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Falling Hubber & Hub Scores

  1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
    Cameron Corniukposted 5 years ago

    I posted a number of hubs the other day, which all started out at a relatively low score as they usually do--somewhere in the 40s and 50s. I saw my score drop a point or two, which I would normally see. Since then, the hubs have been steadily rising into the 60s, 70s, and 80s, which is also normal for me. At the same time, I have been watching long standing hubs, with higher scores of the upper 80s and lower 90s steadily drop into the low 80s. I usually see a little fluctuation with these hubs, but not that much. I have also watched as my overall Hubber score seems to spiral ever-downward.

    I've regularly had a score in the low and mid-90s. Even after not logging on or doing anything for weeks--even months--at a time. Each day, I've lost one or more points from the Hubber score.

    What would cause my hubs, which have regularly been doing well to suddenly start falling lower than ever before?

    What would cause my hubber score to continually drop? I think it's related to the first question, but I can't be totally sure, especially since there's rumor of it being based on the overall average of hub scores and these other ones that started out low are rising in score.

    1. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image86
      Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Cameron and welcome back to Hubpages.  I read your profile and it's interesting.

      I don't have much in the way of an answer to your question except that I've seen it written on here that no one quite understands the algorithym Hubpages uses regarding author score.  (I don't even know how to spell the word.) One point, I think, however is that a tiny part of it is moderation. I find only about an hour a day -- sometimes a half hour here and a half hour later -- to drop in to this lovely meeting place and read some hubs and comment if I feel attuned to whatever I have just read -- and not comment if I don't.  I could be wrong -- but I think that's a tiny fraction of the puzzle.

      1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
        Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That makes sense, and I have to agree with you. The hubs I posted recently were en masse, and it was really a test. Mind you, I let it sit for a few days, and I'm seeing the activity continue after the fact, so it's curious. Today, I am sick, so I'm sitting here half brain dead, going through and looking at HubPages since I put all other work on hold while I recover.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    Hope you feeling better soon smile I can relate with your consternation. My traffic goes up but scores go down tongue maybe its the $$ end not doin great? idk, just guessing tongue lol

    1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
      Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This could be true, but I used to have absolutely nothing coming in. Then, maybe a penny or two, and the stats were higher then. There's something strange going on, I know. Maybe I'm in some sort of HubPage sandbox.

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    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago

    Falling traffic to hubs is the first thing that comes to mind. Absent good traffic, you may need a high activity level on the site to maintain a high author score. The hub scores you describe are decent, but may also reflect rather little traffic.

    1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
      Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That would make sense, except when compared with past behavior.

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        Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Mysterious indeed.

  4. Cardisa profile image92
    Cardisaposted 5 years ago

    I find that the more Google traffic I get the lower my scores get but they usually go back up. My best hub fluctuates between 78 and 85. It does not get any HP traffic so it doesn't have a high score.

    The more HP or in-house traffic your hubs get the higher the scores are. Some high scoring hubs do not get much traffic at all. So the thing to watch is the traffic and decide which one is more important, HP traffic or search engine traffic.

    As far as your author score is concerned I wouldn't worry about that so much so long as it stays above 75. Just participate in the community by hopping, answering questions and contributing to the forums and it should go back up.

    I hope that helps.

    1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
      Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Now the traffic sources does seem to make a bit of sense.

      1. Stacie L profile image90
        Stacie Lposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        as said before, the more hubs posted at once,the worse the traffic and scores...I don't know why but it seems to be true.
        Be patient as many of us are experiencing low traffic lately.

        1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
          Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Well, in this case, it may be a little bit of sandbox effect. I'm seeing a number of articles I had indexed on Google before now do not appear to be indexed. Seeing what's up with that is going to give me a bit of a headache and by the time I do, it'll probably straighten itself out, but I do love a good mystery.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Since one of the factors that determines your Hubber Score is the scores of your individual Hubs, of course it will go down if you publish a heap of Hubs all at once - because you suddenly have a bunch of low-scoring Hubs to add to the sum.

    2. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Where does one find the amount of HP traffic we get has an effect on the scores, Cardisa?  I see nothing to indicate this has a noticeable bearing on hub scores, but feel free to point me to your source for this claim as I would be interested to see this for my own curiosity.  smile



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      1. Cardisa profile image92
        Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Randy if you noticed I made my point in reference to my own scores.  I even pointed out one of my hubs as reference.

