Import blog from Blogger.com into WordPress – Free your blog with freedom

[Updated 2007-06-20] After posting this topic, I have received many requests to talk about more clean up tasks after import blogger.com to WordPress blog. Here you go! Import blog from Blogger.com into WordPress – The final chapter

20 years ago, people asked for your phone number for contact. 10 years ago, people asked for e-mail to contact you. Now everyone must have an email address, and a web site. Just for the past few years, everyone were asked for a blog address. Blogger, one of the first free blog web site, provides free blog space for everyone who want to write up something. Most of people are writing something for themselves or families to share their photos or life.

A free service is good, but it lacks freedom. Blogger has been a number one choice for spammer to create dummy pages for marketing and SEO (Search engine optimization) purpose. So a lotof people don’t visit them anymore. Now WordPress is number one blog system that gives you more freedom to blog the way you want. Of course, Blogger.com gives a lot of flexibility to do thing you want. WordPress gives you more control. It also has huge communities to support new features and plug-ins.

There is also a free WordPress services at WordPress.com. Again, free doesn’t means freedom. So it’s better off to setup your own WordPress and host on your own. So how do you convert your Blogger.com blog into WordPress?

Basically, you need to import all your posts from Blogger.com to WordPress

First of all, you need to make sure you have WordPress 2.2 installed. You can download it from WordPress.org. The earlier version doesn’t support Blogger import. Let’s assume that you have customize your WordPress 2.2 the way you want. And you just want to import the blog posts.

So here are the process.

Open your WordPress admin section and go to Manage tab. There is an import option. You should see the Blogger option.

WordPress Admin

Before you can import any post, you need to make sure you have a Google account that is used to login to your Blogger.com. If you are using the old blogger.com layout with your own email address. You will need to first convert to the new Blogger.com account with a Google account. It’s free to get Google account, which can be helpful for your blogging life. You will be asked to authenticate your new WordPress blog to access your Blogger.com account.

Import blogger

If you have not login to Google account, it will prompt you to login. It will ask you to grant access to your Blogger.com account from you WordPress.

Google login

Once you successfully login into Blogger account, you have the choice to import your blogs. If you have more than one blogs, you can import them one at a time.

Import Blogger

It will notify you that how many posts have been import to your new WordPress blog.

Now you have most of your posts in your WordPress blog. Well. There are problems with this import process. So you have a lot of work to do to clean your blog.

1. It will not import the images from your blogger.com. It will reference the image. It’s not safe to use Blogger.com to store you images. So you will have to manually upload your image to a new photo sharing service such as Photobucket.com or AOL Pictures. I personally recommend AOL Pictures with unlimited space for free.

2. It will import all your tags as categories. So suddenly you have tons new categories import to your WordPress at the top level. You will have to manually change them to make it more meaningful.

3. It will not import your comment correctly. The link in the comment may get lost. I don’t really pay attention on this, since all posts will be treated as new posts on your WordPress. It will be re-indexed by search engine.

4. It will not import your sidebar links, widget, add-ons, css and layout. So you will customize your layout in WordPress, which you have the freedom to do whatever you want.

Playing with WordPress is fun and time consuming, if you want to make it looks awesome. There are a lot of resources on the Internet that you can find to help you make your WordPress blog a success.

Few more thing you need to do.

1. Install WordPress plug-ins to enhance your blog. Here are some of the Plug-ins that Clazh recommends.

2. Customize your layout to make it simple and clean. So it’s easy for reader to read.

3. Add widget to communicate with all your friends on MyBlogLog, Bumpzeeand BlogCatalog

4. Install AdSense or any other advertisement based Javascript, if you want to make money on you blog.

5. Install Google Analytic to track your blog traffic

I hope this is helpful to many of my readers, who are new to WordPress.

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  1. Terence Chang says

    Steve:

    Sure! Sounds good. I am trying to figure out who I should tag… you will see that soon .. Cool!

  2. says

    Ah, it’s a bit of fun at the end of the day, plus it’s a free link to your site…

    I’ll check back sometime to see who you’ve tagged. Could be some more Technorati favorites for me to add.

    Later,

    –Steve

  3. says

    A lot people thinking of moving from wordpress to blogger should find this post useful. I was in the process of writing a similar post. By the way I the link is to my about page and those are the plugins I am currently using :D

  4. Terence Chang says

    Arpit Jacob:

    You scares me the big time. I thought I did not know “People are converting to Blogger.com”

    Yes. After reading your “About” page, I download whole bunch of the plug-ins and used it on my blog as well.

