Iā€™ve decided to take the plunge and move my blog to a more traĀ­diĀ­tionĀ­al .com domain type (rather than the .net that I curĀ­rently use). Iā€™m going to keep the .net domain for more esoĀ­terĀ­ic things, private develĀ­opĀ­ment servĀ­er, etc.

If youā€™re readĀ­ing this on the old blog (blog.bradgrier.net), then please jump over to the new one, bookĀ­mark it, and check it out to make sure it works as you expect. You can find it at blog.bradgrier.com.

The dot-com is more comĀ­mon, people have a standĀ­ard ā€˜expectĀ­aĀ­tion ā€˜of a site or blog when it has a .com address. A .net address seems to have a difĀ­ferĀ­ent ā€˜expectĀ­aĀ­tionā€™. And I felt the need to try out a new provider.

So, this will mean a bit of change:

  • RSS feeds ā€” already moved my feedĀ­burnĀ­er redirĀ­ects so there should be no disruption
  • IncomĀ­ing links ā€” not sure what to do about this yet. IncomĀ­ing links add value to your Google rankĀ­ing, so this transĀ­ition will cost me some of that preĀ­cious Google Juice
  • Site duplicĀ­aĀ­tion ā€” some of the artĀ­icles Iā€™ve been readĀ­ing about movĀ­ing domains sugĀ­gest mainĀ­tainĀ­ing duplicĀ­ate sites for a few months. Iā€™m thinkĀ­ing about this. It may work, but Iā€™d cusĀ­tomĀ­ize the conĀ­tent so that some sort of ā€˜domain movedā€™ mesĀ­sage is appenĀ­ded to the feeds etc

But, Iā€™m not the expert here, just the guy doing the work. Do you have any thoughts or opinĀ­ions about movĀ­ing domains? What should I watch out for? What should I do differently?

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