The SEO benefits of moving from WordPress.com to a self hosted WordPress (.org) installation of the wordpress software on a Managed WordPress hosting plan on Godaddy, is relatively close.
Both offer great SEO advantages.
The biggest differences come in your ability to customize, typically via plugins, the setup on a site that is not running on WordPress.com. Many people may not need this for a simple blog, but as your site grows, or specializes or as is sometimes the case, grows to cover more than just a simple niche, but several topics, then the need to manage SEO and have a plan become more important. WordPress.com can be great for a single niche, articles all about the same thing.
Plus the article itself, if well written, can be the primary tool in driving ‘on page SEO’.
Not everyone can work with a one size fit all approach forever and when the time comes to move, SEO boosts can be one of the areas for opportunity.
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