Saturday, April 03, 2010

Use The Post Feed Redirect URL, When You Rename Your Blog

When we rename a blog, we use the Post Feed Redirect URL to redirect all feed references, from the old URL to the new feed URL.

When we setup a custom feed for a blog, maybe using FeedBurner, we use the Post Feed Redirect URL to redirect all feed references, from the blog, to the FeedBurner feed. That lets us use a FeedBurner feed without having to change all of the feed links in the blog.

Besides using the Post Feed Redirect URL to setup a FeedBurner feed, you can use the Post Feed Redirect URL when you re publish the blog to a new BlogSpot URL.

Just be sure to setup the Post Feed Redirect in the proper direction.

This is a simple, 1 - 2 - 3 exercise.
  1. Publish a stub blog, to the old URL.
  2. Determine the URL of the blog post feed, under the new URL.
  3. Set the post feed redirect, for the stub blog.

Setup A Stub Blog
Immediately after you re publish the blog to its new URL, you should be setting up a stub blog, to visually point your readers to the new URL. Besides visually pointing your readers, you can re point your subscribers - again using the stub blog.

Determine The URL Of The New Post Feed
Copy the updated feed URL from the blog header. Precision is essential when redirecting the feed, so let Blogger do the work for you here - determine the new post feed URL, properly.

Redirect The Post Feed, For The Old URL
Go to Settings - Other, for the stub blog, published to the old URL. Edit the "Post Feed Redirect URL", and paste the new feed URL, as just copied.

When you do this, all subscribers to your blog, under the old URL, should see the blog feed in its new home, with linked content. The search engines, indexing the blog using a sitemap based upon the old URL, should start indexing it using the new URL. This should give your blog, under the new URL, a good start towards regaining the search engine reputation that it had, under the old URL.

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Britta said...

THANK YOU. just what I needed to know.

shelly said...

Does this only work for readers who are subscribed to the rss feed or will this also show old readers the new posts in the reading list in blogger dashboard?

Brianna Koch said...

Thanks for posting this, but I still don't understand what to do for sure. I don't know how to create a stub blog? Can you help me further? Thanks

Chuck Croll said...

Brianna,

Read instructions, above:

Setup A Stub Blog
Immediately after you re publish the blog to its new URL, you should be setting up a stub blog, to visually point your readers to the new URL.

Click on "setting up a stub blog", and continue.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2006/06/stub-post.html

Gayle McDonald said...

Thank you for this! All successfully done!

Gayle
http://pinkrobotcraft.blogspot.co.uk

Regina Bellani said...

Hello! I just wanna ask, if I move my blog to wordpress, will it redirect to my new wordpress blog? I've put the link on 'post feed redirect url.

Chuck Croll said...

Regina,

Theoretically, the post feed should redirect to the WordPress feed URL. You won't be able to redirect the BlogSpot blog to the WordPress blog, and you will need to keep the Blogger blog active, to use the Post Feed Redirect. You will need a source of updates, for the Blogger blog, to keep the Blogger blog going.

Without updates, the Blogger blog will probably be classified as a possible spam host. If you lose control of the Blogger account, you won't be able to have the blog restored.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2013/04/blogger-blogs-cannot-be-used-as-gateways.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2014/12/the-account-blog-recovery-instructions.html