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1) Set up your old URL so that it redirects to the new URL. A real redirection, not framing. Lots of people may have linked to you, and you don't want those links to break.

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2) Promote the old URL to the search engines, so they notice the redirection.

3) Promote the new URL to the search engines, in case they didn't follow the redirection. Just do another promotion, and change the URL info when on the data entry page.

4) Submit a URL change request at Yahoo and Open Directory if you're in there see my Yahoo tips page for more details. Do the same at the other indexes that list you, if you have time and they have a change page.

The problem of changing URLs is one reason why getting your own domain name is so important. If you own your own domain name ($20 a year or less, it's dirt cheap), then you can move your site to a new webhosting service anywhere in the world and people can still find you at the same old url. But if your site is on "" and they go out of business, you are in serious trouble.

Also, consider the impression you are giving to your visitors. Would you trust my advice if my url was

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