How To Change the URL of a Hub

Have you ever wondered how to change the URL of a hub?
Have you ever wondered how to change the URL of a hub? | Source

Why Would You Want to Change the URL of your Hub?

Many times I have created a hub without doing much more than picking out a title for it. This was especially true when I started out on HubPages. I used to even type the entire hub into the text capsules on Hubpages. Generally, I do not create the hub on HubPages anymore, instead I create the hub almost entirely with a word processing software such as MicroSoft Word.

Because I had typed the hub information directly into the text capsules after creating the hub, the information I intended to impart with my hub and the information I actually shared were not always the same. This meant then that the title I originally chose for the hub (and the subsequent URL assigned to the hub) no longer fully applied to what my hub was about. So all I need to do is change the title to be what I want and no one except me knows, right?

No one knows except those pesky little Google bots, that is! Many people believe that the URL used is of great importance in how a hub is viewed by Google. So they would advise changing the URL to be more appropriate to the hub's contents and especially more SEO friendly.


So . . . Can You Change the URL of your Hub?

If you are looking for an easy way to do change your hub’s URL, the answer is a resounding, “There is no easy way!”

But it can be done! It just won’t be easy. And there are some questions in my mind as to the wisdom of doing it.

The only reason I can perceive that someone would want to change the URL of their hub would be to improve the URL itself to contain better keywords, or to remedy an obvious error. For instance, on my hub, Holidays and Celebrations in February - Some Fun, Some Unusual and Some Strange, the URL for that hub is http://homesteadbound.hubpages.com/hub/Holidays-and-Celebrations-in-January-Some-Fun-Some-Unusual-and-Some-Strange. This is an obvious mistake (January instead of February, yet I have chosen not to fix it. I will address that issue later in this hub.


Graphic created by Cindy Murdoch
Graphic created by Cindy Murdoch

So . . . How Do You Change the URL of your Hub?

Once you have decided you do indeed want to change the URL, how can it be accomplished? Let’s look at that now.

First of all, make sure your hub contents are polished and not likely to change drastically again. Next, after having done some SEO research, decide on the new URL and title. Start a new hub using this new URL and title, and select the old hub as your “new starting layout”. By doing this, all your text capsules, photo capsules, amazon and ebay capsules are in place and ready for you.

Next you will need to go through the tedious process of transferring the information from one hub to the other. You would transfer this information one text capsule or photo capsule at a time. This is most easily done by having the two hubs open on your computer so you can click between the two.

You will want to cut and paste all the text including the headers from the old hub to the new hub. This is a good time to think about new keyword rich headers that you want to use.

You will need to set up new photo capsules as well. This is most easily done using the following method. If your pictures were properly annotated originally, you can click on the hyperlink under the original picture. This will take you to the picture’s location. You can then import the picture into the new hub. Next, with the picture capsules open in both hubs, transfer the text information from the old capsule to the new capsule using cut and paste.


After you choose to unpublish and delete a hub, it will appear on your "my accounts" page with a line through it. It will generally take 24-48 hours for it to be removed from your account.
After you choose to unpublish and delete a hub, it will appear on your "my accounts" page with a line through it. It will generally take 24-48 hours for it to be removed from your account.

Time to Delete the Old Hub

Once all the information has been transferred from the old hub to the new, and the new hub is securely saved, it is time to unpublish and delete your old hub. After deleting your hub, it will appear on your “my account” information page with a line through it (see above screen shot). It may remain on this page up to 48 hours before HubPages deletes it. Once it no longer appears on your “my accounts” information page, it has been deleted from HubPages.

It takes even longer for the cached information about your hub to be eliminated from the internet. I have heard some people state that they have waited as long as 4 weeks for their cached information to be removed on the internet. In the meantime, your work is unpublished and if someone has procured it and published it without your knowledge, you may have a hard time proving the copyright is yours. To me, that is scary.

