What is HubberScore?
Hubber Score AKA Author Score AKA User Score
There are two types of scoring on HubPages. One is for the individual hub, which you can learn more about here, and the other is the score for the person. The Author. The Hubber. Yes, you.
This hub is all about that scoring algorithm, how it works, and how it affects you.
What we know about Hubber Score
According to a reliable source there are certain things that can affect your HubScore, such as:
- Total number of published hubs
- The hub scores of your published hubs
- The total traffic across all your published hubs
- How recently you've published
- Your fans*
- Participation in the HubPages community (reading and commenting on other people's hubs; forum activity; flagging content violations; rating other people's hubs: thumbs up and down)
* Please note, fanning too many people can have a detrimental effect on your Hubber Score.
How your Hubber Score affects you
Some people are badly affected by a low Hubber Score. Or in some cases, not having the perfect Hubber Score. This can have side effects such as low self esteem, fixating on HubPages HQ stance on non-disclosure of their proprietary algorithm, despising people with higher scores, and looking down on people with lower scores and in some rare cases: diarrhea.
In extreme cases there have been rumors of suicide (though it may have been a perfect 100 Hubber Score auto-erotic asphyxiation celebration gone wrong).
If your Hubber Score is below 75, it will cause all outbound links you've put on all your hubs to become nofollow. This means a consequence of very little or no benefit in terms of search engine rankings (it is of little SEO value, Search Engine bots/spiders crawling and indexing your page will go no further... they will not follow the link).
If you were to publish duplicate content, it is given a HubScore penalty. If you were to publish a lot of duplicate content, the lower HubScores will start to have an affect on your HubberScore. If you're prolific with the duplicate content generation and you're pretty much spamming, your Hubber Score could drop like a rock to below 25. A combination of such a low Hubber Score and lots and lots of low scoring hubs will automatically put a stop to your ability to publish.
Those are a couple of the negative side effects of a low Hubber Score. On a positive note, a high Hubber Score will see you on the Best Authors list. And seriously, who doesn't want to be featured alongside the likes of Mark Knowles and the half a dozen or so hottest chicks on HubPages.
How can I increase my Hubber Score?
When you first sign up it will take a few days, maybe even a week, to see your Hubber Score grow from 0 up into the 75+ range. It will depend on how quickly you can gain a reputation (be it good or bad). If you start strong and publish original content and know how to throw on all the taps for outside traffic, you should rise fairly quickly. If you're new and publish good content. It'll take a little longer. If you sit near 0 for a week then you likely deserve it.
Don't bother making a thread in the forum asking what's wrong with your score or how to fix it. Be patient.
If you're in the 80 to 89 range you're doing well. There's no need to make a thread in the forum asking what's wrong with your score or how to increase it. Be patient. Just keep publishing quality hubs, and start thinking about ways you can promote your hubs (to get extra traffic).
If you're in the 90+ range you're doing extremely well. Don't get Hubber Score envy because someone has 100 and you don't. It doesn't mean they're a better person than you. Though come to think about it, if you are fretting over something as silly as Hubber Score they probably are more mentally balanced than you are. And if being sane isn't a good reason for someone being better than another person, then I don't know what is.
The Bottom Line
Don't fixate on your Hubber Score.
Here's the clincher... those that don't focus on it, are the Hubbers that are the most successful.
Publish quality hubs. Don't spam. Partake in the community in a respectful manner. A high score will come eventually. And by the time you're starting to make some decent coin you won't even care.