Alternate title : How to save abandoned WordPress.com blogs?
If you didn’t join WP.com early enough (by 2005 or 2006) even you might have faced something similar when registering your blog’s address. You must have noticed that almost all good and easy-to-remember blog names were already taken by someone else. This would not have been irritating if those blogs were being used. The problem was that most of these blogs had not been touched for years! Some of them, amazingly, still have their only post as ‘Hello World!’.
Ever since I tried to get my second blog on WordPress, I have found this idea especially ridiculous that even unused WordPress.com blogs cannot be recycled automatically according to the T&C of WordPress.com. I checked up the WordPress Support Forums and found nothing which could help me. Anyway, when I had finally managed to start my second and third blog, I realized that even I had committed the same mistakes! In my attempt to find suitable, easy-to-remember names for my blogs, I had managed to abandon 2 blogs. (What!!?). Plus, I had stopped updating another 3 blogs completely. Yes, I was one of those who had made it difficult for new-bloggers to find a suitable blog name by consuming 5 viable options.
In my bid to fix this, I ended up coming across the “Transfer Blog” option in “Dashboard >>My Blogs“. Making use of this, I laid out a plan that would fix it all. Here’s what is needed to be done,
1. Open the dashboard of the abandoned blog.
2. Create a new Page with an advertisement to “Adopt the abandoned blog”.
Name this page – “Adopt this Abandoned Blog!” and the page template as “Full Width”.
Then put an eye-catching graphic centred on the page,
and then follow it up with the text,
“This blog has been Abandoned. If you are interested in adopting this WordPress address, leave a comment below giving the reasons for acquiring this WordPress address. If found genuine, the blog will be transferred to the blogger. Cheers!”
(Alternatively, you can copy the following code and paste it in your post-body in the HTML mode.)
<p style="text-align:center;"><img class="aligncenter" src="http://genobz.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/adopt-abandoned-blog.png" alt="This blog has been Abandoned. But you can adopt it!" /></p>
<strong><p>This blog has been Abandoned. If you are interested in adopting this WordPress address, leave a comment below giving the reasons for acquiring this WordPress address. If found genuine, the blog will be transferred to the blogger. Cheers!</p>
<p>If you have an abandoned or unused blog that you want to put up for adoption, <a href="http://wp.me/pinhe-mB" title="Save WP blogs! Recycle them!" target="_blank">check this link – bit.ly/saveWPblogs</a></p></strong>
Since, the ability to post comments on this page is a necessity, Enable comments for this page.
Now, it is essential that this is the first page that a blogger, who is looking for a suitable blog name, comes across. Hence, make this page the blog’s homepage. To do this,
3. On the Dashboard, Settings >> Reading.
Change the Front Displays to a static page – “Adopt this abandoned blog”.
Now, assuming that a blogger might be interested in adopting it and hence, leaves a comment on the page. After verifying that the comment is not from a spammer, the blog can be transferred.
4. Dashboard >> My Blogs. Upon hovering over the address of the blog, the option of Transfer blog is displayed. Click on “Transfer Blog”.
5. A “Big Important Warning” comes up. Select “I understand, now let me continue”. Then, Enter the username or email address of the blogger who is interested in adopting that blog.
6. Upon receiving the confirmation email in the registered email inbox (your’s), click on the confirmation id.
The Blog will then be transferred (Non-reversible) to the new blogger. This will be confirmed by a mail received by the new owner of the blog which looks something like this –
Pls remember that this confirmation will be received by the new owner of the blog. The old owner of the blog will then have no right or access to the blog.
As a fair warning, I suggest you use this only for blogs which were not used at all. This would make sure there are no misunderstandings from your blog followers (as mentioned in the T&C).
If, in case, you intend to transfer a used (but abandoned) blog, then delete all posts, pages and content before transferring. This would make sure your data (posts/pages) doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Here are the abandoned blogs which i have put up for adoption. You can check them out and if interested you can adopt them as well.
If you have abandoned any blog, you can do this as well. This will help in reclaiming unused or abandoned blogs and make them available to other bloggers who can put it to a better use.
If you do follow this approach to find a new blogger for your abandoned blog, I suggest that you share the links to the abandoned blogs in the comments below. Additionally, you can link back to this post (bit.ly/saveWPblogs)to help in the adoption of the above WP.com blog addresses.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helps in saving a few abandoned blogs.
What do you think about this? What else can be done to rehabilitate abandoned blogs?