Losing all your WordPress followers used to be a huge problem for authors who moved their websites from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site.
But it’s better now. 🙂 In the excellent wpbeginner post (also on Indie Author Tools) about how to move a website from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site, it says:
“What happens with my WordPress.com Subscribers?
Thankfully, WordPress.com allows you to migrate your subscribers with one condition. You must use their Jetpack plugin which adds the same subscriber functionality that you had at WordPress.com. Once you install and activate the Jetpack plugin, you would need to contact the WordPress.com team and ask them to migrate the subscribers for you. Our hope is that in the later versions of Jetpack, this will become easier and users will be able to do it themselves.”
Well, good news: wpbeginner’s hope has come true, and users CAN do it themselves. Life just gets better and better. 😉