I have a blogger site (let's call it
test.blogspot.com.au) and a domain
test.com which redirects to that site.
We've installed Wordpress in a subdirectory on another site and migrated using blogger’s import tool. Let's call it
test.com tied to
test.blogspot.com.au because various links around the web will be using it.
Is there a way to reuse
test.com so it points directly to the subdirectory (and mask the fact that it's a subdirectory) without losing search rank/history, or do I need to get a new domain name to avoid this? I’m happy to accept the fact that we may be getting occasional broken inbound links and let the users deal with it as long as it doesn’t destroy our search rankings.
The new location is shared hosting with cPanel so I can edit
.htaccess etc… but there are some limits to what can be done.
Edit: I thought I would share what I did in case it helps anyone else.
At the moment, searches for 'blogname' are returning the new blog, and 'blogname blogspot' are not returning the old blogspot site. So it appears to be working, but I'm not sure whether or not we lost any ranking data in the process.
I did it by editing the blogspot template with these 2 tags in the head:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.newsite.com.au/" /> <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://www.newsite.com.au/" />
This was done by reverting to the classic template (be careful to remove the mobile template too) and editing it. There are various guides on the web.
For direct post links, you add something similar:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.newsite.com.au/blogger/?q=http://www.newsite.com.au/2014/04/mypost.html" /> <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://www.newsite.com.au/blogger/?q=http://www.newsite.com.au/2014/04/mypost.html">
Here /blogger/ is a Wordpress template PHP file that interprets the URL and redirects to the migrated page on the new site. With a bit of searching it should be possible to find a guide for this, I do not have the links handy but it was relatively simple to setup based on a guide after using the blogger migration tool.