A couple of months ago I pointed my most successful blog to my own domain so instead of xxx.blogspot.com(etc) my blog is now myowndomain.com(etc).
The blog looks over populated to me and I find that WP has more templates to work with. when I reduce the stuff on the front page it just looks weird. Wordpress templates have a cleaner look so even if you have only one or two items on the front page it still looks great.
The question is: If I export my blog to Wordpress (my own hosting account) will I lose traffic?
Yes. Currently your "host" is Google blogger. Since their CMS (content management system) is blogspot, you can't replicate that design on Wordpress.
You'd have to import all your posts from Blogspot into Wordpress (fairly easy to do) but you'd lose all the age on them (just like if you deleted something off HP and put it on your blog.)
You may be able to do something like changing the URL of each WP page to match the URL of what it was on blogspot, but I don't know much about that and how Google would view that... wonder if anyone else knows?
Thanks Susannah, I thought as much but wasn't sure.
I changed my website that was created in 2001 to a different url in 2008. It still hasn't recovered. I was actually earning $300 a month and now only earn around $100, All links pointing to it from the old url don't count and neither does the aging.
This was just my experience. For someone else, it may be different. There may have been other factors involved that I am not aware of also.
Not a dumb question at all.
Yes, you may lose some traffic because you'll lose some of the age and reputation of your blogspot blog.
What you need to do is 301 redirect your .blogspot to your new Wordpress blog.
http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/ … -rankings/
There is also a plugin you can use to redirect, though I must say I don't understand how a plugin on Wordpress can redirect posts on Blogger - but worth looking into:
http://wordpress.org/plugins/seo-blogge … edirector/
Yes, redirect from Blogspot to WP could be one option. I guess the traffic would be least affected by that way. Redirect option is available in Blogspot's settings section. Anyone coming to your blog will automatically be redirected to your WP URL.
Definitely not a dumb question. I am not qualified to answer, but it looks like you have some good ones already. I just wanted to say I'm on wordpress and think its great. I was on wordpress.com and switched to wordpress.org just recently so could monetize it. I love the theme options and have been able to get a lot of questions answered in the wordpress forums as well as the forum my theme's designer set up.
I would imagine it would be hard when you already have a traffic coming to take the risk of moving it, but it may be better in the end. Hopefully you'll get a lot of good advice here.
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