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Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

So far so good Blokesters. The move over to Wordpress has been pleasant for the most part but not without it’s nuisances either.

Probably the hardest part for me was deciding on what type of theme that I wanted. But once I made the decision there was no holding me back.

Admittedly there’s been a fair amount of work involved with learning my way around the Wordpress dashboard, tweaking and debugging the new theme, choosing which plugins to use and deciding on colour schemes etc. But that goes for anything new, and so far there’s been no major issues.

The Good:

  • Moving from Blogger to Wordpress was relatively painless. I first imported it over to my Wordpress.com  account. Then I exported it as an XML file to my desktop, which I imported back into this blog account. It took me about only 15 minutes to accomplish.
  • I can’t believe how fast Google has indexed this blog. I’m already getting search engine referrals. Amazing! Wordpress really is SEO friendly.
  • Working in Wordpress is a pleasure. The flexibility and ease of use is a powerful combination. The dashboard is clean, without all the annoying graphics that Blogger has… thus making it less cluttered and easier to use.
  • I can now edit comments. I now have trackbacks without having to add third party software. I can add thumbnails to my post excerpts. I can publish my posts at a future date and time. Categories and tags are a breeze and more powerful… and much more.
  • Wordpress is indeed POWERFUL! With the help of PHP it can become a dynamic content management system.
  • Because it is relatively new New Blogger doesn’t feel as matured as Wordpress does. Wordpress is also free from all of the bugs and encumbrances that New Blogger is riddled with.
  • Working in the Blogger editor interface was full of quirks that don’t seem to be an issue in Wordpress. Things like making bullets, blockquotes etc. required a lot of finessing in Blogger. Whereas Wordpress seems to work perfectly. I should also mention that the Wordpress built-in post editor is so much more powerful.
  • I love the fact that I can just upload a plugin to do automatically what used to take me a lot of effort in Blogger. Things like for example making ”Related Posts“. Searching my blog for relevant posts, copying and pasting the links are now done automatically with Wordpress. What a time saver.
  • No more trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear — Wordpress makes things like smart permalinks so easy, as compared to Blogger which required lines and lines of code to hack. In fact, to make Blogger more like Wordpress the entire code had to be hacked either by HTML tricks or javascript, which ended up slowing down the loading of the page and corrupting it’s xhtml compliance. Overall, everything just seems to work better in Wordpress.
  • I am now truly the master of my blogging destiny with my own top domain and Wordpress on my own server. No more limitations and no more Google/Blogger shoving its paranoid agenda down my throat.
  • And of course last but not least: The prime motivation for me leaving Blogger — comments are now on my post page.  No more annoying multiple clicking just to leave a comment. BONUS!

The Bad:

  • Because my new blog host hijacked the DNS I can’t just redirect my old Blogger blog to the custom URL. Accordingly all of my internal links are still pointing to the old blog. So if I want to change it I will have to go through every one of my old posts and manually correct the links. That’s just too much work as far as I’m concerned and so I will probably just live with it (at least for now … anybody up to making a plugin).
  • I think I may have a solution though and I wish I had thought of it earlier. Next time around, before handing over my custom URL to the blog host I would redirect the old Blogger blog to the new custom URL while It was still hosted on Blogger. Then I would import into Wordpress.com like I did before and export it again to my desktop as an XML file.
  • Theoretically at this point I should have all of the blog internal links pointing to the new custom URL. Then it would just be a matter of attaching the URL to the new blog host and importing the XML file, and poof … all of the internal links should work correctly.
  • Hindsight certainly is 20/20. That’s also assuming of course that Wordpress will handle Blogger’s linkage as expected (or should I say hope). It may be worth a try and if it’s successful it will save a lot of unnecessary work. I’m wondering if anyone else has tried this technique? Or I may just try it myself on a test blog. Something else to play with.
  • Also, during the import stage my more popular posts that have tons of comments were truncated at around the 50 comment mark. So I will have to manually add them later.
  • So far the only thing that I’ve really missed from Blogger is the ease to add widget page elements, but there are also plugins that you can get for Wordpress that will do the same thing.

The Ugly:

  • I’ve lost my backlinks. The only way I can fix it is if everyone who has ever linked to me will make the correction.  Hint ;-)

Of course there are techniques that I can use to mitigate some of the more adverse affects of moving such as pagerank, but I will discuss that in another post.

No regrets. No solution is perfect but the benefits of moving over to Wordpress far outweigh the bad.

What are your experiences with moving over to Wordpress? Or perhaps you have a valid excuse reason(s) that’s holding you back from making the move! Let me know.

UPDATE: Read how you can redirect your old blog backlinks at Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide!

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342 Responses to “Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly”

  1. 1
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Backlinks vanished into the Black Hole of Google???
    Google Present Ration (PR) falling???

    Perhaps, these minor issues will be solved soon by the benefits of using WordPress?

    For reasons unknown, my RSS subscriptions have doubled since moving to WordPress which could be a clue as to how insignificant Google’s rating or ranking systems may be?

    Is it possible to strike out the word NOT in the “7 Reasons Why Blogger Users Should NOT Switch to WordPress?

    Might be better to keep adding to the list of 8 great reasons for sailing to WordPress listed in my post and comments at New England Lighthouse Blog has Sailed to the New World of WordPress!

    Other than a few initial bumps like using Firefox NOT Safari, searching for the needle in the Header Code to hide the link in the Header image, and the Permalink issue, I found the WordPress Dashboard very easy to learn and use compared to Blogger.

    Happy New Year,
    Debbie Dolphin

  2. 2
    Kathy Says:

    Hey, Bloke! Looking good! As you know, I’ve hit some stumbling blocks during my move to WordPress, but it has grown on me and I’m so pleased I moved.

    I still have a lot of questions for which I’m not finding answers. And some of them are simple ones. Kinda frustrating. Anyway, glad to see you up and running. I’ve updated my feed.

  3. 3
    Jaffer Says:

    I too am working on a Wordpress project but I am getting frustrated working with the php tags and tryng to figure out how to get the sidebar show different content for the home page and the archive page !

    Do you guys have any resources or websites that you can point me to ?

  4. 4
    Lee Says:

    Since I’m fairly new to blogging, my move to WordPress was probably a lot less painful than your move. I’m learning about different plug-ins and making changes and additions as I go along.

    The biggest issue for me was finding a theme that allowed me to make changes to the header image. I wanted to be able to showcase some of my photography in a way that contributed to my blog. The theme I’ve chose not only does that, but it also allows me to use multiple images which are randomly cycled each time the page is refreshed. I’m thrilled with the results of installing the chosen theme.

    Anyway, today I also added a Blokester button to my sidebar with a link back here. So, even though I wasn’t one of those with a previous link-back, there’s one for you now. :0)

  5. 5
    Jaffer Says:

    I found a wonderful article about displaying different sidebar-contents on different pages:
    http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/06/21/bring-life-to-your-blog-using-conditional-tags/

    Lee, you can always manually edit the theme files in wp-content/themes.

    To change the header image, all you have to do is edit the header.php file !

    If you server allows changing file permissions (to 666), you can even edit your theme within the word press environment

  6. 6
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Debbie. Nice Avatar!

    The reason you are getting more RSS subscriptions is probably because you moved to Wordpress. When you’re on WP you are somehow taken more seriously.

    Heh, the “7 Reasons Why Blogger Users Should NOT Switch to Wordpress” is kind of embarrassing but I have no control over that. It’s a plugin that automatically inserts it. Then again, maybe it’s good to read the flip side of the argument as well.

  7. 7
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks for updating the feed Kathy. I would miss you tremendously over here. By the way, have you noticed that you are already number 6 on the all-time Top Commenters list? Congratulations!

    We’re all learning as we go with Wordpress. But as a community we can grow together and help each other out.

  8. 8
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Jaffer, it sounds to me like you will want to edit the “Single Post” file which you should see in your Theme Editor. I also sent you a link to the Wordpress documentation that should help.

  9. 9
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Lee. Thanks for the Blokester link and welcome to the community!

    Jaffer is right about the header.php file. That is where I modified my header/banner. If you want, let me know and I will write a tutorial explaining how I did it.

  10. 10
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Odd, but it seems that Wordpress gets more spam than Blogger. I’ve already had to remove numerous spam comments from this blog. I would have thought it would be the other way around.

  11. 11
    7 Reasons Why Blogger Users Should NOT Switch to Wordpress Says:

    […] UPDATE: Of course, I’ve since changed my mind … Moving Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly […]

  12. 12
    Jaffer Says:

    Bloke, did you turn on the Askimet Plugin ?

  13. 13
    Blog Bloke Says:

    No I haven’t yet Jaffer. I’m waiting to see how things go for awhile. So far the settings that I have (i.e. more than one link in a comment) has done a very good job weeding them out.

  14. 14
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Thank you, Bloke for the Nice Avatar compliment and the insight on WP RSS subscriptions!

