Beginner’s Guide to Moving Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

The Beginner’s Guide to Moving Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

And a lot of it is in techno-speak that makes absolutely no sense.

I’m going to attempt to explain it in plain English. By the end of this post, you should be able to successfully move your blog without losing your backlinks (that means when you have links out on other sites or social media and you don’t want them to break when you move).

Step One: Purchase and install wordpress

First you need to purchase a domain and hosting to setup wordpress. For domain and hosting there are many providers like godaddy, namecheap, hostgator.

After purchasing install wordpress.

Step Two: Make sure your permalink structures match

Permalinks. They are the URLS of each post you have on your blog. So on blogger, you will see that your posts probably look like this: http://myblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/post-name-separated-with-spaces.html

As you are getting your WordPress site designed, it’s important that you tell it to have the SAME structure as your blogger blog. Here’s how. (And yes, I know you haven’t actually moved your posts yet. That’s okay).

  1. Go to Settings and Permalinks.
  2. Choose custom structure.
  3. Then type this in the field /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html/
  4. Click save.

That .html is really important because blogger blogs have it on the end of their permalinks and WordPress doesn’t. If for some reason your blogger blog has the year, month, and day, you’ll need to add the /%monthday/ as well.

Get rid of the slash and add a .html at the end of the custom field.
Get rid of the slash and add a .html at the end of the custom field.

 

Step Three: Import your blog

The best plugin to import your blog is the BLOGGER IMPORTER EXTENDED (the one in the WP tools dashboard isn’t as good).

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New on your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Type in Blogger Importer Extended.
  3. It will ask you to install a plugin. Do so.
  4. Once it’s installed and activated, hit start on plugin page.
  5. Then it asks for blogger login.
  6. Check off “Keep Slugs” and if you want the plugin to preserve your blogger formatting, uncheck “Convert Formatting”.

This will only import your posts, pages, labels, and comments. If you want to import your widgets, you will have to do so manually with good ol’ fashioned copy and paste!

Step Four: Formatting text

Sometimes the text gets messed up (though when you uncheck preserve formatting, it does a decent job of removing all the extra blogger html tags in the code). Use the eraser button and T on a clipboard button on the second row of the toolbar.

Step Five: Test your backlinks

Compare a few backlinks between your new blog and your old Blogger blog. Look for those URLS that might have the word “A” in it and see if they match. If they do not, you need to find that post on your new blog and edit the permalink.

  1. To do that, go to Posts > All Posts
  2. Find the post.
  3. Click Quick Edit.
  4. Where it says, slug, get rid of the a.
  5. Click Update!

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