Ive recently gone through all of my hubs to try to increas my hub karma. It's raised now to 90, and I should say it got there quite quick (in about 4 days). However, it has not affected my traffic AT ALL. I mean i notcice absoloutely no difference in the amount of traffic (and my traffic is quite low about 40-60 views a day is average). So my question is has increasing hubkarma had a positive effect on you guys? Do you think it's a waste of time?
Why did you expect it to increase traffic?
The social aspects of Hubbing - forums, following, commenting, HubberScore, HubKarma - are only relevant within the community. None of them have anything to do with increasing traffic from outside HP.
I've come to consider it sort of a curiosity, Migodden. As if we hubbers didn't have enough numbers to worry about!
Migodden, my situation is rather like yours. I did a lot of linking when the tool first became available, and I have a high HubKarma score, but it hasn't affected my traffic as far as I can tell, and my numbers sound pretty similar to yours.
I am working on other ways to increase traffic - working on keywords, backlinking, better inlinking (? - not sure that's the correct term) between my Hubs that are in different groups.
I think that HubKarma has an effect on HubPages as a whole, and that should benefit all Hubbers, not just the ones who are adding more links. But as far as I can tell, it doesn't have as much of a direct influence on the Hubber who did the linking as these other steps would.
HubKarma is for the individual person to look at. People who view your profile cannot see it.
It has little, next to nothing, to do with your traffic. However, with that said, it is not bad to give hublove to other hubbers, who write excellent hubs that could be very related to what you write yourself.
Giving your reader another source to read besides yours could benefit you in the long run. And, when you connect to another hubber's hub, and they know about it, it could be returned to you.
Interconnected links, whether or not, inside or outside, of HubPages are good.
From what I understand about HubKarma, it is not actually related directly to your traffic, but can have an impact on your traffic in some way, shape or form. That is why I said above, next to nothing. It really helps HubPages and gives people something else to get their mind wondering about.
Based on my experiences with it so far, HubKarma functionally seems to have zero genuine effects on rank or traffic.
I have fully understood what if any effect HubKarma has, but overall for me it has been increasing as I build more relevant content and get more traffic.
That's one number I have not cared about whatsoever - I have too many other numbers to deal with...
I can see how having the in-text links in a Hub (provided they actually do add to that "reader's experience" we've heard about) could potentially directly/indirectly affect the overall impression of the Hub or the Hubber. If someone searches and gets that really good "reader's experience" he's likely to be happier. Especially based on what people have said here, I'm wondering if it's more of a "larger-picture" type of thing that isn't going to show immediate results, or even show results as they apply directly to one Hubber or one Hub.
I'm pretty fussy about where those links lead, though, because I, myself, tend to ignore all in-text links after seeing how they often lead to absolutely unrelated, meaningless, things that have nothing but one word in common with the subject of an article. I'd rather have links that may really add to the reader's experience than just a ton of links that might make a Karma score go up. What I don't know is whether real relevance and really aiming to offer something that's well thought out gets factored into the Karma score or not. For the most part, I have only a few in-text links on most of my Hubs because of the "relevance factor". My Karma score is in the 80's, and I don't know if that's what keeps it that low; but I'm not going the willy-nilly-linking route to get it any higher.
I havent really placed much emphasis on it it, but as I continue to work hard it is slowly rising..I guess what goes around comes around
I see no importance to Hubkarma at all. It is another "Score" for people to worry about and post concerns about.
I have always linked to other Hub articles (relevant to my hubs) and have decided to do as I have before. When I did add the links through the link suggestion, my karma did not change. So, after frustrating about it and even posting about it (lol) I have re-done links and will do as I did before.
As mentioned by others, I do not see it as a traffic builder or any true relevance. Your traffic will come from your writing and keywords. Good luck!!!
It does not help author score much, but mine used to very low now is at 70 something and raised my score a bit. It really does not affect the score to much even though I think it does a tad bit. As for traffic just make sure your score is above 75.
The hubkarma itself does not have anything to do with traffic except it will help author score witch would technically lead others to believe you are a good writer which could add some traffic. Of course this is an "indirect" way of thinking
David, when people talk about traffic on HubPages they are usually talking about search engine traffic.
You do get other Hubbers reading your Hubs when they're first published, but after that your Hubber audience is tiny compared to the search engines. The search engines don't care about your HubScore, Hubberscore or Hub Karma. Visitors have no idea what the numbers mean.
And the 75 score is only a concern if you're using your Hubs to promote other sites.
People who tend to dwell on the unimportant stuff might get themselves all in a lather if they don't have a high score for the likes of HubKarma. But I value my traffic, I'm not sending it off anywhere unless I'm going to get something out of it or it is of great benefit to my reader (in which case, if its another hub that's not mine, I'll use a tracker, so I have a chance of getting something out of it).
Hub karma is a nice idea but benefits HP site. The more interaction and movement a site has the more google love that site receives.
That is not to say that HP's success is not the community's success because it is within our interests that HP get plenty of google love. This forms the basis of the springboard that HP gives us all for our hubs.
So, on an individual consideration, hubkarma means jack nought, but it does help the community and this, indirectly, helps the individual when considering the wider view.
I hear what you're saying, Shaz, but when people like Darkside, Sunforged and Nelle say they're not going to use it, I listen!
I tend to use it as a cheesy way of cross linking my own stuff more than anything else. The comment I made was just an overview and, as I said, hubkarma means jack nought! lol *wink*
hubkarma is relevant within the community.
it does not increase your traffic but chances are there to increase you hubpage score.Also with hubkarma we can easily find similar articles or more details about the keyword which is using.
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