Changing the title of a hub

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    Jennifer Sucheyposted 9 years ago

    I know that once you publish a hub you shouldn't change the title because it affects . . . well I don't fully understand it, but I know it's not a good idea, especially established hubs.

    However, if I did change a title shortly after it was published, would that still not be good for some reason? Or is it better to just copy and paste the content into a brand new hub and delete the original?


    1. Susana S profile image92
      Susana Sposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      If a title is not working then feel free to change it. There's no need to delete the hub.

      Just make sure you give a title enough time to prove itself (or not).

      About 4 months is the minimum I've used for a total title change, but if it's just a small tweak like adding in or taking out a word, then you can do that more frequently. Be sensible and you shouldn't have any problems.

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I do change titles, if the views are reduced. Most of the times, the views have increased after that.

    3. moonlake profile image83
      moonlakeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I change my titles and it usually helps my hub. There are times I have changed the title because my spelling was wrong and I'm not going to leave it like that. After that I go to my webmaster tools and add the site again.

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for all your replies. For some reason I thought changing a title messed with the URL or something, therefore with any momentum you may have in ranking. I read a thread on here like a year ago to that effect.

      So good to know that is not true, so will tweak some of my titles.

      1. susi10 profile image97
        susi10posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        If you change the title of a hub, the actual URL never changes. It remains the exact same as the one you started out when you first created a hub.

      2. Susana S profile image92
        Susana Sposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Changing titles will effect rankings (even though the url stays the same). The hope is of course that rankings will be changed for the better, but that's certainly not always the case.

  2. Kathleen Odenthal profile image89
    Kathleen Odenthalposted 9 years ago

    I tweek titles a lot to play around with SEO and see how the search engines like or dislike my changes, I find that it works out for me pretty well

  3. samtebbutt profile image70
    samtebbuttposted 9 years ago

    I have also changed the titles of hub pages and often find the traffic increases after

  4. LeanMan profile image79
    LeanManposted 9 years ago

    It is always worth looking at your titles if your hubs are not getting the visitors - after all traffic = money!!

    Some of your titles are really not search friendly - you need to think about what people will type into Google to then find your hub.

    For instance - "Avoid Chemical Sunscreens and Find a Great Natural One". Would anyone type that or any part of it as a search on google? Someone may however type "what is a good natural sunscreen?" or "where can I find a natural sunscreen?" or even "are the chemicals in sunscreen dangerous?" etc...

    You can find out how many times people search for specific phrases and words using the google keyword tool (just search here on HP and you will find many hubs how to use it). It will also give you suggestions of other keywords and phrases related to the one you are checking - lots of ideas from here.

    However you will find that those phrases that get lots of visitors will more often than not have lots of competition when it comes to a google search so you will find it hard to get to page one on google. The only sure way to check this is to do the search and see what google gives you (make sure you are logged out of google before you search).

    Also don't give multiple hubs the same titles - "writing 101: sentence ...."

    1. susi10 profile image97
      susi10posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You have included some great advice here, I agree with you completely.

  5. Marie Flint profile image72
    Marie Flintposted 9 years ago

    This question has been asked before. I can think of two things to remember about changing hub titles: 1) the URL doesn't change (unless there's been some new development of which I'm unaware) when you simply change the hub title, and 2) another hubber suggested typing in some tag words  when you first create your "title." By the time you've finished writing your hub (I often compose right into the templates, rather than using Word and copy/pasting), you probably will have thought of a perfect title. When you're happy with everything, you publish your hub for the first time. (You will notice those tag words you created will make up the URL--again, like I said, unless there's been some new development.) Of course, HP also creates a shortened URL that uses alpha-numeric coding, so I'm not sure whether the tag word idea is that important.

    I like Chitrangada's comment above and would like to think that a good title, indeed, does work. Perhaps I'll never know for sure (I'm one of those hubbers with terrible traffic). ***

  6. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    Changing hub titles is not a bad thing. I agree with others that it can be helpful. I change titles a lot when traffic is down or I get an inkling that it could be much better. I posted the following forum about this subject:

  7. einron profile image53
    einronposted 9 years ago

    The url remains the same even though the title is changed.

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    LisaKeatingposted 9 years ago

    Someone told me the URL was set as soon as you hit the "continue" button after choosing a category and template. So the question is, does the title affect the search or only the URL?

  9. The Examiner-1 profile image60
    The Examiner-1posted 9 years ago

    The URL cannot be changed and it is usually what Google posts. Changing the title does not hurt as long as it is withing general range of the original URL.

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    imran-1234posted 9 years ago

    Changing the hub title is neither a good nor a bad idea it's totally depend on you bcz the writer has the full knowledge of it.

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  13. lovebuglena profile image85
    lovebuglenaposted 9 years ago

    There is nothing wrong with changing the title after it has been published. Just keep in mind that if you change the title the URL of the hub will not change to reflect the title change.


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