"When are you moving to your own domain and hosting?"
That's what Vin over at Dummies Guide to Google Blogger Beta asked me yesterday.
It's a question I ask myself nearly every day, especially since Wordpress 2.2 has come out with a new version that claims to make importing Blogger/Blogspot posts a breeze.
However, having worked in the technology department of a major corporation over the years, I've seen the kind of pressure developers are put under firsthand to get upgrades out to the public without sufficient time to test some of them.
Heck, as a software quality assurance tester, I liked to call the users that we rolled new upgrades out to my "beta testers."
So I'm not one to easily follow the crowd, jumping on new bandwagons only to regret it later. But being a Taurean, I know I can be slow to change at times, and I'm weighing my options.
My New Dot Coms
I've even bought a couple of dot com names from Cheap Names, a site I learned about from BlogPaul.
But the PaulaNealMooney.com one is merely redirected back here for now, till I resolve the following issues in my head about ditching the blogspot URL and either switching to a custom domain hosted on Blogger, or the new Wordpress 2.2:
Pros to Keeping the Blogspot Domain and Blogger Platform
- Domain Name Age. The http://paulamooney.blogspot.com will be a 2-year-old come this December 2007, and domain name age is important. Google looks at the age of your domain name to determine when to get it out of the sandbox.
- My Pagerank is Growing. Google Pagerank is an important thing when it comes to getting good advertisers and paid blogging opportunities. The more quality sites link to you, the better your pagerank. As of this writing, my pagerank is 5, and although some people claim that all your backlinks and pagerank will follow you to a new domain, I hear it can take a long time. Either way, I'd really love to keep my backlinks from Darrew Rowse, John Chow and others...
- Technorati Doesn't Consolidate the Ranking of Both Sites. Technorati ranking is another important factor when it comes to figuring out the importance of a blog. Blessedly, my blog now sits around a rank of 2,000 out of 77 million blogs. Say I did switch all my blog posts over to PaulaNealMooney.com, and people started linking to that URL. Right now, as Jason Neuman once discovered, the links to my old URL and new links to my new URL would be counted separately on Technorati. This would do me no good.
- Good Google Juice on Blogger.Okay, this point is mere blogosphere speculation, but it makes sense to assume that Blogger, owned by Google, would get the best Google Juice and search-engine listings. Besides, I just love the way my Google Blogger stuff is all nice and neat under the same spot as my Gmail, Adsense, Webmaster and all my other Google accounts.
- Blogspot Blogs Can Grow in Popularity. Just look at Frank Warren's Post Secret, sitting proudly at #8, right beneath Arrianna Huffington, whom I've thankfully got another link coming from. True, Frank admirably doesn't run any ads on his Blogspot blog, nor does the Official Google Blog sitting on a blogspot URL, but that giant doesn't need to.
- But popular Singapore blogger Wendy Cheng, who writes Xiaxue (on a blogspot URL!), gets around 10,000 - 20,000 visitors a day and blogs full-time, living off advertising revenue from her blog and other writings. Wendy runs ads on that site, and sells pixels for $18.75 USD per square. Not too shabby for a "blogspot" blog...
- The Import from Blogger/Blogspot to Wordpress 2.2 has problems. Like any new release, the new import from blogger to WP 2.2 sounds fraught with issues. Judging from the comments at the end of blog posts like this asking for feedback, people are having problems with the import. I'll stay out of the fray and let the beta testers -- I mean, general public -- work them out.
- I Know the Blogger Platform In and Out.I just love Google's Blogger. I know the software in and out. I'm used to it. I played around with Wordpress a bit, but came running back to Blogger like a sure and faithful husband waiting at home. I really don't want to spend my nights learning another platform inside and out right now. I want to braid my hair. I want to watch The View and Oprah.
Cons Against Keeping the Blogspot URL and Blogger Platform
Happily Stuck...For Now
So, that's mostly it. My reasons for happily staying on my blogspot URL for the time being, until that day that in a surge of techie delight, I get up in the middle of the night and transfer the whole "Schmeil, schmazel, hossenfeifer incorporated..." to a dot com that's not hosted for free.
Tell me what you all think:
1 - Were you a blogspot blogger with a PR of at least 5 that transferred to WP 2.2?
2- How long did it take your pagerank to update?
3 - What was your Technorati ranking before and now?
4 - Did all your backlinks follow you?
5 - Are your advertising opportunities better now?
Inquiring blogspot bloggers want to know!