UPDATE Below this post! 2 years later!
I moved from custom domain blogger to self hosted WordPress in early December 2010. I had thought about the move from pretty early in my blogging career and I knew it was something I eventually wanted to do.
Part of my hesitation was that things were moving along just fine on Blogger. I was building traffic. I was reaching an audience. I wasn’t sure about rocking that boat.
The move from Blogger to WordPress
Adding to my hesitation was my early decision that this blog would be 100% self sustaining.
The more I researched moving an already established blog to self hosted WordPress, the more I realized I needed to pay someone to do it for me.
This would entail giving someone else a level of control and access to pretty much everything I had built up over the past several months. This made me incredibly uncomfortable.
So I set out to find someone trustworthy.
On the internet.
Which is kind of like finding a specific grain of sand on a crowded beach.
So I started looking at other bloggers that I liked and trusted. One specific name came up a few times, so I decided I would use this person.
Only problem was that pesky decision to keep the blog self sustaining. So I waited until the blog had generated enough money and contacted her to make the move.
I added a few a la carte options and felt comfortable with the price. To be honest, I still felt pretty confident that I could have handeled the move myself, but didn’t want to take the chance.
I was so wrong!
Several things came up during our move that I honestly would not have been able to handle on my own. I am so glad I paid someone else to do the job.
If I had it all to do over again, I would most definitely pay someone to move me. In fact my designer, Laura from Pixel Me Designs, has a whole package dedicated to moving bloggers off of Blogger and on to WordPress (look under a la carte items on the services page).
My thoughts on Self Hosted WordPress
I had previously had a free WordPress blog, so the content management system itself wasn’t that shocking or new to me. That said, self hosted WordPress immediately became my home.
The capabilities of WordPress compared to Blogger are pretty much astounding. Think of WordPress as anything you want it to be…and it will. Not only that, but Google appears to LOVE WordPress.
Prior to moving to WordPress I got the very rare search engine visitor. I’m talking probably 10 search engine visitors from August 2010-December 2010. I wasn’t even on WordPress 1 week before search engine traffic started flooding in.
I do credit some of this with following the advice on Blogging With Amy. Her directions really helped make my blog much more SEO friendly (search engine optimization).
My traffic has increased by more than 50% since moving from Blogger to WordPress. Some of that is search engine related, but a lot of it is just a cleaner, faster loading blog that retains more visitors and converts them into readers.
Yes self hosted WordPress is definitely more expensive than Custom Domain Blogger.
I pay around $11 a month for hosting through Host Gator, and of course every year I’ll have to renew my domain name.
On custom domain blogger I paid $10 a year for my domain name. I also pay for a more advanced email subscription service now to streamline providing my e-book to subscribers. My new traffic more than allows for these expenses though (remember…self sustaining!), so it’s a welcome investment.
The transfer itself cost a bit over $200 (remember, I added extra goodies), which again was well worth the investment. Not just for ease, but also peace of mind.
Have you moved from Blogger to WordPress? What was your experience? Was it worth the investment to pay someone else or did you do it yourself? I’d love to hear others thoughts!
Next week, I’ll post some of the plugins that make wordpress work for me. So stay tuned for that!
Well, it has now been a few years and I have never once looked back and thought “Gee, I wish I was still on blogger!” . In FACT, I’ve started other blogs (from scratch) on Self Hosted WordPress since and likely (since I’m a domain hoarder) will start more in the future.
My friend, designer, web guru from Pixel Me Designs handles ALL of my web design and maintenance and I highly highly recommend her. She’s affordable, easy to work with and she’ll make you lots more money than you make now 😉 .
Please remember that if you are still on a free platform…even if you are paying for a “custom” domain…you are building your house on someone else’s foundation. They have the rights to that property and if they decide they don’t want you to have it anymore, they can WIPE YOU OUT with a click of a button. Scary thought, right?
Blogger is good for the hobby/family blogger…but if you intend to make a dime with your blog…get off blogger NOW.
Oh and I am NOT with Host Gator anymore. I still recommend them for blogs that don’t have a ton of traffic, but I had to move hosting companies when my traffic increased (not a bad problem to have). I pay a bit more now, but I have more traffic now. I now use (and recommend) Wired Tree.