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Moving from Blogger to WordPress Without Losing Page Rank or Followers

Moving from Blogger to WordPress can be overwhelming, especially if you’re worried that it’ll affect your daily traffic, Google page rank, and your number of followers. Try not to worry – all of this will be covered in this post. This blogging tutorial goes into the nitty-gritty of Blogger to WordPress migration. I covered the basics of Blogger to WordPress Migration in my last post – Blogger to WordPress Migration: the Step by Step Guide.

If you’re reading this blogging tutorial, you should have already imported your Blogger posts and comments into your new self-hosted WordPress blog. You’re almost done with your WordPress migration. All you need to do is tweak a few things, redirect your old blogspot URL to your new one, play with your WordPress design, and get everything in working order.

You can do the following steps in any order that applies to you. I’ve organized them in the order that I did them during my Blogger to WordPress migration. (Again, I am using Gracie Lu Shih Tzu’s blog as my example. She’s my fur baby.)

Step 1. Play With Your WordPress Design

You can tweak your design after your Blogger to WordPress migration is complete, but before I redirect my domain name, I like to have my blog looking exactly like I want it to look. The basic WordPress theme is very blah.

Wordpress Installation

WordPress themes are plentiful. You can find free themes from WordPress.org’s Free Themes Directory, and you can also buy premium themes from developers. The two most popular premium themes are Thesis (which I use on Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies) and Genesis.

For Gracie’s blog, I am using a free magazine theme, called IsoTherm. To install a theme, you need to go to Appearance → Themes.

Find the tab that says “Install Themes.” You can search for the theme you want (if it’s available on the WordPress themes directory), or you can directly upload the theme that you want to use.

 Wordpress Theme Installation

After you upload the WordPress theme that you want to use, you will need to “activate” it. Then, it’s time to play around the design!

 Wordpress Theme Activation

Each WordPress theme has different ways for you to tweak the design. Because of the plethora of themes and design options out there, I can’t guide you through the process. In general, however, you can tweak the appearance of your WordPress blog by going to your Dashboard → Appearance.

Click on “Appearance” on the left side menu, and you’ll see several options. The “Editor” section is where you can play around with the stylesheet. For the sidebars, you will go to “Widgets.”

Design Changes WordPress

Step 2. Adding “www” to your URL (Preferred Domain)

I don’t know about you, but I like my URLs to be www.MyDomainName.com, instead of http://myDomainName.com. Google Webmaster Tools calls this your “preferred domain,” and it is how you want your website to appear in search results. Add “www” to your domain name is a matter of preference.

To do this in WordPress, click on “Settings” → General.

Under “Wordpress address” and “Site address,” you can add the “www” to your domain name, or leave it with just “http://.”

Adding WWW to WordPress URL

Step 3. Changing Your Permalinks

For the easiest Blogger to WordPress migration, you need to change your Permalink structure. The default WordPress permalink setting is www.YourDomainName.com/?p=123. You do NOT want to keep the default permalink setting for many reasons, but it’s just bad for SEO purposes.

When you’re switching from Blogger to WordPress, you need to change your WordPress permalink to match your Blogger URL.

Go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Settings→ Permalinks.

Select “Custom Structure,” and type this: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

This is the basic structure of the Blogger permalink. It’s very important that you change your permalinks to this, as this will make it easier to redirect visitors who go to an old Blogger page/URL to your new one.

(You don’t have to keep this permalink structure down the road, but for now, in order to redirect all your old URLs to the corresponding new one, you must use this structure.)

Wordpress permalink structure

Step 4. Maintaining Permalinks (Keeping them Exactly the Same)

So, you have changed your WordPress permalink to www.yourdomain.com//year/monthnumber/postname.html for each and every post. But this isn’t enough to map your new WordPress permalinks to your old Blogger’s posts.

You may have noticed that your new permalinks are slightly different than your blogger URLs. This is because Blogger has a 39 character limit for its URL. If your post title is longer than this maximum character length, Blogger will truncate (shorten) the URL. WordPress doesn’t have this URL character limit, which is why you may notice a difference between your Blogger permalink, and your WordPress permalink (with the custom structure applied).

For example, your Blogger truncated permalink will look like this. (You will notice that the word “adventures” is cut off in this URL):

Blogger URL

With the permalink custom structure applied, in WordPress, the same post URL looks like this (No words have been truncated from the post title):

To solve this truncation problem when migrating from Blogger to WordPress, you could manually change all the WordPress permalinks to make them exactly like Blogger’s permalinks. But an easier way to solve this problem is to use the Maintain Blogger Permalink plugin.

