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HubPages Updates HubScores: An Analysis

By Edited Jun 6, 2015 2 2
HubScore Distribution Graph
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel

An Update?

This week, Marina Lazarevic announced "some updates to the HubScore algorithm."

At first glance of that cool looking graph (shown above), I couldn't help but think they are lowering their standards.

Why? They don't want to discourage anyone from writing articles that have a score below - um, let's say 50.

Why? Because they need a certain number of pages to place their ads on and people are leaving HubPages in droves. Which means, Hubs [articles] are being deleted en masse.

Notice the first sentence directly under the graph? It states: "As you can see, a score of 70 is above average and considered pretty good!" 

September 2014 to February 2015

To my complete surprise, HubPages imported my content from Squidoo. If you didn't know, Squidoo sold user information and content to HubPages without seeking the permission of authors first.

I have no idea what my individual HubScores are on the articles HubPages is still posting (without my consent) since I never joined HubPages. I was assured that my articles "would disappear offline" when Squidoo closed.

According to the HP blog about this new update: 

"Anomalies are more common with HubScore than with Hubber Score. This is because we have more data at the account level, so Hubber Scores tend to be more reliable and stable overall."[1]

Okay then, let's look at my data. As I pointed out in HubPages Hubber Scores: Facts and Myths:

  • It has zero to do with writing articles or editing them (I haven't touched those articles since 2013).
  • It has nothing to do with participating (in any capacity) on HubPages. 
  • Removing links to your work has no ill effect on it - so I presume promoting your work does nothing either. I deleted over 2,000 URLs on Pinterest that had Squidoo or HubPages as the domain. 

My Data

The following is the fluctuation in my Hubber Score [Author Score] which is visible to outside readers. I reason that this publicly displayed numerical value is for scrapers and plagiarists.

In September, HubPages assigned me a Hubber Score of 75. It has never been below that.

October to November, it was at 86.

At the end of December, it was 87.

Oddly, in January, it went up to 89. Then early in February it was 91. 

Today, February 28th, 2015, my publicly displayed value is 90.

My "Value" to Someone is 90?

My Hubber Score is 90 on Feb. 28th, 2015
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel

My Analysis

I don't feel there is any validity to these graphs - the "after" graph is shown below. I feel they are merely a ruse to allay fears in writers that HubPages has no direction.

Other than for the obvious: profit.

If these numerical values have less to do with traffic, this could be a way to deal with the Google slap that HubPages is now experiencing.

In a forum thread titled No Adsense Views After Jan 15, William15 stated:

"...the Ad Request RPM has fallen 85% for Hubpages since Jan 15. 
Basically, I'm wondering why this sudden, dramatic and instantaneous shift in Google Adsense Revenue from hubpages accounts starting on Jan 15..."[2]

Yeah, I wonder too.

In the meantime, the last thing HubPages wants is to discourage writers. They desperately need ad space. So, if your scores are low, don't worry - they don't mean a thing.

As for author values (aka Hubber Scores), I feel writers should demand they NOT be publicly visible. Because if HubPages won't remove those from public view, who are they really for?

Whoa, Look at That!

Most People Fall Within the 60s Range

New HubScore Distribution
Credit: Screenshot by RoseWrites on InfoBarrel


Feb 28, 2015 11:02pm
Don't hold your breath waiting for detailed (and most especially, honest) responses to your observations and questions from HubPages.
Feb 28, 2015 11:19pm
Oh yeah, ha. HubPages won't respond. Paul Edmondson blocked me on Google plus, remember? He has no shame, obviously. Keeping my work (and that of a dead author, Naiza Oclares) on his site to profit from. All that matters is money to the Edmondsons.

I feel sorry for the authors who rely on those earnings to feed their families, though. I hope they can get all of their deserved income withOUT handing over their SSN or other tax info. God only knows what the Edmondsons will do with THAT information.
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  1. "An Update to HubScore." HubPages Blog. 28/02/2015 <Web >
  2. "No Adsense Views After Jan 15." HubPages Forum. 28/02/2015 <Web >

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