How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature

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How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature

On August 18 @ noon CST, we launched the ability for members to export all of their blog entries to a single, compressed XML file. Its open nature will allow for the development of third-party import tools.

Exporting your posts from ActiveRain has been a long awaited feature that is now available to all members.  The format is XML and can be manipulated in many different ways which I'll demonstrate in future posts.  Special thanks to our tech team for making this possible.  This new feature will allow you to backup and export your Blog posts with a single click.

The first thing you are probably asking yourself is what the heck is XML?  Read more at XML.com

 

Here are the simple steps to download your ActiveRain Blog File

Step 1:
Log in to ActiveRain

Step 2:
Click on your "My Home" link in the upper right hand corner of your screen

Step 3:
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the link "Export Blog Entries"

Note: Depending on what computer you are running (IE: Mac, PC) and what operating system, the next window that pops up may appear slightly different, but it will be the same principle.  You are saving a file to a specified location on your computer.

 

Step 4:
The pop-up window below will appear.  Select "Save File" to your desktop, and click OK.

 

 

Step 5:
You will have a zipped or compressed file on your desktop containing the XML file with all your Blog entries.

(if file is not on desktop, check the location you saved it to, often times it will default to your "Downloads" folder located in your "My Computer" folder.)

 

 

Step 6:
When you "Double Click" on the zipped file, it will extract the .XML file to your desktop

 

 

Step 7:
To open and view this file, or to use with any XML compatible formats and programs, right click your mouse on it and select the program you wish to open it in.  For this example, I am going to use a simple text editor application on my computer called TEXT EDIT.

 

Step 8:
You can now see the XML format of your entire ActiveRain Blog.

 

Now don't go passing out on me (LOL~) understand that XML formats are a complex and more complicated format than most of us are used to working with or seeing, however, there will be a multitude of ways that this data can be used by other programs and sources.  You cannot hurt your ActiveRain Blog by messing around and experimenting with this file.  It is already exported from AR to your computer and will not affect your AR blog in any way.  You have now successfully downloaded and backed up your entire ActiveRain Blog and every post in it.

I'll try and post some more advanced information on ways this can be used in the near future, but for now, at least you know how to access and download it to your computer.  Baby steps, just baby steps before we show you how to run the 100 yard dash with it.  I'm sure there will be many questions, and ideas generated by this post, so please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts.  I'll do my best to get your questions answered in an accurate and timely manner.

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Rainmaker
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SEO Expert: Michael George
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Awesome post Brad.  I did not know about that feature...and I've always been a wee bit worried that all of Karen's posts could disappear one day.  I'll be doing that back-up right now me thinks.

Hey...  I just posted about breast cancer and I addressed you in the post...if you happened across it, but I might as well just ask, since I'm here:

Do you happen to know how many ActiveRainers are women?  Because I wrote a post about breast cancer among our friends here at AR.  Sorry I am off topic here.

Oct 10, 2009 05:20 PM #97
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Hey Michael - great to hear from you. I would say we are about a 50/50 split, but that's my guess. Not sure we have a stat with that report but that would be my guess.  :-) 

Oct 10, 2009 05:32 PM #98
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Jennifer Arsenault
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Brad, If I wanted to import from Windows Live writer to AR what Blog Provider would I use?  It currently doesn't detect what I've provided to it.  I also need the remote posting url for my blog.  Thanks for all of the amazing information, you're a great help!

Oct 22, 2009 04:27 PM #99
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Jen - you got me on that one. I post directly to AR and use scribefire from time to time for fonts. That's about it. Not too familiar with Live Writer. We don't have a remote posting URL for your Blog.  You can create AR posts and have them pushed to your AR Outside Blog, but that's not what you're asking, at least I don't think.  Wish I could help you more. :-)

Oct 23, 2009 09:07 AM #100
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Cheryl Ritchie
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Brad, I am unclear on this concept. Why do you need to do this and what are the benefits? I don't get it yet.

