The best way I’ve found is to transfer from a Blogger blog with a lot posts and links to a self-hosted WordPress blog. I felt I had to move from Blogger as it wasn’t as flexible as WordPress. Unfortunately during my research on “how to move from blogger to WordPress” I came across the wrong information. Specifically I was told that there was a way of getting back Google Page Rank – Not so! I wished I’d found this more knowledgeable post first on moving blogger to WordPress.
With it’s help I updated the way my blogger blog redirected at the post level so it should transfer people directly to the equivalent post in my Business Growth blog.
Bear it in mind when you start a Blogger blog. They’re great to begin with and to play with but if your readers start to rely on it remember that there is some pain and trauma in moving from Blogger to WordPress! To make the move as seamless as possible for your readers follow these steps:
- inform them in a post that you’re going to be transferring to your own WordPress blog
- Offer them the ability to sign up on the current blog so you can painless add them to the WordPress blog subscriber list
- Post another post warning them that there will be some between 5 to 7 days delay (it all depends on your schedule) before the new WordPress blog begins to offer posts
- Buy your domain name (there’s loads of reasonably priced places to buy domains (GoDaddy, Namecheap)
- Buy hosting and point your new domain name server at your hosting account (I use Hostgator because you can run loads of different domains from it)
- Set up your WordPress installation (Hostgator‘s WordPress install is simplicity itself! And another reason I went with them)
- Select a theme for your blog. Don’t use the WordPress default as there are loads of free, good, themes to choose from elsewhere
- Install plugins to help you and your readers, which ones you install is a matter of personal choice, the first ones I installed were:
- Also continue to add posts to the blogger blog as this whole transfer set-up continues
- Test the WordPress set-up – using Firefox and Internet Explorer to look at your blog content
- Log into your WordPress blog and go to the menu: Manage then the submenu Import at which point you’re asked to choose your blog type
- Import all the posts and comments from your blogger blog using this facility.
- Then follow the steps in moving blogger to WordPress to enable you to ensure that people who find your Blogger posts are re-directed to your equivalent WordPress post
Controls AdSense & Referral blocks on your WordPress blog. Not actually in use as yet…
The first plugin I had in place. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Invaluable!
Helps you apply SEO on your WordPress blog.
So you can respond to comments from the admin panel without having to go back to the site.
Any visitor can easily bookmark your site. The widget works with loads of popular bookmarking services.
Redirects your original WordPress feeds to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber. Of course you do ahve a feedburner account – indispensable!
Shows the most recent comments or trackbacks
Creates a sitemap for your WordPress blog
After the post it provides a list of related posts from the same category as the original post.
Initially I found that I used images that overlapped colums which created havoc. So I chose this to enable me to specify a maximum image width
Although I’ve not used this yet I have no doubt that I will. Particularly when I’m doing reviews of shows like The Apprentice.Gives authors an easy way to connect posts together as a series.
Speeds up the posting process.
Vital if you want relatively easy installation of new plugins from the admin interface.
Another plugin that helps search engine optimize your blog’s title tags.
Adds tags to WordPress.
Gives an archive view, based on tags. Needs Ultimate Tag Warrior
Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks
I couldn’t resist these plugins which optimize the browsing experience for the above games stations
Very fast cache module.
So Robert, why don’t you go ahead, bite the bullet and move your blog from Blogger to WordPress. You’ll be glad you did. And it’s better to do so before you’ve gone too far with lots of posts and comments.
If you’ve used blogger to host images and you delete your old blog the hosting will eventually stop and you’ll start to miss some images from your new WordPress blog. A way to get round this is to keep the old blogger blog but to make sure that the search engines don’t index it.