I've realized after publishing hubs that there was a better title I could have used- so I know you can't change the original title for the url, but if you change the title underneath at a later date- does that make it harder for search engines to pick up? Or does it matter?
I've noticed my traffic dropping after I did this and just not sure if it's because I changed the titles or what- or it's just a quirk- or no one likes me anymore (sob sob)
oh no! I've changed several main titles...and added tags...and changed a word here and there...I hope changing the title didn't affect it negatively.. I've not noticed that the traffic went down...but I've noticed scores go down and up on a hub or two...even the most popular one I have now at 514 page views has had scores over 90 and under...weird
should we not change the titles?
Your title should contain keywords you want to rank for in search engines. If it does not - change it and leave it alone, unless your keyword research shows new keywords to rank for, or you invented a catchier (for user) way to have old keywords there...
Oh, and please realize Google has a huge lag noticing your changes. It might happen in a few hours, but normally it happens in days or even weeks - so there is no such thing as "I change my title and my traffic dropped". It does not work that way.
I change my titles all the time, especially when I find that they are not performing in the way I want them to.
Having your key search words in your title are critical to being found by search engines.
Often times I will give my articles a more creative title for hubpages initial traffic, and then change for the search engines later, for the longterm life of a Hub. (hoping that eventually I will be picked up and get some page rank - who knows - still learning)
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