Changing Your Blog URL in 3 Easy Steps

Okay, it’s more than three steps, but it is easy. This is for Blogger blogs only.

Updated 10/14/2001 to reflect Bloggers changes.

But first, why did I change my URL?
Searchablility, easier to find, less abstract
My old URL used “scribblessplashes.” It was for scribbles of ink and splashes of paint. I thought it was cute and clever but it’s not easy for people to remember. It now uses “anowdefunctname” which connects the blog directly to me.

Now, how I made the change:

Ahead of time
I posted in advance that the change was coming so followers and readers knew to look for it.

On the day

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  • I backed up my content and my template (always a good safety measure).
    • To backup content go to Settings > Other > Export blog (image above) and then download your blog. All your content remains intact. This is just a backup feature.
    • To back up your template go to Template > Edit HTML > Click Proceed > Copy and paste the text in the form field into a text editor, then close the html box.
  • Now it’s time to rename your blog. Go to Settings > Publishing and type in what you want, do the word verification and save settings.
  • Create a stub blog using your old URL. Go to the Dashboard > Create a Blog, input your old URL
    • Turn off commenting on your stub blog, you don’t want any spammers!
    • Add a post with an active URL to your new blog URL. (See mine here.)
  • Add a post to your new blog stating that your blog has moved from your old URL.
  • Now it’s time for the feeds. If you use FeedBurner, login and update to your new feed address. To find the feed URL view your new blog’s source code and search for the word feed. It will be up at the top and look something like this http://yourblogtitle.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • Next, redirect your stubs feed. Go to Settings > Site Feed, enter the new feed URL and save settings.
  • Now for all the little stuff:
    • If you use the frequent comment widget, update it to your new blog URL.
    • Update links from your website to your blog and any links on you blog to your blog. (For example my “Posts you shouldn’t miss” section was hand coded and needed to be updated.
    • One last detail: Update your blogger profile. The new blog will already be there, just remove your stub.

Most of this information came from several articles at http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/. I’ve just combined them here and added a few of my own details. There are many good article there about how blogger works.

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21 Comments

  1. I'll be back to read this but I have something for you on my blog 🙂
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  2. I have no major plans to do this…yet. I think once I start looking for agents, I may. It will make me easier to find. Great post!

  3. This is a great reference to keep on hand. I think it was a good move of you to change to your name, making the blog so identifiable to you.

  4. Good for you. I have a website already in my name, so for right now I want to keep that the only site with my name.

  5. This is going to come in handy I know. Thanks for the condensed version. I printed a copy, hope you don't mind 🙂
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. That's good to know. Glad I set mine up with my name from day one.

  7. I'm also glad that I set mine up from day one. It would have given me a headache to do it late in the game.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

  8. I'm glad you now know Toes Go In First (TGIF)!! (as you just commented on my post).

    I wish I had just used my name at the start. But I didn't know then what I know now. I had to restart my blog a few months ago, but I didn't rename it, and I somehow lost all my followers and had to begin that again! Don't want to do that again!! Or make some other stupid mistake, so I'm about to printout these directions if I decide to do what you've done. Appreciate the directions.

    Yes, your name will be so much better. Excellent move!!

  9. I didn't know you could do that. Thanks for the info!

  10. What useful information! I don't think I'll be moving blogs soon, but I”m sure lots of bloggers may find this info handy. It's really amazing what we can find on the net, if we just do some research!

  11. Good info! I used my name on my blog from the beginning, but not because I was smart. I had no idea, and used the most obvious thing.
    Did you have to start afresh with your followers widget?

  12. I'm the same with Lydia. I tried to think of a witty name for my blog, but all the ones I thought of were taken so I just used my name, which now I'm glad I did. I'm sure this information will help a lot of people.

  13. I just read the comment you put on my post about Twittering. Blogging has always seemed like enough to me too! But I'm going to try Twitter, within reason, like going in several times for not very long each day. I HOPE I can get the feel of it.

    You're doing just great with Blogging!!! So don't worry about Twitter.
    Ann Best, Long Journey Home

  14. yep, this is a good idea, my blog had the same name and url from the beginning.

  15. I may have to think on this one, but you've offered a great tutorial on the topic.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

  16. Jules I don't mind at all. If it helps you when the time comes (and doesn’t confuse you) then that is even better!

    I'm behind everywhere. I've had a headache since last week and it refuses to go away. It’s a sure sign spring is coming.

  17. I kept my followers and they didn't have to do anything I think. Feeds and blog rolls should have updated automatically. Apparently, when you follow a blog you don't follow the URL. Each blog is assigned a number and that is what is followed and that doesn't change.

  18. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Hi .. thanks for this .. I printed it out .. but your black title printed too .. acres of blank ink .. any chance of changing that – I think it's possible ..

    Just another small headache for you?!

    Actually this is great info – really pleased to have it .. and the link across to the blogging.nitecruzr.net site ..

    Cheers Hilary

  19. I remember hearing something once about adding code to the css or something like that. Anything like that in blogger can be so tricky.
    I like the pdf. It saves on ink, paper, and it’s easily to store.

  20. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Thanks .. I do that too sometimes .. but some headers don't print out their colours .. so it was just a thought ..

    interesting you go direct to a .pdf – I'll have to give that a go ..

    thanks – cheers Hilary

  21. I remember hearing something once about adding code to the css or something like that. Anything like that in blogger can be so tricky.
    I like the pdf. It saves on ink, paper, and it’s easily to store.

    March 24, 20

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