How to Import Posts From Blogger to WordPress

Blogger and WordPress LogoIf you know the word ‘blog’, chances are you also know of a website called Blogger, where you can create your own blog for free. No setting up, monthly or even yearly fee unless you want to use your own domain name. I also use their free service to create a blog when I started blogging in 2004, although I didn’t blog that often. But lately, more and more people started blogging not only as a means to express themselves, but also to earn money.

There are now more than 50 million blog sites on the internet with around 170.000 more blog sites is created every day, that is approximately 2 blog sites per second. So I decided to continue blogging, but this time with an added incentive, that is to try and make some extra cash from my blog.

At first I decided to continue writing on my Blogger Blog. But I always wanted to have my own domain and website, so I decided to make a new one with my own name instead. I also found out that you have better chances to make money from the internet if you have your own domain name for your blog or site instead of using a free one, it adds credibility, they said.

Looking around on the internet, I learned that most people are basing their blog on WordPress, so I decided to see for myself what WordPress is all about since I haven’t heard about them before. I found out that there are actually two kinds of a WordPress blog. The first one is WordPress as a free blog creation service not much different from Blogger. But the second one is different, because they are not a service but rather WordPress as a platform to publish your blog, as you can see them saying on their site:

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

So I searched again on the internet to find out how to actually publish my site using WordPress. I found out that WordPress based their platform on PHP and mySQL database. I’m not a programmer, so I found the possibility of having to understand PHP and mySQL a daunting task (I found later that it was actually not as hard as I first thought it would be). But there is actually an easier way to build your site, which is by using a hosting service that features Fantastico.

Fantastico is a feature that enable you to build and publish your site with just a few clicks of your mouse (and a little typing too). I use Bluehost hosting for my blog, and so far am satisfied with it. They give you 1.5GB in space and 15GB bandwidth transfer limit per month. (I’ll write a post later about how to build and publish a WordPress blog using Fantastico and Bluehost).

So I finally managed to build and publish my blog using WordPress platform as you can see for yourself by reading this blog. But since it was pretty empty at first, I decided to import my old posts from Blogger to this site. Fortunately, WordPress have a built in feature that allows you to import your posts from Blogger (and several other blogging site also) directly to your WordPress powered blog.

This is the step by step explanation on how to do it:

1. Login to your Blog, the direct link to it should be something like this -> http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php

2. On your Dashboard, click Manage.

Step 2

3. On the Manage Page, click on Import.

Step 3

4. On the Import Page, click on Blogger if you want to import from Blogger.

Step 4

5. On the Import Blogger Page, click on Authorize.

Step 5

6. Insert your Google Account username and password. (This step is not required if you are already logged in to your Blogger Account).

Step 6

7. Click the Grant access button.

Step 7

8. Choose which Blog whose Posts you want to be imported by clicking its corresponding Import button.

Step 8

9. Click Save Changes and you’re done!

Don’t forget to check your posts to make sure everything is intact. Oh, the idea to this post is actually because Blake Tillman asked me if it is possible to transfer a blog from Blogger to WordPress. It is actually possible to transfer the posts. But if you already done some customizing to your Blogger blog, you would have to redo them manually on WordPress. But there are plenty of Widgets to help you do that which you can found on WordPress Codex site. There are a lot of great free Template on the web for WordPress that you can use for your blog. I hope this helps and happy blogging!


21 Responses to “How to Import Posts From Blogger to WordPress

  • 1
    B.T
    April 22nd, 2008 07:03

    Thanks for the post. I think I will try this for one of my blogs. The one linked to this comment has received page rank from Google, but my other one has not and I don’t know why. I am learning SEO slowly, but knew less then I know now when my blog “Web Money?” received a 2/10 PR. Thanks for the help!!

  • 2
    Rampa
    April 30th, 2008 09:23

    You’ve got a nice blog there and I really enjoy reading your views on transfer matters.

  • 3
    Gio Suryo
    May 3rd, 2008 22:39

    You’re welcome Blake. This reply is long due, sorry for the late reply. I’m still learning SEO too, and I don’t think I know a lot about it too. Not yet though.

