How to retain search ranking when moving your blog?

You’ve recently moved your blog from WordPress.com/Blogger.com to your own domain, reason being better customization and monetization, and it’s done now.

One thing you’ll wonder that there will be a major change in your traffic, so you need to have that back, and for that you need to maintain same position in SERP results.

As your previous blog is hosted on a free platform, a 301 redirect is not in your option list. Instead, here’re few steps you can follow to do so.

  1. Place a prominent banner on your old blog, stating that the blog has been moved to a new location and visitors should visit the new place for recent updates. This will help the current traffic be redirected.
  2. Search for the backlinks of your old blog in Google and Yahoo using the search query link:youroldblog.wordpress.com”, and note down the pages linking your blog. Now try replacing the URL, i.e. if it’s a forum signature replace it with new URL, if it’s a blogroll link, request the Blogger to replace the link and so on.
  3. Start building new links for your blog, i.e. comment on good blogs and it’ll reward you with quality links.
  4. Keep on adding fresh content to your new blog on regular basis.
  5. Must add Google Sitemaps plugin and get your sitemap cached in Google.
  6. Share your best content on social bookmarking sites, like Digg, StumbleUpon, Propeller, Del.icio.us, Reddit etc. If you share something worth considering, you’ll get a very good response from these sites.
  7. Add your blog to quality blog directories like Blog Catalog, MyBlogLog, and DMOZ etc.

Doing these few things will not only help you retaining the previous traffic, but will also bring more and more visitors.