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March 15, 2010


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Harry Styron

When I started my blog in January 2009, WordPress assigned it the URL "olp09.wordpress.com." The blog is hosted for free by WordPress.com.

I registered it with Avvo's Top Legal Blogs, with this URL.

A few months ago, I realized that it might make sense to have an URL with my name in it, so I moved my blog to the domain "styronblog.com." The initial URL assigned by WordPress is permanent, though WordPress makes changing to a personal domain very easy.

Then I checked the Alexa rankings and found that styronblog.com seemed to be ranked higher than olp09.wordpress.com, though I may have been confused. So I asked Avvo to change the URL associated with my blog, "Ozarks Law & Economy," to styronblog.com. Avvo made the change, and with time the Alexa ranking of styronblog.com improved.

Now olp09.wordpress.com has an Alexa ranking much higher than styronblog.com, though both are climbing, with olp09.wordpress about 900,000 ahead. I'm watching to see if the gap narrows.

You can see the Alexa rankings for any URL at Alexa.com.

What I don't understand is whether the Alexa rating for olp09.wordpress.com includes the traffic and links for styronblog.com, or if my rating factors are split by the two URLs for the same blog.

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