How to import TypePad blog into Blogger

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Thanks to Posterous and its provision of automatic inline embedding of audio, photo and video files (particularly audio), one of my major reasons for selecting a paid service such as TypePad has been removed. TypePad’s new interface isn’t enough to keep me on board, and its new micro-blogging service is too complicated to implement. Posterous wins!

I’ve transferred my TypePad blog to Blogger, where it will likely stay, until/unless Posterous goes down this route.

It was technically tricky to make this import-export transfer, as you cannot directly do this from TypePad to Blogger. And there was no way I was going to manually repost over 400 postings and lose all my tags and comments.

I did figure out an automated method, by myself (WordPress is a useful intermediary!). I found much anguish online by those attempting the same task, so I’ve provided the following step-by-step method, for everyone’s benefit:

Blogger import from TypePad:

1. Logged into your TypePad account, go to Settings (top tab) > Import/Export (left tab) > Export button. This creates a .txt file.

2. Logged into your WordPress account, go to My Dashboard (top tab) > Tools (left tab) > Import link > Movable Type and TypePad link. Browse to your TypePad .txt file and select “Upload file and import”. Takes a few moments to initiate. You’ll see only a few posts imported; refresh your browser and you’ll notice the count increasing; allow sufficient time for full update.

3. Logged into your WordPress account, go to My Dashboard (top tab) > Tools (left tab) > Export link > Download Export File. This creates a .xml file. (NB: this .xml file cannot be directly imported into Blogger; further step required:)

4. Go to http://wordpress2blogger.appspot.com and follow screen instructions (browse to your WordPress .xml file and select Convert button). This creates a blogger-export.xml file. (NB: although site says there is a 1MB file limit, I was successful converting a near 2MB file.)

5. Logged into your Blogger account, go to Settings > Basic > Blog Tools > Import blog link. Browse to your blogger-export.xml file (and tick on “Automatically publish all imported posts” as desired) and click on Import Blog button. You should notice individual blogs being imported in a subsequent status bar. You will be returned to your Blogger blog Posting page (lists of posts) when complete.

NB: Included in this process are all blog posting text, tags/labels, and comments. Draft postings are included and their draft status is retained. Excluded is all embed (html) code in your original TypePad postings. I suspect this is due to TypePad’s export script. None of my embedded audio, photo, or video files survived the transfer. Finally, Blogger (AFAIK) does not provide/support inline audio, but opens audio files in a separate tab/window.

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