Moving a blog without losing your standing

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I very recently exported my wordpress.com blog to a wordpress.org blog. I exported everything over, including name and look. 

Now I find I cannot do a 301 redirect from the old wordpress.com blog to the new one (I read this in wordpress.com, hopefully I misunderstood), so I left a farewell post giving the new blog URL. 

I also deleted the old posts from the new blog so there wouldn't be duplicate articles and I put a link to both blogs on my website to get credit for the ranking and following the old blog already had. 

However, this whole business seems crazy. Is there a better way to swap a wordpress.com blog for a self-hosted one?
ASKED: June 15, 2011  7:56 AM
UPDATED: October 29, 2012  5:45 PM

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