I’ve decided to take the plunge and move my blog to a more traditional .com domain type (rather than the .net that I currently use). I’m going to keep the .net domain for more esoteric things, private development server, etc.
If you’re reading this on the old blog (blog.bradgrier.net), then please jump over to the new one, bookmark 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 common, people have a standard ‘expectation ‘of a site or blog when it has a .com address. A .net address seems to have a different ‘expectation’. And I felt the need to try out a new provider.
So, this will mean a bit of change:
- RSS feeds — already moved my feedburner redirects so there should be no disruption
- Incoming links — not sure what to do about this yet. Incoming links add value to your Google ranking, so this transition will cost me some of that precious Google Juice
- Site duplication — some of the articles I’ve been reading about moving domains suggest maintaining duplicate sites for a few months. I’m thinking about this. It may work, but I’d customize the content so that some sort of ‘domain moved’ message is appended to the feeds etc
But, I’m not the expert here, just the guy doing the work. Do you have any thoughts or opinions about moving domains? What should I watch out for? What should I do differently?