I'm thinking of buying the domain and domain mapping here on wp.com (the $15/year option) and have a few questions. I did search the forum and still I'm left with some question unanswered.
1. from what I understand, after I've bought the new domain (say walkingbetween.com) and put my blog there, all visits to my original posts will be redirected to walkingbetween.com and the address bar will show walkingbetween.com/10/27/mypost instead of the original url. And this will go on forever (the old urls will always work). Is that correct?
2. Will this redirection help my new url's Google PageRank or I will have to start from 0? My current url has a PR 5. With all the traffic redirected to the new url, will it boost the new url's PageRank? Is there anything else I can do to help my new url's PR? Shall I ask everyone who links me on their blogroll to change the url, or does it make any difference since it will be redirected anyway?
3. I understand the old feed URLs will continue to work. Other than asking people to manually change their feed reader to point to walkingbetween.com/feed, there is not much I can do, is there? I also have FeedBurner subscribers for that all I need to do is to "edit feed details" on FeedBurner My Feed page, correct?
That's a lot questions. Thank you in advance to anyone who cares to answer.