Since this blogging tutorial is for newbie bloggers, I am going to walk you through all of the steps of using the plugin. (The steps for using the “Maintain Blogger Permalink Plugin” are also found on the developer’s website.)

Installing and Using Maintain Blogger Permalink Plugin

In order to use this plugin, you need to have imported your posts from Blogger to WordPress using the built-in importer. (I outlined this in my previous post, Blogger to WordPress Migration: The Step by Step Guide)

Next, you need to download the plugin from the developer’s website (link above).

Maintain Blogger Permalink

Do NOT unzip the file. (I don’t know why other instructions ask you to unzip the file, but I have never done it.) Go to your WordPress dashboard, scroll down to Plugins → Add New → Upload.

Find the maintain blogger permalink zip file on your computer and click Install Now.

Install WordPress plugin

On the next screen, click “Activate Plugin.”

Next, go to “Tools” on your left side menu, find “Maintain Blogger Permalinks.

blogger to wordpress migration

You will get another screen that says, “Done!” with a list of all your updated post names. It looks like this:

keep blogger permalinks

Go back to your Plugin List, deactivate the Maintain Blogger Permalink and delete it. This is a one-time use plugin, and it just takes unnecessary space if you keep it.

Redirecting Blogger to WordPress

To redirect all your blogger posts to the corresponding WordPress posts, you will need the help of a blogger redirect plugin. This isn’t an easy task, however. There are a TON of Blogger to WordPress redirection plugins out there that fail miserably. Some of them redirect all your individual posts your homepage – which can be irritating. (For example, if someone is Googling this blog for “Baby Poop Decoder” and they end up on “How to Prevent the Flu in Pregnancy,” they will probably click off immediately, increasing my bounce rate unnecessarily.)

Other redirection plugins may direct you to the correct post, but there’s an additional step that the visitor must overcome. They get this page that says, “You’re about to be directed … The blog that used to be here is now at www.whatever.com. Do you wish to be directed?”

You don’t want to have an additional step for your reader to overcome. Who really wants to have to click “Yes” and then wait for a few extra minutes before your new site loads?

Plus, this message TOTALLY screwed up my Google Reader followers. It didn’t allow Google Reader to update my feed. (It took me weeks before I figured out that this message was to blame. Quite irritating.) It also acted like a huge no-follow wall for Google spiders. It stopped them from updating my old posts with my new domain name.

To avoid this headache, you need to find the RIGHT Blogger to WordPress redirection plugin. As I was transitioning my dog, Gracie’s blog for this tutorial, I came across many plugins that simply either didn’t work with the newest edition of WordPress (version 3.2.1 at this writing), or they redirected to the homepage, or they had the longest redirect wait times. FINALLY, I came across the BEST Blogger to WordPress 301 redirection plugin.

Blogger 301 Redirect – This plugin offers one to one mapping of each individual blog post. For example, my old Blogger URL (http://tails-misadventures.blogspot.com/2010/07/growing-up-so-fast.html) is automatically redirected to http://www.gracielushihtzu.com/2010/07/growing-up-so-fast.html without the annoying “You’re About to Be Redirected” page.

To download Blogger 301 Redirect, go to your WordPress Dashboard → Plugins → Add New → Search for “Blogger 301 Redirect.” It should be the first one that pops up. The developer is Sudipto Pratap Mahato.

Blogger to WordPress Redirection

  After you install and activate the plugin, you need to go down to “Settings” → “Blogger 301 Redirect.” Check the settings you want and click “Save Changes.”

Wordpress redirection plugin

Copy the Code provided, and follow the instructions provided.

Add the Redirection Code to Blogger

The Blogger 301 Redirect plugin options page will give you detailed instructions on what to do with the code. But I will provide a photo tutorial, just in case you’re a complete newbie.

To use this plugin (or any Blogger to WordPress redirection plugin), you are going to have to use the old Blogger interface. Not the new interface.

Go to your Blogger Dashboard and find the blog you want to redirect to WordPress. Click on “Design” and then “Edit HTML.”

Blogger to WordPress

At the bottom of the page, click on “Revert to Classic Template.”

Blogger to WordPress redirection

To avoid major errors, you need to backup a copy of the HTML. Copy and Paste the HTML currently there into Notepad, TextEdit, or another Word Processing program. You want to be able to access this code in the event that something goes wrong. This is VERY important.

