Guide How to Import Blogger to WordPress with Error in Your Google Account and Can’t Authorize

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Moving from Blogger to WordPress and get an authorization Error in your Google account (Gmail), “access-denied”, stopping all the importation process? Also having a limit-size Error when you’re transferring your Intense Debate comments to WordPress? Well, you aren’t alone!

This is my experience with my unconventional move to WordPress.org and the solutions I’ve found. Really hope this tutorial-series will be helpful to other bloggers.

And YEAH finally I’ve ended my migration! 🙂  It feels awesome not to be working in WP-migrating themes that should take few days and not weeks, after my announcement of my move to WordPress.

 

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I decided to write my first “new” guide post in WordPress, giving all the details with the unexpected problems found and the other ways I needed to take ending, successfully, the transition.

I’ll be posting 2 different articles in successive weeks, explaining:

1) How to Import Blogger to WordPress when the Access to your Google Account is Denied

2) – a) How to Import Intense Debate comments to WordPress while getting an Error in maximum limits with your Exported xml file
b) Essential WP Plugins you need to Install Immediately to Reduce Spam, Spammy Pingbacks & Trackbacks and How to Avoid your crazy Ping-Spamming

So relax, take a cup of coffee (with chocolate much better) and enjoy the ride with the first part!

 

1) Guide How to Import Blogger to WordPress with Authorize-Error in Google Account

I won’t cover the “normal” process of the transition, because there is extensively covered in my articles of reference at the end of this post. I’ll cover the non-conventional ones I needed to take. Let’s go:

  • Install WordPress: checked
  • Backup your Blogger blog – means Export it: checked
  • I’m using my custom domain, so I need to switch back to my domain.blogspot.com: checked
  • On WordPress plugin Directory, find the plugin to Import Blogger into WordPress. Install: checked
  • Start the Importation: checked
  • Begin Authorization to grant access of the WordPress to Blogger via your Google account: checked
  • Going to your Google account, really a Gmail, and accept to connect the Blogger blog with the new WordPress blog…and cannot grant access: FAILED!!! WT**F!!!

I received the following error-message:

The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:
The site “https://sweetsfoods.com” has not been registered.

Or I’ve had also the nasty version in Spanish:

No se puede mostrar la página que has solicitado. Otro sitio web estaba solicitando acceso a tu cuenta de Google, pero envió una solicitud errónea. Por favor, ponte en contacto con el sitio web que estabas intentando utilizar cuando recibiste este mensaje para comunicarles el error. A continuación verás un mensaje de error detallado:
El sitio web “http:// sweetsfoods.com” no se ha registrado.

Of course my site was properly moved and installed. The propagation to my new server was ended very few days ago. This error turned out my migration from Blogger into WordPress totally cancelled!

 

Roadblock 1 – Transfer Blogger to WordPress

Days to find out how to solve this problem! I tried everything, cleaning history of different browsers, clear cookies, different machines, other gmails / administrators and wait a day to see if I had luck…nope 🙁

It was impossible to contact support, to whom? This was an internal error-problem between Blogger and WordPress.org.
My site was brand new on WP, without content just the post after the installation, and I put only a note warning that I’m in transition, plus receiving spam constantly (see it later on the WP plugins takeway in next post)

 

* Solution to Roadblock 1 Authorize-Error, Export Blogger to WordPress

I was reading in forums / posts with this problem – believe it or not – it’s quite common! Finally, I needed to change the direction of the move: Convert my exported backup blogger file.xml and importing directly as a WordPress file.wxr

In other words, convert files of Blogger.XML to WordPress.WXR

This application will save your life: go to http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ enter your Blogger file.xml and ‘Convert’ to WP.wxr

 

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With the brand new WP file go to WordPress Tools / Import / WordPress.

Now, you’ll be using the Import Tool for WordPress.com to WordPress.org!
In my case, I passed from a transition of Blogger to a migration from WP.com to WP.org – bizarre.

Theoretically the next steps were easy, just to import that file and done…but nope 🙁

 

Roadblock 2: Import File.WXR to WordPress.org

 

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Install the plugin WordPress Importer and upload the File.WXR.

But again a problem arose; depending of the quantity of posts/comments/images, etc your file xml has, then now your converted WXR, can be big and if it exceeds the 2 MB the importer DOESN’T WORK. If you try it, it’ll return back to you: file too big.
My file was near 4MB!

 

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Once more on the road looking up a solution. Or you touch PHP memory limits (I don’t know if this work) or better you split your WXR into several smaller pieces, in my case were 4 of 1MB.

 

* Solution to Roadblock 2: How to Split a WXR file

Thankfully to this small free program WXR File Splitter found on WP forum, you can split your WXR (WordPress XML RSS) file, for Windows.

 

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As every program tried from web, it’s paramount to check who made it and verify it before with antivirus / malware or software you trust.

