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deactivating and not deleting wordpress.com blog

  1. I recently transferred my content from wannabemaven.wordpress.com to self hosted wannabemaven.com. However, both these blogs are active on Google. I would like to deactivate the former blog (wannabemaven.wordpress.com), so there is no confusion. I am aware of the re-direct option but since that's a paid service, is there any other alternative? I'm also aware of the private settings in reading panel in the dashboard. however, it is not clear if that would make my blog completely private with no send-request-to-view messages. Note: I would prefer deactivation/Private over deleting my blog with wordpress.com.

    thanks for your help in advance.

    The blog I need help with is wannabemaven.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi edabeline,

    If you don't want to delete your content on WordPress.com then your best bet would be to make it private like you say.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    That way only users you grant permission to would be able to see any of the content there. If you don't give anyone permission no one will be able to see it, even Google.

    Note that it will take some time Google to stop listing those links in it's results.
    You could also look at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals?pli=1 which should allow you to submit urls for them to remove as well.

    Hope that helps.

  3. hi sandymcfadden,

    thanks for the prompt reply.

    making the blog private sounds like a good option now.

    could you also kindly clear a doubt. My content has been successfully transferred to self host. What would happened if i deleted the content on the wordpress.com blog? Would you recommend it now or sometime later??

    Thanks for your help again :)

  4. Hi edabeline,
    No problem at all.
    I usually like to wait bit before deleting something like that. When you delete all your content on WordPress.com it is not reversible so you want to be good and sure that things are setup the way you want it on the new blog.

  5. great!

    thanks again for your help sandymcfadden :)

  6. Any time!

  7. To avoid having duplicate content issues set the .wordpress.com to private. To use it as a backup blog is easily done. You export and import content periodically.

  8. Got it!

    thanks timethief :)

  9. You're welcome.

  10. Hi sandymcfadden and timethief,

    could any of you please help me with another query...

    I seem to have lost all my likes on each of the posts in the content transfer process from wordpress.com to self host wordpress.org.

    I downloaded the jetpack plugin and if you check my new website, the Like box overlaps with my gravatar and about-author text at the bottom of every post. I've tried and failed to remove that overlap. If I MUST get rid of either one, I'd like to remove the gravatar and the about-author text at the bottom.

    Please also guide if i can get back my post likes.

    here is the new website.
    http://wannabemaven.com/

    just click on any post, and the ugly overlap is at the bottom of the content.

    thanks for your help in advance.

  11. Likes are not transferable - sorry.

    Some JetPack solutions are here http://jetpack.me/support/
    Others are in the JetPack support forum at WordPress.org
    http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/jetpack
    Note: If you don't have a username account at WordPress.org, click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post there.

    However, if you can't find help at either one then you can file a JetPack support ticket here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/?jetpack=needs-service

  12. thank you for the support links, timethief.

    Have got it sorted :)

  13. Good to know and you're welcome.

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