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I've got a blog hosted on .wordpress.com, ie the free version.

I'm thinking of re-activating my hosting package so I can have my own WP installation, and therefore have more customisation options open to me etc.

I'm getting traffic from search engines, how can I redirect this traffic to my new location?

Once I have the new one setup, I would prefer people to view that instead of my old site, what can I do to achieve this, whilst retaining my position in search engines?

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Didn't try this myself (self-hosted from the start), but this seems fitting guide for your situation: How to Migrate your Blog from WordPress.com to a Personal Domain ( Digital Inspiration )

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Brilliant, seems exactly what I need. Thanks –  user155695 Sep 21 '10 at 12:16
    
James.Elsey, if that answers your question, please mark it as an 'accepted' answer. –  tnorthcutt Sep 21 '10 at 14:17
    
I was planning to, but at the time I had to "wait 3 minutes" so came back later :) –  user155695 Sep 21 '10 at 16:28
    
Ahh, sorry about that :) –  tnorthcutt Sep 29 '10 at 13:44
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It looks like this is now a standard feature on Wordpress.com.

http://en.support.wordpress.com/offsite-redirect/

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Standard, albeit one that costs money (an "Upgrade"). –  dgw Oct 10 '10 at 23:18
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