Then you set to split into files lower than 2MB and you can import, one by one, to complete the transition. Today there is a new version 1.51 – I used the version 1.02.

It was magical and said Yay!! when I saw appearing all my posts 🙂 – but not all the comments received and done by me on my blog. I lost lot of them 🙁    (I’ll talk about this point together with the Intense Debate comments imported too, later in the second part of the series)

I’m doing this tutorial for Youif you’re migrating and you’ve some of those problems with the importation. But really I don’t want to repeat this experience anymore! 😉

Now yes – at last, I could move on with the “normal” process of the transition from Blogger to WordPress.

But I’ve left pending all the Intense Debate comments (about half of the total of my comments), because I was waiting a solution from support of thousands of duplicated comments I’ve in my installation of Blogger. I couldn’t import them till I ended with a healthy-smaller file to handle (my next post)

 

I want to share as references, articles I’ve read for all this process of migrating from Blogger to WordPress – Thank You all:

 

As you’ve seen, I’ve been so busy in backstage dealing with the migration issues, fixing hundreds of links / comments etc. I’d add also improving the WP security (solving themes), learning about WordPress-itself, plugins and dealing with my new theme, plus all the upgrades I’ve had in the middle.

But wait! This is the first part of a series of 2 articles. The second part is coming next week with all the process related to the IntenseDebate transition, more WP plugins you’ll need to activate instantly after installing WordPress. Stay tuned 🙂

Note: I need to go on with several tech-tasks for a while, so my best of the week series will wait for several weeks. I’m starting also slowly to move my “social machine” on my preferred social networks. Those weekly recaps will be again live when I’ll have more time to compile them – hope soon.

It’s nice to be online again! Till next week with the second part!

 

Part 2: How to Transfer Intense Debate to WordPress with File Size Error plus WP Plugins for Immediate Installation

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Gera

Gera is a techie & foodie passionate about how to succeed in social media. He focuses also on successful blogging tips and food connections. You can connect with him on Google +. Subscribe to his Free WPulsar Newsletter about WordPress Plugin & Theme Reviews, Blogging and Social Media.

claudia lamascolo

Ok this took way too long welcome back/!

redkathy

Oh my gosh what a nightmare! I’m surprised you didn’t just say F it and start over Gera. Great patience and diligence on your part friend. Happy you are on the way back to some normality!

    Gerardo

    Kathy, some days were really frustrating, the idea of start from scratch crossed on my mind, but it’s difficult for me to give up easily 😉 Thanks for coming by!

Gerardo

Dan, it was a hard experience. Coming from WP.com it’s easier to jump to WP.org than Blogger. Nice to see you here 🙂

Belinda

You’re back!! We’ve missed you so. =) =) =)

    Gerardo

    I missed too to be in relative normal-mood of blogging, for some time. Thanks for stopping by Belinda!

Chef Dennis

wow, some great information and tips on the move..I have been contemplating the move for some time now.
Thanks for all the help
Dennis

    Gerardo

    Hi Dennis! Really hope that some of those steps and the next coming, can help a little with similar situations 🙂

Kat

Wohoo! You did it! What I nightmare with the whole migration part. I had no idea it was so challenging. I’m just glad we started off with WordPress so did not have to deal with all of this. I will be sure to link up to this piece on posts I put up about setting up a blog in WordPress. Testing out your “keywordsluv” plugin as I type 🙂

    Gerardo

    Thank You Kat! It can be simpler if everything were as planned, but it wasn’t my case and of several bloggers that strive with unexpected problems.

    Yes migration from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is easier, but as you saw, there are unusual errors.
    I’ve had errors from Blogger, WordPress Importer and in my next post, I’ll publish the errors of Intense Debate Importer-plugins and the solutions.

    KeywordLuv is a great plugin, is to thank to commentators with a little SEO juice 🙂

Joanne

Good for you Gera. I would never try that by myself. In fact, when I went from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, I got someone to do it for me – and it STILL got messed up.
I wish I had had your “how to” post before. It would have helped a lot.

    Gerardo

    Thanks Joanne! I didn’t know that you’ve had issues with the transition from WordPress.com to WordPress.org – wow. Well, at least my experience will help others, from now on 😉

Andreas

This is an interesting article. One client had this problem when importing from blogger to wordpress and I was able to solve it with the information provided here.

norma823

Welcome back. I am printing this and looking it over with time on my hands. As you very well know I lost my blog of 13 months on blogspot and cannot get it back. The only think I can do is go to google and cashe the text of some of my posts. Thank God I saved my pictures. I am working on going to wordpress, but waiting for help from a friend. You were terrific in trying to help me and so many others. Hopefully I will get over my nightmare one of these days. I am still grieving the loss of Platanos#1, but will come back stronger with Platanos#2.
Thanks again for all and again, welcome back…you were so missed!

