HubKarma on HubPages

Logged into my HubPages author account today and noticed that I now have a HubKarma score.

What is HubKarma?

Simply put, HubKarma is a score from 1 to 100 based on how many hubs you link to that are not your own. In other words, if you are writing hubs to build backlinks to your own website and also making links to your own hubs, but not going out and reading and linking to everyone else’s hubs, then you will have a low HubKarma score.

If, on the other hand, you do plenty of linking to other HubPages of hot girls or whatever other hubs you can find by other Hubbers, then you will have a high HubKarma score.

Does HubKarma matter?

Right now, that remains to be seen, although the official HubPages information states that HubKarma is a “small part” of your overall author score HubRank and because you need a HubRank over 75 to get your links off of the no follow status, that might matter to some people. Of course, if you write more than a handful of decent hubs and make a comment or two every once and a while, your HubScore will soar into the 80s in no time, so HubKarma is worthless to those writers.

I’ll update with more information about HubKarma once I get a chance to actually take a closer look at it. For the time being, I would say that this is nothing more than an attempt by the folks at HubPages to get more traffic for HubPages overall at the expense of the individual hubber who might theoretically lose some of their traffic by having it diverted off to another writer’s hubs. In the end, HubKarma can’t make much of a difference because if it is too important, it will drive away writers who aren’t interested in building traffic for others. And, those writers are the good writers who write plenty of useful Hubs.

Considering how many links are already automatically inserted into every hub via the sidebar, I can only assume that no one clicks on those and / or that those links count very little for search engine ranking purposes and Google indexing.

Stay tuned…

HubPages Author Score – Phase 1 Complete


Couldn’t really sleep very well, so I got up early this morning and noticed that my HubRank over at HubPages is now over 75. It was showing at 79 when I checked. The reason this is so important is that HubPages nofollows all links from Hubs published by authors with an author score under 75. By hitting that magical number, my links should now be un-nofollowed and therefore building up additional authority for the various pages I have linked out to.

The next step is to build a few more hubs to ensure that my HubRank stays above 75. The HubPages Guide says that there is a "random" element to the scoring, whatever that is supposed to mean. Apparently, HubPages prefers the "fun" of moving scores to the accuracy of legitimate scores, but hey, its their ball.

Monitoring Incoming Links Google Webmaster Tools

Now that my HubScores are high enough and my author ranking is high enough, it is time to start monitoring incoming links to see if and when they show up. There are a ton of tools out there that will count and measure you incoming links. Some of them are free and others costs quite a lot of money. But, in the end, there is only one place that matters when it comes to link building, and that is Google.

If your incoming links are not counted by Google, then they don’t exist.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that every link on the Internet counts toward your PageRank and authority when it comes to Google’s index. Their spider does not index every page of every website every time it visits. One look at your site’s Crawl Stats inside Google’s Webmaster Tools will show you that.

The deeper a backlink is inside of a site, the more likely it is to not be indexed. This is why a lot of automated linkbuilding services don’t work. Sure, they post your links on a site, but they also post 100 other links on that site. As long as your link is on the first page, you are getting full credit. But, when it is buried deep inside of a site that the Google indexing algorithm doesn’t think is worthy of a full crawl, that is a different story.

That’s why I always monitor my website’s incoming links straight from the SERP source. Google’s Webmaster Tools are free and don’t require you to install any code like its Analytics Tools do. (You have to verify that you own a site either by including a meta tag or uploading a file, but that isn’t the same as adding a hunk of JavaScript to your website.)

If you want to check your incoming links at Google without messing around with webmaster tools, you can also just use some of the advanced search operators. Searching on will list the sites in the index that link to that domain. The drawback to this method is that you have to manually type in every page you want to check – , , and so on – versus being able to select multiple pages from a list. As an added benefit, Webmaster Tools lists your pages in order by how many incoming links they have, so if there is a surprise bump in links to a page you might not be manually tracking, you will still see it.

You can check out Google Webmaster Tools here.


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HubPages HubRank Minimum to Avoid NoFollowed Links

I’ve started up a bit of an experiment regarding the all comers content publishing site called HubPages.

Recently, there was a bit of a hub bub (Hah!) when a well known Internet marketing website personality suggested that writing 30 Hubs in 30 Days could lead to improved search engine rankings for a website.

At the time, I was too busy to look into it, and frankly, I’m not really the type to jump in and do something because everyone else is doing it. However, at the conclusion of the experiment, not only were they able to get their search engine rankings to improve, but they were also actually making money off of the published Hubs.

I put it in the back of mind as something to check into at a later date. That later date, is now.

HubPage Nofollow Rules

There is a catch. As some sort of method to weed out spammers and other unsavory publishers, HubPages automatically nofollows the links of all Hubs from starting authors, or Hub Builders. My HubPages NoFollow Guide is a good place to get the juicy details.

Each Hubber, as HubPages authors are called, is given a HubRank. Your HubRank is essentially an automated ranking of you as an author. Everyone starts out low. (I don’t remember the exact number, I’ll have to look it up.) By publishing Hubs, and by “participating” on HubPages your score rises. Until your score reaches at least 75, all of your outbound links, like those being bragged about during the 30 hubs in 30 days posts, are nofollowed.

Each individual Hub is also ranked. This individual Hub rank is called a HubScore. Rankings seem to start at 50 and then work their way higher based on things like how much traffic they get, how many people vote them up, and so on. So long as the HubSocre is above 40, the links will not be nofollowed and the power of writing for HubPages is now within your hands.

According to my profile, I joined 5 weeks ago, but I only wrote my first hub 4 days ago. So far, I have published 5 Hubs and commented on a dozen or so posts. My HubRank has risen to 71, so I’m 4 away from the promised land of 75 and all of my links having their nofollow tags removed.

HubPage AdSense Challenge

While reading various hubs, I came across one where the author noted how many highly ranked (several #1 results) pages he had in Google search results and yet how little money he made from his AdSense ads.

It didn’t take long to see a couple of common misconceptions in how online advertising programs like Google AdSense work. I wrote up a Hub (nach) describing the misunderstandings many people have about working with AdSense, and as challenged by the original Hub poster, I also laid out step by step instructions for how to make some AdSense income based on his hubs.

Basically, it is finding a better paying keyword with low competition and the leveraging those high ranking website’s authority to drive higher and better paying traffic to a new Hub with a better keyword. Hopefully it works for him and help make money with AdSense.

Drop by and check out my profile: Hub Llama

If you have a HubPages account, do me a favor and add me as a favorite so it doesn’t say no one has added Hub Llama as a favorite on every page. I don’t need to be favorited by thousands, but the “no one” think isn’t very fun 🙂