    I see Jaffer has opened file permissions to the Mark of the Beast (666) - hopefully, this will not open the flood-gates of digital hell? (only kidding, Jaffer)

    Speaking of humor, “7 Reasons Why Blogger Users Should NOT Switch to Wordpress” post seems to be struggling to hang to the Blogger Battle!

    Speaking of opening gates, has anyone updated to Wordpress 2.3.2, yet?

    Seems to be some confusion (to me?) at the Bluefur.com blog which states
    “Attention bloggers if you have manually installed WordPress then you should immediately upgrade to 2.3.2. A security upgrade notice has been issued by WordPress in regards to this.”

    Unfortunately, there are no instructions on what to do if Bluefur.com installed WordPress 2.3.1. Does Bluefur.com perform the upgrade or do we?

    I also eMailed Bluefur.com to check on this.

  15. 15
    Jaffer Says:

    I knew there would be someone making a remark on “666″ and I am not surprised it was you :D.

    I am going to wait because I have never upgraded a platform yet !
    I am still sitting with and older version of ExpressionEngine blog as well !
    I am afraid I might screw up my database !

    Bloke may be this may be a good time for a tutorial !

  16. 16
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Debbie, I also noticed the Wordpress upgrade notice. Let me know what Bluefur says.

  17. 17
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Jaffer, make certain that you backup everything before messing with the database.

    Regarding tutorials, I’m working on an idea that I’m going to experiment with tomorrow. If successful it will become a very important notice indeed. Stay tuned…

  18. 18
    Kathy Says:

    Bloke — Yes, I did just notice the Top Commenters post, but only when I viewed your blog’s main page. I usually read you from my feeds (latest posted article), so I did not see it at first. And I gather I’m a top commenter because I’m always needing help from you!

    I noticed the announcement of a new version of WP. Terrified to upgrade, of course. I need a little tutorial from you, Bloke.

    How is everyone else’s avatars showing up in these comments? I’d like to not be the face-less black head ‘n shoulders at some point :)

  19. 19
    Kathy Says:

    Here’s a question for Bloke or anyone else: All of my post headings (top of browser window) begin with “The Junk Drawer >> Blog Archive >>”. I would like for the headings to read only with the post title. This happens for all new posts, too, not just my imported ones from Blogger. I use Windows Live Writer to compose and publish posts.

    Thanks, and I hope BB doesn’t mind me throwing out a general question here.

  20. 20
    Jaffer Says:

    Hey Kathy,
    Make sure you are signed into MyBloglog when you comment.

    Another great tool is Gravatar which will put a picture with your e-mail whenever you comment. You don’t even need to sign in !

  21. 21
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Kathy, you need to click on your “Options”, “Permalinks” menus. Then under the “Common Options” heading click on “Custom, specify below” and put this code into the “Custom structure” field:

    /%postname%/

    That should fix your permalinks structure. Nice eh? In Blogger we had to write lines and lines of code hackery to accomplish the same thing.

  22. 22
    Blog Bloke Says:

    By the way, I wouldn’t try to upgrade Wordpress yourself. I think your blog host will do it for you. That’s what you pay them for. Check with them first.

  23. 23
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    My Wordpress 2.3.2 upgrade Ticket status is open with a low priority at BlueFur.com. I hate to make assumptions yet, it seems the security leak of exposing draft posts is not a major issue?

    The best Wordpress Sitemap option is also another unknown. Did you use the
    Sitemap Generator Plugin for Wordpress?

  24. 24
    Blog Bloke Says:

    That’s the plugin Deb. It’s a good idea to make one because it will also help the search engines to index your site.

    By the way, Bluefur has a toll free number 1-877-377-9020, ext. #3 for support. Give them a call tomorrow during the day.

  25. 25
    Kathy Says:

    Bloke,
    This is how my custom looks right now:
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

    Is it really safe to change it? I’m afraid. Won’t that mess up wherever my internal links point?

    ps. I don’t plan on upgrading WordPress myself now. Will check with my host. Thank you for the suggestion.

  26. 26
    Kathy Says:

    Testing my gravatar. Is this something I have to enable on my blog for others to use?

  27. 27
    Kathy Says:

    Guess that didn’t work. Gotta poke around for more information. Bloke, sorry for cluttering your comments. Delete if you wish.

  28. 28
    Jaffer Says:

    Let me check if my Gravatar works here !

    You can test run it at my blog as well if you want !

  29. 29
    Jaffer Says:

    Very odd ! I am signed out of MyBlog log and I can still see my picture form there and Kathy’s picture !

  30. 30
    Kathy Says:

    Sorry. I see it did work, after I associated my photo with my account. However, I wonder if it’s working on my blog. I installed and activated Easy Gravatars and when I left a test comment, there were only outlines where the picture should be. Looked a little screwy, so I de-activated it. Maybe I’ll reactivate it and Jaffer, you can comment somewhere to see if you appear. Do you mind if you’re still here?

  31. 31
    Blog Bloke Says:

    WOOHOO! I see you Kathy. Don’t worry about the comments. I love comments and the more the merrier. I’m so happy to see your smiling face instead of the ghost from Christmas past.

    By the way, your permalinks still don’t look right. Did you follow my instructions above?

  32. 32
    Kathy Says:

    Bloke — Sorry to make a mess of your comments.

    Jaffer — It seems it is working on my blog. I’m seeing lots of gravatars now on the comments. However, I’m curious why, in some cases, there is a very thin outline where pictures should be. When you click into those empty boxes, it loads up that person’s site. If anyone can take a look at some comments over on the Junk Drawer and tell me if it looks ugly, I’d appreciate it. I hate to have what looks like missing information on some of my readers’ comments. It works fine for many others, just not everyone, and I don’t know why. Thanks for all the help!

  33. 33
    Kathy Says:

    Bloke — Thank you for not minding all my comments. I absolutely LOVE that I can come here for straightforward help and answers. Do you have any idea how RARE that is in the blogosphere? I think you might! Anyway, I didn’t make the change to my permalink structure, as I’m afraid to. I wrote you earlier:

    Bloke,
    This is how my custom looks right now:
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

    Is it really safe to change it? I’m afraid. Won’t that mess up wherever my internal links point?

  34. 34
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Don’t worry Kathy. It will work fine. Nothing will get messed up and the changes can be reversed if you want to. Just follow these directions:

    In your Wordpress dashboard click on your “Options”, “Permalinks” menus. Then under the “Common Options” heading click on “Custom, specify below” and put this code into the “Custom structure” field:

    /%postname%/

    No worries.

    By the way, I see your Avatars are working fine on your blog too. And thanks to Jaffer for helping out with customer support ;-)

    Cheers!

  35. 35
    Kathy Says:

    Bloke — That custom path doesn’t work. It makes searches and past links return a 404 error. It also did not remove the text that prepends every post title. I’ll leave it “as is.” Afraid to fiddle with it too much. But thank you for the suggestion. It’s possible I’ve done other massaging to my post structure that makes your tip invalid for me. I remember severely messing with my post structure during my migration, and a lot of manual editing within posts that had links in them. It was crazy, and that’s enough crazy for me for a while. Thank you for letting me work through this here. You’re the best!

  36. 36
    Mike Says:

    Bloke - Regarding spam, I personally recommend Spam Karma as an alternative to Askimet.

    Kathy - Two issues here as far as I can see - the displayed TITLE tag and the permalinks for your site.

    TITLE tag - the most effective way (and most search engine friendly way) is to include the following code within your header.php file

    This will display just the post title on the individual pages but display the name of the blog on the home page.

    Permalinks - The most SEO friendly way of constructing your permalinks is /%postname%/. Remember that you’ll need to have write access to your .htaccess file to make any changes to your permalink structure.

    If you’re absolutely laser focused with your categories and the titles might help your search engine listings then make your permalinks /%category%/%name%/ but this will only really assist your search results if you have very specific categories.

    One thing you need to remember is that any changes made within the WP dashboard for permalinks will not be retrospectively applied so, for example, if your page was called domain.com/widgets/blue-widgets/ because you used /%category%/%name%/ but you’ve now changed your permalink structure to read /%name%/, the old link will no longer work.

    Fortunately, and this is where WordPress kicks Bloggers butt big time, there is always a plugin to solve most things. In this instance I heartily recommend the Permalink Redirection Plugin.

    After any changes you make, ensure you update your sitemap within Google Webmaster Tools. The sitemap generator Debbie mentions earlier is excellent and, again, heartily recommended :D

  37. 37
    Mike Says:

    Ackkk…..for some reason the embedded code didn’t work…grrr. OK well here’s a link to the code you need to include in your header.php file.

    Link

  38. 38
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks for the support Mike. Maybe I should rename this blog to the Blog Bloke forum for Wordpress issues ;-)

  39. 39
    Jaffer Says:

    I put the following at Kathy’s Blog as well.

