WordPress.com and .org, The best time to switch
I’ve started this blog on wordpress.com to test waters. When would be a good time to switch to wordpress.org if I want to advertise?
This blog was started with hopes of making some side money. First I wanted to see on .com if I can build followers. That takes time, research and patience. Would it help if I started advertising immediately and switch to .org now? I haven’t switched yet because a new blog host would be an investment and I’m still low on personal funds to take a risk.
Does anyone suggest I wait until I have more followers in case I don’t end up succeeding in popularity?
The blog I need help with is housewifingaround.wordpress.com.
IMHO the best time to switch is when you have the skills required to mantain a wordpress.ORG install. To see what required and what the process is please see here. > Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/
It’s my experience that when does have domain mapping which creates a seamless transfer from wordpress.com blog URLs to the domain URLs you will retain most followers. However, wordpress.com SEO is far more powerful than what can be achieved on a stand alone wordpress.ORG install. The wordpress.com community via global tag pages do provide traffic and some become followers. My experience is that the blog I moved a successful blog off wordpress.COm to a self hosted install. It never recovered the traffic flow it had when it was free hosted here by wordpress.com, and believe me when I say that I worked hard through social networks to create a traffic flow to it.
Regarding moving a blog simply for the purpose of making some income from advertsising allow me to be blunt. Please note the WordPress.com AdControl program referred to in the support documentation entry below.
We have a feature called Ad Control that lets WordPress.com bloggers with a lot of traffic (generally 25,000 pageviews/month or more) and appropriate content turn on AdSense and Skimlinks for their blog and split the resulting revenues 50/50 with us. If you’d like to apply to try Ad Control, please use the form below to send us a message. http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
If your blog does not have the amount of traffic in that entry prior to moving it then moving it will not result in much income at all. Google Adsense does not send out a check until the income made from ad clickers hits $100. US. This can take 6 months or longer to happen. If your blog is not popular and your traffic does not hit those figures prior to moving it then you will be lucky if you make enough to cover your annual web hosting costs after moving it.
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