Does the URL change if I change the title?

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  1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
    TessSchlesingerposted 11 months ago

    I've forgotten.

    If not, is there any way I can change the URL?

    Otherwise I have to delete the one article and do a complete rewrite.

    Thanks.

    1. JanisaChatte profile image92
      JanisaChatteposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think so.
      I gave my very first article here an intriguing title without really thinking about the searchability of the terms or anything like that.. I've changed the title a couple of times since then, but there seems to be nothing that can be done about the url

      1. Glenn Stok profile image99
        Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        JanisaChatte, this has been answered above.

    2. How to - Answers profile image95
      How to - Answersposted 11 months ago

      Once you have published the article the url stays the same.  .

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image50
        Miebakagh57posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        It seems then to change the url, you've got to delete that article and re-write it. But wait for 24 hours after deleting it for it to be completely remove on the network.

        1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
          TessSchlesingerposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Ugh. I thought that might be the case. Thanks for confirming.

          1. Miebakagh57 profile image50
            Miebakagh57posted 11 months agoin reply to this

            You're welcome.

    3. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months ago

      Why do you want to change the URL?

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
        TessSchlesingerposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Niche site asked me to update one of my stories - predictions for 2018. Predictions for 2021 can't really have a url for 2018.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image99
          Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          For future reference, now that you know this, it’s a good idea to change the url to something that doesn’t include specifics that may change later in the title.

          I always remove keywords from the url that are not evergreen, but that I have in the first title.

          You can only specify a different url before you go past the first setup page when starting a new hub.

          1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
            TessSchlesingerposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Yup. I have already decided on this. I just wanted to make sure whether I had to start a new piece or not.

            1. profile image0
              Marisa Writesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              The problem with deleting and starting again is that if that Hub had built a reputation with Google, you will lose all that advantage. 

              My understanding is that the URL is far less important now than it used to be.  The average reader never even looks at the URL, they look at the title - and so does Google.  It may offend your sense of order but it's not that critical any more.

              1. NateB11 profile image92
                NateB11posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                I was thinking of saying this too, and it is also my understanding; that the url is not that important. It seems what Google looks at is the actual title.

              2. TessSchlesinger profile image94
                TessSchlesingerposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                Thanks, Marisa.

                To be honest, I heard the same thing some time back. What I'm trying to figure is how much the URL figures in SEO?

                Do you have any idea?

                1. profile image0
                  Marisa Writesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Of course, every little bit of help you can get with SEO is useful.   Having an "exact match" URL used to convey a massive SEO advantage but not so much now.

                  in 2020, Moz says, "While using a URL that includes keywords can improve your site's search visibility, URLs themselves generally do not have a major impact on a page’s ability to rank."

                  1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
                    TessSchlesingerposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                    Marisa, it had     72,596 reads in 2018,  with 16 of those reads during the past month. Probably most reads would have been in 2018.

                    What is your advice?

                    Leave it and just change the title to take advantage of ranking or start from scratch with a more generic name so that next year I don't have the same issue.

                    1. profile image0
                      Marisa Writesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                      I would say, if you are going to keep it on HubPages, then don't delete it - just change the title and bring it up to date.  However the other option is to delete it and write the updated version on another site. Would it be suitable for Medium?

    4. Rochelle Frank profile image93
      Rochelle Frankposted 11 months ago

      Good advice.
      The title can always be changed, but the URL should be very specific to searchable terms. Sometimes we leaarn by experience.

     
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