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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Transferring content from one blog to another

Some blogger has asked how to transfer content from one blog to another. For Google Blogger blogs, there is no way to do this automatically. First, you must make a decision. Are you prepared for extra work? That is, are you willing to edit your old post so that it is different from your earlier posts? Reason for this is, many says search engine penalize duplicate content (controversial). I try to avoid duplicate content, so if I want to keep the original post, and start another blog which I would be doing when I can somehow snatch the time to do it properly - replace Blogger Tips and Tricks which is a sub-domain of .blogspot.com to Tips and Tricks for Blogger or "Son of Blogger Tips and Tricks" which will be eventually be a New Blogger custom domain (own property, no more .blogspot.com). That is what I will slowing do. Update the old post in the old blog as a new post (different content) in the new custom domain blog, and probably put a link in the old post in the old blog to the new updated post in the new blog. This takes time and effort which you may not be prepared to put in.

Another alternative is to edit the posts in the old blog in the EDIT HTML mode. This is best done with a web browser with tabbed browsing so that you can be signed into your old blog in one tab and the new blog in another tab, and you can easily go to-and-from blog to blog. In the old blog, edit the posts one by one while in the EDIT HTML mode, highlight the whole content of the old post (click inside the post editor window, press ctrl+A, right-click and select "cut" to transfer the old post content into clipboard), create a new post in the new blog, paste the whole content from clipboard into the new blog post editor (right-click and select "paste" or press ctrl+V). Publish the new post in the new blog. Then get the URL of the new post in the new blog.

Go back to the old post editor of the old blog (which will be in a different tab in the same window if you are using a web browser with tabbed browsing like FireFox which you can get with or without other useful tools from Google Pack for your blogging task. Anyway, when you return to the post editor of the old post in the old blog, the post editor window should be blank by now. What I had done with some of the posts in Malaysia and the rest of the world is to transfer in the manner described above to a new post in Blog for Positive Changes.

To illustrate, look at Long March for Justice. Note the the post is practically bland except for a little bit of content plus a link to the new post, to which the content of the old post in the first blog had been transferred to a new post in the new blog. To make it clearer, the content of what used to be a very long post plus an embedded Youtube video plus lots of photos now have just the content below:


The content of this post has been transferred to

Pray for Malaysia: Long March for Justice


Why did I go to all this trouble and not just delete the old posts? Reason is, often, old posts already have some inbound links in other parts of the web plus there probably are links to the posts in the SERP (Search Engine Result Page) when someone search for something. If you delete the posts, then all those links become dead links (clicking on them will lead to a 404 Page not found error messages). Now by not deleting the old posts, at least you don't end up with dead links all over the web.

A further advantage is your new blog which very likely is yet to be indexed by search engines and probably have no PageRank information (worst than PageRank = 0). Now what you are doing is putting links in an old blog which probably have been indexed by search engines and is regularly crawled, and when the search engines spiders crawl your old blog, they will follow the link to your new blog and thus your new blog can be quickly indexed. Another advantage is your old blog probably have good PageRank, and getting links from websites with PageRank higher than your website is good for the new blog's PageRank.

16 comments:

  1. You can also automate at least part of this process by using Blog Backup Online:

    www.blogbackuponline.com

    It will let you backup the content of a Blogger or WordPress blog for archival purposes. And if you want to restore your blog posts to another site, you can use it to do that. I'd still recommend going back and editing your old blog posts to avoid duplicates, but this service can save you a lot of cut and paste time.

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  2. Hi Peter,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all the great help your tips and tutorials have been! I certainly would have not had the confidence to set up my blog if it hadn't been for you!

