If you are a newbie in the world of blogging, there are numerous blogging platforms you can choose from and one of these is the Blogger. Though it lacks some features, it is very simple to set up and comes with a drag and drop feature. With Blogger, you will get a free domain name, which is a great feature especially if you still trying out blogging without spending tons of money on it. Blogger is also under the management of Google so it means that can be indexed much quickly compared to sites from several platforms.
However, if you want to be a professional blogger, you need a more advanced platform and WordPress is the best option for you. Even if it is simple to start with Blogger, you would want to take full control of your blog later on, which WordPress can offer you. Unfortunately, migrating your blog from Blogger to WordPress would actually result to sudden drop in Google rankings and could also affect your traffic.
Why Go with WordPress Instead of Blogger?
Although starting with Blogger platform can offer you an advantage, sticking with it for a long time might lose you SEO, revenue, and traffic in the long run. Aside from that, Blogger is owned by Google and have complete rights on your blog. They could change anything without notifying you and may have the right to make some deletions on your blog. Blogger platform can’t be customized the way WordPress would give you freedom in customizing your own blog. WordPress is also more SEO optimized compared to Blogger.
Things to Remember When Getting Started with Your Migration
One of the things you need before you get started is a good hosting provider. Blogs on WordPress are self-hosted. For this reason, you need a reliable and good hosting provider to host your blogs. If you’re just getting started and your blog does not have much traffic, it is a good idea to stick with shared hosting. But, the choice for hosting provider is yours as this may depend on your budget and other needs.
The Steps On How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress
Import your blog on Blogger to WordPress
To do this, you should go to the “Tools” and click “Import” and hit “Blogger”. There’s a pop-up window that will appear and will ask you to install a plugin. Once you clicked the install button and once done with the installation, activate the installed plugin to continue. Then, you’ll be redirected to another screen where you will have to authorize WordPress for importing your blog. After hitting the Authorize button, this will take you to you Google Account page. Then, you’ll be notified that WordPress is requesting permission to access your account on Blogger. Click the button to allow access. Once your blog was completely imported on WordPress, you have to assign an author.
Set Up Permalinks
After done with importing your blog to WordPress, it does not stop there as you need to ensure that you will maintain your ranking and traffic. To do this, you have to set up permalinks.
Set Up Redirection
You also need to set up redirection. This is an essential step when migrating from Blogger to WordPress because you would want your users to see or view the exact same page on the new platform. You can set up redirection in two ways and one is to redirect your Blogger visitors to WordPress. Then, once your users reach your new site on WordPress, you need to redirect them to the exact post they’re access on your previous blog.
Just after redirecting your existing links make sure you index your new WordPress blog links in Google and other search engines. You can simply use ping tools to make the indexing process very fast and almost instant.
Feel free to ask if you stuck some in migration process.
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