Migration from WordPress.com to self-hosted hurts search rank?
I started a self-hosted WordPress (www.jkguin.com) blog after WordCamp Dallas last month. The three 🙁 articles I managed to post got good traffic and one became a feature on a national Public Relations website, but I had a lot of trouble focusing it and figuring out where to go next. Soon after, I learned I had won a pass to the Future of Web Design conference in London through an “idea” blog competition held by a web designer.
Being the first person from my family to leave the mainland, I wanted to blog the trip for everyone. I started up a WordPress.com (jkguin.wordpress.com) account about a week ago, thinking it would be easier to blog from and that I could migrate it later to my main blog. I haven’t promoted it, or even told anyone about it outside my family, but it seems to have taken off for a small-timer: 50-100 page views a day and growing.
QUESTION: I’m back home now, but still have content being released twice a day with enough to last several days. Should I still migrate to the hosted blog after this is over or try to make a go of it with WordPress.com?
A web developer friend of mine said migration at this point could permanently hurt my search ranking since Google has already indexed both and penalizes for duplicate content.
I’ve always planned to make the hosted account a portfolio of my design and strategic PR work as well. So maybe the lobotomized route is the way to go since potential employers may not care for some of my bloggy opinions.
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