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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to change URL of your blog

(See IMPORTANT NOTE below)




Steps to change a blog's URL (web address) in Blogger:

1. log into Dashboard
2. click on the relevant blog
3. click SETTINGS tab
4. click PUBLISHING
5. edit url (see screenshot above. Place where you type the new URL is indicated by cursor (arrow) and also "Type new URL here" in red

Remember to save settings.

Your success will depend on whether the URL has already been taken up or not.

NOTE: Remember, if you changed the URL of your blog, any existing incoming links will become dead link. If your blog is relatively new, that may not be a problem, but if your blog has been on the Web for a long time, your blog will already have been indexed by search engines, and you will have to wait to be indexed by the search engines all over again, and for some time, people searching for content in your blog will get links that lead nowhere. You will lose your PageRank and will have to wait a long time to get a meaningful PageRank for blog with the new URL. People may have linked to your blog or posts and all these will become dead links. Further, there have been lots of reports of bloggers who deleted their blog or changed its URL. Sploggers grab the now available URL and use them for dubious uses the worst of which is pornography. This will be extremely embarrassing for you if your family, relatives, friends, colleagues, etc., have your old URL.

So if yours is an old blog, think very carefully before you change the URL. If you insist on doing it, I would suggest immediately try to re-register your old URL and use it to redirect the old blog to the new blog URL. See Redirect New Blogger blog to another site

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101 comments:

  1. That is a useful tip.

    However, my blog has already been indexed and ranked by all the major search engines.

    I do not want to lose the indexing and rankings for the old URL.

    Is there a way that links to the old blog name can be automatically redirected to the new URL?

    For example by using a 301 Redirect in the server .htaccess file as you would with a website?

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  2. why it shows "it's invalid" after I edit the new name? already used?

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  3. If url already taken up, the error message is: Sorry, this blog address is not available. There must be something wrong with the url you chose.

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  4. Is there some way to have BlogSpot host our Blog WITHOUT BlogSpot.Com in the URL?

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  5. Yes, you can have your own url. But first you will have to register a domain, get and pay for hosting.

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  6. Anonymous6:28 AM

    You just saved me a headache! I knew there had to be a simple way to rename my blog. Someone had a trademark issue with my name and asked me to change it. It worked too!Thanks a ton!!!

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  7. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Thanks a ton!!!! Saved me a lot of headache!

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  8. When I change the URL on blogger, what happens to all my old posts? I want to make sure they are retained, as well as the indexing. Thanks for your help.

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  9. Your posts stay. Only thing is, for search engines, you are starting from scratch. For blogs which have been on the Web for some time and have many inbound links, it may not be a good thing to change URL, as those links become dead links. You may also be interested in reading this post first: Why you should not delete your blog and what to do if you change URL. I ahould update this post.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  10. Hi,

    I need some help.
    This morning I tried to open my blog http://malimrav.blogspot.com/ but instead open http://webmessages.awardspace.com/index.php?up_color=green&up_usercod...

    It looks someone hacked my blog and changed URL. How can I solve this problem?

    thanks

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  11. Hi mail mrav,

    Sorry to hear about the hijack. My Blogger account was hijack once too and Blgger Support help me get back access. I suggest you post to Google Blogger Help group and try to get the attention of Blogger Employee. Other thing you can try
    Problems signing in, seeing your blog in the Dashboard, etc

    Contact Blogger Support.

    Not easy, but also not impossible. From feedback, blogger had been able to get help from them, one even within the same day I referred her to the above posts.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

    May also be interesting to read
    How to protect yourself from hijack.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

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  12. Thanks Peter for help.

    I did contact blogger team about this problem. They told me to check codes, but I found out that chat which I have on my blog caused problem.

    once more thanks for help

    Mali Mrav

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  13. Thank you Peter for the information here - this is the most useful place for information that I have found in days of searching!

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  14. thank you for the information..

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  15. Once I point a blog to a custom domain name, have I "exhausted" this domain name such that if I delete my blog using blogger, then the custom URL is in a kind of limbo and unusable thereafter?

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  16. If I once associate a blog with a custom URL purchased from blogger and delete then the blog using blogger dashboard, can I reassociate another blog with the purchased URL?

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  17. I have not done what you are suggesting but I suspect you can try to get Blogger Employee to undelete your old Blogger blog.

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  18. Thank you.this tip really works

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  19. I was facing this problem since months. When I used to check my blog in Copyscape.com for the presence of any copy righted content in my blog.
    I noticed that it shows that I have copied content from a blog. I was shocked. When I see the URL, it was my former URL.
    This post was really useful.
    Now, I have created a new blog under the same Gmail ID with my former URL so that I can show that I am the owner of both the blogs.
    Is there any problem doing so? Do u have any suggestions to solve my problem in a better way?
    Please suggest...
    Visit my blog :-
    www.earnfromyourblogs.blogspot.com
    Keep visiting my blog for new posts.
    Leave comments.
    I will do the same.

