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How To Change the URL of a Hub
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Going through the process of moving all the information from one hub to another is very time consuming and tedious.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?