    Thanks!

  5. says

    Terence: If i am able to transfer my blogs from blogger to wrodpress, through your post above, i will be forever endebted to you. Super thanxs for posting this and helping me move to WordPress. You are the man!!!! Tommorrow or tonite, i will attempt the transfer, i will keep you updated on my move and let you know if i have any questions. I’m off to promote this post for you like promised. Thanxs, again. Missy.

  6. Terence Chang says

    Missy:

    I hope you successfully transfer your blog to WordPress. That is what I did before. Well. Of course, there are work to clean up the rest, but it worth to be on WordPress.

    Good luck!

  7. says

    I blog professionally over at keetsa!, and it is based in wordpress, so i am quite familiar with its interface. The servers and ftp stuff, that i’m not familiar with. But i am willing to learn. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  8. says

    I tried to import my blogger blog into WordPress once. It froze and goofed up my blogger account!!! So I won’t be trying this again.

  9. Terence Chang says

    clangnuts:

    I am sorry to hear that. I am not sure what happened. I can only guess that you have a lot of post or you are using the old template.

    You can visit WordPress.org forum and find some help there. I like WordPress a lot.

  10. Terence Chang says

    Missy:

    Good job! It was not that hard, was it? Look like you have your comments convert as well.

    Now. it’s the fun and hard part.

    1. Remember what I say in the post. Your image are still hosted on Blogger.com, which will soon be deleted because you are linking them from your new blog with non-blogspot.com domain. My was deleted by blogger.com in few days. So suddenly all your image are missing, which will annoy your reader. So move them to somewhere and re-link them in every post. Fun?
    2. All of the categories are all in the top level, you might want to reorganize them before your blog get indexed by search engine. If you mouse over the categories, you see the URL have /tag/ in there, which supposed to be /category/ in wordpress. This is not a big deal, but just not well structured, in my opinion.
    3. This is the most important part. Now you have the new blog which have exactly the same content as your old one. Have your old one being indexed on Google? If yes, now you have duplicate content on both site. You will soon find that most of you post on either your new one or old one are in the Google Hell (supplemental result), which will put you at the bottom of the search result.

    There is no easy solution for this. However, I still trying to clean my mass after convert from Blogger to WordPress by doing the following.
    1. Remove 80% of the text from each of your post on blogger and make it look like excerpt and create “read more” link and point it to the new post on your wordpress.com
    2. Change the template on your old blogger.com to use the following meta tag.

    <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow, noarchive” />
    <meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex, nofollow, noarchive” />

    3. Use the WordPress Google sitemap plug-in to submit the new blog.
    http://www.arnebrachhold.de/2005/06/05/google-sitemaps-generator-v2-final
    IMPORTANT. Do not do this until you have reorganized your new blog the way you want.
    4. Go to Google Webmaster tool and register your Google Sitemap
    5. Get a hit counter (ex. StatCounter.com) and installed it on your old blogger.com and make sure there is no more incoming traffic to your old blog before you delete them from blogger.com

    I think it’s too long to put in the comments. I will try to come up a new post for this issue later.

    Good luck!

  11. Terence Chang says

    Sorry… In the meta tag, I meant to say noindex, follow, noarchive.

    Change nofollow to follow. You want the search engine not to index, archive, but do follow the link to your new blog.

  12. says

    wowza! i have my work cut out for me, now. oh boy! first i want to say i really appreciate your help, i would not be able to get in this mess without you. wait, that didn’t come out right. lol. these are all points i would not know about if you had not told me, so thank you thank you. i am most concerned about the dup content issue, i don’t want to be in google hell. i’m a bit scared about all this, but i am gonna do as you suggest above and hopefully all will be alright. i will come back and keep you updated. thanxs, missy. laters.

  13. Terence Chang says

    Missy:

    Just to encourage you a little. I have many many pages in Google hell. However, those pages are old and very old. So I don’t really care about those been in the hell. However, I have some unique topic in those post. So when people search certain things with those keywords. It comes up number 1 on Google, even it’s still in the Google Hell.

  14. says

    When doing this will I have to delete the contents in my previous blog account to prevent duplicate content from search engines?

  15. Terence Chang says

    @Magnus:

    I am glad that you like the information. I hope you enjoy WordPress. Thank you for stopping by!

