Q&A: Blogspot Blog Domain to WordPress Custom Domain
November 20, 2009
I was just asked by a colleague about an acquaintence of his who wants to move her blog from a something.blogspot.com URL (Blogger/Blogspot subdomain) to her own domain, and in the process move over to WordPress… without losing traffic. Currently she gets a good deal of traffic, all to her pages which are indexed under the Blogspot subdomain URL.
If you have experience with this please weigh in!!!
I don’t really know for sure here as I’ve never done this, but I would probably go about it like this:
1) First, switch from the blogspot subdomain to the “custom domain” feature. Its in the settings > publishing tab. There may be a small fee for this, my guess is its like $10 or something very small.
2) Confirm that this is working, and that its sending 301 redirects for the old blogspot pages to the same URLs (minus the change in domains) on the new domain.
3) Wait for Google to reindex everything… probably a few weeks.
4) Export everything and import into a new WordPress install (on a testing domain or temp URL). When doing this, ensure the test domain is blocking search engines. There is probably a handy plugin or too to import from Blogger to WordPress.
5) Configure the URLs in WordPress to match the same formatting as the old Blogger blog, and make sure it works right.
6) Launch the new WordPress blog by repointing the domain from Blogger to the new server hosting the WordPress blog.
7) Go back into Blogger and add a little post saying the blog moved… everyone for each individual post should be redirected anyways but I’d still do this anyhow. Link to the new full domain URL. Make sure to keep paying Blogger to keep that custom domain feature intact b/c that is what is keeping the 301 redirects from the old pages with the Blogspot URLs to the new URLs on the new WordPress blog hosted on a new domain and server.
When complete, I don’t think you’ll keep 100% of the “juice” or traffic here, but I think you’ll keep 90% of it, plus you’ll gain by having your own domain name and more features and capabilities with WordPress. If you don’t mind a little effort to make the switch, I think its worthwhile.