In order to speed up the process, once your hub has been deleted by HubPages (it will no longer appear on your “my account” information page with a line through it – then it is deleted), you can then remove the cached information faster on Google through the use of the Google Removal Tool. See the screen shot below.


As you can tell by looking at the above image, the link provided above also tells you whether you have any pending removal requests. Once the hub you have deleted from HubPages and then deleted the cache using this link no longer appears on this list, you are free to publish your new hub without fear of receiving a duplicate content warning. Deleting the cache usually takes approximately 24 hours.

An alternate way to check that the cached information has been removed can be accomplished by Googling the URL of the original hub. When it can no longer be located, you are good to go!


Still wondering whether you want to change the URL of your hub? Consider the reasons not to do it!
Still wondering whether you want to change the URL of your hub? Consider the reasons not to do it! | Source

Reasons Not to Change the URL of your Hub

I can think of 4 reasons why you might not want to go through this process:

  1. Going through the process of moving all the information from one hub to another is very time consuming and tedious.
  2. By doing this, you change the publish date on your hub. This can be dangerous. If someone has plagiarized your work, and you delete the first hub to keep the second hub you have created, you no longer have the proof that it was your original content. This means they would quite possibly now have the proof that they are the original publisher because their publish date is now earlier than yours.
  3. Any clout, otherwise known as Google juice, you had garnered with the search engines will be lost and will have to be re-established for the new hub. This could take longer than it did the first time because there will quite possibly be more information on the internet concerning your topic than there was the first time you published it.
  4. This last reason would be a purely personal one. If you take pleasure in the comments that you have received on your hub, these will be lost.


Do You Really Want to Change the URL of your Hub?

Now the decision is up to you. You have all the information necessary to make an informed choice of whether you really want to do what is necessary to make this change.

Happy Hubbing . . .

This hub was created in response to question: How to change the url of a hub?


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Comments: How To Change the URL of a Hub 84 comments

DeborahNeyens profile image

DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

So very timely, Cindy. I just had this question come up and clicked over to HP to find an answer and found your hub! Like you were reading my mind or something. Thanks!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have had to do this a few times, particularly when I transferred all my different poems into one Hub with a blanket title. I think that this is a little known secret because I never hear anything about this from any staff or in the Learning Center. I know that if you publish the new Hub too quickly you can be flagged for "Duplicate Content" (so I have heard). This is really great information homesteadbound! I bet you'll get a lot of hits on this one! Nice job! Voted up and SHARING! Keep going in the 30/30!

JSMatthew~


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rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Good information hsb, but your title is deceptive. The answer to "How to Change the URL of a Hub" is 'you absolutely cannot'. I saw this hub in the feed, and was curious. I knew your reputation was such that I didn't expect misinformation, so I definitely wanted to see what you had to say. I suppose this title would definitely be something hubbers would type into a search bar.


Flickr 4 years ago

Very informational, I was curious to know if you could do this. When I first published a hub not to long ago I wished I'd have known this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This is very timely - some of us had problems with a malicious web attack and we had to unpublish hubs. Now we need to figure the best way to republish.

Thanks for outlining what to do, and for pointing our things to consider and ways to improve things whole changing over to a new URL. Great hub - very helpful. Voted up, useful, interesting and SHARED!


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

It is possible to rename a hub without going through all the effort. What in reality you are changing though is what a reader sees when reading the title. Many of the hubs I have written now have a shorter title when on site, but the original is what they will see in the search bar.

In the edit mode to my knowledge everything including the title can be changed. This doesn't change the publish date, just the edit date in the back office.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

DeborahNeyens - I am glad you found this to be timely and useful. If you have any problems, please return and let me know.

J.S.Matthew - It is not an easy process, and you are really creating a new hub with the correct URL, but it does accomplish what you are trying to do.

