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9 Tips for Retaining Traffic after Migrating your Blog to WordPress

SEO is basic! Perfect post titles could be also inevitable same as the many incredible things that are practically unachievable when running a popular blog on the blogger CMS (blogspot) platform.

For you to have moved to a self hosted wordpress CMS platform on it’s own is a total consonance to my own personal view and opinion on the blogger blogs.

I am the kinda guy that will never argue on which of this two platform (blogger vs wordpress) is better ‘cos there is no point needed to prove to even a simpleton that self hosted wordpress blog is better and more esteemed than the traditional blogger blogs.

Here is my personal verdict on blogger.com CMS powered blogs

Blogger blogs (both blogspot ones and those on custom domain names) without any exemption is just too archaic, too traditional, too Orthodox and complex for any likely popular or famous blogger to go with it.

 

Now you have agreed with my view on blogger blogs right?

Okay! you want to move your blog over to wordpress right?

Even if you have already moved, you need reconsider the steps you took while moving and check if they concur fully with my nine tips below, else you might be losing valuable backlinks, traffic and those social love rendered to you by friends and audience.

This 9 best SEO practices for retaining your blog traffic, backlinks and facebook likes, tweets and other sharing counts will help every one who moved or want to move from blogger hosted blog to a self hosted wordpress own.

Let’s get the 9 tips rolling by diving it into two major parts;

Part One

Core Practices: If retaining your blog traffic (alexa rank), social like and shares, individual post and pages pagerank , page authority and external backlinks is of any importance to you then you will have no reason ignoring this part I termed core practices.

#1.

Tell Google to Stop Crawling / Indexing Your Blogger (blogspot) Blog

This is a very important action to take after moving your blog away from blogger, continuous crawling and indexing  of your old blog can lead to both blogs disappearing to oblivion since google hates seeing duplicate contents as much as we hate copy and paste bloggers.

You can achieve this by using the Meta-robot tag “NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW” . Google and every other search engines out there will stop indexing or following your blog immediately they see the tag.

Here is how to implement the “NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW” robot-meta tag on your blogger blog ==> log in to your dashboard and click on Templates ==> Edit Html and locate <head> as seen in the image below:

how to retain traffic after moving from blogger to wordpressJust below the <head> tag copy and paste this code

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

Click on Save Template.

#2.

Tell Visitors to Update their Bookmarks Automatically

No doubts many will still have your old blogger (blogspot or subdomain) address saved in their various browsers and needs be notified you have upgraded to a superior platform without you posting about it.

This is how to achieve that,

Locate the <head> tag from template=> edit html  following the picture and instruction above    ==> copy and paste this code just below it

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5;url=http://www.3ptechies.com"/>

Save template.

Code Interpretation: The code will automatically redirect all hits from your old blog to your new blog url after 5 seconds, you can increase the time by changing the “5” with any value of your choice or replace the 5 with “0” if you  want them redirected immediately. Don’t forget to change http://www.3ptechies.com with your new blog address.

Also see : Wrapping google adsense around ur post body without attracting a ban

#3.

Change your WordPress Current Permalink to look like that of Blogger

Just like when an insane man is treated newly he will still possess some of the characteristics of a mad man, this is how it is after moving away from blogger  to wordpress.

The stigma that characterize the move is making sure that your new url structure (permalink) appears same as your old ones, so as to preserve those backlinks and pagerank.

moving from blogger to wordpress

To achieve this you need ==> log in to your wordpress admin dashboard ==> go to settings ==> permalinks ==> choose the “Custom Structure” and enter the following text values

/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

into the box provided ==> hit the “save  changes” button after that.

Also see: google adsense placed Twice Inline in wordpress without a plugin: How to

#4.

Transfer your intense debate Comments from blogger to WordPress

This is important mainly ‘cos blogger doesn’t store your comments after switching to intense debate comment system.

Luckily the developers over there at intense debate has come up with a clear guide and a wordpress plugin that makes migrating your comments from blogger to wordpress so easy and smooth.

#5.

Beg Dr Fix to come to your Rescue

Luckily a kind enough developer has come up with a PHP code that will effortlessly correct your wordpress permalinks to look exactly like it was on blogger correcting those error 404 messages you get when visiting your blog post from search result immediately after moving to wordpress. Even after applying the custom code format I gave you above you still need run this code to fix up stuff for you.

