Worried about the HubPages score system - Please Advise

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  1. RealityBomb profile image72
    RealityBombposted 7 years ago

    I enjoy writing articles that look at conspiracy theories.

    The thing is, I'm a little worried that my hubs will get poor ratings because of the subject, rather than the actual content. We all know conspiracy theories are controversial topics, in fact, I know the very subject itself annoys some people. So how can I avoid getting negative ratings for just writing about this topic.

    It seems very unfair, especially since I've been writing both sides of the argument. The four hubs I've already written have been published for less than 24hours and already my overall score has dropped and two of the hubs have dropped points individually.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
      Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Nice hubs. Don't worry.  Takes a little while for scores to settle.  Some people might mark them down, others might mark them up.  Score isn't everything - apparently.  Unless it's 100 it doesn't get near the top pages anyway.

      I know nothing by the way.  Just a jumped up newbie myself.

      1. Stories Inc. profile image75
        Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        A jumped up newbie that just made it to 95 in no time at all, teach me the nothing you know, I want to know nothing too :p

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
          Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks! I have had some success playing the short game (get noticed, write easy to read, and mercifully short, 'joke' stuff) - but it's early days yet.  I am a little tick on the side of the established players here, which is why I feel a bit of a fraud answering anything.  The longer game is search traffic and sales.

          Good luck with your stories.

          1. Stories Inc. profile image75
            Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks smile Good luck getting back (! explain that...) to 100 wink

    2. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Mark is entirely correct; hub scores often go down a little after publishing.  I find that my hubber score (the one on the avatar) also goes down every time I publish a new hub.  Give it a few days or a week; hub scores should stabilize (hopefully into a slow fairly steady climb) and so will the hubber score.

      And don't pay too much attention to the scores; in the big picture they mean very little as long as your hubber score is above 75 and individual hubs are above 40.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
        Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I was particularly miffed, having written my finest work to date imo, to see my score drop quite markedly.  It felt like a bad review although of course it is nothing of the kind.

    3. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I suggest you keep your conspiracy theories to your hubs, rather than posting prematurely on the help forum.

  2. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Just to add to the evidence- I have just a few hubs smile and EVERY time I publish a new one, my score drops.  EVERY time.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
      Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Apologies for that, I just can't stop myself marking them down.

      1. Pcunix profile image91
        Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I know.  I don't mind, but those nasty comments you leave about my dog have to stop.  The poor thing cries himself to sleep every night, which is really odd, not the crying (although that is odd in a dog) but because he is imaginary and I just don't see why an imaginary dog wouldn't be happier, you know?

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Unhappy "owner", unhappy imaginary dog!  Is Mark being too mean to you?  He's a mean 'un alright, but I bet a dog bite would fix his wagon!

          1. Pcunix profile image91
            Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            But I'm happy!  So is my imaginary cat and every one of my imaginary friends.  Some of the real friends aren't gloomy Guses either.  It's just that sad dog, and I blame Mark..

            So anyway, I hope we have all helped the OP understand that while none of us know what makes our hubber scores go up, we do know that publishing a new hub pushes it down. 

            As we all blindly seek a better score, you'd think we'd be smart enough to stop making new hubs, right?  Nope, we are not..

    2. Stories Inc. profile image75
      Stories Inc.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      But isn't that normal, since new hubs start low and then rise only due to feedback and views? When it starts lower than the other, well-looked at hubs, the average of the score drops and that will negatively influence your general hubber core, right? At least that's how I think it works...

      1. Pcunix profile image91
        Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes. But you would think that adding ONE little hub to 192 established others would not drop your hubber score.  But it does..

  3. RealityBomb profile image72
    RealityBombposted 7 years ago

    Ahh Thats reassuring, thanks all! I'll keep going.

  4. Hestia DeVoto profile image60
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    I've been writing here on Hubpages for just over three weeks now.  I just published my 12th Hub, and my hub score has now climbed to 90.

    I think you just need to be a little patient.  My score was pretty low for the first week and then slowly it just started going up, and then it went up some more.  It takes a little time for people to find your hubs when you are new.

    1. RealityBomb profile image72
      RealityBombposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      :-)

      Thanks.

 
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