Can I change the name of a hub if I think that a different name might bring more traffic? Is that a good idea, or not so good for some reason?
If you're doing it after you've published it, the URL will still be the same an possibly confuse the search engine. But, you can change it.
You can change the title, but you can't change the URL. Changing the title is a really good idea from a traffic point of view, if your original title wasn't all that search engine-friendly to begin with.
I have no idea where Sandy got the idea about search engine confusion, but I've changed the names of several Hubs after they were first published and I have no evidence of any search engine issues.
If anything, it seemed to help my Hubs perform better and allowed readers to more accurately know what I was talking about.
Thanks to Sandy and relache. I did just change it - so I'll see if it helps.
I believe changing an under-performing hub's title to a better title is an extremely good idea.
Yes, I agree. I've improved the titles of my early hubs to better ranking keywords, and it's had an immediate rise in traffic. (Unfortunately, one can't change the url); Also, don't forget to add appropriate tags! Best of luck...
I keep on reading again and again in the forums that people are not happy with not being able to change the URLs of their hubs. Trust me this restriction does go in your own favor. If you change the URL of a page, this means it is no more indexed in search engines as search engines index hubs with their URLs. And you already know what happens when a hub is not indexed.
I only meant that if your original url is not a very good one, then it's unfortunate that you can't change it. e.g. one of my first hubs I wrote here was on an aids' victim, and I made the url to be something like 'his legacy' which went well with the creative part of the hub, but was not what people searched for often. Hence the regret.
I know what you mean. That's awful that one can't change URL in such a situation. But instead of changing the URL you can take it down and republish it because changing the URL would mean the same except from you won't lose comments.
I realize the limitations of changing a url but would never want to lose the comments, hence I've just improved the titles and let the hubs be. It's enough traffic for me, but of course, someone looking for more should definitely consider republishing. Thanks for your suggestion...
And if you could change the URL you would instantly lose any backlinks you have linking to your hub and would have to start all over getting new links.
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