I just wrote a new hub and it has a score of 43... I spent a while on the hub and wrote a lot of quality content, but the score is very low. When I have written other hubs in the past, they generally begin at about 57 and slowly go up. I have never seen a hub score start lower than 50, let alone 43. Does this have anything to do with the content or the hub topic? or is it normal?
I don't think so, I wrote on a topic that is well searched but there is not much is written about and the score started at 48 but quickly bounced up . This is something new I think
Okay, thank you WryLilt, it seems that I have not written a hub in a while.
sofs, I am hoping my hub rises quickly too I think the topic that I wrote on was actually pretty popular. I believe it has been written about a lot and it is searched for a lot. I don't know if that will play a role in the score though.
Recently I think there has been some type of score change - many new hubs now start in the low 40s for some reason.
In the last couple of weeks, I have noticed all HubPages scores are lower and are rising at a different pace. My last Hub score was also the lowest I've had for a newly published Hub. The score for this particular Hub is fine now.
I suspect that the low scoring start may be to do with the more strict anti-spam approach. The low scoring hubs become "no follow" below 40 I heard in the past?
I've had some low scoring starters recently. No need to worry. They pick up points and do as well as the rest.
Maybe the lesson that should be learned here is that you should hold onto hubs for a few days, review them, make sure they are up to par, make sure there happens to be enough content and fall in line with quality.
By holding on to the hubs and not publishing them immediately when completed, and doing review of your own work, will actually increase the score before they are published.
Not to mention, it is apparent that HP has changed the methodology of how "Hubscore" works, so as to hopefully produce more quality material.
Just a thought.
I think it depends on the overall topic area. If you dare write on topics where spammers exist, HP now appears to give the hub an automatic starting penalty.
I released two hubs on the same day. One by another persona of mine was about a new game. It started off well in the 50s and went up higher almost immediately.
The other written by WriteAngled was some helpful advice (at least I hope it is helpful) about dealing with temptation while on a diet, written to answer a question someone had placed here. I wrote on the basis of personal experience, covered lots of strategies. The only links I included were Amazon capsules featuring three books and one kitchen product. I also included an Amazon UK affiliate link for the kitchen product, because I am fed up with not being able to promote Amazon products to UK readers through the official capsule.
This hub started in the 40s and took a long time to rise, even though it was getting more views than the game one.
Finally I was vindicated, as the game hub is currently at 75, while the diet one is at 93.
Nevertheless, I consider HP is being totally unreasonable in automatically giving a hub a starting penalty because of topic. This is without anyone bothering to check whether the hub is well written and helpful to readers. It is a further reason why I am feeling increasingly unhappy about writing here in future.
Hmmmmm that makes a lot of sense. The title of my hub was "11 ways to save money" and I believe a lot of people do spam these topics. I can guarantee that all of the content is mine. I will say that some of what was mentioned in the hub may be else where on the internet, but I put my own twist on each of the 11 ways to save money. I put in personal stories, I put in pictures, I put in a video, and I calculated some savings.
I think the hub is pretty well written, but I am annoyed that the score is actually dropping... It is at 41 right now, but the traffic is rising nicely, like my other hubs would normally rise. I will say that the hub I wrote was not my normal writing. I felt like writing a hub that began with "11 ways to" or "10 ways to" do something.
I've noticed a lot of my hubs start in the low 40s now, too. That never used to be the case. However, I did learn that saving a hub unpublished does wonders for the score. I decided to save a hub unpublished, and by doing so, the score went up about 10 points in 3 days. I am not sure why it works, but I use that technique more often now.
I have not noticed much of a change in the beginning score of my Hubs so if it was better before it must have been prior to my coming to HubPages. I have noticed that some Hubs boost up to a higher score quicker than others and the scores don't seem to have anything to do with the traffic as some of the lower scores are on higher trafficed Hubs. I would like to have more feedback from HubPages to know the reasons behind the numbers etc. I am sure I don't know because I haven't taken the time to read all the tutorials.
What I tend to do is write the intro to the hub say, 350ish words, then save it unpublished you can see the score that has been accredited. The next day either finish the hub or write some more text, add photos, a video etc to make the hub have greater value. The score should have gone up a few points by then. Then I make the decision to publish it or add more content. Any where over 50/55 is a good starting point. If the content is original you will soon start to see it go higher.
I was wondering this myself, fantastic question. I was away from hubpages for awhile after the death of my mother and had thought my earlier writings started out higher, but then was unsure because it had been a year ago. I was becoming very annoyed with myself that I seemed unable to write hardly anything that topped 50. Some of the answers cleared it up that question for me, but now I wonder if it really worthwhile to worry about what my hub starts out as? Perhaps I should post a question on that one.
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