Here is how to run dr fix

fixing error 404 after moving from blogger to wordpress

Log in to your cpanel by visiting your siteurl.com/cpanel or  siteurl.com:2082 (though most hosting providers like godaddy will require you to log in from your account manager)

==> From the cpanel window locate “File manger” and locate “New file” as seen in the image above

==> In the “File name”   enter drfix.php as seen above click on “create new file”

==> Right click on the file you have just created and tap on edit

==> copy the following codes below and paste in the open window

<?php
require_once('wp-load.php');
$res = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id, meta_value FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = 'blogger_permalink'");
$wpdb->print_error();
foreach ($res as $row){
$slug = explode("/",$row->meta_value);
$slug = explode(".",$slug[3]);
$wpdb->query("UPDATE $wpdb->posts SET post_name ='" . $slug[0] . "' WHERE ID = $row->post_id");
$wpdb->print_error();
}
echo "DONE";
?>

Save and close window. N/B. you can paste this code in a blank notepad and save it as drfix.php then upload it to your blog root directory

==> Visit your blog again in this format http://myblogurl.com/drfix.php

=> Once you get the message “Done” your blogger to wordpress migration woes is now over, you can start enjoying your life as a matured blogger.

Also see: Placing Google adsense side by side in genesis with no Plugin : How to

#6.

Redirect your post Label Links to WordPress category links

This is just as simple as the next one below it,

all you need do is

==> locate “file manager” from your cpanel

==> tick the box with “” and hit “Go” to launch

==> Locate “.htaccess” right click on it and choose “code edit” or “edit”

==> copy and paste this codes in it above “# BEGIN WordPress” leaving a single line space

#Redirect archives
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{4})_([0-9]{1,2})_([0-9]{1,2})_archive.html$ $1/$2/ [L,R=301]
#Redirect labels/categories
RewriteRule ^search/label/(.*)$ category/$1/ [L,R=301]

==> Save and proceed to the next step below before exiting the window

#7

Redirect your Blogger Post and Comments Feed to WordPress own

==> Following the guide above leave a single line after that and post this code beneath it

#ATOM Feeds
RewriteRule atom.xml feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
#RSS FEEDS
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default?alt=rss feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule rss.xml feed/ [L,R=301]
#Comments Feed
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default comments/feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default?alt=rss comments/feed/ [L,R=301]

Note that this point 7 is only necessary if you have not been using feedburner as your default service for handling post and comments feeds while still on the blogger platform.
Part Two

Extended Practices:  This is the second part of our 9 tips for retaining traffic, social media likes, audience and backlinks, as already stated above you are free to ignore this part as it isn’t included in the part we termed core practices.

#8.

Blog about it

Surprises are great, isn’t it?

Your loyal readers might be wowed at first visit after seeing your brand new look, they will be piled up with may questions in their minds such as; where the hell is that archaic & awful comment form and the likes, this is one of the reasons you might be tempted to tell them about your migration.

Telling them about your migration might also increase your traffic as most of the faithful ones among them will force their social media fans and friends to take note of the new development in your blog, most of them will go as far as linking to it in their blog post or even blogging about it (if you are that popular). Rajesh Namase  of techlila.com  did write something catchy about the genesis framework the week he moved up there, same as Brian Gardner of briangardner.com.

#9.

Fix Redirect Loop for Mobile Traffic

This is a big error that most websites do face after migrating their blog to WordPress, you will notice that mobile traffic from search engines would normally lead to a redirect loop error or error 404 screen.

Sometimes, even entering yourbloggerwebsite.com/?m=1 manually would manually pop the error which brings about the little hack below.

To correct or prevent this error, you will need add the following code to your .htaccess file and save thereafter.

The code to add (replacing the default one created by WP) is

# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress


# Begin Redirection
#Redirect archives
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{4})_([0-9]{1,2})_([0-9]{1,2})_archive.html$ $1/$2/ [L,R=301]
#Redirect labels/categories
RewriteRule ^search/label/(.*)$ category/$1/ [L,R=301]
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1? [R=301,L]
#ATOM Feeds
RewriteRule atom.xml feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default feed/atom/ [L,R=301]
#RSS FEEDS
RewriteRule feeds/posts/default?alt=rss feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule rss.xml feed/ [L,R=301]
#Comments Feed
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default comments/feed/ [L,R=301]
RewriteRule /feeds/comments/default?alt=rss comments/feed/ [L,R=301]
# End Redirection

#Bonus

Get Back the Money You Spent for Migration

This might sound funny, but you ‘ve got to agree with me that it is the real truth. Not even in the dreamland will you spot any blogger from amongst the top 100 bloggers in the world using blogger CMS (blogspot) for their post publishing, not even in the top 200 from my point of view.

