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Song of the Open Road Moves

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Song of the Open Road Travel Blog Moves!


A big change was needed. When I first began the Song of the Open Road Travel Blog I did not know much of anything about having a website, promoting a website, or search engine optimization. I still don’t. But I have been working hard and I learned a few things.

One thing I learned is that is a bad URL. I can not tell people what it is and expect them to even understand what I am saying, let alone remember it long enough to visit. It is even difficult to write it down for someone and expect them to be able to read it properly enough to type into their web browser. Therefore, any promotion of this travel blog outside of the internet (where there are links that can just be clicked) is not really feasible. I have had a few articles published in print magazines lately and the URL is written in my author bio. This looks dumb. Who would go to a web address that looks so dumb?

It is also not good for SEO. Not even the search engines like long, dumb, Hispanic URLs with .blogspot.com suffixes.

Would you go to a site with a URL as long and complicated as that? It is 39 characters long! Would you type out all of these letters, dots, and slashes that makes up some Hispanic phrase with a .blogspot at the end of it? I know that I would misspell it a dozen times and give up. This is dumb.

So I am sacrificing my Google page rank of 3/10 in a big move for the future. Song of the Open Road Travel Blog is now at www.OpenRoadSong.com

Old links will still work, as they will be redirected to the new URL automatically.

OpenRoadSong.com, I like the sound of it. It makes me think that I am entering into the big leagues. Song of the Open Road is no longer a newbie at .blogspot.com, it is now a real sounding .com.

I don’t know if this will work out to my advantage. But I am darn tired of writing out 39 characters just to give my URL to someone who will struggle rewriting it anyway.

If anyone out there has been kind enough to have Song of the Open Road linked from their sites (or would like to help out a weary scrap-cat of a vagabond and link me!) , please, please update to the new URL: http://www.OpenRoadSong.com

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

So, Andy, Nath, Chris, have I yet again doomed myself to starting all over again?

Have I erred yet again on this Road of dead ends and false starts?

. . . plotting, scheming, coming up with new strategies, just to start all over again! haha.

Having fun, laughing at myself,

Wade

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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