Meredith asked me a few questions about buying a domain (switching from blogspot.com to .com). I think it is pretty important as we are all bloggers so here is how I did it and my thoughts about it...
My husband and I have been talking about buying a domain for a while but we weren't sure how it would affect the blog. He's an avid fatwallet.com reader and saw a deal for domains (at GoDaddy.com) for $1.50 a year. YES. If you look hard enough and be patient, you can find some great deals on domains!!
We made the plunge (obvi). But it wasn't smooth and easy as we had hoped.
My past comments weren't showing up! They were all at 0 comments. So I made it known on Google's help forum. It looked like I wasn't the only one. A LOT of people were having the same problem as me. The forum administrator made a new forum asking all the bloggers to give them the blogspot.com address, the new .com address, and the date you made the switch. Once I did that, I started seeing my comments come back slowly.. In a week or so, everything was back to normal. I read the forums and checked out other people's blogs and the people who didn't do that didn't get their comments back. I'm not sure what it's like now - like if Google's fixed it by now or if you still have to go through the help forum to get all your comments back. Laura just said she switched and her comments came back after a couple days. But I say search for it in the forums to make sure what you need to do! Some people said they didn't have a problem with it but others did.
Another problem I have is my page rank is at 0. Before with my blogspot.com address, it was at 4. Even after all these months (not sure how long I've had my domain) it's still at 0. I've read that you'll have to build it up again but I'm not sure on the specifics on that and how long it would take after the switch. Anyone have any ideas/suggestions?? You can check your page rank here.
Besides those two problems, nothing much has changed. I still use Blogger for my blog. The only change is the name.
When you do make the switch, whenever you (or anyone) uses your blogspot.com address, they'll be automatically redirected to your new .com address, BUT make sure you add your new website address without the www. (http://clothedmuch.com) to redirect to your .com address (http://www.clothedmuch.com).
If you're buying a domain, do your research first!! Good luck.
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