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  20. I've recently changed my blog URL.

    However, the people who follow my blog say when they click on my newest blogs from their dashboard, that it takes them to the old address.

    Why is it doing this?

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  21. You will have to explain your problem a little bit more on details and give the 2 URLs involved. Are you referring to custom domain?

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  22. Thanks for this post. Before reading this post I changed the URL and deleted the previous blog. Please let me know whether sploggers can still use the previous URL?

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  23. From what I have been told, if you delete a blog, the URL will now be reserved for you to claim back later, but I am afraid I don't know about changing the URL without deleting, what happens to the old URL and stuff like this is hard to test so I wouldn't try.

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  24. You guys rock :-)

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  25. Great tip! Thank you!!

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  26. hi! is it possible to change the url/html of a blog post? i changed the title of my post but the link still uses the old title. pls help!

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  27. It used to be possible but no longer with introduction of Blogger Beta xml, but for SEO it is a great improvement.

    About what you want, I am not sure, but perhaps if you host the blog yourself and use FTP, it might be possible. Unfortunately Blogger.com will be stopping support for FTP in a short months time.

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  28. Will you lose any followers if you change your url? I mean, will you have to start all over collecting followers?

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  29. Thanks dude! You saved me a BIG HEADACHE!

    deathbyranting.blogspot.com

    Slightly crazed

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  30. Thank you so much! It took about 30seconds to read your instructions and successfully make the change. I've bookmarked you. I'm sure I'll be utilizing your information often. :)

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  31. Awesome post! Thanks!

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  32. I was going to make a whole new account.. Thanks!

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  33. Hi Peter,
    I am wondering if you can change the URL of pages within blogger. This is my blog URL: http://cj-richards.blogspot.com

    For instance, there is a tab for a page I created that says "About Me".

    The URL that was generated for this page looks like this URL: http://cj-richards.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html

    I want to know if I can change the last part of the link to "....com/p/about-cj-richards.html" without changing the name of the page.

    I hope that makes sense.

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  34. I have not tried this myself but my suggestion is based on the normal posts so will appreciate feedback on whether it deliver the desired result for you.

    Publish another About Me page but this time use the title "About CJ Richard". After publication, if you wish, change the title back to "About Me" and also if you wish, delete the old About Me page

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  35. Worked like a charm, thanks Peter! In your opinion, will this help my blog come up first on google if I have "CJ Richards" in every html link twice?

    For example:
    "http://cj-richards.blogspot.com/p/cj-richards-music.html"

    That was the purpose... To be number 1 on google if someone were to search my name.

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  36. I am no SEO expert but I have read that keyword stuffing is a big no no.

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  37. What if you bought a domain name for your blog, but then moved the domain to another registrar? Is it possible to revert back to your old .blogspot address?

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  38. What domain registra you use isn't important. You just need to log into your new domain registra and update the DNS Settings as follows:

    Create a CNAME record for your blog's address, which should be a subdomain of the form
    www.jonathanzajdman.com/

    Create a CNAME record for your domain with the DNS, associating your domain with:
    ghs.google.com.

    Create 'A' NAME records for your naked domain (blog.com)

    Creating A records for your naked domain is important as it allows Google to redirect people who use in your naked domain name (blog.com) to your blog page (www.example.com). If you do not do this, visitors who leave off the www will see an error page.
    There are four separate A records you will create, and can be done from the same control panel you accessed your CNAME records. Simply point your naked domain (example.com, without the 'www') to each of the following IP addresses:
    216.239.32.21
    216.239.34.21
    216.239.36.21
    216.239.38.21

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  39. Cool tips I started a new blog http://mathworldquestionsanswers.blogspot.com/ but I don' have any visitor. How can I make this popular I mean make people visit or let them know. By the way visit my site that it will make one visitor :( and if you have any tips about making good traffic to site or blog show me the link plz.
    and btw thanks for the tips that's cool.

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  40. Hopefully something that you may find at Blogger FAQ: How to increase traffic can help you in your objective.

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  41. thanks for the post! I just bought a custom domain web address and saved changes to send people to the new address. however, whenever i put in my new web address, it still says it doesn't exist. is there something else i need to do in order to set it up? I thought it just worked automatically through blogspot?

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  42. You said you bought a domain. From where and how? It may be educational for you to read Advice: register and purchase custom domain via Blogger and Google Apps

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  43. thanks a lot for this useful tip...
    i was finding this 4 a long,long time to change the url coz da 1st one has some typing error...
    now, i've found it..thanks...

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  44. Thanks, dude can we also change the inner url?

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  45. Inner URLs would also be changed accordingly automatically by Blogger. Just want to add a note that usually I am reluctant to change a blog URL especially one that had been on the web for long time.

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  46. thanks....a lot for this.......

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  47. Thanks ... you saved my time. I'm just a new blogger.

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  48. I already did what you did but.............
    why does my blogger/blogspot did not appear on public like google search?
    I really really wanted to see my blogger appear on google search.

