As y’all may know, I’ve been trying to keep up with two blogs which was just silly and I decided to merge them for several reasons. If you’re a blogger, you may find this interesting. If you’re not, go ahead and browse cute work bags or iPad apps that will entertain your pre-schoolers. Merging blogs from Blogger to WordPress is surprisingly simple, but I did make a few mistakes that would be simple to avoid, so I thought I’d share how did I did it (and what I would have done differently!)
I decided to merge my two blogs. One was on Blogger and the other on WordPress. I hated to give up Chattie Hattie but my reasons were this:
- I originally planned to blog on Chattie Hattie and shut down Freshmom because I liked the name much better… but in the process, Freshmom generated way more traffic and money so I kept up two blogs
- Brands like personality and obviously, more traffic, so trying to drive traffic to two blogs is silly
- Freshmom was getting a lot more product review requests and sponsorship opportunities
So, here’s what I did and as I mentioned, I made a few mistakes that had to be corrected and I will tell you about those too:
Step 1: Use the blogger importer plug-in on WordPress.
This will import all of your blogger blog posts. All, including drafts. So you need to prep your blogger blog posts first. Which I did not …. Learn from me.
- Use the Blogger Importer plug-in
- Drafts will import as posts. Delete them first or label them draft to import. Once they have imported, change their status to draft.
- If you want your blogger blog posts to have a certain category, label them in blogger prior to importing. All labels transfer as categories.
- If you don’t want to create a lot of new categories, remove the labels in blogger first.
- Finally, you’re ready! Hit import and they will all magically appear in your WordPress blog.
Step 2: Generate Thumbnails
- Use the Generate Post Thumbnails plugin
- This will give each of your blogger blog posts a featured image by pulling the first image from your post and making it a thumbnail.
Step 3: Redirect your traffic from Blogger to WordPress.
- I used the Blogger to WordPress Redirection plugin for this. It redirects your old blogs posts and maps them to the new post on your new blog.
- I had some trouble with this one and did a little research to find out why it wasn’t working. The solution was simple: you have to convert the Blogger blog to a classic template and then it will work. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the button that says switch to classic template:
I did this about a week after I imported. I first wrote a post on Chattie Hattie explaining what I was going to do first, and now all of my old posts redirect to this blog.
I think I will eventually delete the content on the blogger blog but for now am keeping it online for the posts to redirect.
Would love to know your thoughts on my new blog and content!!!