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```                                                  Important Note: As of March 2016, some of the things described below are currently NOT relevant, as there has been a major overhaul of the ranking algorithm.
Many of the tips and tricks that have to do with best times and days of the week, and update schedules are currently not as relevant as they used to be.
Dedicated with the utmost respect to Allen Lau and anyone who has been part of Wattpad's Ranking Algorithm.
Algorithm, algorithm, seems everyone  is preoccupied with the algorithm these days.
If you're new to Wattpad, you'll hear it uttered a lot. Mostly by writers, because readers are more concerned with finding that next good book. But for us writers looking to prove ourselves on Wattpad, the algorithm can be our best friend, or our greatest enemy.
But what exactly is it?
To put it simply, the "Algorithm" refers to Wattpad's ranking algorithm. That is to say, it is the engine that determines which books land on the Hot List.
If you've ever Googled anything or searched for something on Facebook, you've come across an algorithm. A good algorithm has the following qualities:
1)      It is fair
2)      It is logical to a certain point
3)      It is not easily understood
4)      It is difficult to game.
5)      It adapts constantly in reaction to attempts to game it
Wattpad's ranking algorithm is exactly the same way. And for what people say of it, it is mostly a fair algorithm. I have noticed times when the algorithm has been less than fair and I have always been vocal about it.
People speculate all the time about the algorithm. Everyone asks these questions.
·         How come a book with only 100 reads is ranking higher than a book with 1 million reads?
·         I voted like crazy for my favorite book and it never ranks. And it's got 700K reads!
·         No one ever reads my book.
And each and every one of these folks inevitably reaches the same conclusion. Wattpad is rigging the Hot List! It's got to be doing that, else none of this would make sense, right?
Well, the answer to that is unfortunately a little complicated.
In my experience, I have found that *some* human intervention comes into play on the Hot List. It isn't all engine. Some of that "human intervention" leads to results that are mind boggling to say the least. Favorite Authors, favorite books, the list goes on and on.
For the record, I will say this: the current Wattpad algorithm, especially the one that's been in place for about six to eight months now, is the fairest it has ever been. But its fairness and its predictability are going to be its downfall.
In fact, as I write this, I imagine Wattpad, if they're reading this are going to react and make some changes. And they SHOULD. Any good algorithm should not be susceptible to trickery or manipulation.
But for now, here's a no-holds barred expose on what I know about the current algorithm.
So without further ado, I give you, the Big Four.
Here's what the Hot List is currently counting the most in their algorithm IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE. Note that they probably account for thousands of these variables in the algorithm, but these four count the most in ranking right now.
1) How recently you updated your story. If you haven't updated your story in a month, it's tough to make it into the top 10. Only way I've found around this, is if you're a Featured Story. Or have a really steady stream of readers and have 5K fans. NEW Stories, get top priority on the Algorithm.
UPDATE 2/20/14: Wattpad has changed it's YuenRank algorithm to adapt to the above weakness. I've had enough data to observe it now so I'll post the update. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, "The Wattpad Fakie". Updating your story now penalizes you for a day or so. Your rank will plummet in response to your updates. But make no mistake - #1 is still very much true. You just have to wait a few more days for it to work, hence the term "fakie". Don't get faked out! :)
2) Number of Library Adds PER Day, not total. This is based on observation. Library Adds and Reading List adds are a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more people add you, the more other people see you. It's a visibility thing. While this may not factor into the algorithm in a technical sense, it definitely affects the final outcome, which is what we care about the most: the rankings.