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Should the URL and the Title of the Hub be the same ?

  1. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago

    After changing the title of the hub, the URL remains the same. Does it affect the existing traffic or the position on Google ? How often the title could be changed ? Is it advisable or not ?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      There is no reason why the URL and title should be the same, in fact some people deliberately make them different so they can use the maximum number of keywords.

      1. CatherineGiordano profile image88
        CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        If the url and the title are different, do you want the keywords in the url or the title?  Sometimes I'd like to do a cute title with a pun or something, but I don't because of the advice to use keywords and "Why" ...and "How..." and "The Top 15..."

        1. Marisa Wright profile image95
          Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You want keywords in both.   I know it's tempting to use a cute title, because that's what we all learned when writing for the offline world - but your title is really, really important for getting search engine traffic, more important than the URL.

          1. CatherineGiordano profile image88
            CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks for the advice. I'll use keywords and save the cuteness for within the text.  For instance, I could use it as a capsule title, right.

            Also most of the time I'm using questions for capsules titles. I'm hoping that is good because the search engines look at text also, don't they?

            1. Marisa Wright profile image95
              Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              They do indeed.  Just don't get too obsessed with keywords!  If you use exactly the same keywords in every title, sub-title and heading, Google may start to think you're trying to "keyword stuff" instead of writing for your reader.

    2. CatherineGiordano profile image88
      CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is my understanding that you should never change a url.  It will break any existing links-for instance if someone pinned one of your photos.. It is OK to change a title. Maybe some of the techies should comment on this.

      1. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
        SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        CatherineGiordano, I think the URL could not be changed. Once I tried, but failed, Then I deleted the hub and republished it again with new URL. Is there any other way to change the URL ?

    3. Susana S profile image91
      Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Regarding your question about how often to change the title of your hub. My advice would be to change it after 4-6 months if the title is not performing. I personally would not change a title any more frequently than that.

  2. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago

    Thanks Marisa Wright for the tip.

  3. MizBejabbers profile image90
    MizBejabbersposted 3 years ago

    Mine usually end up with a few words changed anyway. If or when I decide to redo some retired hubs, probably the first thing I will do is change the title.

  4. Writer Fox profile image78
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    You cannot change the URL of a Hub, unless you delete the Hub and start a new Hub under the URL you want.

    It's OK if the URL doesn't match exactly with the title, but they should be very closely related.

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image88
      CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank You Writer Fox. I am learning so much from you.

      1. Writer Fox profile image78
        Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        You're welcome.

        One thing I think you will really appreciate about writing on HP is that you actually get paid for the income your Hub produces instead of pooling that income with other people and HOPING you get paid!

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image88
          CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I never heard of pooling income. Was that a Squiddo thing?

          1. Writer Fox profile image78
            Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah. I just finished an article about the history of Squidoo.com and its sale to HubPages and you wouldn't believe how messed up the payment system was there!  (Sorry, I thought you just came from Squidoo.)

            1. CatherineGiordano profile image88
              CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Where can I read the article?

              1. Writer Fox profile image78
                Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                It passes by the editor tomorrow and should be online next week (not on HubPages).  I'll let you know when I have the URL.

    2. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
      SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Writer Fox for the great advice.

  5. pateluday profile image1
    pateludayposted 3 years ago

    Let the title be descriptive of what the hub has to offer which menas natural insertion of keywords. The Url should be different and speak about topical relevancy. In time to come URL seo benefits will certainly decrease.

    1. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
      SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      pateluday, Would you please elaborate the URL seo benefits. What are those benefits.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image95
        Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        The URL and Title both provide SEO benefits if you use keywords in them.   However evidence suggests the title is far more important than the URL.  I know one person who has a very successful blog where the URL does not contain any of the keywords he is now ranking for.

        1. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image86
          SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          But it is said that both the Title and the URL should have similar words. Is it correct to make them entirely different ?

          1. pateluday profile image1
            pateludayposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            No this is not generally true since there can be many URLS with no keywords.  Earlier there used to be big reward for keywords in domain or URL but it has lessened to some extant  I presume.

            As far as title is concerned it should be describing the page and only that. If that is the case then you will find keywords naturally present in the title.

            But the presence of keyword does not mean that you page will shoot sky high. There are many factors and signals that Google takes into account before ranking.   

            That your page is coming from Hub Page portal itself is a big boosting factor. It is Page Rank 6 and will go higher.

            Also in  the content write naturally, the LSI will take care of making search engine aware of the topic. But nevertheless keywords creep in more than they should. I spend lot time alternating them.

            Pl submit your hub pages to social media and bookmarking sites to increase readership... you may be doing that already.

  6. vsajewel profile image79
    vsajewelposted 3 years ago

    Really helpful discussion for a former Squid.  Thank you!  I too would love to read Writer Fox'es article when it's published!

 
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