I just wanted to say congrats to all the hubbers with an author score with the 95-100 range.. 95-100 in my book is an A+.. That is awesome and I know it requires hard work and determination .. Some of you have helped me with a lot of things to know about Hubpages and I just want to say thank you, you are truly appreciated.. Hubpages is grateful to have wonderful people like you and others that are up and coming to build themselves as well..
I can honestly tell you that the score might be called an "author" score but it is truly influenced by a lot of things that have nothing to do with the quality of your writing. Still, I used to think about it in terms of a grade, too. Just do what you do and don't sweat your scores or the money you do/don't make. This a great place to get comfortable with self-publishing, so to speak, in that the software is a bit easier to use than what you might have to use once you get a website or two of your own--trust me! That's why MY websites need so much work! LOL!
Band, I want my own website but I just know I will be obsessed with looking at traffic, numbers, backlinking, among other things.. I manage my own blogs and they are enough work.. lol.. I'll have to get ready for it but I'll have to stop worrying about all that stuff..
So true! I actualy just took down the one website I had because I just don't have the time to focus on it, so it wasn't worth paying the monthly hosting fees. I copied all of the content over to Blogger and now I'll work on it when I can - along with my 8 other ignored blogs ... I don't know what I was thinking!
Hi Lily, I can feel you. I too had a website and I was paying for the domain and hosting but I don't always have the time. Revenue sharing websites such as Hubpages and blogger are great. They both do the trick.
Exactly! It should be a hobby NOT an obsession! Money-wise, if you can make enough to break even with your site then your enjoyment should put you on the plus side. If you don't even break even--so what?--as long as you have fun and enjoy it!
yeah, people's scores just magically hit 100 all the time not because they have quality hubs or because they worked hard on them, but because of 'a lot of mysterious unidentified things' that have nothing to do with 'the quality of their writing'.
(by the way, thank you for the nice forum post, liljen. keep smiling
I don't know if he meant that. But I have seen my traffic and comments left go up during a time when I have been very active in the forums and commenting and have gained both followers and accolades and then seen the HubScore go down. That would seem to make no sense at all unless there are unknown factors or if the calculation is at odd times - maybe catching you at a bad half hour by sheer luck. Or maybe reflecting a day from last week?
I believe I understand your situation. If more people see YOU in the forum then more people go to your hubs. They don't have to be Shakespeare to influence your score. They just have to be seen/clicked on/opened. Is not traffic something that influences your "author" score? Am I wrong? Maybe someone will check it out instead of guessing.
I've noticed (often enough to really make me wonder) that if I stay away from doing anything much for a couple of days my score tends to go up (sometimes to 100). Then, if I write a Hub or spend time in the forums, it often goes down. I've often thought what a "bad sign" it is that when you stay away from somewhere your score goes up! What's that tell me? When I've seen that ever-fleeting 100 it's seemed to me to be when a lot of my highest-rated Hubs are in the mid to high 90's, as compared to when I see 95 or 97 (or whatever), when a lot of those highest Hubs are more in the 80's or low 90's. When I'm seeing 95 it's usually when I also see a lot of those top Hubs more in the 80's.
For me, there's always also the inevitable drop from 100 down to 99 and on down to 95. I've always just figured other Hubbers have a better overall "picture" to the point where there "positive score-contributing points" are more than mine.
I agree that people can't always be worried about scores, but if you notice the people with the score range you mentioned you'll notice it usually looks like they put in a serious effort (not necessarily time-wise, but "conscientious-wise").
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me what the forums may do sometimes is get people new "followers". A whole lot of the people in the score range you mentioned never or seldom come to the forums. Those who do often come to try to help other Hubbers. My thing on here isn't so much coming on to offer HubPages information to others, because so many other people are so much knowledgeable about it than I am. On the other side, though, I don't "just come to the forums to get my name noticed" in the hopes of furthering my own Hubbing interests. I come because I actually like discussions or a little socializing or jokes, etc. So, if forum participation contributes to whatever score I have on any given hour or day, I think it may more because I try to participate "for real" - rather than just come on, say a quickie line on a few threads, and hope some people notice me.
(What I can't offer people in technical knowledge or marketing know-how, I can sometimes make up for by sharing what I think I've noticed by being here for quite awhile now. I don't think, in general, anyone who gets what's considered an "A" score spends time thinking about their score. I just think they put in a consistent, honest, effort (and maybe find ways to make the most of being part of the site).
Lisa you are so right.. I come to the forums because I like coming here and expressing myself and my opinions but it seems the more I do it, the lower my author score gets.. I don't know how it is configured neither but I love trying to help people or express my feelings on here. As far as my author score goes, it can remain the same or go up but I'll just have to wait on it, I guess. My main focus is writing my hubs and being in the forums to help..
I recall someone who HAS a score of 100 quite frequently in fact posting an explanation of the scores as per HP policies. Mind you, it was a long time ago but it was quite clear that not only was your score influenced by other things such as participating in the forums but also by other factors that would not even specifically mention in detail. I am just saying she shouldn't consider the HP "author" score as the "be all and end all" measure of her ability as a writer since other factors are involved. No offense, cutie. (You still like hugs and kisses, right?)
What I've heard/read somewhere along the way (and I think, in some cases, from HubPages staff) is that the score is about "contributing" to the site. Obviously, bringing traffic is one thing. Helping other people is another. Rating, reading, flagging, Hubs are other ways. I think (I could be wrong) that participating in the forums by just going through several threads and "writing whatever" may not be as "contributing" as, say, someone who spends time trying to help others with the "nitty-gritty" of HubPages, traffic, etc. Whether the scoring system factors in "level of contribution" when it comes to something like forum participation, I don't know; or how much even "contributing" forum participation really factors in are also things I don't know, of course. I do know it's not as simple as coming to the forums "all the time" and ending up with a 96 for a HubScore.
