Setting up a blog at Blogger.com looks much easier and convenient to new bloggers at beginning. The biggest reason for that is it’s FREE and extremely easy to learn and blog. I too started with blogger and had no idea about self-hosted wordpress blogs at that time.I thought blogger.com would be well enough to handle all of my blogging needs.
However as my site grew up I realized I need more more control over it, more of that “professional touch” to attract more and more visitors and readers. And Blogger.com is simply not up to the challenge of running a professional blog. As I observed that almost all of those professionals out there are running their blogs on WordPress platform, I started learning more about it and decided to make the “big MOVE” – shifting from blogger to WordPress.
Why? Well there are hundreds of answer to this. With WordPress you not only get your own hosted server but also get rid of the limitations by Blogger.com. The two BIG reasons behind moving to WP are (1). Plugins Support and (2). Better SEO. These are just 2 reasons, but I found many good reasons that make WP way better than Blogger.com.
But the biggest risk or you can say the giant question mark was there. How to move from blogger to wordpress without losing my precious Page Rank and Alexa ranking? Will I completely lose my Site’s rankings? incoming traffic? and all other incoming links? This was boggling in my mind until I finally made the move successfully.
And as I promised, I’m here with the guide that will make the Blogger to WordPress migration look so easy that I’m sure you’ll be convinced after reading this. So here is the Ultimate guide on How to migrate from Blogger to WordPress.
I’ve put my level best to keep the tutorial as easy as possible and for that reason I broke it down to 6 simple steps just to make it look more comfortable. I’m pretty confident that this would be the EASIEST tutorial of all you’ll find on web. Why? Because I had read almost all the tutorials available on net and successfully migrated two of my blogger blogs without losing anything!
But first, there are two most important and obvious things that are required before we start with the 6-Steps Migration procedure:
1. Web Hosting
To start a self-hosted WP blog, you require a web hosting to install WP and to host your blog posts and images. So it is assumed here that you’ve already purchased a hosting space. If you haven’t, then its time to spend some money now. 🙂
I’d highly recommend iPage as a reliable web host, not because it’s among Top 3 web hosting providers of all, but with it you get so many new and advanced features that other web hosts lack. You get an advanced, user friendly, all-in-one cPanel to control all your server’s settings and offcourse the “One-click WP install” feature so you never have to go through that manual WP installation.
I’m not recommending iPage just because TipsoTricks is also hosted by iPage but with only $3.50/month it’s a really attractive deal to consider. You get unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited databases and domains to host. But in the end final decision will be yours offcourse. So do some homework and research properly before choosing your web host.
2. Domain Name
If you’re already using a custom domain (like http://www.mysite.com) on your blogger then it’s all fine because we’re going to use the same name to set on your new WP blog offcourse. But if your blogger/blogspot blog’s URL is http://yourblogname.blogspot.com you have to have a domain name. Since you’re going to self-host your blog now, you need a name to call it and you can’t use your existing http://xxxx.blogspot.com to name your WP blog.
Well don’t worry, your web hosting comes with a FREE domain included in the package so you don’t have to purchase it separately. Again iPage comes with FREE domain name no matter what hosting package you choose.
So if you’re now all set with your hosting and domain name at this point, then here we go with the actual migration steps:
1. Change Name Servers of Your Domain
If your blogger blog has default URL like (http://xxx.blogstpot.com) then it’s absolutely fine because I assume at this point you’ve purchased the hosting with a domain name. So there’s no need to read this first step.
But if you have a custom domain (mysite.com) already set on your blogger blog, then you need to redirect it to your new hosting provider’s nameservers by changing setting through your Domain Provider’s Control Panel. To do this Login to your existing Domain Manager’s Account, Look for “Name Server”, remove all the nameservers currently set there and put the nameserver as provided by your Hosting Provider.
A NameServer’s address looks something like this:
Where XXXXXX is usually the domain name of hosting provider itself. Like if you choose iPage for your hosting, it’s nameserver addresses are:
Remove all other settings like, ANAME, CNAME (if already created) from your Domain Settings Panel.
Remember: Changing NameServers may take several hours for proper configuration. It may take from 5-24 hours or sometimes more than 24 hours before your domain properly starts pointing to your new NameServers. In my case it took only 4 hours to configure but time this varies with different domain providers.
2. Install WordPress on Your New Server
Well this is the easy part. Most of the web hosting services provides Auto install scripts like “Simple Scripts” or “Fantastico”. You can find any of these on your main cPanel of your web host.
Just click on it and follow the on-screen instructions to setup WordPress.
All you need to do is put in the site’s name, enter admin details and click Install, to see your new WP blog. As easy as it sounds!