  • 4
    Gio Suryo
    May 3rd, 2008 22:40

    @Rampa : Thanks! I hope you found this post helpful.

  • 5
    PSP Internet
    May 7th, 2008 23:20

    Awesome post. Thank you for the info, very useful and helpful stuff, really appreciate it

  • 6
    Gio Suryo
    May 23rd, 2008 02:42

    @PSP : Thanks! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

  • 7
    QuaChee
    May 28th, 2008 15:40

    Interesting post tho Im still unsure what are the benefits of a wordpress blog (still searching) :)

  • 8
    Sarah
    June 28th, 2008 00:38

    Hi, I want to get out of blogger and go to self-hosting with a wordpress platform like you. I already own my own domain name, I had purchased it through one of blogger’s partners. Does this complicate things? Would you be able to walk me through the transfer process? I don’t know the steps you did before you started transferring posts.

  • 9
    Gio Suryo
    June 29th, 2008 00:12

    Hi Sarah,

    If you want to use a self-hosting services with a wordpress platform, first you need to register with a hosting services such as BlueHost, and then you need to login to your Registrar (where you register your domain name) and change your Nameserver so that it points to BlueHost’s Nameserver. That is just an example of course. Let me know if you need more specific info regarding this matter.

  • 10
    After the Break | Gio Suryo's Blog
    July 2nd, 2008 23:35

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  • 11
    Suzan
    July 21st, 2008 03:45

    Get your domain I started my website 2 years ago with these guys, and I love them. The best place I have ever found to get started.

  • 12
    David Leon
    August 23rd, 2008 15:57

    Thank you so much. Check out my blog, it is already there… You might not understand much, since it is in Uk

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    Internet Marketing
    October 31st, 2008 01:16

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  • 14
    Briefe Schreiben
    November 19th, 2008 23:24

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  • 15
    Ana
    November 25th, 2008 11:36

    Hello and nice post , but there is one thing what about when we tranfer all are post from blogger don’t we fall in the dupicate content, because remember if your site is already ranked and index so is your content and by tranfering to a new site we will fall under duplicate content. Are you following me? Just a little confuse here! I just finish doing a self host blog and i have a related blog in blogger and I do want to keep one only so I want to tranfer my blogger post to my hosted site, but my blogger site is already ranked and index for more then 2 years. My new hosted blog has not yet rank. Can you explain to me if is ok to do so and then later on, erase my other blog?

  • 16
    Gio Suryo
    November 26th, 2008 03:02

    @Ana, if your blogger site is already ranked, then when you transfer the content it could be considered a duplicate in my opinion. And you would also loses the rank of your old blogger site.

    If your site is using blogger for hosting, with your own domain name and not blogger’s default naming scheme (ex: yoursite.blogspot.com). Then the pagerank stays, because you are only moving the hosting and not changing the domain name itself.

    If your blogger site is ranked already, it would be better to just put a link to your new hosted site and then just write your new post there, keeping the old postings at the blogger site.

  • 17
    Ana
    December 2nd, 2008 10:39

    Thank you I think I will do that. I enjoy reading on your blog. And may you have a nice day!

  • 18
    Build A Profitable Email List
    December 4th, 2008 08:01

    Thanks for the post. Highly inforamative and offered step by step process. I will try to to this on one of my blog sites. I like working on wordpress, it offers a simple manageability process that is easy to follow and implement.

  • 19
    antiquarian books
    December 11th, 2008 20:09

    Thank you for this information. :)

  • 20
    TJantunen
    December 18th, 2008 00:34

    I wrote these simple instructions to import blogger posts to wordpress without any plugins: http://tjantunen.com/2007/03/21/import-blogger-posts-to-wordpress/

  • 21
    Gio Suryo
    December 25th, 2008 02:50

    @Tjantunen

    Thanks for visiting and sharing with us! I’ll be sure to give your site a visit. Much luck and success to you!

    @Everyone

    Thanks for dropping by! Really appreciate it!

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