        I have 169 hubs and the ones in the upper 80s get more HP traffic. The ones that do better with outside traffic are below 85. I have also noticed that when my hubs go over 90 they traffic is usually low and as soon as the traffic picks up the score falls.

        1. lorenmurcia profile image88
          lorenmurciaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          In other words, the hub and hubber scores are inversely proportional to the hub traffic. I agree with you, Cardisa.

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            Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Dare call that an oversimplification. Or should we just say: Plain wrong?

            1. Cardisa profile image92
              Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Maybe that's the exact reason why we have not been able to figure out this thing because every hubber's scores are different. I am just stating my observations about my hubs scores, how can that be wrong? You are not privy to my traffic and scores.

              If you don't believe me let me give you an example:

              The hub that gets me 2500+ views per month is now at 79. Only 19 of those views for the last 30 days are from HP.

              My hub with the highest score 91, has brought me 189 views in the last 30 days, 84 of which are HP traffic.

              My second highest hub 90, has 302 views for the last 30 days of which only 11 views are from outside traffic.

              There I have revealed my source for my assumptions. What I have stated is based on my own observations about my own scores and traffic.

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                Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I was not addressing you, nor was I speaking about you. I never said that you were wrong, nor did I think you were wrong. I found your observations noteworthy.

                However, what Lorenmurcia is concluding as a general observation just isn't true. Hubbers with high scores frequently have sustained external traffic, and little else.

                1. calpol25 profile image71
                  calpol25posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  HI WE, look guys I started on HP with an author score of 30 it took me nearly a year just to make 70, since then I have made it into the late 80s and early 90s I have never had 100, but I dont let it bother me,
                  As far as the hubs are concerned my highest hub is 89 and that has taken ages, but remember traffic has suffered over the past, with all that Panda business and hub thieves suff. And its February guys so your still in the dead months. Give it time and things will work out but patience is needed. Remember it took me a year to make 70 and that was before all this panda business.....
                  Just be patient and it will work out smile

                2. Cardisa profile image92
                  Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Sorry WE, I saw the "wrong" beneath my comment and thought I needed to clarify, especially since Randy asked for a reference. I am in no way saying that is the general rule.

                  Again I misunderstand you. Maybe I like you too much!

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                    Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    No problem! You can never like me too much (but I like you, too). And I fully respect that experiences vary.

        2. Randy Godwin profile image94
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You see, this is why it's not a good idea to assume things from one's own experience here.  2 out of the top 3 hubs in my stats right now are among my most trafficked with 59,000+ and 46,000+ views each. 

          My other, almost as high trafficked hubs, are all near the top of my hub scores.  Just the opposite of what yours apparently are.  This is why there's so much confusion as to what makes scores what they are here.



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          1. Cardisa profile image92
            Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Rightly agreed. As I also said earlier every hubber's scores vary.

            1. calpol25 profile image71
              calpol25posted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Hi Cardisa Lord de cross wrote a brilliant hub about the hub score and I recommend it as it gives a great insight smile

              http://lorddecross.hubpages.com/hub/Dec … ages-Score

              1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Read it.  It was a joke, right?  roll



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              2. Cardisa profile image92
                Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Calpol I read it too but I think the data is a bit obsolete because I do believe that HP has changed something (just assuming this) since I have been here and we are not privy to those numbers or calculations. Two people can be doing the exact same things here on HP and have totally different author scores.

                1. Jason Marovich profile image88
                  Jason Marovichposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  I reached 100 author score with less than 20 hubs in 4 months.  I've never received sustained traffic, other than what I generated myself through social networks (I've since stopped that practice).

                  I believe my best hub score ever was about 85.  It's my belief (for my account, anyway) that if I received sustained organic traffic that my hubscores would go higher.

                  I can get my hub scores to rise a little by publishing another hub.  That's it, though, since I don't get much organic traffic, and driving traffic to my hubs doesn't make their score rise.

    3. rmcrayne profile image97
      rmcrayneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So here it’s clear you are talking about your own stats. 



      This is a completely different matter.  It’s stated as though it’s a fact, and IMO plenty of novices will take this as truth, especially since you “wear the elite badge”.  I saw it as conjecture, not an accurate generalization, and I’m guessing that at least some veteran hubbers saw the same. 