Delete everything in the HTML box, and paste the new redirection code (provided by the plugin). Save your changes.

Redirect Blogger to WordPress

Now, you can check any of your old blog posts, and you’ll see that they redirect to the new one. Woot! How exciting is that?

Warning: Do NOT Delete Your Blog

After you’ve redirected your blog to WordPress, you need to keep your old Blogger site. Do NOT delete it. This is very, very important. Even though you’re not using your Blogger site anymore, there are a number of reasons why you should keep it.

For one, your old links will still be pulled up in Google and other search engines. It’s better to redirect potential readers, rather than them getting an error message.

Another reason, if you hosted your images on Blogger and you delete your blog, you are going to lose all those images. WordPress doesn’t import your photos; it only LINKS to them.

So, bottom line, keep your Blogger blog!

For Any Bloggers Who Want to Change Their Permalink Structure

There are a few plugins that are useful if you are planning to change your WordPress permalink structure at any point. The two that I use include:

  • Advanced Permalinks (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-permalinks/)
  • Permalink Finder (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/permalink-finder/)

Update Your RSS Feed

Now that you’ve moved over to WordPress, and all your redirects are in place, it’s time to update your RSS information. This ensures that your old subscribers get your new updates and posts, and it allows new subscribers to sign up for your RSS feed. There are two ways of updating your RSS Feed Information.

For Feedburner Users

If you use Feedburner for your RSS feeds, you need to go to your Feedburner account, find the blog you want to change, and click on “Edit Feed Details.”

Edit RSS Feed

Next, update the feed to your new domain name. (You don’t need to do anything, if your domain name hasn’t change.) The default WordPress feed URL is www.yourblog.com/feed. Type this into the line that says “Original Feed.” Save your changes.

Migrate Blogger to WordPress Feedburner

If you changed your “Feed Address” during this move, you need to insert your new feed URL in the following section. (If you have been using Feedburner all along and the Post Feed Redirect URL in your Blogger account already has the correct information, you don’t need to worry about the next step.)

Change the “Post Feed Redirect URL” in Blogger

This step is for bloggers who don’t have a Feedburner account, and for Bloggers who are on Feedburner but haven’t updated this information.

To change the “Post Feed Redirect URL” in Blogger, you need to go to your Blogger Dashboard → Click on your Blog Name. In the old interface, click on “Settings” → “Site Feed.” (If you’re using the new interface, you go to “Settings” → “Other.”)

Add your Feedburner URL in the spot that says “Post Feed Redirect URL.”

Update Blogger RSS

You’re almost done! If your WordPress theme has an area where you can insert your RSS Feed Address, please do so at this time. If not, you can download a plugin that allows you to do this. (“FD Feedburner” is a plugin that will integrate Feedburner with WordPress, if your theme doesn’t have this option.)

Redirecting Your Old Subscribers

There is one final step that you have to accomplish. You have to redirect your existing blog subscribers. Your subscribers’ Google Reader won’t automatically fetch your updates (or new blog posts) unless you do this step.

You need to download and activate a plugin called “Redirection.”
Once it’s activated, go to Tools → Redirection.

Enter your Feedburner Settings. The Source URL should be your Blogger feed URL (It has the structure of http://youroldblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default), and the Target URL should be your Feedburner URL. Click “Add Redirection” when you’re done.

Wordpress redirection plugin

WordPress Migration Complete

I hope that I’ve covered everything you need to know about WordPress migration. Let me know if there are any steps that I didn’t get to. I transited my dog’s blog as I wrote this tutorial, so I have followed all the steps, and they work perfectly. This is how I moved from Blogger to WordPress. All of the plugins I suggested worked at this writing. Future updates of WordPress may change things, however. So keep that in mind.

This process can be difficult, so I won’t be able to troubleshoot all your problems in the comments. (Lots of things can go wrong). I can troubleshoot some problems, depending on the complexity. Just giving you guys fair warning.

Hope this Blogger to WordPress Migration tutorials was helpful. If you think the steps are too complicated, and you want to transition over to WordPress, I do offer paid services to help you out. You can always hire me to transition you from Blogger to WordPress. (My prices are very affordable – $200 for the total transition.)

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Don’t forget to read other posts in Blogger to WordPress series:

Blogger to WordPress Migration: A Step by Step Guide
In this article, you will learn the basics of Blogger to WordPress migration. Read this post before you attempt any of the steps outlined on this page.

