I am planning on moving my blog to my own domain, so that I can have greater control of theme and layout and links etc, have email opt-ins and a few other functions that are useful. I've read all the posts I could find on moving to .org -- and read the Moving a Blog support post and the domain mapping upgrade info. I still have some questions.
1. Do my links transfer with export / import procedure? The links are an important part of my blog and took a lot of time to create.
2. I've read that if I'm planning a move, it's useful to upgrade to domain mapping on my .com site first. But I'm hosting my domain on HostGator. I've just changed my domain nameservers to point to HostGator. If I upgrade and point my domain to my wp.com site instead, as it instructs, does that serve any useful purpose now? I wasn't quite clear on the advantages listed of upgrading before moving to .org.
3. It would be terrific if I could post to both my .org and .com sites at the same time -- effectively create a mirror site (without what's not allowed) on the .com side, to be part of this great community. Is that possible?
Thank you for your help, .com posters!
The blog I need help with is healthemoney.wordpress.com.