All this information is available around HubPages, in the FAQ or in some cases discussed further in the forum. But rather than send you off on a wild goose chase to find it all I've collated the information to present it here as an easy to find resource.
Please note: This is not an official hub, but it does have quotes and statements by HubPages staff.
Table of Contents
- What's a HubScore?
- How is HubScore computed?
- Traffic affects HubScore
- Originality affects HubScore
- Being Overly Promotional affects HubScore
- Does someone duplicating my content affect my HubScore?
- Hubber Score
- Authors Status
- Fluctuating HubScores
- Lagging HubScore
- Do deleted or unpublished hubs lower my HubScore?
- Low HubScore Consequences
- Linking too many times to the same site
- How do I improve my HubScore?
What's a HubScore?
We use this to determine the quality of individual Hubs, much like Google ranks popular pages. Many factors contribute to our rating scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being our top score. A HubScore is used to determine your Status.
How is HubScore computed?
HubScore takes into account a number of factors, and will vary quite a bit from the time a Hub is published as data about its performance continues to stream in. The most important HubScore components that you should be concerned with include:
- Amount of traffic, including percentage from sources other than HubPages
- The length of the Hub (the more unique writing, generally, the better)
- The uniqueness of content (copying content already available on the Web will be penalized)
- The number of thumbs-up votes from unique users
- The overall quality of the Hubber (author HubScore and Status)
We reserve the right to change the factors used to assess a Hub’s HubScore as we continue to determine those that measure a great Hub.
The bottom line is if you write original, useful content, your HubScores will reflect the quality and work you've put into them.
Traffic affects HubScore
This will give you rough idea of what different HubScores mean in terms of percentile rank across all published hubs. I've also included approximate traffic numbers for hubs in some of the ranges. Traffic is just one of many factors that go into HubScore, but it should give you an idea of the ballpark to shoot for to achieve various levels.
- 96-100 - 99.9 percentile (3000 page views a month)
- 91-95 - 99.3 percentile (2200 page views a month)
- 86-90 - 97.7 percentile (1300 page views a month)
- 81-85 - 94th percentile (900 page views a month)
- 76-80 - 88th percentile (90 page views a month)
- 71-75 - 78th percentile (30 page views a month)
- 66-70 - 65th percentile
- 61-65 - 48th percentile
- 56-60 - 31st percentile
- 51-55 - 20th percentile
Duplication and Plagiarism
There seems to be some confusion, especially in the community here at HubPages, as to what duplication really is.
Find out the differences and how they can effect you as a HubPages Author.
Originality affects HubScore
I'm pleased to announce a new factor that goes into assigning Hubscores. Hubs which largely contain content that can be found elsewhere on the web are now penalized slightly. This should help make the Hubscores better reflect our desire for quality original content.
Some authors who have republished the same content on a bunch of sites will likely see a drop in their Hubscores. But our best authors should enjoy slight lift in their scores as a result of this change.
Overly Promotional is when there's a noticeable trend of linking to the same domain/s.
Being Overly Promotional affects HubScore
It is true that too many links to the same site or sites can affect your scores, both on one hub, or across all your hubs. We would prefer that hubs be unbiased and provide links to the best resources on the web. If your agenda is to promote other sites (especially sites of dubious value), unless you are very careful about it you will probably run across one or more of these: 1) your scores will be reduced and many or all of your links will be nofollow, 2) your hubs will be moderated as "overly promotional" and unpublished until repaired, 3) you will be identified as a problem author and all new hubs will have to be reviewed before being published, and finally 4) you will be permanently banned and all hubs unpublished.
Does someone duplicating my content affect my HubScore?
The number of duplicates must reach above a certain threshold before the duplicate penalty kicks in.
If your Hub's content continues to be copied and the dupe checker does assign a penalty (you'll know because it will say so in the top notification pane), then let HubPages know and they can issue an override, since they are 100% certain you are the owner.
