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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Getting Your Own Domain

WordPress.com offers an Add a Domain upgrade, so you don’t have to use the .wordpress.com extension for your blog. For example, instead of using a domain like MyBlog.wordpress.com, you could register a domain and just use MyBlog.com instead (assuming, of course, MyBlog.com is available).
 
WordPress.com’s Add a Domain upgrade costs $14.97 per year for both domain name registration and mapping that domain to your existing blog. If you already obtained a domain from another domain registrar, you can map that domain to your WordPress.com blog for $9.97 per year.

Add a Domain Through WordPress.com

To obtain a new domain through WordPress.com and map it to your blog, click the drop-down arrow to the right of Upgrades

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