Nowadays, the internet becomes a more open place to every people in the world. Where anyone can share their knowledge, skills, and ideas through various mediums like the podcast, videos and obviously through blogging.
When its question about blogging, you can start a free blog right away with Blogger’s blogging platform. In my earlier post, I have talked about WordPress Vs. Blogger – Which is the Best Blogging Platform for You?
As we know that Blogger is one of the most famous blogging platforms around the world. With the help of this platform, there are millions of people out there in the world who owned their free blog.
But today with this article you will learn how to host BlogSpot on your own domain or in other words, set up the custom domain on Blogger. If you are wondering why you should use a custom domain for your Blogger blog, well here are some of the reasons.
- With the Custom Domain blog on Blogger, you can have uniqueness and professional look of your blog.
- Custom Domain optimize credibility and authority of your blog. This is why nowadays more and more people prefer to click on your domain on SERP rather than yourname.blogspo.com blog.
- Custom Domain name also optimize your brand exponentially.
- It takes Blogger blog as another official online business to the world.
- Many advertising platforms and affiliate programs like BuySellAds accept BlogSpot blogs with own domain rather than blogs with yourname.blogspot.com which is sub-domain.
- People are also likely to share links with a custom domain rather than sub-domain. This is another way to get more social exposure and eventually obtain more natural backlinks, co-citations, and traffic.
Are you convinced now? And now you know why you should consider having your domain name for your Blogger blog rather than usual sub-domain. So let’s see how you can set up your custom domain name for your Blogger blog.
Step by Step Guide to Setup Custom Domain in Blogger
The guide on setting up a custom domain with Blogger has three primary levels. All levels are very crucial in setting up the Blogger custom domain. In this entire guide, you will learn:
- Domain Name Selection
- Configure Custom Domain to Blogger.com/BlogSpot
- Redirect Blogger Blog to Custom Domain
Are you ready to start adding a custom domain name for your Blogger blog? Let’s get started.
#1. Select a Domain Name and Buy Domain Name for BlogSpot Blog
This is the very first and crucial part of this guide. If you have purchased a non-relevant domain for your blog, which may reduce blog traffic, credibility and even waste of your valuable time.
Choosing a domain name for a blog is not that difficult. But before you decide any domain name for your blog you really should consider reading these three tips to choose a perfect top level domain (TLD).
Make sure you select one of these three domain types as per your need.
# Want a Domain for Branded Blog:
- Choose an easy to spell, enter and short domain name. For instance, labnol.org and moz.com
- It is important you find if anyone has already claimed your brand name on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and so on. Take a help of www.namecheckr.com to check the availability your brand name on various social channels.
- You have to start from the very first step. Thus, make sure you can devote your time and efforts for your log.
# Want a Domain for Small Business Blog
- Consider to add at least one of target keywords within your custom domain name. For instance, bforblogging.com, bloggingtips.com or premiumbloggertemplates.com. Even you can find awesome keywords on Google Keyword Planner.
- Ensure domain name doesn’t go over 10-15 characters. Your domain should be easy to spell and also be memorable.
# Want a Domain for Micro-Niche Blog
- Again if you are choosing a domain name for micro-niche blog you, it should include the target keywords within your custom domain name. For instance, hostgatorcoupons2017.com
- No matter how much long your domain name is. However, you should avoid adding an extra word for TLD which means top level domain. You can find proper TLD names for your micro-niche blogs using LongTail Pro niche tool.
Now, you might have an idea of what type of a domain name you should have for Blogger blog. If you want to start a blog for your online business, you can use a short but descriptive domain name such as bforblogging.com.
However, if you want to build up your brand, you can use your name as a domain name. For instance, nikhilmakwana.com.
Once you have a clear idea of what type of domain name you want for BlogSpot custom domain, then it’s time to look for the availability of your domain name. You can use Godaddy, Domize, Instant Domain Search, LongTail Pro, Domain Hole, etc.
Once you have your domain name for BlogSpot custom domain, then the very crucial thing you need to do is register the domain name.
In the real world, .net, .com and .org top level domains perform well on SERPs. Thus, if you want to purchase a .com domain or even other top level domain, you’d use a top domain register like Godaddy.
Godaddy is one of the best domain name registration platform out there in the world. Already millions of webmaster use Godaddy to buy their domains. If you want to purchase a cheap domain for your BlogSpot blog, then you should consider using GoDaddy domain register.
# How To Buy Domain Name on GoDaddy
Step #1. Visit GoDaddy and in the search box which says “Find your perfect domain name” and then tap on Search Domain. I highly recommend .com TLD as it is very good for your brand’s visibility on SERPs.
Step #2. Once, you find a useful domain name for your BlogSpot custom domain, click on Select and then tap on Continue to Cart.
A web page will present few options in which you will be asked for “What will you do with your domain name?” and so on. Once you have made the desired changes click on Continue with these options.
Step #3. At the next level, they’re gone ask, if you want to upgrade some sort of the subscription term. By default it is set to 2 years, but if you want to change the year you can choose that from 1-10 years from the given drop-down list.
Once you choose for how long, you want to run your domain name you can proceed to checkout.
However, on the same page, you will also be asked for matching domain name which is available. You can choose any of them. One important thing the price of subscription term depends on how many years you want to run your domain name.
Step #4. Once you tap on Proceed to Checkout button, you will be taken to the next page. If you are a new customer, you can go ahead and tap on Continue button and basically sign up.
Godaddy will ask you to fill out some information which is pretty standard. Go ahead and complete the information like your first name, last name, company name, email address, country/region, address, zip code and so on.
Step #5. Once you filled out all the information again, tap on Proceed to Checkout.