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About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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    Thank you for this step-by-step guide! I have just one question: do you ever recover facebook likes?

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  • Jacqui June 26, 2014, 3:32 am

    This is a really great guide. I have one question though. What if you don’t have feederburner, how do you move followers from blogger to wordpress or is that the only way?

  • shahana June 25, 2014, 7:52 pm

    Thank you so much
    excellent tutorial
    just migrated my blog to wordpress http://www.huezunlimited.com/

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  • Isaiah Joseph December 3, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Thanks for this tips, moving from blogger to wordpress is a headace of it’s own,. but you made it looks simple. Thanks.

  • Katelyn August 15, 2013, 1:13 am

    Thanks so much for this tutorial!! Helped a TON! However, I checked one of my links that I had posted to my blog’s facebook page, and it is redirecting me to my new site, but it is giving me an Oops! message. Part of the problem is that the link has an “a” in it, because the title of the post has an “a.” Will this mean that I’d have to repost the link on facebook (because without the a in the url the post will show up)? Thanks so much. It’s a great tutorial!!

    • DP Nguyen August 16, 2013, 9:31 am

      I would repost the link of Facebook to see if that helps.

  • Sharon August 8, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I have been looking for Blogger to Wordpress Migration Guide for like forever, and your post is the first to encourage me to take the leap! Thank you very much. I have one question though, I already use a custom domain on my blogger blog, which I have been using for more than 2 years already. Now I use Feedburner and my feed address on my blog is updated. Do I still need to do the “Redirecting Your Old Subscribers” step? I’m not 100% sure if I still need to do that.

    Your response is highly appreciated.

    Best regards!

    • DP Nguyen August 10, 2013, 12:14 pm

      Yeah, you can probably skip that step.

  • Alice August 6, 2013, 3:42 pm

    I had already transferred my blog from Blogger to Wordpress before I had found your article. But I used after that your step-by-step 301 redirecting guide with success. Great guide! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jhoveleen August 3, 2013, 1:35 am

    This is such a big help for me. Thank you very much. I am now on Wordpress.

  • Alicia June 28, 2013, 8:22 am

    You are a miracle worker! I just wanted to thank you for this information. Here we are two years down the road and it’s still totally relevant 🙂

  • Katie Clark June 19, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial. However, I am having SO many issues with my feed! I thought I followed all your steps perfectly in order to not lose any followers, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

    The only feed that seems to update is this one:
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/clarkscondensed/eKUW

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/clarkscondensed stops with the last post I posted before I moved

    this one gets an error:
    http://clarkscondensed.com/feed/

    And nothing else works. BlogLovin’ keeps saying that they can’t retrieve my posts, and Google Reader isn’t pulling any up anything either. I don’t even know where to start. Do you have any ideas?

  • sahily Perez June 7, 2013, 4:48 pm

    You are a life saver! I followed your guide and was able to complete my migration successfully. Now I’m just working on getting the look of my blog bag with my theme. Thank you so much for your terrific guide!

  • Umer May 27, 2013, 12:14 am

    Now this is the most comprehensive guide I have ever read on migration from blogger to wordpress. Most of the sites miss the important stuff but you have written all the important steps. Thanks.

  • Rodrigo May 18, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Hi, another question,
    once finished with the migration, what should I do in google webmasters tools? Should I delete old blogger blog and add the new one?
    Thanks in advance.
    Rod.

  • Rodrigo May 18, 2013, 12:28 am

    Hi,
    thanks for the tutorial, I’ve followed it and almost everything went ok.
    And I say almost because when I try to change the feed url in feedburnet I get the following error:
    “The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 1: White spaces are required between publicId and systemId.”
    This happens using the classic template.
    If I switch to the new blogger template and then copy the code generated by Blogger 301 redirect plugin, I get the following error message:
    “The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 37: The element type “meta” must be terminated by the matching end-tag “”.”
    If you could tell me what should I do, I’d really appreciate it.
    Thanks in advance an have my best regards,
    Rod

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  • Cayla and Ashley March 10, 2013, 11:57 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful information and tips that you shared! Reading all of your blogger tutorials have reduced stress and helped me out!

    I’m a young teen that recently started a blog. Feel free to check it out and offer any suggestions for improvement! Just Google “Cayla and Ashley” or visit our website: caylaandashley.blogspot.com

    Thank you again!! This was so helpful, awesome, and a great guide. I look forward to reading some more of your posts!

