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HubPages Nofollow Guide HubRank Minimum

Updated on June 24, 2010

Brian E Nelson

It turns out that while I have ranked my various online properties and businesses just fine, I never bothered to rank for my NAME!

Well, good thing I know a little something about Internet publishing, SEO, and getting ranked higher by Google and other search engines. So, here comes a little linkage for indexing and SERP power. Brian Nelson personal website has an e-card, baby. You may now continue to the article you actually wanted to be reading.

HubPages Link Building Rules

Many newcomers to HubPages arrive after reading about the possibilities of both publishing writing online, and building links back to other websites or articles that they have authored.

The front page is inviting enough. It says that there are just three easy steps to building your first Hub. What could be simpler? However, there is a bit more to reaping the benefits of being published on HubPages than just clicking through 3 simple steps.

Check out some of my other tips for using HubPages effectively:

  1. Get Hubs Indexed Fast By Google
  2. SEO Tips for HubPages
  3. What Is a Commercial Hub

HubPage Nofollow Link Procedure

To help cut down on both blatant spammers and the number of "one and done" authors, HubPages adds a HTML tag to all outbound links created by new authors on their Hubs. The added tag is known as nofollow and it is added to the code of each link inside the <a> tags. The code is rel="nofollow", and it makes the links inserted into a Hub not count for the purposes of search engine ranking. Google, Yahoo/Microsoft, and other major search engines have all agreed to treat the nofollow tag in this manner.

New authors (like me) are often unaware of this procedure and its application to their hubs. New Hubbers who do notice the addition of nofollow tags to their links may become confused. After all, if HubPages is a good place to build backlinks, then there must be a way to link to a website without having that link nofollowed.

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to have all the links in your Hubs un-nofollowed, or more accurately, dofollow.

To have the HubPages nofollow tag removed from your links, two criteria must be met. First, the author's score, known as HubRank, must be above 75. Second, the individual Hub must have a HubScore over 40. (The HubPages guides say that this number is typically 50, but has been lowered to 40. No word on if the required Hub ranking will be raised back to 50 in the future.)

The author's HubPage score or HubRank is displayed in the lower-right corner of the picture uploaded to the author's HubPage profile.

Some author's become discouraged upon learning of these requirements. However, if you are truly interested in building up even a small portfolio of quality writing on HubPages, these scores will be easy to obtain.

Typically, a 500 word Hub using the standard Photo-Text-Layout garners a starting HubScore of 50. This ranking will fluctuate up and down based upon things like how much traffic it receives and the number of people who vote it up or down. If the published material is legitimate in any way, and does not have an excessive number of outgoing links, chances are its score will not drop below the 40 minimum required for having its links un-nofollwed

That leaves the HubPage author score, or HubRank as the only real issue. HubRank is based upon several factors such as number of hubs published, the traffic those hubs receive, the number of people who are your fans, and your "participation" in the HubPages community. While this sounds difficult, it too can be achieved with relatively little time and effort.

DoFollow HubPages Links

An author who writes 7 to 10 useful Hubs -- those that are not entirely self-serving or link filled -- can expect their HubRank to increase over time to somewhere close to 75 if not all the way to 75. Covering the remaining distance in HubRank is then simply a matter of making a three to five useful comments every three or four days, and becoming a fan of a handful of other Hubbers.

Update: A new metric called HubKarma also affects your HubRank now. Find out what is hubkarma and then find out how to raise hubkarma fast and easy.

Often, the comments made on another Hub will lead to another Hubber leaving a comment on one your hubs. Click on that person's link, thank them for their comment and make a nice comment on one of the hubs. Then, become that author's fan. All of these things count as "participating" and are likely enough to put the HubRank over 75. Ideally, one or more people will also become fans of yours, thereby putting the icing on the cake and keeping your score above 75 for at least long enough to determine if HubPages is something that you would like to continue persuing.

If so, then simply drop by every so often and create a few new hubs. One new hub should be sufficient if done weekly, while three or four hubs might be required if only creating new hubs each month. Either way, make sure to drop by and leave comments on your Fans hubs. This not only cements their decision to become a fan, it counts as ongoing participation in HubPages.

Follow along with these steps and you'll be writing HubPage Hubs with fully followed links in no time.

Sound advice? What are your tips for new Hubbers?


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  • russellwfry profile image

    Russell William Fry 

    2 years ago from Southeast Asia

    This is bar far the most concise and helpful article about this topic I have found yet. You should have your score up to a 100 for being awesome!

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    sunil kumar 

    4 years ago from India

    I am new to hubpages and thanks for providing the useful information. Now i know that one should work on a quality and rest will come automatically.

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    Sadia Komal 

    4 years ago

    my author's score is 84 and individual post score is 67 but still getting nofollow tag.