      I’ve observed you for a long time now, and I noticed in your earliest days that you liked to jump in and offer advice, when perhaps you didn’t really know enough about the topic.  Believe me, I have some understanding of where you’re coming from.  I’m sure I’m been called something on the order of a wannabe “know it all” more than once or twice.  I think you genuinely enjoy helping people, but I advise restraint.  And I particularly caution you about inferred expert status.  When I was on the HubMob team, and carried this designation, I felt an added responsibility to be extremely mindful of what I said.  For me I was representing HP, at least to an extent, so I often exercised restraint.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        +1 smile




                                 
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        1. rmcrayne profile image97
          rmcrayneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for having my back.  I kinda expected to be attacked.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            That's why I had to do it.  I know the feeling, RM!  smile




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      2. Cardisa profile image92
        Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        RM, I would never attack you and I think you are right. I did state that I was talking about my own hubs. I think I point I was trying to make is that every one seems to have different result and I also stated that I am not suggesting my result as a general rule.

        Maybe you are right, maybe I am trying too hard. So I think staying away from the forums is better for me.

        Thanks to all of you for your patience and support.

        Chow!

        1. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Not at all, Cardisa.  You're a great encourager and you are developing a solid knowledge base.  The difficulty is making a distinction between what you know for sure, and what you're still learning - and then making sure you're clear about the difference when you post a reply. I still have the same difficulty sometimes!

          1. Cardisa profile image92
            Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks Marisa. I was going to stay away but a couple of great friends here encouraged me. RM is right, I need to restrain myself or as Randy says,  I might give the wrong information. I also need to be careful of posting my own personal experiences lest newbies think it goes for everyone.

            I missed you Marisa!

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      Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I read this post, in its entirety, as Cardisa's attempt to advise the OP on what his problem might be - based upon her own experiences. I took it that she was trying to help the OP, not attempting to educate all of us about how things are in general. That was why I did not object to it, since the OP is at a loss to explain what has happened to him.

      Interestingly, I don't get much external traffic either, and my highest ranking hubs get internal traffic almost exclusively. So my own experiences do not really deviate from what Cardisa is saying. I am well aware that no generalization should be made out of this.

      1. Cardisa profile image92
        Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        WE, not to sidetrack you or anything but have you noticed that new posts are showing up while you are still in the forum. I used to have to leave and come back to see new posts or thread. Wow that's great.

        Thanks, WE. That's exactly what I was doing.

  5. sabrebIade profile image47
    sabrebIadeposted 5 years ago

    I have said it before and I'll say it again....
    My highest traffic, highest paying Hubs are 70s and 80s.
    My 90s hardly get any traffic.
    Design and write for the readers, not HP.

  6. lorenmurcia profile image88
    lorenmurciaposted 5 years ago

    Ouch! sad

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      Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's a kind of peer review.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Or occasionally, a "phew review"!  smile




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        1. lorenmurcia profile image88
          lorenmurciaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I don't bear a grudge. smile God bless you!

  7. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image99
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 5 years ago

    Regarding Cardisa's aboitit getting a lower score when her Google traffic increases - I am assuming part of the profile score is based on the ratio of Up votes your hubs get per the number of visits. However, if you're drawing in Google traffic (which I assume HP wants), many of these readers may not be familiar with the voting buttons. So they might read and move on. This doesn't mean the writing isn't good, or the hub isn't well-written. But if the algorhythym factors in the votes, and if we get outside traffic from readers not familiar with the site (and the voting), then writers' scores can be artificially degraded.

    This is all a big IF - since none of us know how the mystery number is calculated.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image99
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, sheesh - pleas tell me to stop posting comments on a mobile device.  That's supposed to say, 'Cardisa's comment about.'

      Sorry, guys.

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      Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It seems counter-intuitive that HubPages would set the system up to penalize exactly the kind of behavior that it wants. HubPages has all the statistics at its disposal, and presumably will set the algorithm to generally support the behavior it likes to see.

  8. calpol25 profile image71
    calpol25posted 5 years ago

    I agree WE smile

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      Website Examinerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Calpol.

      1. calpol25 profile image71
        calpol25posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Your welcome WE something is going on but I dont think its HP, it could just be the knock on effect of Panda and all the other issues we have had sad

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    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago

    Cardisa, you have made valuable contributions to this forum. Hopefully, you'll not be deterred. I, for one, should like to see you continue.

    1. calpol25 profile image71
      calpol25posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, dont go I will miss you too sad

      As writers we get a lot of people who try to knock us down, but we get back up again and we do not let them stop us, please dont let them stop you smile

      Come on you can do this smile xx

      1. Cardisa profile image92
        Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        @ WE and Calpol25. Happy Sunday Morning guys!

