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…

How To Get More Traffic On Your Website

The HubPages experiment continues. Check out some of my best Hubpages Hubs here.

I hate to say it, but I’ve been sucked in by the whole HubPages concept. For those of you who are not familiar with HubPages, it is an article directory that allows anyone to author webpages using a web-based template. It’s closest competitor is Squidoo, although I find Squidoo a chore, and HubPages a little too much fun.

What makes HubPages so addicting for a professional writer is that the interface is remarkably simple to use and the output generated in the form of a published “Hub” or webpage is attractive and compelling. Additionally, I have yet to have the interface crash on me and cause me to lose any work, which means that I feel comfortable typing directly into the web forms instead of being compelled to type into a text editor like Notepad++ or Word and the copy and paste the results. This makes writing Hubs much faster than on less “trustworthy” platforms.

Still, to reach the full potential of HubPages, one needs to generate more traffic on their webpages or Hubs. There are two ways to go about this within the context of the HubPages system.

The first method to attract more Internet traffic to your website hubs is to get a higher HubRank or Author Score on hubpages. This provides two main benefits. One benefit is that once a writer has a HubRanking over 75, their backlinks have the HubPages nofollow tag removed which means that the links from HubPages actually pass their “link juice” on to the site they link to.

The other important benefit is that HubPages displays “other” articles or hubs to its visitors whether they are Hubbers (hub authors) or just regular internet users directed to HubPages via a search engine. Needless to say, appearing more often in these lists of articles increases the odds of people clicking on your links and visiting your own hubs. Ideally, that visit leads them to read more of your stuff, and eventually bookmark, share, or become a fan of your websites.

Today, when I logged on to HubPages I had an author score of 93. Since one component of any HubRank is “random,” according to HubPages documentation, there is no way of knowing how much of that score is “real” versus how much might be a pumped up random number. However, a 93 is pretty good either way.

Unfortunately, there are many Hubbers with scores of 98,99, and yes even the top score of 100.

How To Get HubRank 100

Getting all the way to a HubRank of 100 takes full participation in the HubPages community. Fortunately, that is pretty easy to achieve, even if you only want to “fake it.”

Commenting on other Hubs, making a few posts in the Forums, and publishing a new hub every now and then is sufficient to qualify as “full participation.” The only thing left to do is have enough traffic, fans, or commenters to get the rest of the algorithm up to the top.

Assuming one is writing quality content for publishing hubs, and that one is not interested in pandering to the lowest common denominator by writing dozens of hubs about hot actresses or pretending to be a hot housewife writing about her underwear, then the only two possibilities for driving increased traffic to the webpages for the sake of increasing the author score are a) building more links to hubs, or b) writing more hubs.

Since the point of my experiment with HubPages is to generate links OUT to my stuff, taking the effort to do anything more than the most basic backlinking to Hubs seems counter-intuitive. Therefore, the solution for most writers looking to earn money writing online is to produce more hubs.

Like I said, generating new hubs can be a quick process for an experienced writer. Assuming that a topic is in mind and the author is already a sufficient subject expert to write on the subject, it is entirely possible to write quality Hubs in 20 minutes or less.

In the past I have attempted to writer 30 Hubs in 30 Hours. However, this schedule leaves no room for error. Since I am unwilling to take any precious time off in order to ensure success, I looked for a new idea that would fulfil the objective of publishing a lot of hubs fast but have some more flexibility.

The result?

The Turbo Lightning HubChallenge!

Publishing 100 Hubs in 10 Days. The additional hubs will generate their own traffic and as a bonus compliment the traffic already being driven to my websites via HubPages.

To go all out, I have decided to sell-out this time, as well. I’ll be writing hubs on the most common “high traffic” or “high search volume” topics. After all, it isn’t like I’m building a whole website to compete for a single high CPC keyword with massive competition. If it turns out that the Hub works at drawing traffic, I’ll have an insiders look at what works for that search term.

If not, the hubs will still draw the eyeballs of visitors already floating around the HubPages community who happen to see a Hub about the best new free techniques for whitening teeth, looking younger, losing weight, and getting government grants for plastic surgery for hot housewives. (Oh, yeah. Now THAT is keyword stuffing!)

Will it work?

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Hot Girls and Sexy Pictures Do Better On HubPages

hubpages-profile-picture Am I just that jaded, or am I just that observant?

Recently, I have been experimenting with writing Hubs at HubPages. For those of you who are not familiar with HubPages, it is basically one of those sites where you can write whatever you want and publish it on their website for free. Of course, they don’t pay you either, but that is the price you pay for unmoderated access to their huge, and subsequently, semi-high ranking domain. (Technically, your Hub could be flagged and then taken down if it was truly terrible, but pretty much anything resembling a partial effort at writing something useful or entertaining passes muster.)

Anyway, one of the important things to know is that your links are nofollowed by HubPages unless your writer’s score, or HubRank is above 75. It is actually pretty easy, it seems, to get your score above 75 as long as you write six or seven half-way decent hubs and participate a little bit in the "HubPages community." That is a fancy way of saying you should leave a comment or two on some Hubs every now and then so that you are "active."

This also has the side effect of putting a link to your profile on someone else’s Hubs by way of your comment. Obviously, maximizing the value of this link requires commenting on popular Hubs early so that your comment is near the top where it has a chance of being read, and that the Hub itself is read by enough people so that if a small percentage of them click, that adds up to something worthwhile in the way of visitors to your HubPages profile page.

HubPages, perhaps unintentionally, helps you in this endeavor by showing you some of the top ranking people who publish Hubs, called Hubbers. These people are shown across the screen from time to time as featured authors. Some of them are very prolific and some of them write very good stuff, unfortunately, the two do not always coincide. Being a featured author is at least partially a function of your PageRank which is a function of how much you publish, how much traffic those Hubs get, as well as how many people comment on them, and how man "fans" you have.

I’ve noticed that a higher than expected proportion of highly ranked authors are very attractive women, or at least their profile pictures are sexy pictures of hot girls. I cannot say whether or not those pictures are accurate representations of those writers. However, I can say, that I know men, and in particular, the kind of men who would write for a free publication website are prone to clicking on those links and articles which appear to have something to do with attractive women.

To that end, I popped up on a free stock photography site and found an alluring picture of an attractive woman and change my characteristic blue llama graphic in the profile to the picture of the pretty girl. The stats at HubPages are not real-time and I’m not completely sure how much of delay there is in reporting the number of visitors to your Hubs. Regardless, I expect my traffic to increase in the next day or two. How much it increases will determine whether I’m just a jaded author wondering what makes some people get more hits, or whether only a fool uses something other than a pretty woman for their profile picture.

Any guesses?

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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