Once you have changed your old blog to a new url, moved all of the content over, and created the redirect to take people to the new blog when they follow an old link…you still have some work to do.
What about those people who signed up to get an e-mail when you created a new post on the old blog? How do you handle getting them notified that the blog has moved? It can be a lot more simple than you think.
I just went to the account that I used for the sign-up and changed the “feed” url to the new domain name. There was no interruption for my readers. The next post sent them an e-mail and I think it might have taken a few of them a little time before they realized that the blog had even moved. Oh, I’m sure they noticed it had a different look but it didn’t really matter to them that the blog had changed its address. They still got a notice on a new post just like they always had.
The next thing I started to do was to go back to articles that I had written in the past to promote the blog and changed the link to the new domain name. That took a little time but eventually, I think I changed all of them.
I also made sure to “tweet” a little more often so that people who were following me on Twitter would have that new address, also.
I don’t think I lost one reader by changing the url to my blog, in fact it seemed that I picked up new readers and the url was much easier to remember with the new url. I continued to promote the blog just as I had on the old multi-user domain except that it had the new address.
That blog, at the time I moved it was getting about 1500 to 2,000 visits per month. It now averages about 8,000 visits per month. I’ve continued to work hard to promote it, and I post regularly (once per week).
So, you can change the blog url and if you follow these steps, it shouldn’t hurt you in the least. By the way, the blog I moved is: Native American Totems.