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How To Copy a Blog Post & Why You Might Want To

It’s finally Thursday, the weekend is so close!  I’m back with another Blogger Series post. 

For those of you who don’t know, my blogger series is full of tips and tricks to help if you are looking at starting a blog or if you just want to give your current blog a boost.

Today, I wanted to share this nice, quick blogger tip with you that I found really helpful.

Title Image: The Blogger Series: How to copy a post and why you might want to

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When I Say Copy…

I don’t mean copy someone ELSE’s blog post.  LEt’s be clear about that right now.  You should never copy someone’s post and pretend it is your own.

If you want to share someone’s content, use the REBLOG button at the bottom of most blog pages.

This post is about copying your OWN blog posts.  Let me explain…

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Consistency is Key

On Monday I did a post about my Monthly Goals.  I do one at the start of every month where I list out my goals covering a range of categories.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will have seen these posts cropping up and they have a very specific format style.  I recently started including images to these monthly goals blog posts.

I am all about consistency as I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me say.  Well, having to recreate the blog post each time with the right format, colour scheme, headers, tags etc takes time.

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Saving Time

I’m big on finding ways to save me time, mainly because I never seem to have enough of it.  So I wanted to make this process super-efficient.

I had hoped to create a “template” for these posts as I like to keep the style the same.  However, my version of WordPress.com does not give me the option to create Post Templates (at least, not what I could see from the support or through Googling).

Copying and pasting via the normal way is okay, but doesn’t bring with it the colour scheme or the pictures and it does take a little time.

So I needed another method.

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How To Copy a Post

WordPress.com does have an option for copying an existing post.  Simply create a new post and in the options on the right-hand side select “More Options”.

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This will open up additional options and you can scroll down to the bottom where there is a Copy Post.

Screenshot of Copy Post option in WordPress

When you click this, a dialogue box will appear and allow you to search for the relevant post you want to copy.

Once you highlight the post, the “Overwrite” button will be visible.  This means it will overwrite the post you are currently in (eg the new one you just opened).

Screenshot "Select a post to copy" dialogue box in WordPress.com

Your new post will now look identical to the old one – same title, same images, layout, text, formatting and URL slug (with the exception that a “1” will have been added to the end).

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Why Would You Want To Copy a Post?

As mentioned above, I wanted to repeat the same look of my previous “Monthly Goal” posts and using the Copy Post function gave me that.

Once copied, I simply made the relevant changes and typed in my text without having to re-add pictures, change the header size/colours or add in my signature and links.  It sped up the whole process.

So if you have posts that stick to a specific format/style such as Round-up posts, Goal setting posts, Reviews etc then the Copy Post function may be of use. 🙂

 

Happy writing

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21 comments

  1. I’ve been using this method for a long time, and it saves me so much time. The only thing it doesn’t seem to copy is the SEO description, but I can see why it doesn’t do that.
    Thanks for highlighting this great tip, Ari.

    1. Thanks for reading. I’d personally prefer a template system as my posts have a consistent look but this is a somewhat workable alternative. 😊

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