Article Score : How is it calculated?

by humagaia

Article Score is that little number at the top left of an article thumbnail. But how is it calculated?

You may ask 'Why is Humagaia writing this article?'

That would be a good question.

One that I have asked myself.

Well, with 30 years experience designing, writing and testing computer programs, it is in my nature and soul to investigate things like this.

I like to know what makes an algorithm come up with what it does - the inner workings, if you like.

And I thought, 'maybe others would be interested, too'.

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Article Score


And it does add one more article to my target of 50 (then 100), when I will get a 10% (then 8.33%) increase in the percentage of times that my adsense ads are shown. Anyway, on with the show!

At the time of writing (02/12/2012) there were 708 articles with an article score of 100. It is a toss-up which article first achieved this accolade. It was either 'Highest Mountains' by @Hans or the self-promotional whizzography 'Chef Keem - who the hell is he?' by, you guessed it, @Chefkeem. Both being dated 05/10/2012. They are now shown on one of the last few pages for articles with a 100 score within 'Popular Pages'.

I state these facts for the simple expedient of showing that obtaining a 'perfect' page score does not mean that you will head the list for any length of time. As new articles reach the magic number, they may too be shown at number 1 (not guaranteed, but at least they will show high in the list).

I am minded to state here,

based on comments from @Lizzie on 'Author Score: Relevant or Irrelevant',

that nobody should 'angst over their scores on sites like Wizzley',

and I agree.

Maybe be aware, but worry not about them.

Now to fuel your angst!


Article Scores - where are they?

Whether or not page scores are relevant (see 'Article Scores - Relevant or Irrelevant?') they are created, and can be seen. Those that visit us, and have had exposure to similar mechanisms at places such as Hubpages, will know of their existence, and likely take some measure of comfort in the fact that those articles with a high score will be 'better' than those with a low score.

That said, where do you find the scores your articles have achieved?

Article Score on Author Page

Article scores, latest articles
Article scores, latest articles

There are two places:

  1. Authors > You 
    That is = go to the 'authors' tab and then access your profile
    In the search box, pick 'author' from the drop-down menu, then type in your 'username', press enter, then click on either your avatar or the URL link on your username
    click on your avatar, anywhere on Wizzley that it appears.
    This gets you to the page shown opposite (well your equivalent page, that is). 
    The little boxed number at the top left of your article thumbnail is the 'article score'. You will be able to see them all there.

  2. Click your username on the links bar at the top of the screen. Then click on 'My Pages'. This will take you to your page-stats page, where the 'Rank' column shows the article score as a green bar which, when you hover over it, shows the score as a percentage (see screenshot).

Article Rank on Author Stats Page

Article ranking stats
Article ranking stats
Humagaia "Paint" screenshot

I have shown a subset of my stats in the screenshot, so that you can see the data on which I base my calculations for 'Author Score' below.

                                                 So, what are the determinants for 'Page score'?

                                                                    In no particular order:

Page Age

Determinant 1

No matter what you do, don't do, or achieve, the article will start at a score of 50.

It will be a day or less before that score changes. 

As this article is only relevant if we are looking to achieve high scores (100, at least), I will lead you through on that basis. 

Audrey on her 100th Birthday!

The next rating will be calculated at day's end (whatever that may mean). The score does not increase above 60 (60%) at this point. It rises to this level according to criteria as detailed below. At following day's end (or maybe it is day's beginning), further iterations of the calculation algorithm take place - taking the score through 70, 80 and then, I believe, in smaller increments up to 100 (100%). That is if certain criteria are met.

At this stage, early in the cycle, page age is a major player. After several days it plays a lesser and then insignificant part in the calculation.

Page Views

Throughout the process of rising from 50 to 100, page-views plays its part. I have not had sufficient data to determine the exact cut-off point in the number of 'customers' per day (or overall) that influences whether the page rank rises, falls, or stays static. To date none of my articles has fallen below the 50 mark.

Should your article receive sufficient page views it will rise to 60 (60%) - and stay there (possibly for as long as your page views stay above a certain number each day [or other period]). That is unless your article gains 'likes' and/or comments (see below).

Since page-views is what you are ultimately after anyway, without which you have no hope of earning sufficient income to make writing on-line worthwhile, this is the area that you should concentrate on.

