Have an Old Blog? Don’t Kill it Off!

by Dave on November 14, 2008

Last summer, after a year of blogging, I switched from a wordpress.com blog to my own URL (at the same time I switched to Blogger, but that’s a story for another time).

The blog, ClearingTitle was fairly successful, with a decent pagerank, so I left it up. I posted a note that I had moved, and left up my twitter stream. Lo and behold, through the miracle of search engines, months later it’s still bringing in traffic – and driving some of it to my other sites. In fact I’ve just added a where to find me post and updated my about me page – I might as well make the most of it.

If you are going to leave an older blog open make sure to do the following:

  • Manage your comments – make sure that you don’t become a spam magnet. Keep your spam filter on, and make sure comment moderation is turned on.
  • Leave a note on the blog about where to find you – don’t miss the opportunity to connect.
  • If you have similar content on new site, let any inbound links (like blogrolls and directories) know the new site address. The old blog is only around to catch search engine traffic.
  • Periodically check the statistics on the site. Keep it alive until visits taper off.

Enjoy the traffic!

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