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What Does the Hub Score Mean?

Updated on January 10, 2011
The Hubscore
The Hubscore

The Hubscore is a number that hubpages assigns to each page based on a number of factors. The hubscore is meant as an indication of the page's quality and importance and resembles Google's page rank in some ways.

A hubscore is based on a number of factors, such as the originality of the content, rankings by other users, and length of the submission.

For example, the more original the writing, the higher the score. Simply copying and pasting stuff from the internet will result in a lower score. For example, if I had simply copied and pasted the explanation of what a hubscore is which can be found at in the Help section of this site I assume that hubpages would have given me a lower score. :)

I am new at hubpages and I am just experimenting with the site. So far my hubscores have come up in the mid range. Hopefully a ton of visitors will give me a positive rating and skyrocket me to the top of the scores (hint).

But seriously, the hubscoring system appears complicated. In fact there are many other factors to consider. For example, the score is affected by the number of posts you make. But posting lots of hub pages does not necessarily increase your score because, posting lots can be interpreted as spamming.

So the key is to post high quality articles that are spam free and informative.

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The New Top of the Line Hub Score Computer That Calculates Every Hubscore. It uses the latest technology such as punch cards and Rayovac vacuum tubes so the entire "brain" only takes up four rooms.

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    • lyoness913 profile image

      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 2 years ago from Overland Park, KS

      Thanks so much for writing this- you answered my question when I googled it! :)

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      I. Blake 3 years ago from Eastern, United States

      Great information, thanks you!~

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      jkhosa 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info.very helpful

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      Robert P 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Anne. Glad to help!

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      Anne Eliz Jacobs 4 years ago from Northern CA

      Thanks very helpful!

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      blessedmommyof3 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info I have actually been with hubpages for a couple of years now and never really thought a whole lot about the score until my scores started changing and I began wondering what that meant.

      So it was very informative. Thank you again.

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      Robert P 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Tenthingz - your score has probably gone up by now, since hubscores tend to increase with age (up to a certain point). However, one reason that the score was low may be that the article is a bit on the short side. 500 words or more is usually best. Very short articles tend to score lower. They also attract less traffic from the search engines.

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      tenthingz 5 years ago from somewhere in middle America

      Just published my first hub with a score of 22, but I can't really tell if that's typical, on the low side or great. Thanks for the info.

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      taghreed mojahid 5 years ago from saudi arabia

      this article is very helpful,thank you

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      m525600 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I gave you a thumbs up!

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      Joeythegrreat 5 years ago

      Hey I followed you bud, hopefully you will return the favor.

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      clothespinnedlove 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      This helped me a lot, thank you!

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      Robert P 5 years ago from Canada

      When you first publish the article (hub) the score is usually around 50. It then rises or falls as the article is evaluated by internal processes. If the article is bad - for example, if it is not long enough, or is too promotional - the score may fall below 50. If the article is deemed to be good based on writing style, content, etc then the score will rise above 50.

      How far it continues to rise, and how high the score remains,will be influenced by many other factors including the amount of traffic (hubs that no one visits tend to have lower scores even if they are well written), how many comments they receive (hubs that generate discussions tend to be ranked higher), how many thumbs up they get from readers, etc

      The hubscore is never completely fixed and will fluctuate up and down because your ranking is not only influenced by the things mentioned above, but by how good the hub is compared to other hubs. As more hubs are published, and as the hubscores of the other hubs also fluctuate, your relative rank or position will also fluctuate.

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      loseweightbestips 5 years ago

      So hub score is like fixed when an article is posted or it increases as the time goes by with comments and ratings

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      donnychoo 5 years ago

      good article! sure helps alot of people wondering what the hub score means!

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      Mazed Khan 5 years ago from london

      Thanks. Simple and easy to understand.

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      QueenEmma 5 years ago

      Great! Thank you for clearing that up! I actually found this answer in a Google search instead of it showing up in my Hub search! Thank you!

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      MissAshleyK 5 years ago

      Straight forward and to the point! Thanks for the info :)

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      JeffBoswell 5 years ago

      Exactly what I was looking for.

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      Robert P 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the feedback and nice to know I rank well with this article. Now if I can only achieve the same result with my other hubs!

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      Steven911 5 years ago from Queens, NY

      Thanks for this info.

      I actually found this article by typing "hubscore" into Google. First result was this. ;)

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm a hub newbie and don't really have lots of time to wade through tons of information in order to find the one nugget I need. Your article was the EXACT thing I needed, direct, to the point, short!

