Free Wordpress Blog on Page 1 of Google..Should I change over to self hosted?

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I just wanted to share my good news! I'm on page 1 of Google for the search term internet business blogs! WOOHOO! I've been considering switching to a self hosted wordpress blog to have more features but what about my current rank? That doesn't carry over right? Any ideas or suggestions?

Oh by the way, my current post features our very own Jason Moffat and his CRAZY Twitter treasure video!
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  • Profile picture of the author scottparat
    I'll give you my 2 cents

    First I would suggest you move your blog to a self-hosting blog. Never use for any type of serious blog with the purpose of making money or generating any type of's against the terms and other fine print when you sign up for a free blog.

    The danger in using a third party hossting solution like or is that you lose control of your blog. If the hosting solution does your blog. If you offend them....poof....your blog is gone.

    When you transfer the blog, you will lose all your pagerank. The entire site will have to get spidered and indexed again.

    Not too long ago, I had a blog that unexpecedly started to grow, I spend some time and before long it had a pr3, I had good traffic and I was making a nice income from affiliate sales.

    It wasn't a spam blog, good articles....all written by myself. I had some affiliate links in the sidebar and some of the posts were reviews for niche related products.

    After about 4 months I tried to make a post one day and I got an error message, shortly afterwards I got an email from the folks at My blog was getting shut down for violation of their terms of service. You can't post affiliate links, sell any products or use a blog for generating income.

    Seems as though someone from the network reported my blog.

    They did give me some time to download the .xlm file so I could transfer the blog. In about a week the blog was gone.


    Your blog blatantly violates their terms of service and if someone would report'll get that dreaded notice. So I would transfer the blog as soon as possible.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! I know how frustrating it can be, but you'll be happier with a self-hosted blog since you'll have no restrictions and many more options.

    Good Luck

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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    IMO self-hosted is best.

    I've heard of terminating accounts because of affiliate links.

    Reading terms of service it states, and I quote: "...does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites.."
    "...If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0"
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    You don't want to just pickup and move. You want to keep the blog in place and use it to springboard your new self-hosted WordPress blog.

    Backup all the current content on your blog and store it in a safe place just in case something were to happen to your blog.

    Get your new self-hosted blog up and running with the theme and features you want. Make a welcome post there, opening the doors so to speak.

    Put a post on your old blog announcing your new blog. Also put a prominent link to it in your sidebar. Leave your old blog 'as is'.

    What should happen over time is that your new blog will gradually gain the authority from the old blog while the old one drops back or stays static.
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  • Profile picture of the author PassiveCashGal
    Oh wow! Thanks for the input. I've already researched out new themes but I didn't realize the urgency until now. Thanks again...
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  • Profile picture of the author Maria Gudelis
    First of all congrats on page one - always a cool thing! I've lost a wordpress hosted blog a while back (yup - they remove it for commercial purposes) so know the urgency you have!

    I also about 4 months ago, for an offline client - moved their first blog that was hosted on wordpress to their own hosting service and domain - and after 4 months - they are now on page one of google. It slowly moved up over the past 4 months from nowhere to page 3, page, 2, now page 1.

    I did a complete copy, don't worry about the duplicate content - outsourced the work to a scriptlance resource to move all the files over etc. and just 'left' the old wordpress blog up but put a post on it - 'We've moved - click here for our new website location' and also put it in the blogroll (nice linkjuice!)

    On the new hosted blog, i did add a new page as well - to add fresh content and also did all the SEO loving plugins and some social bookmarking to the site.

    Hope that helps, cheers, maria gudelis

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  • Profile picture of the author justerminator
    set up your self-host blog and turn it into a money site, and use your wordpress hosted site to funnel traffic to your money site.
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  • Profile picture of the author PRandContent
    Aside from what the other folks here said, I highly suggest a self hosted blog because it gives your business/service a more "serious" or "professional" look. I've always been a bit wary of blogs or websites hosted via third party hosting (I'm not saying that all of them are fake or suspicious, no) and IMO, I've always believed that if you're really serious with your business, what's a small investment (hosting, customized themes etc) to show that you're confident with your services/products, yes?
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  • Profile picture of the author pyrmontvillage
    Hey Passivecashgal, Congrats on your number one listing. As most have stated already, self hosted is the Only way to Go at this stage of your sites Evolution.

    IMHO, pagerank, is neither here nor there, in terms of actually ranking for a particular phrase, what is important, though is solid fundamental SEO.

    So yes in time PR will eventually come back, however, you can start working towards the number one slot, for your target phrase almost instantly with your new site. So in 3 months or less, with some solid work, I can envisage, you announcing back here again that, the job is done!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    Using the free blogs for testing out keyword combinations and niches is a good strategy. You can monitor the result, see if the site gets traffic and a good position. Then make a copy of the free site and put it on the self hosted domain.

    Make sure you have a dofollow link from the free host to the paid one so it can pass page rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Moser
    Switching to a self-hosted blog on your own domain would absolutely kill your rankings because your new site will have zero authority. Right now your able to rank well because you are leveraging the authoritativeness of

    As others have suggested your best bet would be to funnel traffic to a new site and or start building a list.

    By the way your rankings are slipping as we speak. I see your sited ranked #5.

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  • Profile picture of the author nelaffiliate
    1.) Get a paid (self) hosted website/blog using the same keyword phrase.
    2.) Link from your high ranking free wordpress blog to your hosted blog/website using your main keyword as anchor text.
    3.) Monetize your new hosted site/blog with affiliate products, adsense ads etc.

    Good luck!

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  • Profile picture of the author danjoe
    Having your own hosting for wordpress blogs is the best option. You can use Caffeinated Content plugin and your blog will be up with rich content in minutes. heres a squidoo lens on CC plugin

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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Lee
    Great post by Maria G! You would probably want to keep your wordpress blog in its current place and use it to launch and promote your new domain hosted wordpress blog. Make sure that you've backed up all the current information on your current WP blog and store it safely online or offiline just in some of the data may be lost.

    Then try getting your new domain-hosted blog up and running with the a new theme and welcome page to entice others in. Then try putting a post on your old wordpress blog directing people to your new one, with a clear easy to read link on the page, then just leave your old blog the way it is. This should hopefully direct visitors to your new blog and give the impression that the old blog is redundant and new one is the one to follow! Hope this helps!
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