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How to Move Your Blog From Blogger to WordPress

Another question that I see quite often is how to move a blog from Blogger (Blogspot) to WordPress.

It’s actually a pretty straightforward process but, as in anything to do with moving data and content around, things can go wrong.

So here’s a step-by-step process.  

Moving your content from Blogger to WordPress.com and up-to-date versions of WordPress.org (self-hosted WordPress) is a simple, 1-step move.

Moving from Blogger to older versions of WordPress.org (pre v2.5) is a 2-step process. The easy part is – the first step is to move it to WordPress.com.

So – moving your content from Blogger to WordPress.com and new versions of WordPress.org.  Here’s the process:

1. Set up your WordPress.com account.

Go to WordPress.com and start a new blog. Choose a name that reflects what your blog will be about, and remember that the url will always end with wordpress.com. So your blog address will be http://yourblogname.wordpress.com

Choosing a name that reflects what your blog will be about is helpful in the search results, but you’ll get quick rankings in the search engines anyway because you’re on the wordpress.com domain.

If you’re installing and setting up a new WordPress.org account, the steps for doing all that are set out in more detail here.

2. Import your Blogger content.

In your WordPress admin area, go to your Tools>Import screen and click on Blogger – the top item in the list.

The next screen tells you that you need to authorise Blogger to allow WordPress to access your blog. Click the ‘Authorise’ button.

You’ll be taken to the Google login page and a message will explain that you need to log in to allow WordPress to access your Blogger account.  Log in.

You may be taken to a page that warns that your blog has not registered with Google to establish a secure connection. Ignore it (that’s what you’re doing now!) and click the ‘Grant Access’ button.

After clicking the ‘Grant Access’ button you will be taken back to WordPress and a screen that sets out the number of posts and comments in your Blogger account. There will be an ‘Import’ button to the right.

Click the button to import the items you want to import and you’re done.

That’s it for importing your Blogger content to WordPress.com and new versions of WordPress.org.

If you want to move your Blogger content to an older version of WordPress.org (pre 2.5) you need to take a couple more steps. This involves exporting your content from WordPress.com to your PC and then importing it to your WordPress.org account:

1. In your WordPress.com account go to Tools>Export

The default setting exports the content of all authors, so if you want to restrict the authors that are exported do so through the drop down menu.

Click the ‘Download Export File’ button and save it in an easy location on your PC.

2. Import your content to your older WordPress.org account

Log in to your WordPress.org account and go to Tools>Import.

At the bottom of the options you’ll see an option to import content from a WordPress export file.

Select that option and on the following screen navigate to the location on your PC where you saved your export file.

Click the ‘Upload File and Import’ button – and you’re done.

BTW – for people who are using WordPress.com this is also how you can back up your content so you’re protected in case of problems.

That’s it for moving your blog from Blogger to WordPress.

Let me have any questions by leaving a comment below.

Update – 19th May, 2009

I’ve written another article on how to re-direct your links and RSS feeds from Blogger to your new WordPress blog so you don’t lose your followers and RSS subscribers.

You can find it here.

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