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Domain Mapping with WP.com Site & Google Ranking

  1. Hi,

    I was wondering when you choose to have your WP.com site mapped to your own domain, does this affect your Google page rankings? I am not a 'techie' and am not sure how changing to a mapped domain will affect my site and Google ranking, searches etc, if at all.

    Thank you!

    Melody @ http://designerdirection.wordpress.com

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

  2. domain mapping - > http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    does this affect your Google page rankings/

    Yes it does and that's why I recommend getting a domain from the get go. For a complete explanation of why that is please read the first 4 paragraphs in this post > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/06/26/how-and-why-to-get-your-own-domain/

  3. Thanks Timethief. Wow the site is great!

    A quick question - do you think it is more worthwhile to selfhost or simply have my existing WP.com hosted site domain mapped? At the moment I am happy with the theme that I am using, love the SEO with WP.com and my only concern is that I will lose my page ranking etc

    Would love to know your thoughts on this as it's kinda doing me head in and I don't know which way to turn :(

  4. google page ranks will start from zero, with your new domain, like the situation in my end. Also the new 301 permanent redirects in wordpress.com (http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/making-redirects-permanent/) will remove (not instantly) your old blog links from the search results when you start using the other one. Make sure you are going to retain the domain, else if you drop the domain, then your paid domain links are dead, and your wordpress.com default is not indexed.

  5. Whether you move to an independently-hosted blog or stay here, you start again from zero when you change domains. Overall, you have more SEO here, so my advice is to stay here. There is no domain/SEO related reason to move.

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