  • Eddie Keyton profile image

    Eddie Keyton 

    5 years ago

    Thank you for this info. It eased my mind

  • Dave Collado profile image

    Dave Collado 

    6 years ago from San Jose California

    This almost makes perfect sense; but, then again, looking at this hub the one and only outbound link that you have is nofollow. All of your other links seem okay, but those are all inbound links, so I'd expect those to be fine anyway. So it's a nice theory but I'm not totally convinced.

  • Eric Calderwood profile image

    Eric Calderwood 

    7 years ago from USA

    Thank you. You have cleared up the confusion I have been in about nofollow links. I didn't know what they were or how to avoid them and you have filled me in nicely in both areas.

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    Arun Ramchandramurthy 

    7 years ago

    I just started with my first Hub. I was worried about the nofollow tag. I'm happy to have come across this eye-opener article. Thanks.

  • quicksamba profile image

    Jack Quick 

    7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Very helpful hub. Thanks for the info! :)

  • beaddve1800 profile image


    7 years ago from Toronto

    Thank you for the explanation. I haven't used Hubpages for a while.

    I have no clue it is a good place to build links, and I have good score from my university writings!

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    7 years ago

    I joined Hubpages in 2010 and got discouraged due to the nofollow link issue. Thanks for clarifying it.

  • iconicmind profile image

    Greg Mudd 

    7 years ago from Annapolis, MD

    Thanks for clarifying up how to achieve scores for an individual hub as well as the score for the author.

  • Sonali Singh profile image

    Sonali Singh 

    7 years ago

    Nice and informative hub. I got all my doubts cleared after reading my hub.

  • wordslam profile image

    Jordan Jones 

    8 years ago from Toronto, On

    a lot of hoops to jump through

  • drpennypincher profile image

    Dr Penny Pincher 

    8 years ago from Iowa, USA

    Thanks, appreciate the advice

  • aracst profile image

    Stacy Tracy 

    8 years ago from Reston, Virginia

    This if very good advice! I didn't even realize that my links were nofollow.

  • freerunescape profile image


    8 years ago from Sweden

    very useful!

  • blogdum profile image

    Shasha Acharya 

    8 years ago from Mumbai

    Thanks for explaining the reason behind this.

  • onlineincomejobs profile image


    8 years ago

    thank you for this!

  • chamonixfirst profile image

    Phil, Sarah and Danny 

    8 years ago from Chamonix

    Great read, i was really confused on the ranking but this cleared it up 100% thanks :-)

  • afmolinajr profile image

    Alejandro Molina 

    8 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

    this is a very good read! helpful!

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    8 years ago

    Thanks for the clear explanation, being a newbie I had been wondering if it was possible to have dofollow links.

  • Bronterae profile image


    8 years ago from Nor Cal

    Thanks for the clear information! Voted up and useful!

  • usedkitchencabine profile image


    8 years ago from Amory, MS

    I was wondering about how that worked, thanks!

  • hardcov profile image


    8 years ago from Vienna, Austria

    Thx for the tips! Perfect for the newbie :)

  • garage-remotes profile image

    Rob Reel 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • McGilwriter profile image


    8 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for th einfo, just what I was looking ofr

  • Tom Azz profile image

    Tom Azz 

    8 years ago from Montreal

    I was closely watching the progress of my hubscore and as soon as it reached 75, all my hubpages href links got their nofollow removed.

    So yes, you need at least a hubscore of +75.

    Thank you again!

  • Tom Azz profile image

    Tom Azz 

    8 years ago from Montreal

    Very informative. I was looking for free article directories and I found a list of these, and those of them who do rewrite or not the link tag to insert the nofollow code. Hubpages was one of these free directories but when I wrote my first hub, I went to the source code to check for something else and I found the nofollow code. I was a bit disappointed at first but not really surprised because I find it a bit very easy to create hubpages, add links and having the page got indexed into Google with no catch hiding somewhere.

    I then started my research and found this hub. Again, very informative, thanks!

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    8 years ago from Singapore

    Thanks for clearing my doubts.

  • exthus profile image


    8 years ago

    Very useful article, was stunned when I saw the nofollow rel tag in the source, great explanation here! Thanks :)

  • totalia profile image


    8 years ago

    The nofollow frustrate me, my score is 45

  • seoknow profile image


    8 years ago from The Internet

    thanks for the insight much appreciated. i just found out i have to work so lets get going.

  • Hub Llama profile imageAUTHOR

    Arctic Llama 

    8 years ago from Denver, CO

    All your existing hubs get the nofollow. Of course, the contrary is true. If your author score drops below 75, they go back to no follow.

  • AboutInvesting profile image


    8 years ago from United States

    Good explanation, I think I finally understand how this works. Thanks!