  • Donna February 22, 2013, 2:17 pm

    This was AMAZINGLY helpful for moving my blog. There were so many sites out there with incomplete information, but yours had it all and in great detail. I moved my blog over in a few hours, and it went rather smoothly (aside from cleaning up post details and some formatting wonkiness.) THANK YOU!

  • Srikanta Kundu February 19, 2013, 6:07 am

    Very nice guide miss.Its really helpful to me for redirecting my posts from blogger to WordPress.

  • Chelsea January 29, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Hi! Thank you for all this information. I think I followed your instructions exactly but I am finding everything is linking to my homepage. I saw another reader had the same problem, but there was no feedback for them. I added the permalink plugin like suggested hoping that would fix things, but it didn’t. Do you have any other suggestions? Does the fact that blogger no longer allows you to use the old interface effect anything (even though the redirect plugin has a code for the new interface)? Do you need to revert to the classic template even when using the new interface code? Any suggestions you can offer would be so appreciated! Thank you!!

  • seny January 15, 2013, 7:58 am

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  • jayr bena January 9, 2013, 3:34 am

    thank you so much for this information, this is very helpful. I am planning to migrate my blogger blog in wordpress.

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  • Nicole November 21, 2012, 6:59 am

    Hi, I’ve installed the 301 redirect plug in but I’m still getting the redirect message when I go to http://www.demamablogs.blogspot.com… What am I missing?

    • DP Nguyen November 24, 2012, 6:33 pm

      Did you add the Redirection Code to Blogger?

  • Jamb 2013 registration November 6, 2012, 11:14 am

    Thanks alot, i just moved my blog to wordpress, thanks alot.

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  • Jelli November 2, 2012, 6:14 pm

    This is a great guide. You’ve given me a lot of motivation to switch. I was really fearing most of the issues you tackle here. Will be sure to let you know if I go through with the move.

  • Sarah October 27, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I did the blogger to wordpress jump as well and thanks to this it was fairly painless, thank you!
    To everyone up top…your blogger pages aren’t part of the move when importing, it does specifically say that somewhere although I can’t remember where lol. So for everyone concerned, that’s completely normal.
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  • B.P October 16, 2012, 8:23 pm

    I just googled this topic and I found your write up.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH! THIS WAS SO HELPFUL!

  • Sue October 15, 2012, 12:08 am

    Has anyone run into parsing errors with the Blogger 301 Redirect plugin? I have copied the code and replaced the entire template contents with it. But Blogger is not happy…

    Error parsing XML, line 1, column 182: The value of attribute “dir” associated with an element type “null” must not contain the ‘<' character.

    That's for dir="” If I change it to dir=”rtl” I get a little further, but it gets an error at

    Error parsing XML, line 1, column 201: The content of elements must consist of well-formed character data or markup.

    That one is for $BlogPageTitle$ I think…

  • Amber Price October 2, 2012, 11:27 pm

    You seriously rock. Several times as I was trying to move to word press I came across your tutorials and they helped SO much more than any others that I found. Thank you!

    One question-blogger isn’t redirecting my pages, just my posts. Not a huge deal, I just wondered if that is normal?

  • Francis October 1, 2012, 9:11 am

    I recently migrated my blog http://www.genuineselfhelp.com from blogger to wordpress using your step by step guide. It was very useful!

  • Jayr September 24, 2012, 10:12 pm

    thanks for the guide. I am planning to move my blogger blog to wordpress.

  • gordon September 17, 2012, 8:57 am

    DP, your tutorial is fantastic! Is really what I need now as I am in process of moving my blogs.
    But I still have some doubts on some post-moving things to do. For example, how about googlewebmaster tools, affiliate links, adsense…. do i need to re-do all those with my new domain?
    Appreciate if you able to tell me more about this.

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    Thank you so much for this wonderful and thorough tutorial. I don’t know what I”d have done without this… 😀

  • Arroway August 8, 2012, 8:27 pm

    Great Tutorial – I have just completed a migration and this is basically how I did it (wish I had read this first though – took me using bits of advice from here and there instead of HERE which would have shown me everything at once)…However, one problem I have:

    Posts redirect fine. Pages do NOT. Not only do they NOT redirect, they actually result in a blogger error “Page not found / Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog does not exist.”

    This is very bad, as there are 6 very well backlinked, indexed, high ranking pages….ugh!! What to do? Any suggestions???

    Thanks!