Thanks to both of you for stopping by!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I was hoping there was an easier way to do it, but I wasn't that far along with the hub so I just deleted and started over. Thanks, you saved me a ton of time trying to figure out whether there was a better way.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

rmcrayne - although technically you are not changing the URL with an actual edit, you are changing the URL. And there is not an easy way to do it.

I believe that the title is not deceptive, but perhaps you could share a title with me that you feel would not be deceptive. I would be interested in hearing your take on the issue.

I believe that if someone wants to change their URL, you are right, this is what they would search on. I believe that I have presented not only how to do it, but the drawbacks to doing it as well.

Thanks so much for sharing your views. And thanks for taking the time to read.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great advice and I found this very helpful... Thanks Cindy...

Hugs from Canada


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Actually you are losing all your comments too aren't you, and won't that be a shock to your followers to come in and see it is one they have read and commented to already? I always actually delete out the heading and put XXX in my title after I delete it and remove my tags, summary...everything, so it clears out quicker. I have just changed the title slightly at times without changing anything else just so my followers see what I want them to, because no one usually looks at what the link says if that is any help to anyone not pleased with a title.

Interesting to know though in case I ever would for any reason want to. Right now I have a part two of a hub done I am not allowed to put up because it has some of the same things in the first hub and it I feel is a very important health hub so I am just going to put it all somewhere else. I think it is the best and most important hub I ever did and could save lives. Sometimes it is all a bit much at times, huh? lol

up/over-hit them all


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I agree with JS Mathew,

Your hub is pretty well done and right on the money to the question. Thanks for giving us a wider scope of knowledge too Cindy

LORD


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Flickr - yes it can be done, but it is not done so easily!

Marcy Goodfleisch - I am glad that I was able to provide you with information that will make the changeover that you have to do from this unfortunate event.

wheelinallover - It indeed is very easy to change the title and that is what everyone sees. The question that I was addressing was the ability to change the URL. This is what the google bots see and what some people consider to be very important. Thanks for helping to clarify this.

DeborahNeyens - I'm glad this hub helped you make your decision. That is my intent, to let people know that it can be done, how it is to be done, and the pros and cons of doing so.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and sharing your views!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Cindy, this is great information. It may take a bit of time, but it will pay off in the end. One thing I can think of to avoid duplicate copy is to save your Word document. When you send it to HP's they can check your properties for the date it was written. I think that will work. That is what I did with one of my hubs that came up as duplicate copy. It's worth a shot. Plus, you could revise your hub to republish.

I wish I had understood all this when I started writing online. One of my hubs is named after my blog because I did not know what I was doing.

I think your title is RIGHT ON and is explained in detail. Very helpful!!

Votes, shares, and bookmarking!! :-)


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Thanks homesteadbound, it is a useful hub. Too bad there's not an easier way. Here's a question for you, maybe you have a thought on this. I have a hub I created in answer to a question for the know it all contest. After creating the hub with URL, I changed my mind about my answer. The URL no longer reflects the content of the hub, and I can't find the original question to recreate the hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

No changing for me. I'll stick with the way they are and hope for the best. I have many that I wish had different URL but I just don't think it's worth changing.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rolly A Chabot - I am pleased that you found this to be helpful.

jackie - yes you do lose all your comments, and if they are important to you, or even add to the hub's value... you have to decide if that drawback is worth it while taking in all the other considers as well.

Thanks so much to both of your for stopping by!


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sunforged 4 years ago from Sunforged.com

In theory if you wanted to save the comments, you would simply copy and paste them over as a capsule also. You would lose the Author thumbnail, but everything else could be retained.