    Gerardo

    Norma, I can’t believe you lost all your blogspot. Try waybackmachine.org and maybe you can recover some of your posts.
    Have you made a blogger backup before applying the new domain?

    But if you lost the blog before the backup, perhaps you can have some file with the posts on the cloud – somewhere.

    Really hope that your new house on WP will be a complete success – if you need assistance in some way, just let me know.

    Thanks to you Norma for the visit 🙂

Sanjeeta kk

Hats off to your patience and dedication for your blog, Gera! These series are going to be really helpful to many out here. Bookmarked to be read soon. Take care.

    Gerardo

    Thanks so much Sanjeeta! Yes I needed a lot of patience to be solving one by one all the issues that were appearing. Take care too 🙂

Karen

Now that was a big post, but I suppose it would have to be to let everyone know in future how to sort out the problem, great to you back in the blogging chair again 😉

    Gerardo

    Totally, a long one! While I was doing, it was getting longer and longer, about 3000 words. So I decided to break it in 2 posts. It isn’t easy to resume several weeks of work in few paragraphs 😉

    Thanks for stopping by Karen!

Rosa

Great tips and info.

Cheers,

Rosa

Joan Nova

Bravo! You made it — and I guess that’s what counts in the end but why do they make it so difficult?!!!

    Gerardo

    I wonder the same thing – why there is a lot of incompatibility between the systems? But the answer is easy – they don’t want you to move to the competition.

    Really a bravo sounds great, after of all the work 🙂 Many thanks Joan!

Gerardo

Thanks Maria for your kind words & comment – I’ll visit your site!

Gerardo

Barbara starting directly from self-hosted WP is the ideal situation, you don’t need to migrate and you’ve a top notch site.

But in general we learn in Blogger and when you see you want more, the transition is inevitable and had the costs I paid: weeks of delay and lost comments galore.

Many thanks for coming by!

Dewi

Gera, this is pretty technical to me 🙂 Glad that finally I can visit you again.

    Gerardo

    I know Elra that this post is pretty technical; those were the steps I’ve done to be here 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Fran the Online Writer

Hi Gera:

What a wonderful post, explained so well and is easy to follow. I bet you are the first blogger to write on this topic. Because In my few years I did not read a post like this from blogger to word press.

Keep up the good work

Fran A

    Gerardo

    Hi Fran,

    I wasn’t my idea to have this long transition but it happened, therefore I need to help other bloggers showing all the things needed to convert it in a smooth process. Thank you if you find it valuable! 🙂

Claudia

Welcome back, Gera! I never could have navigated through that turmoil! But it is grand to see you up and running.

    Gerardo

    And you only read the first part of the migration process…yes it was a big mess. Thanks so much Claudia!

Cajun Chef Ryan

Hi Gera,
Glad to see you on the net again! Welcome back!

I have been using WordPress for about 3 years now and love it, I use the stand alone installation on all my blogs, gives me total control on customizations. If you need any help, or questions, you where to find me!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

    Gerardo

    Hi Ryan!

    With 3 years on it, you’ve lot of experience about WP. Yes WP is totally customizable, sometimes this can be tricky for newbies.
    Thanks for your kind words and have a great delicious week.

peachkins

It’s nice that you have this guide. Me? I just paid someone to do it for me..I wasn’t able to do it myself because I had a hard time.

    Gerardo

    I didn’t know you paid – this is a valid option always.
    When I’ve hard stopped that idea came on my mind, but those problems will there, no matter the people who do the transfer.

Rylan

Glad to see you again, Gera! I just got back, too!

You are very techy! I would have never even figure this out. My gosh, if something happened to my site, I would not even know what to do…but now I know who to ask for advice! Haha! Thanks for the wonderful article, Gera!

    Gerardo

    Hi Rylan,

    I’m a techie apart of being foodie but it wasn’t, at all, my idea of spent that time fixing things 😉 Hope you’ll not have any trouble with your site haha 🙂

    Thanks for coming by!

Kevin Martineau

I am glad to see you back online Gera!

I am looking forward to your next post on migrating Intense Debate comments. I am still trying to figure this out. 🙁

    Gerardo

    Hi Kevin!

    Yes I’m happy to be online in normal mood 🙂
    I’ve used, to import Intense Debate comments, the plugins available but failed many times.

    Solved at least the problem of the max limit size of the exported file.
    I’ll end that post next week.

Lorraine

Welcome back Gera! I’m so glad that you’re back and sorry to hear about the problems that you had but as always you’re helping others out! 😀

    Gerardo

    There were unexpected issues that delayed all the process, but fortunately is ended – thanks for coming by Lorraine!

Gerardo

Thank You! I know you tried WP and returned to Blogger. I takes some learning curve but worth the experience 🙂

Gerardo

If you’ve luck the same can be relatively straightforward, if not you’ve my tutorial 🙂
I don’t make house calls for now haha, but I can help if I know the answer 😉
Thanks for stopping by Liz!

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