      Thank you!

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      Sonoma 5 years ago

      Thanks. Exactly what I was wanting to know.

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      Robert P 5 years ago from Canada

      @bread-maker - make sure to also get an image for your profile. Profiles that have no images don't get as many followers. Getting more followers improves your personal hubber's score.

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      bread-maker 5 years ago

      So I also made some newbie mistakes - thanks for the informative post, I know what my 45 means now :)

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      Robert P 5 years ago from Canada

      @Dan90017 - I am not sure of the exact schedule, but scores can change several times a day.

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      Dan90017 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      How often or when do the scores get refreshed?

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Thank you. This was very helpful for me :)

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      brian101 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks. I hadn't seen anyone with higher but wanted to be sure. Best wishes.

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      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      @brian101 - yes, 100 is the highest score you can get.

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      brian101 6 years ago from UK

      Does anyone know what the maximum score is? 100?

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      blessingsforlife 6 years ago

      I am new to hubpages too and have been wondering about the hub score. this hub is very informative. thanks...

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      Adam Brown Photo 6 years ago from Brainerd, MN

      I found this through Google- Guess this actually works. :)

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      A Little TRUTH 6 years ago

      OK, thanks for the response, quotations.

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      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comments everyone. @ A Little Truth - I don't agree that outgoing links are a negative. A hub that link to useful and relevant high quality sites will be seen as informative and this will help your hubscore and your ranking in the search engines. So if you write a hub about classic Model T automobiles you should definitely link to other sites about this type of automobile. It is unrealistic to expect people to just link to you while you never link to someone else.

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      sstokes90 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very useful! I;'m new to HubPages as well and this was very informative and exactly what I was wanting to know. Thanks!

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      A Little TRUTH 6 years ago

      Nice hub, thanks for the useful info.

      I'm a little confused about your comment of 7 months ago re the 3+ outgoing links to other hubs. From what I know about SEO, incoming links are a positive, and outgoing links are a negative. But maybe Hubpages gives enough credit for outgoing links to other HUBS to offset this. Do you have indications that this is the case?

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      jamesjacques 6 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks, I had no idea what that meant. Nice and informative

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      u01dtj6 6 years ago

      Helpful hub and well put! Thank you for the information.

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      thanks again quotations:) I like the hub machine pic.

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      wally247 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks for the tip! I had been wondering about my scores, and finally did a search. You were the first result, so good job!

      (I am a real person too).

      w

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      offeritem 6 years ago

      Good explanation on getting your hub score up. I've learned a few things from browsing the site and I now have a better idea of the type of topics that hub readers are into.

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      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      @slc334 - hubscore does lead to more visibility and traffic (to some extent) and is also the result of more traffic, so there is a circular chicken and the egg scenario involved.

      For example, if someone uses the hubpages search engine to search for "chocolate" the search results will list the hubs in numericol order (highest to lowest) based on their hubscore. Also, when one is using the "suggest links" feature to create links from their own hub to other hubs and thus earn HubKarma (which also increases hubscore) the suggested hubs will usually be the ones with the highest hubscore. So having a high hubscore means that more people will find you using the hubpages search engine and also that more hubbers will link to you.

      As far as I can tell Google and other search engines do not know your hubscore when deciding how to rank you - but because the hubscore is based on factors similar to the criteria used by the search engines to determine quality and therefore rank, if you can get a high hubscore it means that you are probably writing hubs that will do well in the search engine rankings.

      Also, because a high hubscore leads to more links to you from other hubbers (since they can more easily find you) it will indirectly improve your SEO since you will eventually have more incoming links, which is something that Google takes into account.

      Having said this, I also have some hubs that have high hubscores but get little search engine traffic and hubs like this one that have an average hubscore but get lots of traffic. Finding a niche is important.

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      slc334 6 years ago from Canada

      Appreciate the post, but does a higher hubscore lead to higher visibility? I know that it would attract more hubspace people, but hubspace people don't click on ads. I want to know if a higher hubscore does anything in the background with search engines?

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      Glemoh101 6 years ago

      Answering or asking question in this hubpages forums can help in improve the hubscore ? answer me

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      Timothy Arends 6 years ago from Chicago Region

      Also, if you link too often to the same site outside of HubPages your score can go down. I can see how spammers might abuse this, but it does reduce HubPages' effectiveness as a form of site promotion.

