Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dangers in changing blog URL

Changing your blog's URL may be the stupidest thing you can do, especially when you have gained some readerships (that is, visitors). Ok, in today's tip let me shortly outline the dangers of changing your blog address. I urge myself to write this article when I realized that many of our fellow bloggers have unconsciously made this mistake.

First thing first, why would someone change their blog address? One main reason is that they did not plan their blog properly from the beginning. For example, they made their blog in 2008 and use the URL 'blablabla2008.blogspot.com' (only example!) and suddenly they found out that today is already 2009! So will do they do? In order to keep their blog 'up-to-date', they'll change the URL to 'blablabla2009.blogspot.com'.

Now imagine that the owner have worked very hard to get visitors, and let's say that the blog gets 200-300 visits a day. Many people are following and have bookmarked the blog. They like to visit the blog daily because it is always up-to-date (remember, it's only an example). Suddenly, the blog is no longer accessible! And when they try to open 'blablabla2008.blogspot.com', Blogger will only return the Blog not Found page!

After a few days, the unknowing owner of the blog did not see any more comments nor followers appearing in the blog. And guess what? He has just lost all his visitors! It's pretty terrifiying and I'm quite sure that you won't like it if that happens to you.

Another danger lies within search engines' result page. As you already know, when you click on one of the search results, you'll be taken to that specific page. And say that someone click on the URL 'blablabla2008.blogspot.com/2008/01/article' because they found it is related to what they are searching for. Without the need to think, you'll spontaneously know that the page no longer exist! That means that the owner of the blog has just lost some potential visitors from search engines. This may not be much, but imagine if it is 3 visitors a day, it will result in 1095 visitors lost at the end of the year!

All in all, changing your blog URL is a risky thing to do. My suggestion to you is the usual phrase 'think before you act'.

5 comments:

Kim said...

Its good you wrote about Technocrati but also spread the message about Alexa toolbar I am doing the same . It will help everyone. If you like you can submit your blog on mine's.

Ron Centeno said...

Changing your url is a big decision. You have to risk losing all your stats and you followers s you said. Sometimes change can be a good thing. :-)

Ryan J. Budiman said...

Sure Ron, but what I'm worried about is those 'green' bloggers keep changing their url every once in a while. Anyway, thanks for commenting :)

Penny Manning said...

Your Coffee Shop wish is my command...Great article...Okay, so I changed the name of my blog when it was a month old to one I thought sounded better but I only had one follower, so I could afford to do that...funny thing, though...are you certain the blog doesn't still acknowledge the old name and just redirects? The reason I ask, is that I found out that someone had bookmarked my page when it was under the old name, then accessed the page...so in the stats the link showed up with the old name...apparently they had been on the site for a time then went on to other pages...so, I'm thinking that Blogger redirects somehow in some instances, at least? Great, informative site! I'll be bookmarking ya...Sweet Little Angel (Penny)

Darrel said...

Okay follower for follower........One question....I tried to make 3 columns in my Rounders Template....tried all of Blogdoctors suggestions........no way...got any advise???
darrel
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