Note: You still may not be able to login into WP admin panel, if your domain (that you set in Step 1) is not properly configured to current web host’s NameServers. If you can’t see WP admin panel then wait until Domain is completely configured with your web host Name Servers.
3. Switch Blogger Blog Back to .blogspot.com Domain
Now this is something REALLY IMPORTANT. Be very careful at this step.
Login to your blogger blog and go to “Settings” tab. Take Backup of your whole blog (just to be on safe side). Now if your using blogger blog’s default URL (http://yourblogname.blogspot.com) then ignore this step completely and jump to Step # 4.
Otherwise, if you are using custom domain, then switch the URL back to the default one (http://xxxx.blogspot.com).
REMEMBER! You won’t be able to import anything in WP (Step #4) if it’s set to custom domain and this is why this step is very crucial.
4. Import Blog Posts into WordPress
Now Login to your WordPress admin panel, by accessing: http://www.mysite.com/wp-admin/
If you still can’t see the login page this means domain name is still not propagated so wait more until your domain finally points to your new webhost. (If you’re really too much excited about this then keep checking after every hour – you’re never informed when this happens :P)
If you can access to WP admin panel, then see the “Tools” tab in left menu and click “Import” under it. Select “Blogger” from the list.
Install and Activate the plugin. You’ll be asked to grant access to your blogger account, Allow it to access your blog(s) at blogger account. Once the authorization is completed, you’ll be redirected back to WP where you’ll see all your blogger blogs listed (if you have more than one). Just click the Magic Import Button beside the blog you want to import in WP.
This may take several minutes (depending upon the number of posts and images). After the process is completed, you’ll be able to see all your posts and comments under respective section in WP admin panel.
If you were using any third party commenting system on blogger (other than blogger.com’s default comment form) than you’ll have to import the comments separately by using the Comment service’s plugin in WP.
5. Change Permalinks Settings in WordPress
This is the tricky part but MOST IMPORTANT step of all. That redirects all your traffic to your new WP blog, saving your SE status and rankings, incoming links and all the Google Juice associated with your blog.
Why changing permalinks? Because WP default permalink is very different than the blogger’s.
Blogger permalink – (http://mysite.com/year/month/my-name-is-zain.html)
WordPress permalink – (http://mysite.com/my-name-is-zain/)
Since Search engines have your blogger blog’s permalink indexed therefore if you don’t change permalink after the migration, search engine will never know that you’ve a changed permalink and users coming from search engines will be presented an error page on your blog. So to keep the visitors’ flow coming from Search Engines, we have to change the WP’s default permalink to look like blogger’s permalink.
To do this, go to “Settings” tab in WP admin panel, and choose “Permalinks” under it. Select “Custom Structure” and paste this in the box.
…and save the settings.
But the work isn’t done yet, this only changes the permalink structures. Visitors from Search Engines would still be seeing 404 error page. This is because the difference between the permalink is not removed completely. To do this there’s a plugin called “Maintain Blogger Permalinks” that you’ve to install. This plugin is used to convert permalinks of blogger to make them wordpress compatible (as Blogger truncates some words from post title that WP doesn’t).
1. Download Maintain Blogger Permalinks to your system.
2. Goto Plugins and select “Add new” plugin.
3. Choose “Upload” and browse the plugin from your system.
4. After auto installation, “Activate” the plugin.
5. You can now see “Maintain Blogger Permalinks” under Settings tab in WP.
6. Click it, you will see only one button that says “Maintain Blogger Permalink”
7. Click it and let the magic work automatically.
This is will take few seconds. After everything is done. Search any of your post on Google, and click the link from there, it should redirect to the post on your WP blog perfectly!
6. Switch Blogger Back to Custom Domain
This is probably the easiest step of all. This is to make sure that if any of your http://xxx.blogspot.com links is accessed it should go straight to your WP blog to the appropriate posts instead of showing an error on blogger blog.
To do this, Go to your blogger blog and set the custom domain name again. Select settings > publishing and click custom domain. Enter your URL and save the settings.
And that’s it!
Time to enjoy your new WP blog with same PR, Search Engine Rankings, SEO Status, and Permalinks. 🙂
Some Tips to Remember:
1. After complete Migration NEVER ever delete your blogger blog, as your images are still hosted at blogger.com’s servers and what you see in your WP (imported) blog posts are the same images. There are many reasons not to delete your blogger blog but I think this would be enough to tell the importance. 😀
2. WP auto detects multi-authored blogs while importing. So if your blogger blog has multiple authors, then don’t forget to create the authors (right at the spot) at WP when it imports all your blog posts and asks to assign users to posts written by them. Refreshing or Leaving that page to create new users will destroy the import session and you’ll have to delete and re-import all posts again.
