I'm sure you folks are too smart to do this, but I just did! I misspelled the word "depression" in my latest Hub! Taught me a good lession: go slower.
Now it's there and there is nothing I can do about the URL. I did edit the title to correct.
Well, whenever a searcher likewise misspells the word, you will score big time. One can hope anyway...
Yes, I wish they would allow us to be able to correct the URL. I did this one time too, and all one can do it correct the title, but the URL is out there : ( I have learned to slow down a bit after my faux pas.
Thank you for the reminder! I did almost make that mistake too but luckily corrected it in time. It is good to remember to go slow and take our time.
hi, I,m quite new to the technicalities of urls and such like and would like a bit of clarification. I imagine the URL is the 'address' appearing in the uppermost white box when i have my hup on the screen. i often start a hub with a basic title and before I publish it, I often change the title several times according to how my hub develops. After reading your post, am I right in understanding now that the URL doesnot change ever after the first 'save' even when I am still creating the hub? Some of my hubs have URLS with something completely different as I often change my mind before starting to write, (but just after I made a title) and then I write about a totally different topic! I would also like to understand how that will affect searches on search engines.
Thanks for any help to understand how this works..
Yes - the URL never changes, but your title, content and URL, should all match. The title and URL don't need to be an exact match, but the topic or subject mentioned in them should be the same. If your hub was titled, "Tips for a happy home ' but your URL was" xxxxx/hubpages.com/hub/how-to-get-a-quick divorce", anyone finding it on a search engine would be confused if they saw both your title and URL being very different. Search engines may rank it low for that reason, so that most searchers won't see it at all.
Thanks for the reply, Chasmac! Only after noticing this thread about the URLS did I go back and check mine. A while ago I intended to write a hub about an Elephant Sculpture Parade I had seen in London , but changed my mind after a few lines. I decided instead to write about the Sheikh Zayed Mosque I had visited while working in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. So yes, as you suggested might happen: My Url is .."....elephant- parade/london" but the title of the hub is "Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi."
As Chasmac says, once you've started creating your Hub, your URL doesn't change.
That's why it's a good idea not to accept the URL that's created automatically. If you're not absolutely sure what you'll write about, edit it to make it less specific.
There is no benefit in having your URL and title exactly matching. In fact, many people make them different on purpose, to cover different synonyms of the same keyword. And it's not a disaster if your URL has a mistake in it, or doesn't contain your keywords. The content of the Hub is far, far more important.
Thanks for your reply Marisa. I can see the logic in all of this, and understand the significance of the url now!
What if the URL and the Title do not match at all? eg URL: 'elephant-parade-london' and title: 'Sheikh Zayed Mosque; Abu Dhabi' ?
Yes I did this a couple of times. I think what happened was that I misspelled the title, saved the hub for editing later but by then it was too late.
Mary, can't you just delete your hub and resubmit it? Especially of its new, that's what I'd do.
I used the wrong title on one and I had to delete it and do it over. It helped in the long run as people could find it in google
I thought about deleting the Hub, but it seems like a lot of work to do it over just to correct the spelling of a word.
Taught me to slow way down.......
I always check and double check my URL before I hit that button to continue with my new hub. It's worth those few extra seconds to ensure that a hub has a URL free of errors for many years to come.
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