In a previous post, I talked about consolidating back my blog posts on my newer site back to my old reliable one.
I did manage to get all the blog posts back, but what happens after the fact when it concerns your visitors.
Turns out you are not done, but if you think about it, you are never really done when it comes to a website.
What if someone actually bookmarked you post, and they come back to visit. They realize that the post is not there. They get frustrated and they decide to move on to another site. Here’s what you can do to make the transition easy for your visitors.
1. Tell them. I wrote a “final” post on stating that all the blog posts (in a category or the whole blog) have moved. I supplied a link to where the new post are located so they will not feel stranded.
2. Don’t delete the old posts. Instead, On each of the old posts, state that the particular post has moved and supply a link to the new location. I learned this after the fact.
3. If you have a lot of posts, or if time is limited, (at least on WordPress) create a 404.php (error page.) In addition to “the page you are looking for cannot be found” message, also include a note that the blog (or part of the blog) has moved and supply the link to the new location.
These steps should help you to maintain your blog audience after a blog move.