Thursday, October 05, 2006

How to merge multiple blogs in multiple accounts into one Blogger account

To merge multiple blogs in multiple account into one Blogger account, do the following. Since this post is motivated by someone who have multiple (I assume 3 or more) I will be writing this with the assumption that you do have 3 or more multiple accounts, but if you have only 2 accounts, I think it is no problem after reading the post how to adjust for that.

Update: Some bloggers who have successfully merged blogs in multiple accounts into one has also deleted their excess Google Account. Please note that images uploaded via the deleted Google account will no longer be displayed. Advice is to never delete any Google account even if you no longer have any use for it.


Before doing that, a piece of advice. If you are using only Internet Explorer, get FireFox, a much better browser than IE. Refer to What is FireFox and why you should be using it. It is a big advantage to have more than one browser on your computer. Read about the advantages of this in Why you should be using more than one browsers. All this will also make your following task easier. You may also want to add Opera. (You can do it with only one browser, but you will have to keep logging in and logging out).

In one browser, say, Internet Explorer, sign into your Blogger account which you want the blog transferred. Select the relevant blog. Click SETTINGS > MEMBERS. Click "Add Team Member(s). Then under New User(s), add the email of your other account in which you want to make your main Blogger account.

Open another browser, say FireFox, sign into your other Blogger account. Click on the blog. Click SETTINGS > MEMBERS. Click "Add Team Member(s)". Do the same thing as above.

Open one more browser, say Opera. Sign into the email with which you have registered with the main Blogger account. Check for the email invitations. Accept the invitations.

Go back to your previous browsers and get back into the Blogger account. Get into your MEMBERS setting. Make sure that your main account have been added as a team member. Give the the main account (yourself) administrative rights. Do the same for the other Blogger account in which you have added your main account as a team member. (In this case where I have assumed you have 3 accounts, it means going to the other browser).

Now that you have given the main Blogger account administrative rights, Go back to the browser in which you have signed into the email for the main account. Sign into your intended main Blogger account. Check your blogs, and make sure that the blogs have been added. Select the blogs, click SETTINGS > MEMBERS and make VERY SURE that you do have administrative rights. Then if you wish, you can remove the other team members (Blogger accounts). Now you have all your 3 blogs in one Blogger account.

Adjust the method according to the number of Blogger accounts and blogs that you have.

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31 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/05/2006

    Hi, thanks for the tips. I have a question before I proceed in merging my accounts.

    1- Will the merged blogs' different profiles remain different?

    2- can classic blogs be merged with beta blogs?

    Last question:

    Is there a way to to retrieve posts with recent/most comments and list them in the side bar? I noticed my readers are interested in posts with comments.

    Thanks!

    rin
    http://flowerinthedesert.blogspot.com

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  2. 1- Will the merged blogs' different profiles remain different?

    No. They will have the same profile, the profile that you put in that account.

    2- can classic blogs be merged with beta blogs?

    I don't know, but I very much doubt it.

    "Is there a way to to retrieve posts with recent/most comments and list them in the side bar?"

    There may be hackers who may have succeeded in doing something like this, but I don't know of any. You can try to google for it.

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  3. Thanks for the information. I am still new in blogging - as a matter of fact, just deleted my second blog because I created it a month ago, wrote a draft and never proceeded with it.
    I would like to use the same username with different blogs on different topics, but when I created the second one, I got a message that said "this username has already been taken" - I would also like to use a certain word as part of all my blog titles.
    Will I be able to use one username if I merge my different accounts.
    I really want to set up my blogs now, as I do have all my content for the different blogs together at last.

    Would appreciate it if you can help

    thanks

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  4. Hi Elsie,

    If you follow the method outlined, then all the blogs can be accessed with the same user name after they are merged.

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  5. Thanks for the advice, Peter.
    I will definitely try it.
    Finally posted my first entry tonight on my new blog and I am finding lots of good info on your blog.

    Keep it up.

    Elsie

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  6. Hi.
    I have a problem with this method.
    I have 2 blogs but I used the same e-mail address to sign up for both of them.
    This merging method requires that a different email address was used to sign up for each blog.
    How would I be able to merge blogs that have the same email address attached to it?
    Thank.

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  7. That is a nice tricky quesstion which I cannot answer. It appear to me that the only people who can answer your question is Blogger support team. Read this post:
    How to contact Blogger Support
    Make sure to read the update. And best of luck.

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  8. Hello,
    I'll be trying it out soon but b4 then, questions please: How will it turn out if I had differrent template designs of un-identical widths etc? One has its width extended and would photos laid out therein be "messed up" when merged into recipient blog with different template design and width? Thanks.

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  9. Hi Hokisushi,

    Templates are associated with individual blogs, not with the account. You can have many blogs with different templates in the same Blogger account.

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  10. Anonymous12/05/2006

    This is very confusing. What happens if I can not sign in, simultaneously, to my two different e-mail addresses?

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  11. If you are referring to being signed into more than one Blogger account simultaneosly to be able to do what had been instructed, you just have to use more than 1 browsers. Each will have different cookies, and you can be signed into different accounts in different browsers simultaneosly. That is why I recommend getting Firefox if you only have 1 (IE) browser, or perhaps even Opera, although this is less supported.

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  12. Anonymous12/05/2006

    Slightly Off Track..

