Custom Domain, Setting Up Google Analytics And Webmaster Account - What Issues You Would Meet During A Migration Process?After 4 years of blogging, I’ve finally bought my own custom domain from #GoDaddy few months ago, changing from luxuryhaven.blogspot.com to the new www.luxuryhaven.CO! I’ve also gotten someone to design my blog template, if you’ve already noticed the new look.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been wanting to get my own custom domain, but just didn’t get to it due to the nightmares I’ve heard from fellow bloggers. Before jumping in, I actually spent a lot of time googling & reading about the hiccups etc. When I’ve finally stepped out of my comfort zone & picked up my courage to explore, Blogger no longer offer an option to purchase #customdomains. Left with no choice, I decided to buy mine from Go Daddy.
There were just too many hiccups along the way; both luxuryhaven.com & .com.sg had been taken up. Should I go for .net, .org, or .info next? Then I realized that there’re actually meanings before these extensions. Example: .net is for network infrastructure, .org is represents the word "organization," & is primarily used by non-profit groups etc, & .info signifies a "resource" web site.
.CO to become the world's next premier web addressThen, I read about the up & coming .CO, & the extension is poised to become the world's next premier Web address; which explains my new url @ www.luxuryhaven.co. I’m still blogging at #Blogger, just did a url redirection to the new domain about 4 months ago. I thought everything was going smoothly after all the hiccups during the transition period, then another bomb dropped in front of me - I couldn’t find my posts in the first few pages of Google anymore!
Page RankingThe next shock came – someone helped to check my blog ranking & told me it has dropped to ‘0’!! The N/A pagerank (grey pagerank bar) might be due to one of the following reasons:
- the web page is new, and it is not indexed by Google yet,
- the web page is indexed by Google, but it is not ranked yet,
- the web page was indexed by Google long ago, but it is recognised as a supplemental (Supplemental Results) page,
- the web page or the whole website is banned by Google.
How Can I Make A BlogWhat happened? I couldn't believe my blog has no ranking now. It has already been 4 months since I changed my url. It should’ve been indexed by now. I continued to search for help desperately, & I found Gyula of How Can I Make A Blog.
Search Engine Visibility ScoreThe report also showed my visibility score which was at a poor 26/100! It was shocking, & obviously very upsetting! Never knew just redirecting an url would hurt my ranking so much.
Over the last two weeks, Gyula patiently guided me to make several changes but most of the time, I couldn’t understand their SEO language. I’m just an average blogger, who doesn’t know or care much about SEO. I don’t even go into my Google Analytics & Webmaster to see, let alone configure the stuff there. But being a responsible blogger, I strongly believe in providing good quality posts as an appreciation to my readers who are out there supporting me all these years. Isn’t that enough? Argh!! All these Google thingy is making me headache!
After several exchanges of emails, I felt that I could trust Gyula, & gave him my passwords as well as grant him admin access to all my accounts. Despite our time difference, he's in Hungary & I’m in Singapore, we could communicate & work relatively well together.
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I’m keeping both my fingers & toes crossed now, hoping to see my page ranking rise back to my previous status……. I’m so happy to meet so many kind & helpful bloggers in my years of blogging. That’s the best part of blogging, isn’t it? Happy blogging, my dear friends!