How to Migrate from BlogSpot to WordPress (An Easy Guide)

Migrate from BlogSpot to WordPress
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When I started my Blogging career, I started with BlogSpot, and it’s always a wise idea to start with zero investment when you are a complete newbie.  After getting used to the basics of Blogging, your next destination should migrate from Blogger to WordPress.

Over time, when you get more accustomed to blogging, you will likely realize that BlogSpot is not an ideal option for your blogging future for many reasons:

  • You have less control over the SEO of your blog.
  • You can lose your blog anytime as Google holds the right to delete or ban any BlogSpot blog for a violation of their rules.
  • BlogSpot is not accepted by many advertisement networks

We have already covered the following topics in the series migrating from BlogSpot to WordPress

Here are steps you need to move from blogger to WordPress:

  1. Signup for Webhosting and domain name
  2. Export your BlogSpot blog
  3. Import BlogSpot blog to WordPress
  4. Setup Permalink on new WordPress Blog
  5. 301 redirect from Blogger to WordPress
  6. Import missed images from Blogger to WordPress
  7. final setup after migrating from BlogSpot to WordPress

How To Migrate From Blogger to WordPress: Step by step process

Before you migrate from BlogSpot to WordPress, you need two things: Domain name and hosting.

I suggest Bluehost hosting as it offers unlimited hosting with one free domain name. Moreover, it’s officially recommended by WordPress team.

1. Get Hosting

The first thing, you need now is to get the hosting and install WordPress so that you can import your content from Blogger to WordPress. I recommend Bluehost as it helps you get started quickly and offers a great hosting solution.

Moreover, Bluehost offers one free domain and right now they are running a discount for ShoutMeLoud readers and you will get hosting for cheap.

  • Head over to Bluehost.com (Free domain + 60% Discount for a limited time)
  • Click on Get started and on the next page select basic package if you plan to host one site or plus package if you plan to build multiple sites in future.
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If you already using a custom domain name, then use that (You can claim free domain later in the future). Using the custom domain name will make your life easier to do an SEO friendly migration from blogger to WordPress.

See my below notes for the domain name, in case if you planning to get a new one.

Domain name

Domain name can be .com, .info, .org, .net but I will suggest go for .com or .org domain address. Do read

If you buying hosting from companies like Bluehost, then you are getting the domain for free. If not, you can buy a domain separately from any of this web-hosting as well.

There are few things needed to be taken care of while moving from BlogSpot to WordPress

  1. Traffic: You don’t want to give lots of 404 error pages to your visitors.
  2. 301 perma-redirection: The migration should be 301 perma-redirection or have a canonical tag, else you will lose your existing search engine ranking.
  3. Permalinks: BlogSpot permalink and WordPress permalinks are not the same, and it’s important that you fix permalink after importing everything to WordPress.

Some important things to keep in mind while migrating:

  • After migration, don’t delete your BlogSpot blog.
  • 301 permanent redirection means telling the search engine that your blog is moved to a new website, and all your traffic will automatically redirect to a new domain address.

Our goal for BlogSpot to WordPress migration:

  • Migrating visitors from BlogSpot to WordPress
  • Migrating BlogSpot posts to WordPress
  • Migrating BlogSpot Comments to WordPress
  • Redirecting users to the post, rather than just homepage of the new domain
  • Migrate Feedburner feeds
  • Migrate BlogSpot Images to WordPress
  • import blogger to WordPress with images

2. Export your BlogSpot blog (Just for precaution)

The method that we are using is straightforward with little manual works. But it works great. The very first step you need to do is exporting your BlogSpot blog. To do this, log into your BlogSpot dashboard, Click on Settings > Other & click on backup content.

Export BlogSpot blog
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Click on download blog & it would save your blog in the .xml format. With this, you have taken a complete backup of your BlogSpot blog & now you need to move your blog to WordPress.

Let the game start: Migrating BlogSpot blog to WordPress 

If you haven’t installed WordPress, follow this guide & install WordPress on your Bluehost account. Do remember, your domain is not yet pointing to Bluehost, but we can still do everything without changing the nameserver.

This is little technical but very easy with this guide. All you need to do is edit your host’s file to point the domain to your Bluehost hosting I.P. If you are on Mac, you can use free Gas mask app to quickly edit the hosts’ file. If you are on Windows, you can search for a guide on editing hosts file in Windows.

Once you have edited the host’s file, you would be able to access your WordPress blog on Bluehost. Do remember, this is only you who can see WordPress blog, for now, for everybody else, they will be accessing BlogSpot blog only. (We will do the switch once we done the migration). This way, your blog will not be down even for a minute.

Few things to do inside your WordPress dashboard:

  • Go to plugins & disable all plugins
  • Go to posts> You will see Hello World post> Delete that
  • Go to Pages> You will see sample Page> Delete that

Once this is done, let’s start migrating all content from BlogSpot to WordPress. Do remember, in this scenario, our target is not to lose existing ranking & traffic. So, grab the cup of coffee & follow the steps & within no time, everything will be done.

