Some of the first blogs I ever created were on Blogger. This is a great place to create a blog, especially for beginners. I still like using them for certain type of sites, but not for my money makers. However, ever since I’ve had my own hosting, I wondered how to transfer my Blogger blogs to WordPress.org. I literally thought it would be to much trouble so I never even bothered before. It’s actually a really quick and simple process.
I’ll even show you how to transfer over from Blogger to WordPress, and keep your backlinks, pagerank and traffic. That’s if your Blogger blog is on it’s own domain name.
I make most of my sites now with WordPress.org. Why? It’s the best blogging platform to create highly professional sites or blogs quickly and easily. From their numerous plugins that allow you to add and change your site up without any coding. All the way to the endless choices of WP themes available. WordPress is just the way to go if you want full control over your blog and own all your content.
Just to be clear, WordPress.org is a self-hosted blogging platform. Meaning, you need to have hosting before you can install WordPress.org. I suggest you use Hostgator. They are leading provider for shared hosting and the best for WordPress blogs. Just about every tutorial I write is for Hostgator Hosting, since that’s what I use. But the steps below should be about the same even if you’re with a different hosting company.
How to Transfer from Blogger to WordPress:
1. Change the dns of your domain to your hosting
If you have your own domain name for your Blogger blog, then just follow all the steps below.
If you don’t have your Blogger blog on its own domain already, then skip these 2 steps. But you will lose pagerank, backlinks and traffic if you don’t put your Blogger blog on it’s own domain first while it’s still on Blogger. You probably want to put your Blogger blog on it’s own domain before you migrate to WordPress, give the search engines a few months to transfer everything over to your new domain, then follow the steps below. The regular Blogger domain looks like this, sitename.blogspot.com. And if you have your own domain name, then it would look like this, sitename.com.
If you purchased the domain name straight from the Blogger dashboard like the image above, then you domain registrar should be Enom. Whatever your domain registrar is log into your account like the image below and change the Name Servers of your hosting. You can usually find your namer servers for your hosting in the cpanel or in your email they sent you. Like for Hostgator, log into your cpanel and you’ll see a box on the bottom of the left sidebar with your 2 hostgator.namerservers.
2. Addon domain name
Now you need to go back into your hosting cpanel, click on the addon domains and add your domain name for your Blogger blog.
3. Install WordPress onto your domain
Install wordpress onto your domain name. Here’s a complete guide on how to install WordPress onto Hostgator.
4. Configure your permalinks
Now you need to configure your permalinks so you can keep your backlinks and your traffic. In your WP dashboard, under settings, click on permalinks and make your custom structure just like the image below.
5. Import Blogger blog to WordPress
Back in your WordPress dashboard, under tools, click on import and then select Blogger. Choose the blog you’re going to import and follow all the prompts to move your comments and posts over.
6. Correct the Permalink Structure
To make sure the permalinks (url’s) are exactly the same, since Blogger permalinks are a little different than WordPress, then you can install the blogger to wordpress redirection plugin.
Or, you can go to step 6 here, moving from blogger to wordpress and download their WP plugin instead.
7. Last steps
You are ready to work on the design and layout of your blog. You can install a new wordpress theme under appearance in your WP dashboard. And if you’re using Feedburner, make sure you update your primary feed so people from Blogger blog will be redirected properly.
Now it’s time to kick back, start writing, and enjoy WordPress to the fullest. There’s no better blogging platform out there, and you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t migrate your Blogger blogs to WordPress earlier. If you have any tips or suggestions about transferring over from Blogger to WordPress, then leave a comment.