    Can I Merge my many blogs into a single blog in beta?

    Cut and paste takes a long time

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  13. It should be doable, although I have not done it myself, with almost the same method as the one described in this post. The only difference is that in order to inivite members, you click SETTINGS > PERMISSIONS instead.

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  14. Hi there!!
    Do you have another tips for including multiple blogs in a single page?

    'cos, i thought of register a domain while using blogger as web host, but i have no idea creating sub domains.
    eg. www.mycustomdomain.com/2008/12/contact-us.html (or something else)

    Is it possible creating the one above while using www.mycustomdomain.com as the MAIN domain?? But my MAIN domain template does not publish journal/blog entry. (heres my web: www.thekusio.blogspot.com)
    I wish to create a page 2 of my domain(www.thekusio.blogspot.com) and the middle(contents) changes but i have no idea of doing it. please help! thanks alot!!

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  15. Hi there!!
    Do you have another tips for including multiple blogs in a single page?

    'cos, i thought of register a domain while using blogger as web host, but i have no idea creating sub domains.
    eg. www.mycustomdomain.com/2008/12/contact-us.html (or something else)

    Is it possible creating the one above while using www.mycustomdomain.com as the MAIN domain?? But my MAIN domain template does not publish journal/blog entry. (heres my web: www.thekusio.blogspot.com)
    I wish to create a page 2 of my domain(www.thekusio.blogspot.com) and the middle(contents) changes but i have no idea of doing it. please help! thanks alot!!

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  16. You can have
    www.mycustomdomain.com/
    as the main page and
    www.mycustomdomain.com/thekusio
    or
    www.mykusio.mycustomdomain.com/
    as the blog

    However I have not done this before so not speaking from experience. I suggest you post your question at Blogger Help. When you do post there let me have the post URL

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  17. Thank you SO much! This was such a help to me. I linked back to your post as well.

    Thank you... thank you... thank you!

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  18. First I'd like to say thanks for the information. I'm planning to do just this. My concern, that's not covered here is I have Followers on two separate blogs. On my original (first) they went missing on some browsers. Should that make a difference on which blog I decide to keep? Will they all merge to the blog I'm keeping?

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  19. To the best of my knowledge, followers follow a blog not your Blogger.

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  20. One thing... I followed the instructions for adding a new account (email) for transferring the blog to. This worked fine.

    I accepted the invitation in the new account. That worked fine.

    I gave the new account Admin permissions. That worked fine.

    I logged into the new account and saw the blog there. I deleted the old account from the permissions page. That worked fine.

    I deleted the old Google account as I had only used it for the Blog.

    I then logged back into the new account to work on the blog. Many of the pictures that were in the blog are now missing. Just red X's. Not sure if they were in the middle of transferring or whay many pictures in the blog show up fine, but many are apparently gone...

    Please help. If there a way to recover these? It will take a great deal of work to go back through all the blog entries and try to find all those pictures locally.

    Thanks.

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  21. Somewhere in my many posts about deleting Google account you will probably read an advice not to do it, perhaps in Google account deleted - what to do. Perhaps there is still a chance to get it back. See How to restore deleted Google account or perhaps in Google account deleted - what to do

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  22. Somewhere in my many posts about deleting Google account you will probably read an advice not to do it, perhaps in Google account deleted - what to do. Perhaps there is still a chance to get it back. See How to restore deleted Google account or perhaps in Google account deleted - what to do

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  23. Well luckily for me they were able to restore my old account where the blog had originally been. It was lucky for me that it had not been very long. That brought the pictures back into the blog. I will heed your warning not to delete old Google accounts... Thanks!

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  24. You are "the man" my friend! Cheers for posting this. It was monumental in helping me close out an accidental google account I had created!

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  27. Hi, thank you so much for the helpful tips. I am a newbie at blogging. I'll be so grateful if you'll spare a few minutes for a number of queries I have concerning merging blogger blogs into one.

    I have two Blogspot blogs from one Google account:
    (1) If I merge the two would it effect my page rank, traffic and search ranking?

    (2) Does Google TOS allow it? My theory is that once Blog 'B' is merged with Blog 'B,' wouldn't there be the same content in Blog 'A' as with 'Blog 'B', which in definition is copying/duplicate content?

    I'll be so grateful for your help. Thank you again

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  28. Instead of merging, perhaps you may want to consider copy-pasting from blog A to blog B, then deleting the content in blog A post by post with a link to copied post in blog B so this will avoid duplicate content.

    I am no expert on SEO but what I noticed when I search for things, I often find duplicate content on the first few pages of the SERP seemingly showing the effect of duplicate content is not that critical in search engines, but as I said I am no SEO expert.

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  29. Hi Peter,
    I'm considering the big move of merging two blogs. This post and your answers in the comments have been so useful, thanks.
    I'm still nervous tho! I have 200+ followers on one blog and a growing readership on the other, I don't want to lose anyone.
    Would it make any difference which blog name/ google account I keep as the primary? I'm not that concerned about SEO, just about how changing my URL may effect people's Readers etc.
    Any additional advice would be very much appreciated!
    Best

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  30. I am sorry this post don't have anything to do with changing URL, just changing the username (email address) for login to a blog. If you change URL, I believe that will affect followers although I myself have not bothered much about followers and what occasions can cause us to lose followers

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