  • Kent Clarke profile image

    Kent Clarke 

    8 years ago from Aventura FL

    Thank you for the information, greatly needed and appreciated.....cheers

  • nevrak profile image


    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Very useful article, clear those doubts from a newbie's head, thanks!

  • Michael McVerry profile image

    Michael McVerry 

    8 years ago from Orange County, California

    Question: So after my author score goes above 75, and assuming my hub's are socred above 40, will my existing hubs with no-follow links turn into do-follow? Or will do-follow only be applied to future hubs?

  • ruasesamo profile image


    8 years ago from Portugal

    I noticed that my links here on Hubpages are now nofollow, I hope I can make them dofollow again. Good article, thank you!

  • tapasrecipe profile image


    8 years ago from Spanish tapas land

    thanks mate , really informative

  • freemarketingnow profile image


    8 years ago from California

    This hub has good information.

  • girlscookinggames profile image


    8 years ago

    very helpful, thanks for the hints

  • RNosaj profile image


    9 years ago from USA

    Very useful information. Thanks!

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    Game Obsessed 

    9 years ago from Australia

    Very good read, thanks for this excellent Hub.

  • DIYmyOmy profile image


    9 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    The single most helpful guidance I have so far found for those (like myself) new to HubPages! Thank you! (Voted it up, and as Useful.)

  • E Padro profile image

    E Padro 

    9 years ago from United States

    Very helpful hub! I'm a new hubber and this hub answered some questions I had. Thanks a lot.

  • cicsomum profile image


    9 years ago from Liverpool, UK

    ty vm, this was exactly what I have been looking for, 75 is a bit too high tho :S

  • gotseo profile image


    9 years ago

    Thanks, the tips are really informative. With hubs like that, I hope, I'll soon understand all the details of hubbing!

  • VancouverCurrency profile image


    9 years ago from Vancouver, BC. Canada

    Lovely hub. Perfect answer, thanks!

  • magicrob profile image


    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    nice hub, interesting read - thanks for your insight about HubRank.

  • fr3quenzy profile image


    9 years ago from India

    When dose Hubpages give Dofollow link ?? after 75 Score ?

  • travel2 profile image


    9 years ago from London, England

    Thanks for the explanation Hub Llama, I was wondering about nofollow on hubpages

  • rdholtz profile image


    9 years ago

    I see why I have zero nofollow links I have a score of 78 in the corner of my avitar. All my hubs are above 50.

  • rdholtz profile image


    9 years ago

    I put my hubpage in Firefox and used the Search Status Plugin. It gives a report of the links as well as letting you hover over a link and see if it is a nofollow link. None of my links showed up as nofollow and the report stated there were zero nofollow links on the hubpage.

  • rdholtz profile image


    9 years ago

    I really was fooled into thinking I was accomplishing something here. This article really helps me out.

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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    9 years ago from Western NC

    This is a great hub. I like the fact that even though you don't say it, making backlinks, getting better HubScores, and creating quality hubs are all worth it if you're trying to make a legitimate career out of it. Thanks!

  • meldora profile image


    9 years ago from Azeroth

    This helps a ton, now I need to meet people through HubPages.

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    9 years ago

    Nice hub. One of the best I've seen in my short time on Hubpages.

  • clumsydevil profile image


    9 years ago

    Thanks. super helpful. =)

  • flashpay profile image


    9 years ago from Harare, Zimbabwe

    Very useful information. Thanks for writing on this.

  • wallpapersfor profile image


    9 years ago

    This was really helpful!

    The system is pretty fair, I was fearing those nofollow links would stay like that forever...

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    Magicdust Staff 

    9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Excellent page and well written too - thumbs up many thanks

  • vkhialani profile image


    9 years ago from india

    great tips, I Just created my first hub and this was a good introduction

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    9 years ago

    Great info!

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    Pam Valentine 

    9 years ago from The Heartland, USA

    Okay as a newbie I was a little confused, I haved learned something new again today and I thank you for that. Silly me, I didn't even notice the vote up down thing, guess its time for glasses!

  • AllieRambles profile image


    9 years ago from Bay Area, California

    What a great hub! I was not aware of the no follow/ do follow details of HubPages.

    I have 16 Hubs, I'm pretty active and I believe my hubs are written well. My individual hub scores remain above 60 and my personal hubscore is at 95 right now. It doesn't take much to raise these scores.

    Thank you so much for writing such an informative post.


  • Natgreenz profile image


    9 years ago

    Super useful information. Thank you.

  • observantmate profile image


    9 years ago

    great information. clarifies the issue.

  • quatrain profile image


    9 years ago

    Thank you for such clear explanations!

  • marketingstall profile image


    9 years ago

    I was wondering about this. Thanks for creating this guide

  • raehenry profile image


    9 years ago

    Great thx for the cool info :)

  • academysigma profile image


    9 years ago from Hong Kong

    I wouldn't have known this if not for you. You've given me a clear direction to aim at. Thanks!

