Stats, HubScore, and Hubber Score
Covered in this Guide
Understanding Your Statistics
My Account is the place to go to view your statistics on HubPages. You can find the link to your My Account page under your username in HubPages' top navigation bar. My Account > Hubs > Statistics are provided for the following categories: Hub statistics, your Profile, Earnings, Photos, Activity, and Following.
In the Hub Statistics category, you can scroll through all your Hubs and at a glance see the HubScore, total comments, publication date, content change date, and the page views in the last day (a rolling 24 hour window), one week, one month and for all time, as well as the last date at which the Hub was changed. The last column shows your Hubs' Featured status.
For more detailed stats you will need to visit your Hub (but not in edit mode) and click on the "stats" button near the top of the Hub (above the Hub title). Here you can see Hub Metrics, total views, keywords used by searchers who have found your Hub on Google, and also the top traffic sources which can be viewed by Day, Week, Month, and Lifetime.
Stats Not Updating?
From time to time, there is a delay that prevents the stats on your Statistics page from updating (usually they update every few hours). If on-the-dot statistics updates are important to you, we recommend relying on Google Analytics.
Rest assured that delays in our statistics updates do not affect your view count and the revenue you earn from ad impressions and clicks.
Getting More Detail
For more detailed analytics, we recommend setting up a Google Analytics account.
Digging Deeper With Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a free analytics product you can set up to track your Hub traffic. Google Analytics provides detailed statistics for website owners. With an Analytics account you can view your unique and repeat visitors, the location of your visitors, the originating source of your visitors (websites from which visitors came), the keyword the visitor used to find your Hub, the duration of time a reader was on your Hub, and more.
Although, HubPages offers a great deal of stats that you can use to monitor your Hubs and account, Google Analytics is a great means to better your Hubs. Since Google Analytics is such a great tool to follow your Hub stats, HubPages offers an area under My Account > Earnings > Settings in which you can associate your HubPages account with Google Analytics.
Ranking, HubScore, and Hubber Score
HubPages has developed two ranking methods, known as HubScore and Hubber Score, which like the herbs and spices Colonel Sanders uses on his chicken, are shrouded in secrecy.
Algorithms are kept secret for a couple of reasons:
- A company like HubPages doesn't want anyone else benefiting from their creativity and cleverness, a lot of time, talent and money is invested into developing an online ranking system that works.
- If all the parameters are known it makes it far too easy for the system to be gamed. Scammers and schemers are devious enough to work out how to game a system but not clever enough to do the right thing. So for the benefit of the honest folk, HubPages staff don't reveal any of their trade secrets.
Not every Hub has the ingredients to have a perfect 100 HubScore. If that's all you seek for all your Hubs then you are going to be bitterly disappointed. High-scoring Hubs are rewarded with better coverage and increased exposure while low-scoring Hubs are less likely to be featured on the site.
Once you start Hubbing you'll notice that there are two very important scores that you should be aware of. These are HubScore and Hubber Score.
Until we have quality data on your Hub, all Hubs will begin with a question mark instead of a HubScore. The HubScore will likely fluctuate over time. If you have created a high-quality Hub (with multiple capsules and good content), this number should continue to rise.
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, however, the content you publish is of low quality, your HubScore may be low, which will negatively affect the extent to which the Hub is featured on and off HubPages.
Where Can I Find My HubScore?
The HubScores of your Hubs will only be visible in My Account > Statistics. Other authors will not see them. We recommend sorting your Hubs by HubScore as another way to prioritize those Hubs that you update and improve. Your Hubber Score is available for all readers to see.
What is HubScore and Why Does it Fluctuate?
The Meaning of HubScore
HubScores exist as a measure of quality on HubPages. Our best Hubbers and Hubs tend to have very high HubScores. The HubScore rating scale spans from 0 to 100, and fluctuates with time.
What makes a HubScore change?
HubScores are based on a wide range of different factors, including the quality of your Hub as measured by the QAP, the length of your Hub, your overall Hubber Score, and reader interaction with and consumption of your Hub. With this being the case, getting more traffic to your Hubs over time will certainly improve the accuracy of your HubScore, but keep in mind that the quality of your Hub is what matters the most.
Keep in mind, you won't have an official HubScore until your Hub is evaluated for quality. If your Hub becomes Featured, then the score may rise as readers engage with it.
What is the difference between a HubScore and a Hubber Score?
A HubScore is the score that accompanies one of your Hubs, the Hubber Score (sometimes mistakenly referred to as HubScore by Hubbers) is the score that is associated with your profile, and can be considered to be somewhat of a composite of your HubScores as well as measurements of your general behavior on HubPages.
Factors Used to Compute HubScores
Factors used to compute HubScore include:
- The quality of the Hub as measured through the Quality Assessment Process, which human ratings provided through the Hub Hopper
- The quality of the Hub, as measured through reader consumption of and interaction with the Hub
- The length of the Hub
- The number of comments the Hub receives
- A Hubber's overall Hubber Score
Factors Used to Compute Hubber Score
Factors used to compute Hubber Score include:
- The collective HubScores of your Hubs
- Your activity in the Forums
- Your support of other Hubbers through comments
- The number and quality of Questions you ask
- The number and quality of Answers you have given
In general, your Hubber Score is meant to not only reflect the collective quality and success of your Hubs, but also the contributions you have made to the community as a whole.
How do I earn a high Hubber Score?
By frequently publishing high-quality, original Hubs and being a positive force in the HubPages community (helping others in the Forums, leaving insightful comments on others' work, asking good Questions that prompt detailed, helpful Hubs, etc.), you can easily improve your Hubber Score.
My Hubber Score just went down... what do I do????
As you spend time on the site, you'll see that your personal Hubber Score will go up and down. This is not something to worry about, especially because it's nothing that you can particularly control on a day-to-day basis. Focus on writing good Hubs and improving old Hubs, ignore the score, and it shall improve in no time.
I have a duplicate warning on one of my Hubs - will this negatively affect my HubScore and Hubber Score?
One of the factors that influences Hubber Score is originality of content at the account level, so if your content is not original, there will be a negative impact on your Hubber Score.