Redirect Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress.com

You’ve found out how using WordPress could make your life easier. And you’ve moved your blog into its new home. What about Blogger? How do you direct all your traffic from your old blog over to your new one?

Redirecting your blog from Blogger to WordPress is just as easy. Actually it’s not a typical redirect since that would require a level of access that Blogger doesn’t allow. But it’ll transfer your traffic all the same.

To Redirect Your Blog:

  1. Login to Blogger.
  2. From your Dashboard, click “Design”.
  3. Click “Edit HTML”.
  4. Right below the <head> tag, paste the following code:
    <meta content=’5;url=http://YOURBLOG.wordpress.com/’ http-equiv=’refresh’/>
  5. Change “YOURBLOG” to your blog.
  6. The “5” refers to 5 seconds before a visitor will be redirected. You can change this.

Now test it out. When you try to view your blog, you should be automatically brought to your WordPress blog within 5 seconds (or whatever you set it to).

Whew. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ll want to try to convince Google to stop focusing on your Blogspot address.

Tell Google to Ignore Your Original Blogspot Blog

Picking up from where we left off…

  1. Below that code, paste this:
    <meta content=’NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW’ name=’ROBOTS’/>
  2. Save your template.

Now you’re instructing search engine “robots” to ignore your Blogger site. It may still show up in search rankings, though.

Since you can’t control what still shows up in search engines, and since other people may have linked to your site already, let’s leave a message.

Post a Notice That You’ve Moved:

Note: If your blog is redirects you while you’re trying to work in Page Elements, go back to the redirect code and change the “5” to “500”. Just don’t forget to change it back when you’re done.

  1. Click “Page Elements”. (If your blog redirects
  2. Create a new HTML/Javascript gadget. Use any title.
  3. In the new gadget, paste the following code:
    <div style=’border: solid 2px #ccc; color: #000; background-color: yellow; padding: 5px; width: 750px; z-index: 5; font-family: times new roman, serif; font-size: large;’><p><strong>I’ve made the move to WordPress!</strong></p><p>You should be automatically redirected in 5 seconds. If not, please visit:<br/><a href=’http://YOURBLOG.wordpress.com/’> <strong><font color=”blue”> http://YOURBLOG.wordpress.com</font></strong></a><br/>.</p> Hope to see you there!</div>
  4. Change “YOURBLOG” to your blog.
  5. Drag the new gadget directly under “Header” or “Pages”.
  6. Save your template.

View your blog again and make sure it shows up OK. If not, try changing around the width until it fits a little better, depending on the template you’re using.

Sweet! Now you’ve got your blog moved to WordPress, Blogger will redirect your visitors, and just in case, you’ve also posted a notice.

Now, go back to WordPress and enjoy what you should be doing – blogging!

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  4. laura says:

    These codes didn’t work for me.

    • Heather says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. Did you try changing the quotations to straight ones rather than curly quotes? That is often the problem. If you already tried that – what happened when you tried?

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