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    9 years ago

    really useful. i'm new here and this really helps.

  • grexley profile image


    9 years ago

    This seems like a lot of work to maintain your backlinks. I understand they want to keep spam out, but a quality article shouldn't have nofollow links just because the author hasn't updated anything in a while.

  • rsquez profile image


    9 years ago from Long Beach, CA

    Exactly what I was looking for -- thanks for the information!

  • Hub Llama profile imageAUTHOR

    Arctic Llama 

    9 years ago from Denver, CO


    When your score goes over 75, all of your links are followed. Don't forget, hubpages are generated on the fly (that's how the ads change as well) so there is no static HTML to update, only an if/then statement in the code that displays the page.

  • Hub Llama profile imageAUTHOR

    Arctic Llama 

    9 years ago from Denver, CO


    When your score goes over 75, all of your links are followed. Don't forget, hubpages are generated on the fly (that's how the ads change as well) so there is no static HTML to update, only an if/then statement in the code that displays the page.

  • eztranslation profile image


    9 years ago from NY, NY

    Super helpful! I can't believe no one mentioned this before. Do you know if your hub score increases to over 75 does it go back and fix the nofollows on your other hubs?

  • mewrite profile image


    9 years ago

    Very useful post. Explains why my links are nofollow. Thanks.

  • Antistar profile image


    9 years ago

    Thank you that was very interesting.

  • Lethalinjection profile image


    9 years ago from The United States of America

    Sounds like it makes sense. Ill try it out and see if it works.

  • iancheow profile image


    9 years ago from Singapore

    Thanks for this post. I just realised the links on hubpages nofollow today.

    Did a research on it and stumbled across your hub. Very well-explained.

    Thanks again.

    - Ian

  • MalceskiFan profile image


    9 years ago from Melbourne

    Thankyou very much. I actually had no idea about this beforehand but I checked the links on my hubs and sure enough... nofollow. I'll be doing my best to participate in the hub community from here on in.

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    9 years ago

    Another well done hub with excellent information. I sure enjoy your writing!

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    Vince Warner 

    9 years ago from Hailsham, England

    Thank you for this very helpful hub. The nofollow setting was puzzling me. Now I know what I need to do.

  • disneydestination profile image


    9 years ago

    Thanks for the info. No Follow is such a pain!

  • chinadeals profile image


    9 years ago from shenzhen

    Thanks , it is very useful, just here in hubpages and made one post,it is nofollow links. i will do more post to remove the nofollow tag.

  • GoingOnline profile image


    9 years ago

    I must say Google is still taking its time to index my links from HP, but its' a nice place to write anyway :)

    Very informative hub.

  • legalese profile image


    9 years ago

    As a newcomer to Hubpages, I have been somewhat confused about hubranks and hubscores. Thanks for the clear and concise explanation. Great hub.

  • BlueDinosaur profile image


    9 years ago from Denver, CO

    Thanks a bunch for this very useful information ... very helpful. I love it when others openly share information like this (makes the Web a nicer place). From a fellow Denverite...

  • WatchCases profile image


    9 years ago from Charlottesville

    Very useful.

  • chinadeals profile image


    9 years ago from shenzhen

    thanks, i'm new here,it is very useful

  • maheshh profile image


    9 years ago from Los Altos, CA

    This information was helpful - was wondering how this worked.

  • fixyouritunes profile image


    9 years ago from San Francisco

    This is exactly what I was needing to know as I'm trying to figure out the difference between some links as being nofollow and some being dofollow. Thanks for this info!

  • lyncmedia profile image


    9 years ago

    Thank you! This post was very helpful, I am pretty active at posting, but realize I probably need to participate more in the community. Very helpful post.

  • Bret Talley profile image

    Bret Talley 

    9 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Great article, I was wondering how that all worked

  • Aiven profile image


    9 years ago

    Thanks a lot! Very informative.

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    amarnath yatra 

    9 years ago

    A very nice article. I was quite confused as none of my hubs were giving any link juice to my websites. Your article cleared a lot of doubts of mine. I will follow your advice and according involve myself more in the hub community. For starters I am leaving this comment to let you know how much I look your article. Great job, vote up for you.

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    9 years ago

    Thanks, that is exactly the information I was searching for. I have been writing several Hubs and I was wondering why the backlinks were no follow. Now I figured out. Excellent job!

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    9 years ago from Illinois

    It does seem activity is key here, my ranking was a lot higher and I went away for away and now it is LOW. Lesson learned... don't leave hubpages for a long period of time!

  • Sam1970 profile image


    9 years ago from NY - Londisland

    Thanks I was wondering how to get rid of nofollow.


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