Have you changed the name of your “About Us” page or decided to redo the layout of your website and have created all new pages in Google’s Blogger? If you create a new page in blogger, that page is assigned a new URL and the old, now deleted or deactivated page leaves behind a broken link. Without a hosting service to redirect the link, what do you do? Never fear! You CAN redirect a broken Blogger link and avoid contributing to your bounce rate with someone immediately clicking off of your blog.
Here’s how to do it:
- Access your blog through blogger.com.
- Before making any changes to your blog (even if it’s not that big of a deal), I recommend backing up your Blogger blog’s template to avoid any mishaps in the future. While this action will not affect your template, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of backing up regularly.
- Select “Settings”.
- Select “Search Preferences”.
- Under the heading, “Errors and Redirections,” you will find “Custom Redirects”. Click “Edit” next to this heading.
- With a Blogger blog, you are ONLY allowed to redirect from a link once established on your current site to a new link on the same blog. Make a note of the extension (the part after your homepage URL, typically starting with “/”) for the broken link and for the new link you would like it redirected to. Place the old, broken link URL extension in the “From” section and the new, functioning link URL extension in the “To” section.
- Choose whether you would like the redirect to be permanent. In most cases, you will always choose “permanent.” This can be deleted at a later time if you change your mind.
- Click “Save Changes” and you are done!
Let me know if you have any questions! I hope this simple tutorial has helped you to create your own custom redirect for broken Blogger links.