I understand this is going to be a mess.
When I came to HP, I had the vague notion that I was going to want to test the waters for a few things and find a way to tie it into some projects I have going on outside of HP.
I've figured that stuff out now, but there's no way around the fact that ALL of my hubs need to be changed. The need new titles, some changing of content, and I have to have a different author name.
There's no way around it. That's what needs to happen.
So... I understand basicaly that I'll have to undo everything I've done, de-index, republish, etc... and it's likely going to be a real mess.
It's a shame since I've gotten 6k views in a short time and recently started picking up social media shares and so forth, but the only way around it I can see would be to put a line in each hub that says something like:
"Yeah... but this isn't the REAL thing... This author is being abandoned. To see what's really going on, click here..." which links to new author name.
Then there's the series issue... Since all others link to the first in the series, it has occurred to me to just delete and de-index the first, then put it up under the new author name with the title and content changes... and just change the others so that they link to it in it's new home.
From there, I could start over, and rebuild it the way it should be so it jives with it's new purpose and author. (would be quite disrupting considering the old first article is getting 75-150 hits a day and is up for a hubnugget at the moment.
Any other ideas welcomed, but the new author name bit is an absolute must. I've already got domains set up, etc. There's really no purpose in my writing anything else as Greg Sage. Frankly, it's probably counter-productive at this point. The new author is a character from a website I've created. I have considerable time, effort, and money invested in the branding of the character. The HP author name HAS to match.
Well, you could ask the PTB to change it. If they say no, you open a new account under a new name and transfer everything over.
I've already opened up the new account.
What's the PTB?
Just spitballing here to make sure I understand any options, that I'm not missing anything, and that I understand impact and details of thigns like de- and re-indexing, etc.
It would solve a dozen headaches and problems for me and for HP if they would just let me change my author name, and re-direct the old ones that have links to them over to the new ones with changed title and author.
Frankly, without that, it's going to be a total mess... I really am going to have to take down everything... and leave some kind of markers up for people in the meantime, which means thousands of times, someone is going to go to one of the articles only to see: "Sorry, nothing here... click here instead."
Not sure what other choice I have. Just tear them down so everyone sees nothing at all? Not sure how that's better for anyone.
Greg, if you have had 6000 hits in just 5 weeks with only 33 hubs, you are doing something right!
Those are amazing figures that most people could only dream of.
If you change your user name, unpublish your hubs, wait until they are de-indexed, and write them the way you want under your new name, you may not get the same traffic.
They may dive bomb! So I wouldn't risk it.
By all means, change your user name, start a new account, link between the two accounts, and let the first one continue to do whatever it is doing and build new content on the second, even if it is around the same keywords. Getting the top 2 in Google has got to be better than just the top 1.
I'll get the views back the hard way if I have to. I'm not concerned about that part.
The core problem is this: Everything I've written is based on a character who writes about success on Hubpages. That character under a different name is about to be the featured writer on a site about viral videos.
The new character essentially has the same writing style, personality, sidekicks, etc... but the core of what he writes about is different. He does not write about making money on hubpages.
Every one of Sage's articles has a title and URI slug like "Making Money With Hubpages..."
The overall arc is similar, and the first article in the series will be nearly identical, but he'll be giving "advice" on how to go viral on the net as an unsigned artist rather than how to make money writing on Hubpages.
So the problem is... it's really just the Author name,and the titles (and a little bit of content that relates to the titles) that needs to change. Everything stays the same EXCEPT the keywords. They're all different... "viral video", "hot new music", "unsigned artist"... the new keywords are the whole reason for creating the new site and everything else that's happened around it.
Otherwise, what should I do?... just have Sage announce that he stole his life from this other guy and will bow out now, so go read starting here?
Every view I generate for Sage from this point on is a view I could have generated for the new author that is worth MUCH more on the other side of the fence...and not just financially. He has a concentrated effort surrounding his name including already recorded music, video, multiple domains, and a website with multiple contributors.
After all, the lessons are really all the same... delusional and toxic advice from a shut-in schizophrenic... so the new author is going to end up having some pieces that are essentially identical to ones currently up for Sage, only with different titles, and the writing for Hubpages references changed to viral success on the internet references.
The new author also NEVER breaks character. He makes Stephen Colbert look like he lacks dedication. Sage is compromised all kinds of ways because among other things, he does things like posts in a forum talking about how he's a fake character.
You've lost me. I usually just write informational or sales hubs that are easily interchangeable with other usernames.
Will do. Can't hurt. I've been rather put off by a sheer lack of responsiveness before, but if they'd approve it, it'd save me a ton of work, and having to tear everything down.
by Dorsi Diaz8 years ago
I've tried this twice before, once through Yahoo (mistake) and once through VistaPrint (another mistake and they now have my name hostage). I once had a great site that a webmaster maintained for me and that was a good...
by words cocktail7 years ago
Well, not just WHAT, you can also say, WHY would that be 'the ONE thing' you could change about your past? It may be an incident, a behaviour, an attitude, a day or a night..simply anything!
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