Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Moving from Blogspot to Custom Domain

Hello friends.  How's it going?  Me I am doing well.  I've been tweaking this old blog again.  For one I have been messing with my side bar.  I don't use a test blog which is probably not smart but totally how I roll.  I often wonder if anyone ever is on my page when I am tweaking and sees how many weird issues I have.  Like when little html gadgets are huge and taking up half the blog.  

The biggest thing I have done is I made the jump from a blogspot address to a .com.  I purchased my Domain name.  If you are reading this in a reader than you wouldn't notice but if you are on my page take a look up there it says  No more blogspot in my address.  How fun.  

There are several different ways to purchase your domain name and several options for hosting.  So many that I can't even pretend to know the best option for anybody.  There is a lot of information out there for you to make the best decision for yourself.

I found out that the easiest thing for me was to purchase my domain name through blogger.  Really it was more like a small step than a jump.  Blogger makes it so easy for you.  It does have a small cost though, $10 a year.  For me the joy my blog brings me is worth it.  The other benefit to me was blogger still hosts your blog for free so I did not have to learn any new program.  I still log into Blogger and everything looks the same in the background.  Blogger does what I need it to do right now.  As my blog grows that may change but one thing at a time.

How do you do it? 
From your Blogger dashboard go to settings, about the middle of the page is publishing, underneath it says add a Custom Domain.  Click on that and it will walk you through the process. 

After you go through the steps expect it to take up to three days for everything to be complete.  Of course it took all of those three days before my old blogspot address redirected to the .com.  I was starting to sweat it but I read that it can take that long so I just had to tell myself not to worry til day four.

So the obvious questions are what happens to followers, subscribers, pinterest, facebook, AdSense.........

That's the best part.  People are automatically redirected to the new address and all my old posts are still available.  I kept my followers, pinterest traffic and I didn't have to do anything extra for AdSense either.  

So why did I do it?  I recently met a sweet gal who used to have a blog.  She asked me if I owned my domain name and when I told her no she told me a story.  Basically she had grown her blog to 1500 followers.  She did not register her blogs domain name and someone else did.  Okay so I was terrified.  Blue Roof Cabin is my name.  It's my home, my blog, and now my business no one else can have it.  I am emotionally attached to the name.  So I came home read up on it and made the decision.  Honestly I hadn't been seriously thinking about it until then because I thought it would be harder to do than it is.  It was one of those things I would get to eventually.

Some benefits I read about for making the switch included appearing more professional.  For me I love other blogspot blogs when I see one I see my peeps but others say the majority find .coms to seem more professional.  Not everyone is familiar with blogs which is crazy talk I say, but it's true. I guess I have seen this with people I know.  They say oh you have a website? and when I say it's a blog they go "a blog?? oh." (insert confused face)  Or when you tell them the blog address and get to the blogspot part their eyes glaze over. is just easier.  Then there's owning your domain name. Mine mine mine. 

Some cons on switching include a drop in blog ranking and search engine traffic.  Most people said that that only lasted 6 months or so.  

Overall I'm happy with the switch and it went smoothly for me.  So many of us are figuring things out as we go so I thought I'd share.  If any issues come up I will let you know.

So have you been thinking about it?  Anything to add?

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Gretchen said...

My .com address was already being used so I bought the .net address which I will need to renew every year. Thanks so much for addressing this Mimi because I don't think a lot of people know about it yet.

MixedMolly said...

It's a good move for you! You'll be glad you did it.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Thanks Mini...I had been thinking about doing it. Your post gave me the confidence I needed to go ahead. I'm excited!

Katie Goldsworthy said...

I just switched today. Hopefully it is smooth sailing!

So far, so good.


Ros said...

Thanks for this information I am switching over

Full Circle Creations said...

Congrats Mimi! I've thought about it but haven't even looked into it yet. Thanks for the info!


Patti said...

I bought a domain name last summer through a different site than blogger, even though I am a blogger. My website is currently hosted through my iWeb, but come the end of June I'll have to find another host, so I'll most likely make the switch to where I purchased my domain name last summer.
So many things to think about & it can be so confusing.......but has been VERY good at helping me so far to make the switches I've already done!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Yay Mimi!
One thing I can add is that I recommend that you sign up for the following sites. (I did a long time ago)
get your handle @twitter (I tried to find Debbie Reynolds, and would you believe there already was one, and the real debbie reynolds has to be debbie reynolds1
There are actually many blogs called My Repurposed Life, but they don't have the url.
I have .net and .org I WANT .com but it's taken. I hope they let it lapse.
Just my suggestions to anyone who wants to protect their brand.


Petticoat Junktion said...

Hi Mimi, when I started blogging a year ago I bought my domain name through Simply because I had heard of it. I don't know if blogger had the option for custom domain then. I am learning as I go. I did it because I think it's more professional. Now I have to do what Gail suggested and look into Wordpress, etc. thanks for the good info. Kathy

Yashodhan Walimbe said...

Interesting Mimi..!! :-)

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