I have some Hubs that I think could be better with some things I've learned. Should I rewrite them via editing to save the URL or should I start from scratch so the URL is updated as well? I'm aware the new Hub would have to rank but I wouldn't be losing much by deleting the original as far as traffic is concerned.
As far as I know, hub age is still a big deal with Google. How old are they?
And then again, if you've determined that G has become adamantine about hating a certain hub (like a few of mine), then deletion would indeed be the best course.
A couple are around 2 years old and I've updated the titles a couple times since so the URL is related but not all that close to the title. I'm also thinking complete overhaul. Same topic but layout, wording and some photos...all gone.
If it's the same topic then I suggest not starting from scratch but a rewrite using the same URL. What you could do to re-index your hub so Google pays it attention is unpublish, remove the URL from search, rewrite/edit, then republish. This way you keep your URL and the age of the hub, but have sent out fresh content.
So does unpublishing the Hub remove it from search or do I need to request that from Webmaster or ???
Edit: Sorry if that's a dumb question...
I would advise against that. Google recrawls the Hub regularly anyway, and will discover the fresh content all on its own. Why ask Google to remove it from search results and remove all its old ranking so it has to start from scratch?
It is always best to edit the old Hubs, because they have points and because you may occure in the duplication problem. Also if you will make that Hub specific, then you can write a new one that "turns around" the same argument, like a page 2 of a tutorial. In this way you will have two great Hubs.
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