  • Pcious July 6, 2012, 5:06 pm

    After I’ve done the “/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html” can I change the structure to ‘month and name’ after one week?

  • Lana June 22, 2012, 10:24 am

    WOW!! Thanks so much for this amazing tutorial. I followed another tutorial initially and it gave me that irritating Blogger Redirect message. I have to admit it was scary to delete all the html in my blogger template but it worked perfectly 🙂

  • Jenn June 19, 2012, 11:05 am

    Thank you so much for an awesome tutorial! The step by step instructions with pictures were perfect and I had a seamless transfer. Everything worked beautifully for me and I have absolutely no html skills at all so thank you!

  • Victoria Gordon June 5, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Woohoo – I did it… transferred my blog from blogger to wordpress this afternoon… been meaning to ‘get to it’ for ages. Your tips REALLY helped… just a heads up, if anyone else gets the following error message when trying to import their blog –

    “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://xyz.com” has not been registered.”

    Then do this…

    1. In Blogger, go to your Settings > Basic > Blog Tools > Export Blog.

    2. Click on Download Blog. It’ll save as an .xml file.

    3. Go to http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ and find the .xml file that you exported from Blogger and click Convert. It’ll save as a .xml file.

    4. ***IMPORTANT – Browse to where you downloaded the file and RENAME THE EXTENSION AS A .WXR FILE***

    4. In WordPress, go to Tools > Import > WordPress.

    The Maintain Blogger Permalink Plugin has been updated, so you can now use this plugin even by uploading a file… all re-directs worked for me even through I had to do it this way round….. Good luck!

  • veronica June 3, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! Ugh What a nightmare! The only problem I had was switching the feedburner before reading this. I don’t know what I did but I went down 1K+, I can’t get them back but if my content was good enough they’ll find me 😉 Also promoting and social media will help me there.

    YOU ROCK!

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  • christina May 17, 2012, 8:29 am

    thank you so much! your tutorials were so easy to follow and i was able to switch everything over from blogger to wordpress with no problem at all. thanks again!

  • Vincent Alston May 2, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Making the switch from blogger to wordpress (my own domain). If I turn off google search for my old blogger site won’t that effect my page rank? And what’s the purpose of redirecting the traffic to the new site – how will anyone find the old blog?

    Please advise.

  • Penny April 21, 2012, 7:03 pm

    I just spent a very long time and a lot of hell migrating… then found this post today in trying to figure out why my feedburner emails weren’t working after the migration. I have used google for advice on the entire migration but never found your tutorial, which makes it so simple {sigh}.

    Two questions: the first you can probably answer, the second is likely a lost cause:
    1) I used the Blogger 301 Redirect Plugin and it’s fantastic. However, all is redirecting to the home page of my new site on wordpress, not to the actual article. What did I do wrong? This is a big deal since I had 500 posts before migrating and a VERY GOOD google search ranking.
    2) I was using Disqus for comments on Blogger. From all I read, I have to create some map with all old urls to all new urls by hand and then know how to enter it into my site’s code somewhere to get it moved over. Without moving these comments over, my website looks unsuccessful, but it isn’t/wasn’t. I don’t know what to do. Now, I did have a year or so of comments in blogger before I started using Disqus — you can see the comment count on those posts, but the posts themselves don’t show up. There were a lot of horrifying moments in migrating from blogger to wordpress, but the comments issue is by far the worst, and the most disappointing. Still glad I moved to wordpress though!

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  • Jamie March 29, 2012, 10:29 pm

    ALSO..not to be a pain but when you type in my perpetualpageturner.blogspot.com address it SILL comes up with the redirect pages even after I did the plugin and reverted to the classic and deleted everything and pasted that in.

  • Jamie March 29, 2012, 10:25 pm

    I’m in the middle/to end stages of this process…after one hell of a ride I finally found your site. I managed to fix some of the things I needed from here but I CANNOT figure out what i’m supposed to do about my feedburner feeds. i don’t know if they are right or not. People say they can see them in their Google Reader and they click through them fine. It APPEARS as though I didn’t lose any RSS feed subscribers according to feedburner but I’m not sure if I’m in the clear yet. I had a friend who just switched and her link to her feed looks different than mine and gives more options than just Google and Yahoo reader.

