May 08 2007
Following on from Moving from a Wordpress.com to a Self hosted Domain, below are a few of the pros and cons, and suggestions I have found when migrating blogs.
Ownership of your domain - it’s yours, nobody can take that away (well, unless you forget to renew your domain or pay your hosting bill). Stuff it or sell it, it’s totally up to you.
Pick a theme, any theme….or plugin for that matter.
One plugin I was keen to add was “dofollow“. Andy Beard is a strong advocate for dofollow (aka “no nofollow”) and has just awarded his monthly plugin prize to this plugin. Essentially what this means is that if you leave a comment on this blog, the link is indexable by Google and other search engines.
There’s also the ability to add Google AdSense and other contextual based advertising, should one be so inclined, and more in-depth statistics like Google Analytics (well, more in-depth than those provided free with WordPress.com or via a plugin on self hosted domains).
The dot com dot au domain
Since I blog predominantly with Australian readers in mind, having a blog that shows up on “pages from Australia” in a search is considered an advantage. I discussed this about a century ago (ok a few months ago) in dot com vs dot com.au.
Give it time!
You loose your “authority” and “rank”. No ifs, buts or maybes. Start over. Do not make the Top 100 Australian Blogs Index! You should submit your new blog to Technorati as soon as it’s functional.
As mentioned previously, you cannot redirect a Wordpress.com blog (do you feel the pain?)
Start from scratch - “No Data”. Make sure you update your details on Alexa as soon as you have your new blog set up.
Google giveth and Google forgeteth about you There goes a PR of 5. Not a thing you can do - until next update. There’s also the”getting out of the sandbox” issue.
Having to go back through your blog and fix the bits that are missing like images and videos, or broken - images that are now too wide, dodgy formatting and punctuation. Not to forget all the internal links that are still directing to the old blog. At least there’s only a little over 100 posts to revisit . And no, I haven’t gone there yet - they’re not even indexed!
No More Crutch
That’s it you’re on your own. If it’s broken - YOU have to fix it. If it needs to be added - YOU have to add it. No more WordPress category searches, no more Blog of the Day, no more Tag Surfers.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER
Just like when you move house, you should leave a forwarding address (unless you have debt collectors)! Obviously an ideal situation would be to add a permanent redirect so that anyone visiting a post on your domain would automatically be redirected to the corresponding post on your new domain (I’ll get over it).
A suggestion I read was to remove EVERYTHING in your sidebar, and just leave a link to your new blog. I thought about that, but it does have a PR5 - so I’m assuming that the links are beneficial to the blogs I added to my blogroll. No need to take that away.
Blog directories, Blog Communities and Blog Search Engines
In Australia, you should update your blog URL at gnoos, the Australian Index, Australian Blogs and Blogs.com.au. If you’ve submitted your blog elsewhere then you should update there as well. Don’t forget social/networking sites like MySpace, Whooiz, Linkedin, Twitter and Stumbleupon.
If you have a Google Account you could also consider adding Google Analytics and Google Webmaster.
You may well have links to your site seeded all over the place. Some readers will notice that you’ve switched domains and quietly update their blogrolls or link/s to your site - which is really nice. You could think about approaching others with a request to update your link/s.
That’s about all I can think of at the moment - I’m sure there’s more. Any suggestions are extremely welcome
At the end of the day, what I’ve learned is that you really should get it right in the first place. I’m really kicking myself because I’ve had this domain since last year - two months before I started blogging at WordPress. Perhaps I wouldn’t have had the skills to do it back then, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. It really IS a lot of work to make the move.