However, it is in your best interest to make sure that copies don't start stealing your search traffic, so contact the site owner and request them to remove the copy since it was copied without your permission.
Some of the things we look at when computing your author score, in no particular order:
- your participation in the HubPages community, such as: reading and commenting on other people's hubs; forum activity; flagging content violations; rating other people's hubs (thumbs up and down)
- 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
Not exactly about HubScore but worth mentioning...
How does HubPages determine an author's Status?
Your Status is determined by a combination of your HubScore and the number of Hubs you’ve created. This system is very important, because it’s our way of ranking the quality of your Hubs, and it ultimately helps us weed out spammers. Look at the chart below. Your Status is designated by the various names in the chart, i.e. “Hall of Fame”, “Rookie”, “Spammer”, etc.
# of Hubs 0-24 25-29 30-74 75-100
400 or more Stop Prolific Elite Hall of Fame
100 or more Spammer Producer Very Good All Star
20 or more Rookie Experienced Good Expert
19 or fewer Novice Junior Average Prodigy
Note that simply publishing a lot of Hubs won’t boost your Status. This is to prevent spammers from simply dumping loads of content on HubPages. Spammers tend to pack content full of keywords just to drive traffic to their site. Our HubScore algorithm alerts us to these people, and we automatically lower their HubScore (Note the designation on the chart below labeled “Stop” and “Spammer”, and the corresponding low HubScore.)
To boost your HubScore, your content must be original and useful. A lot of high HubScore Hubs will lead to a higher Status. And if you have a high Status, HubPages will help drive more traffic to your site. High-Status Hubbers bring great value to the Internet community. They reflect well on HubPages, and will be rewarded for their efforts.
Sometimes there's a slight shifting in HubScores for your hubs. Like a boat sitting on the water bobbing up and down. There is a reason for it...
One small factor is intentionally assigned completely at random in order to induce some fluctuation into the score. We want the scores to move a little. We also don't publicize every single component of the score, since we don't want to make it easier for or to encourage people to try "game" the system.
Don't get too hung up on HubScore for Hubs that are published within the day or so. HubScores can be on the low end until meaningful data starts to stream in and get computed along with all the other Hubs in the system. We have so many Hubs (over 80,000 at this point) that the computing load has become tremendous and computations for each HubScore aren't instantaneous - there can be a lag.
Do deleted or unpublished hubs lower my HubScore?
Hubs that are not published do not affect your HubScore.
Hubscores are recalculated frequently, and the past score has no effect on the new score. So, I wouldn't worry about low scores on unpublished hubs. Soon after you publish them they will have a new score assigned.
Low HubScore Consequences
When the Hubber score (AuthorScore) is below 75 all links in all hubs by the author will have nofollow applied (which means no, or very little benefit in search engine rankings).
We've recently taken the step of applying NOFOLLOW to the links in hubs that have a HubScore below 50*, and to all the hubs of authors with an author score below 75. This negates most of the SEO value of the link. Getting to 40 and 75 isn't too difficult but it requires some participation, and gives us time to ferret out the deviants before they gain much from their behavior.
* The HubScore threshold used to be 50, but it's now 40. The user score threshold remains at 75.
Linking too many times to the same site
1. One link or two to domains that have been heavily "abused" by other Hubbers (like tinyurl.com), in the context of plenty of other "good" links, will not have an effect. However, repeatedly using tinyurl across your Hubs, again and again, will.
2. Links to hubpages.com will not hurt your HubScore.
3. You are allowed to publish Hubs with up to 2 links to the same domain. However, you might get a penalty applied to your (published) Hubs if you repeatedly link to that domain across many/all of your Hubs. So: allowed, but HubScore penalized.
How do I improve my HubScore?
This question is often asked in the forum.
My only suggestion is that you write original articles filled with useful information.
If Search Engines index it and rank it highly you will have a quality source of traffic like no other.
