Half way through writing an article, I decided to split it into two as it grew bigger. The original article's title referred to the two aspects of the topic (and the URL reflected this). I took out one of the words from the title and used it in the second article. I just need a bit chopped off the end of the URL. I'm worried that because of the site diversity policy implemented by Google in the last few weeks, both articles won't rank because of their similarity. The articles are recently written (moved to niche sites within the last month)
You can't change the URL after you publish an article. The staff can't change it either since it would break any possible incoming links.
I always make my URL more generic than the title just to compensate for possible future title changes. You can only do this BEFORE you publish by clicking "edit" next to the URL field. Once you get past that step, it's too late to change it.
Even if it's only recently published? I could re-publish and change the URL.
As I said, you can’t change the URL after you publish. That means even if you published recently.
Deleting and republishing is the only way, but I advice against that unless you do it before Google indexes it. Otherwise you’ll get slapped for duplicate content, or someone else might have already plagiarized it and you lose your rights if you delete it.
It's always best to think about it when you initially start the hub, while you’re still on the page where you enter the title and URL. Keep the important keywords in the URL, but other than that, keep it shorter than the title and more general, so it works well with any title change you might make in the future.
I don't think it's necessary that the url and title match exactly. In fact, I've always looked at having a url that has additional or different keywords from the title as an SEO advantage. Here's what moz.com says:
"Keyword use in a URL can also act as a ranking factor... using a URL that includes keywords can improve your site's search visibility."
So, unless the url now misrepresents the updated content, I wouldn't change it.
In a sense it does because it refers to content that was shifted to the new article when I split the original. So what I'm concerned about is that the new article won't rank because of the site diversity thing and since it contains content referred to by the first article's URL.
by Kelly A Burnett 5 years ago
SEO is a hard science.and yet we are not able to update/change/amend our url readily, Yes, we can re-write, re-create but wouldn't it be nice to write a hub, then do the SEO and amend the url?I am not good with SEO and writer's block hits me when I start looking at the SEO. I don't write for money,...
by Jake Michael Peralta 4 years ago
I just published a new article called "Interesting Guns in Gaming". Unfortunately, the web address for this article used the original name of the article "Top Three Guns in Gaming". Do I have to do something before publishing?
by Demas W Jasper 7 years ago
I discovered after deciding to edit an unpublished recent Hub with a totally different focus, that despite changing the originally selected title, the original title appeared in the URL when I hit "Publish"! Team told me that I shuld wait 2 weeks to change the misleading URL...
by Jonathan Wylie 19 months ago
So...if I wanted to change the URL of a published article...is that impossible? Or can mods/editors do that? Can I do it? I changed my keywords that I wanted to target as I wrote the article and would like to add those to the URL. Thoughts?
by Audrey Selig 5 years ago
After I typed title with misspelled word, I tried to immediately fix it before I went further. It won't fix it as, it has in past. Is it best to unpublish if it happens again?
by The Mother Load! 10 years ago
Hello.While editing an article in progress I decided to change its title, so how do you change the original url that got created when I choose the original title?Thanks,mother load
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|