I just happened to notice that somebody asked me a question about increasing their score weeks ago and I missed it - careless inattention as usual.
I gave an honest answer - which is to say that I don't have a clue. My score goes up, my score goes down and I never know why.
What I DID get a kick out of was doing a little searching and finding people with very low scores giving confident advice to their readers about how to increase these scores. Maybe they do have the secret recipe and choose not to follow it themselves?
Or maybe HP has punished them for being too close to the truth? Yeah, that must be it :-)
HP needs a bot that just automatically answers this with "Nobody knows but HP and they aren't telling".
They have one. It's called the FAQ.
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.....
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 eventually reflect the quality and work you've put into your Hubs. Please try to avoid getting too hung up on your Hubs' HubScores.
Of course, as I'm sure you're only too well aware, you can lead a person to information but you can't make them think.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it put on its bathing suit either.
Is there a hub that covers how you might attempt that? And if so, what is its score?
Relache, , nobody believes the FAQ because it doesn't tell them HOW other than to suggest writing '"quality" hubs - which, as I'm sure you know, every single person who ever joined does with complete mastery.
I definitely quit worrying about hub scores a long time ago. When I was a newbie, I dutifully read the FAQs, forums and hubs on the topic. And I obsessed about my scores like many other newbies. Now I just look at them w/ occasional interest and amusement.
Reading this again was pretty amusing. For giggles, I took a look at my current stats. I have a hub in the upper 90s that had 1 visit in the last day, less than 20 in the last week, and less than 300 since it was published as a contest hub in Mar 2010. And trust me, this is absolutely not my best work. It was just something I cranked out for the contest, going for the max, just to see if I could.
On further inspection, seems I have at least 10 hubs with >/= 90 score, that are at least a year old, some almost 2, and have less than 1000 lifetime views. Most have had only 0-2 view in the last 24 hrs. Yet I guess the HP secret scoring formula sees some merit in these hubs? Or maybe they were drawn out of a virtual hat.
It's a dart board. I'm sure of it. I'm going to try to plant a camera or two in HP's offices to catch the staffers in the act of scoring our hubs that way. Do you know any good operatives I could hire to plant the bugs?
I think you are on to something Pcunix - LOL
Take a page from Men in Black. Orion's belt? Send them a mascot, like a pug or a Siamese cat, and plant the camera on their collar.
Yes, I read that little ditty in my efforts to find out what a hub score meant. It struck me as a very non-answer answer. I felt like I was reading the latest political post.
I even went so far as to wonder if a hub score might be related in some way to my karma. But I was wrong there, too. Hub Pages has its own karma, and that karma has nothing to do with your odds of ending up a marsupial in your next life.
I finally decided that a hub score was an algorithm devised by a disgruntled and misogynistic Hub Pages employee who has made a very profitable upward career move after convincing supervisors that hub scores do, indeed, have meaning. The reports are on their desks every morning to prove hub scores continue to be relevant.
Knowing that has helped me a great deal. Now I ignore them.
I don't know if you looked at only "old" Hubbers; but in fairness to some low-score people, some of them are just new- and could be good at researching and writing a solid article. Then, too, there's the "alter ego" thing, and someone could be writing under another name and score.
Having said that, this site is full of people who have low scores and tell everyone else how to get high scores, and it's full of people who don't earn any money and tell everyone else how to earn it. I suppose a lot of them may go with researching an article and may assume a well written enough article will have enough credibility. A good part of the time, though, the author, himself, won't have credibility because what hits a lot of readers in the face is, "How come you aren't doing it, or haven't done it, then?"
Personally, I tend to stay away from offering any "advice" about anything I haven't already done, or am not doing. If someone doesn't want to be that subject-shy then he should at least address the issue that's going to hit a lot of readers in the face. I think a lot of people just take it for granted that if the thing has been researched and well written that's enough for readers. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't. I think not knowing enough to address the elephant in the room, though, doesn't do much for readers' faith in the writer's ability to know what the reader's looking for.
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