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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Easy way to migrate from Blogger to wordpress

For the sake of some of you who want to migrate from blogspot to wordpress without going through any html hassle, I've researched and found this guide from SML useful for that.
BlogSpot is a good platform to start blogging with but when you are looking to make a name or career in the field of blogging, WordPress is the best choice for your blogging platform. One of the most common reason you might be stuck with BlogSpot is because you might not know how you can move to WordPress.
Now if you have a new BlogSpot blog with few posts and a mild daily traffic, you don’t need to worry about making it a search engine friendly migration.
You can simply import your BlogSpot blog posts to WordPress, delete your BlogSpot blog and start blogging on WordPress platform.  This simple guide will help you with the import of all Posts, comments and users from your Blogger blog to WordPress.
Many bloggers who moved from BlogSpot to WordPress, prefers to move all of their content from BlogSpot blog to WordPress. You might want to start a fresh which is good but if you are getting traffic on your blog, it’s a good idea to move everything to WordPress. You can then delete all those posts that you feel is outdated or not up to your current standard.
The process of migrating your posts, comments and users are easy. WordPress offer inbuilt Blogger migration tool to import everything to WordPress from BlogSpot, and we will look into it. By using Blogger export and WordPress import feature, you can easily import your posts from BlogSpot to WordPress. 

Guide to Import Blogger to WordPress:
So, I assume you are already, logged into your new WordPress blog and also logged into your Blogger account. One thing, which you need to do, if you are using BlogSpot custom domain, make sure you revert back to default BlogSpot domain.
You can always add custom domain again for the sake of passing link juice and let Google handle 301 redirection.
Once you are inside WordPress dashboard, click on Tools >Import and click on Blogger.
Select BlogSpot importer
This will prompt you to install a plugin that will handle posts, comments and users import from your BlogSpot blog to WordPress blog.
Blogger Importer WordPress plugin
So once you installed, click on Activate and run importer:
Run BlogSpot importer plugin
On the next page, you will get the option to upload the XML file of your BlogSpot.

How to export BlogSpot blog in XML format
Login to your BlogSpot blog & click on Settings> Other. Click on Export blog under blog tools

This will open a prompt which says something like:
Export your blog into the Blogger Atom export format. You can do this to move your blog to another blogging service or simply to store your blog on your own hard drive. Don’t worry, your blog will still remain on Blogger until you delete it.
Download BlogSpot blog
Click on Download blog & this will start downloading your blogspot blog in .xml format.
Now go back to your WordPress blog, browse the downloaded Xml file & click on upload file & import. This will start the process of importing your posts, comments, images, and links.  (This may take some time depending upon the size of your BlogSpot blog)
The process is very simple, and WordPress import feature made it too easy for non-techy people as well. Once all your blog posts and comments are migrated, you can associate users with them. I also suggest you, go to Posts > Categories and click on Categories to tag converter and convert all categories into a tag.
Since imported Blogger labels are used as WordPress categories and I would prefer keeping only a few categories for better structure and tags for labels. In few minutes, your new WordPress blog will be up and ready with all posts and comments.
If sometimes, your importer stuck or doesn’t import all posts or comments, I would suggest you to use WP suicide plugin and dump all posts and comments from WordPress blog and re-authenticate and re-initiate the import process.
At times, this whole process sounds geeky and little technical, in that case, you can hire me to get it done for you. Though, if you are familiar with the basic know-how of BlogSpot and WordPress, importing Blogger to WordPress won’t be a tough process for you.
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