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Everything You Need To Know About Rebranding Your Blog

By Mar 9, 2016 7 Comments

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Have you been thinking about rebranding your blog? I took this leap in the fall of 2015. There were a few different reasons why I did it and I am so happy I did. Here are a few reasons why you might be thinking out rebranding:

  • Have you realized that you’ve outgrown your name?
  • Are you changing your niche?
  • Are you rebranding to increase blog traffic or to get more engaged readers or so search engines can find you easily?
  • Do you want to develop a good working relationship with companies and organizations?

When you’re ready to take that step, here’s what you need to know about rebranding your blog.

Are you ready for a change? Thinking about taking your blog in a new direction? It might be time to rebrand! Check out this list of everything you need to know about rebranding your blog to make your transition easier.

Rebranding Your Blog

Start With Your Blog Name

Just like you’re staring your blog for the first time, you need to come up with a blog name. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine a name.

  • What will you blog about?
  • What’s the purpose of your blog?
  • Who will your ideal readers be?

A lot of what you need to know about choosing a name can be found here.

Update Social Media

Don’t forget to make sure your social media sites have handles available to match your blog, if you want them to match. Using your actual name can be great for social media, but if you aren’t comfortable doing that, matching your handle to your blog name is important.

Many social media sites, like Twitter and Pinterest, allow you to simply change your name or handle. Facebook can be tricky when it comes to changing your Facebook page’s name and custom URL. You can find the steps on how to change your Facebook page here. It took me over 2 weeks to get them to change my name and custom URL, and it isn’t guaranteed they will approve the change.

Once you’ve found the right blog name and your social media accounts are available, go get them.

Is Your Old Content Coming With You?

Will you be keeping all of your content to use on your new blog? To transfer all of your blog posts and even the design, check with your hosting company. They might be able to do it for you, but keep in mind there is some charge to *transfer it for you. Or they might have a step-by-step guide so you can do it yourself. I did mine by myself and had everything completed in less than 2 hours.

Tip: Before a designer, or your hosting company, or you attempt to transfer your data, be sure you do a backup of your current blog.

Make sure the your links from your old blog redirect over to your new blog. You’ll want to do a Permanent 301 redirect if you’re planning on permanently redirecting your links. For example, I see your recipe on Pinterest for chocolate cake. When I click the link that’s with your pin or even on the pin, you want to make sure it directs me to the correct location of the post and recipe for the chocolate cake, which should be on your new blog if you’re planning on keeping your old posts.

Speaking of Pinterest, it is a good idea to let them know you are moving your blog. They have cracked down on redirects, and will automatically mark your URL as spam if a pin redirects to a new site when people click on it. Send them an email with both your old URL and your new URL and explain that you are rebranding your site so they can whitelist both of them.

Other Updates You Will Need To Make

If you’re monetizing your blog and are using any affiliate companies, or there are companies you partner up with to do sponsored work for (like blog networks), be sure you let them know you’ve changed. Typically it simply involves updating your blog name and website, but you’ll need to update and switch your info accordingly.

Don’t forget to set up a new email address to go with your shiny, new blog. Be sure to forward your old email address to your new one. And speaking of new blogs, be sure to update your media kit and your google analytics!

Your New Blog Design

Are you going to hire a designer to design your new blog or will you do that yourself? Or will you keep the same layout and design, but simply just need a new header/logo? As you think through your options, check out these questions to ask a blog designer.

Also, don’t forget to change your social media account headers, logos, and profile pictures.

Tell Your Blog Readers What’s Happening

The first step in this process, is to write an introductory post. Explain your reasons for renaming or rebranding, and why it was important to you. The majority of your readers will be supportive. But remember, you can’t please everyone, and there will always be some who will tell you they liked the old site better and they don’t like your rebrand. That’s alright! Just be polite to them, reiterate why you made the change, and then forget about them.

Have you ever rebranded your blog?
Do you have any tips to pass along to those who might be looking to change things up?

About Laura Gelnett

Laura resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and their 3 daughters. Laura is addicted to social media, online window shopping and all things mint flavored. She’s also a Pretty Little Liars addict and will probably need therapy when the series ends. Laura was a home business owner for over 7 years and left that income to become a full time blogger. She shares her tips on how she did it over at her blog, Laura Gelnett. She also blogs over at The Mom Who…, where she also talks about parenthood, recipes, DIY, blogging tips, saving money and more. Connect with Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

7 Comments

  • Heather says:

    I just rebranded (launched March 17th) and phew it was work. What you’ve written here is beyond true; I found myself nodding along the entire way. It was worth it. Even during the times I was thinking of throwing in the towel, I knew I had something special. I am really proud of the “finished product” and look forward to its evolution!

  • Jamie Knupp says:

    I’m in the process of starting a rebrand (yes, it’s a process for me to actually start something) and your post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks for the tips!

  • Boota Ch says:

    Thanks admin for this informative post. Now I can manage my blog easily. Yours post proved very helpful for me. Keep sharing posts like this.

  • Mira says:

    thanks Laura. looks good.

  • karissa says:

    These are some great tips. I’m starting to think about rebranding so this was perfect for me to read right now.

  • Pam says:

    Thank you so much for this great information. I am in the planning stages of a rebranding and possible URL change, so your post came at just the right time for me. I appreciate this so much!