As for the importance of the URL in regards to ranking in Google, the most recent survey of SEO Professionals (since the truth is secret) puts keywords in domain (not url) at a 11% percentage - "keywords in the url" doesn't even make the pie chart.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Very informative. Your hub clearly explains each step of what it takes to improve the title of your hub. I believe many of us at one time or another had to create a new hub and create a new title, deleting the old one. Thumbs up and shared. :)


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

I did something similar but from Squidoo to HP. When I decided not to spend time on Squidoo any more and to concentrate on HP, I decided to transfer my article to HP. I did as described (except that the new hub is on HP) but the extra thing that I did (as on Squidoo, you can't un-publish your article) I deleted all the write up and save it as an empty capsule. Hence the article in Squidoo does not have any content.


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pinappu 4 years ago from India

This is actually republishing your hub..not simple url changing..lol. If the hub is totally down with visitors by this way you can gain some from the hubpages. Good and well writ articl.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Like you, when I started at HubPages, I made mistakes in URLs that I wanted to change later. Your article gives a good step-by-step guide for changing the URL of a hub, and also some good reasons not to go through the process. Sometimes it just isn't worth it, especially if the hub has garnered a good hubscore and nice comments.


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

Superb hub - well written, well-researched, factual and unbiased. I loved it! I especially liked how you cautioned people at the end to think through the ramification and make sure whether or not they really want to change the URL.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

You've done a nice job showing how you can move information from an existing hub into a new hub with perhaps a more appropriate "search friendly" URL. I'm with most of the other commentators in questioning the wisdom of making such a decision. The exceptions would be where you have had little to no visitors, few or no comments, and the hub is less than a few months old.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Another quality hub from you homesteadbound!! I had noticed that the URL doesn't change when a hub title is changed and wondered about it. Your hub has answered a few questions for me and I have bookmarked it.

Can I ask what made you start to draft your hubs on Microsoft word? I've read of other hubbers doing it too?

Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

lord de cross - I am pleased that you agree with what I have to say and find this hub to be useful.

sholland10 - thanks for your kind words. I hope that this will help eliminate the grief that some of us have gone through as we tried to figure out this process.

Sherry Hewins - If you still have your hub, if you scroll down you will see the question you answered on the right hand side between the Related Hubs and your tags. Good luck!

moonlake - I agree with you. It has not been worth changing for me. It is a lot of work.

sunforged - thanks for bringing up two very good points about transferring the comments and the URL may not be a important as sometimes is stated.

AEvans - I am pleased that you think this hub was useful and worthy of sharing. Thanks.

A special thanks to all of your for stopping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Cindy, Thanks for this hub! I have wanted to change the URL so many times and I figured it would just have to be re-done which you have outlined here in a way that is easy and understandable. Why is it that I always want to change the URL AFTER the hub is finished!? Lots of times its because I tweek the title... one time it was because I actually misspelled something but I haven't dared move everything over yet... Thanks for a great, informative hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is such useful information. Since it takes so long to change a hub URL, I don't think I would ever do it. I have a blog with a very unfortunate URL - I typed "leaving" instead of "living" but gave up trying to change that. I'd like to think it makes my blog quirky and endearing. Instead, I am sure Google finds it annoying. Oh well. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

greatstuff - thanks for sharing the process with all of us on moving an article from squidoo to hubpages. It is strange that you cannot delete a lens.

pinappu - Thanks for sharing your opinion.

Stephanie Henkel - I agree with you. Rarely do I want to go through the trouble to change over.

Giselle Maine - I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub and found it to be useful. I did want everyone to know both sides of the story to determine whether they really wanted to change their hub's URL.

stephhicks68 - I personally would have to consider very carefully whether I want to change a hubs URL, as I stated, on my February calendar, I have January in the URL.

debbie roberts - I am pleased that you found this info helpful.

As far as creating hubs in Word, I like the fact that Word provides me with a word count, I like the spell checker and how it automatically corrects some words for me. It is easier to move text around within the hub and get all my headers in place. I just thought it would be easier and I tried it. And it just works better for me.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks for all this valuable info. I've never changed my URL. I just lived with the one I had even though I wasn't happy with it. It's good to know it can be done, though. Another one to go into your folder for me.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Hi homesteadbound, thank you for answering my question about Word. Something else to consider trying, even though I've no idea how words works really. It could be entertaining for the children though,who may pity me enough to offer their help!!

