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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Advantages of Custom Domain for New Blogger

I have used Google Blogger (blogspot.com) for years and have been very happy so far. Google Blogger is extremely generous. Now Google Blogger have become even more generous by introducing New Blogger Custom Domain which allows you to register your own domain names so that you can have a URL which is your very own property (not a sub-domain of Blogger) and do not have the .blogspot.com at the end of the URL of your blog. Not only that, Blogger will host the blog for you for free!!!!

Of course you can chose to host your blog on your own, probably using a third party web host, but you will have to pay hosting fees, worry about getting a reliable web host with proper security, etc., getting enough bandwidth and if not sufficient for the amount of traffic your blog receive, pay for more bandwidth, get a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software to publish your posts via FTP, forced to use the old classic Blogger template and not the New Blogger template and thus miss out on all the new features that New Blogger has to offer, and a host of problems I would like to avoid.

I have stuck to using Blogger's sub-domain for up till now and you can read why at Why I never use custom domain (click BACK button to get back to this page). However, a recent discussion with another blogger budge me into registering some domain names.

Reasons:

1. I have been struggling with the question as to what happens to my blogs and all the hard work I put into them when the time comes when I am no longer able to update and maintain my blogs. None of my children has indicated any interest in taking over, and if they had, the interest was lukewarm.

2. With my own domains, they can choose to either continue with it or put it up for sale if it has good PageRank, have regular visitors and drawing good traffic. I was told John Chow's blog was either offered or sold for millions. I am not exactly aiming to become a millionaire, but becoming one is not going to hurt.

3. People have more respect for a top domain like

bloggerfordummies.com

rather than a sub-domain like

bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com

It is rather like using your home address rather a real business address for your business. Now the PageRank of this blog is a very respectable PageRank 6 at the time of publishing, but the problem is the PageRank belongs to blogspot.com rather than to me. With your own domain names, the PageRank will belong to you and not to Blogger.

So don't be surprised when you start seeing my blogs using my own domain names rather than sub-domains of blogspot.com. When I do so, I hope to remember to put a link here to how I did them.

35 comments:

  1. Peter,it's good to see your blogspot blog has a PR6 but if you eventually switch to your own domain, you will have to start all over again to get back your pagerank. I experienced that with my The NextPost blog after switching from blogspot to own domain, but now it has also attained a PR6 after several months of blogging. It means it's better to change early rather than later.

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  2. BTW, did you notice that non-blogspot users now cannot leave their URL address when they make comments? I remember you can choose OTHER and leave your URL address before. This is not a good move by Blogger to antagonize bloggers from other platforms who may want to place a comment on a Blogger blog. If you are not a Blogger user, you can only fill in NICKNAME or ANONYMOUS, http address is out. This is discouraging.

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  3. Hi Markk,

    Maybe it is I who is the guilty one who pester for OTHER to be removed. Instead of removing, looks like they don't give you that option to put in a link.

    Reason why I pestered them? It can be abused. Under the old system, if you choose "Anybody", I can leave a nasty or defamatory comment that seem to come from someone I want to harm. See What to do when you accidentally delete a comment or want to edit a comment

    Concerned Malaysian Blog*Star
    Pray for Malaysia
    (proud to be the only Malaysian Blog*Star among a small handful, most in US and 2 in Canada)

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  4. "if you eventually switch to your own domain, you will have to start all over again to get back your pagerank."

    I have been thinking of that but there may be a way to overcome what you say is a problem. Just no time to do it yet.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Natural Remedies

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  5. I'm all for people to comment on my blog. Blogger has the Delete bin to wipe out any unsavoury comments. Previously, if I'm a WordPress user I can leave a comment under OTHER and also leave my blog's URL address. Now I'm reading complaints from WordPress readers that they hate BLogger's Comment where they are required to sign up. I'm sure Blogger is capable of creating a more user-friendly comment interface not only for Blogger users but also for users from other platforms. The present situation is not good. It's driving away blog readers who want to comment on Blogger blogs. Beats me why Blogger can't be like WordPress's Comment interface.

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  6. Well Markk,

    I don't know about you, but I would certainly hate to have someone make a comment that appear to come from me. It can be his own blog over which he has complete control and he can choose not to delete the misleading comment, report to the authorities and get me into trouble. As you yourself as a Malaysian knows, we can easily get framed that way and get charged, detained and I don't know what else. For example, I can start a blog, make a seditious comment, link it to your profile, report you to the police, and you get jailed. Do you want that?

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

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  7. Hi Peter, did someone write something to that effect? And that's why you're now being cautious? Whoever did that must be a moron. You have got one of the most friendly blogs around..and very helpful.

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  8. Hi Makk,

    Thanks for calling me a moron. Unfortunately that feature is no longer available for Blogger, for otherwise I will request you to set your comment to allow anyone to comment and demonstrate something to you. I have done that before, but obviously cannot do it now.

    I am restraining myself from calling you something which I may regret.

