Moving From Blogger to WordPress the Easy Way

blogger to wordpress

If you were like me when I first started online, then the thought of starting up a wordpress blog seemed a bit daunting.

It felt as though there was simply too much of a learning curve to deal with, so better to try something a little easier. That something turned out to be a free Blogger site which I figured could handle all of my blogging needs.

However it quickly became apparent that Blogger was simply not up to the challenge of running a professional blog. So I decided it was time to move on to a hosted WordPress site instead, though this is where the problems came in.

How to move from blogger to wordpress without losing my precious page rank and alexa ranking?

Well here is how I successfully moved this site over without you even noticing! (admit it, you didn’t notice did you?)

Step 1: Configuring Your Blogger Site

Now if you have been using a domain such as sitename.blogspot.com then you are going to lose all pagerank and traffic if you move everything over to wordpress.

However, if you have it published to your own domain such as sitename.com then it will be easy to transfer without losing your hard earned traffic. So to do this, you should first make sure that you are publishing on your own domain which you can do through your blogger backoffice.

**note: It can take up to 2 months for the search engines to transfer your rank to the new domain, so you should do this a soon as possible. Try searching Google using the operator site:sitename.com to make sure that your site is being indexed.

blogger

Step 2: Change the DNS Setting of Your Domain

Once you are satisfied that your domain name is being picked up by Google you can go in and change the DNS settings for your domain. This process is different for each domain registrar so check with your site’s faqs for specific steps.

You are looking to change the settings that say Nameserver. So if your hosting account is with Hostgator for instance, your nameservers would look something like ns1.hostgator.com and ns2.hostgator.com. (DON’T use these unless they are the nameservers given to you in your welcome email!)

Step 3: Add Domain To Your Hosting Account & Download WordPress

This step is also dependent upon which hosting service you are using, but essentially your are simply adding the domain to your hosting account. Then you will want to install wordpress, and if you are with a hosting service that uses cpanel, this is a quick process through fantastico. Check out my post on installing wordpress for a video tutorial.

Step 4: Configure Permalinks

Once you get into your wordpress backoffice, go to settings: permalinks and select the custom structure.

The add this string: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

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Step 5: Import Blogger Posts to WordPress

Now you can go ahead and import your blogger posts into your brand new wordpress site. From your wordpress backoffice click on tools: import and select blogger from the list of options. Once you grant access to blogger to connect your account you will come back to a page like the one below.

import

Go ahead and select import next to the correct blog and follow the prompts as it imports all of your posts and comments.

Step 6: Fix Permalink Structure

The last step is to maintain the permalinks from blogger to wordpress. If you’ve noticed the structures are a bit different between the two sites. For example:

blogger: move-from-blogger-to-wordpress-the

wordpress: move-from-blogger-to-wordpress-the-easy-way

Since the whole point in this move is to maintain traffic and page rank, we need to make the permalinks exact in every way. So the easiest way to do that is to install the wp-maintain-blogger-permalinks-1.1.zip plugin.

Once you activate the plugin go to  tools: maintain blogger permalinks and click on the button that says Maintain Blogger Permalinks. That’s all there is to it. If you want to double check that everything worked perfectly then head over to Google and do another search for site:sitename.com and click on one of the links to make sure that everything is going to the new wordpress site.

Step 7: Extra Steps

Now you can go into your appearance settings and install the template of your choice. If you can find a wordpress equivalent to your blogger template then you could possibly create the illusion of having not moved at all.

Also, if you are using feedburner, remember to go into your settings and update your primary feed so that your subscribers get redirected accordingly.

So that’s all there is to it. I hope that this tutorial was helpful and that you enjoy your new wordpress blog!

Comments

  1. Way to go Angel! What a helpful post for those moving from Blogger. I completely agree that WordPress is the only way to go. It may even seem a little daunting to do the “big move” but it will be so worth it. Just follow Angel’s step by step instructions. Great post!
    .-= Christine McIvor´s last blog ..Would You Rather Be an Underachiever or Overachiever? =-.

  2. Angel: what a detailed post! Thanks for going into trouble to explain the process – labor of love!

    I definitely think that it’s worth-while to go through it; WordPress.org has so many benefits over any other platform.

    Best,
    Ana/YourNetBiz Mentor

  3. Moving to my own hosted blog was the best decision I took. Great post.

  4. Cherie KingNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Angel!

    This is such great value here! I’d love to see more people who are using blogs as part of their business to make the switch and this is the ticket right here!

    Thank you for sharing this :)

    Cherie

  5. Ryan YokomeNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Angel,

    Great post for helping others move their hosting around. Just like Stephane said, it was one of the best moves I’ve ever made.

