Have noticed a very weird flux in article scoring over the last week or so. One article was 85, in less than 3 days dropped to 77. Another was also 80+ is now hovering at 70. I didn't alter the content in them and traffic is actually on the rise.
Second, I was wondering how-to get an articles score up to 90.
Noticed a few veteran hubbers have quite a few.
Is this a longevity issue or content issue?
Scores are not purely based on traffic, so to consider them just from that angle will never be productive. Most Hubs have what I think of as a functional range. They go up and down regularly within a rank segment. Remember, no scores on HubPages, Hubs or Author, are ever fixed. They are always fluid.
A very high-ranking Hub gets that way by being high-quality for numerous factors. It starts with content, but how visitors interact and for how long is also important.
I created a Hub (growing tomatoes in pots) a few years back now and the score has stayed fairly steady. I also created a video on youtube called the same name.
In the YouTube description I placed a link there pointing back to my Hub which drives traffic there too.
If it keeps getting traffic the score stays and stabilizes.
Now I am not always that fussy with this,,,but if it works stick with it
Anyway its a good model and can be duplicated.
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I have hubs that have at one time been at 100 that fall back down to the 80s with no change in content. Based on personal experience, it seems to have more to do with content and traffic than longivity. You'll never figure out the rhyme or reason, but with as many hubs as you have you should be able to figure out some things that are common to your better scoring hubs to begin to figure out what works best for you. Any of your hubs scoring below 70, try playing around with the length of the hub, tags, backlinks, etc.
KCC Big Country,
That is what I was thinking -tweaking the low scoring ones or strengthening the strongest ones- without 'overcooking' them.
I've also had hubs that have fluctuated between about 80 on the low end and a perfect 100. I can tell you that Hubpages seems to like a lot of unique content with a mixture of text, images, and capsule types. Even if all of that is in place, you will be destined to be trapped in the 60s or 70s if you don't generate much traffic to your hubs.
Thank you. So what can I do on my end to keep that fluidity high in the HubGlass -so to speak? Seems you have been here to see the ups/downs of it.
Your best bet, IMO, is to take a look at your strongest Hubs and then analyze the hell out of them. They are going to be the best example of what works for your subject matter and writing style. Then apply what you learn to lesser-performing Hubs, and watch them over the course of a few months.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Twenty One, the more important question is - why should you care?
If you have a successful Hub, the HubScore will go up - because it's strongly influenced by traffic. The reverse does not apply, i.e. having a high-score on a Hub won't bring you any more traffic, nor will it bring you any more money.
It will get you a bit more visibility within the HubPages community, and it's good for the ego, but it won't do anything for your earnings.
Relache's advice is good, but I'd be applying it to the Hubs that are performing best financially, rather than the Hubs which are performing best in terms of HubScore. They won't be the same.
I generally care because I want quality articles --both for visibility on Hub Pages and reader satisfaction. A deep flux in the article value tells me something is necessary. Best to seek out advice from those elder in this than rely on my own opinion.
The issue confused me because of the value being high, good traffic flow, then dropping, still with equal traffic flow.
My earnings are another issue altogether. Only 50 days into AdSense | Kontera, neither seem to be overly impressive. The few hubs actually earning the most, oddly, have a lower article score. But, like any new business, patience is the key.
Twenty One, HubScore is NOT a reflection of quality. HubPages has stated that HubScore is automated and therefore has no parameters to judge quality of writing. Traffic is a big factor but that has a lot more to do with your search engine optimization than reader interest.
This forum thread might interest you:
As for earning - a typical Hubber takes 9 months to a year to make their first payout, then it snowballs. Don't ask me why!
I have some very high-scoring Hubs that aren't strong earners, and they have been just as instructional. Looking at Hubs that did well for traffic and ones that earn well has taught me to make ones that do both.
Some more ideas that MAY help.....see if you can find a related video on YouTube, or more links to other related hubs, or more sources for related information. You're looking for anything that would make your hub more meaty and beneficial to the reader. The hope then being that Google ranks it higher and drives more traffic, and that the components affecting the scoring method will result in a higher score. All of this is just speculation on my part since we don't know the algorithm being used.
I thought the hubscore is the combination of article quality and promotion strength. We all can create high score hubs.
Not really. The main components of HubScore are:
* Traffic, including percentage from sources outside HP
* The length of the Hub
* The uniqueness of content
* The number of thumbs-up votes from unique users
* The overall quality of the Hubber (not the Hub)
You'll notice there's no mention of the quality of the content, that's not something that can be judged by an automated filter.
Thank You so much Marisa Wright and Relache for your time to explain these concerns to us new Hubbers. Great information and I hope to be able to someday give of my time to help others. Once again THANKS!
James, this is from the Help section about hub scores.
I think quality [and interest] bring in traffic, quality is important. it can't be computed, but it can be measured by other means.
'HubScore takes into account many factors and will change over time as data about its performance continues to stream in. It will also fluctuate quite a bit, seemingly at random, and that is nothing to worry about. The most important HubScore components that you should be concerned with include:
*Amount of traffic - including percentage from reputable sources other than HubPages
*The reputation of the Hubber - your Hubber Score and contribution to the community
*The response of readers to your hub - including comments, thumbs up, etc.
*The uniqueness of content - copying content already available on the web will be penalized
We reserve the right to change the factors used to assess a Hub’s HubScore as we continue to determine those that measure a great Hub. The bottom line is if you write original, useful content, your HubScores will reflect the quality and work you've put into them."
hope this helps.
hmm, I guess I was the last one here before.
I was just reading a few hubs in the best category and quite frankly, I was ready to vote one down. from a veteran hubber. the hub looks like it was modified from a AAA magazine or a travel article. I thought it lacked a lot, it was more just a list of cities and the hub had a score of 91.
the score doesn't always reflect quality. this one clearly brings in traffic with the title but even the comments reflected disappointment in the article. I didn't leave one.
I give up caring about the article score. My main concern is the traffic source. Glad to see more readers from Google and Yahoo than internal traffic.
The popularity of the subject is important. The appeal it will have to readers is important. How it rates with Hubbers here is almost the same as how it will be rated by readers outside of Hub Pages, who follow a link to your hub. I am presuming you have backlinks form a Blog or website. It has to be appealing, and the subject can be anything. Most of the miracle hubs I wrote that find popularity is total serendipity. I don't know of any formula.
Just write well on a good subject and have plenty of photos, art and videos included and if it is really good, then people will check your hubs out and rate you up.
How people rate your hubs is everything here. There's no law that says you can't adopt a style or humor and make it your own too, you know. The world is your Oyster here...
Best of luck in your hubs.
It is fantastic to be able to learn from the expertize of successful veteran Hubbers here, rebekahELLE, Marisa Wright and others, if you only ask.
What a great community. I am growing more fond of Hubpages and it's members everyday.
Thank you all for your advice and tips.
I just look at the percentage that are 80 or over. When it falls much below 20% I make a very unpleasant face and that is usually enough to push it back up again.
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