  16. Terence Chang says

    @Magnus:

    You don’t and can’t delete your page from Search Engine without a painful process. However, you can reduce your chance to be list under Google Hell. I bet Google have changed their search engine to treat a page as duplicate content. I would recommend to change your post on Blogger.com and point to your real post on wordPress. This is just a way to reduce the chance, but not to cure the situation.

  17. Terence Chang says

    @Katrineholm:

    Thank you! I have never regret moving my blog to wordpress. I am really enjoying blogging.

  18. says

    I was curious about switching from blogger to wordpress on your own domain. I have had trouble trying to get the posts imported but it just will not work for me. Have you tried this with your blog being hosted on its own domain?

  19. Terence Chang says

    @Sharon:

    Looks like you are using your own domain to host your blog from BlogSpot. When you try to export the blog posts to your own blogs. It actually read the blog from your own domains through blogspot, and then to your own domain. If your server has slow connection or limited bandwidth, it will slow down the process or even drop.

    So you might want to do that while it’s low time like midnight. Good luck to you!

  20. says

    hi,

    I’m having problem connecting to google during import my blog. Hereby the error :

    Could not connect to https://www.google.com
    There was a problem opening a secure connection to Google. This is what went wrong:

    Unable to find the socket transport “ssl” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP? (0)
    Thank you for creating with WordPress | Documentation | Feedback | Version 2.3.3

    I hope you can help me solve it.

    tq.

  21. Terence Chang says

    @Jebatfx:

    I think you need to talk to your web hosting company to enable the SSL in you PHP.INI. It many not allows you to communicate with Google SEVER to authenticate your account on blogger.

  22. Terence Chang says

    @Muneeb:

    I am not aware any software to do so, because it will generate the duplicate content. It will eventually hurt both your blogs.

  23. says

    yeah but im doing it cuz i want both of my blogs 2 b same.. since the blogger.com has an email a new post feature n its easyy to just email the post..
    n also the blogspot address is blocked in some places
    i dont mind both blogs being the same as long as my friends read it

  24. says

    After importing, what’s next? What about the name/domain name? And is the traffic going to be effected by the transfer to wordpress? Because I have a personal/travel blogger.com blogs who have a good amount of regular and new visitors. I am vary about the possibility that they will not find my blog anymore if I transfer to wordpress. Please, please enlighten.

  25. Selah says

    Once I’ve imported my blog from blogger to wordpress, can I delete my blogger? Or will that result in deleting my newly imported posts at wordpress? Thank you =)

  26. Teri says

    I just wanted to ask about what happens to the links in the Blogger site, do they get transferred also or will they be permanently gone? Second question: do I have to have WordPress 2.2, as there is 2.7 and 2.7.1 now? Thanks for your help, I have 2 blogger sites to move to WordPress and I will host them with hostgator.

  27. Terence Chang says

    Teri:

    Anything link to your blogspot blog will be gone if you close them. So you will have to manually change the pointer. You can download the newest WordPress to be safe. I transferred my blog with 2.2.2 without any problem.

    Thank you for stopping by. Hope I answered your questions.

  28. says

    Hello,
    I seem to be having an error everytime I try to import Blogger into WordPress. For me it keeps saying that there is annvalid AuthSub token. What could this mean?
    Thanks

  29. Terence Chang says

    Hi Ana:

    Sorry for taking this long to reply your comment. Hope everything goes well. I have never had problem with AuthSub Token. It seems to me that you have not authenticate your account between Blogger and WordPress. Hope that give you some hints. Thank you for stopping by!

  30. autobus says

    Thanks for your help, I have 2 blogger sites to move to WordPress and I will host them with hostgator.

  31. says

    Hey , i am facing a problem with wordpress, when i grant the access , a message appears like this……

    Could not connect to https://www.google.com

    There was a problem opening a secure connection to Google. This is what went wrong:

    Unable to find the socket transport “ssl” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP? (72985096)

    Thank you for creating with WordPress. | Documentation | Feedback

    Version 3.1.2

    WHAT TO DO NOW ?

  32. says

    Hi Terence,

    Nice article you had written. :)
    People are facing many problems now a days with blogger to WordPress migration process. Hence we wrote one of the best articles for the fellow bloggers, which will help to migrate their blog into self hosted WordPress blog.
    We made many changes in article, which is having some technical part as well as full of description, pictorial presentation about migration process. Hope your readers will also like our DIY tutorial.
    Link: http://bloggertowp.org/migrate-from-blogger-to-wordpress-best-tutorial/
    Cheers!! :)
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