Lack of funds for running a traffic intensive blog is one thing that has prevented many from moving to the self hosted wordpress blogging platform, many even complain of the likely extra payment for premium caching plugins and Content Delivery Network (CDN) system for their blogs  to be the main discouraging factor.

This is why you can hardly see any top blogger using the blogger CMS for their blog except in most third (3rd) world countries.

Now that you have taken the bold step of buying a host, paying a designer and other services that requires money, don’t you think it is the right time to get back your money?

Well getting back your money is so easy, start by referring a close friend to your new host for up to $$ and above per referral for any of the top hosting companies or even more for other hosting providers.

You can also promote other products relating to migration such as Maxcdn, premium plugins and themes.

Over to you

I am done with this 9 tips which if followed discretely will help in retaining your blog traffic as well as reducing your blog’s bounce rate but solicits humbly for your own opinion, kindly make this tutorial and instruction a success by dropping a comment below and also by sharing it with your friends and sundry.

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By Obasi Miracle on August 16, 2013 · Posted in Blogger, Web 2.0, Wordpress

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Author: Obasi Miracle

Obasi Miracle is one of the brains behind 3rd Planet Techies. A webdesign afficionado and IT Support brain-box, he flourishes and revel in helping many-a-techies in their aspiration to become the best they can.

29 Comments

Adesanmi Adedotun

Hi Obasi,

Are you saying these are the steps you went through before you could move my blog from blogger to wordpress? Bro kudos to you, and I really appreciate your effort in taking your time to help me out. You are wonderful sir.

Posted on August 16th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for dropping by Adesanmi Adedotun, I really do appreciate your kind words, not only did I do this on your own blog but also practice same tips for every other blog I have migrated in the time past including one of my colleague’s blog I migrated late 2011.

It is something that has grown to be a kinda tradition except the blog is new and doesn’t want to be stigmatized with those kinda blogger-like url structure (permalink), or doesn’t have much interest in the social network sharing icons count.
Hope you do have a wonderful weekend bro

Posted on August 17th, 2013

Ebenezer

Nice post brother, I personally do not agree with you on the term “archaic” because blogger is improving by the day and like blogger, wordpress has it’s own woes. However, I love the way at which you stated each of this steps and I think it will do a lot of good to blogger who want to port to wordpress, or won’t it?

Lastly, I would love to emphasize on the second and third step, though all the steps are very important but in my opinion, I think those two are the most vital ones: a must do for anyone who is porting to wordpress!

Posted on August 16th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for checking out here Ebenezer, can I please beg your time for this simple question,

Can you quickly name 5 top blogs from the 1st world countries that are still running on the blogger platform?

Hopefully this is not another blogger vs wordpress altercation, but just trying to demystify the self ambiguated notion by some bloggers from 3rd world countries.

Obviously lack of fund is the only understandably reason while most top bloggers here are still managing the blogger platform for advanced review and multi-author kinda blogs

Posted on August 17th, 2013

Ebenezer

In my opinion, there is a huge difference between blogger and wordpress and they shouldn’t even be compared. Inasmuch as wordpress remain the best blogging cms, I do not think that the blogger platform should be criticized (‘archaic’) and yes, if you want list, I can give you 50 top successful bloggers that uses the blogger platform.

Thanks anyway for the quick reply, it is always a pleasure reading your blogs.

Posted on August 18th, 2013

Nosa E Nosa

Excellent Tip, I remember being burnt out completely when I finally decided to make a switch. It was worth the effort tho.

On the argument about Blogger or WordPress, I listen to both camp and most of the time, people use the “unlimited bandwidth and it being free” to buttress their point. But the point is this; Blogger platform is fantastic, it is the best alternative when you are only interested in basic blogging. Not that you can’t achieve alot of things currently available to WordPress, but you will spend 11-times the efforts dealing with “HTML and Tables” to guarantee any form of success. Why allow stress when you can achieve same with a few clicks under 11-seconds in WordPress?

If you do basic blogging and write about your self, Blogger is fantastic, but if you want to be seen a professional, and write complex stuffs like Reviews with requires Review tables and lots of output, then WordPress is the only alternative.

Have a great weekend friend. 🙂

Posted on August 17th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for dropping by and also for the wonderful contributions you have made on this post Nosa E Nosa, I share same view with you about how insane it could look trying to achieve every complex thing while using the blogger platform.

The only decent blogger powered site I have seen so far is owned by a top programmer who has several other wordpress powered sites too.