    Here is my original feed: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/feed
    and this is my feed address http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/CVAGi

    That feed address is the same as what it is in Blogspot. I haven’t touched hat in months since I bought my domain FROM blogger (eNom). Is this what it’s supposed to be. My friends all have their feeds as feeds.feedburner.com/theirdomain

    I hope this makes sense…I’m at my wits end right now trying to figure this out. :((

  • Nicole March 23, 2012, 7:19 am

    This is a really great guide! One thing I wanted to add….for a lot of people, (me included), updating the RSS feed as you described left my feed only showing small summaries regardless of the fact that I set my feed to publish full posts in WP, and also in FeedBurner. In order to correct this I had to edit my feed URL in FeedBurner to http://www.mysite.com/feed/rss2

    That fixed the issue. It took me an hour to figure it out though….lol…

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  • Valentine March 20, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial!

    You made my moving to Wordpress super easy!!!!

  • JRFrugalMom March 14, 2012, 12:49 am

    Thank you so much for your help! I was terrified of doing the switch, but after doing a lot of research I finally sat down and did everything you said.

    Thank you so much for this detailed and clear explanation, it is the best I have found. I do have a couple of quirks that I hope you might be able to advise me on.

    1) I lost about 140 blogposts in the move (which really isn’t bad, since it was out of 2300
    2) I lost about 42000 comments…. which really makes me sad. Is there anything I can do to get the remaining comments back (about 1200 comments transferred over). Even though these comments were supposed to have been transferred over, I see the names of the commenters in the comment field on the dashboard, but there are no actual comments.
    3) When I try to copy and paste the 301 redirection code I get an error message. Do you have any tips on what I am doing wrong.

    Thank you again, you have helped me more than I can express. Thank you!

    • DP Nguyen March 14, 2012, 12:26 pm

      I would go back and re-do your import of comments and blog posts. You should have ALL of your blog posts and ALL your comments. It doesn’t make sense for you to lose some. I didn’t have this problem, so I am guessing it is an error in the import process.

      For the 301 redirection code, did you copy and paste it into the classic template? Did you delete everything in the class template before you copy and pasted the code?

      Hope that helps.

  • Christy March 11, 2012, 8:32 pm

    This is fantastic! I’m about half way through the process and it has been so unbelievably helpful. Thank you so much!

    I have a question: Since Google Friend Connect was retired, do you know how I can go ahead transferring all of my followers to my new Wordpress site? Your help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks again!

    • DP Nguyen March 11, 2012, 8:45 pm

      Google Friend Connect API isn’t available anymore, so there’s really no way to transfer your followers to the new Wordpress site 🙁 You have to start from scratch unfortunately. I replaced my GFC with Facebook Page, where people can like my blog.

      • Christy March 12, 2012, 10:07 am

        Great, thanks for the quick reply! I’m on to the next steps and the options to change my preferred domain and change my permalinks aren’t showing up in my WP Dashboard as you’ve displayed them. Do you know if there’s a different way to do this? Thanks again!

        • DP Nguyen March 12, 2012, 3:37 pm

          You should be able to just put your mouse over “Settings” or click on “Settings” on the left hand side of your WP Dashboard, and click on “General.”

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  • cs February 13, 2012, 4:30 pm

    This is a great write up! I think it is going to make our transition pretty pain free!

    I have a question that maybe you could expand on a bit: when talking about switching permalink structure to match the blogger permalinks (ie:/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html) you said that you dont have to keep that structure down the road but that it is important in order to make the redirects work. I get that, but wondered when you can switch it to your preferred permalink structure (ours is /%year%/%postname%/)?

    Also, in order to do that switch back to your preferred permalink structure, do you have to use one of the plugins you suggested? (advanced permalinks or permalink finder)

    Thanks for any help in advance!

    • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 10:58 pm

      Yes, one of those plugins should help you. Advanced Permalinks and Permalink Finder have different features, so you should read about them and figure out which one best fits your needs. If my memory serves me correct, I think Advanced Permalinks was the one that worked fo rme.

  • Per Zennström February 5, 2012, 8:48 am

    Hi and thanx a lot for a great tutorial…
    I had been contemplating the move for 2-3 years now and I finally set aside the weekend to do it…
    Worked like a charm ; )))

    Just one final question…
    How should I handle the “duplicate content” issue with a blogger blog and the WP clone ?
    Right now I’m not letting search engines index the new one but I need to allow them at some point…
    I assume that the next step would be to “hide” the old one from search engines and “reveal” the new one, correct ???

    Thanks again
    pz

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:26 pm

      You need to have redirects in place so that Google realizes that your old blog is the same as your new blog. Also, you need to stop your old blog from being indexed, and the new one is the only one that should be indexed.