3. Using the Blogger importer Extended Plugin:

This is a great plugin that migrated all your posts, pages, images, comments & also maintains the formatting of your blog. There are few bugs that I will tell you later, but those are fixable in most of the scenarios. You can search Blogger importer Extended from the dashboard, or you can download directly from here.

Once installed & activated the domain, go to plugin settings that will bring a screen like this:

Blogger Importer Extended
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Click on Ok, let’s go & this will ask for access to your BlogSpot account. Click on Allow & on the next page it will list all the BlogSpot blogs you have in your account.

Select BlogSpot blog to import
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This will bring up a screen like this, and you need to click on Start Import

Import BlogSpot blog to WordPress
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Do notice the checkbox in the above screenshot. Keep it checked as it will preserve the formatting & slugs.

Blog Imported to WordPress
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The easy part is done as your content is moved from BlogSpot to WordPress. Now the first thing you would be doing is to link the content to the users. If it’s single authored WordPress blog, you don’t need to do much. But if you have multiple writers, you need to create an id for them which is pretty easy. Refer to the below image:

Associate BlogSpot user to WordPress
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4. Change WordPress permalink to match BlogSpot permalink

BlogSpot WordPress Permalink
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On your WordPress dashboard settings> permalinks, change your permalinks to match with BlogSpot permalinks

/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

If you have followed each step carefully, you have successfully migrated from Blogspot to WordPress with 301 permanent redirections. There are a few more steps that are required to complete the BlogSpot to WordPress migration.

  • Install & activate Smart 404 plugin
  • Remove the Cname record & A record from your domain DNS
  • Change the Nameserver of the domain to point to your hosting
  • Disable mobile template from your BlogSpot dashboard
Disable mobile template
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5. Fixing BlogSpot mobile redirect in WordPress:

This is one important thing that will cause an issue on many browsers & popular browser like Opera, UCWeb will show redirect loop error. This is happening due to BlogSpot mobile redirect. To fix this, you need to edit your WordPress .htaccess file & replace default code with the one given below:
# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress


# Begin Redirection
#Redirect archives
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{4})_([0-9]{1,2})_([0-9]{1,2})_archive.html$ $1/$2/ [L,R=301]
#Redirect labels/categories
RewriteRule ^search/label/(.*)$ category/$1/ [L,R=301]
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L]
#ATOM Feeds
RewriteRule atom.xml feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
#RSS FEEDS
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default?alt=rss feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule rss.xml feed/ [L,R=301]
#Comments Feed
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default comments/feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default?alt=rss comments/feed/ [L,R=301]
# End Redirection

6. Import missed images from Blogger to WordPress:

There are times when few images are not moved to WordPress or at times, you might have hosted images on other server and since now you have your own, you should import all such images on your server.  For this, we will be using this plugin called cache images. Even though this plugin has not been updated for a while, but you should be able to use it without any issue.

Simply install the plugin like any other plugin (Learn how to install WordPress plugin here)

go to Tools > cache remote images and select option which says “Scan”. It will scan your posts and will show the list of domains from where images are hotlinked. (See screenshot)

Import BlogSpot images to WordPress
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For BlogSpot domains, you will see domains like 1.blogspot, 1.picasa and so on. Simply click on Cache from this domain, and cache plugin will start importing images from the hot-linked domain.

Personally, I use this plugin once every month as some time guest author here accidentally hot-linked images, and this plugin helps to find all those domains from where images are hot-linked, and host it back on ShoutMeLoud Server. Another good thing about Cache images plugin is, it uses AJAX to import images, so it will work on the underpowered server too.

Once this is done, your blog is successfully migrated to WordPress. After this, ensure that you do the SEO optimization of WordPress else you might lose out the traffic. Submit your sitemap, configure your robots.txt file & so on.

If you have any problem migrating from BlogSpot to WP, or other questions feel free to ask questions.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

83 thoughts on “How to Migrate from BlogSpot to WordPress (An Easy Guide)”

  1. How to move a blogger blog hosted independently on custom domain. I believe to do this you need to add A-records through your DNS management option on the domain registrar. But the dilemma is that the domain registrar says to point your the name servers to their name servers in order to do this which I don’t want to do since my blog is hosted somewhere else.
    Can you guide me how to achieve this without the need to change my name servers.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Everyone must agree that no CMS is as flexible as WordPress. Everything is handy. The ready made plugins and themes will make a blog look like pro blog without any coding knowledge.

  3. your information is spot on and is the best detailed tutorial for moving from blogger to WP.
    Awesome work!
    Just wondering, if i follow everything above, I will not lose google page rank, search engine spots from google right? And, will this import all images associated with each post? Sorry for lengthy questions.

