, any comments, etc. etc.
Ditto to what Lisa HW said. The number in the corner of your profile pic WILL go up and down for reasons known only to the elves in the hollow tree behind HP Central. Get used to it and don't worry about it (unless it never goes above 90). Don't try to figure out why or how, just write "engaging" hubs that draw traffic from within and outside HP, visits the hubs of others and comment after reading IF you find them worthy of a comment, make your presence known in forums like Hubbers Hangout, and ask and answer questions in the "Answers" section. If you do all that, you'll be fine. Welcome to Hubpages!
If your hub scores are rising that could be a big part of it. I believe that having high hub scores and participating in the forums, questions and answers as well as hub hopping, commenting, and voting on other peoples hubs, are all part of the hubber score. However, when it comes to the participation part, more is not necessarily better. In other words don't overdo it, or that may be seen as you trying to manipulate the system. If you want to improve your hubber score just try to keep writing good hubs and participate a little each day in a way that feels natural to you.
Welcome to Hubpages! I agree with what LisaHW said. Also, many beginners find that their score fluctuates wildly at first with no obvious explanation, as you mentioned. I think this is because when you have few hubs, any traffic increase or decrease (however slight) then becomes very dramatic to whatever method Hubpages uses to calculate your score - thus your score will change a lot. After I was up to about 25 hubs my score tended to 'settle' a bit more... although it still fluctuates within about a 10-point range for me even now, and I've got over 50 hubs and have been here for over a year. Don't get hung up on your score... lots of beginners get overly focused on the number beside their picture, when really you should be more interested in the amount of daily traffic you are getting. Enjoy writing and ignore your hubscore entirely if need be, that's what I've done pretty much the whole time I've been on HP.
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