5 Steps to Migrate Blog From Blogger to WordPress [2016]

Blogger is one of the best free tools available to quickly start blogging. In fact, a majority of successful bloggers have most likely started their blogging career with Blogger. After all, it is always a wise idea to begin with no investment especially when you are a beginner. Blogger to WordPress Migration - However, most bloggers eventually move to a self-hosted site to get complete control over their blog and possibly making a living with it. A self-hosted blog requires you to register a personal domain and buy reliable hosting services to get your blog up and running. This is a step-by-step guide for importing Blogger blog to WordPress that help you with easy steps for switching a Blog from Blogger to WordPress without losing your Google ranking or pagerank. Check out this How-to guide to move your blog from Blogger to WordPress.
Migrate Blog from Blogger to WordPress
Migrate Blog from Blogger to WordPress
Last time we have seen WordPress Vs. Blogger - How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform | Comparison | Pros & Cons and today we are going to see how to switch from Blogger to WordPress. Migrating your Blogger blog to WordPress doesn't have to be difficult. There are few more but easy steps and this page provides you step by step instructions that are required to complete the BlogSpot to WordPress migration.

How to migrate from Blogger to WordPress?

If you are also planning to move your blog from blogger to WordPress, you'd probably be worried about losing your pagerank, search engine rankings [SEO], and Google search traffic.

Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Well, the following guide provides an easy option for importing your blog from Blogger and then migrate it to WordPress website without losing your Google rankings and traffic.

Step 1: Export your Blogger Blog

The first thing is to export your Blogger blog's content. Log in to your Blogspot dashboard and click settings → other. You will be redirected to blog tools page where you get three options on the top right corner of the page – import blog, export blog, and delete blog. Of course, you have to click on export blog option to export to blog.

Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

A dialog box will pop up with details about downloading your blog in XML format to your local system. Hit download blog to start downloading.
Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Step 2: Import to WordPress

Before importing your blog to WordPress, make sure you have install WordPress on your server. Now, go to your WordPress dashboard → tools and select import.

Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Upon clicking import, you will be given a list of platforms from where you can import the blog. However, since we are moving from Blogger, we'll click on Blogger. It will install the Blogger importer plugin to import your blog. After installing the plugin, you can activate it and run it.

The plugin enables you to import non-spam comments, categories, images, and posts. However, it does not import avatars, templates, widgets, and pages.

Once you have successfully installed and activated the Blogger Importer plugin, it will ask you to upload your XML file (exported from Blogger). Upload the file from your system and hit 'upload file and import'.

After all the files have been uploaded, you will get the option to import the authors. You can either create new authors or link the original authors with new authors.

Alternative to Blogger Importer:

Sometimes, Blogger Importer does not perform the way it should. It often has issues migrating your images and categories. Therefore, you can also use Blogger Importer Extended plugin that imports more than the standard plugin. It performs other tasks including 301 redirects. It also preserves the slugs and performs format conversion.

Step 3: Changing Permalinks

Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

It's important to change your permalinks and match them with your Blogger's permalinks. To set permalinks, click on settings → permalinks. You will be redirected to permalink settings page. Click on the custom structure and enter this in the textbox.


Now save the changes to complete the process of moving from Blogger to WordPress.

Step 4: Fixing blogspot Redirect in WordPress

You may encounter few problems with your WordPress website on various browsers such as UCWeb, Opera or more. In order to fix this problem, you have to replace the code in your WordPress .htaccess file with the following lines of code.

# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L] RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] # END WordPress

# Begin Redirection
#Redirect archives
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{4})_([0-9]{1,2})_([0-9]{1,2})_archive.html$ $1/$2/ [L,R=301] #Redirect labels/categories
RewriteRule ^search/label/(.*)$ category/$1/ [L,R=301] RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L] #ATOM Feeds
RewriteRule atom.xml feed/atom/ [L,R=301] RewriteRule feeds/posts/default feed/atom/ [L,R=301] #RSS FEEDS
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default?alt=rss feed/ [L,R=301] RewriteRule rss.xml feed/ [L,R=301] #Comments Feed
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default comments/feed/ [L,R=301] RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default?alt=rss comments/feed/ [L,R=301] # End Redirection
Once you have replaced the code, your blog is successfully moved and ready to be launched.

Step 5: Testing

Needless to say, it's always important to test your site. Once you have tested that everything is working absolutely fine, you can take off the maintenance mode from your WordPress and make it live.

Bottom Line:

Moving your blog from blogger to WordPress isn't a challenging task provided you have the right tools. However, the most important thing is to ensure you have moved your blog with your original SEO and traffic. Thus, it's important to follow each step strictly and do everything cautiously.
Have you ever migrated your blog from Blogger to WordPress? If so, what steps did you follow? If you think I've missed something, please do share it in the comments below.

Article By Jason - is an experienced Wordpress Developer by profession and he is associated with WordSuccor Ltd.- Wordpress Migration Company. He is a passionate, creative and technical writer and always lookout for learning something new. Get in touch with him if you are about to hire an experienced Wordpress developer for your Wordpress Migration projects.

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