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Please transfer my subscribers to my self-hosted install

  1. Hi! I decided to start a new self-hosted installation of WordPress and would like you to transfer my subscribers, please. The wordpress.com blog is http://paperandbooks.wordpress.com and my new one is http://www.mypaperarts.com. Thank you so much!

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

  2. Hi there,
    Staff can can move your email subscribers only. Followers using the WordPress.com Reader cannot be transferred.
    What's required is:
    installation and activation of the JetPack plugin;
    posting both URLs into this forum thread;
    tagging the thread with modlook in the sidebar;
    subscribing to the thread so you are notified when Staff make the transfer.

  3. I am using a free wordpress blog, and I wonder if it is possible for me to identify a follower's email. The blog is not public (I checked the box that asked the search bots to leave it alone, and they pretty much have. The only people who can get in are those to whom I have sent a link. So, that also means I don't have any "followers," although I suspect I have one who has blocked his address, because every time I make a change there is 1 viewer who views that change right away. Is there a way for me to find out the email address of this follower?

    The blog is http://glimpsesofthegood.wordpress.com/

    Thanks. P.S. I am really cyber-challenged! and don't know who to write code. . . :-(

  4. @glimpsingthegoodthings
    Posting off-topic into threads like this one causes great confusion. Please click this link and start your own thread http://en.forums.wordpress.com/?new=1

  5. I'm sorry! (but I warned you. . . )

  6. Hello TimeThief,
    Thank you for the reiteration of what I need to transfer my subscribers, along with the new modlook tag, which I was not aware of. I see you have added the modlook tag and a couple of others to the thread, I understand that only my email subscribers will be transferred and have done all the rest. Is there anything else I need to do, or shall I just wait to be notified when the transfer is complete?

  7. As I wait for notification that something is happening with my transfer request, I'm wondering about the redirect upgrade and have questions about what you actually get. I understand the 301 redirect for my wordpress.com posts and pages will forward readers to my new self hosted installation, but I wonder how accessible I will be to the WordPress community. Does subscribing to to redirect service keep me in the wordpress.com freshly posted / reader? Can I update the posts on my wordpress.com blog from my self hosted installation? Will I get the follow button? Just trying to envision what the user experience will be for those finding me on WordPress and getting forwarded to the new location and what else I need to do to help people find me there. Are there recommended actions to take with Google? Thanks.

  8. @paperandbooks: I've moved over your email followers for you. Let me read and respond to your follow-on questions in a bit.

  9. Since only your email subscribers have been migrated, I recommend you make one last post on your WordPress.com site, inviting people to subscribe by email over at your new self-hosted site.

    Does subscribing to the redirect service keep me in the wordpress.com freshly posted / reader?

    No, since you will be publishing your content on your self-hosted blog and not your WordPress.com blog, it won't appear in the Reader Topics, which only includes the content published on WordPress.com.

    Can I update the posts on my wordpress.com blog from my self hosted installation?

    The login for your self-hosted site will always be separate from the one at WordPress.com as they are running off completely separate databases. If you will be using a Site Redirect, you will need to update and publish content via your (self-hosted) WordPress dashboard. For previously published posts, it would make sense for you to move them over to the new location. This guide will step you through the process of moving your blog to a WordPress.org instance: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    Will I get the follow button?

    I recommend the Jetpack plugin that adds many cool features of WordPress.com to your self-hosted WordPress blog, for example, email subscriptions. There are also plugins available that add a Follow button to your blog.

    Are there recommended actions to take with Google?

    Something to keep in mind is that the Site Redirect upgrade will not work for URLs that do not have the same permalink structure as your posts on WordPress.com, so please check those and keep the same structure for best results. As for Google visibility, this is up to Google and not WordPress.com. You have better understanding and control over how your site appears in search results, you might want to verify your site with Google.

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