We have introduced a blog service at Edinburgh Napier University to give our staff a chance to build their digital footprint and get out into the digital world with their knowledge and expertise.
This will have a knock on effect for my own blog https://digitalhighered.wordpress.com/ which will be moving from the fantastic wordpress.com service into http://blogs.napier.ac.uk/digitalhighered. The difference being I’m moving from a free external hosted service (with limited customisation) to an internally hosted service with greater customisation potential.
The exciting bit for me (and you hopefully) will be the benefit this migration has on the blog’s search engine ranking. Academic domains are trusted by search engines as they are recognised as well-established, unbiased and authoritative, so ac.uk site is given extra weighting by search engines simply by being affiliated with it. This is one of the reasons we’ve put this blog service in place – to share the knowledge and skills that the university has and make our knowledge open to Google and other search engines.
We are at the start of this work but if you would like to start blogging with us or require more information, please get in touch and I’d be more than happy to talk to you about. The service is available to staff and the content will belong to the staff. If you move on you can zip up your blog and take it with you.