I don't think my brain has tried digesting so much stuff between leaving school and joining HubPages!!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jamie - the very reason that you have stated here is why I now type my hubs in Word rather than in word capsules. I too tweak not only my titles but the whole document sometimes rearranging segments. It is so much easier in word than in the text capsules. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jeannieinabottle - I am happy that this was able to see that you have made the correct decision for your circumstances. Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

mary615 - I am so honored to have my own folder. Although this is difficult, it can indeed be done if you ever decide you want to. Thanks so much!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Unless you're really an expert on SEO, and know how to correlate your URL, hub title and keyword density, there's really no advantage to changing your hub URL. I've changed titles and keywords numerous times on a hub, without bothering with the URL, and still saw a rise through Google. But this is useful advice should I ever need to do it. Voting this Up and Useful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

debbie roberts - I know what you mean about trying to digest so much information. I have been climbing a steep learning curve for the last 7 months and I still see so much to learn. But fortunately I do see myself learning even after my husband told me it would be harder because I was older. LOL

Thanks so much! We will learn together.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

homesteadbound - Cindy, this hub is very informative and useful. I'm glad you have included the various titles as this hub is beneficial and related to each of those url issues. As we continue to learn the ins and outs of online writing I know I can count on you as a reliable source as someone that does her research and homework. I'm bookmarking this hub and sharing it with others. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Again, very useful and helpful.

Bookmarked, voted up, across and shared :)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

alocsin - I am still learning about SEO, so it is good to have your take on this. As difficult as it is to change a URL, I have to weigh the pros and cons. I do not believe that I will be doing it often, but so many people have asked so I thought I would share.


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molometer 4 years ago

A very useful solution to a problem that many people face. In the excitement to publish a new hub we sometimes forget these first principles.

The issue with the age of the hub and the rank it has achieved, has to be balanced with the decision ' would the new url make the hub fly out there super fast '.

If the answer to that question, is yes!! then it''s a go! go! go!

Excellent advice on how to get the best bang for our efforts.

Voted up very useful and interesting.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I bookmarked this hub in case I ever need it, though I hope and expect that I never will. I'm glad to know that there is a workaround the WebPages instruction that the URL is the one thing in a hub that cannot be changed. But best to get it right the first time. One hub I read said to first draft a hub offline in a word processor, do the keyword research, and do any needed editing and revising; then draft the title out of which the system will create the URL you want (putting careful thought into this choice); then start the new hub and put that title in, and then after the system has created the URL you want from that title, drop in the rest of the content from the word processor draft and change the hub title to something more human friendly.


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dragnhaze 4 years ago

Great article homesteadbound, though I was hoping you were going to give us an easier way to change the URL of a hub then the duplication process, even though I know that there is no other way of changing the URL. Can't blame me for hoping though.

Thanks for all the great information on how to get google to delete the cache of your page. Do you think if you made the hub you are changing the URL on unpublished and then had Google delete the cache of that hub that you would still get a duplicate content violation as the hub was not deleted?


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

HUB -n- A HUB Presents...

(LOL)

Good info Homesteadbound.

I've done this very thing more than 300 times since I've started on HP. In the beginning I had no clue about the url, SEO, or even that the url and the title were different- I did read that you cannot change the url, but didn't care at the time (ignorance is bliss?).

After about 2 years (I started in late '07) I had become incredibly schooled in SEO (due to where I worked and my job working for a powerful internet marketer willing to share the SEO secrets you don't find in any course or books).

At that point I realized that I had a lot of hubs (about 250 at the time) that had non-SEO compliant url's.

I started to rebuild the hubs like you describe here- I'd open both hubs (new and old) in separate tabs (rather separate browsers side by side as my screen is 25" :) and the layout feature wasn't yet implemented so I had to do it all MANUALLY.

