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, this is a nice quick one.  I wanted to share this little blogger tip with you that I found really helpful.

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Consistency is key

On Monday I did my Monthly Goals post.  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 added to that by including images.

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.

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 more efficient.

I had hoped to create a “template” for these 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.

So I needed another method.

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).

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.

I made the relevant changes and typed in my text without having to re-add pictures, change the headers or add in my signature colours.  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. 🙂

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I know this one was short but I hope you found it useful if not interesting 🙂

Next Thursday will be my last Blogger Series post, and then I shall be bringing in a new series for Thursday 🙂

Happy writing

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19 thoughts on “How to copy a blog post & why you might want to

  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.

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