In the next phase, you will require paying the amount. Here you can pay by PayPal, Credit/Debit/Prepaid Card, Checking Account, or a Gift Card.
Choose any one of the options and place your order.
Now, the game begins. So let see how you can configure register custom domain name to work with BlogSpot in Godaddy.
How to Configure Custom Domain with BlogSpot/Blogger.com
The very first step where you will be includes your register domain name to your blog. For that follow the below process.
Step #1. Login to your BlogSpot dashboard, and go to Setting → Basic.
Step #2. Find an option “Publishing”. Click on “+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog” to add custom domain name
Step #3. Now add the custom domain name in the box. For example www.nikhilmakwana.com
Step #4. Keep “Use a missing files host?” as “NO” and click on save button.
Step #5. After saving the details, Blogger will ask you to update CNAMEs Records on DNS. Follow the below steps to add/update CNAMEs records in Godaddy.
#How to Setup CNAMEs and A Records for BlogSpot Custom Domain Redirect?
#Step 1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
Step #2. From the dashboard, navigate to Manage Domains By clicking on “Manage” button under domain section.
Step #3. Click on the Gear icon and select Manage DNS.
Step #4. Under Records section, you will require adding CNAMEs records.
Entry 1: Click on Add button and select “CNAME” from the drop down menu. Add “www” in the host field and “ghs.google.com” in points to sections. Keep TTL 1 Hour and click on Save button.
Entry 2: Click on Add button and Select “CNAME”. Add value visible on blogger.com under Host and Points to Sections. Keep TTL 1 Hour and click on Save button.
#Add A Records to Your Domain DNS
Now, you have verified your domain. However, you didn’t point your domain to Google IPs. Here how to change the host IPs and set BlogSpot as the hosting provider in Godaddy.
Step #1. Again in the DNS Zone File Click on Add Record and then choose A(Host) Record from the Record type list.
Type @ in Host text field and in the Point to, and add this first Google IP: 184.108.40.206. Set TTL for one hour and then click on Finish button.
Now, do the same process for these three Google IPs and last save your changes in Godaddy Domain DNS zone.
After adding above four Google IPs, you would see a screen like given below.
#Redirect Custom Domain to BlogSpot
Now, you configured your custom domain at Godaddy for your Blogger blog. Note that; it might take up to 48 hours to update the DNS zone. So wait for the few hours and come back to your BlogSpot account.
Here to map the custom domain to BlogSpot blog, it takes 5 minutes to 4 hours for these changes to reflect globally.
If the CNAME & A(Host) record has been updated globally, this time instead of showing error in the red color, your custom domain will start working.
If you find an error that means, you need to wait for few more hours to work the custom domain name entirely. Once it is done, Google will take care of redirection part, and if anyone opens your OLD Blogger blog address, they will be automatically redirected to your new custom domain name.
This step is a vital step you need to tap on Edit link near to your custom domain in your Blogger account and choose the option that says to Redirect your non-www domain to www domain. Lastly, tap on Save button.
Now, the process of setting up Godaddy with Blogger blog has been completed, and you have successfully added the custom domain to your BlogSpot blog.
# FAQs for BlogSpot Custom Domain Setup
1. My new URL only works with/without “www”
In that case, go back to your Blogger Publishing section and find the Edit link which is near to your blog custom URL, tap on that ink. Click the check box which says redirect traffic from non-www to www. This will open your custom blog URL with “WWW”.
If you want to open URL without “WWW”, then uncheck the box.
2. Will Search Engines ranking of my blog will be dropped after moving to Custom Domain on BlogSpot?
As BlogSpot uses permanent redirect technique that is known as “301 redirects”. Thus, 90% of authority and link juice will pass to your custom domain. Even though, as you have a new domain, it is not guaranteed that your pervious search position will come again in an overnight.
So, it’s nice to move to the custom domain as fast as you can.
However, if you have already verified your site on Google Search Console, you can tell Google that your blog address is changed with the custom domain name.
Step #1. Move to Google Search Console and look for your BlogSpot blog.
Step #2. Next, tap on Gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen and choose “Change of Address option”. This will redirect you to a new page.
Step #3. Here, tap on adding it now link to include the new blog address to Google Search Console.
Step #4. Now, tap on Add a Property button and type your new custom website address.
Step #5. You can now follow any of verification technique to verify your new domain. After you do that, Google will recognize that old Blogger blog has changed its name.
Thus, after some days, all Blogger URLs will be modified to the new custom domain in Google search results.
#3. Should I edit my blog posts and page permalinks within my posts?
No, BlogSpot uses a permanent redirect to redirect the traffic to the new domain, it will also redirect traffic coming via the old URLs.
#Few More Tips for BlogSpot Custom Domain:
Now you are done with setting up your custom domain for your Blogger blog. Thus, here are few important things to increase the SEO performance of your custom domain blog over blogger.
- Submit your blog URL like www.bforblogging.com to Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.
- By submitting your site to these search engines, the bots will begin crawling your site. Thus, people can find your new domain on SERPs easily and very quickly.
- Submit the sitemap of your blog with a custom domain to Google webmaster tools and Bing webmaster tools.
- Setup Google Analytics for your Blogger blog.
- Submit your website to Yandex and Baidu search engines too.
Using Top-Level Domain (TLD) name for Blogger blog provides not only your blog a uniqueness but also provide a professional look to build credibility among the audience. Once you set up your custom domain name on BlogSpot, you cloud start seeing the massive increase in your overall traffic stats after few weeks.
Custom domain name builds the authority and expertise in your niche. This is the reason that people will love to address your brand on social media, online conferences, online communities and also search your brand/site on search engines. This way without any concern, your custom domain will be popular day by day. And yes, do not forget that valuable and quality content always matters in Blogging.
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