Dec 08, 2009 09:38 AM #101
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Hi Cheryl - if you needed all the content from your blog to use in another location with the xml format, you could. It's also might help you sleep better at night if you have 500 activerain posts all backed up on your harddrive somewhere.  I'm not an XML expert and have yet to find the time to explore some of the other many uses that might be available for this, but when I do, you can bet I'll be posting about it. :-))

Dec 10, 2009 11:55 AM #102
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Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ
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Thank you for having this feature, I am going to back-up my posts.

May 03, 2010 11:25 PM #103
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The xml file can be used to backup your posts. It also works well with any platform that support xml formats. :-)

May 06, 2010 10:57 AM #104
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Betty Knowles
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Thanks so much Brad. Its great to have a backup and I'll use the files elsewhere too.

May 07, 2010 06:39 AM #105
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Blog-N-Roll Brad...

This is not working on Win7. Any idea why? Win7 doesn't regonize the file type. I'm thinking perhaps that has something to do with, what, an XPI extension maybe? Correct me if I'm wrong, please :)

TLW...ROAR!

May 07, 2010 08:38 AM #106
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TLW - exporting this file should have nothing to do with your operating system.  Opening it on the other hand may.  Any text editor will open the file unless of course your operating system is setup in a way that conflicts with this file type being opened. 

May 07, 2010 09:20 AM #107
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Bob Marsh
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Always interested in ways to duplicate blogging posts to the benefit of SEO for Realtors.  Interested in any syndication ideas that will eliminate the hours required to duplicate by blog.  Thanks Brad!!!

Mar 04, 2011 01:45 PM #108
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Hi Bob, not certain of any SEO benefits from duplicate content in blogs or out on the web, but backing up your data on your computer an out on the cloud is alway a good idea. I'm glad AR implemented this capability. I just backed up my blog a couple days ago and dumped it into my http://BradAndersohn.com. It turned out pretty cool and I also now have all my posts backed up on my site. Not really looking for the SEO on this one, like others, I get plenty of that SEO here on AR! :-))

Mar 04, 2011 05:56 PM #109
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Mar 04, 2011 06:03 PM #110
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Rod Pierson
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Hi Brad, Thank you for the post, I don't use a Word Press web site, I knew XML format looked similar but not the same animal as HTML.  I can use an HTML editor with my web site to convert to WYSIWYG.... Do you know any converters and or editors that would convert from its existing file format to WYSIWYG?  

I am thinking my only way to bring my blogs into my web site is to try to cut and paste... unless you have any more tricks up your sleeve.  

Even thou I am not a rain maker yet I wanted to bring my content into my web site for those viewing my web site can read some of my blogs if interested and I wanted to build up a library that would compliment my web site as well as AR.  

You mentioned in your post that you were going to post a more advance post explaining more ways to use XML file format, is this post available or still in the thought process?  

Thank you for your help, 

Mar 19, 2014 05:31 PM #111
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Hi Rod - Everything I posted about this topic is still sitting on TheRainBlog, hopefully that "how-to" will help.  Thanks.

Mar 20, 2014 11:33 PM #112
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Joan Whitebook
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Hi Brad-- I dont see the "export blog entries" as the bottom of the home page any more.  Did it move? Help please.

Aug 03, 2014 12:20 AM #113
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Hi Joan - a couple things have changed since this post was created...

To export and backup all your ActiveRain blog posts, follow these 3 steps:

1. From the top of your blog page, select the "Blog Settings" link.

2. Now Click on the "My Blog" Link

3. At the bottom of the list options should be an "Export Blog Entries" entries link. This allows you to save the export file to your laptop or dektop.

Hope that helps.

Aug 03, 2014 01:08 AM #114
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Bill Cobb
Accurate Valuations Group, LLC - Baton Rouge, LA
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Thank you, Brad!  I wish there was an easy way to just grab a list of the TITLE and URL of each AR blog post we've ever published to be shared in the future...and/or for repurposing.  With 965 post, it's a daunting task to say the least.  Any suggestions?  

May 25, 2017 09:26 PM #115
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Unless ActiveRain has come up with a new way to do that, I'd suggest backing up your entire blog. You can always go to your settings page to copy each individual link by right clicking on the title saving it to a spreadsheet but with more than 900 blog post that could take you forever. :-)

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