Thanks and you are right ladybird and congrats to you I know everyone else works hard too.. Trust me.. I know I do.. But to achieve an author score in that range is like going above and beyond.. Especially the ones that maintain it..
Thanks A, I think I am A--ish... lol.. I still have more work to do with building my hubs and writing on more topics.. I am getting there.. There are so many topics to write on.. I have at least 10 topics in mind and probably over 100 articles to start publishing.. So much to doooo!!! I decided I am going to take my time..
wow, thanks for the congrats and recognition. i appreciate that. although i probably shouldn't comment on this forum because my rating always fluctuates constantly. sometimes it'll be as high as a 97 then it'll sink down as low as 90 sometimes. therefore, knowing my luck, someone will respond to this post saying, hey your not a 95 at least, when im at 90. and ill be like...I KNOW! sorry, i don't mean to ramble on like a blithering idiot or something. however, i was just saying. anyways, thanks a lot for the recognition though.
Your welcome Steven.. I had to learn that the score does fluctuate a lot.. I was confused at first and I was always fixing hubs and linking here and there, but now.. I just do what I normally do.. write a hub, comment, rate, and post in the forums... I guess you have to consistent for your author score to improve..
I've gotten as high as 99 but only for a few hours at a time - my score goes from 92 or 93 up to 98 most frequently and I can't always tell why. But that's good enough for me, I'm afraid if I reach 100 I'll be too busy to come to the forums anymore!
I used to get worried about my hubscore, especially when it dipped, but I've come to accept that it does fluctuate. That is not to say that I don't panic a bit when it dips to 93 or below for more than a day, that's when I look through everything to see what I've been neglecting and try to work harder. Either way, it really is a compilation of your total activities here and their quality. Seeing as how you are right there, you are definately doing something right!
well, in my case, my scores were always high even when i was in the forums all the time, which is why when i decided to taper off it was a cause of concern, but the HP staff assured me that forum presence has nothing to do with author score and they were right.
I believe it is worded differently. So perhaps being in the forums is not the best example. Perhaps TIME is a better example. Here at HP the longer you let a hub sit, the higher the score of the hub. You don't have to do anything but let it stay "on air" and it gains points. That score, in turn, influences your "author" score. Whereas in the real world, if you write a book that doesn't do well, the first editions end up making their way from place to place, year after year, until you find them rotting on the shelves at the Dollar Tree Stores. A bad book goes DOWN in value and HURTS your rep as a writer.
I admit it was months ago but it's in there somewhere. perhaps it was a phrase like "participation in the HP community"? Does that ring any bells? Perhaps someone with more concern or more time will once again research and re-post the information to which I am not referring to clearly enough. Sorry.
I think (HubPages-wise) the time factor depends on what you mean by "doing well". Traffic can improve with time, which means a Hub may "do well" later, as opposed to sooner. Writing-quality-wise, if "doing well" is about being rated well or getting people to link to it, that can increase with time after more people get the chance to see the thing. Even a Hub that doesn't do well search-engines-wise may, over time, collect "up" ratings as people run into it by accident. So, either way, having Hubs up for a longer time can help the author. At the same time, some piece of junk writing will collect more and more down votes over time.
The thing is, though, that it doesn't take a lot of Hubbers a very long time to get their scores in the over-90 range. I'm guessing a little extra time can people to the upper 90's/100 fairly quickly from there. I just don't really see any unfairness going on, but maybe I'm too "secluded" when it comes to communicating with other Hubbers outside the forums.
this hub is from the Learning Center. http://hubpages.com/hub/hubberscore yes, being active in the community helps with calculating hubber score. some are active in ways other than the forums. According to a reliable source there are certain things that can affect your HubScore, such as:
* Total number of published hubs * The hub scores of your published hubs * The total traffic across all your published hubs * How recently you've published * Your fans* * Participation in the HubPages community (reading and commenting on other people's hubs; forum activity; flagging content violations; rating other people's hubs: thumbs up and down)
if you ever check out some of the hubbers with high scores, you will note that some of them are never seen in the forums, but they are publishing frequently and bringing in traffic. just enjoy it and be an asset to the community.
No! I am planning on NOT breaking any rules! I am NOT trying to test the limits. I AM trying to see if the rumors of people being treated unfairly are true! If you read the TOS you will nothing in there about writing hubs about questions and yet people HAVE been banned for that . . . and recently from what I have gathered. What I am trying to do is simply find out if the unfair treatment truly exists in each case listed on my profile. IF you speak to others who have been here for awhile you will learn that there was someone named the Question here and all he did was publish hubs listing stupid questions. He was banned for no reason. Someone had told him that it would happen, too. Seems odd to me so I decide to do a hub on questions myself since there is nothing against the rules about it. Bookmark me and we'll see what happens. I am pretty sure my screenname doesn't break any rules . . . especially since there is already a "band" on here.
liljen-thanks. I have to agree with what the others are saying here-the score fluctuates and it isn't based solely on the writing. I'm striving for the 100 mark, but I am cutting myself a break, also. I wish I could spend more time writing and sending out hubs, visiting the forums, commenting on other hubs, etc. But, life isn't like that for me. So, in order to keep things in balance I do what I can, like all of us. I don't want to become obsessive over the number, but rather, just let things unfold in a natural way. I like to experiment and try different categories and I am learning alot from other hubbers.
Hey Liljen, you're an awesome writer yourself. And great at promoting some hublove around here.
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