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What are the pros and cons of registering/adding a domain to my blog?

  1. For example, will my SEO be effected? Will all the widgets work the same way? Will there be any broken links? Will my wordpress followers still be subscribed?

    What else should I consider?

  2. Only one thing will change and that's the URL. For more read you can read Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading
    Benefits laid out here > Do I Need a Domain? http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/04/02/do-i-need-a-domain/

    You have two choices re: domain mapping.

    1. I do not own a domain name yet
    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

    2. I already own a domain name
    If you would like to use your domain name purchased elsewhere and map from your free hosted wordpress.com blog to it, then you will first need to set up domain mapping. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    After you make the domain mapping purchase here > Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades and do the primary blog set up it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

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