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?


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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  • James.Elsey, if that answers your question, please mark it as an 'accepted' answer. – Travis Northcutt 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 :) – Travis Northcutt Sep 29 '10 at 13:44

It looks like this is now a standard feature on Wordpress.com.


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

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