Every few days I get an email from a blogger asking me about moving their blog from Blogger to WordPress. This is even more so now as on theFEED signup page their is an FAQ which asks, “What If I am not on WordPress at all?”, so when a person see’s this question they email me asking how to move over. I then send them a similar email on how this can be done without much assistance from a developer and they are shocked that their mystery has been solved!
I got one of these very email’s this morning from a lovely Canadian blogger called Dawn Ngo of DawnNgo.blogspot.ca. She Asked:
I’m interested in using theFEED, however I’m currently blogger based and I have already purchased my theme and developed traffic on blogger so it’s a big hard for me to make the switch as I have already established myself on blogger! Is there any way you could help me make the switch to WordPress or if you have any tips/advice?
Well I am here to tell her, and every other style blogger in the same predicament you CAN move to WordPress yourself! WHAT WHAT? Did I really say that? I bet you were expecting me to say it’s going to cost you sh** loads of money. Not on my watch!
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can move you blog from Blogger to WordPress, with screenshots and EVERYTHING. This one’s for you Dawn!
1. Find website hosting with WordPress One Click Install and Domain Name Included
There are hosting services out there that make it easy to set up your WordPress blog, a great example is Bluehost. For little cost you can have hosting and a domain name within the same package. Once you’ve signed up, their is a button which you can click to set up your WordPress blog. Click Here to watch a video tutorial which shows you how!
2. Find a Premium WordPress Theme
After you are set up with your new WordPress site, you’ll need a super hot theme for your new blog. There are LOADS out there to choose from and none should cost you more than $100USD. My blogger friend Blair from Leap Marketing and Design makes premium pre-fab WordPress templates for only $70USD and their made specifically for Style Bloggers, which you can find here. Alternatively if you head over to ThemeForest Marketplace and search for WordPress theme plus your requirements (e.g. minimal layout, white background etc), you’ll find loads here too.
To upload your WordPress theme to your new WordPress backend, simple navigate to the side menu and click Appearances > Themes. Then from the new page Click “Add New”
3. Uploading your Blogger content to WordPress
In your new WordPress backend, navigate to Tools > Import. From the new page click “Blogger” from the menu. A popup will appear asking you to install the Blogger Importer, hit “Install Now”. From the new page “Activate Plugin & Run Importer” and then follow the instructions on screen to import your content from Blogger to WordPress.
4. Configure Blog Theme Settings
Dependent on what theme you purchased for your new WordPress blog, they will be settings you can configure, to change the colors, add your logo etc. Make sure to do this and preview what your new logo looks like. You can always get a new theme if you are not completely satisfied.
5. Google Analytics
Make sure to add a new Google Analytics (click here for a cool plugin that helps you do this) code for this Worpdress blog. DON’T use the one from your blogger blog as you want to track the difference in readership. Take note that moving isn’t going to make your readership sky rocket straight away, as with any transition things take time and you readers need to read just.
6. Use This Blogger To WordPress Plugin to redirect all your blogspot blog post visits to your new wordpress blog!
There is a really cool tool called “Blogger to WordPress Redirection”, which generates a snippet of code for you to insert into your now old blogspot blog in-order to redirect your readers to your new blog. Click here to find out more about the plugin and watch the helpful how-to video.
7. Tell The World You Have Moved – Repeatedly!
After you are 100% happy, tell everyone on all your social media channels, at your blogger meetups, your book club, your dentist etc – NICELY until they get the message. Make sure to convey the message in a positive uplifting way, the fact that you are bigger and better now and mean serious business so this switch is a result of that.
Keep your OLD blog alive until traffic moves to your new blog. There is no hurry to delete it and Google won’t so you don’t have to either.
That’s it! Need any further help? Let me know!