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About a week ago, first thing in the morning I want to do was login to my dashboard and start blogging, but when I found out that my blog has been blocked due to "automatic robot spam detection or something.." , the fact that it's happening strikes me, I can't believe it was happening to me, it really was a disaster..
But.. luckily enough, my blog was unblocked after 2 days (same as when it's disappeared, no warning and no confirmation). There are many blogs out there still blocked since few months ago. So, before it happens, backup your blog immediately (now!) would be a wise decision...

Blogger Backup Utility

Blogger Backup is a free utility you can download which will create a backup of all your Blogger posts and save these to a location on your computer. This program uses the GData C# Library, and saves each post to a local Atom/XML file.

Once you have created a full backup of your posts, you can then use this program to restore your posts, or import to another Blogger powered blog.

You can also make a backup of any comments though there is currently not the facility to restore comments automatically (you would need to restore them manually instead).

You can download the most recent release of Blogger Backup here.

Blog2Blog Backup, Restore and Import Utility

Of these three methods, Blog2Blog is my absolute favorite (and for very good reasons!).

Paul Cooley of LinuxLore created this free utility which allows you to:

  • Backup and restore your Blogger posts
  • Import from Wordpress and export to Blogger
  • Import from Blogger and export to Wordpress
  • Import from LiveJournal and export to Blogger/Wordpress
  • Publish to Microsoft Live Spaces

I've tested this on Blogger and Wordpress blogs (both Wordpress.com and self-hosted Wordpress) with great success.

I was very impressed by the range of features Paul has included in this utility, which includes a simple read-only viewer of downloaded entries and delete all entries for your destination journal.

Blog2Blog is a .NET 2.0 application and is available for free download. Backups are saved on your own computer and this is a breeze to install and operate (though of course, if you have a large number of posts it may take some time to import them!).

Read more about Blog2Blog and download this free utility.

Important Notes

If you use either Blogger Backup or Blog2Blog to restore your Blogger posts, you will be limited to 50 posts per day. This limit is imposed by Blogger to prevent spamming, and ensure the smooth-running of the API.

If you do have a great deal of posts to import to your Blogger blog, you may be able to ask permission for temporary lifting of this limit. A good place to ask about this would be the Blogger Developer forum (you're unlikely to receive a response elsewhere)



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