    HELP PLEASE!

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  49. Joanna, type site:your blog URL into search box and if you get result/s that means it is already indexed and if you can't find it in a search it will be because it is deep within the thousands or millions of results so you can't find it.

    If you get no result only then can you conclude it don't get included in google search.

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  50. Is it possible to change hdwatch.blogspot.com into hdwatch.com??? i seen my friend blogspot and it change its URL.

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  51. Yes you can provided the domain hdwatch.com had not been already registered/bought by someone, but it will not be free.

    If you are willing to pay an annual fee of USD$10 then you can convert your blogspot.com blog with custom domain

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  52. sAntino8bro, answer given above. And since so many asking the same thing I think I will add my answer as an update to this post.

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  53. Check this nice web site.

    Will be update on regularly bases now.

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  54. Thanks for the help

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  55. thanks obout this... ^^

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  56. at least you can create a new blog with the name you want and redirect to it, without running to create another one with the same name of your previous blog.

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  57. Good Job!
    Thanks! Lot of Help here ah! Loveit!

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  58. Its very usefull
    i liked it..
    :)
    Thanx :)

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  59. Thanks so much!! You are a genius :o)

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  60. The url of all of my pages (except for home) was automatically made with a /p/ before the page name (i.e. countrywisdomnews.com/p/about.html). Is there a way to remove that /p/ so it links to countrywisdomnews.com/about.html?

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  61. It is all set by Blogger and there is nothing you can do about it

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  62. You are great @Peter. I just changed the second part of my url in my new post by creating a new duplicate post for the older one. Thanks!

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  63. I love you, thank you

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  64. I've had my blog for a few years, but when asking advice from bloggers with higher followers, they suggested that I should change my url so it is the same as my blog title. Can I do this easily? Will the people who follow me through GFC be gone, or will Blogger automatically change the link?

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  67. Blogger will only redirect the old blogspot URL to custom domain. For example, when I upgraded from blogger-tricks.blogspot.com to www.bloggertipsandtricks.com, Blogger will redirect all traffic from the old blogspot URL to the new custom domain.

    However, if you change the url of your blogspot blog from blogA.blogspot.com to blogB.blogspot.com, Blogger will not redirect traffic from the old URL to the new URL and you will have to start gathering followers from scratch.

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  68. but i want to change the inner page URL i.e. URL of the post in a blog. Send me the tips

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  69. Thanks for the help!

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  70. Bharat, the "inner page URL" you are referring to is the permalink, individual post URL, and will consist of the blog URL, year and month, then words from the post title. So you can only control the permalink by choosing words for the post title carefully. Once published, it can't be changed (or it can only be changed by publishing a new blog post).

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  71. I changed the url address but now google is not searching my blogger, now what should i do?

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  72. I have changed my blogger URL address but now google is not searching my blogger.. please tell me what should I do now?

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  73. Change it back to the original again.

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  74. I changed blog url from settings, But it is not saved. When I look at the settings aagin the blog url is not changed. Help me

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  75. What is your old and new blog URL? Also have you tried refreshing the browser to make sure you are not viewing a cached copy?

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  76. pls help me if u can. i change my blog address but now when i go to view blog and open on recipe linl on archive its not getting open and some url error is coming, and if i change my new blog address to old blog address its working, is there a way i can change name and still i can open my recipes. plx help.

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  77. Indian Cooking Gangnam Style, hope you read that important note at the bottom of the post about changing blog URL. If you change blog URL, all existing old links will become dead links and this should not be what you want if your blog has a long history. There is no way to do what you want. Best to keep old blog URL if yours is an old blog.

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  79. This doesnt make any sense if you have already made name with your old domain name...



    http://etechvilla.com

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  80. Antonio, obviously you did not read the note in this post.

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  81. ya ,great posting about change blog url. because mostly we have need to change url. but don't know how it is possible.

    Employee Tracking System Rajasthan

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  82. can't i post new blog with the same blog address?is it necesssary to change the address everytime i write on a new topic?

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  83. can't i post new blog with the same blog address?is it necesssary to change the address everytime i write on a new topic?

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  84. is it necessary to create a new blog address every time i write a new topic?can't i have a new topic with the same blog address?

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  85. is it necessary to have new blog address for every new topic i post?can't i have a same blog address for every new topic?and is there any disadvantage if i post a new blog with different blog address?

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  86. Is there some way to have BlogSpot host our Blog WITHOUT BlogSpot.Com in the URL?

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  87. how can i change the url of a blogpost?

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  88. Hey there, I changed my blog url recently. After the change, the google search engine in my blog would not work :( Can you please help me get this fixed.

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  89. Rakesh krishna, you don't need to have a new blog address each time you publish a new post.
    You need to understand that your blog home page has an address which will be something like myblog.blogspot.com.
    Then when you publish a new post, it will have its own address which is called a permalink which will be automatically created by Blogger and which will take the form something like myblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-new-post.

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