Promote it online, and if it warrants it, offline. It depends entirely on the topic and the audience. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for promoting webpages.
The HubScore is a reflection of the success that your hub has accomplished, it is not a step towards success. HubScores fluctuate, so don't hitch your emotions to the numbers on your hub. If you enjoy hubbing then go and research and write content for another one!
Someone figured out the Hubscore algorithm!
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Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on August 12, 2018:
This hub is a good resource! Valuable information on hub scores and hubber scores. Thanks so much.
Kathy Henderson from Pa on August 30, 2017:
Wow, I was referred to this hub after asking a question and I am grateful. This hub is informative and breaks things down in a way I have never seen before.
pen promulgates on July 29, 2017:
Susan Sears on May 24, 2017:
Very useful article. I had wondered how Hubscores were computed.
julieannbrady on September 07, 2014:
Thank you @darkside.
Glen (author) from Australia on September 06, 2014:
It's on my To Do list @julieannbrady! :)
julieannbrady on September 06, 2014:
Glen, I was just going to ask about you updating this anytime soon. Very interesting stuff. How everything relates to everything else. Ah, life!
savateuse on September 06, 2014:
This was really interesting to read. I've been wondering about hub scores and hubber scores since transferring over from the squidy place, but now I can see that the hub and hubber scores are really helpful indicators. Thanks!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 31, 2014:
Yep sure have, working on that.....but still going to keep writing poems here regardless, and I'm quite happy with my traffic.
Glen (author) from Australia on August 24, 2014:
I hate to break this to you, but the only thing about poetry that is going to do well, is writing ABOUT poetry.
In my opinion, search engines don't know how to deal with poems. When people are searching for information on the internet, it's likely to be about information. The only time they'd want to find poems would be if they had a keyword phrase starting with "poems about..."
I'm not knocking poetry, just explaining why you aren't getting the traffic.
You could collate your poems and release them as an Kindle ebook. Have you thought of doing that?
Glen (author) from Australia on August 24, 2014:
I'll be updating it soon. I haven't been around much for the last 2 or so years.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 22, 2014:
Very helpful hub. I see it was written six years ago however, and recently there has been a lot of fluctuation of hub and author scores. Is all the information contained here still current?
Glen (author) from Australia on August 21, 2014:
It's a penalty that may affect your ability to publish, so something to avoid.
Milo Andre Swearengin from Maryland on August 16, 2014:
Thank you, so much! I really needed your help on this one!
Harry from Sydney, Australia on June 05, 2014:
Thanks for the info mate! I've always seen my hubber score fluctuate and somehow don't understand how exactly is it regulated ...this hub helped me understand it better ..cheers!
Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on June 05, 2014:
Great hub. Please explain the following, about the photographs.
You are allowed to publish Hubs with up to 2 links to the same domain. However, you might get a penalty applied to your (published) Hubs if you repeatedly link to that domain across many/all of your Hubs. So: allowed, but HubScore penalized.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 17, 2014:
Very helpful darkside. I just find it frustrating being chiefly a poet, that every time I publish a poetry hub, my Hubber score drops a point even if I include a lot of images, video etc. I know it may be to do with word count, but more effort goes into those words to write successful poetry. I get my score up to 92 by writing an article, but as soon as I write a poem...back down again.
I. Blake from Eastern, United States on December 04, 2013:
I'm still trying to learn how this place works and your hub was wonderful, thank you. : )
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on October 05, 2013:
Informative, useful and excellent tips. Thank you for sharing such helpful advice. Keep on writing more such stuff. I loved it so much. Thank you.
ali khairat from Marrakech on May 16, 2013:
Ceres Schwarz on April 19, 2013:
Great hub with a lot of useful information about HubScores. You can really learn a lot of things here. I didn't know about the authors status and the traffic affecting HubScore. If you have a high HubScore, does that mean you'll get a high traffic? How does that work?
