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Well that’s got to be the longest title I’ve ever written but it captures what I’m after relatively well. You see I’m looking to start a new blog and want to move across some of the old posts from Twenty Steps to the new site. Over the last three years, this site has become something of a brain dump of all things web based and I want to take it back to being focused on the original three main topics – search, blogging and online marketing – and how they fit together.
What I’m looking to do is take off any unrelated content and move the best of the old articles to the new blog. Not only does this make Twenty Steps fresher, more focused and more relevant, it also means that the new blog is launched with ‘new’ content without me slaving over a hot keyboard for weeks on end writing pillar articles. This appeals to my lazy side 😉
From a search engine perspective I know I’ll lose any PageRank from these old posts but, to be honest, that doesn’t bother me too much. It’s not like I’ve got a lot to lose anyway…I’ll be 301’ing the old URLs to the new site. I know this can take a month or two to filter through but I’m happy to take the initial traffic hit for the longer term benefit to both sites.
So the requirement is this:
A way to move selected categories and/or posts complete with comments from the old blog to the new blog
Now an obvious way of doing that would be copy the entire database across to the new blog and simply delete the stuff that I’m either ditching because it’s crap (I know, I know..difficult to believe but one or two posts might fall into that category) or is staying on Twenty Steps. In theory this works but there has to be a better way of doing things which is why I’m putting this one out to the WordPress experts out there.
So if you know of a simple and painless way of moving individual categories from one WordPress install to another, please let me know through the comments.