Many people start blogging with free blog and once their blog start getting traffic and exposure, migrating from one platform to another one is always an headache. Specially if you are paranoid about SEO and search engine traffic. We already have solution for BlogSpot to WordPress and WordPress.com to WordPress.org migration. Specially WordPress to WordPress.org migration is easy as you will be dealing with same platform but again for non technical user, migration process is not that easy.
Today WordPress announced offsite redirect for WordPress.com user who wish to migrate to self hosted WordPress blog. This tool will help you migrate your free WordPress blog to Self hosted WordPress blog without losing traffic and search engine ranking. In short it will be 301 perma redirection.
According to WordPress the process is new but I have used the same process from last year to migrate my client from free to Self hosted WordPress blog. But the major difference is domain mapping here which is a big relief for non-techy users.
Imagine you’ve decided to make the move, have exported your content from your wordpress.com blog and imported it into your new self-hosted WordPress site. Purchasing the Offsite Redirect upgrade will take the traffic coming to your old wordpress.com blog and forward it to your new domain so that links to your old content won’t break and you won’t take an SEO hit as a result of your move. Oh, and unlike the old domain mapping/DNS workaround, the signup process is easy as pie.
Well in nutshell here is the process, you import all content from free to WordPress.org blog and take care of permalink. In free WordPress.com blog, you add your custom domain for which you need to pay $15/year and this will set the 301 redirection. Though you need to take care of permalinks else you might break down your blog SEO. You can read official offsite redirect guide here.
It’s good to see that WordPress is coming up with it’s own tool and easy to set up guide for blog migration.
Do you have a WordPress.com blog and are you looking forward to migrate to self hosted WordPress blog?