Redirects altered permalinks (urgent)
I have run into a very strange issue, and as a result, roughly 60% of my content has disappeared. I recognize that the root of the issue lies with Blogger/Google, but I’m desperate here, and I’m very much hoping that someone with this plugin can help me.
I am currently working on transferring my Blogger site (moviemanifesto.blogspot.com) to my new WordPress site (moviemanifesto.com). I have successfully imported all of my content to WordPress. The last step was to set up redirects. I hired a developer to do this. She used your “Blogger to WordPress Redirection” plugin and followed the steps at this site: https://startbloggingonline.com/move-blogger-wordpress-complete-guide/
Unfortunately, something went wrong, and all of the individual posts on Blogger ended up being redirected to my WordPress homepage rather than to their specific permalinks on WordPress. Because this wasn’t the proper result for the redirects, I told my developer to undo the redirect so that we could look into the issue. She attempted to do so. And THAT is where the real trouble started.
What happened is that, for whatever reason, when she “reversed” the redirect, many of the permalinks on my Blogger site were CHANGED. For example, I have a post titled “Pitch Perfect 2”. The proper permalink for that post is as follows: http://moviemanifesto.blogspot.com/2015/05/pitch-perfect-2-straining-to-hit-those.html
If you Google “moviemanifesto pitch perfect 2”, the top hit will be to that link. But if you click on that hit, you’ll be told that the page doesn’t exist. That’s because, on Blogger, my post for Pitch Perfect 2 now has the following permalink: https://moviemanifesto.blogspot.com/2015/05/pitch-perfect-2-straining-to-hit-those_28.html
Note the “_28” at the end of the link. Roughly two-thirds of my Blogger posts have had their permalinks adjusted in this fashion, with an underscore and a numeral added to the end of the link. (Sometimes the numeral mirrors the date of the post, but not always.) I’ve tried to edit these permalinks back to their proper URL, but while Blogger will let me change the link to a *different* URL, it won’t let me change them to the *correct* URL; instead, when I try to delete these extra characters, it automatically adds them back in.
My developer tried running a restore on Blogger from the .xml file that she downloaded before she did the importing. This did not work.
So, right now, anyone Googling for a post on my site will be invariably taken to a bad link. That isn’t a problem in and of itself, because in the end, I want everything redirected to WordPress anyway. But my problem is, how do I set up redirects for permalinks that no longer exist??
I’ve submitted support posts at Blogger, at WordPress, and at Google Analytics. I also spent an hour on the phone last night with my hosting platform. Nobody has helped. Is it possible that someone with this plugin could please help me??
Essentially, I’m looking to do one of two things:
1. Restore Blogger properly so that the old permalinks are restored, then run the redirect again (and have it work this time).
2. Ignore the current issue with Blogger, but somehow redirect all of the proper permalinks to WordPress anyway.
Please, please help if at all possible. Right now, a huge chunk of SEO that I’ve spent the last 10 years building up is essentially gone, because people who find my site on Google will be clicking on broken links.
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