Hi all. I'm looking to migrate my blog from being hosted on WordPress.com onto my own domain. Most importantly, I'm looking to maintain the SEO that has built up over the last few years. (I know I can do a basic transfer to move the posts and comments by doing an export-import, but my understanding is that that's not going to maintain the SEO.)
I've looked around for the best way to do this and I'm worried that the most common suggested techniques won't work on a hosted blog. First, I can't change the .htaccess file on a WordPress.com hosted blog, so I can't add redirects there. Second, I can't add a rel="canonical" link in the header of the page because I can't edit the template on the site...
Is there any other way to do this that I'm missing? I could always just litter my old blog with links to the new domain, but that's not the most elegant solution...
Thanks for your help!
PS: Feel free to tell me if this is posted in the wrong place.
The blog I need help with is bookrate.wordpress.com.