In September of this year, I decided to transfer from Blogger to WordPress. Even though I’m enjoying this platform because of the plug-ins and customization, I can honestly say that this switch was the worst experience of my blogging career. My theme was completely botched and was causing loading errors for readers, my links weren’t working (Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Facebook were completely useless to me), and all of that SEO juice I had built up over a little over a year? Gone. I still can’t believe I paid that much money for someone to completely screw me over and not even blink. When you invest hours upon hours of work into your website and an “expert” ruins all of that, you want to scream and give up on blogging all together.
It gets better. The paperwork I filled out in the beginning of this whole process specifically stated that I needed to be on the Genesis framework because that’s basically the only reason I wanted to switch to WordPress in the first place. Did I get that? No. I got an old theme that wasn’t even mobile responsive. When I asked if their WordPress person could go back and re-code everything to give me what I wanted in the first place, I was told that she was having some difficulty but could install what she had already coded and work on things while my blog was “down”, or we could “cut our losses” and leave my blog as is with the old theme. When I asked how long it would be down, I was told it could be days. Now, many of my blog friends transfer sites from Blogger to WordPress and code themes on a regular basis, and they had never heard of a blog being down for days. I decided to cut my losses.
A few of these same blog friends (Amanda and Lisette) helped fix a few things, and then I ended up hiring a WordPress guy recommended by Genesis. He took one look at my blog and told me that everything was a “hot mess” SEO-wise and that my theme lacked solid coding. Also, my site was slow as molasses. Funny because this “expert” was supposed to code everything from scratch and it was supposed to be awesome. It was not. My views dropped a ton, I wasn’t getting any organic traffic whatsoever, and like I said above, links to my blog didn’t work so people couldn’t find me. Why was this woman allowed to mess with my website at all?
Even though I wrote a really nice (and calm) email expressing my concerns and disappointment, I wasn’t offered any additional support and I wasn’t given a refund of any sorts. I guess I could have responded with more concrete evidence that this theme was complete shit, but I didn’t. I don’t enjoy confrontation and would rather cuddle a puppy to lower my blood pressure.
Long story short, WordPress guy fixed everything and now I’m attempting to work on my views. I still feel sick to my stomach when I think about how much money I wasted in just a few months because I could have purchased a really nice camera lens. Instead I’ve had to deal with a screwed up blog since the middle of September and it’s been quite the headache.
What can you learn from this? Do your research. Only trust your website with someone who actually knows what they’re doing. And if everything is already screwed up? Hire Jesse Petersen. He has been a lifesaver and I will continue to go back to him for any website support I need.
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