Stats, HubScore, and Hubber Score

Updated on August 2, 2018

Understanding Your Statistics

You can view your statistics on HubPages by visiting the My Account page. To locate your My Account page, click the "MORE" menu in the upper left corner while on HubPages.

In the Statistics category, you can scroll through all your articles and at a glance and view your HubScore, total comments, publication date, content change date, and the page views for the last day (a rolling 24 hour window), week, month, and for all time. You can also see the last date the article was changed. The last column shows your article's Featured status.

For more detailed stats you will need to visit the live article (not while in edit mode) and click on the "Stats" button in the Author Center at the top. Here you can see metrics, total views, and keywords used by readers who have found your article via search engines. You can also view the top traffic sources by day, week, month, and lifetime of the article.

This is what your statistics page looks like.
This is what your statistics page looks like.

Stats Not Updating?

Statistics usually update every few hours, but delays happen occasionally. If you need more frequent or reliable data, we recommend relying on Google Analytics instead of the HubPages statistics page.

Don't worry! Any delays in HubPages statistics updates do not affect your final earnings.

More on Using Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free analytics product you can set up to track your traffic. Analytics provides detailed statistics for website owners for free. If you aren't already familiar with Analytics, you can check out our guide to signing up. An account will allow you to view additional helpful statistics like the keywords your readers typed in to land on your article, and the length of time readers spent viewing your page.

Many HubPages authors like to use the more detailed information available in Analytics to make sure they are providing what their readers want. Analytics can also help authors research additional information they may not have thought to provide, but that readers are actively searching for. You can connect your Analytics account to your HubPages account by visiting My Account > Earnings > Settings.

What Is a HubScore?

What is HubScore?

A HubScore is the measure of quality of an individual article. The rating scale spans from 0 to 100, and can fluctuate over time.

Why does it change?

The more traffic an article gets, the more accurate we can be at measuring its quality. (It works sort of like Amazon reviews; the more reviews there are, the more confidence readers have in the accuracy of a product's star rating.) As your article gets more traffic over time, we hone its score.

Keep in mind, you won't have an official HubScore until your article is assessed for quality. If it becomes Featured, the score may rise as readers visit.

Where Can I See My HubScores?

You can see the HubScore for each of your articles by visiting My Account > Statistics. They are private; other authors will never see them.

You can click on "Score" to sort your articles from highest to lowest scored and vice versa. Your lowest-scored articles have the most room for improvement, so when you are ready to edit and update your work, focus on these first.

What Is a Hubber Score?

What is a Hubber Score?

A Hubber Score is a score that applies to your profile overall. We use a rating scale of 0-100. Your Hubber Score is meant to be a (rough) indication of how well you are doing on HubPages overall.

Why does it change?

Your Hubber Score includes your activities on the site (how often you publish new articles, how much you comment on the articles of other authors, how active you are in the forums) as well as the average scores of all your articles. As you publish more articles and your site activity levels change, your Hubber Score will update accordingly.

Where Can I See My Hubber Score?

Your Hubber Score is located in the lower right corner of your profile photo on your profile page. Unlike your HubScores, your Hubber Score is visible to the public and others will be able to see it when they visit your profile.

What is the difference between a HubScore and a Hubber Score?

We know the terms can get a little confusing. Here's a quick refresher:

  • A HubScore is the quality rating for an individual article.
  • A Hubber Score is the quality rating of your entire profile, including all of your articles.

Factors Used to Compute HubScores

The most important HubScore components that you should be concerned with include:

  • The quality of the article, as measured by the Quality Assessment Process as well as reader consumption of and interaction with the article.

  • Whether or not the article is Featured, as well as whether or not the article has succeeded in moving to a Network Site.

  • Hubber reputation; an author's overall Hubber Score and positive contribution to the community.

  • Article engagement, including the number of comments the article receives as well as reader engagement with interactive elements such as article Q&A, polls, quizzes, etc.

Factors Used to Compute Hubber Score

The most important Hubber Score components that you should be concerned with include:

  • HubScores. The collective HubScores of your articles.

  • Passing the Quality Assessment Process. How many of your articles have passed the Quality Assessment Process.

  • HubPages Network Sites. How often your articles have been chosen for HubPages Network Sites.

  • Publishing articles. How often you actively publish new articles.

Why Does My Article Have a Question Mark Instead of a Score?

Until we have quality data on a new article, it will begin with a question mark instead of a HubScore. It takes time for a Hub to be fully evaluated, so do not be concerned if your Hub does not have a high score right away. If you have created a high quality article that satisfies readers, your score should rise over time.

Why Is the Exact Algorithm Secret?

HubPages has two ranking methods, HubScore (for individual articles) and Hubber Score (account-wide), which comprise our rankings secret sauce.

The algorithms that determine the HubScore and Hubber Score ratings are kept secret for a couple of reasons:

  1. We don't want other companies or businesses benefiting from our effort and engenuity by stealing our system. We value the work of our engineers a great deal, and a lot of talent and money is invested into developing an online ranking system that works.
  2. If all the parameters are known, authors will cheat the system. Not many, but enough to render the rankings useless. For the benefit of the honest folk, and the overall health of the site, we don't reveal trade secrets.

How Do I Raise My Scores?

The best way to get higher scores is to publish quality content frequently and engage with the community in positive ways (by posting in the forums, by commenting on articles by other authors, and by answering comments and Q&A questions on your own articles).

Don't Sweat the Little Stuff!

While scores can be a good indication of how you're doing overall, don't stress about them. Perfect scores are pretty much unheard-of. In general, if you are following the rules and doing your best to write about subjects you love and are an expert in, you will tend to get good scores, while authors who are trying to spam readers or game the system will get poor ones. If you feel you have cause for concern, you can always post in the official forums and ask your fellow writers for help and advice.


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