How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings

Do you want to migrate your Blogger blog
to WordPress? Well keep watching, in this video I’ll walk you through how you can
migrate your Blogger site to WordPress today. There are a few things that we
need to set up to get this process going so I’ll show you the things that we’ll
be doing. First we need to set up a hosting account, second we need to
install WordPress, and then we need to migrate or import Blogger information
from your Blogger site over to WordPress. So if you’re ready, let’s get started.
If you don’t already have a hosting account you’ll want to get one set up so
that we can start the installation of WordPress to get this going.
Since you’re setting up your site for the first time we usually recommend
Bluehost it’s a very inexpensive way to get started on your own WordPress site
and WPBeginner has worked with Bluehost for several years so we’ve been able to
get a discount for you. If you click on the link below you can claim that offer.
From here you just want to click the big green button to get started now and
during this process you can select your plan. normally if you just have one web
site then the basic is fine. I tend to like setting up a lot of websites or a
lot of domains so a lot of times I will choose the plus area but the basic is
fine as well. For you just want to select the one that’s best for you and then
we’ll move on. On this screen you’ll want to choose your new domain. If you already
have a domain for the website then you can put that in here
otherwise you’ll want to put in the domain that you want to set up and the
great thing about this discount is your domain name comes free with this and
from here you just want to fill out the account information that’ll be
associated with this account. Scrolling down real quick I want to just
show you that by default the account plan is for 36 months but you can change
this here if you need to and you’ll see how much you’re saving here. Also under
the package extras we usually suggest unchecking all of these to get started
and then down here you’ll see the total discount and the amount due today. So go
ahead and fill out all this information to set up your hosting plan and then
we’ll move on. All right once you setup the hosting account now we need to
install WordPress. They make it really easy, what you want to do is from your
cPanel scroll down until you find something called install WordPress. We’ll
click on that button from here you see that we have an overall progress side up
here it shows everything that we’ve done so far and what still needs to happen.
Then down here you want to pick the domain that you want it to go under as
well as where you want it installed. We want to installed right where the domain
is so let’s click Next. Now it will go through the process of installing
WordPress for us and there’s not much that we have to do except just wait. Once
it’s completed installing you’ll notice the installation details here. You want
to copy that information now we can go to our website and log in. To do that
open up a new tab, type in your website address, and at the end type in wp-admin
that will take you to the login area so that you can enter your login
information and login. Great now that you’ve logged in you see that you have
your dashboard area for WordPress. The next thing we want to do is we want to
go back to Blogger so that we can export the information from our Blogger site. So
log in to your Blogger site and go down to your Settings area. From the Settings
area let’s click Other and we want to backup our content. So we’ll click backup
content and yeah we want to save it to our computer. You can name it whatever
you want and it will be an XML file for us to import into our WordPress site
later. So let’s click Save and you’ll see down here that it’s saving to our
computer. Great once that’s done I can close that out and we want to head back
over to our dashboard in WordPress. So I’m going to click on my dashboard for
WordPress because we need to import what we just exported from Blogger so on my
side tabs I’m going down to my Tools area click Import. There are a few
different import features that we have that we can import from other things.
This is the one we want to import so we need to install it first and once
its installed we can run the importer. Now it’ll bring us to this screen so now we
have to find where we just saved that. You can also if you have it in your
taskbar, you can left-click and drag it up to choose the file and you see it’s
there or you can click Choose file and go find the XML file click on that we
see it’s ready and we can upload file and import the content. What thats, what
that’s going to do is now that we imported it we need to decide do we want
to create a new user for all of the posts that were under us or from the
drop-down select the user that we want. I’m going to assign all of them to an
existing user on this site and click Submit. What this will do is you can see
at the bottom is that it’ll go through and start the import process and once
that’s done you get a message saying ‘All done. Have fun.’ make sure to update
the passwords and the roles of the users if you’ve imported users. We didn’t but
if you do import users make sure you update the password information. Now that
we have that we can go to our posts. It’s imported all the posts that we’ve had
from our Blogger area so you can scroll through and make sure that you see all
of the ones that you import. Now what we need to do next is we need to set up
the permalinks, that’s what comes after your url. Blogger has a different URL
structure than what we normally have with WordPress so we need to make sure
that that matches as closely as possible so that we don’t, use, lose any rankings.
To change that let’s go over to our settings area, click on Permalinks, and we
want to, you see by default it’ll do post name that’s the typical setting for
WordPress but we want to go to custom structure and we’re going to remove that
and I’m going to paste this in here. You can see it in our blog post basically
you want the Year, the month number, the post name .HTML that’s if you want to
keep the structure the same. So once we enter that we
should be good to go and you can come down here and click Save Changes. Now
sometimes the structure still won’t be the same and what you can do is if you
look at our link on our site you can copy this bit of code into the functions.php for the WordPress theme and that should get it close to the Blogger’s URL
structure and I’ll show you how to do that now. I’m going to highlight this bit
of code that you see on our post, gonna right click and copy. Minimize this, now
we need to go back to our WordPress dashboard we want to go to Appearance,
let’s head down to Editor and what we need to do is we need to first we need
to say that we understand that we’re making changes to the code and that
could break things. WordPress has gotten really good about saving you from
yourself so we’ll be alright. We’ll just click ‘I
understand’ and what we need to do is we need to click on the theme function
that’s what we’re looking for, scroll all the way down, get into a new
line, and right click and we want to paste that bit of code that we found on
wpbeginner. We can update the file, once we update that all we have to do is
visit any of our posts on our website. So I’m going to scroll down and I’m going
to view this post. Great, so what it did is it simply updated my information, it
went it took a script it went and updated all of the posts permalinks to
match what I needed it to match for my Blogger site so now this is good to go.
We only needed to do that once so now we need to go back into our Appearance area
and remove that code we don’t want that in there anymore so we’ll click edit and go
to the Editor again, go to our theme’s function, scroll all the way down, and we
need to make sure we only remove what started on line 70
and remove that. Again update the information, now that the permalinks
structure is set we can keep going so basically we have imported everything
from our Blogger site into our WordPress site which is awesome now we need to
make sure that anybody who goes to our old Blogger site will get redirected to
our new website. That’s very important otherwise we’re not getting any of the
traffic to our new site. So to do that we need to install a plugin and it’s
called ‘Blogger to WordPress Redirector’ and that will help us set up all the
redirects that we need to make sure that anybody who goes to our old Blogger site
will now come to our WordPress site. So let’s go to Plugins, Add New from here we
are like I said looking for a Blogger to WordPress Redirection and this is what
we want so let’s click install now. With plugins once you install it you also
want to make sure that you activate it for your website and you see it here
which is great and we need to go back over to tools, go to ‘Blogger to WordPress
Redirection’ to get some things set up. You see some great notes here that we
need to keep this activated for the redirection to work so all we need to do
is click start configuration for this to start and they found the list of blog
that we need to update so let’s click ‘Get Code’ and what it’s going to do is
it’s going to generate some code that we can go back to our Blogger site to put
in to make sure that people who come there will be redirected properly to our
new website. So I’m going to highlight this area, click copy, and with this code
we need to go back to our Blogger dashboard area so I’m going to click
back over here and from here we need to update our theme so I’m gonna go to
theme and we need to edit the HTML now if you have custom code on here that you
want to keep now would be a good time to copy that and save it locally otherwise
we’re going to select all, delete all that’s there, and we’re going to paste in
what we got from our Blogger to WordPress redirection plugin. So I’m
going to right click put paste and you see all of that information that it gave
me. Perfect, now we want to make sure that we click Save theme and we need to do
one more thing for the mobile users so let’s go back to theme and you see you
have live on blog and you also have mobile so under here let’s click on the
gear box and just make sure that this is showing ‘Show desktop theme on mobile
devices’ and that means that they’ll see what the desktop people see so that’s
good. So let’s click Save Changes and now if I go click view blog and open it in a
new window now you see that it just redirected everything to my WordPress
site which is perfect that’s exactly what we want. So now everything that was
in Blogger is now on my site you can go under blog and you can see all of the
posts that I have done over the years on Blogger and that’s perfect. Now here’s
the caveat for this when you want to move other content from Blogger to
WordPress like your pages or your widgets that’s more difficult you’ll
actually have to go in and copy the information for instance I’ll
right-click select all and I’ll right-click and copy, and then you’ll
have to go into your WordPress site, go up to pages, click add new, and you’ll
need to add each one separately. Make sure you add the title of the page like
it was in your Blogger then click publish and then you’ll have that there.
So you’ll need to do that for all of the pages that you have and then one final
thing that you’ll want to make sure that you update is if anyone reads your
Blogger website and has it in an RSS feed you’ll want to update that as well.
So to do that let’s go back to our Blogger area, we’ll go to settings, we’ll
scroll down, go to ‘Other’, and under post feed redirect we need to add our own
feed so make sure you add in all the information before, add your URL, and do
/feed that is the normal WordPress RSS feed address. Put that in
there and let’s click save settings. So now anybody who reads
your Blogger blog they’ll now be able to read it in your WordPress site. So now
you’ve done it you have successfully migrated your
Blogger site to WordPress without losing any Google rankings. Sid you learn
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18 thoughts on “How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings

  1. Hello Mam How to migrate from wp to blogger. i always try but blogger doesnt import data nor it write any posts from wp. please make a video on it . Really Excited for your response

  2. thanks for the video, I just wanted to ask that after successfully importing all my posts and pages from blogger to WordPress. Can I delete these plugins like " Blogger Importer " " Blogger To WordPress" ?
    Please tell me

  3. Hi,

    I followed these steps. My blogger is moved to wordpress now, but my traffic dropped alot. Earlier I got around 1.5 k traffic daily, but after migrating to wordpress ,daily visits are only 100-150.

    Should I revert to blogspot as traffic decrease disasterly.. In blogger I got daily 10 k impression, but now only 100-200.

  4. What about the images in my posts? They remain in original server (like Google Photos). Is there any way to make a FULL migration, including the upload to my WP blog of all images without breaking the posts?

  5. this is super excellent. I was scared of losing my blogger because that's been my site for so long and I just bought a domain name so I sort of tried to copy whatever new post I wrote in blogger to wordpress which made it tedious. So I was thinking if there was a way to redirect people from my blogger site to the new wordpress site and woahlah!! kkkk thumbs up!

  6. Blogger migration to wordpress
    Blogger backup upload to wordpress successful but any post not show in wordpress / blog

  7. Hi,
    I watch you valuable and informative videos regularly. There are lot of things to learn in your contents (specially for us – new bloggers)

    But I have a question….
    An worry is troubling me for now a days..

    I have a fully adsense approved website in blogger. Ads are already running/showing there.

    Now I want to switch from blogger to WordPress.

    So after switching ….
    (1) Do I need to submit sitemap to Google search consoles again for that perticular website ?

    (2) will my AdSense code that we use to put in bellow the <head> tag will be automatically set ?

    Please guide me so that I can convert my blooger website to an WordPress website.

    Pls reply…
    Pls don't ignore..

    I will be waiting for your reply.

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