    Is it just me, or is WordPress completely addicting! I love the back end….of the site of course! haha
    .-= Ryan Yokome´s last blog ..How To TRULY Create AND Maximize Your Day =-.

  6. LarryNo Gravatar says:

    You can do so much more with WordPress than you can with blogger. I recommend wordpress to anyone who seriously wants to take blogging to the next level. Awesome article on switching from blogger…
    .-= Larry ´s last blog ..Knowing The Cause Of Your Ignorance =-.

  7. Great tips, and so easy to understand and implement, Angel! I agree that WordPress is the way to go — I just launched my first WP site recently and am loving the functionality. Thanks for such a useful post!

  8. Angel!
    Great information, even more in need now that Blogger is disposing of FTP loading on their site. WordPress is so much more user friendly (once you get the hang of it). Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Sam

    • AngelNo Gravatar says:

      Yea I heard that they were doing away with that. It just makes so much more sense to go with wordpress. Thanks Samantha, it’s great to meet you :)

  9. Dallas M CyrNo Gravatar says:

    Angel,

    Very helpful and I am very grateful. I will be ceating my new wordpress and making the move ASAP….Thanks to you it will be much less painful and scary:) I wish you much Peace & Prosperity.

    Dallas M Cyr
    .-= Dallas M Cyr´s last blog ..Belief & Feeling =-.

  10. EdwardNo Gravatar says:

    Great tips Angel.
    Thanks so much for sharing these with us.
    I especially liked your tip for blogger and how to find links through google.
    Will help me in my transition.
    Thanks again.
    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed

  11. Hey Angel,

    Great post, It was really methodical, and very easy to follow. I would say having a good video too, would be nice. Sometimes people are lazy and went people to show them how to do it in a video format. Look forward to your future post.
    .-= Joey McDermott´s last blog ..The Master key to Riches “Napoleon Hill” Part 2 =-.

  12. A friend actually asked me about moving his blogger site to WP the other day, looks like he’s getting referred to this post! Lol. Also re: your and Ryan’s discussion, how sick is wordpress!!! I fall deeper in love with it every day haha.

    Thanks for the post.

    Garrett
    .-= Garrett Miller´s last blog ..Twitter – Autoresponder (Web) 2.0 =-.

  13. Hi Angel,

    Great step-by-step action plan on switching over to WP.org.

    I started out with blogger but ended up moving over to WP.org once I knew we had control over it!

    If professional layouts and control of your blogs are some of the things you’re looking for, head on over to WP.org.

    Be sure it’s NOT WP.com ;-)

    Thanks again, Angel!

    Smiles from Guam,
    Jaclyn
    http://jaclyncastro.com
    .-= Jaclyn Castro´s last blog ..Video Marketing for Your Business =-.

  14. James HolmesNo Gravatar says:

    Angel – Great advice! As Christine said in the comment above – Word Press is the only way to go. I started out blogging with Blogger, but I realized after a couple of years that Word Press offered so many more features as a result of the vast number of plug ins available and other features that make them much more SEO friendly.

    I still have half a dozen blogs on blogger, these are the original blogs I created and although I do not post one them, the fact that they are well aged means that I will never remove them. All of my new blog and those I have created over the past year or more have been set up on my paid hosting account using Word Press.

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    James
    .-= James Holmes´s last blog ..10 Great Plugins to Help Your Word Press Blog Sing =-.

  15. Linda G. CoxNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Angel! I started out on WordPress and I’m glad I did! My daughters on the other hand, are bloggers. They have recently started marketing and really need to get over to WordPress! I don’t know the techie stuff well enough to help them make the change! This tutorial is perfect!!
    .-= Linda G. Cox´s last blog ..Spring Has Sprung in Alaska! =-.

  16. judiNo Gravatar says:

    I have followed your steps to move blogger to wp but at Step: 5 when I click “authorize” I get
    The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:

    The site “http://yoursite.com” has not been registered.
    What can I do now.
    thanks
    judi

    • AngelNo Gravatar says:

      I’m not really sure about this one. Sounds like it could be an issue with Blogger’s import feature so I would try putting in a service request with them. You might also try the forums at WordPress.org because there may have been others that have had a similar issue that may be able to help.

  17. MaeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi,

    Does this plugin still work? I’ve installed it, but never saw a button to click for Maintain Permalinks…

    Thanks

    • AngelNo Gravatar says:

      It appears to still be working when I tested it. Make sure that you’ve already run the blog importer first, then install the plugin. Also one you’ve activated the plugin, go under Tools and click the Maintain Blogger Permalinks option. Here is where you should see the button to click in order to run the plugin. Hope that helps :)

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