Some blog owners seem to think that "spring cleaning" of a post starts with tearing the post down, as in deleting it and starting anew. We get an occasional query, from a perplexed blog owner, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?.
I rewrote a bunch of posts, and now all of the URLs have weird numbers at the end. How do I clean up the URLs?and the only way to clean up the URLs is to start over, and re publish the original posts, with the non suffixed URLs.
When you delete a post (page) from your blog, all that you do is remove the post (page) from visibility. The post (page) is removed from
- The Posts (Pages) list.
- The published blog.
- The blog feed.
- The blog post (page) database.
If you delete a post, then re publish a new post with that same title, during the same month as it was originally published, you have two posts with potentially the same URL. To prevent that happening, Blogger adds a suffix onto the re published post.
Pages are subject to the same duplication prevention, with one difference. You can have the same post URL, in two different months - but a page URL is unique for eternity.
I published a post "Don't Delete Your Post, To Rebuild It" this month.
I can publish a second post "Don't Delete Your Post, To Rebuild It" next month.
But I can only publish one page, for eternity.
If you don't want a post (page) with a suffixed URL, you must start over.
- Hope that the blog is public, and the post has been indexed by a search engine.
- Un delete the original post, using the BlogID and PostID.
- Clean out the original post, from the inside.
- Re publish the original post.