Friday, October 7, 2016
Has There Ever Been A Successful Blog Transfer?
I have a blog, well 2, on Wordpress. So, a few times over the years I thought, well, maybe I should throw my Blogger blog over on the Wordpress platform so they're all in one place. (I have to tell you, I am not a big fan of Wordpress. I love Blogger. But, this could be due to the fact that I am not so up to par with the tech side of everything.) I'm used to Blogger and want to keep my design. Even if it is about 6 years old.
Every once in awhile though, I receive an email from a fellow blogger who is having a promo or some sort of deal on blog transfers. If the price is right, I'll reply and ask a few questions, send over my password, agree to a date, and then wait. I've done this twice and both times ended up being one of the hardest and most stressful things I ever had to deal with. (Involving blogs I mean.) After this last attempt at a blog transfer, I think I will stay put. I like my Wordpress blogs and hope to be able to fill them in with content ASAP! But, I also like my Blogger blogs right where they are. (and I have been up for countless hours trying to republish everything that became unpublished and rewriting things that disappeared.)
I understand that sometimes content is lost during a transfer. At least this is what I'm told. I don't know if this is true or not or if it's just to save the person who will be doing the transfer. This happened to me both times. The other peculiar thing that totally threw me over the edge was that even after knowing the URL and the blog name, (Busymommylist), neither person transferred the proper blog! They transferred another blog that I have on Blogger. (Yes, I went crazy a few times and purchased a few domains that I liked and just started a blog to keep the name.) By then, it was to late. I was informed that I won't be able to have it transferred back and have this blog transferred unless I pay another fee! Um, no thanks!
The first time this happened, I had a couple of years of redirecting issues and no matter how many times I would call, Godaddy, it was never fixed. This was messing up my page rank, tracking, analytics, and naturally, a lot of opportunities I could have had if all of the above wouldn't have been a problem. One day, I called with hopes of reaching somebody who would understand my troubles and could either point me in the right direction or with any luck, fix it for me. The person who answered the phone was more than helpful and knew exactly what I meant when I started to explain and he fixed it on his end while I was still blabbing about how this has affected me and VOILA! He said, "No worries! I found the issue and it's all fixed. Give it a few hours and everything should start to fall in line." We had a conversation about burgers and other food suitable for tailgating (He was reading a few posts where I reviewed a few products and some recipes I shared.) and that was that! So, I was reluctant a couple of months ago to try this again and now I wish I had went with my gut and just let things the way they were.
Instead, I thought I was helping another blogger and giving her business and if she says my design and content will be fine and she seemed well versed in the whole redirect concerns I had, everything would be good to go. The problems I had the first time around with the URL and whatever these redirect issues were, are no longer there. Instead, I lost several hundred posts. Most of which I have been finding are still here. Just unpublished for some reason. The rest? They are gone. Forever. Until I redo them all and start filling in some holes.
I know it's not the end of the world but I really don't have the time or the patience or the stress levels necessary for such a small "disaster". I find it odd that both times things went wrong, I would go on to email and be very kind and thoughtful and careful not to sound angry or upset. Every single email would be ignored. Never even a tip or a name of somebody who could help me, nothing. and to think that I still receive emails from the one on a regular basis. No matter how many times I would unsubscribe or leave a comment on one of her posts asking for help with my situation. Does she even read her emails or comments??
I Tweeted a few times about this and somebody replied and told me that there is a "transfer" option on Blogger. Maybe the next time I will attempt this on my own. Or maybe I will just stay here. Since I'm comfortable here and I kind of like it.