said 1 year, 4 months ago:
@deairby Hi Dea,
How do you do that?
You go to a hosting company like Bluehost.com, and sign up to register a domain and buy hosting for the next year. You then install WP onto your new domain, either through the control panel or by calling them up and asking them to do it. You figure out starting over or transferring your blog. You can do all of this yourself using Google searches and the help panels or you can hire a web developer or call in some favors from someone (OK – disclosure – I am a web developer)
What is the advantage of that?
Credibility and SEO and control. Your own domain name makes you look more credible. Google seems to index self-hosted domains better.
Will it change the link name to change that?
Yes. You would move from
It may seem a bit overwhelming and it is more than copy/paste but tens of thousands of bloggers have made the move.
Your decision on whether to move depends on how far you want to take your blog. If you want its stature and credibility to grow, if you want to make it in any way commercial then you will probably want to move. If you view it as forever personal, then maybe it can stay.