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Adding domain, a few questions.

  1. How will adding a new domain affect my blog?
    I mean
    1 What about the links? Will viewers be redirected to the new blog address or I'll have to get a site redirect upgrade too?
    2 What about the rank? The google page rank of my blog is 3 now. If I add the domain will it be 0?
    3 Will about stat counter? Will wordpress count my stats as 0?
    4 What about transfer? Will I be able to transfer it to a new host in the future?(If wordpress made more stupid changes in the future) (If I add godaddy domain.)
    I've read articles about it but these questions are confusing me. Your help will be appreciated. Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is itspak.wordpress.com.

  2. I just bought my domain in Sep. You have to do the domain mapping or if someone tries to go to the old WP link, they will get a 404 not found error.

    There is normally about a 6 month slow down period – I didn’t look to see if my blog dropped down to zero for its Google page rank. I had my best month in Jan, so it was about a 5 month slow down for me.

    Your stats will remain as is, they don’t revert back to zero.

    From what I read here, it is easier to keep WP for the domain if you move and just point the nameservers to where your site will be. I have the same question as you – what happens if WP keeps doing crazy things.

    Although the old pages should be re-indexed with the new domain at this point, I do know I posted links on other sites. If someone clicks on those old links and there is no domain mapping, they won’t land on my site. I don’t know how it would work pulling my site elsewhere and needing the domain mapping if I don’t want anything left on WP.

  3. Thanks for your words. But if I buy a site redirect will search engines refer traffic to my new address? I mean from xyz.wordpess.com to xyz.com. Is there a site redirect upgrade available for this?

  4. Yes, it will. The site redirect is called domain mapping (I think that part was like $12, not sure of the exact amount though). If someone types in xyz.wordpress.com, the mapping will send them to xyz.com.

  5. The reason we purchase domain mapping is so that all the URLs from the .wordpress.com root blog when clicked seamlessly redirect to the same content in the post under the new domain URLs.

    The pagerank and authority the blog earned was earned by the .wordpress.com URLs and belongs to them. It’s not transferable. so what that means is the domain starts from zero. In about 4 – 6 months time the content will all be re-indexed by search engines under the domain URLs and all things being equal the blog will probably have the same pagerank and authority it had prior to purchasing domain mapping. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/register-domain/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/register-domain/

    If you do not renew your domain mapping then all those domain URL’s are broken and the blog reverts to the old .wordpress.com URLs. Then all those broken links are there for months until the search engines like Google index them again under the .wordpress.com URLs and clear their caches (3 – 6 months).

  6. You own your domain for as long as your renew it and it is movable. if you’ve registered your domain through WordPress.com and now want it to point to a blog or website hosted elsewhere then you can do this by updating the nameservers. The nameservers control where traffic for the domain goes using DNS. If you are moving from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, you can enter the nameservers provided by your web hosting company to switch your domain to their hosting service.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-nameservers

  7. 3 Will about stat counter? Will wordpress count my stats as 0?

    No. There will be no reversion to zero that stats will simply continue. If you move to self hosting in the future then you will can install Jetpack.

  8. Great!
    I was looking for someone like you. :) Many many thanks to you timethief.

    . In about 4 – 6 months time the content will all be re-indexed by search engines under the domain URLs and all things being equal the blog will probably have the same pagerank

    So when I will map the domain, search engines will not recognize it? Search rank will be lost. The posts which I have on left top will be hidden? I thought them to be still there and when someone click that post then it will be redirected to new url. If there are so many complications then why you always suggest "Add your own domain" in your 25 points article? ARG I don't wanna start it from nothing.

  9. Not zero but my today's stat will start from 0. This is not a good thing. Why should I map domain to reduce or totally block my traffic?

  10. So when I will map the domain, search engines will not recognize it?

    Not true and not what I said. It takes time for reindexing of the same content under the original URLs to the domain URLs to be done.

    Search rank will be lost.

    The otifinal URLs earned whatever backlinks and pagerank they achieved. I repeat what I have already said. Authoirty, backlinks and pagerank are not transferable. The domain starts from 0. There is no way around this. In about 4 months times, all things remaining equal the domain will probably have the same pagerank that the .wordpress.com sub-domain had.

    The posts which I have on left top will be hidden? I thought them to be still there and when someone click that post then it will be redirected to new url.