      2. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        As far as I know, no one is trying to knock anyone down, Cal.  Both RM and I are simply attempting to keep misinformation from being spread by those who sport a title which tends to mislead newbies and veterans alike into believing the person giving the advice is somehow in-the-know as to how things really work here.

        This is why the forum thread concerning the "Elite" designation given to the greeters was so heated, with "some" being banned in the process, while others survived unscathed.  I'll give you one guess as to who fell into which category.

        Cardisa's intentions to be helpful on this thread is merely one such example of how the title seems to embolden some of those so designated to assume their own methods and experiences here are somehow worthy of being touted as facts. It makes no difference whether the information they give is factual, or merely misguided speculation, as those with knowledge of what the word really stands for may mistakenly assume a mere greeter is recommending sound practices or  giving correct interpretations of HP policy.

        I applaud these greeters for their freely given time in welcoming new members to HP--I know most of them are good folks--but because they DO wear the title they should be aware of how what they say may tend to carry a greater weight than that of a much more experienced and successful writer who deigns not to become a greeter.

        Of course, you may disagree with this as is your right to do so.  Please feel free to correct me on my opinion if you believe it to be misguided.  smile


                                                 

               
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        1. calpol25 profile image71
          calpol25posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I see Randy, I am sorry I did not see it your way but reading back through it all I know what you mean, so I am  Sorry again smile
          Hands up I am wrong x smile

        2. Cardisa profile image92
          Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Randy while I agree that maybe some persons might take what I say as "gospel" being that I am an Elite, that does not in any way mean that you need to insult me by stating that the badge emboldens me. I don't need an "e" on a profile on a website to embolden me Randy. I was posting in the forums long before wearing that "e" which you seem to have an issue with. How come you never paid me any mind before? I have been here 13 months and have been one of the most active in these forums yet you are assuming that "e" which I have only acquired less than 2 of those months, has embolden me.

          1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
            Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Well, the way I see it, it was all originally explained with the qualifier of what different people have experience, yourself included. Furthermore, for newbies here, I doubt the "e" means anything. Most people are coming to the forums to read the comments. I didn't even notice the "e" until attention was drawn to it. Then, I have to take the time to scroll over it and see what it means. Would I normally do this? No, and I don't really know anyone who would, so it's a bunch of mountain out of mole hill to me. Now, if you would have come in and said "HubPages works in the following manner.." that'd be a different story.

            In other news, I have found that the inverse was actually true--my better scoring hubs were seeing more outside traffic than inside. Took awhile to look into that. Scores seem to be on the rise again, so I'm guessing it all gets chalked up to adding too much in too short a span. It's be an interesting lesson, as it was an experiment to begin with.

            In any event. Thank you Cardisa and the others who have stepped in and tried to help put a magnifying glass over the mystery.

          2. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            My apologies, Cardisa.  I have no idea what emboldens those who wish to give unsubstantiated advice to those confused on these forums.  And you are indeed correct, it doesn't require a badge to do so.

            And if you think I only "seem" to have an issue with the elite title then you aren't as observant as you "seem" to claim.  It's difficult to believe you missed the entire forum thread concerning my views on the subject, but I suppose it is indeed possible.  I also have no problem with your giving sound advice and applaud you for it when it occurs.  And you probably know I used to follow you and other Elite before you guys asked for the title.  I'm sorry we disagree on the misleading moniker, but there it is.  smile

            Respect!!

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            1. Cardisa profile image92
              Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I like the updated signature better. smile

              1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                HA!  They are same pics, Cardisa.  This one is merely a gimped up version of my Ewbie!  smile


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  10. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    Ahem, to get back to the topic.

    According to HubPages, HubberScore is "a composite of your HubScores as well as measurements of your general behavior on HubPages."

    So (as I said), if you publish a lot of new Hubs, your HubberScore is bound to drop until the new Hubs reach a decent HubScore.

    For each Hub, the HubScore is made up of:

    1. Amount of traffic - including percentage from reputable sources other than HubPages

    2. The reputation of the Hubber - your Hubber Score and contribution to the community

    3. The response of readers to your Hub - including comments, thumbs up, etc.

    4.The uniqueness of content

    I'm surprised to see the second factor in there - it seems to create a kind of circular reference!  That is, if you have good Hubs your Hubberscore benefits, but if you have a high Hubberscore, all your Hubs benefit.  No wonder we have trouble figuring it out.

    1. Cameron Corniuk profile image85
      Cameron Corniukposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Marissa, I was about to say the same thing. As if diminishing returns wasn't enough, now reciprocal benefit and detriment.

 
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