3. If you were using Third Party Comments System on Blogger then you won’t see any comment imported. You will have to install the plugin provided by that Comment System to import your comments.
4. If you’re new to WordPress than do not install plugins blindly after importing. A single incompatible plugin can crash the whole website. (This is where I had terrible experiences and lost days in setting up everything again)
5. All your Labels from your blogger blogs will be imported as “Tags” in WP. And all the posts will be given (default) “Uncategorized” category in WP. This is because in WP every post has to be put in a category before publishing. If no category is chosen and post is published then the default category is assigned. Since imported posts have no category assigned to them therefore “Uncategorized” (default one) is the assigned to all of them. To remove this, create a new category with any proper name, make it default and delete the “Uncategorized” to make things look pretty 😉
6. This is the important one. To do testing create a new folder in the root of your web hosting space, name it with anything you like, assign a subdomain to it and call it a test blog. And do all the testing and playing stuff with the plugins, themes, scripts, widgets or anything that you think might cause an error. This saves your original blog and its integrity. So even something bad happens and you lose your test blog, you will never feel ashamed in reinstalling it 😀
I hope I was clear at every single step above and everything is defined in its best manner. If you’re planning to move from Blogger to WordPress, then I hope this would become your ultimate guide.
If I missed something then don’t forget to add through comments. It’ll be highly appreciated. If you face a difficulty at any step, feel free to ask, I’ll try my best to resolve your issue. 🙂
What To Do To Engage Blog Readers To Keep Them Coming Back
A loyal audience is always important for most ventures in the highly connected world to succeed and your efforts count when you engage blog readers. Otherwise, you would be just a one-hit wonder. As a blogger, it is necessary to keep your readers hanging on the edge for your upcoming post. If you are looking to engage blog readers and don’t have enough readership on your post, bellow are the tips to make your blog a must-see.
Understand Your Audience Better To Engage Blog Readers
It is important to understand, who your target audience is and how your blog can help them. The audience is the foundation of a blog, it is the main reason it exists. So it is important to understand exactly who they are and how your blog can help them.
Follow The Plain Language principles
Always keep in mind that you are writing most probably for an international audience and an average reader. Your audience would be readers from an educational background and most of them may have English as their second language.
It is important to use small sentences. You should try to focus on one thing in one sentence and make sure to avoid using riddles and clues. Use simple and easily readable words. Focus on using simple writing style and avoid a distracting look with too many different font sizes, font colors, or widgets. Busy and confusing posts can kill the reader’s interest.
Optimizing Your Blog and Content
If you are really interested in making sure (before sharing your posts) that everything is of top quality, then you are moving in the right direction. Your posts are not doing any good to anyone if they haven’t found the help they need. Have you ever thought to make your blog be easier to find? Much of this happens due to the people you mention and the people who mention you to their posts.
Basically, the blogging world is one big conversation, which you can become a greater part by engaging in discussions with other fellow bloggers. Don’t simply discuss how much you love the work of a certain writer but provide their site links in your content.
Choosing The Right Title
A title is a gateway to the post. It has to be captivating enough to make the audience click and open the post. It is also important to address your readers’ main points in the title. Alternatively, you can also make a title that will make it attractive enough for the readers to read.
Use Listing Methods
It is incredible how our attention intervals are getting shorter and shorter. If your blog focusses on professionals and talks about guides or tips kind of posts that are useful for readers, you need to provide the information out before everyone else.
Long-winded essays or text can put off your readers. Use lists where you want to share more than a couple of things. Lists help readers to scan the content easily and quickly spot what they are looking for.
Do Not Use Pop-ups or Advertisements.
Pop-ups and advertising banners are the most important part of online marketing strategies, but their overuse will surely get you in trouble. Not only the readers will hate such pop-ups and ads but also search engines also dislike that.
Write The Right Headlines
Headlines play an important role in making or breaking of your content’s success. It’s not a surprise that the internet is full of tips that can help you out here. Before considering any online advice, it is important to remember that headlines are the promise that your content must deliver.
Respond To Comments
Responding to comments is necessary If you are really serious to engage blog readers. It can help you to know your readers better and can build a more meaningful connection with them. You will surely get some helpful feedback too. It is possible that you may not be able to respond to them at all but at least you should try to respond to as many as possible.
It is really important to provide just like Infographic, relevant images, which will be additional information for your readers and will help them to understand what you are trying to explain. Adding an image will engage your audience and help you to communicate the wonders in a visual language, which will help you engage blog readers more often.
Make Sure Your Article is Free from Plagiarism and Grammatical Mistakes
The last but not the least tip to engage blog readers to keep coming back to your post is to re-check your article is plagiarism free and do not have any grammatical mistakes. Readers do not tolerate copied content, which is surely a waste of time to them. And if your content is full of grammatical mistakes this will cause the quality of your work, which will end up losing the readers.
