Sarmad Gardezi

Sarmad Gardezi

a freelance developer

How to Redirect all Blogger Post Links to WordPress

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veryone Starts their Blogging Journey from Blogspot Blogs. I started my Journey in 2010 from Blogspot my first blog was sarmadgardeziblog.blogspot.com. later on i shifted to WordPress Custom Website. But most of my Articles was on Google.

Now i want to move the blog from Blogger to WordPress (self-hosted) with a personal domain name like sarmadgardezi.com. What is the easiest way to switch from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google search traffic, page rank and your existing feed subscribers?

WordPress provides an easy one-click option for importing blog posts and reader comments from Blogger into a new WordPress blog but there’s more to migration than just transferring content. For instance:

  • Some of your articles on the old blogspot blog could be ranking very high in search engines for certain keywords but once you move these articles to a new WordPress blog, you will lose the organic search traffic since the permalinks (or URLs) of your blog posts will change.
  • People come to your blog through search engines, browser bookmarks and referrals from other web sites that have linked to your blog pages. If you migrate to WordPress, Blogger will not automatically redirect these visitors to your new website.
  • When you switch from Blogger to WordPress, existing readers who are subscribed to your Blogger RSS Feed may be lost forever if they don’t manually subscribe to your new WordPress feed address (and most won’t).

The Importer tool available inside WordPress will only transfer content from Blogger to WordPress but if would also like to take care of the various issues listed above, follow this step-by-step tutorial. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and you’ll also be able to transfer all the Google Juice from the old blogspot.com address to your new WordPress blog.

How to Redirect Blogspot Posts URL to WordPress

So the Question is that how you can redirect Blogspot posts to wordpress. Before you start the migration, it may be a good idea to backup your Blogger blog including the XML template, blog posts and comments just to be on the safe side.

If you need assistance with the Blogger to WordPress migration, please get in touch with me using Contact Page

Now lets see how to redirect Posts to WordPress

  • First you need to Register a New Domain for this if you want Free Domain setup Click Here.
  • Right after that you need to Open your WordPress Admin Dashboard and under Tools -> Import, select the Blogger* option. Authorize WordPress to access your Blogger Account, select your blogspot.com blog and within minutes, all your Blogger blog posts and comments will be available on the new WordPress site.
  • Open the WordPress themes editor under Appearance -> Editor and open the functions.php file for editing. Most WordPress themes include a functions.php file or you can upload it manually into your WordPress themes folder through cPanel or FTP. Copy-paste the following snippet of code inside your functions.php file (at the beginning of the file) and click the “Update File” button to save your changes.


<?php

function sarmad_blogger_query_vars_filter( $vars ) {
$vars[] = "blogger";
return $vars;
}

add_filter('query_vars', 'sarmad_blogger_query_vars_filter');

function sarmad_blogger_template_redirect() {
global $wp_query;
$blogger = $wp_query->query_vars['blogger'];
if ( isset ( $blogger ) ) {
wp_redirect( sarmad_get_wordpress_url ( $blogger ) , 301 );
exit;
}
}

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'sarmad_blogger_template_redirect' );

function labnol_get_wordpress_url($blogger) {
if ( preg_match('@^(?:https?://)?([^/]+)(.*)@i', $blogger, $url_parts) ) {
$query = new WP_Query (
array ( "meta_key" => "blogger_permalink", "meta_value" => $url_parts[2] ) );
if ($query->have_posts()) {
$query->the_post();
$url = get_permalink();
}
wp_reset_postdata();
}
return $url ? $url : home_url();
}

?>

  • Open your Blogger Dashboard and choose Templates. Scroll down the templates page and choose the “Revert to Classic Templates” option to switch from the XML-based Blogger templates to the classic Tag based templates.

 

  • Copy-paste the following snippet into your Blogger template editor but before you do that, replace all occurrences of sarmadgardezi.com with your new WordPress site URL. For instance, if your WordPress site is located at example.com, replace sarmadgardezi.com with example.com and paste the modified snippet in the Blogger template editor. Save the changes.
<html>
<head>
<title><$BlogPageTitle$></title>
<script>
<MainOrArchivePage>
window.location.href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/"
</MainOrArchivePage>
<Blogger><ItemPage>
window.location.href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"
</ItemPage></Blogger>
</script>
<MainPage>
<link rel="canonical" href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/" />
</MainPage>
<Blogger>
<ItemPage>
<link rel="canonical" href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>" />
</ItemPage>
</Blogger>
</head>
<body>
<MainOrArchivePage>
<h1><a href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/"><$BlogTitle$></a></h1>
</MainOrArchivePage>
<Blogger>
<ItemPage>
<h1><a href="http://sarmadgardezi.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogItemTitle$></a></h1>
<$BlogItemBody$>
</ItemPage>
</Blogger>
</body>
</html>.

The above method works for regular blogspot.com URLs and also country-specific Blogger domains like blogspot.co.uk, blogspot.com.au or blogspot.in.

SWITCH RSS FEED FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS

When you move from Blogger to WordPress, the URL of your RSS feed will change as well. Go to Blogger -> Settings -> Other and choose Post Feed Redirect URL under Site Feed. Here you can type the web address of your new WordPress RSS feed here and the existing RSS subscriber will automatically move to your new feed.

If you are using FeedBurner, just replace the source from Blogger RSS feed to your new WordPress feed.

  • Follow these blogging tips and take your blog to the next level.

[*] Google has stopped supporting OAuth 1.0 and hence the existing Blogger importer plugin in WordPress has stopped working. The plugin developer has expressed his inability to update the plugin to use Blogger 3 API and OAuth 2.0 and hence we’re stuck at this time.