  • Ali Mc January 9, 2012, 8:01 pm

    THIS WAS AMAZING! I am so happy I found your site….only wish I found it sooner as I lost HUNDREDS of followers via GFC and already made a new box and deleted the old one. But everything else was amazing. I had continuously installed plugin and plugin in to redirect my posts and none of them worked. After 3 hrs of manually changing half of the links in my posts I found this page 🙂 Thank you.

    • Ali Mc January 9, 2012, 8:09 pm

      I also was just wondering (since you’re so awesome) if you knew how to make it so when people perform searches and/or click on my archives I can make it so it displays more than one post. (I have it set to only display one post on my home page) and by default it applies to everything – which is not user friendly. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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  • Peter Lee November 30, 2011, 3:29 am

    If we sill keep our Blogger blog after we had redirected to WordPress, wouldn’t that confuse search engines and in the end make it looks like duplicated content or something?

  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking November 20, 2011, 12:38 am

    LOVE your step-by-step! I just moved my blog from blogger to wordpress using your tutorial and 1 other I found helpful. Currently my feedburner numbers are WAY off… use to have over 4000 and now in the 600’s. Any idea what I might have done wrong? Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • DP Nguyen November 21, 2011, 2:52 pm

      Sometimes it takes Feedburner a few days to get everything adjusted. But you may want to go and Ping Feedburner (under the Troubleshoot tab)

  • Justin November 17, 2011, 12:28 am

    Wow DP, this is one very extensive tutorial. People still come to my posts for information on transitioning from Blogger to Wordpress, and the last time I used Blogger was 2005! It’s kind of funny to find so much good info on a site called “My Pregnancy Baby” but clearly I shouldn’t judge.

    Anyway, I had no idea that the Blogger 301 Redirect plugin existed (I hadn’t really looked). It seems to be a clever workaround for the fact that Blogger doesn’t give you a template tag with the permalink but without the domain (or a programming language to extract it). Instead it passes the full Blogger URL to WordPress, which has the full expressive power of a programming language to complete the redirect. Clever.

  • Daniel November 12, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Nice instructions, DP.

    I will have to admit I am dreading the idea of moving from Blogger to WordPress, mainly due to the mixed views out on the web as to the overall benefits of doing so, and the possibility of things going pear shaped(Getting messed up) during the migration.

    Some people are saying that there are no benefits to going over to WordPress.
    I find that a little hard to believe, as WordPress offers a ton of plugins, that you just cannot find over here on Blogger.

    Though, I have a (.com) domain on Blogger, I feel the overall Blog itself is just not reaching anywhere near it’s potential on the Blogger platform.
    Also, my current Bloggerized word-press theme has given me a number of issues(most edits must be done manually through coding—no Blogger template designer access is available)…..

    • DP Nguyen November 15, 2011, 10:09 pm

      One of the major benefits I think of Wordpress is that you have more control over SEO, and you can change the permalink structure. I am not a fan of the Blogger permalink structure. I think I just like the flexibility that Wordpress provides me.

      But I definitely think it’s a huge step, so you have to really think about what you want from your Wordpress blog. There are a ton of plugins, and more design options. SO, I really personally prefer Wordpress.

  • Neil November 10, 2011, 3:26 am

    You are awesome! You’ve made this process so much easier! Thanks so much!

  • Brad November 9, 2011, 10:10 pm

    I have read some tutorials on this that say you need to go into your old blogger blog and set it to not enable search engines to access it to avoid duplicate content penalty. Do you think this is necessary or advisable? Thanks.

    • DP Nguyen November 9, 2011, 10:39 pm

      Yes, I would highly advise you to do that!

  • DDV November 7, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Great guide, thank you. Noticed a missing part though, some people need to use the Permalink Finder plugin to get the redirections to work properly.

    • DP Nguyen November 7, 2011, 3:36 pm

      I mentioned Permalink Finder in the post, but I didn’t go in depth about it. It is a helpful plugin for some who need it 🙂

  • Grady Pruitt October 20, 2011, 12:51 am

    If I needed to move from Blogger to Wordpress, this is a pretty clear guide. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen October 18, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Wow, what a great step by step guide. I will keep this bookmarked in case I ever move back to a self hosted WP site.

    • DP Nguyen October 18, 2011, 3:45 pm

      It can be a complicated process, so I tried to outline all the steps that I went through to help others 🙂 Hope it helps you if you ever decide to make the move

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