    The Gravatars work great and the comment section looks spiced up with all the beautiful pictures.
    Now, I believe Kathy, you are using Easy Gravatar. So for all those without a face, Kathy, find a 48×48 image and upload it to your server.
    Log into Wordpress admin, go to options and click on Easy Gravatars.
    Replace the address of the Default Image URL.

  40. 40
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Hi Bloke, Mike, and Kathy,

    Since we have a WordPress issues Forum and a moment to breath between two major holidays plus sailing over to the Bay of WordPress,
    can we revisit the Permalink issue which seems to need the SEO friendly structure code: /%postname%/ ?

    Unfortunately, using /%postname%/ structure drops the “.html” from the Blogger post link that is needed to redirect Blogger posts links for me and possibly Kathy had the same issue.

    In order to fix redirecting Blogger Post Links, I (and Kathy?) needed to use this custom structure: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

    Perhaps, the Permalink structure can be changed to the /%postname%/ SEO structure in the future after the old Blogger post links die off?

    Or does Mike’s Permalink Redirection Plugin solve the Blogger problem sooner?

    PS. will call Bluefur support when they open.

  41. 41
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Deb. I’m having the same problem. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no answer. I’ve searched Google and tried the various techniques out there like this one http://laffers.net/howtos/howto-redirect-blogger-to-wordpress, but nothing works.

    The bottom line is:

    1. Wordpress doesn’t make html docs.

    2. Apparently, when Wordpress imports it will change the structure of the permalink to reflect the post title. Meaning, the link structure will be different than the original Blogger post if you have altered the title in any way after first publishing it.

    3. Unfortunately I often do that, so after the import most of my links are now structured differently than the original Blogger post. So in my case it looks like I’m screwed.

    4. Hence, I’ve given up on trying to find an easy solution. I’ve resolved myself to having to manually edit all of my internal links. Considering that I’ve got thousands of them, I am faced with a very long project for me to do over the next year. Happy New Year, yeah right :(

    5. So that means I’ve also given up on trying to redirect from Blogger post pages. I’m just going to put a redirect for the home page, and a meta noindex tag so that the Search Engines won’t penalize me for double content. Take a look at this post http://www.techcounter.com/wordpress/301-permanent-redirect-from-blogger-beta-to-wordpress/ for more about this.

    I know, this is depressing and I wish I had better news but that’s the way I see it unless someone else comes up with a better solution.

    Considering that I have thousands of internal links that need to be changed, it looks I will be spending most of my time next year editing. So much for writing.

    Now please excuse me as I go shoot myself.

  42. 42
    Kathy Says:

    I don’t know that this will help. It’s more or less just an explanation of what I had to do:

    1. I notified Google to stop indexing my Blogspot blog.
    2. I set up custom structure to this: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%
    3. That made most of my former search engine results continue working, pointing to the WordPress blog.
    4. I had to manually change all my internal links to the new structure. Bloke, at the time I had 112 posts. The process of changing all my internal links from ….p=XXX took one hour, so maybe you’re only looking at 10 hours of manual editing.
    5. I installed the Redirection plug-in that gives me a 404 Log that I can check for places where old links don’t work. They are always the ones where an article (a, an, the, etc) have been stripped from the post title, on the way over from Blogger. I check it daily and set up redirects for every post that returned a 404.

    I’m still unsure whether I have more work to do on the Blogger side of the equation. Duplicate content is coming to mind.

    I’m sorry if I’m not explaining this very well. My ignorance is showing, but perhaps some nugget of this will help someone else down the road, as sketchy as my explanation is!

  43. 43
    Lee Says:

    I’m really going to throw this discussion into an elementary level. I’ve been following this thread and really trying to understand what you all are talking about. I get the gist of most of it, but at the most basic level I guess I don’t really understand what permalinks are. Are they only important if you are trying to monetize your blog?

  44. 44
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    My three Observations for Bloke, Kathy, and Lee:

    WordPress Upgrades:
    Service claims Bluefur takes care of the WordPress upgrades?
    Service claims the WordPress version is located in the cPanel yet, unable to locate it.

    However, the fantversion.php file states this: 11.15.0-RELEASE_17853 = ‘2.3.1′ ;
    which seems to point to the old WordPress version?

    Permalink redirection:
    added: to the old Blogger template.

    Seems like no matter which Permalink redirect solution is tried, Google eventually returns a 404 page for the old Blogger Post Permalink.

    I am not sure changing internal links every time Google returns a 404 error helps.

    Since Google seems intent on sabotaging our efforts, using the SEO recommendation /%postname%/ and verifying internal links are also using the same structure might be the way to go?

    We seem to be swimming through the dark unknown waters of Google search strategies again.

    @ Lee: Briefly, a Permalink is the URL address of each Blog Post that helps search engines and visitors locate old Posts in the archives of the Blog. I suppose Permalinks may be more important to Money-income producing Blogs yet, Permalinks are also beneficial to non-profit Blogs as well!

  45. 45
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Great, just Great! — forget to trick the Html tags to read the code: <meta content=’NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW’ name=’ROBOTS’/> @ added: (missing code) to the old Blogger template, in my previous comment!

  46. 46
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Kathy, I have almost 900 posts with literally thousands of internal links that are still pointing to the old blog. I spent 10 hours yesterday manually changing them and I barely made a dent. I still have more content that I want import.

    Lee, like Debbie says permalinks are the post URL links. They are the stuff that search engines thrive on and if they are screwed up so is your blog.

    I agree with Debbie that there doesn’t seem to be any known method out there for 301 redirection that actually works. But what’s the problem with the meta tag Debbie? That’s what I’ve added to my old Blogger template.

    I have an idea how I could fix my internal links but that would mean taking this blog offline, destroying my database and re-importing again. But I’ve planned for the launch of this blog tomorrow and my wife and child are already complaining I live at the computer too much.

    Sigh!

  47. 47
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Hi Bloke,

    No problems with the Meta Tag!
    My only problem was the HTML printing of the meta tag to reveal which meta tag code was added to our old Blogger template as way to confirm we have taken the same steps to solve the Permalink redirection problem.

    Sorry about that early New Year confusion!

    P.S. For now, I need to live with using the additional “.html” Permalink structure due to current Backlinks.

    Hopefully, Google will eventually recognize the new WordPress Permalinks?
    For now, I have stopped worrying about the post link redirection problem that has no immediate solution.

    Happy New Year

  48. 48
    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    I have finally discovered why Permalink Redirects from Blogger and WordPress are not 100%.

    Google Grammar drops the words “The”, “A”, etc. from the Post Title when Blogger creates the Post Link.

    For example,

    Post Title: The Silence of Sambro Island Lighthouse is Golden?

    Blogger:
    http://lighthousestars.com/2007/11/silence-of-sambro-island-lighthouse-is.html

    WordPress:
    http://lighthousestars.com/2007/11/the-silence-of-sambro-island-lighthouse-is-golden.html
    ____________________

    Google also shortens long Post Titles in their Post Link whereas WordPress uses the full Post Title to create their Permalink.

    I am not sure there is a solution that will automatically fix this. On the hand, a search of the Post Title with these issues reveals most of the Blogger Permalinks have been replaced by the WordPress Permalinks. No doubt, the few remaining Blogger Permalinks will be dead soon and Post Permalink Redirection will have completed its job??? (In other words, Redirection will no longer be required)

    Hopefully, this information helps?

  49. 49
    Mike Says:

    OK let’s have a look at this with my tired and hungover brain.

    The Permalink Redirection plugin is suitable for when your internal WP permalinks have been changed. It won’t help with the legacy links from Blogger. I didn’t realise that you needed the .html for the legacy links to work. How very odd…

    I’ll have a play around on one of my test servers and see what I can come up with. I do recall reading about a way to make the WP posts .html so I’ll see if I can hunt it down.

    Regarding the naming issues, you should be able to change the post slug for any imported pages fairly easily.

    Manage — Posts — Edit — Post slug

    Hopefully this will overcome any problems there.

    Finding WP version - You can find this within your WordPress Dashboard - it’s at the bottom of the page.

    WordPress version - The current one available using the Fantastico installer with BlueFlur is 2.3.1

    301 redirects do work OK. The problem here is that the 301 would need to be placed in the .htaccess file on the Blogger server which isn’t possible.

    So, to recap, my understanding is that legacy Blogger URLs haven’t been imported correctly using the WP import script. What specifically is wrong with them? I’m sure the answer is above but my alcohol addled brain is struggling to function today!

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    The conclusion I’ve come to is the conversion from Blogger to Wordpress during the import procedure has changed the permalink structure sufficiently that redirection is impossible. The links must be identical for redirection to work. That would mean manually changing each post link to be exactly the same, and in my case I have have way too many posts to make it feasible.

    The way I see it is a redirection will only help for two reasons:

    1. To retain Google juice goodwill that you’ve built with the old blog;

    2. To redirect users who do not yet know the blog has moved.

    BUT after the search engines have made note of your “noindex” “nofollow” meta tag on the old blog, and the new blog has been reindexed the concern over redirection should become moot. So perhaps the sensible thing to do would be for us to just forget about it and move on, and let the search engines figure it out.

