I've been on the wordpress.com for awhile now and am considering transferring to either wordpress.org self hosted, or using domain mapping / hosted by wordpress.com
I've read several other posts and it seems that ranking will reset as whether I am self-hosted, or using mapping, the new site will be myblogexample.com and hence a new site altogether.
My question is if I decide to use mapping first, and then move to self hosted later, will this hurt rankings again? It won't cut incoming links I am guessing as the domain name would actually still be the same (?)
Or I am better off going to self hosted right off the bat, and importing all content, and marking off myblog.wordpress.com as "officially moved here" to prevent duplicate content? I am still interested in keeping my wordpress.com account to keep up with the blogs I subscribe to and surf other blogs.