So I think you are right about blogger being the favorite platform for beginners, after-all migrating to wordpress or similar CMS platform can be done effortlessly and in less time too.

I do have many get to find your contribution so useful, do have a great weekend buddy.

Posted on August 17th, 2013

Olumide

Thoughtful post here and kudos for writing such a long post. Personally, I do think it’s better to begin with blogger and later move to wordpress and that’s what I’m planning to do later. Thanks for the effort.

Posted on August 17th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

You are right about that Olumide, bloggers who do post only news and jokes could continue for life on the blogger platform but never for a webmaster or advanced tech-blogger who needs more power to express himself.
Do enjoy your weekend bro

Posted on August 17th, 2013

dare

Hi obasi,

You do not have to go to the codes to implement a command instructing Google not to index the blog anymore. Simply go to settings, then search preferences, to custom robots header tags and chose noindex for all options.

Nice post!!

Posted on August 18th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for this timely contribution Dare, you have really save somebody the stress of implementing that code, it ‘ve been years and google has kept improving a lot of things, never knew the option was even there.

Thanks for rating the post as nice too .
hope you do have a great weekend bro

Posted on August 18th, 2013

Dean from Australia

I currently like my blogger set up and haven’t made any plan at all for moving, thanks for sharing anyway.

Posted on August 19th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Wow! that’s pretty awesome decision Dean, the blogger platform is really very awesome, great you decided to stick with it

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Debarpan

Just thinking of migrating my blog from blogger to wordpress.It’ll help me then,thanks for this tips,very helpful.

Posted on August 19th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for finding my little tips very helpful buddy, need more of your feedbacks too

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Tina

I wish I understood this. I have a wordpress (.com) blog but it is not my website (because my website has a shopping cart). I use it once a week or so, but I certainly have no reason to believe it helps or hurts SEO. I don’t know what a ‘blogger” is, except a person who blogs. (isn’t “blog” a noun and “blogger” a verb?) So I guess this is a bit advanced for me.

Posted on August 19th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Hi Tina, blogger in this very post is referring to a free blogging platform providing by google while wordpress here is referring to a blog hosted by owners by themselves using the wordpress.org official software.
I am sorry that you have to stress yourself this much.

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Rob

We migrated to wordpress a few months ago… it was painless.

Posted on August 19th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Wow! Rob, great hearing that you were able to do that painlessly.
I hope to see more of your awesome feedback

Posted on August 29th, 2013

Nick Ritchie

those tips are great for retaining traffic on your blog- thanks Obasi!

Posted on August 19th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Sure Nick, the tips can really help when followed correctly

Posted on August 29th, 2013

Emily

Great post – I like wordpress too, and it’s great to see you helping people to move across.

Posted on August 20th, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Yeah Emily! we gotta help always where and when we can. hope you do have a great day

Posted on August 29th, 2013

Asaolu olubayode

Hi Obasi,
Those steps are such a wonderful one. Actually i’ve been planning on how to switch to wordpress anyway and your post is definitely going to be of help. Word press are really ruling blogging now i must confess. Thanks.

Posted on August 21st, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Thanks for your valuable contribution Asaolu, Finding this post useful is another thing that motivates me to write more. Hope you do have a great day

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Pst Bless

You are indeed an expert in this industry, more grace to your elbow my brother, keep doing what you know how to do better, i love that.

Posted on September 23rd, 2013

Obasi Miracle

Hi Bless!
It’s awesome seeing you in my blog today, thanks for the compliments bro. I wish you great feet in your blogging journey too

Posted on September 24th, 2013

Vinayak Sutar-Patil

I just landed on your blog & it’s very helpful for me… Thank you for this walkthrough!!! Just followed all the things and have to say that’s a great article. I have managed to migrate my blog of over 170 posts to a new one and not lost anything. Everything moved over fine.

Quick question – When I was moving my blogger blog to a WordPress theme that does not allow me to have my blog on my homepage or index file. The theme is designed for the blog to live in a separate folder [site[.]com/blog].

Is this putting my blog in a subfolder will mess up my SEO or blog feed? I do not have a feed burner account so am I correct to assume that my subscribers are using Atom for the feed?

I’m confused and don’t want to lose rankings or feed subscribers…

Posted on May 21st, 2016

Obasi Miracle

You will need to either update the feed address section under blogger dashboard ==> settings ==> others ==> to point to [ mysitedotcom/blog/feed) or burn the feed with feedburner and setup the redirection for both blogger and WP.

You can also use the 301 redirect plugin to setup proper redirection for future users

Posted on May 21st, 2016

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