Does editing a website hurt your seo ranking?

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I may need to make some small changes to one of my websites. Does that in anyway hurt my ranking in Google? Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    No, unless you're deleting a lot of content.

    Google likes to see sites that are "fresh" so changing things up a bit can be a good thing - it shows (to at least a small extent) that your site is not stagnant.

    You probably won't notice any difference in your rankings by making a few small edits.

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  • Profile picture of the author Phil Essex
    Depends on your SEO rating already - will it make a difference? Otherwise don't let google rule your world - it changes weekly lol
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  • Profile picture of the author wasa1
    If we worry about every change we make, we will not get anything done. Depends how massive the change will be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riccur
    How can google understand if a website is "fresh"?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by Riccur View Post

      How can google understand if a website is "fresh"?
      Comparing the cache with a live webpage.

      Not that it has anything to do with ranking pages.

      Matter of fact a static page is more likely to hold a SERP position compared to a constantly changing page that tends to bounce around the SERPs.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopHats
    A redesign usually drops rankings for a short time and then if you did a good job they go up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xochitl Shat
    Basically redesign web may be creat no problem at first on SEO ranking. When Google are not able to accomplish your web site, it will not have the ability to index changes to it as well as may possibly decrease running it. You really should think about relocating your web site into a additional trusted hosting company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mythilirujith
    If it is a small change, it wont affect. If you do changes in the content or description , it will surely affect your page ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexjordon27
    Originally Posted by iconoclast View Post

    I may need to make some small changes to one of my websites. Does that in anyway hurt my ranking in Google? Thank you.
    Hello,
    If you make small changes like; changing image or delete or edit few lines; doesn't affect your ranking, but if you delete a paragraph. These will affect your site ranking in Google. And if you make changes in meta tags, these will also affect ranking in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Web Choice UK
    It totally depends on if you are editing those elements, which are helping you rank. If so, then you will have to be very careful with the editing. You will have to make sure, that edited site still has all the factors that are helping you rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author MDShahid
    I think small changes is not affected to SEO ranking
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  • Profile picture of the author princy91
    Small and fruitful changes does not at all affect the seo of the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author jenniferrini
    Hi,

    Changes in website content will never hurt SEO, more over it will improve your site performance in search engine result and freshen you site.
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  • Profile picture of the author sameera
    No, It will not affect search engine results unless there are changes in urls, content, keywords and website structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author amiseoexpert
    Originally Posted by iconoclast View Post

    I may need to make some small changes to one of my websites. Does that in anyway hurt my ranking in Google? Thank you.
    Small changes never make problem but massive change can down you Google ranking. Another important issue is Don't change your permalink , that make big problem in Search Engine Ranking.......
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalambur
    Of course, it may affect your ranking, for example, if you install new WP theme, and there are 5 links in footer.
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  • Profile picture of the author kavyaanjali
    Changes in website content will never hurt SEO, more over it will improve your site performance in search engine result and freshen your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    Changes shouldn't affect your SEO, although I'm not really sure if changing the link structure is a good idea. But a redesign or some changes regarding the content won't hurt it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    Wow, a lot of replies to a guy who didn't even say what he means by "some small changes".

    How on earth would any of us have any idea unless you tell us what you're planning? There's stuff in my "small changes" category that can definitely affect rankings. Most of technical on-page SEO is small changes!
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Yes. No. Maybe. Depends on your definition of "small" and the type of changes you're going to make. For all I know, your site sucks and any change will improve your ranking.

    Originally Posted by iconoclast View Post

    I may need to make some small changes to one of my websites. Does that in anyway hurt my ranking in Google? Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author hipeopo02
    I have changed the content (same niche), design, and even the framework (switched an html/css site to wordpress) of sites and have seen rankings either not change OR go up.

    As long as it's all still the same niche...go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author iconoclast
    Basically, just remove an image, change some spacing, and maybe clean up some coding.
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    • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
      Originally Posted by iconoclast View Post

      Basically, just remove an image, change some spacing, and maybe clean up some coding.
      This shouldn't hurt your rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOWizard417
    Depends on the type of changes you're making. If you are doing things like changing url structure, internal linking structure, deleting content and so on, it could very well hurt your rankings if not done properly.

    Small changes like adding content, media or design aspects shouldn't affect your site too much.
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