A few months ago, I made the drastic decision to change my URL - and everything that follows. This was potentially extremely risky because 1) all traffic could disappear 2) people could get lost on their way through redirects and give up trying to find this here blog and 3) Awkward Donkey was my baby, I'd had the URL for three-ish years, and it's what people had come to know me as. However, I had been unhappy with my URL for some time, and felt that a change of scene could only be a good thing.
I lost 4,500 readers in one month.
Okay, I am being slightly dramatic. But last month's stats on this blog only reached 1,593, whereas my old URL fluctuated dearly. Hopefully, 1,593 of you guys followed my haphazard link to this blog, but what happened to the other 3,000ish of you??
So, long story short, I decided to set up a redirect on my old URL, so that anyone looking for Awkward Donkey would just have to click my old link and sit back whilst the internet pushes them down the e-slide to this here blog. How did I do it?
Open up your blogger account, and click the old blog from your dashboard. Once you're on the average 'edit' page, you will see a sidebar like shown to the left. Click 'template'.
On the main section of the screen, you will see two boxes, one labelled 'live on blog' and one labelled 'mobile'. Under 'live on blog' click 'edit HTML' (as illustrated to the right).
You will then be faced with a (very complicated-looking) box full of HTML text. Locate the part the says '<head>' (shown below).
Copy and paste the following text a line below <head>, changing 'yourbloggerurl' to your URL, and editing the '2' to however many seconds you would like the redirect to wait for.
<meta content='2;url=http://www.yourbloggerurl.com/' http-equiv='refresh'/>
And that is literally all you have to do! It took me centuries to work out how to do this, and so I hope that by sharing my divine knowledge I can save you guys time, effort, and page views.
Have a good day people!~~