Usually, people start their blogging career with BlogSpot because this is the best platform to start with zero investment when you are new in this business. Once you get use to it, you can easily migrate to any another popular platform like WordPress and much more. This platform gives much more freedom to the writer to write in numerous innovative ways. On the other hand, it is also a self-hosted platform for bloggers to start. Further, there are various other advantages with WordPress like its customization, SEO and most importantly is freedom of doing anything you want.
It is not that blogger is not a good platform but it’s the matter of making growth in your blogging career by having a full control on your blog and that will only be possible with your own self-hosted platform of WordPress.
Everyone usually thinks that migrating from blogger to WordPress is a real headache and it will destroy their previously acquired ranking, traffic, and data, but that’s not true. It is very easily possible to do it without losing any of these.
So, here is the entire step by step process mentioned below for easily migrating from Blogger to WordPress.
1. Download WordPress on new account
This is the first basic step in which you have to install WordPress on your new hosting account to make your process of migration simple and easy. This can be easily done by just one click facility available on this platform. So, once you install WordPress on your new account the things will start getting a bit technical and tricky. This will get much clear in further steps.
2. Start importing all your Blogger content to WordPress
To start importing your Blogger site into WordPress, you need to go to your WordPress admin and visit Tools » Import. On the Import page, click on Blogger.
This will bring up a popup asking you to install the Blogger to WordPress importer. You need to click on the Install button.
WordPress will now download and install the Blogger Importer plugin for you. Once it is finished installing, you would need to click on the Activate Plugin and Run Importer link to continue.
On the Import Blogger screen, WordPress will ask you to upload the XML file. This is the file that you downloaded in Step 1.
Simply click on the choose file button and upload the XML file you downloaded earlier. Next, click on the Upload file and import button to continue
3. Set up permalinks which match with previous ones
Permalinks are the links used to building various URL structures of individual pages. The best feature of WordPress is that it comes with an opportunity to set up SEO friendly structures and in this case you will be importing content from one platform to another, so this requires a URL structure to be much similar to your previous platform.
Therefore, to set permalinks just go to settings and select “permalink” option and after this always choose month and name as your permalink structure.
4. Setting up redirection
The most important step in moving any website is to set up proper redirection so that users are redirected to your new website.
The important part of redirection is that you want users to land on exactly the same page on the new site which they were trying to access on the old site. Secondly, this also notifies search engines that your old site is moved to a new location.
To successfully move from Blogger to WordPress, you need to set up redirection on two levels.
First, you will redirect Blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog. Second, once users reach your WordPress site, you will redirect them to the exact post they were trying to read.
5. Redirect feeds
Your RSS subscribers on the old Blogger site will not be able to notice the switch. That’s why you will need to redirect your Blogger feed to your new WordPress site’s feed.
You can do this by logging in to your Blogger account and then visit Settings » Other page under your blog dashboard.
Under the Site Feed section, click on Add link next to Post Feed Redirect URL. Here you can enter your new WordPress site’s feed address.
6. Finally import images and archives to WordPress
Finally by doing all the above steps, now you just have to transfer all your media files, images, and archive folders from Blogger to WordPress and this will be easily done by WordPress importer. You can easily transfer your archive folder just by saving your .htaccess file from your old Blogger to WordPress.
So, the above explanation will definitely help you to make a decision of migration from Blogger to WordPress without any hassles.
P.S.- this article was originally written by Rahul Gupta who is a professional blogger for past two years. He loves to write about technology, blogging, and SEO. He is the CEO & Founder of a multi-niche blog CrunchyTrics. Till date, he has written over 240+ articles for CrunchyTricks.