Wendy L Young from Tennessee on February 28, 2013:
Excellent information, thank you for the article.
Anna Haven from Scotland on February 08, 2013:
Thankyou for that explanation it was really helpful in explaining how it all works.
Glen (author) from Australia on January 27, 2013:
If you want some good tips and also a conflict free forum, check out www.squidu.yuku.com, there's a group of hubbers there who like to help each other out.
Stephanie from Canada on January 27, 2013:
Thanks so much darkside. I've been working on it since that and have my AuthorScore up a bit and promoting my links.
Glen (author) from Australia on January 27, 2013:
It helps to stage it. Stagger the posts. As exciting as it is to get it all up, do one at a time.
It will take a little while to bounce back. In the mean time see what you can do to promote those hubs at other sites, and get backlinks.
Stephanie from Canada on January 25, 2013:
Thanks for posting this. I finally get why I have a zero score for posting so many hubs so quickly in the week. I just had so much information to share that I had saved over time from a very old blog and then some!
Nathan Hammond from Durango, CO on November 27, 2012:
Hmmm.....I wrote a great hub on all the different factors going into calculating direct mail postage. From personal experience, not many people within the direct mail community, including presort technicians, know about some of the things touched on....such as the ability to dropship ECR-letters to a DDU claiming SCF rates. That's been called blatantly illegal.
...Yet it came in way lower than a basic 101 I did on QR Codes....Which was good content, but how many QR Code resources are there out there?
It'll be interesting to see how it changes over time. I have a feeling a lack of media is a major signal my second post was lacking in.
....I love algorithms. I'm going to have fun picking yours apart! ;)
John Tsang on November 09, 2012:
Thanks for posting. I'm new here and you've given me the answers I was looking for.
Southernmapart on October 22, 2012:
I like the way you are linking to the source of your content. Thumbs up!
Alejandro Molina from Metro Manila, Philippines on October 16, 2012:
I love reading this hub for it gives me a lot of great ideas for me as a beginner here in hubpages. Thank you so much for this one.
Bruce from Chicago, Illinois on September 12, 2012:
Good info - has anything changed since you first wrote this - just wondering?
Bev G from Wales, UK on July 22, 2012:
Thanks for this. Hubscore has always confused me a little as it doesn't seem related to traffic, except it does - sometimes :)
Jimren from philippines on June 25, 2012:
it really help me to understand the scores. thanks for this hub and its author.
Glen (author) from Australia on June 21, 2012:
Chiinnature, the number of modules have nothing to do with it. If there's a lot of content, and that content is quality, then that could be reflected in an increased HubScore. But one will not simply get a higher HubScore by adding extra modules.
Chiinnature on June 20, 2012:
great, I finally know what this is all about! Sometimes the page with more modules in there have higher score too right?
johnsmitht on May 30, 2012:
This is an extremely helpful hub. Now I have a clearer view on how Hubpages measure the scores for hubs and authors. This is a good guide for skilled writers on how to score better in Hubpages.
KDuBarry03 on May 20, 2012:
Very important information. I am definitely bookmarking and printing this page for easy access of the information. Thank you for sharing! Greatly appreciate it. I'm still new here and I'm still figuring out how scores work. Thank you!
immigrationhelp on May 13, 2012:
Hi Darkside, thank you for this great information. I am new here and I have already seen major fluctuations on my hubscore. This helped answer a lot of my questions.
greekwarrior from Sylvania, Ohio, USA on April 15, 2012:
Very helpful as well as interesting
p.s. I have an "average" rating!
manaseepm on April 09, 2012:
Excellent information! A must-read for new hubbers. Thanks for compiling this together!
Rui Carreira from Torres Novas on April 05, 2012:
I became clarified. Thanks for this Hub
buyrealmarketing from Canada on March 30, 2012:
I literally took notes from this hub. It helps me understand how things work at HubPages. Thanks!
