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Is it SEO friendly for you to change an old blogs title/url

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Zakhar, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Zakhar

    Zakhar Power Member

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    Wrote up a nice blog a while ago in my niche but I think I screwed myself over with the title, I'm wondering if there are any negative consequences for me changing it now after its submitted to the search engines?

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    yea, it will give a bad impact on your site. how?

    Suppose the keyword you use on your post is " 2015 best tablets to buy" and now you re-edit it and change it to " Best Tablets to buy on budget prices"

    URL of 1st keyword : Http://xyz.com/2015-best-tablets -to-buy

    URL of 2nd keyword: Http://xyz.com/Best-tablets-to-buy-on-budget-price

    So basically now you have two URL on google of one post and if someone will click on the 1st keyword it will show "404 Error content not found" because you have changed the Title and URL of that post.

    I am not sure 404 error effects SEO or not but I will create a bad impression on your website
     
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  3. MuayThai

    MuayThai Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    "Redirect 301" cures this pain.
     
  4. T2tkid

    T2tkid Elite Member

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    You can change the topic, but if you want to toy with the perm. link, then you will need a redirect.
    Honestly, if the post is ranking already. I will not bother myself about the url.
     
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    Don't change the topic after submitting. It create a negative impact to your site
     
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    edwinmichal Regular Member

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    You can use 301 redirection and update the title, but I recommend not to change the title.
     
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    URLs should never change.

    If your site has high authority it'll get spidered and reindexed fast.

    If this is a new site, you may as well be facing another 3 to 6 months, like restarting the whole thing all over again.

    Plan your URL structure ahead so you never change it later.
     
  8. salmanseo982

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    It will be very bad Impact for your site will be damage rank or position
     
  9. Universe1

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    I never noticed a difference when changing a title, many companies split test titles etc! But I would never touch the perm link! Make sure your happy with it when you hit publish.
     
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    Yes, this may lead to major problems. Instead you add some information in the same post by using " Best Tablets to buy on budget prices" .
     
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    If you are changing the url, make sure to do a 301 redirect. Doing so will keep the seo intact.
    As for the title, if you are just modifying the language construct like "best things" to "10 best things" or "10 most useful things" it should be fine.
    However if you are replacing the main keyword entirely, strange things might happen
     
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    jo080711 Regular Member

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    You'll have no issues at all changing the title. Especially if you're referring to the blog title itself.
     
  13. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I usually only change the title if I wrote a post with a year in the title (2015 articles would be changed to 2016) or if I re-optimise the article for a different keyword and I've never noticed any negative effects when I do this.

    As for changing the URL, I try to avoid it when possible by planning ahead (e.g., the article with a year in the title will not have the year in the URL), but when it does happen, I 301 redirect the old URL to the new one. I've had to do this twice when I added HTTPS to a few of my sites and another time when I re-organised the URL structure of another.
     
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    If the titles are similar in some way then would suggest just changing the title without URL next time.
     
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    dont change the url it will give 404 error, instead change the title and meta tags and optimize the content.
     
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    might effect the amount people going to your blog
     
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    Let say, I have an authority article 3000 words about 'How much does a website cost in 2015?' and I would like to update its information as well as change the title for 2016... What solution do you guys propose? I would like to add something like 'This article has been updated on January 2016 with more up to date information'.
     
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    I would love to have someone help with my last comment
     
  19. HoneyHelper

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    If that article is properly ranked up in google; i would not recommend changing it's title!
     
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    If you are in a wordpress platform , you can do it by only on wordpress writer panel. And redirect 301 is a good method.