Grading Behind the Scenes to Help Raise Traffic and Quality

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  1. American_Choices profile image76
    American_Choicesposted 12 years ago

    We have our Hub score, we have our comment score, we have our accolades but no where is there a score detailing precisely how can we do better. Yes, we have the forums for help but for us struggling to make our hubs better what if there were an option given by the author to "grade" the hub? An accolade could be created for the Hubbers who help out an actually grade. Not all hubs would or could be offered up for grading. Anonymous suggestion could be made to guide the author.

    For instance, some Hubbers are not grouping and often I forget to add a Hub into a group. This leave the possibility of not having as much traffic as I could have had IF I had simply completed the mechanics of what is available here on HubPages.

    Perhaps that is not a good example. Perhaps a better example might be a spelling error or poor word choice that leaves the reader with a negative impression and yet the author doesn't know.

    In an ongoing effort to be the best that we can be, perhaps each hubber could choose three hubs for "grading" and help behind the scenes? Then we as writers could systematically upgrade our work.

    The grading categories could be:

    Word Use
    Writing Style
    Mechanics (not linking to a group, no back links, etc.)
    Mismatched topics

  2. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago

    Kind of like private critical comments?  Visible to the grader and the hub owner?

    Not a bad idea..  Maybe make an optional choice you'd enable for your hubs?  I like it.

    1. American_Choices profile image76
      American_Choicesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think it must be the author's choice. But ... for hubbers struggling it provides an open forum.

      Yet, for the editor, the helper, it would need to have an accolade associated with it.

  3. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago

    Because at least one person misunderstood this in another thread, let me make it plain:

    We aren't calling to make comments private.

    We are suggesting a separate, private comment stream for the purpose of constructive criticism only - a place to point out spelling errors, awkward phrasing, minor confusion points.. stuff that is useless or distracting in the normal comment stream.

    This would let people leave such help (and I see this as help, nothing else) without exposing their email to the author and without being disruptive.

    I think it is an excellent idea.  I would love to receive such commentary.

    1. ThePracticalMommy profile image87
      ThePracticalMommyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! This really is a great idea. Sometimes I want to help out a new hubber who may have one misspelling or something else amiss in their hub, but I don't want to reveal my email or leave a discouraging comment when the hub is otherwise okay.

      1. Pcunix profile image93
        Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Ayup.  I definitely don't like revealing my email.  I don't mind my hubpages name, and that could easily be traced back, but this is also a less intrusive way for the Hubber to receive constructive criticism.

  4. American_Choices profile image76
    American_Choicesposted 12 years ago


    Thank you for the clarification. Exactly. It would be no different than your manager giving you some talking points to improve - privately. Making the same mistakes or not paying attention to details can kill you on the Internet and in the world of business.

    A second set of eyes to guide you and make you better or correct your mistakes could be very helpful.

    A limit of what hubs and who could qualify would have to be set. Most importantly, the author must be engaged in the collaborate effort.

  5. melbel profile image94
    melbelposted 12 years ago

    If something like this were exist, I would like to suggest that the identity of people giving grades me made available to the publisher. That way, like I don't get a billion "your writing sucks" type comments and thus get really hurt feelings thinking it's a bunch of hubbers saying that I suck... when it's really one person trolling me.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I would agree.

  6. GmaGoldie profile image80
    GmaGoldieposted 12 years ago

    Negative non productive comments must come with consequences.

    While most comments generate traffic the purpose of this would be simply behind the scenes quality.

    Some people here have a great desire to improve and yet the tools are sometimes hard for them to find. To be tutored and to be given a leg up, I believe would improve the overall content quality of our hubs.

    Let's face it we all sit behind a computer and most of us are like me with no editor or co-author. The margin for error is great. Volume posting as we have seen doesn't pay so if we could actively improve 3 hubs a month, we would have an opportunity to make the hub complete and more marketable to the Google search engine.

    Google started their search engine with the "backlinks" under the theory of back rubs. This would be the ultimate back rub, our own group of helpers to take our content quality up a notch. Perhaps the helpful hints could be nothing more than check boxes - check your spelling, word choice, poor introduction, inappropirate keywords, etc...

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly right.

      I can't see much abuse of this and if there were, that can be handled exactly as such crap is handled in the normal comment scheme.

    2. melbel profile image94
      melbelposted 12 years agoin reply to this


    3. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Except that sometimes you can keep missing a typo over and over - it helps to have someone say "their it is" smile

      1. Shadesbreath profile image77
        Shadesbreathposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        That would be so worth it. I just found a typo in a hub that does really well for me, and I've read through it a zillion times. I'd love a little private entry for that.

        People never want to say "Hey, I liked this hub, but you have a typo in the second paragraph," so they skip the typo part to be polite. Or they write the comment and say, "Feel free to delete this after."  Or they have to email, which makes people uncomfortable.

        Of course, I'm sure all the "experts" would come out of the woodwork and want to offer their genius advice too, so, might be more hassle than it's worth.


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