Sunday, January 20, 2008

Did I just make a big mistake?

In typical Mert fashion, I am doubting myself for switching my blog over to Wordpress. Don't get me wrong, I think I can benefit from having a different blog for my reviews over there. One feature that I love about Wordpress is that I can write a post and have it post at a certain date and time.

BUT, I'm thinking... Maybe I should have just registered my sewing business domain name. Right now, the url is almostsomewhatpositive.com/positivelydelightful. My new blog has a zero page ranking, my old one is a 4. Having links from my old blog could potentially get me more business. Also, if someone does a search for positively delightful baby quilts, will they even find me since my current set up is a sub domain, because my business doesn't actually have it's own domain name?

I had heard that other people had businesses on the Wordpress format, but now I'm not even sure that this will work for me. I think I am having buyers remorse in a way. Though I am proud of myself for taking the plunge, I think I should have done a little more homework in running a business online.

Another issue and benefit to having a 4 page rank is that sometimes my blog posts have ranked higher that big websites. Say for instance the book How To Eat Like A Hot Chick that I reviewed recently. In a Google search my blog post recently ranked one spot below an Amazon.com product listing link. Not too shabby. See what I mean? See what I could be giving up?

On top of all of that, I just read a blog post today about how changing your URL could be one of the biggest mistakes you make as far as readership and traffic. And the link was delivered to my email in box. Coincidence?

The good thing is that experience seals knowledge... you learn from your mistakes, right? So, as much of pain it has been to set up 4 new blogs (changing feeds, transferring blog posts...)- and as much of a pain I have been to you guys for making you resub to a new feed, I think that 2 are coming down because I don't think either is going to work for the big picture. I hate to say that it comes down to numbers but as far as trying to get my new business of the ground, but it has A LOT to do with numbers. Starting a new business is a major life change, and I don't know if you have noticed but I'm kind of nervous.

So, If I could as you to bear with me until I get this all sorted out meaning my doubts, worries, concerns, fears LOL, I will be keeping the blog here at Blogger. I think that I'll end up keeping my main blog here, but still have my review site at the new URL, and just buy a new domain name for my business.

I think. I'm Almost Somewhat Positive *wink*. Change your book marks back to this blog please. I'll be updating this one forevah and evah, I promise.

Thanks,
~mert

10 comments:

Mommy2JL said...

I didn't know that you made baby quilts! Me too :D
Well.. somewhat.. sort of.. lol
I'm teaching myself as I go.
They're turning out pretty great -- if I do say so myself ;) I've even sold a few!

You'll have to give me your link so I can check out your work!!

P.s --> You can set it up so that your posts are posted on a particular day on blogger too, in case you didn't already know.

Ash said...

HAHA! I hadn't even gotten around to changing my blogroll listing for you yet,so now I don't have to! Thank you for allowing me to just stay lazy. Weeee!

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

It's ok, my blogroll is pretty outdated probably so I still have this page, so glad I can stay lazy like Ash said!

I don't blame you for the anxiety over the switch. I'd feel the same way! Wherever you go, I'll follow as a reader! :)

wolfbaby said...

go where your comfy i say.. i have wordpress and love it.. i started out on blogger and was ready to pull my hair out cause i was so confused;) so im a wee bit biased with wordpress cause it saved my sanity lol what ever you do will follow;)

Christine said...

I'd just stay where you are with a PR4.

I came for a look at your Fun Monday post, and at first I thought you'd switched and I didn't know it. Off to check out your shop.

BTW~It is hard to start over, to your own domain name. I'm almost back to where I was when I switched. I do prefer WP, but now I am having server issues to deal with that make we want to go back to Blogger, but the thought of startig over is something I don't want to think about.

maggie said...

Why don't you double post to both for a while leaving your new link on the bottom of each post until people move over

Holly Schwendiman said...

Oh the joys hugh? :) Best of luck weeding out the decisions.

Hugs,
Holly

kailani said...

At least you figured it out before you were too invested in WP. Either way, I'll follow you wherever you go!

Judy Thomas said...

I had popped over to the new blog and got one of those 404 messages... so, I'm back here now. And, I'm with Kailani...

"I will follow you, follow you wherever you may go..."

Daddy Forever said...

When it comes to search, the domain name isn't as important as the words people use to link to your new site: baby quilts vs Almost Somewhat Positive.