Read My Disclaimer
This tutorial is intended for people who are moving from Blogger to WordPress (or have recently moved) and are afraid of losing all their followers. I do NOT recommend WordPress users doing this if they don’t have a large following on Google Friend Connect. I also don’t recommend creating a brand new Blogger blog just for the sake of setting up GFC on a long-time WordPress blog. Overall GFC is a very unreliable way of making followers, because you have to count on an external site (Blogger) in order to keep them. And with the way Google has been going lately (no development on Feedburner and shutting down Google Reader), I wouldn’t put it past them to discontinue GFC all together.
Use this as a last resort if you are DESPERATE to keep your GFC followers. But I strongly advise you to focus more on obtaining RSS/e-mail subscribers. They’re more reliable and future-proof ways of following blogs.
- Must be using a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.
- Must have access to your old Blogger blog (never delete it!).
- Must be able to view the front page of your Blogger blog (if you have it redirecting you need to turn that off *temporarily*).
- Once we’ve gathered the necessary info, you need to redirect your Blogger blog to your new WordPress blog.
Step #1: Grab the GFC Code
First, login to your Blogger blog. If necessary, stop the redirection to your WordPress blog, because we need to see the front-end of your site on Blogger. If you don’t have it added already, add the GFC code to your sidebar. Then, visit the front page of your blog, right click, and select “View Source”. Do a CTRL+F search for google.friendconnect You’re looking for this big fat chunk of code and paste it in a text editor:
You have to get all of that. Starting from the
<div id='Followers1-wrapper'> and ending with the two closing divs.
Now, we have to edit it a tiny bit. Look for:
holder.postFeed = "http://www.blogger.com/feeds/5432230/posts/default";
Change that to your WordPress blog feed. This will either be your Feedburner URL if that’s what you use, or you can just use your WordPress feed directly (
Now, look for this line:
holder.commentFeed = "http://www.blogger.com/feeds/5432230/comments/default";
Change that to
http://www.yoursite.com/comments/feed (where “yoursite” is your site.. obviously).
And finally, look for this line:
holder.currentBlogUrl = "http://cazzyae.blogspot.com/";
Change whatever is inside those quotes to your new WordPress blog URL. If you used the same domain name on both sites, this might already be filled out correctly. But it’s important that this URL is the same one you will be hosting your WordPress GFC on, otherwise it won’t work. So I would change that to https://www.nosegraze.com
Now, keep this code saved for now. We’ll be putting it on WordPress a little later!
Step #2: Redirect Your Blogger Feed
Back in Blogger, go to Settings » Other and look for where it says Post Feed Redirect URL. Enter your RSS feed in this box (either Feedburner or your direct WordPress feed).
Step #3: Redirect Your Blogger Blog
Now we need to redirect your actual blog to WordPress. In Blogger go to “Settings” and under Blog Address set up your redirect.
Note: This isn’t a tutorial on how to redirect your blog, so I’m not going to go in depth on how to do that. If you need help you can look up guides online.
Step #4: Add the Code to WordPress
Still have that code handy? Good! It’s time to add it to WordPress. Login to your WordPress admin area and add a new “Text” widget to the sidebar. Paste the code inside the main box and save!
Assuming you did everything correctly, you should now have GFC on WordPress! Note that it will NOT work if you have not redirected your blog properly, or if the “currentBlogUrl” info we changed is incorrect.
Links and Resources
- See it in action: I used this method to set up GFC on Mostly YA Book Obsessed.
- Try a different method: If you want to try an alternative method you can check out 5 Steps to Get / Keep Google Friend Connect on WordPress [2013 Solution]. However, I don’t think that method works if you decide to redirect your Blogger blog to WordPress (which I recommend doing).