    As for me I have an even bigger problem. All of my thousands of internal links are still pointing to the old blog. And because Wordpress has changed their structure a simple search and replace wil not work.

    Sigh!

  51. 51
    Kathy Says:

    Folks — Just a heads-up that I answered my own question about how to remove “Blog Archive” from all of my post titles. This was an annoyance for me because my posts would show up in Google results like this:

    “The Junk Drawer >> Blog Archive >> Actual post title, blah, blah blah”

    The words “Blog Archive” took up too much of that precious real estate. I guess it’s theme-specific, because I don’t see this happening on everyone’s WP blogs.

    This is what I used to remove the two extraneous words:
    http://www.ehowtoguru.com/2007/10/16/how-to-remove-blog-archive-from-your-wordpress-post-title

  52. 52
    Mike Says:

    Kathy - My advice would be to change around the order of your title tag to POST TITLE — BLOG NAME.

    The reason I suggest that is only the first 65 characters of your page title are used for SEO purposes. If you’re writing your titles with search engines in mind and are creating keyword/keyphrase rich titles, you’re currently reducing your hit rate because the first 13 characters of your TITLE are the name of the site.

    Just my two cents :)

  53. 53
    Mike Says:

    BB - Have you submitted a new sitemap for blogbloke.com? Also are all your internal post links formatted:

    a) instabloke.com/2007/10/random-post-title.html

    or

    b) blogbloke.com/the-random-post-title/

    I’m still trying to get my head around the way the import has screwed things up…

  54. 54
    Mike Says:

    Scratch the second part of the question - I’ve just found a couple of practical examples on your site and can see the problem.

    Crap :(

    It seems like it’s caused by Blogger removing certain grammatical phrases as suggested by Debbie and WordPress isn’t able to decipher what Blogger has sent over.

    Double crap :(

    OK so there’s no easy solution to this as far as I can see. I was hoping I could work some SQL magic on your database but it seems like there are a number of factors here including some which would need to be manually applied.

  55. 55
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Mike, I haven’t got round to the sitemap yet. From what I can figure Wordpress import creates permalinks based on the post title, as opposed to the actual permalink structure. In my case I’m in a habit of changing my titles after hitting the publish button. Hence, the links are now incompatible.

    Kathy, Mike is absolutely right about your post titles format. When someone is searching for information they are not looking for your blog title. They are searching for specific keywords.

    You want to put your most important keywords first in your title so they won’t by edited out of the first 65 characters, and the search engines assume their order of priority.

    In other words:

    “Bloggers on the Steroids”…

    will get a better search result for the keyword “Bloggers” than…

    “Most Bloggers on Steroids”.

  56. 56
    Blog Bloke Says:

    UPDATE: The issue with importing Blogger posts into Wordpress is a combination of both what I and Kathy have noted. Obviously they are not compatible and there is no way it seems to fix this except via manual manipulation.

    Triple CRAP! I’m screwed :-(

  57. 57
    Mike Says:

    Manual manipulation? I’m not sure that’s going to help at all although it might take your mind off the problem ;)

  58. 58
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  59. 59
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Now, now Mikey

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    Debbie Dolphin Says:

    Manual manipulation? Do I sense some British Humor Mike?

    After this day, I need a Manual Massage, a Manual Makeover, and a few Manual Manipulations performed by Mr. Dolphin might me help recover?

  61. 61
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Good golly, now you guys have got me blushing. I’ve forgotten about all those links already.

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    Jeffro2pt0 Says:

    Congrats on the move over to the cool, hip, good side of blogging :) You have so much content Bloke that I think the Structure theme suits your blog perfectly. Gives you a nice way of displaying a bunch of the content you’ve done recently and in the past. I almost switched by blog over to the Structure theme but instead, hacked away at mine again.

    Welcome to the WordPress community. By the way, I’ve added and updated the link to your blog in my blogroll :)

    Also of note, would it be possible for someone to come up with an SQL statement that goes through your database and changes all entries that have the old URL to a new URL.

  63. 63
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks Jeffro2pt0. This post was mentioned in the Blog Herald today so I guess I’ve been officially accepted into the community.

    There is a nice plugin I found that will search and replace in the database and you can find it here:

    http://thedeadone.net/software/search-and-replace-wordpress-plugin/

    I wouldn’t recommend fiddling with the database directly which could be catastrophic if used incorrectly. This also won’t help my problem either because the internal link structure has changed too significantly and randomly.

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    Curtis Says:

    Very well written. I am playing with websited but I can’t figure out how to map my domain to the host. Right now they have me using growthumbs.websited.net/blog

  65. 65
    Darren Says:

    Very useful post BB. Its been so long since I made the switch (I went from blogger to MT to WP!) that it’s good to have a more up to date description of it.

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    Jaffer Says:

    What happedned to all the comments on this post ? The great big discussion ?

    Hi Darren ! Happy 2008 !

  67. 67
    Darren Says:

    Hi Jaffer - Happy New year to you too.

  68. 68
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Strange. I was trying out the plugin called “Sticky” and it created a duplicate copy of this post. So I deleted it and moved the comments over here. That’s why they seemed to disappear Jaffer. I think I will be removing that plugin forthwith.

  69. 69
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks Darren. It also serves as a useful reminder to those bloggers who like myself were hedging on whether or not to make the switch. The sooner you make the move the better or you will end up like I did — with a lot of extra work on your hands.

  70. 70
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  71. 71
    Mun Says:

    Hi Blog Bloke,

    I moved to WordPress, not by choice. Google took away my blog. I have mentioned it here at http://munfitnessblog.com/a-new-beginning-for-mun-fitness-blog-a-better-one/

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    Ben Says:

    I tried migrating my Blogger blog about a year ago and had all kinds of trouble. So,I basically just copied and pasted the best posts into my Wordpress blog and gave the new one a different emphasis.

    I still use Blogger along with using Wordpress. Both are good blogging platforms and each has its’ own strengths and weaknesses.
    I really haven’t been convinced that one is better than the other so that is why I still use both.

  73. 73
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Ben. Wordpress has improved its import facility this year as compared to what it was like before, but it’s still not perfect. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Günter Zöchbauer Says:

    I think it was Darren Rowse who mentioned how important it is to use an own domain for a blog right from the beginning.

    This is just another reason to do it.

    After importing the posts into WP and reconfiguring the DNS all backlinks, Google indexes, internal links, … should work as usual.

    I have just started to blog using Blogger 2 months ago and switched to my own domain these days.
    The old url is redirected automatically but Google dropped all indexed sites during the next indexing using the old url. Google seems to not like redirects.
    But that was not a big problem because most of the sites were again indexed 4 days afterwards - Google seems to like blogs ;-)

    It’s likely that I switch to WP some day and are hoping that the switch will work as smooth as expected :-|

    Anyway - nice and useful post.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Gunter. They say that hindsight is 20/20, but when you’ve been blogging as long as I have (like when Wordpress was still in it’s infancy and called b2\cafelog) sometimes it’s not always that easy. ;-)

    I’m not too worried though because this domain has been around long enough to still have Google juice. But the real problem facing me is all those internal links still pointing to the old blog posts.

    Thanks for dropping by and if you think you might switch over to Wordpress - do it sooner than later and save yourself some headaches.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    Mun, that is another very good reason for leaving Blogger. We now own our blog and its content.

  77. 77
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Curtis, in the long run I think it would be best for you to switch to a paid hosting service. You get support, no ads and complete ownership and control over your blog. It’s worth it. I just used the free service websited.net to familiarize myself with Wordpress.

  78. 78
    Curtis Says:

    Thanks Bloke. I intend to do just that soon. I found a service called award space and am using them for free. They also have paid versions which look good for the money.

    Anyone have experience with Award Space?

  79. 79
    Blog Bloke Says:

    I use Bluefur myself for this blog and I’ve been very happy so far. Others I hear are looking at a company called Orange, whilst others that I know use Dream Host.

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    manele Says:

    thx for your advices…wordpress is better than blogger!

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    Debra Durham Says:

    A late find - and what a gem! The post was just what I needed, and so many great comments with answers to the very questions I have been struggling with in anticipation of my own migration. Kudos on a great post and community.

  82. 82
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Manele and Debra. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to the community!

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    GG Says:

    Ahh, someone else who moved from Blogger to Word Press. I’ve faced some of the same problems. I was actually using the old Blogger because I hosted on my own domain. What a mess on the transfer BUT the good news is that I learned a lot for when I move my other blogs over.

    I had a template designed for Word Press and there were glitches and then once we got it up to speed for widgets–more glitches. So now I am into day six and feeling good about the move.

    Yes, spam has been a big problem but I like that I can block the incoming IP and also use Askimet. I have over 700 pages to check and correct links on–ugh.