When you consider how easy it is to create new capsules then simply copy paste the content over (the images I'd just have a third tab open with the published hub (old) open in public view and I'd always set my images to click to enlarge- so I'd just click on them save them to the desktop then re-import them) it sounds easy- and for one hub, sure it is- but 5 then 10, then 20 a day- not so fun.

It can take a while to change everything over, so it gets tedious if your doing more than one (I was doing 10-20 a day for 6 months or more)...

But in the end, changing the url's made my hubs traffic increase a great deal (along with all SEO methods employed i.e. the title, url, 35+ LSI terms weaved in, keyword in the image caption and more...).

I ran into a few issues,however. I had always moved the content over, REMOVED IT FROM THE HUB-

I didn't always delete the hub, just in case at least not right away- but what I did do was unpublish it and once the content was gone I'd publish the new improved url/hub and have yet to run into any duplicate issues (on Google or hubpages)....

The problems I ran into were not new to hubbers, but really pissed me off.

The reality is when you publish a phenomenal hub and people love it- someone out there, or dozens of someones out there will scrape it and the only way Google/hubpages knows you wrote this first is that publish date- this means if you delete it, and someone else made a copy of it on the web- you'll get that "plagiarized" or "dupe content" warning and won't be able to publish it.

Instead of having to go through the bs of take down notices (especially when most of these sites have no real contact info or comment boxes) I'd jut leave the hub as it was- so if I needed to defend my new hub to HP I had a copy of it ready to show them (so I left the content in there but left it unpublished until an amount of time had passed that I knew it was safe- usually 6 months to be safe.

the other issue is when you republish your popular hub- it loses all notoriety! All backlinks that have been accumulated, all SEO value starts over...

My solution?

I create a new hub on the same topic, rewrite the content or outsource it to be ghost--rewritten, then publish this in the new hub. I kept the old hub published and linked to the new hub from it instead.

This worked for a few reasons.

1. It kept the link/seo juice and pushed them to the new hub. I'd change the original hub so it only contained a brief overview of the whole hub- just enough to pass hubpages quality standards (i.e. still informative in it's own right), but the full girth of the info was now on a new hub, it's the 1-2 knockout :)

In one instance I created 15 hubs FROM the data in the original- and I wasn't about to delete a hub with over 1.3 million hits and enough backlinks to secure a top position in google- instead I took what was already basic info and elaborated over 15 more hubs- then linked to the hubs in a table of contents.

2. It would start building up the new hub with a backlink to it and offered a link exchange from my new and old hubs- google still counts this although the link juice is low, the organic traffic is high, more than 50% of the traffic flowed to the new hub(s).

I still have over 350 hubs I want to update, luckily many have little traffic going to them- I may leave them and do the same thing to them to maintain the url age and any backlinks to that hub(s).

I think the reason that HP doesn't allow you to change the URL is due to the integration of that URL across so many places that it would likely destabilize something- but why don't they offer a clone feature? One click and the contents of a hub could be moved to a new hub...

I never though to write a hub about this all- kudos!

Jerrico-


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

missolive - I highly respect your opinion and value your praise. Thank you so much. I do hope this hub helps people make a wise decision concerning the changing of a hub URL. Thanks so much!


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

I had a thought while reading your hub. Is it possible to unpublish the hub and not delete it? That way you wouldn't have duplicate content and you could still retain the creation date. On a similar topic, my first 3 posts were part of a series and I recently combined them into one hub. When the 2 hubs were deleted I lost those traffic counts as well. Voted up, useful, and sharing.


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Hi, homesteadbound: Love the photo - little kid scratching head - I feel this way often! Your terminology is precise, entertaining and easy to understand and follow. Voted up - useful and bookmarked for future reference; I have a feeling I will be needing it...


