Last Updated on: October 5th, 2014
Have you thought about switching from a wordpress.com to a .com website? I have, and when I did, many questions popped up in my mind. I enlisted help from Patrick McFadden in my quest to find answers to them. This post, complete with videos of our two Google Hangouts, will give you the answers you have been looking for!
The first hangout was done from Patrick’s end. By this I mean that he invited me to the hangout. I had more questions, though, and so we made plans to do another one, with me inviting him this time. Since “Hangouts” are still new to both of us, we were both able to learn from these experiences. Whomever does the inviting is the person who gets to begin recording the hangout “on air”.
I began following Patrick’s blog several months ago. and when he switched to his new site, I thought that he would be the perfect person to ask to answer the questions I had. I was thrilled when he readily agreed to help me! His new site is here.
Patrick is a great guy. You can meet him, too, and hear what he has to say below. I know the video is long, and so I went through it to highlight some of the important points, and at (roughly) what times they occur at, so that you can jump straight to the parts you like. (I have seen this done on other sites, and think it is super-helpful, and so I decided to do this for you, to make your life easier. I’m nice that way!)
So here is a short breakdown for you:
1:57 Options you have with a .com site that you don’t have with a wordpress.com site
4:18 Scheduling posts
6:37 Jet Pack
7:42 another option
7:55 Disqus comment system
10:25 “legitimate” subscribers
12:19 readers, and a call to action
13:32 settings to be adjusted
15:01 platform problems
17:00 why it is a good idea to keep the wordpress.com site instead of deleting it
18:33 storage space issues
19:48 Patrick reveals a secret about using images and videos
24:10 good leadership quote, advice, and appreciation
26:00 statistics and focus on content and delivering value
28:00 my most clicked-on post
32:02 my mom sneezes (I made the video at her place, and could not control this!)
32:48 I got interested in marketing and signed up for it
34:34 what I need to learn
36:34 effort pays off and is needed
41:35 we all have unique talents to share and contribute
I had a few more questions about switching from a wordpress.com to a .com website, and I also wanted to make a shorter video that would answer them, so I contacted Patrick again. In the video below, Patrick answers these questions:
1. What are the steps I need to take once I decide to switch to a .com site?
2. How much does it cost to make the switch, or what are the potential costs? List and prices, please! (ie: domain name, hosting, plugins, etc)
3. Is there a way to cut corners and keep costs down?
4. My blog url right now is lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com and I want it to be lorrainereguly.com — how do I do this? (What steps, and in what order, do I need to take?)
5. How do you “move” all of your wordpress.com posts?
6. Is there a storage limit for a .com site like there is on a wordpress.com site? If so, can you purchase additional space?
7. Tell me more about your business and what you currently get paid to do. (Here is your chance to market yourself!)
8. Can you give me a “sneak peek” into the digital products you will be selling in the future?
9. How did you get so interested in marketing, and where did you learn about it? (School?)
10. Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself, or any advice you would like to give bloggers (especially new bloggers)?
Here is a rough breakdown of this video:
00:20 The first question is asked
01:40 Costs are discussed
03:14 Cutting corners and keeping platforms
04:14 My blog question
05:22 Moving posts
06:39 Storage limits are discussed, even though no answers are found! Perhaps you can find some answers in this post.
09:45 Patrick talks about marketing and what he does
13:56 follow your DNA!
14:27 Advice is given
15:05 Final thoughts
I hope that this has answered any question you may have about switching from a wordpress.com to a .com website. I know I learned a lot!
Patrick McFadden knows a lot about marketing, and shares his knowledge on his main blog, Indispensable Marketing, offering tips that can be applied by anyone. He is also a public speaker and consultant. You can follow Patrick on Twitter, read his personal blog, or see his profile on LinkedIn.
If you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section! Don’t be shy!