    I’m with you–anyone working on a plug-in?

    My readers have given me good feedback and I’ve already attracted some advertisers–something that didn’t happen with Blogger.

    Glad I found your post…it is good to know I am not slugging through this alone…

  84. 84
    Blog Bloke Says:

    What’s that they say about misery loving company ;-)

    Like I said earlier GG I have an idea how to prevent the internal links problem and I will post my results at a later time. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to the community.

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    Unirtiery Says:

    Hi,
    I’m new! How are you?

  86. 86
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Who - me? I’m a little older, and thanks for asking ;-)

  87. 87
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    David Scurlock Says:

    I love your blog. You have some very interesting reading, I hope to see more on your blog. very nice.

    Thank-You
    http://www.seoarticlerewriter.com

  93. 93
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks for saying so David and I hope to read more of your comments.

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    Showbiz Intriga? Get It From Boy! Says:

    hi blogbloke!

    been an RSS subscriber for a year already, from your old feed to the new one.

    And thru your posts i am convinced to move to wordpress from blogger and it will be tomorrow!

    my only concern is the template. Can i preserve my present template in blogger to wordpress??

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    Showbiz Intriga? Get It From Boy! Says:

    hi again!

    i just learned that when you delete a blogspot blog, someone most likely an adult or spam blog replaces your old domain! is there a way to retain the old blogspot blog without hurting PR?backlinks,etc..???

  96. 96
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Showbiz. Always nice to meet a subscriber.

    I recommend finding a Wordpress template that has the features you are looking for and has already been optimized for plugins and widgets. Then you can modify it to your heart’s content. You will be much happier for doing it this way.

    I had the same problem. I was attached to my Blogger template like an old friend but I’m happy now that I took the time to look around and find a better theme than I could have made from scratch.

    Trust me when I say it will be far easier to modify a theme than trying to convert one over, especially if you are new to Wordpress. Why reinvent the wheel? There are so many themes out there to choose from. I just copied over my header/banner for branding purposes.

    Regarding your old Blogger blog, you are right to not delete it. Just put this meta tag in the < head > section to prevent double content from being indexed:

    < head >
    < meta content='NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW' name='ROBOTS'/ >
    < /head >

    *Remember to close up the brackets <>

    Regarding PR and backlinks, I will be writing a post about redirecting your old blog to minimize PR and backlink loss, but remember there are NO perfect solutions and there will be a certain amount of loss in the process. There’s no getting around that unfortunately, but the sooner you make the move the better it will be over the long term.

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    FeR Says:

    Hi!
    It’s amazing to hear so many stories of “easy” migration from Blogger to Wordpress! I’m jealous because I’ve been having multiple problems since I decided to migrate.

    Would anyone know why is it that when I imported the XML file that I’ve previously imported from wordpress.com to the wordpress on my domain, all the posts were uploaded but I can’t click on the archive links on my website.

    Only the main page shows my recent posts…any other link doesn’t work and attempts to click on it would bring you to a “page not found”. Funny thing is that I see all the posts when I log into admin dashboard!

    Am really confused…

    When I hover over the link, I realise it reads something like this “www.website.com/wordpress/2008/01″ but I realise there isn’t any 2008 or 01 folder in my cpanel…am I missing a step in the migration?

    I’ve followed everything to the T.

    *sigh*

  98. 98
    Blog Bloke Says:

    FeR, it sounds like your permalink structure needs to be changed but if you will provide your blog address I will be happy to take a look for you.

    Cheers!

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    Tech? get it from Boy! Says:

    I have successfully moved to Wordpress with so many tutorials around including this post by blogbloke, which if this is a rule, should be rule no.1 to read. Like a Bible for moving to Wordpress!

    You’re such a good tech writer and technician actually. Keep up the good work BlogBloke.

  101. 101
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thank you so much. Coming from one geek to another, your comments are humbling and much appreciated.

  102. 102
    Henry Says:

    Hi, You got a very nice site. I just bookmarked it.

  103. 103
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  104. 104
    amine Says:

    Thanks for the support Mike. Maybe I should rename this blog to the Blog Bloke forum for Wordpress issues

  105. 105
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Amine.

    This blog used to be hosted on Blogger and you will therefore find a plethora of blog tips that are written specifically for Blogger users.

    Admittedly, since switching over to Wordpress some of the more recent blog tips have been geared towards Wordpress users. However, this blog has and will continue to remain a blog written for the benefit ALL bloggers, regardless of which platform they may choose.

    Cheers!

  106. 106
    Dette Says:

    Hey there - I just read several of your articles and just HAD to write. I’m quite a newbie blogger (2 months) and am thinking of switching to Wordpress. But when I started the process yesterday, just found out the difference between WP.com and WP.org. :(

    Of course, not before I started customizing a WP blog. Big difference between http://www.danceofmotherhood.blogspot.com and http://www.danceofmotherhood.wordpress.com. I even went so far as to purchase a domain from GoDaddy - just need to figure out how to use it. lol. I feel like I’m back in school, trying to learn all these new tricks!

    I’ve installed a couple of hacks and widgets or whatnot on my blogspot blog - with some helpful tips, but when I started reading about moving from WP.com to WP.org - I got a headache.

    So the magic question for you is: Would you recommend WP.org for newbies who don’t have as much to move over, like access to the code that Blogger offers, but aren’t confident about, well, anything else like hosting, bandwith, backing up, etc?

    I almost feel like I already know the answer, but dag gummit! WP has some really cool features. (sigh) What to do.

  107. 107
    Kat Says:

    hi…

    im a newbie when it comes to blogging eventhough i have started to create a blog april of last year. i am using blogger and i am maintaining 2 blogs. One for my own and the other one is for our church…

    i would like to know on the ways, the what to do’s and how to do things to impove my blog…

    please visit our blog. it’s dgtegospelchurch.blogspot.com

    please inform me on what should I add or remove from my blog…please give us constructive criticisms…

    things you can help me with are the template of the blog, the layout, the free widgets, logo, stuff like that…

    please help me improve our blog…

    so looking forward to hearing from you soon…

    thanks in advance…

  108. 108
    Sylvain Says:

    The biggest issue of moving from blogger over to wordpress is moving blogger images to the new domain! Indeed I set up a blog for a friend, everything moved to the new domain EXCEPT images. Images were hotlinked from blogger platform! Does anyone know a trick or plugin to move images from blogger to wordpress (self hosted domain)????

    Sylvain’s last blog post..Google Chatback: New functionality added to this blog

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    Jerry Galino Says:

    I found your site on faves.com bookmarking site.. I like it ..gave it a fave for you..ill be checking back later

  110. 110
    frank Says:

    Great Information blog ! Thank you for keeping up the good work. I look forward to returning to your blog, and learning more from you !

  111. 111
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Dette but I just discovered your comment today. You can always run Wordpress on a blog host provider but it will cost a few bucks a month. I think the bottom line is if you want to run a professional blog then Wordpress is still THE best choice out there. The New Blogger has improved but still can’t compete.

  112. 112
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Check here Sylvain: http://www.google.com/search?q=wordpress+plugin+blogger+images

  113. 113
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks Jerry

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Kat. To be honest you have far too many scripts and widgets running. Right off the bat I was hit with music playing which is generally frowned upon. You also may be violating copyright law by playing the music.

    Your page takes so long to load that it crashed my browser and I had to close it. The bottom line is you really should not be running so many scripts because it slows down your blog loading time. Most visitors will only give you a few seconds at most before running out of patience and moving on.

    I hope that helps.

  115. 115
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Hi Frank. Thanks for the kind comment. It means a lot to me and welcome to the community.

  116. 116
    Radu Says:

    I moved from blogger to wordpress and my old google links return a “Not found” message. It feels like i lost the google juice. Any odea how long it will take to get back on track?

    Radu’s last blog post..Hai La Plaja… Soarele Face Bine

  117. 117
    Blog Bloke Says:

    As long as your redirects are working http://www.blogbloke.com/migrating-redirecting-blogger-wordpress-htaccess-apache-best-method/ it should only be a matter of time until the next major Google reindexing occurs.

  118. 118
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    Kat Says:

    thanks. i have already deleted some widgets…

    Kat’s last blog post..Shout for Joy

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    k Says:

    i started with blogger and find it easier to customize. thought i could give wordpress a try so i started another blog there. i never thought i’d be so frustrated with me not being able to customize the css (i have to upgrade just to customize)…sssshheeeessshhh
    maybe i need some time to get adjusted, oh well.

    k’s last blog post..under the tusc..err’tagaytay sun

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    Amy Grindhouse Says:

    Hi,

    I have a silly question, so forgive me, but it is relevant and I thought Bloke or Bloke’s great commenter’s know-how could help.

    I am a blogger with a custom domain, pointing at a free Blogger blog. The site is only two weeks old, but I have already decided to just get it over with already and make the move that many do… moving to self-hosted Wordpress!

