Do you lose stats if you upgrade to regular domain?
Hey. If you do the upgrade and take the domain – going from tvfury.wordpress.com to tvfury.com – would our stats all reset or would they stay up to date with all the past ones? Just wouldn’t want to lose things like most-read posts, all-time search terms, etc. Also, do old links connect to the site if you upgrade. If someone finds a link online, will it redirect to the site even if the official name no longer includes the wordress.com part? Thanks for the answers to probably basic questions.
The blog I need help with is tvfury.wordpress.com.
If your blog is going to continue to be free hosted by WordPress.com then no you do not lose stats. Yes the links will redirect to the new domain URLs. 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).
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