Sunday, January 1, 2012

How to Combine Two Blogs into One

Happy New Year, everyone!

Maybe 2012 can be a year of taking care of projects that have been sitting on the back burner for awhile.

One of those, for me, is straightening up my "blog" house.

In July of 2009, I started a blog project called "Going Green Jewelry". I had decided to try to use up components I already had before buying any new ones.

I had some cool info in that blog (including how to easily make a DIY photo cube for a couple bucks) and I was thinking I'd have to copy and paste that info into my regular blog (this one) in order to share with my readers.

But this morning I discovered a tool that Blogger recently finished beta-testing.

Export/Import

If you have two blogs that you want to mesh, you can export all of your postings from one of them into a holding area to be imported into your other blog.

Let's go one step at a time and you'll see how easy, fast, and workable this is.

First, go to the blog you want to take the posts FROM.

Go to the dashboard of that blog and select SETTINGS.

Right there at the top of that page, next to BLOG TOOLS, you should now see “Import Blog” – “Export Blog” – “Delete Blog”.

Click on “Export Blog”.

Click on “Download Blog”.

Select “Save File” (the default is “Open with…”.

Now go to the dashboard of the blog you want to add these posts TO.

Select SETTINGS.

This time select “Import Blog”.

Browse until you find the file that was exported (usually in the DOWNLOADS directory… named “blog-today’s date.xml”).

Enter the characters shown in the white box and click IMPORT BLOG.

Note: Do not put a check mark on “Automatically publish all imported posts” if you think you may want to go through the posts one by one to edit or ignore any.

As soon as you click IMPORT BLOG, you will get a new screen (the process is pretty fast) that will show you a listing of all the imported posts with an option to IMPORT them all if you like. I wanted all of mine imported, so I clicked on that, but you can just keep them in the listings and go through them at your leisure, adding what you want when you want and editing as you go.

BTW, this tool is also helpful if you just want a back-up of your blog. You don't necessarily have to import any blog entries. Just keep the XML file on your computer as a back-up of your entries and comments.

I still have lots of “stuff” to go through and clean up in my blog, but at least all the info is in one place now.

Talk to you later and happy blogging!

26 comments:

Ali said...

Thanks so much for this!! Just the information I needed, and very clear instructions! ...am hoping I can figure everything else out and tidy my blog up how I want. :)

Stefaneener said...

Nope, nothing like that when I hit "Settings." I wonder if there's some kind of old style blogger template I've got or something. Bummer, actually.

Sharon said...

I just found this entry and am hoping it will work for me! So you're saying all the comments will transfer as well? I sure hope so! Thanks for the tips!

frustrated artist said...

Thank you so much!! Couldn't even find this info on Blogger. Your instructions were clear and concise...just what I needed.

frustrated artist said...

Thank you so much for this information. It was clear and concise...

Dave said...

Quick question... when you merged the two this way, did it sort the posts by original date, or just date all the imports as today and put'em at the top?

Dave said...

Quick question... when you merged the two this way, did it sort the posts by original date, or just date all the imports as today and put'em at the top?

Gina said...

I just combined two of my blogs. This is something I have been meaning to do forever, but thought it would be really difficult. Thanks so much for the help!

Carole said...

I've been wanting to merge blogs for some time now. I was happy to find more understandable instructions, however, I did need to take one extra step.

My preferences are set up on the left hand side of the page (not at the top), so once I clicked on 'settings', I then had to click on 'other' to find the import/export options.

Laura Bracken said...

Thanks everyone.

Dave, sorry, I don't actually remember what order they get put in.

But I need to get back to some of mine, so I suppose I'll find out soon enough.

:-)

Chantel Williamson said...

OMG Thank you so much. You saved me so much trouble. I had no idea it was that simple.

Thank you

Timo said...

I have two blogs. And I have links to the posts of these two blogs in several places (in other sites, documents, etc.)

How migh I manage to keep those links valid if I combine the two blogs?

Narelle said...

Thanks for the info!

Do you happen to know if your followers are merged as well?

Penny said...

I am trying to import from WordPress into an old Blogger blog that does have previous posts/comments. The Comments of the imported WordPress blog, however, are not imported. Yet if I import them into a brand new blogger blog (using the same import file), they do. I cannot find any difference in the settings. Do you have any idea?

TGS said...

I have one question. I have two blogger, blogs with custom domains. How do I import my old blog into new one without loosing Backlinks, ranking. This method I think old domain not auto redirect to new blog.

hera said...

thanx dear! ive merged my blogs with your help!

Emma Meek said...

I mentioned this post in my latest blog post! Come and see! http://emmameekphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/decision-made.html

Jessica King said...

Thank you so much for these directions!! They worked perfectly and I'm so happy!! :) I will be linking back to your blog for my friends' reference!!

Alberto Nuguid said...

I'd like to know the answer to +Dave 's question:

Quick question... when you merged the two this way, did it sort the posts by original date, or just date all the imports as today and put'em at the top?

August 25, 2012 at 2:23 PM


To those who successfully did this, please comment.
Thanks

Laura Bracken said...

Sorry folks. I did this several years ago and don't recall for sure, but I *think* merging the two blogs does put the posts in chronological order.

Nadia Dee said...






hi there, I Got a BIG question for you... When you merged your two blogs, was you're current page views of that old blog added with your new blog's page views? PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP :)

Laura said...

Nadia, I'm sorry, but I can't answer because I wasn't paying attention to the blog views when I merged the two blogs. Best of luck!

Laura

Maire Flannery said...

Thank you, it worked wonderfully! God Bless you and Happy New Year

Kate Bryant said...

super helpful, thanks! :)

twoladiesandablog said...

AWESOME and EASY!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Rebecca said...

Hmmm, I don't see import/export/download anywhere on the settings page or anywhere else I have looked.