5 Signs That Show You Could Become a Writer
If you are the kind of person who spends a great deal of time staring a wall in your room, thinking deep down what challenges life is throwing your way or anything that might not, in any way, matters to the world. If you have these germs in you, along with some others which will be later discussed in this article, you might end up as a writer in some part of your life. Shocked, what I just said? I personally had no self-confidence I could write, even a word, but now working professionally as a writer.
J.K. Rowling, the famous Harry Potter writer was turned down by 12 publishers just to end up at Bloomsburry. Ever wondered why she was picked there? The story was handed over to the chairperson’s eight years old daughter to go through it and she demanded more and more.
Just once in life have you thought that maybe you belong to the same group? For your ease and realization, let me tell you 5 signs that show you could become a writer.
You are a thinker
As I have said before if you have any symptoms of being a writer, the first one begins with thinking and thinking a lot. A writer just loves to spend a lot of time with own self. They ponder on topics from the first man who touched the moon to how can some people be so insensitive!
You are an adventurer
Whether it is a movie about a young boy or a romantic comedy of two, who fell in love at first sight; from saving money to help a poor to spending thousands on travel and shopping, you are the true adventurer.
You love to note down everything
Trust me, every writer cannot rely on an electronic device solely. They always note down important and even less important things in journals, diaries, sticky notes or anything that is secure. They mostly forget things quite easily and that’s the time when these posts help a lot.
You have a wide imagination
I, personally, talk a lot and when I don’t, I silently read the person or when bored, make my own stories about that person. Not only me, I can bet every writer does the same when idle. A writer is incomplete without imagination if he can’t make stories of his own. If you are a pro in this aspect, you are going to enter the writing world soon, my friend!
You mine for words
Sorry, what was that word that you just said? If you hear a person say that loud in a party, get-together, functions, or possibly anywhere, he is a writer by heart. A writer has this very special instinct to hear a unique, new word from any corner of the room. Even if they don’t hear it from someone, they always look for synonyms or spend hours in looking for the most suitable word in a thesaurus.
There is a possibility that you did realize you have that talent but never had the courage to show it. Why not now? If you think you can change the world with your pen, don’t fear anymore and write your first draft.
5 Apps That Every Writer Must Use To Increase Productivity
As a writer myself, I know there are times when you go completely blank, having no clue at all what to write. These times are certainly the hardest for any writer. However, there are always some ways to come out of the dark. Sometimes, a very tiny ray of light out of the tunnel is enough to get back on track. When I am in a good mood, I write flawless and in misery, I take help from these must use writing apps, websites and tools that every writer must use.
Must Use Writing Apps To Try
Grammarly is a service which, as the name depicts, lets you get hands on your mistakes while typing. The service can be used directly on their website or you can download a plugin/extension in your browser which I prefer personally. This way, wherever you write using a browser, Grammarly will catch your errors and will underline them with red or green. An add-on is also available for Microsoft Word.
Whenever I get stuck at a word and my mind keeps shouting, ‘Go Girl! You can do better with that word’, I always open this website. I tell you, this site has magic in it. You write a very common word and the results will be shown comprising of numerous elite words with same meaning. Nothing can beat Thesaurus in the area of synonyms. You can also find some great articles and other information on the website when you get bored.
A writer is never free. Maybe your boss is cruel enough to bother you at a party or a wedding, you can’t deny him! This app will save all the embarrassment that you might be handling if you start writing in a notepad or carry a laptop with you everywhere you go. Just launch the app and start writing. The app lets you choose different editing options, check for the statistics and keep writing in the simplest way possible.
Merrium Webster is undoubtedly a life saver for me. Does it happen to you that you start writing and a word just clicks your mind which you had heard somewhere? Since I have become a writer, I always listen more carefully to people to know more new words. But the bad thing happens when the word sounds good and you don’t know the meaning to keep it in the personal vocabulary treasure. I use Merrium Webster’s app right away. Once you know the meaning, you can remember it better than ever. You can also get access to its website which contains millions of words.
JotterPad is claimed to be the next generation text editor which has some marvelous features you may not find anywhere else. For creative writers, this is heaven on earth. Whether you are writing a novel with loads of characters or simply a poem which tells your story; this app makes you focus more on writing than any other shenanigans. The best part of this app is its voice to text conversion ability. You don’t need to hurt your fingers anymore and pen down the most innovative ideas. Also, JotterPad features the luxury of typography, night mode, in-built dictionary, saving to cloud, sharing of document and much more. All in all, one app contains everything that a writer needs and looks for in one place.
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