    My question is this, I would like to know what happens to your template, header, widgets etc, when you export/ import the XML file to a self-hosted blog of another platform. That is to say, I like my blogger template, but will I be able to export/ import from free Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress, with my custom domain and click and see the blog with the exact same layout/ widgets etc.?

    Forgive the ask, but I have never done a move like this. I appreciate even simple feedback.

    Amy x

  122. 122
    Blog Bloke Says:

    No worries Amy.

    I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but no, you can’t import your template into Wordpress. Only your posts and comments can. My recommendation is to find a Wordpress theme that you like and then change the header to look like your Blogger blog. After than you can also alter the CSS styleheet to the colors you prefer.

    The good news is there are probably plugins out there that will do the same thing that your widgets can, and more.

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    admin Says:

    thanks a lot for this great tip! i have finally moved my blogger account into wordpress platform including SEO points hopefully, it worked perfectly from my vertito.blogspot.com blogger account

    nice ! keep it up!

  124. 124
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Thanks for the feedback and glad to hear it worked for you.

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    Mia Says:

    Hello!
    You said: “Of course there are techniques that I can use to mitigate some of the more adverse affects of moving such as pagerank, but I will discuss that in another post.”

    Is it the post titled “Migrating Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress”? if not, could you give us the link to that post? :) Thanks in advance, I found your blog to be VERY helpful.

    Mias last blog post…Las 5 mejores pizzerias de New York – para todos los gustos

  126. 126
    Blog Bloke Says:

    I haven’t written that post yet Mia. Thanks for reminding me. But “Migrating Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress” is a good place to start.

  127. 127
    Blog Bloke Says:

    See UPDATE above: I’ve found a plugin that will redirect internal post links. Sweet!

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    TJantunen Says:

    I moved my posts from blogger beta to wordpress without using any plugins. I wrote instructions into my blog: http://tjantunen.com/2007/03/21/import-blogger-posts-to-wordpress/
    It takes a few minutes and you do not need to use any plugins.

    TJantunens last blog post…TNX.net monetize your blog easily

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    Gus Says:

    I made the switch over to wordpress a while back and although I have to say it was a pain in the beginning, after a while I really got used to it. I now am in the position to say that I really like wordpress and all the features and pluggins it supports.

  131. 131
    eJob Says:

    Hey, thanks a lot for the information. Very helpful, considering i am about to go aheam with the move on one of my blogs. Great site by the way. Bookmarked it.

  132. 132
    Daniel Horace Says:

    I have to admit that while wordpress is hard to install at first and somewhat complicated to use, it’s flexibility and ability to do almost anything (via plugins) is amazing. Plus the support for wordpress (from wordpress.org) is top notch and free. Can’t beat that.

  133. 133
    Martin Ferro-Thomsen Says:

    Very helpful. I followed some of your tricks and learned a few of my own. I wrote this post about moving from Blogger to Wordpress 2.7 using Godaddy Economy Hosting: http://ferrogate.com/2009/04/the-new-ferrogate-i-moved-from-blogger-to-wordpress.html

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    | Social @ Blogging Tracker Says:

    […] The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of Migrating Blogger to Wordpress. Pretty much sums it all up. You make the […]

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    Yoga Says:

    You chose the best option. Wordpress is #1

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    adina Says:

    I only use blogger for fun, but I am surprised serious bloggers still seem to be using it- I mean they can just delete your blog any time they fancy!

    If i was serious about blogging, I think WP and your own hosting is a must!

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    awesome site brotha http://bit.ly/1pXPfp

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    awesome site brotha http://bit.ly/1jshln

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @Gaia Herbs, some look like downtown Las Vegas in the evening. http://bit.ly/2ub7iQ

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Gaia Herbs, some look like downtown Las Vegas in the evening. http://bit.ly/2ub7iQ

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @CFI, @hospitalera … my head was spinning when I wrote it ;-) http://bit.ly/1CQix9

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    Adam Stahr Says:

    RT @BLOGBloke: 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog http://bit.ly/2TRLSx

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog http://bit.ly/2TRLSx

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    FitJerks Says:

    That sounds mighty painful. Well hope you learned your lesson and hopefully others did too. Blogger ain’t worth it.

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Humayon, if you are just a blogspot user then you don't need to bother with dns settings. But I still recommend ge… http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @hari saryono, I wrote an article about why we should not play into terrorists hands by linking to these horrific v… http://bit.ly/2aTKBw

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @InternetMarketingMentor, here's another analogy for you. Your blog is your permanent home and social networks are … http://bit.ly/4hZtE

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    Michael Badichler Says:

    Optimize Your Blog - Making Your Blog Search Engine Friendly http://bit.ly/4A9Go5

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    Mike Says:

    I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading more in the future!

    I about to migrate my blogger site to wordpress. I appreciate the tutorial. I`m a little nervous about making the move but I feel it`s best in the long run.

    Thanks!

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Mike, glad you liked it. If you’re serious about blogging then Wordpress is the way to go.

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Mike, glad you liked it. If you're serious about blogging then Wordpress is the way to go. http://bit.ly/33GQUp

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    Tanay Says:

    via @BLOGBloke: Hi There! Thanks for following. Why not ask me a question or for more blog tips visit http://tinyurl.com/5zjajb. Cheers!

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Michelle, you do not need a subdomain for it to work. A subdomain is also a bad idea for SEO. You need to go over … http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Justin Gill .. thanks for saying so Justin. It always feels great to hear from another happy customer. :-)

    Cheers! http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    John Dexter Says:

    blog hating at http://www.blogbloke.com/10-reasons-why-i-dont-like-your-blog was just pinged to 91 Services!

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Kay, I never thought of it that way http://bit.ly/1CQix9

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    Andrew Says:

    @humglum http://www.blogbloke.com/moving-wordpress-blogger/ basically… no. doesnt look like it'll happen.

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @BLOGBloke,

    I decided to get rid of the Blogger redirect as the redirect via modification to .htaccess works, t… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Michelle, redirect speeds will depend on the blog host's servers and your internet connection. You only need to pa… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @drugi, you mean "you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you… http://bit.ly/4CvJh7

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    Cathy Belyea Says:

    Finding Your Blog Voice http://bit.ly/5LD5kQ

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @zarazek, don't get your domains through Wordpress. Use GoDaddy or something similar. http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    Saw an advertisement for Moving Blogger to Wordpress Service. Why not save your money and read my free guide? http://bit.ly/6rFYFE They do

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    hmm.. informative )) http://bit.ly/6krJX6

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    I should notify my girlfriend about your post. http://bit.ly/6iqFfC

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    hello everybody, how are you all doing.i am liking this web sight i might start staying on it more. me i stay sick … http://bit.ly/6krJX6

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    @Cdathy Tibbles, I host images on my wordpress.com account. Let me know it goes. I always like to hear from happy c… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    @BLOGBloke, Yeh, I had a domain from a different comapny but Wordpress said I still had pay them to be able to link… http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    @zarazek, so if I understand you correctly your blog was being hosted by Wordpress and then they insisted on chargi… http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    I'm very happy with the refinements I made to the blog. What do you think? http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Carl Grint Says:

    How to Produce Your Own Podcast http://ff.im/-dm32o

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    kainth56 Says:

    "10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular" ( http://bit.ly/8CM5gX )

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    Blog Tips-BLOGBloke Says:

    Updated my Blokester Buttons for 2010. Grab yours now .. http://www.blogbloke.com/introducing-new-blokester-buttons/

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    Allyson King Says:

    How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog (Vlog) http://bit.ly/7EHvN8

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    Mike Reilley Says:

    RT @projournalist: How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog (Vlog) http://bit.ly/7EHvN8

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    Michelle Martinez Says:

    RT @journtoolbox RT @projournalist: How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog (Vlog) http://bit.ly/7EHvN8

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    Paul Dunay Says:

    @BLOGBloke - really ok - am trying to pull off this from your blog http://bit.ly/5Zv5kW (thank you so much for documenting this - it rocks)

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    Paul Dunay Says:

    @BLOGBloke - do you think I could use this service to redirect or park my domain like you mentioned in http://bit.ly/5Zv5kW

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    Nico Crisafulli Says:

    Great tutorial on migrating your blog from #blogger to #wordpress. http://bit.ly/Nlr2k

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @10timesone .. have you read this http://www.blogbloke.com/migrating-redirecting-blogger-wordpress-htaccess-apache-best-method/

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @FijiLomalagi my email is at the bottom of my blog http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @Kwame, you will have to play around with the Apache code .. http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Atul Karmarkar Says:

    @Ankit_A see if this helps.. http://bit.ly/Nlr2k

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    Adam Stahr Says:

    @drewmillikin My technical skills are limited, but I found this post to be very helpful: http://bit.ly/7LY764. My advice: pull the trigger.

