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Msg#: 4373184 posted 11:27 am on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

What's a good way to approach this situation?

We're moving our blog from a 'shared' service to our own domain, but don't want to lose the incoming links and SERPS.



The previous provider will not set up a 301 redirect (!) for us. Lot's of inbound links are producing 404s. Google has knocked us back a bit, as I'm guessing they view it as a new blog (it's not, since 2001). Is there a workaround available?



WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month

Msg#: 4373184 posted 9:01 pm on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Key question: Do you still have the old location? That is, is your account still active even if you're not using it? Does it have its own identity at gwt? Can you yourself (not the host) make an htaccess in the old location? If it's your own htaccess, it's hard to see how they could prevent you from redirecting.

What's your relationship with the inbound link providers? Will they take you at your word if you ask them to change the link?

In extreme circumstances there's the page-level redirect (the one where users twiddle their thumbs for three seconds and hope for the best while swearing at the site owner). Got a vague idea the arguments against this method run into multiple digits.

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