    1. @Tamana
      It’s an old tutorial, and it might not work perfectly with latest version of WordPress.
      A simple idea is to:

      1) Import BlogSpot blog to WordPress (Using above trick) … I’m assuming you already using custom domain feature.
      2) Search for blogger permalink fix plugin, and fix your Permalink.
      3) Keep using Custom domain feature in BlogSpot, as it will automatically do 301 redirection for you.

      If you need manual assistance, you can get in touch for a quote using our service page: https://www.shoutmeloud.com/services

  4. I have godaddy domain and using it on blogspot platform. Now I want to move domain from godaddy to bluehost or hostgator and want to use wodpress self hosting service. How can I do all this ?

  5. I have a blog in blogger without a domain name.I want to move my blog to wordpress without buying a domain.Should i buy the domain before moving from blogger?Is it neccessary to buy hosting on wordpress?

  6. Hi Harsh,

    Thankful to you for providing awesome content. These are very helpful to newbies like me I have a doubt regarding this article. My site techbulk.com is currently on blogger platform I want to migrate it to WordPress. If I migrated to WordPress, will it affect my blog traffic?

  7. Hi Harsh

    I have a PR 7 very old blogspot blog . I have to migrate it to wordpress and i have successfully done this type of migration before.

    But for this blog I am very much concern about the “labels” most of them are high PR (PR 4 to PR6).
    I want the same category structure on wordpress blog as “domain.com/search/label/Android%20Games”

    I don’t want redirect stuff..Can i do it through permalink ??
    Adding “%20” “space” is a hard task. Please clarify how to do.

    Thanks

  8. This is what I need! It seems that blogspot has already given me full knowledge about blogging, now this will be the time to migrate it on wordpress platform. Thanks a lot for this guide, this is very helpful for me..

  9. Dinesh Verma

    Hello Harsh,

    I am not interested in redirecting entire blog to WordPress. What I am currently trying to achieve is redirect specific posts to blogger. What should I do for that?

    What I have done so far is:
    * Redirect using JavaScript
    * Add conical url link tag

    What else should I do?

  10. Sir, i have one question in my mind if i transfer my blogger to WordPress so how much time it will take to get index with my new domain website.

  11. I think there is a mistake in line

    Between and , add the following code, replace shoutmeloud with your domain name

    http-equiv=refresh content=0;url=https://www.shoutmeloud.com/ />

    Please correct it.

  12. I have helped one of my friend’s blog from Blogger to WP about 2 years ago. At that I have googled about this and then did this. But it was really a tough task to be done because we wont want to loose any thing in terms of SEO. But here you have provided a complete information about it. Many of the doubts are cleared in comments & reply.

  13. Hi I have migrated my blog from Blogger sub-domain to my own domain on WordPress. All the redirections are working except the mobile re-direction. Upon accessing my blog through mobile, its still showing my old blog on Blogger. I have copied your above code in .htaccess file but its still the same issue. I didn’t disable the mobile template as mentioned above at the time of doing re-directions and now the mobile template option is not showing on my blogger profile. Please tell me how to fix this.

  14. I recently moved from blogger to WP. I was using custom domain name on blogger too. After migration, I am using in-cPanel cloud flare service. I discovered that all my other websites in same cPanel are properly running on CF CDN. But only this website (blogger to WP) is still serving pages from hosting IP and not from CDN. I check on few online tools where they say your site uses Google CDN 😮
    Is anything else needs to be done in context to CDN after blogger to WP migration?

  15. Awesome post harsh!
    Found the answer for my query.
    But the mobile version seems to create a problem.It shows a forbidden error.Hope u update the post accordingly.Keep up the great work!

  16. Hi Harsh,

    I have a problem here. Can’t find the ‘Export” option after going to settings > others>

    Its not there! Please help. I am kind of stuck and unable to migrate to WP.

    Regards
    Revati

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Revati
      Seems like they have changed the location. Now it’s located under settings > Other > Backup content. I have updated the guide to reflect the changes.

  17. Shivani Shourie

    Thank you for the wonderful post Harsh! It helped me migrate from blogger to wordpress without any hassles. Now working on getting a good DA.

  18. I have helped one of my friend’s blog from Blogger to WP about 2 years ago. At that I have googled about this and then did this. But it was really a tough task to be done because we wont want to loose any thing in terms of SEO. But here you have provided a complete information about it. Many of the doubts are cleared in comments & reply.
    But Permalink will get changed or still remain the same… and how to change all permalinks if automatic id is generating in full permalink.

    1. Hello sir, I started blogging on blogspot with a godaddy custom domain. And I bought a hosting package also for wordpress and I did migrated from blogspot to wordpress.
      Please help me connect my godaddy domain to bluehost hosting package… Please help me as soon as possible.
      Thank you

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