Moving your blog from Blogger to WordPress
Sometimes is right to move your blog from one platform to another.
You may have outgrown the platform.
You may want to do a change that the platform doesn’t allow you to do, or you may just need a fresh place to work in.
Blogging platforms are flexible and allow the content archives to be exported/imported into other platforms.
Following is the step-by-step guide on how to transfer your Blogger blog to WordPress without losing any of your subscribers, without losing your search engine rankings and without losing your traffic.
Now that you have your WordPress blog ready and installed, it is the time to transfer your Blogger content to it.
It is simple to move your Blogger to WordPress.
The open-source community of WordPress is ready to welcome Blogger users.
A free tool has been developed to import posts, images and comments from a Blogger account into a WordPress blog.
This “Blogger Importer” plugin has been used by more than 500,000 bloggers to transfer their blogs.
In your new WordPress Admin area go to Tools > Import in the left hand sidebar.
Click “Blogger” and on the pop-up window click “Install Now”.
Then click on “Activate Plugin & Run Importer”.
Now click “Authorise” to tell Blogger to let your new WordPress account access your Blogger account.
Note that if you get an error message about Google no longer supporting OAuth 1.0 use this plugin instead: Blogger Importer Extended.
This will transfer you to your Google Account. Click “Allow Access”.
Next page will show the status of your Blogger posts, comments, images and links.
This is how the screen looks like for the example blog I created for the purpose of this guide.
Click “Import” to start the transfer process to WordPress.
When the import has concluded the “Import” button will turn into the “Set Authors” button.
Click on the “Set Authors” button.
This takes you to the “Author Mapping” page which allows you to assign the imported posts to your author name on your new WordPress blog.
You can also create a new user and come back to this page before assigning the post.
Select the user you’d like to assign the posts to and click “Save Changes”.
Congratulations! The process of importing your Blogger content to your WordPress blog has now been completed.
In Settings > Permalinks in your WordPress admin make sure to select the structure of URL’s that fit the structure you had on Blogger.
Redirecting Blogger visitors to your WordPress blog
Now we just need to tell Blogger where your new blog is in order to keep the subscribers, visitors and rankings.
To do this activate “Blogger To WordPress” plugin made by rtCamp in your WordPress admin.
It will help automatically redirect your Blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog. Install and activate this plugin.
After activating the plugin go into Tools > Blogger To WordPress Redirection in your WordPress admin and click on the “Start Configuration” button.
Now a list of imported Blogger blogs will be shown – there should only be one as you have only imported one blog.
Click on the “Get Code” button next to the correct blog.
This will generate the code for you. Copy the generated code.
In your Blogger Dashboard go to “Template” menu and click “Edit HTML” on the theme you are using.
First, take a backup of the template by copying and pasting the existing code into an empty Notepad document.
This is just in case if something goes wrong you can always paste this code back and fix the error.
Paste the copied code replacing all the existing code in the template and click on “Save Template”.
This should be it.
To check that everything works try and enter your Blogger blog or one of your old Blogger post URL’s in your browser.
It should automatically redirect you to the front page or to the same post on your new WordPress blog.
Note not to delete your Blogger blog as that blog is still used in order to redirect your visitors.
Redirecting Blogger RSS feed & subscribers to WordPress
The last step is to redirect your RSS feed and subscribers.
In Blogger Dashboard go to Settings > Other.
In “Post Feed Redirect URL” click “Add” to enter your WordPress feed URL – by default the URL is http://yourdomainname.com/feed/. Click “Save Settings”.
Your Blogger posts and comments are on your new blog now, your search rankings are intact and your visitors and subscribers automatically get redirected to your new blog.
You are ready to start growing your blog now.
The admin dashboard is where all the day-to-day magic happens.
Explore the opportunities and possibilities with your new WordPress blog.