Gillian Namele from Complicated on March 29, 2012:
Thank you for the explanation about those little numbers. I was really confused and did not know how it all tied together. I am a newbie just trying to find my feet. It is all clear now. Thumbs up!
angryelf from Tennessee on March 23, 2012:
Thanks! This was really helpful. Now that I know what to do, I can finally see an improvement :)
Java Programs from India on March 10, 2012:
Thanks for sharing! I am new and still learning how this whole thing works! :) ... keep the good work up ....
Marion Elodie from London on March 02, 2012:
I'm still getting familiar with Hubpages and the possibilities they offer so any advice and tips are welcome. Thanks for putting this together, it helps me see things more clearly.
Game Obsessed from Australia on March 01, 2012:
Extremely helpful hub, I am no longer so confused about the system.
beststuff on February 26, 2012:
So confused :(
Jeremy Pittman from walker la on February 17, 2012:
Well done, I was wondering about this.
plb36 from United States on February 16, 2012:
Great hub! This was very usefull to me, because I'm a new user. Thanks for the valuable information!
Glen (author) from Australia on February 16, 2012:
Again with the bold and italics?
writing4action on February 16, 2012:
Its normal for the score to change everyday.
As long as you write long articles, with bold, italic and links, images and videos, your hubs will have a high score.
SRUTHI V M from calicut on February 15, 2012:
I don't have a published hub yet( I have one submitted for publication). Still my hub score increases and decreases every day. What do you think about this?
pooilum from Malaysia on February 14, 2012:
Thank you for the information!
avelal from portugal on February 13, 2012:
very good post thanks!
Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 10, 2012:
are you for real writing4action?
Glen (author) from Australia on February 08, 2012:
writing4action, you are talking a complete load of nonsense.
writing4action on February 08, 2012:
To amend this hub score you should add more BOLD and Italic language, at least 3 connectednesses to other hubs, at least one pate, one mathematical function, and 3 more ikons and also a Youtube video.
Thanks For Sharing.
Helpingyoufindit on February 02, 2012:
Thank You! I am new to this and found your information to be very useful. I will be sure to check out your other hubs.
Mala Srivastava from India on January 29, 2012:
Very useful hub. The information given will help me to raise my hub score.
Maria from NJ on January 28, 2012:
this is great! super informative, especially for new hubbers.
BeautyAndTheRest on January 27, 2012:
Very useful for newbies!! Thank you :)
affiliateinfobiz on January 25, 2012:
Very valuable and helpful information.
prism3x on January 21, 2012:
Thanks for the great hub! Very useful grouping of informatiion.
SusieQ42 on January 19, 2012:
Excellent source of info that we all wonder about. Thank you for the help!
FutureDrKate on January 18, 2012:
Agreed. Very helpful and voted up. Thanks!
Ryan from Louisiana, USA on January 17, 2012:
Very interesting and very useful. it is good to see this broken down. I have always wondered how the hub score works. thanks for sharing this information. voted useful, interesting and up.
Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 17, 2012:
These are valuable pieces of information especially for someone starting out here, like me. Thank you for sharing!
raakachi from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India on January 17, 2012:
Very informative! voted as useful.
Mike Pugh from New York City on January 17, 2012:
This is something I figured out somehow on my own, maybe I have ESP or something, but I can sense almost everything going on behind the screen here, and also on many networks as well, & not just hubpages.
I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing, but one things for certain it helped me to accelerate much faster, than most in many networks ever since I've been networking back in 2009, plus since I some instinctual way of determining things so quickly.
This hubscore thing is a sensational way to alert people, to the fact that they may be doing things right or wrong.
Thanks for pointing out so many thing here, that isn't clear to us all. I love the web, but I'm getting to love it here at hubpages even more. Awesome hub!
Trsmd from India on January 17, 2012:
Old wine still tastes good....
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 17, 2012:
Glad for some insight. Mine never seems to make much sense.
