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I've used WordPress for a few of my client's sites, mostly small businesses and eCommerce sites. I have found through Google Analytics as well as the All in One Webmaster plugin that when it comes to social media, using WordPress is a surefire way of getting your site indexed by Google and occasionally Bing and Yahoo. Since I am a heavy WP user, I'd like to contribute by registering a dot WordPress domain for my portfolio.

When using a WP installation concurrently with a WP domain, e.g. myportfolio.wordpress.com, will the site be more or less likely to be indexed rather a generic myportfolio.com domain?

I've seen mixed opinions where people seem to favor a WP domain for URL output where others say that it's a moot point, and that Google will not favor a WP domain over a dot com domain as long as your meta tags are updated and content is keyword optimized.

I tend to disagree and believe a WP domain would more likely be indexed and output more URLs over an individual, laconic domain like myportfolio.com. Am I wrong?

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There shouldn't be any noticeable SEO difference between your own domain and a wordpress.com sub-domain in Google. Google ranks pages, not domains. Unless your domain is considered spam, it is a better option to host your blog/site in your domain.

In your own domain, you can install plugins to improve SEO by creating a XML sitemap. You can also choose a SEO optimized theme.

Having WordPress in your own domain will give you more freedom when installing plugins, chosing themes and run your own JavaScript.

wordpress.com subdomains are a better choice if you don't know (and you don't want to learn) how to install, update and upgrade WordPress.

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Cheers Osvaldo, I ask because Wordpress.org is an authority site according to Google and has a reputable PageRank to be rekoned with . I wonder if their PageRank would filter to WP blogs affiliated with Wordpress.org. Any thoughts? –  rumspringa00 Oct 9 '11 at 11:09
    
It doesn't. In these case, every subdomain has it's own pagerank. –  Aurelio De Rosa Oct 9 '11 at 11:11
    
Subdomains nor regular domains don't get PageRank. PageRank is per page not per site. Also, Google does nnot see subdomains as separate websites. –  John Conde Oct 9 '11 at 14:50
    
I took both of your comments into consideration and decided to go with a dot com domain with a WP installation. Thanks for the opinions guys. Mod please close thread –  rumspringa00 Oct 10 '11 at 10:39

When you have domain.wordpress.com you're actually using a subdomain of someone else's domain; it has more advantages for them since you're promoting their domain with your content.

These days domains are so cheap (less than a cup of tea) it's better to have your own domain which will also have WordPress on the server but you don't have to see the .wordpress bit on your domain name if you buy your own paid domain.

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As stated in other answers, keywords in domain name have today less value than they used to. In this video Google explains why, and gives hints about how to choose domain.

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