Changes in Customer Interaction

Page Comments

Again from the limited data on which I have to base my estimations, it would seem that each comment made on an article will have a beneficial impact on the article score. I have a suspicion, just a suspicion at the moment, that a comment from a reader has a greater impact on the page score than does a reply from oneself.

Day 270 - No Comment

That said, my initial calculations show that, all other factors being equal, a comment is worth around 2.5 to 3 (%) each. So, if an article obtains 14 comments incoming, and the visitor stats stack up, the article will achieve a 100 within 6 days, should those comments arrive within that time-span.

If the author answers incoming comments, then I surmise that an article would need around 8 incoming comments to achieve the same level, in the same time-frame.

This of course assumes that there is no limiting factor placed on the relevant criteria, such as 'likes' (see below). It may be that if the article does not receive any 'likes', then the figures above may be optimistic.

facebook like button

Page 'Likes'

As one would expect, votes from readers have the most influence over the determination of quality for an article. It is the basis on which search engine results are partially/predominantly based. Incoming links to an article, something to which you should pay particular attention, being an indication of peer approval.

This is borne out by the data I have to hand. I estimate that a 'like', something one is unable to do for one's own offerings, is worth around 3 times that which a comment is allocated. A simple calculation will tell you that this is around 8 to 9 (8% to 9%), that is again, all things being equal on the visitor stats front.

Again, it may be that there is a limitation on this and that it relies partially on there also being comments.

Article Score: Conclusion

From the limited, and personal, stats I have available, the following holds true (with the possibility of slight adjustments due to a combination effect) in a calculation of 'Article Score':

  • An article must receive a quantity of visits (as yet undetermined) before it rises above a score of 50, to 60.
  • Age of page has an effect, in that it is a limiting factor in the first stage of any calculations.
  • Quantity of visits alone will only enhance the score by 10 (10%), from the base of 50.
  • Each comment received by an article will boost the rank by approximately 3 (3%), with the proviso, as above.
  • Each 'like' will increase the score by 9 (9%), with the previously stated proviso.

My conclusion, therefore, is that any article receiving sufficient page-views, comments and 'likes' will achieve a score of 100. This may be achieved in a minimum of 6 days (the page age limiting factor). The article would need to obtain at least 5 likes, or at least 14 comments, if not in combination, to achieve an author score of 100. In combination, one needs to combine (C x 3) + (L x 9) to make 40 or more (that is 100, the target, minus 50, the start point, minus 10, the page-view factor).

                         May your angst [.........about 'Article Score'.........] be with you!

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Updated: 02/05/2021, humagaia
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Rose on 11/27/2013

I've been wondering about this. The article score may be irrelevant, but I think it contributes to author scores - and readers feel reassured by high author scores on the top right. It helps with trust.

humagaia on 10/13/2012

Belinda - don't stress over it at all - it makes little or no difference to your earning capacity.

belinda342 on 10/12/2012

Great information! Thank you for putting this together. I figured the score was based on likes, comments, etc, but I didn't know that it had an age limitation too. Now I won't stress over it too much for the first few days...maybe...

humagaia on 09/17/2012

Welcome lavero. Article scores do have an impact on Author Score, which, if you want to appear at the top of the Authors list, will need to be 100%. Have a look at the sibling article to this one: Author Score: How Is It Calculated. Being at the top of the Author list can have its benefits.

lavero on 09/17/2012

Nice info for a newbie like me.

Well, I only have one article right now but I'm glad the article score isn't that important after all.

humagaia on 09/16/2012

My articles with the highest traffic have no comments nor likes. It seems that what searchers want to read does not equate with what Web 2.0 article sites determine to be read-worthy.
But then it is the writers at Wizzley that determine what is good for them (likes and comments), and we perhaps are not a good cross-section of Internet users.
The scores are not an indication of how good the writing is, more a matter of how well they garner social interaction.

humagaia on 09/16/2012

brlamc - where have you been? I lost sight of you on Wizzley about 6 months ago. Welcome back. And glad to be of assistance.

humagaia on 09/16/2012

2uesday - promotion is the life blood on your online existence. Have a heart, let others know that you have written what you have written. If it if worth writing you must think it is worth reading.

brlamc on 09/16/2012

This was very helpful, thanks for this.

humagaia on 06/18/2012

Ragtime Lil - very droll! - you may not like your own articles, but if you want them to be appreciated by Wizzley (and others) you must promote them by pretending to 'like' them.

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