This guide gives you all the information you need, about the correct domain name that you should use while blogging on Google’s Blogger platform.
First, read the advantages of using custom domain names over the freely available .BlogSpot.com sub-domains.
Then, head over to the complete tutorial on how to switch to a custom domain from a .BlogSpot.com domain name.
If you are planning to give a professional look to your blog by changing the url from example.blogspot.com to example.com, then look no further. You are reading the best and easiest tutorial for it.
For this tutorial you just need to have these two things:
- A professional custom domain name (costs $0.99)
- A free account at Blogger.com
But before we start with the tutorial let’s see what is a professional custom domain name and why is it better than a free .BlogSpot.com sub-domain.
If you already know the theory and the benefits of a custom domain over a BlogSpot name, then directly switch over to the tutorial section.
What’s A Professional Custom Domain Name
Any name immediately followed by a top-level-domain (TLDs) like .com .net .us .in etc. is a professional custom domain name.
This blog BloggerStop.net is also a custom domain registered at GoDaddy.com.
Being a highly trusted website and listed on Bloggers’ suggested registrars too, I would recommend you to purchase a domain from GoDaddy
Once you purchase a domain from GoDaddy, it will be registered in about 2 days.
Why Is A Custom Domain Name Preferred Over BlogSpot Sub-domain
Answer is simple – the domain name of a blog is its Brand Image.
Sooner or later, every Blogger takes up his blog professionally and starts earning a revenue from it.
So, even if you have started or planning to start a blog as your hobby, I would definitely recommend you to buy a custom-domain to avoid future complications and risk of losing your domain authority if you ever plan to switch from a free BlogSpot sub-domain to a custom domain name.
Risks Associated With Changing A BlogSpot Name to A Custom Domain Name
It’s like changing your phone number. Once you change your phone number, then you need to ask all your contacts to update their phone-books manually with your latest phone number. Because there’s no body to answer if they call on your old number.
The good part is, Google has taken care of this situation. Google does the redirection from your old phone number (BlogSpot sub-domain) to your new phone number (custom domain name).
So, you need not worry about the backlinks from other websites, in case you are upgrading from BlogSpot sub-domain to a custom domain. Google redirects all the traffic coming to your BlogSpot address to your new custom domain.
So, as far as traffic from Google is concerned there’s nothing to worry.
But you do need to worry about another important source of traffic and an important ranking factor (as Google PageRank is no longer valid) – MOZ PA (page authority) and DA (domain authority).
Your Domain Authority (DA) will come down to zero and all the social share(s) count your articles had earlier and which you boast about by displaying them on your posts, will come down to zero, as your url will change.
So, if you are planning to save a few dollars now, by using the free BlogSpot sub-domain initially and then switching to a custom domain – then you will certainly risk losing your PA and DA at that time.
Therefore I highly recommend to get a custom domain right from the beginning – it will hardly cost you a dollar for the first year.
Free Blogger Account
Yup, it’s completely free. Blogger gives you a free platform to host your blog.
Your blog is made up of two elements: a domain name (the url) and a web host. Although I would suggest you to buy a complete hosting and go for a WordPress based blog, for the all the web designing and SEO benefits you will get at WordPress over Blogger, but if you are just starting out and do not want to invest a lot then you can try out with Blogger (which as I have already mentioned is completely free)
Blogger has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. But for this tutorial I am not going into the details and I am assuming that you already have a Blogger account. If not, then you can open Blogger.com account within 10 minutes.
Setting Up The Custom Domain at Blogger
Log in to Blogger and go to Settings -> Basic. Now, Under Publishing section, change the “Blog Address“.
You can see the current blog url as “YourBlog.blogbpot.com“
And let’s say you want to change it to “www.example.com“.
So, click on “+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog“.
(NOTE: In blogger, you cannot directly use a naked domain name such as example.com without a sub-domain like “www” or “blog“. But once you setup a sub domain as your blog address, then of course you can forward your naked domain to your sub domain. Just keep reading this article.)
Now enter your custom domain name “www.example.com” or “blog.example.com” and hit on “Save“.
Once you hit “Save”, you will see a message like the one in above screenshot.
The error says: “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.“
Nothing to worry, just note down the two label or host names along with their target destinations in a notepad.
The two labels, you got from Step #2 are going to be your two new sub domains. Simply head over to your domain registrar (1and1, GoDaddy or Name.com etc.) and create the sub-domains.
Next screenshot is specific to 1and1 (for others, you need to go to your Domain Registrar, create the sub-domains and simply change their DNS settings just like shown below):
Sub-domain (at 1and1 or your domain registrar) is the “Name/Label/Host” (as Google/Blogger calls it)
And the value from “Destination/Target/Points To” from Blogger should be pasted in the Alias Field at 1and1 Domain DNS settings – as shown below
Repeat Step #4 for the other sub-domain given (generated) by Blogger in Step #2.
Once you have created the two sub-domains and changed their destination at your domain registrar – just wait for a few hours (maximum 48 hours) to get these changes processed. And as soon as the changes are processed, you can access your blog with your new custom domain name.
If you are planning to use your domain itself as your blog, then you need to point your naked domain which is example.com to your sub domain i.e. www.example.com [read the complete tutorial – on how to use a naked domain with Blogger]
And in case, you already have a custom domain name and are planning to change it to a new custom domain without affecting the SEO and link authority of your old domain, then just wait for an upcoming article on BloggerStop.