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @Adam Johnson .. it was my pleasure and glad it worked for you .. http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Mark Hennessey Says:

    @gopmommy Your domain name redirection is done on your hosting service. Check this tutorial http://is.gd/8TXkI

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    karmi Says:

    @stepfanieb Check #6. http://bit.ly/Nlr2k

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    Kevin Yeh Says:

    Hi, my company website is currently designed using Blogger, hosted by Yahoo web hosting service. How do I migrate to Wordpress? Any step-by-step guide?

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    @Kevin Yeh .. Absolutely! Look here: Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide! http://www.blogbloke.com/migrating-redirecting-blogger-wordpress-htaccess-apache-best-method/

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    Susan Worthington Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog (Vlog) http://bit.ly/2JgxLd

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @Wade, like I mentioned earlier in the article the odd link might get changed during the import process into Wordpr… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @John Daniels, not sure if I understand your question. Can you be more specific? http://bit.ly/cjF9ac

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    Spencer Schoeben Says:

    RT @Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    ? Tweet Tips&Tricks Says:

    Should you use a "#TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    Sammy Polanco Says:

    Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB: Twitter_Tips: Should .. http://bit.ly/9ApqEG
    RT

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    Ignacio Says:

    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog: We should be leveraging Twitter to drive traffic over to our blogs – not the … http://bit.ly/dxYF2d

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    Ravindra Gullapalli Says:

    RT @Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    Marilyn Alonso Says:

    RT @Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    Ignacio Says:

    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog - We should be leveraging Twitter to drive traffic over to our blogs – not the … http://ow.ly/16Uu8y

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    LordSpelunky Says:

    Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB: Twitter_Tips: Should you us… http://bit.ly/95gYJT

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    Tasha Sefrida D Says:

    RT @Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    techprone Says:

    Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB http://url4.eu/21u9n

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    Uwe Weber Says:

    RT @Twitter_Tips: Should you use a "TwitterRoll" to promote your blog? http://j.mp/cO1yKB

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    Marc Parent Says:

    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/bLbgz2

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    Hayley Braithwaite Says:

    RT @mparent77772: 8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/bLbgz2

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    Anthony Clark Arend Says:

    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/bLbgz2 (via @mparent77772)

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    Sean Says:

    RT @mparent77772: 8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/bLbgz2: RT @mparent77772: 8 Twitter Tips to Pr… http://bit.ly/dortmq

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    Sean Says:

    RT @mparent77772
    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/bLbgz2: RT @mparent77772
    8 Twitter Tips to Pr… http://bit.ly/diYc9B

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @Dorinda, I'm on pay & talk with auto top-up and on the phone with Telus (Philippines) as I write this. My daughter… http://bit.ly/1BH6lz

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @BLOGBloke, There is no option to park domain! I only have Sub Domain, Redirects and Simple DNS Zone Editor.
    Will … http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @BLOGBloke, Yes I know the difference. I sent a mail. Lets see if they help me in parking the domain.
    One quesn! … http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @Jayanta Deka, step #1 is for the new domain and parking is for the old one.

    Tell me .. who is your blog host pr… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @BLOGBloke, Hi,
    I wrote some time earlier that the system is working. But its not now! And I have changed nothing!… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @Kathy Dickens, yes that's right. I remember him well. http://bit.ly/bVqh7d

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    JohnFTM Says:

    @BLOGBlokeTips Thanks also, sir. What am I thanking you for, by the way? Having a badass blog at http://bit.ly/d4jZWu ? I'm down for that.

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    Akhil Sethi Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips Migrating-Moving Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://bit.ly/1wYXCq

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    prempiyush Says:

    RT @akhilsethi: RT @BLOGBlokeTips Migrating-Moving Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://bit.ly/1wYXCq

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    AppU m0h@N Says:

    10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular > http://bit.ly/c3QPQZ

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    Should Your Business be Blogging? http://bit.ly/7Zvgck

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    Alltop Says:

    Better TIPS by Blog Bloke (BLOGBloke) http://www.blogbloke.com/ Blogging.alltop

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    Ryan Gamble Says:

    @5andra > Moving-Migrating from Wordpress to Blogger: The Good, Bad, the Ugly, and How I Did It http://bit.ly/ayW6Af

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    Snarky .. 15 Secret Tips for Building A Better Blog http://bit.ly/4ldWbD

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @clickryan @5andra .. here you go: Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide! http://bit.ly/JDz43

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    The Top 10 Commenting Sins of All Time! http://bit.ly/ddJnzC

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    JohnFTM Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips: The Top 10 Commenting Sins of All Time! http://bit.ly/ddJnzC

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @[email protected], I'm assuming you are referring to the apache code above in which case yes, if you want yo… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    Calling all Blokesters: I changed the blog background .. please let me know what you think http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    JohnFTM Says:

    @BLOGBlokeTips Looks clean, sir. I need a comparison, though~ http://bit.ly/d4jZWu

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    Sandra FdezNu Says:

    10 motivos por los que twitter es tan popular…..
    Estais de acuerdo? http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-popular/

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    Beware of Geeks Bearing Online Gifts http://bit.ly/5iaUha

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @neha, yes I recommend GoDaddy so you can use this tutorial AND they're cheaper too. http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @neha .. no, I would not recommend GoDaddy for hosting your blog. I would look elsewhere. I use http://hexahost.com... http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Moving from Blogger to WordPress | Nadine Gilden Says:

    […] are some great reads/resources: Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly Moving from Blogger to WordPress: Best Practices Move From Blogger To Wordpress and Maintain […]

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @BLOGBloke, great. I just emailed Hexahost to confirm that, but did they install Wordpress for you when you purchas… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    BLOGBloke TIPS Says:

    @BLOGBloke, ok i have taken a look around for a web host… and found 3 options, hexahost which you told me about, … http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    GrannaJal Says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers,
    Christian

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    Rajeesh V. P. Says:

    10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular
    http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-popular/

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    GrannaJal Says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here! I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers,
    Christian

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Thanks for this

    information http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @Beth, did you switch your new wordpress feed url in feedburner? http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Just added Apture to my blog. I have to admit it's pretty cool .. a scroll-down header with social media functions http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Have you tried Apture yet? Check it out on my blog http://www.blogbloke.com/ Scroll down and watch the top .. cool http://www.apture.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @pelechati .. under the sidebar "recent" list http://www.blogbloke.com/migrating-redirecting-blogger-wordpress-htaccess-apache-best-method/

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    qutequte Says:

    @BlogBlokeTips My 1st comment in yr blog was back in '08 http://www.blogbloke.com/what-is-nofollow-and-why-your-blog-should-get-rid-of-it/

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    Migrating-Moving Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly Says:

    […] Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly Jun 18, 2010 5:12pm by BLOGBloke Amped URL:  www.blogbloke.com Register to comment: Tags:  blokesters, nuisances, pleasant, without, […]

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Migrating-Moving from Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://bit.ly/1wYXCq

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide! http://bit.ly/1tGuFi

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    Brenda J Wyche Says:

    Reading: "Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide!"( http://twitthis.com/8jqauj )

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    BLOGBloke just got a facelift. I decided to brighten things up a bit (yes I like blue). Let me know what you think http://www.blogbloke.com

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @Julie-Inspired to Write, hi there. Did you read this part?

    Note: If it doesn’t work, open up a wordpress.com … http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Robin Says:

    10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular http://ff.im/-mBS4r

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @Kristina, I'm happy to hear it's working for you but I don't recommend deviating from the instructions in this pos… http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Chavah Kinloch Says:

    @p_money Check out: http://bit.ly/Nlr2k to redirect. As for the new blog there are a few things you can do easily to help with google.

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    I Love my Pipe http://bit.ly/4mR7zo

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    What is a Pro Blogger? Setting the Record Straight http://bit.ly/81mzqi

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Using the LinkWithin plugin is helping me rediscover posts I've forgotten. I wrote a lot of good stuff if I may say so http://bit.ly/9sIzm5

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    What does Original Content and Plagiarism mean for Bloggers? http://bit.ly/3Yzmsr

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    professional seo Says:

    I’m happy to hear it’s working for you but I don’t recommend deviating from the instructions in this post

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    Cecelia Says:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me on Twitter! I’m sure you get questions like this all of the time, but I really am at my wits end after a week of searching, testing and pretty much failing!

    My graphics designer move me from Blogger to WP. I must admit to not being very technical myself even though I’ve been blogging since 2007. The last two months worth of posts did not transfer for some reason. I tried it again using “Import” on my new WP (.org) blog to no avail.

    Any help would be more than appreciated. And I’m now a subscriber and follower…what a GREAT resource you have here!

    Thank you!

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogbloke
    http://blogbloke.com/
    http://www.dornob.com/
    http://bit.ly/9JaJqT

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    John Sullivan Says:

    "Better TIPS by Blog Bloke (BLOGBloke)" - http://bit.ly/bgSL6G via @BLOGBlokeTips

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    Joe Deans Says:

    8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/c5MwAh

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    The Importance of Linking: http://bit.ly/2AjVpp Link Long and Prosper!

