Do I have to update all links manually if I change the domain on my blog?
I want to change the custom domain name for the above blog. Since I started the blog, I’ve given it a specific name, and want to use this domain for other purposes. I already have the new domain registered, so it’s just a matter of using it for this blog. My question is, will I have to manually update all links, one by one? I link a lot between blog posts, so this would be a truly time consuming task.
Please note: I’m not asking about going between hollyworton.wordpress.com and hollyworton.com. I’m talking about changing from hollyworton.com to ready2bloom.com…two non-Wordpress domains.
Thanks so much in advance!!
The blog I need help with is hollyworton.com.
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/
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).
You can remove the domain mapping upgrade currently in place but if you do then all the links will revert back to the .wordpress.com URLs and all indexed links will produce 404 (page not found) broekn links errors. It will take about 3 – 6 months time for Google to clear their cache.
You can purchase another domain mapping upgrade and apply it to that same .wordpress.com sub-domain blog. However, then there will be 3 sets of links pointing to the same content and first two sets of links to indexed content will be broken 404 (page not found) links for at least 3 – 6 months.
Thanks. I always used domain mapping, so the wordpress.com links aren’t an issue. And I don’t care about problems with search engine links and waiting for re-indexing with the new domain. I’m just concerned about having to redirect the links within my blog posts…which from what I understand won’t be a problem? Not sure if my question is clear?
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