I would like to change the URL of some of my hubs. Of course I can rename the hub and add the new URL to Google, and I know that the old URL will disappear over time, but in the meantime, will I then be penalised by Google, for missing URL or duplicate content?
Can I just remove the old URL before I add the new one?
Don't worry about a penalty. What are they going to do, drop the old hub from the listings?
I would suggest that if you are doing this just to change the URL on the same content you are probably wasting your time. The URL carries little weight (maybe none) in Google's listings, a little weight in MSN's old algorithm, no idea about Bing.
I wanted to put my target keywords in the URL, as I am told this is important, but I did not know this when I created the hubs. If I simply create another hub, there will be duplicate content which is penalised by hubpages, and probably by Google.
I did the EXACT same thing.
Delete the first hub with the wrong URL.
Make your second hub with the same content with the correct URL you want.
Wait about 1 week.
Google's caching will eventually clear out the old URL and your new one will be in (or around) its same place in google's search.
The penalty only will last as long as Google thinks you have two hubs on the same topic. It will fix itself in time.
Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know. (bowing)
If you delete the hub with wrong URL, and if that hub has accumulated earnings, will its earnings be affected too?
I think it's better to change the hub title rather than deleting the entire hub, though the URL remains the same.
I'd suggest you would be better off spending your time writing more hubs.
If you are doing it for rankings, it's a waste of time. If you are doing it for click through rate, write a compelling description and turn off the auto description option at the top of the hub.
The general concensus is that one of the most useful thing you can do to improve Google rankings is to put the keywords you want to target in the URL.
- Mention the same keywords in the hub description (done)
- Mention the same keywords in the H1,H2 headings (done)
- Mention the same keywords in the text (done)
As regards writing more hubs, that is exactly what I did to begin with. I published a score of hubs in the first few weeks, then wondered why nobody was finding them. Thus the current enquiry.
Correct and then there is so much more to learn, but so worth it. keep writing and keep reading. Good luck.
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