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What Happens Now if You Change a Hub's Topic?

  1. EricDockett profile image94
    EricDockettposted 12 months ago

    Now that subdomains have been trashed the Hub url is dependent on the the topic the Hub is filed under. For some subjects there are several different topics that may be appropriate. In some cases, sub-topics are duplicated under two or more top-level topics.

    In the past, if you decided you'd rather your Hub appear under a different topic, it was very easy to change. Sometimes a simple change of topic could mean a positive boost in traffic. Now, it appears this needs to be done with great caution.

    As I understand it:

    - Changing a Hub's sub-topic WILL NOT change the url as long as the top-level topic remains the same. However, it WILL change the way the url appears in the SERPs.

    - Changing a top-level topic WILL result in a new url. So, what happens then? Is there another re-direct, or does the Hub start over with a new url?

    Am I understanding this correctly?

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 12 months ago in reply to this

      From what I understand, once the URL is set, it cannot be changed, regardless of how you change the hub or list it.  This is why it is best to keep what you write within the bounds of the URL, which can sometimes be difficult to do.

      1. calculus-geometry profile image86
        calculus-geometryposted 12 months ago in reply to this

        No, the url will change if you change the top-level category.  see my reply.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 12 months ago in reply to this

          Amazing!  I always read that once you write a hub, you are stuck with its URL!  This is an important piece of information.  Thanks.

          1. calculus-geometry profile image86
            calculus-geometryposted 12 months ago in reply to this

            The part of the url they call the "slug" doesn't change.  In my example the slug is Math-Dice-Games and that part cannot be altered by me.

          2. EricDockett profile image94
            EricDockettposted 12 months ago in reply to this

            That was true back when we had our subdomains. We still can't go back and change the url info we input when we create the Hub. The only thing that now changes is the category, as shown in calculus-geometry's experiment.

    2. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 12 months ago in reply to this

      This is a great question so I tried it with one of my hubs that doesn't get much traffic. My hub was originally categorized under education and its url before I changed to top-level category was

      http://hubpages.com/education/Math-Dice-Games

      And just a while ago I changed the category to Games Toys and Hobbies and its url is now

      http://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/Math-Dice-Games

      So it looks like the url does indeed change and the old url redirects to the new one.

      1. EricDockett profile image94
        EricDockettposted 12 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks for checking that. I can see that the old url indeed redirects to the new.

  2. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 12 months ago

    okay guys, here's where it gets crazy.  I can get the url to redirect to its current category-specific url no matter what I put in the middle of the url.  All of these redirect to my article's current location in Games and Hobbies

    http://hubpages.com/art/Math-Dice-Games
    http://hubpages.com/style/Math-Dice-Games
    http://hubpages.com/travel/Math-Dice-Games
    http://hubpages.com/health/Math-Dice-Games

    It looks like the redirects are already in place for every possible recategorization.

    1. EricDockett profile image94
      EricDockettposted 12 months ago in reply to this

      I tried with my own Hubs and I see what you mean. Trying to wrap my brain around why that would be necessary, but I think this is one of those times I just have to assume HP knows what they are doing.

 
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