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      nimbleful 6 years ago

      Thanks! I'm brand new to hub pages and was wondering what those numbers meant until I read this! This funnily enough was easier to find than the help page!! :D

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      progiledeblipp 6 years ago

      I was looking for some sort of valuable information on hub score, as i am new to this portal and looking forward to have a good reputation.

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      Lynnyloo 6 years ago

      Thank you for good advice... I'm new to hub pages and should have done my homework before "jumping into the pool". I feel that on one hand I'm fighting to increase my fico score and now I have to worry about increasing my hub score. ?#@! :(

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      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      @Toronto condos - it is true that quality hubs tend to have a better hub score, but what makes one hub better than another? Remember that the hubscore is assigned by a computer examining various criteria and so the computer does not actually "measure" the quality of your writing - for example, it could no tell Dickens apart from Grisham. So what does the computer program look for to determine if a hub is quality or not? Here are a few more things that will improve your hubscore:

      1. you should have at least three links from your hub to relevant hubs written by other people.

      2. if people upvote your hub or rate it as "awesome" or "useful" - this is the human component in the system. If enough people like your hub and give it favorable reviews, your hubscore will go up

      3. traffic - the more traffic you get from various sources the better your hubscore

      4. comments - the more people comment on your hub the better. So keep those comments coming :)

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      Toronto condos 6 years ago

      Make quality yout target and hubscore will rise!

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      drmingle 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the info... It's good.

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      alexmita 7 years ago from London

      Quotations, this was very useful, thanks :)

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      SuperHomeWorker 7 years ago

      You are the very first in google search under the terms "What is hub score?" So your theory works !! Good for you! An honest and informative writer !! BRAVO !!

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      Mr Wine 7 years ago from Great Wine Country

      I don't understand it? I am new to Hubpages and everything that I read about increasing hub scores in contradicted by this HUB. You have such little content and such a high score - what am I doing wrong.

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      Peter Garrison 7 years ago from North Bend

      What about the hubscore for each hub? Like my score from my review for tycoon cashflow seems to go up daily... Does that mean people are giving me a thumps up??

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      jabytxu25 7 years ago

      Thank you for answering my question. I didn't know what was the hubscore for and you've already solved my doubt. Thank you!

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      satyenhacks 7 years ago from Lucknow

      Its really helpful..as i was searching what the score means..

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      life-is-sweet 7 years ago from NY

      I am new here, just trying to figure things out. Your post is helpful, thank you.

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      thebeacon 7 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      I am wondering, does hubscore matter when it comes to ranking higher on google? Thank you

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      devsir 7 years ago from Earth

      very well explained

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      allN1spot 7 years ago from Nashville

      Thanks for posting this, I'm new to hubpages myself and I was wondering what that number was there for! This is great to know!

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      Robert P 7 years ago from Canada

      peggypat - It's definitely a computer program that calculates the hubscore. There would be way to many hubs for any number of humans to read them all and assign a score. But that isn't to say that humans don't affect the score. Fore example when someone upvotes a hub, it registers as a positive factor that raises the score of the hub. And the higher the hubscore for your hubs, the better your hubscore as an author. Also, you can gain a better hubscore if you have a number of people following your hubs, and if you participate in the hubpage community by posting comments, etc.

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      Writen4u 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I was wondering why my hub score keeps dropping.

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      Peggy Patrick Medberry 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      very interesting. I'm a newbie.. so these numbers seem very random. I am wondering. Is it a machine, computer algorithm thingy or is it an actual person somewhere making this decision?

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      barryliam 7 years ago

      Great advice, thanks

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      Meagan Ireland 7 years ago from Maine

      This was very usefull and well written to be very understandable! That is very important if you are me :)! Thanks for the information!

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      Nonauthorityfigur 7 years ago

      wow your hub received several comments.I think that in itself should help your score.Thank you for producing this hub

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, I'm new to HubPages and my score droped 4 points. I think I might of wrote to many Hubs to fast.

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      GrotesqueGoddess 7 years ago

      Very informative! Thanks for all the helpful information.

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      Robert P 7 years ago from Canada

      Ramon Y - What I have noticed is that when you first publish your hub it usually has a score of about 50. Then it slowly rises to 60 or 70 if the hubscoring system thinks that the writing is good. I assume it looks at things such as originality (no copying from other sites), length, links to other websites etc. This initial rise in score happens even if no one has yet visited your hub. You can tell how many people have visited your site by logging in to your account and then checking the statistics. These will also tell you where people are coming from to your site such as search engines.

      After the initial rise in hubscore when it is first published, the main factors in whether the score stays up or goes back down or keeps rising is how much traffic you get, how much feedback it generates, and how many up votes the hub gets.

