Sort of Confused About My Best Hub

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  1. Cuselax profile image60
    Cuselaxposted 9 years ago

    I have used Hub pages recreationaly and so far my best hub page is really just an old essay i wrote about ants.  It has got two positive comments and has the most views.  I was wondering if any experts could tell me why. … le-Species

    1. jacobkuttyta profile image27
      jacobkuttytaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


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    2. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Cuselax, you've only been here 7 weeks so I'm guessing most of your views are from other Hubbers.  That means the "popularity" of your Hub is probably a fluke - one Hubber stumbled across it and left a comment, which appeared in Hubtivity, so other Hubbers noticed it and checked it out.  Or they saw one of your posts in the forums, went to check your profile and the Ants Hub happened to be near the top of the list.

      Others have mentioned scores as if you think they're important - you don't mention them yourself, so I'm assuming not.  They're not important, really - just nice for the ego.

      By the way, you should tell us something about yourself on your profile.

  2. Cagsil profile image76
    Cagsilposted 9 years ago

    You are questioning your success? hmm

    Maybe there is a good explanation for it, however, I'm not sure if you are going to find an ant "expert" on HubPages? hmm

    Btw- Welcome to HubPages! smile

    P.S. I haven't a clue. Not an ant "expert" of any sort.

  3. lrohner profile image76
    lrohnerposted 9 years ago

    I'm not sure I have an answer to your question. But if your ant hub is getting the most attention, then I would assume that either you chose the right keywords or your other hubs aren't as good. Views only tell a part of the story. Are people sticking around to read your ant hub, or do they get there and leave straightaway? Has it made you any money?

  4. WryLilt profile image88
    WryLiltposted 9 years ago

    To find out why it's popular, check on the hub "stats" and "keywords." What searches are sending people to visit your hub?

    I personally completely ignore my hub/profilescre. They don't have any effect on earnings or traffic.

  5. Cuselax profile image60
    Cuselaxposted 9 years ago

    thanks everybody for the tips.

  6. Sullen91 profile image73
    Sullen91posted 9 years ago

    I ran a quasi statistical analysis, comparing your five most recent hubs to your best hub. I found that the correlation between word count and hubscore is ~0.91

    That's a very strong, positive linear relationship. 80% of the variability in your hubscore is related to word length, from among those 6 hubs (five most recent + best).

    These numbers could be very skewed, since your best hub is an outlier as far as word count goes, but my opinion is that for most people, there's roughly a 0.50 correlation between word count and hubscore, meaning 1/4 of the hubscore is accounted for by the quantity of words.

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Your math might actually mean something if hub scores meant something. However hubscores have no control over your earnings or traffic.


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