What is the best SEO tactic to move a blog to WordPress without losing traffic?

Niks April 23, 2011
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How do I move my Blogger / Blogspot blog to WordPress, with new hosting account and new domain, without losing all my traffic, SEO and other stuff?

How do I do it if I use the same domain but new hosting account?

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  1. Niks
    April 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thankx James & Mike... :)

  2. Niks
    April 24, 2011 at 5:56 am

    But how do i do that 301 thing with blogger/blogspot ?

  3. Mike
    April 24, 2011 at 5:19 am

    If you change your Domain you will want to put a 301 Redirect (moved permanently) on the old one. This way both, your visitors and everything SEO related knows you moved and your ranking and stuff will be transfered.
    The alternative to it is an meta refresh via HTML which will result in a moderate loss.

    If you decide to keep your Domain name you will want to make sure the TTL is as low as possible on entries. If you can change it, turn it down to like 10 minutes, wait 12-24hours and then make the changes.

    The important thing is that there are no 404 (not found). This will definitely annoy your visitors. If you move your entire content make sure that yourdomain.com/some-article either points to the same article on the new system or lands on your main page (e.g. make the 404 error page redirect to your landing page).

    Even if you take your old Domain with you I still recommend putting a redirect on the old host. This way you will counter the 24-48h update time it takes the DNS changes to be known globally.

    Maybe you can get some more hints at the following links. These are Google results (nothing I really looked into) but after skimming over them everything seems valid.
    http://www.seoexplain.com/learn-seo/move-site-to-new-domain-without-affecting-google-ranking-and-seo.html
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/seo-guide-how-to-properly-move-domains
    http://www.yourseoplan.com/experts-move-server-seo/
    http://dailyseotip.com/change-hosts-or-ips-without-losing-seo-ranking/109/