    I repeat the reason we purchase domain mapping is so that all the URLs from the .wordpress.com root blog when clicked seamlessly redirect to the same content in the post under the new domain URLs. That's what domain mapping does. That's the reason we buy it.

  11. Edit: "otifinal" was meant to be "original"

  12. Are you saying that only my page rank will be lost? And traffic will be same as it is now?
    So after 5 months will it start from 3 or it will include the betterment in that period?
    I'm confused now cause Kelly was saying that my links in search engines will be dead and have 404 error. And I should get a site redirect upgrade too. And you're saying that they will auto direct.
    Will those who click the link itspak.wordpress.com/blah-blah/ from search engines will redirect to itspak.com/blah-blah/ ?
    Sorry for so many questions but I'm quite confused.

  13. @hnsaifi, I meant that if you do not do the domain mapping, your links would be dead.

  14. Are you saying that only my page rank will be lost? And traffic will be same as it is now?

    Why would any traffic be lost? As I have explained above more than once, everyone clicking the original .wordpress.com URL anywhere on tghe internet will be seamlessly directed to the new domain URL. That's what domain mapping is for and what it does.

  15. So after 5 months will it start from 3 or it will include the betterment in that period?

    That all depends on how good you are at link building, how frequently you publish, and how many backlinks the content you publish receives.

    Pageranking factors:
    These are the positive factors that Google’s algorithm takes into consideration:
    1. Keyword Use In Title Tag
    2. Global Link Popularity Of The Site
    3. Anchor Text Of Incoming Links
    4. Link Popularity Within The Site
    5. Age Of The Site

    These are the negative factors that Google’s algorithm takes into consideration:

    1. Server Is Often Inaccessible To Googlebot
    2. Content Which Is Very Similar Or Duplicate to Existing Content On The Web
    3. External Links To Low Quality Sites
    4. Participation In Link Schemes or Actively Selling Links
    5. Duplicate Meta Tags On More Pages

  16. And I should get a site redirect upgrade too

    .
    No.

    And you're saying that they will auto direct.

    Yes and I have now said that several times. I repeat the reason we purchase domain mapping is so that all the URLs from the .wordpress.com root blog when clicked seamlessly redirect to the same content in the post under the new domain URLs. That's what domain mapping does. That's the reason we buy it.

  17. oops! I'm sorry I left tags open above.

    Will those who click the link itspak.wordpress.com/blah-blah/ from search engines will redirect to itspak.com/blah-blah/ ?

    Yes!

  18. Thank you so much TT. I'm quite new so sorry for not understanding it quickly. Thanks for the tips too.

    Participation In Link Schemes or Actively Selling Links

    Does this include blog aggregater too? I

  19. I always write a sentence then select the sentence and then quote it, to avoid any type of typo. I almost never had this error. :)

  20. Write meant for copy/paste.

  21. Read Google Webmasters Link schemes section very carefully. It applies to all sites aggregators too.

  22. Thanks for spending your precious time. May you live long.

  23. In the past in the Off-Topic Forum I explained reciprocal linking. Simply stated reciprocal links are based on an agreement by two sites (two way) to link to each other. Reciprocal linking is often used by small sites as a way to increase Web site traffic and link popularity. However, if you plan to enter such arrangements then it’s important to understand the implications and the realities. If your posts and site get a lot of reciprocal (two-way links), especially if they are not related then the search engines will assume that these are solicited links, and search engines do not give much importance to such two-way or reciprocal links and may even penalize your site.

  24. If you enter a two-way reciprocal linking agreement with a site that sells links then Google may panalize your site. In fact when I answered questions on another blogging forum where most bloggers were Blogger (blogpsot) bloggers what I experienced is that their sites were banned by Google for that practice. Their sites were also for click fraud.

  25. edit: "panalize" was meant to be "penalize"
    edit: I left out a word above: "Their sites were also banned for click fraud."

  26. Thanks TT for explaining it further. And I was stupidly going to purchase traffic from alexa.

  27. @hnsaifi, interesting that you should mention that. Apparently, buying traffic is even suggested by WordPress.com. See here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    Pay for traffic to your site
    Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.05 per visit. If you’ve just published a great post and you really want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get the ball rolling.

    Companies that are looking for broader distribution of their posts, including getting their content in front of journalists, may want to try services from companies such as PR Newswire.

  28. Does this mean giving your paid ads to the outside wordpress is also included in it.
    In the contest here either TT is wrong or wordpress (Or it's me).

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