My blog has the moving shivers these days. I recently moved it from blogger to wordpress – and back again. It’s an ongoing saga that pains me because I have one more move to make.
I’ve given up free blogging platforms and have hired a professional team to design a new blog that will be hosted on my own domain. I’ve learned quite a few lessons in the process, which I wrote about in the piece entitled, 7 Things You Must Know Before Moving Your Blog. It’s a guest post that will appear on Meryl.net sometime in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, here is the number one lesson I’ve learned about moving a blog from one platform to another.
The #1 Thing You Need to Know When Moving Your Blog from One Platform to Another
Keep blogging at your old spot. Why? For two reasons.
Work out the kinks: As I discovered with my recent blog move, give yourself time to work out the kinks in your new blog. I was sailing along effortlessly for almost a month before my blog became inactive at wordpress. It’s been offline for three or four days now, and I don’t know if they’re ever going to allow it to go back up.
The gist of why my blog was taken offline is that I apparently broke some Terms of Service rule, but no one at wordpress has been able to tell me which one. So we’re in a back and forth email correspondence. It’s taking forever for them to respond, so I’m still waiting to see if they will let me back online.
I switched my blog over to wordpress on 4/30, so it hasn’t quite been a month. I kept blogging at my old spot, writing an excerpt at blogger and linking to the full post on wordpress.
In light of the problems, I immediately switched backed to blogger until my new site is up. It’s a pain and I’ve probably confused the heck out of my readers, but because I kept blogging at my old spot, at least a great majority of my readers have been able to find me.
Search Engine Traffic: What was my old blog spot gets about 3,600 visitors a day according to StatBrain.com (an excellent tool for judging true site traffic by the way). It also has a decent Alexa and PR ranking (if you put stock in such things).
These are the main reasons I kept blogging there. I didn’t want to lose my search engine juice until I’d been able to get my new site up and running and approaching these numbers and rankings.
This probably would have taken at least 6 months to a year, which means extra work for me, but I just didn’t know how else to keep the traffic from my old blog until my new blog was established.
FYI, if anyone has any advice on how to do this, please let me know (perhaps an article entitled How to Keep Your Traffic When You Transfer Your Site/Blog from a Free Platform (eg, Blogger)). I thought about domain forwarding, but as blogger is a free platform, I didn’t know if I could forward it to my new domain – and what effect it would have on my rankings.
Moving a blog affects so much. Take every measure to protect the hard work you’ve put in to date, and be sure to look for that upcoming article on Meryl.net. I go into great detail (about 1,200 words worth!) about how moving your blog affects your business – and how to keep down the headaches as much as possible.