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Mohammad Elsheimy, no big deal. Just go into Google Webmaster Tools and choose your “Preferred Domain”. With or… http://bit.ly/bbzsUk

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    The Importance of Linking: Link Long and Prosper! http://www.blogbloke.com/on-importance-of-linking/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @BLOGBloke, Yeah, I found it. Google Webmaster -> Site Configuration -> Settings -> Preferred Domain.

    T… http://bit.ly/bbzsUk

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    Joe Deans Says:

    How to Make Professional Podcast Videos for Your Blog (Vlog) http://bit.ly/c4Xz6k

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    Joe Deans Says:

    Make Money Blogging with Google Adsense http://bit.ly/dgzVTr

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @Jennifer, from what I've seen Matt Cutts of Google has done a little backtracking and sidestepping on the issue an… http://bit.ly/ciskW3

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    Punflay Kids Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips 8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/cT7wyV

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    RT @Twit_Expert @Punflaykids 8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/cT7wyV:

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    Sean Says:

    RT @Twit_Expert @Punflaykids 8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog http://bit.ly/cT7wyV:: RT @Twit_Expert @Punflayki… http://bit.ly/aXs09N

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Keeping Social Media Real with Blog Bloke http://bit.ly/bJtpS6

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @jimmymycrushie, if you want a professional blog then Wordpress is the way to go. A personal blog is just fine on B… http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @G.Taylor, just don't forget to give credit to the guy who started it all http://bit.ly/1BH6lz

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @jimmymycrushie, this will answer your questions http://www.blogbloke.com/migrating-redirecting-blogger-wordpress-h... http://bit.ly/1fDYre

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @Sanya - jimmymycrushie.blogspot.com, this also might help http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-g... http://bit.ly/5Z3vbE

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Online Internet Security - How To Avoid Disaster and Recover if the Worst Should Happen http://bit.ly/c3oMoJ RT @BLOGBlokeTips

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Keep it Real http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Read BLOGBloke to find out why 99% of what THEY tell you is a complete waste of time. http://www.blogbloke.com/ Keep it real.

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips URLs With or Without WWW Subdomain - Which is Best? http://www.blogbloke.com/url-with-or-without-www/

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    Migrating-Moving Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly | Rapid Shoots Journey Says:

    […] … Best Articles, Blog SEO, Blogger, Wordpress blog code, blog commenting, blog content, Blogger, blogging tips, pagerank, Wordpress, … code was added to our old Blogger template … The rest is here: Migrating-Moving Blogger to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly […]

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    sameera ranga Says:

    Reading: "Create a Gmail button for your Blog"( http://twitthis.com/n89kok )

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    The Complete Guide of Becoming a Logo Designer http://bit.ly/cF6NZ1 I made my own .. what do you think? http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Ok, I'm color blind. I'm experimenting with the blog design so please bear with me http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Hi Blokesters! I changed the blog design a bit, so please tell me what you think http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Melanie G Robinson Says:

    Reading: "8 Twitter Tips to Promote Your Blog"( http://twitthis.com/kynxk3 )

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    Fleta Zaki Says:

    Thank you – I liked this post.

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    I think I may have the only bannerless blog design out there .. http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Barry Wells Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips What is NOFOLLOW and Why Your Blog Should Get Rid of It http://bit.ly/bCdNr0

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    RT @barry_wells: RT @BLOGBlokeTips What is NOFOLLOW and Why Your Blog Should Get Rid of It http://bit.ly/bCdNr0

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Merry Christmas Blokesters! http://bit.ly/gUl4jD

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Merry Christmas Blokesters! http://bit.ly/f8HLR5

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    Tracy Matthewman Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog http://bit.ly/9ZMRRT

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    RT @tracymatthewman: RT @BLOGBlokeTips 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog http://bit.ly/9ZMRRT

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    Beverly Lewis Says:

    RT @tracymatthewman: RT @BLOGBlokeTips 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog http://bit.ly/9ZMRRT

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    Tsogn Anwar Says:

    @UKLegalEagle See: http://bit.ly/aFyYWx | http://bit.ly/2Lg92 | http://bit.ly/35DtAY … might help!

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    Helen Thomas Says:

    @johnbrissenden Have found this http://www.blogbloke.com/moving-wordpress-blogger/ Explains but I don't know what he's on about!

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Currently Browsing: http://is.gd/1neArY

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    I'm really happy with the design changes I made to the blog. How about you? http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Syril Tañala Says:

    8 #twitter tips to promote your #blog http://bit.ly/YpqhV #socialmedia #seo #blogging

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    Knot PR Says:

    I think I am finally finding my voice! http://bit.ly/h4mMQh /MKD

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Shocking, the # of copycats bouncing off my post http://bit.ly/6rFYFE without linking or even a hat tip.

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Gave the blog a new facelift. Let me know what you think http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Can anybody confirm my blog is down? http://www.blogbloke.com/ Thanks

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    SO TRUE:15 Secret Tips for Building A Better Blog http://bit.ly/bhiGqN

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    Richard Becker Says:

    RT @BLOGBlokeTips: SO TRUE:15 Secret Tips for Building A Better Blog http://bit.ly/bhiGqN

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    Does anybody else notice my blog is down? http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    @rogerajohnson Roger, will you do me a favor and check my blog it it's working for you? I won't load at my end http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    IRIS Connect, CPD Says:

    @rhyswynne Rhys! Ahhhh are you any good at redirecting blogger to wordpress?!?!? http://ow.ly/4lETl #stuck #bigtime

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    Wayne Hurlbert Says:

    @BLOGBlokeTips Keep it real with the true blogging original Blog Bloke http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    How to win friends and influence people through social media http://bit.ly/gDmHUd

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    Damyan Kachulski Says:

    10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular above: http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-popular/

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    Damyan Kachulski Says:

    Hence, people are lazy and stupid??? http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-popular/

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    Blog Tips @BLOGBloke Says:

    The Suffering Blogger: 10 Lessons I’ve Learned the Hard Way http://bit.ly/cGMMD2

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    Raees Says:

    @HDNinjaCP This should help http://www.blogbloke.com/moving-wordpress-blogger/ also If you move to blogger I can make you a amazing (cont)

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    Jordan Meyer Says:

    10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular http://bit.ly/j6sU1S

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @ksheriffdeen A link is at the bottom of my profile http://www.blogbloke.com/

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    The TRUTH About Social Networks http://t.co/W1nioqw

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    BLOGBloke Blog Tips Says:

    @blogneta @vaspersthegrate I said the same thing many moons ago http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-grow-up/

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    Sue Varty Says:

    "Making Your Blog Search Engine Friendly - http://t.co/QanVLRj

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    DMN Communications Says:

    "Making Your Blog Search Engine Friendly - http://t.co/QanVLRj

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    Delicious Over 50 Says:

    Migrating-Redirecting Blogger to Wordpress: The Complete Guide! http://bit.ly/nw7j7B

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    John Says:

    Good job. I also prefer to use Wordpress. It´s so powerful and as you said before Wordpress is really SEO friendly.
    You just need a seo theme and one or two seo plug-ins and that´s it.

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    blogsir Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/pI3DRcKh

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    theblogpreneur Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://t.co/MEoRlO5B

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    WP Goat Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://t.co/HEBp7gzp #wordpress #wp

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    FreelanceWP.com Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly http://t.co/8MqSlICo

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    Theme Hunter Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/mSM2OKjQ

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWv

    http://t.co/Oag4sxxq #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWv
    http://t.co/Oag... http://t.co/QLqig9JS #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/rgff6z6L #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/0N5Muvdn #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/KSXQWXBx #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/9SDPe7PD #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/XwFeZw9g #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/YOfRehyU #blogtips

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    (BB) Blog Bloke Says:

    Moving Blogger Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://t.co/tye1mwWvhttp://t.co/Oag… ht… http://t.co/UkV2p4Hk #blogtips

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    AstroNerdBoy Says:

    @sharapovasthigh http://t.co/ALu5k0lL
    http://t.co/4oNyQfRw
    http://t.co/t02OVe08
    http://t.co/N5KHjrPP
    http://t.co/N5KHjrPP

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    AstroNerdBoy Says:

    @duey23 http://t.co/ALu5k0lLhttp://t.co/4oNyQfRwhttp://t.co/t02OVe08http://t.co/N5KHjrPPhttp://t.co/N5KHjrPP … (Hope these work)

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    jayr bena Says:

    thanks mate! this is very helpful. i am planning to migrate my blogger blog into wordpress. thanks you very much for this tutorial, currently bookmarking this page for reference.

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    Michelle Says:

    I actually completely disagree :) Since I moved several blogs from Blogger to WordPress my traffic has plummeted and has never come back, so I’m in the process of moving back to Blogger. It’s easier to use, has far less problems than WordPress and traffic is just better. FAR better, IMO.

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