    Concerned Malaysian Blog*Star
    Blog for Positive Changes
    (not a "polical" but forced to become one because of circumstances)

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  9. Just to make sure we are talking about the same thing, I am talking about the ability for one to comment as if someone else is making that comment. That was before Blogger remove that possibility, maybe because of my pestering.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  10. LOL, I didn't call you a moron, Peter. You must have misread my comment. I was given the impression that some readers were giving you problems in their comments. And I called them "moron". Just to be clear, it wasn't addressed to you. Maybe I should have phrased the sentence in a clearer manner. Sorry about that.

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  11. OK Makk,

    Perhaps I misread your latest comment. But your first comment was about Blogger making a discouraging move by taking away the option to put a name and then add a URL and that it is not a good move. I said it IS a good move and explain why it is a good move. You reference to someone writing something to that effect gave me the impression that someone publish a post detailing why Blogger doing that is a good move and that person is a moron. We will just leave it at that.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger

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  12. Thanks for the understanding. You have been doing very good services with your tips and tricks for Blogger users. Keep it up.

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  13. Good tips and good collection of stuff on yr blog...
    I recently id the same thing....
    and even though it did impacted my Page rank but im sure it will be back to what it was once the people start linking again

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  14. I found your post great and informative. Thank you and have a great day!

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  15. and as i know that your old visitor will never leave you when you change into custom domain as long as you're still using google as your host. google will redirect them all.

    i'm doing the custom domain now.
    you may check my site at :
    http://www.bestdigitalgadget.com

    more than that, when you register at godaddy.com, you'll be able to redirect your subdomain to. there are 50 subdomain available from godaddy (if i'm not mistaken).

    oh man, the more heaven from blogger.

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  16. Read both your articles. I'd go for a custom domain cos it all boils down to ownership of intellectual property. Registered mine but have some issues redirecting it to the domain. Some CNAME issues. So i'm still stuck with blogspot at this moment. Cheers

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  17. I solved that problem by repetitively switching from custom domain to blogspot and back again.

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  18. I have thought of buying my own domain through Blogger. But I do not see any advantage as firstly,I would have to pay fees both for new domain and too join Google apps.Second,Blogger features are easier to use as well,and my sites are so well known. That if I canged the url,I would have to start again,trying to promote my new web address to get indexed in search engines.Rearly there is NO REAL advanted in moving from Blogger,as Blogger gives you so much freedom to customise your blogs as if it was your own site. Andrea.

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  19. Yes if the blogspot is already many years old with many inbound links and able to be found by search engines plus good page rank, it is difficult to switch over to custom domain. However, it is only a momentary problem.

    Example, after I switch blogger-tricks.blogspot.com to www.bloggertipsandtricks.com/, I lost a good Page Rank, and although initially, it didn't affect traffic because Blogger helped redirect traffic, a few weeks later, I lost 1/3 of my traffic from a help page for I think 2 or more months, but now it is back to normal again.

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  20. Hello Peter
    We are planning to move from blogspot to custom domain by google. But i have one question, what will happen to the followers we have in blogspot?

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  21. The follower gadget wasn't available at the time I switched to custom domain, so not sure, but I suspect you will lose your follower as that depend on the URL followers used to follow your blog.

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  23. Is that true you lose blogger features and gadgets if you change to a custom domain?

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  24. I recently moved my blog from a church website to my own blog on blogger.com. I wanted to move some comments that had been made about my blog that were written on the website to my new blog. I copied the comments and pasted them on my site, but it shows me to be the "commenter". Is there a way to be able to write in the author's name of the comments?

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  25. Will using a custom domain hurt my chances of being indexed? i see a ton of blogspot urls indexed in my searches with high ranks. Does using a custom url hurt oyur chances of google hitting your site?

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  26. No guarantee but here is my experience with custom domain:

    Effect of conversion to custom domain on traffic

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  27. I like your collection of fact but once your blog is change to custom domain name there must be a way to link back your visitors to help you get back your page rank
    Learn how to blog for money

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  28. Now, I have been thinking about whether to self-host a domain using namepad dot com, or to upgrade to Blogger custom domain, or to remain blogspot dot com blogger, or to even stop blogging.

    Before taking a decision, I think I should know certain things:

    1. If I upgrade to Blogger custom domain, what becomes of my templates, links, and Facebook fan page likes?

    2. Blogspot.com is often derided as having many limitations, but will an upgrade to a Blogger custom domain remove those limitations?

    Help!

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  29. Templates, archives, will remain the same. All links bearing the old blogspot URLs will be automatically redirected to new custom domain so you wouldn't lose visitors from old links and search engines till they eventually get changed in the search engines. Upgrade to custom domain will not change any limitation except you can create subdomains easily.

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  30. Hello Dear Peter, I am Gurjit Singh, a part time blogger. Recently i have created a new wordpress selp hosted blog for my friend. It has only one post, but its alexa rank is increasing more fast than my own blog...i think .com or custom domains also have more alexa rank.
    You can check my blog: World Tricks

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  31. For Sorry to Disappoint - not true

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  32. Pavan @(pavanh)
    Hi Peter,

    I started my blogging with subdomain and now i moved to custom domain
    i just wanted to ask you on moving from subdomain to custom , whatever backlinks which were achieved from subdomain will it be lost or redirected to custom domain

    Waiting for your reply

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  34. Pavan you will not have any problem. Blogger will redirect all the old blogspot url to your new custom domain url

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