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How to transfer email subscribers from wordpress.com blog to wordpress.org?

  1. I had help from tweaky.com in setting up a new self-hosted lifeyum.com on wordpress.org (shifting from wordpress.org). Two big blips, though:

    1. Lifeyum.wordpress.com still exists, has followers, and I tried to redirect to the new wordpress.org site, but got a message that the domain mapping already existed. If there is a way for it to remain private (for me to refer to as needed), that would be great. If not, it's most important that I just have one site: the wordpress.org site -- lifeyum.com

    2. I have 107 email subscribers on lifeyum (wordpress.com), and although I installed the jetpack plugin, they are not transferred. I also don't see a way to post for assistance in transferring.

    URL for (old) site: http://lifeyum.wordpress.com
    URL for (new) site: http://lifeyum.com

    Any help or guidance would be so appreciated!
    Blog url: http://lifeyum.wordpress.com/

  2. Your old WordPress.com site already redirects to your new self-hosted site because the domain mapping upgrade you've got acts as a redirect. There's no need to get another upgrade :).

    The domain mapping upgrade is expiring soon, however, so I'd recommend you renew it if you'd like to keep redirecting to your new domain. You can do that by going to Store > My Upgrades from your WordPress.com site's dashboard.

    You can set your blog to private by going to General > Reading in your WordPress.com dashboard and setting your Site Visibility to private. Here are more detailed instructions:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/#site-visibility-options

    I have moved your subscribers from your old WordPress.com site to your new self-hosted WordPress site, as requested :).

    Please note that this transfer does not include anyone who has followed your blog using only the WordPress.com Reader, it includes email subscribers only.

    When WordPress.com blog visitors follow a blog, they are subscribed with the Reader by default, with the option to subscribe by email if they choose. Here's a page explaining how it works in case you're interested in reviewing it:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/following/

  3. Thanks so much, wpval!

    After I posted this, I realized that I needed to make lifeyum.com the primary blog -- which fixed the redirect problem.

    And thank you for the advice on making the old blog private; that's done now.

    For some reason, though, I was only given the option to renew the $99 Value Bundle and not the $13 domain mapping. Could you explain what I'd enter on the domain upgrade option in the store menu since I (probably mistakenly) removed the value bundle option?

    Terrific on moving over the subscribers, too. For some reason, the widget is still showing only one email subscriber -- although I removed it and put it back on and you kindly moved over the 69 email followers. Any ideas on that?

    So thankful!

  4. You're welcome, lifeyum :)

    When I visit your site, I can see 69 subscribers listed in the widget:
    http://cl.ly/image/2S0S1r1M162X

    If you still do not see the correct number, please try clearing your browser's cache and cookies:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clear-your-cache-and-cookies

    You can renew the domain mapping upgrade on its own by going to Store > My Upgrades and clicking the "Renew Now" button for the domain.

    If you have any more questions, just let me know.

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