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Question about buying a domain name for a Blogger Blog.

 
2uesday
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on 08/04/2012

I have a couple of domain names that I bought through Blogger when setting up new blogs. They are with Go Daddy and the reminder to renew comes from Google. That is the only experience I have with owning a domain name.

The question I have is this - if I have a Blogger blog that has regular traffic would it cause any problems to now buy a domain for it?

I am thinking of using the same way of doing this as the one mentioned above. I know there is a re-direct system in Blogger,.  Would I be likely lose any of the traffic or lose the age advantage that the blog has achieved? Or would everything remain as it is after the domain name purchase.  The alternative is to start another one and buy a domain and start to build that from scratch in the same way. 

By regular traffic I do mean not 1000's of visits a day but it is building and peaks at certain times of the year.

I know that you can set up web-pages with places like WordPress but I do not think I  have the knowledge and experience to manage that.

humagaia
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on 08/04/2012

Not sure this is the answer you are looking for but you could set up an autoredirect in the original blog to send traffic that was destined for the original, to the newly URL'ed blog. That would give some initial link juice, and you would likely retain most of your customers. You could also set up an RSS feed of the new blogs, over on the old blog - in order to 'feed' those that follow you for the initial period of time after the old one is 'closed down'.

I do not know the answer to your specific question BUT I reckon that many have done it before. Have you tried a forum post on the Blogger forum (http://www.bloggerforum.com/).

Otherwise these may help:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2006719_newblogger-url-blog.html

http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2472689

http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1233381&page=ts.cs

PS I had to de-link the 'Google support' URLs as the Wizzley checker said that they do not appear to be valid (strange since I actually accessed the webpages linked to, directly, to get the URL in the first place).

http://www.blogger.com/features which I got to when the SERPs said "As you compose each new blog post, Blogger saves it automatically, without ... If you change your mind and want a different URL later, making the change is ..." - which looked relevant to your needs.

Not sure if this one is useful: http://errorbuster.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/cutomURL.html

I got these results with the search string "new URL for blogger blog". You could try other permutations to get to the exact answer you need.


spirituality
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on 08/04/2012

I'd say go for it. Google ought to have some way of making sure that visitors to the blogger address go to the domain name instead. I'm sure the safest way is by paying Google for the domain, instead of godaddy. But perhaps it's possible to leave the blog where it is (with Google) and yet redirect posts to the new domain. Not sure. Doesn't godaddy have help pages for this scenario? It is probably very common after all. 

Do note that humagaia gave some links that are answers to a different question. there's a difference between changing the URL of a blogPOST and moving a blog to a new domain. 


I'm Spirituality aka Katinka Hesselink. Glimpses into my online marketing story :Marketing Spiritual - online marketing with integrity
2uesday
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on 08/04/2012

Thank you both for your responses, it gives me a starting point.  I guess if someone had said no that is a terrible idea  I would have backed off. Now, I will investigate the links here and the options.

I am able to get traffic on that blog more for one topic than the other related ones, so it might be worth looking at starting two new domains. One being totally independent of my original blog and the other linked. This has only come to mind by sharing this question and reading the answers, so I am pleased that  I asked.

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