I have to admit I’ve been scared to death to switch my blog from www.infobaseventures.com/blog/ where I’ve been blogging for more than 2 years, to www.paulallen.net, a domain that a friend recently gave to me.
I’ve been afraid for many reasons. I thought I’d lose all my web site traffic. I’ve had an Alexa ranking in the 20,000-30,000 range, and I figured that when I turned on a new site somehow I would lose much of that traffic.
My Infobase Ventures web site ranked #5 in Google for the phrase “paul allen”, which means a lot to me, even though I am but Paul Allen the Lesser. “Paul Allen” is a popular search term thanks to the Microsoft Paul Allen, and I like the free web traffic I get from this.
I had a few other high keyword rankings as well (including #1 on “parallel entrepreneur”) and didn’t want to lose any of them.
My technical team assured me that using redirects that are Google friendly, that somehow I wouldn’t lose all my rankings or my web site traffic. I asked them to do more research on this. They keep reassuring me that it would be okay. I kept doubting them.
So a couple weeks ago they flipped the switch. I haven’t blogged since, till today, partly because I couldn’t find my new site login 🙂 and partly because I’ve been way too busy with all the projects at Provo Labs and LDS Media.
But today I decided to check things out and guess what I found? My www.paulallen.net page now ranks #5 on Google for “paul allen” and my Alexa ranking for my new blog site is about as high as my old one used to be.
I think the redirects actually worked. I’d like the technical folks who pulled this off to blog about exactly how they did it and then comment on this post so that others can benefit from learning how to switch URLs correctly.
I don’t appear to have page rank yet on Google, but that doesn’t bother me nearly as much as if I had lost most of my traffic. I’ll let you know when the Page Rank shows up.
So I’m greatly relieved and plan to start blogging regularly once again. Thanks Blake, Mike, and Jordy!