Sunday, June 05, 2011

Apprehensions regarding shift to custom domain - my response

A recent reader expression of apprehension of converting blogspot blog to custom domain is the reason for this post. Worries about the effect of conversion to custom domain is very understandable as it involved a change in URL of the blog. What I can offer is my own experience in custom domain conversion and address one particular concern, does the old URL (including the old permalinks) redirect to the new custom domain URL's.

For traffic, I have published a previous post Effect of conversion to custom domain on traffic where I showed that it had no effect on traffic on my blog (please note the emphasis. I do not guarantee the same for yours). Further in that same post, a commentator complained that it affected traffic to his blog tremendously, but probably he registered his domain direct via Godaddy while I did it via Blogger. see Advice: upgrade to custom domain via Blogger.

Now to the other point about redirecting traffic. Below are 3 permalinks with new custom domain permalinks and below that are 3 permalinks of the same post but with the old blogspot permalink. Confirm for yourself that they do redirect to the new custom domain permalinks.

New custom domain permalinks:

old blogspot permalinks"

Note that your PageRank will definitely be affected initially and it may take time to recover your previous PageRank, but that didn't seem to have affected my blog traffic which is what is important to me and not specifically the PageRank.


  1. I have the same, pretty good, experience with upgrading to custom domain via Blogger.

  2. Awesome post Peter. I had those feelings of anxiety. It's because nobody really tells you what to expect - until now.

    My input:

    This is not made clear by google IMO — Your comments will disappear for three days, but then they will come back - or at least mine did - in almost EXACTLY 72 hours. You do loose PageRank. With the new URL it took me 9 months. But I also didn't loose traffic.

    I have a ski blog, so I did it in the dead of summer when traffic is light. By the following winter my traffic tripled from the previous year.

    This is not all about the custom URL - I worked hard and Peter you really helped me. Following Enviroman's example, I got my SEO in order, created a visually pleasing interface and produced valuable content.

    I do think if you are serious about growing your audience you need a custom URL - a memorable, keyword laden URL. Thanks again for all Peter.

  3. Custom domain is the important part of the every business This is a very informative post, it helps me more.Thanks to sharing ....

    Domain registration


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