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What is the benefit of having my own URL?
Purchasing your own domain name means that you own it, it is yours and you can take it with you wherever you go. What I mean by that is if you decide to move blog platforms, go self hosted or set up a static website it is yours and you can move it also. Another benefit is when you move it, all links and SEO work are kept the same so you don’t lose ranking. Blogger uses 301 redirects to forward users from the subdomain (www.domain-name.blogspot.com) to the custom domain (www.domain-name.com). A custom domain also looks more professional, it’s easier to share and remember. You can also set up an email address using your domain (firstname.lastname@example.org) to keep everything the same.
How to set up custom domain on Blogger
Retrieve your details
- Login to Blogger, go to Settings > Publishing > Blog Address. Click on Add a Custom Domain Name.
- Add Custom Domain Name, add in your new domain name www.domain-name.com and click save.
- You should now see an error. This gives you the details you need to properly set up your new domain so keep this page open for the next step. The first CNAME is the same for everyone. The second is a specific CNAME for your blog.
- Open the Settings Instructions in a new tab to refer back to later. Here you can see the settings for a top-level or sub domain. For this tutorial, I’ll be using top-level domain – www.domain-name.com.
- If your details aren’t coming up, visit this page on Google Webmaster and click Verification Details beside your domain. At the top, click the drop-down Details and you will see your Host and Points To information there.
Set up CNAME Records
If you set up with GoDaddy or Blacknight, I have more specific instructions at the end of the post!
Open a new tab and login to where you registered your domain and find settings. Click on DNS (Domain Name System) settings or records, it could also be called Name Server Management. Create a new CNAME record. I’ll explain below the method for both Blacknight and GoDaddy as it slightly varies depending on the provider. If you can’t find the right settings, check out this page for further instructions or check with your domain name provider.
- Under the Name/Host/Label field, enter www or domain-name depending on where you bought the domain (domain-name for GoDaddy, www for Blacknight – more details below). Under Destination/Target/Points To, enter ghs.google.com. This is the same for everyone.
- Your second CNAME will consist of numbers and letters. Under the Name/Host/Label field, enter the details from Blogger that look like 00aa0aaaaaa. Under Destination/Target/Points to field, enter the details from Blogger that look like aa-a0aaaa0aaaaaa.dv.googlehosted.com.
Set up A-Records
Now you can add your A-Records so that your naked domain (domain-name.com) will be redirected to your full domain (www.domain-name.com) otherwise visitors who click on your naked domain will see an error.
- Enter the following list of Googles IP addresses, you will need to enter a new record for each of the 4 IP addresses. Find the A (Host) heading and table and enter the following where Host is @ and the value is the following
- You can now delete old entries that aren’t needed anymore and click save.
- Ensure that your settings are active before proceeding. This could take up to an hour.
The Final Steps
- Go back onto Blogger > Settings > Publishing > Blog Address and enter your domain name and hit save. This time there shouldn’t be an error. Make sure to tick the option of redirecting from domain-name.com to www.domain-name.com.
- Readers who click on your old-domain-name.blogspot.com URL should be redirected to your new custom domain domain-name.com automatically.
- These changes and settings can take up to 48 hours so don’t panic if it’s not working straight away. If it still isn’t working after 48hours, go back through the steps and make sure that everything is correct.
Login to your GoDaddy account. Click Launch beside Domains > DNS Zone File. You’ll see a table with different headings. Find the CNAME heading and click quick add. For the Host enter your new domain name without the www or the .com – domain-name. For Points To, enter ghs.google.com. Again, add your specific CNAME – for Host enter the details from Blogger that look like 00aa0aaaaaa. For Points To enter the details from Blogger that look like aa-a0aaaa0aaaaaa.dv.googlehosted.com
Login to your account and go to websites. Click on your domain name > DNS > DNS Records. Add a new record and change the type to CNAME. For domain enter www then for canonical name add ghs.google.com. and save. You may have to deactivate one of your other records for this to save. Add another record for your specific CNAME – for the domain field, enter the details from Blogger that look like 00aa0aaaaaa. For canonical name enter the details from Blogger that look like aa-a0aaaa0aaaaaa.dv.googlehosted.com. Add another new record for each of the A (Host) IP addresses as stated above.
Adsense stopped working?
If you are using Adsense on your blog, you will have to update the URL to your new custom domain.
Will I lose traffic?
Blogger uses 301 redirects to forward users from the subdomain (www.domain-name.blogspot.com) to the custom domain (www.domain-name.com) so you won’t lose ranking.
Won’t work with/without www?
Make sure to set up your A-Records and the redirect in Bloggers Settings the final steps.
It won’t load/work/etc?
It can take up to 48 hours for everything to be configured properly so double check that you have done everything right and give it a couple of hours.
Blog posts don’t show up on reading list, Bloglovin, etc
If your newly published posts are missing from Bloggers Reading List on the Dashboard, Bloglovin, your RSS Feed, Feedly, etc then check out this post on how to fix it.
How to choose a platform for blogging?
You can read all about the difference between Blogger, WordPress.com and WordPress.org here.
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