      So if no one visits your hub, the score will go down even if you have written a very good article. This may happen if you have written an article on something that is not of wide interest.

      If your score starts falling because of low traffic, try adding links to your hub from other hubs you write, add more tags so that people can find it under different search terms, or try tweaking the title so that it is more relevant.

      So as a long winded answer to your question, your current hubscore is probably due mainly to the fact you have written a good hub rich in text. However that score may start falling if the hub does not generate interest and you don't get internet traffic.

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      paulsimister 7 years ago

      Thanks for this.

      I was getting frustrated as I kept adding to a page thinking I was making it better and my hubscore kept going down.

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      Ramon Y 7 years ago

      I still don't get it I have to admit - so far I have only posted 1 hub (with another in progress). That was four days ago yet I have a pretty high score. So does this mean that people like my hub even no comments have been made. Also I notice our profiles have hubscores - does this mean we are being scored in a similar manner?

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      CorriStar 8 years ago from Winsted Ct

      Thanks, I brought my score down because I did 4 post in a day. How often should I post?

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      living myway 8 years ago

      Thank you all for the explanation I was wondering what the heck the scoring meant! Alright time to move up the ladder from the 50s haha.

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      Dirtdog 8 years ago from New Smyrna Beach / Edgewater , Florida

      Thanks for the answer it helped out a lot being a newbe of sort . I getting a hubscore of 50 right off is ok ? hmmm. maybe . if it kinda like a grade system them I am kinda sad . well better luck next time around .

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      hubpageswriter 8 years ago

      This is a very useful read. Thanks for sharing this..

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      BrianFanslau 8 years ago from Eagan, MN

      Woot thanks for the answeer bud you rock :)

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      jabber12 8 years ago

      Thanks this really helped me out, I figured lower scores were best - guess I was wrong!

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      kmackey32 8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for the info, great hub

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      GuitarLover 8 years ago from UK

      This was useful to me, thank you!

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      JRATL 8 years ago from Atlanta a suburb of Buckhead

      Great article. I guess you must write more and leave comments as you read others. I am new here with only a dozen or so hubs. I don't seem to get comments and no fans. I can see the traffic numbers and know some are being looked at How to Tie a shoe lace is popular but no comments. I know this has helped others. Anyway LITS life is too short.

      thank you

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      bigkeyz 8 years ago

      I hope that yur hub gets the highest ranking ever check out my hub so I can climb to

      Thanks and Welcome to the Hub Community!

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      Bucro 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I was wondering how the score works. Thanks for this information *thumbs up*

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      Susan M 8 years ago

      I'm brand new to hubpages and this information was very helpful - thanks!

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      Robert P 9 years ago from Canada

      Sarabecks - The higher the score the better.

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      sarabecks 9 years ago

      So is high or low the target or what??

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      dgasteiger 9 years ago

      Thanks for the info

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      starcatchinfo 9 years ago

      GREAT TIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      AdsenseStrategies 9 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      Well I had better comment here, to make sure your score keeps climbing!

      Thanks

      David

      The Adsense Strategist

      http://hubpages.com/@adsensestrategies

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      dano rants 9 years ago

      wow, a tremendous help!! very well written and informative. thank ya much!

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      WMF1125 9 years ago

      Yeah, I remember when I started out, I was absolutely confused. I accidently published an article without anything on it! How embarrasing. It immediately decreased to 45...I was getting discouraged, but thanks to your article, I now understand how all of this works! Thanks for posting this information.

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      Christian M 9 years ago

      Brilliant, helps you know just what to add when making your own hub!

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      lkn36 9 years ago

      GREAT JOB ON EXPLAINING THAT...

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      organicforme 9 years ago

      thanks -- when you're new to the site, it doesn't make sense how the score is computed... hoping people find the green living and organic articles I write to be useful. More to come in a few...

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      moneymatters101 9 years ago

      WOW! I had no idea about any of this information! What great tips!

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      aprilkerr 9 years ago from UK

      I never realized there was so much to it. I also heard that by answering requests you get extra points.

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      Sting-Ray 9 years ago from Tx

      Great hubpage about hubpage scores. I put up a hubpage myself but didn't know what the score ment. I now know to check in the help tab for more information. Can you put in your hub page if the higher the score or lower the score is best? Im assuming the higher score is better. Thanks for you topic it was a big help to me.

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      truemitra 9 years ago

      nice hub

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      lisatener 9 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thanks. That clarified it for me.