    I would like to call on your kind help and advice with regard to a little problem I have: I have created two 'sticky posts' (I think that's what you call them) which I have linked to tabs I created. I would really like for people to only be able to call them through the tabs, and not by scrolling through the archives and was therefor wondering if the date could be hidden selectively, i.e. for one or two posts only... Here's a link to my blog if you need to have a look 'http://french-cooking.blogspot.com'
    Looking forward to your answer; again, all my thanks for your great and helpful sites

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  3. Hi benastrada,

    I am afraid I did not see any "sticky post" there, but have 3 tabs. Tabs and "sticky post" (according to my mind) are 2 different things. Tabs are links to some pages. "Sticky post" are those post you see right at the top or your main page (for some people) or right at the top of every pages (this is something more than a sticky post, and I don't know what to call it - s super sticky post perhaps) so am unable to understand what you want. If you can explain further, perhaps I can try.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Digital Candlelight Vigil

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  4. Hi, Peter! Thanks a lot for this blog.

    I tried following your tips here, copied old blogs one by one to a new set of blogs (in another URL of same platform). I also edited already copied old blogs to link them to the new site. Soon enough I check with google search and found them indexed, too.

    However, I couldn't bring the comments for copied old blogs into the new blog I created.

    Any tips on how I can do this?

    Thanks again!

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  5. Hi Azi,

    I have good news plus bad news. Good news is, I have found a way to backup blogs including comments, bad news is, it appear that only new posts get backed up, so that means old comments may not be included. I am not 100% yet, but trying to get more details. In the meantime, bug me to hurry up if you want to.

    Peter Blog*Star
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everything completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  6. Thank you very much for your very fast reply to my request!

    Oh, am sad about that news but will be looking forward to the 'good' news. I really wanted to bring all the comments I received in my old blogs in my transfer to the new URL. They have been very supportive to my efforts of learning how to blog.

    I also visited the Blog Backup Online which was recommended by brad linder here so I can make some backups for my new blogs. I hope this works.

    Thanks a lot! Your site really provides a lot of tips for newbies like me.

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  7. I found your name while searching blogger for help. My blog page isn't showing the sidebar items. What can I do to fix it? I guess they are called page elements. Thank you so much for any advice you may have.

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  8. Hi Beverly,

    Use the vertical scroll bar to scroll bar to see if your missing sidebar is there. If so, see if troubleshoot sidebar problem can help.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

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  9. Hi again Peter,
    Thanks for your quick response to my question. I guess what I would like to do is 'hide' some pages from the archives so that people can only access the corresponding pages through the tabs at the top. Maybe this is possible by setting the archives to show from a certain date only? In my case, I have created 2 posts which I dated back to January 2000 and which the tabs link to. I was wondering if I could avoid having these two posts showing in the archive list in any way... This may not feasible... Thanks for your help Peter

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  10. Hi Benstrada,

    To the very best of my knowledge, the only way is to start a new blog, publish what you want to hide there and link from your main blog.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress. Use the CONTENT at the top of the main column

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  11. hi peter.. i am trying to transfer a lot of my old posts to my new blog. i dont mind copying and pasteing since i am changing the way the photos were previously edited for the new blog. my question is, i have a lot of comments on my posts and i want to be able to transfer them over with the blog post. how do i do this?? any help would be wonderful. thank you

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  12. This is an old post and recently Blogger has come up with an import/export feature. I have not tried it myself but I suspect you may be able to use the new import/export feature.

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  13. Hi Peter,this post is very informative.I have started a second blog and want to transfer some of the posts to the new one.You have mentioned as linking from main post to the new one.Could you elaborate on that please.Thanx in advance
    Niveditha

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  14. 1. Most bloggers would not want to have duplicate content on the web so would not want the first blog from which content is transferred to remain the same as the new blog.

    2. You may still get traffic to the old blog and most bloggers wouldn't want that to be wasted which would be wasted if it is a blank page or deleted page.

    3. So the best thing is to have an
    active link to the new blog like for example Think carefully before you convert to Islam

    4. Incidentally, Blogger has introduced an export function which I have not yet explored.

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  15. Thank you for making this blog. It really helped me a lot. =)

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  16. Mega Brew,

    This is an old post that needs updating. Blogger has introduced export and import which can be used to transfer the WHOLE CONTENT of one blog to another. However, if you only want to transfer the content of one or more post or even a part of a post, the method described in this post is still applicable.

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