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rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I’m not trying to be snarky or disrespectful. I could see myself posting this link in the forums on occasion in answer to hubbers asking about changing the hub’s URL, which I actually saw quite often when I was on the HubMob team. My answer was always something like “Once you start a hub, you cannot change the URL.” This is also true for “pages”, “leaves”, “articles” etc. on other sites.

I understand why you chose the title. It’s just a compromise my brain would let me make. I would have probably named it something like, “Sorry! You Can’t Change Your Hub’s URL”. Again, I intend no disrespect.


PWalker281 4 years ago

I went through your process a while back on a hub I published, only to realize that I needed to change the title to more accurately reflect the information that was in the hub (i.e., 6 Tips instead of 5). What I didn't do was your last step, use the Google Removal Tool which I didn't even know existed. But I had just published the old hub so it hadn't had time to acquire any "Google juice" and I didn't get a duplicate content flag when I published the new hub. It's good to know that tool is available if ever I decide to change a hub's url.

You offer some excellent reasons for NOT changing the url which I'll keep in mind if I ever think I need to do it. Voted up and (very) useful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

molometer - thanks so much for your input on this special problem that many of us face from time to time. It is a lot of work, but I assume there are times when it could prove to be beneficial. Thanks so much!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

B. Leekley - It is possible that the hub you are talking about reading, as far as creating the hub using word and then transferring into hubpages is also mine. It has all but eliminated my need to go through this process. But should anyone ever find the need to go through this process it is documented here.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

dragnhaze - I am with you. I wish there was an easier way. But it was not meant to be. Perhaps some day it will be easier, as hubpages is constantly making changes, it could get easier. I am not able to answer the question you are asking. I have received duplicate errors too many times to want to test it out. But it is a good question that I too would wonder what the answer would be. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

cindy ~ This is a very useful hub for me. I've changed, or edited my hub title on several occasions but had no clue as to go about changing the url.

I, too, write my hubs in word first. I find it so much easier to make necessary changes, editing, etc.

You are the master! Thanks for all of your help. Eagerly voted up and great going on your 30/30!


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dragnhaze 4 years ago

Well then I suppose I will have to bring it up to the hubber community, but thanks for your response back.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jerrico - You were right - your answer is a hub in and of itself. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the wealth of knowledge that you have shared with us here.


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Bill Yovino 4 years ago

I believe the URL is the least significant factor in Google's world. Title, tags (meta-data), summary, and content play the largest role by far. It is probably not worth the effort to change the URL in most cases. Spend your time on the tags, summary, and creating great content.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

It is my understanding, although I would never proclaim to be an expert, after the article has been published, it remains on the web until it is deleted. This means that if you republish without deleting you would receive duplicate content errors. Yes unfortunately you will/do lose your traffic counts.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What the heck? I've commented a couple of times but my comments aren't showing up.(This one probably will.) :-)

This is a remarkable hub on How to change the URL of a hub. So well written and you always provide easy steps for the follower. I'd love to take a hubpage class from you - the master! Voted way up and sharing.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, EuroCafeAuLait! I thought the little guy scratching his head was so ... right on! I hope that when you find yourself needing this information, you find it to be as precise and easy to understand as you have indicated. Thanks so much!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

rmcrayne - no disrespect taken. I understand where you are coming from. Without starting over and creating a new hub there really is no way to change the URL of a hub. But assuming that someone is willing to go through what I have detailed, the URL can be changed. Thanks so much.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

PWalker281 - I am pleased that I was able to provide you with information to consider, both pro and con. It is good to know why we are making decisions and what the consequences of those decisions would be. Thanks so much!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - sorry I have gotten so many responses to this hub, it has taken me a while to make it through the comments. I do not like to approve them until I can approve them. By following this system, I make sure that I am able to reply to all commentors. I am so glad that you have found this hub to be useful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much, vocal coach! sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I would love to teach a hubpages class! LOL. I wonder how soon we could set that up! LOL


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Sorry that I was not able to give you a definitive answer, but good luck!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Bill Yovino - since the URL is so difficult to change, I am glad that you feel this to be true. Thanks so much for providing your insight.


Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Hi Cindy, My best hub has a spelling error in the URL but I could never change it because it gives me over 3000 Google views per month and has the most hub views to date. There is no comments capsule but I wouldn't want to change it now, it would probably mess up my luck! What I have been doing is writing down my keywords as I research them and using a good one for the URL and the best one for the title. I have decided that everything I publish must be keyword rich even my poetry so I am not making the mistakes of the past anymore...lol

Sorry Cindy, I thought I was signed in as Cardisa. I just realized you wouldn't know who Emerald was.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Cardisa/Emerald! I appreciate your feedback. i too have mixed feelings on this issue. I have made mistakes and choose not to fix them.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Sorry about the mix up Cindy. After making the comment I realized that Emerald didn't have that much views on her profile so it wouldn't make sense to leave it as it is.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

No problem, Cardisa! Thanks once again!


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Bill Yovino 4 years ago

I love your choice of photo for this hub! That's exactly the way I feel much of the time.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

When I saw that little boy scratching his head, I knew I had a winner.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

This is a quote from the Google Removal Tool Directions: "Removing a page from our search results doesn’t remove it from the web, and people will still be able to see that page by going to it directly or via another search engine." If this is the case, once you publish something on the web, it could well be there forever, and therefore can be seen as duplicate content.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

I does eventually fall of the side of the earth.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Today I faced the url problem. Before publishing my latest hub,I changed the title of my latest hub to make it unique and after published it, I noticed that the url (former title) did not match with the new title of the hub. I gained good comments for this hub. But my name does not show up beneath the title in the latest and best category - this upset me. I came over and read your helpful hub. I am quite technically-challenged. Please advise me what to do in a detailed manner. Eagerly await your reply anytime. Thank you. Useful & interesting. Voted up


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

If you do what is explained in this hub, you should be able to accomplish what you are trying to do. If you have a specific issue that you are having problems with in the process, let me know and I will try to help!


Casimiro 4 years ago

This issue I first thought of as a bug in Hubpages. Now I view it as a feature and I hope they don't "fix it". I just wrote up a new Hub discussing how you can use this URL-Title mismatch to your advantage:

http://casimiro.hubpages.com/hub/2012Sept04-HubBug...

Read and see if you agree. I think all this using of offline editors, deleting hubs, etc. is really not necessary if you just make a small mental change and come up with a personal indexing/labeling scheme.

Cheers!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

I myself have had to make the decision not to change some of those "mistakes" and to leave them as they are. Thanks so much for your input!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Great hub. I've sometimes wanted to change the url of a hub but didn't want to lose the comments. Readers are more important to me than google. lol Thanks for writing such a rational response to the question.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

So glad it helped, lrc7815!


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Astralrose 4 years ago from India

This is one very informative hub for such issues. One of my hubs has "anagram" in its url instead of "vocabagrams" which I can't recall how it happened. I thought of changing it but I think I let it that way.

Voted up and rated!

Jerrico Usher's feedback is very helpful, too!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

So happy that this hub was useful. Jerrico did have a lot of good ideas. I learned a lot from him.


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Danast 3 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

This is very helpful! I just wrote an article on a totally different topic than I originally intended, and now the URL does not match the title or subject of my article! I think that I will wait until the article has been published before I redo it. The information about deleting the cache is very helpful, too. The only problem I see with keeping the inappropriate URL is that if someone was looking up the subject of the URL, they would see a totally different article appear on a totally unrelated topic! I am new to Hubpages and have much to learn.


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mathsmaster 3 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

thanks for this hub. i was in dire need of these instructions . :)


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

So glad I was able to help.


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bthomas9091 2 years ago

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, homesteadbound7!!!


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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

My pleasure. Hope it helps.

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