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Implementing the 301 redirect?

  1. Hello,

    I'm moving from wp.COM to wp.ORG. I'd like to save my rankings so would like to implement the 301 redirect by creating a .htaccess file.

    Is there a way to perform that on wp.COM? I don't have root access, so I don't see a way. :(

    If not, what else can I do to save my rankings? Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is owim1.wordpress.com.

  2. Try the site redirect upgrade:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/

  3. Thanks!

    I do not now whether Site Redirect uses 301 redirection or meta redirection. DO YOU KNOW?

    There is a hudge difference. 301 saves all Google ranks; meta redirection can be much less effective and also flaged as spam.

    301 redirect is the best method to preserve your current search engine rankings when redirecting web pages or a web site. The code "301" is interpreted as "moved permanently".

    With a meta redirect the page with the redirect issues a 200 OK status and some other mechanism moves the browser over to the new URL. With a 200 OK on both pages, the search engine wants to index both the start page and the target page - and that is a known spam method.

  4. I thought that I had read that the return was a "moved permanently" but I can't find the reference - I have a hard time thinking that the sharp people here would do some sort of spam redirect.

    I will tag this for staff attention for a better answer than I can find.

  5. Thanks to all of you! Here is the final answer, I guess the others might be interested in it, too.

    wp.COM Site Redirect is 301 redirection. Great!

    But what about search engines and other services that access the old example.wordpress.com links? Up until now, WordPress.com would send those services a 302 redirect which would tell them that a link had a new temporary home, and to go index that new link, but to not forget about the original one.

    Today we have changed 302 redirects to 301 redirects. A 301 redirect tells search engines the new link has moved permanently, and they can discard the old links.

    That's a great news, so I can mark this as resolved.

  6. You be welcome

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