Mary Craig from New York on January 17, 2012:
This is a timeless hub with information that can always be used. I guess after you've been hubbing for a couple of years these things are well known but not so for myself. I enjoyed reading and trying to absorb the finer points in this hub. Thanks Darkside. Voted up, useful and interesting.
Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 17, 2012:
very very helpful. this answers a lot of questions. I voted ^ and shared. Kudos to you
JerryJupiter from United Kingdom on January 09, 2012:
Fantastic collection of tips and tricks. Many thanks for sharing!
Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on January 08, 2012:
I always love learning more information about how various aspects of HubPages works. Thanks for the detailed hub. And this is definitely going to be bookmarked.
Tara Carbery from Cheshire, UK on January 08, 2012:
What a thorough, concise hub. It is written clearly and answers many questions I was unsure about.
Maximizer from San Jose, Costa Rica on January 04, 2012:
The table under 'Author Status' was incredibly helpful. That's a thumbs up from me.
Bhavesh Naik from Maryland, USA on January 03, 2012:
Well done - very useful. Thank you.
Binkster on January 03, 2012:
Awesome article. I was wondering about that number. According to what you got here I am average. Well, I guess that happens when you just started ;)
BfoBarney from Australia on January 01, 2012:
Thank you! There was a fair bit in there that I needed to know.
alipuckett on December 24, 2011:
So helpful. Thank you so much for this info. Bookmarking!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on December 17, 2011:
V useful hub!
sangeeta verma from Ludhiana India on December 07, 2011:
very useful,thanks for clearing my doubt.
Healthy Fat Guy from Cincinnati, OH on December 02, 2011:
Thanks for the tips. I just published my first hub and my score is 55 (for the hub)...author score is still pretty bad though lol...
Jean Long from India on November 24, 2011:
This a great information. I was wondering how hubscore is calculated and how I can increase mine.
Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 20, 2011:
Your writing style is very professional. The subject was discussed in a clear and concise manner.
I found the information in your hub extremely helpful. I also like the "look" of the hub -- the way the text appears on the page.
Thank you for helping me get started on the right track.
derma on November 13, 2011:
Wow this is great. Thank you for explaining those stuffs.My hub-score so less and i'll try to implement some tips from here.
Tenzho on November 10, 2011:
Thank you for clearing up all my thoughts. I've been wondering what that score is on my hubs for a long time.
blogtipper on November 08, 2011:
Noticed that my hubscore was 74, had no idea what it meant so went straight to Google (notice how we *still* use google even when there is a perfectly good search engine on the website?!), googled hubscore and then came straight back to hubpages to your page!
Stephen Kelly from Ireland on November 01, 2011:
Really great pointers here thanks a mill - also with the score now being reduced to 40 that will help while I build up my author score (or hubberscore?)...
Still a little confused but I'll get there!
dreamdairy from India on October 31, 2011:
This article is really very useful, it cleared all my doubts. Also I was confused between hubscore & hubberscore(author status), it sorted out that. Thanks!
Modern Greetings on October 23, 2011:
Glad that useful articles like these are here.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 22, 2011:
The more I read, the more I learn! Thanks for another informative Hub. I'll never understand the scores, but I just write because I love to write! I'm still looking for my "niche", which is hard because I'm interested in many different things.
Debbie Roberts from Greece on October 21, 2011:
Got a better idea now of how the scoring system works, I wasn't sure before. Thank you.
STMerriman from Quincy ilinois on October 18, 2011:
Being new to Hubpages I found this article very useful, thanks a bunch!
SuneXtra from Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa on October 10, 2011:
Thanks, this is good information! Helps me (and I'm sure, most other newbie hubbers) a lot!
vexez on October 05, 2011:
Great information and very useful. 1 hub to let me understand almost all about hubscore. UP!
NewLifeOnRoad on September 28, 2011:
So what does a hubscore of 81 mean? Is that good?