How To Setup Custom Domain for Blogger / Blogspot Blogs – The Best Guide

Last Updated on 10 Nov. 2016: Screenshots and article updated to match the latest Blogger.com website settings

If you have a blog hosted for free on Blogger and are planning to give it a professional look 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 need to have these two things:

  1. A professional domain name
  2. A free account at Blogger.com

What’s A Professional Domain Name

Any name followed by top-level-domains (TLDs) like .com .net .us .in etc. are professional domain names.
This blog BloggerStop.net is also a custom domain registered at 1and1.com.

So I would recommend you to purchase a domain from 1and1, which is a highly trusted website and listed on Bloggers’ suggested registrars too.

Once you purchase a domain from 1and1, it will be registered in about 2 days.

Free Blogger Account

Yup, it’s completely free. If you don’t want to spend money on web hosting, then Blogger is the perfect solution for you. It 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

Step #1

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“.

(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.)

So, click on “+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog“.

setup custom domain for a blogger/blogspot blog step 1

Step #2

Now enter your custom domain name “www.example.com” or “blog.example.com” and hit on “Save“.

setup custom domain for a blogger/blogspot blog step 2

Once you hit “Save”, you will see a message like the one in above screenshot.
It does display an error which says: “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.
Simply ignore the error message, but note down the two label or host names along with their target destinations in a notepad.

Step #3

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):

Step_3_custom_domain_blogger_setup_1and1

Step #4

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

Step_4_custom_domain_blogger_setup_1and1

Step #5

Repeat Step #4 for the other sub-domain given (generated) by Blogger in Step #2.

That’s it!

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 example.com to your sub domain i.e. www.example.com [read the complete article – 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.

82 thoughts on “How To Setup Custom Domain for Blogger / Blogspot Blogs – The Best Guide

  1. wow, this is very informative! i have a question though, if ever I decide to go with the free web hosting, how will i control my website? I have a blogger site by the way. So for example, if i wish to edit my blog, should i go to blogger website or directly to my customized co.cc website?
    thanks for enlightening your blogger readers!
    Cheers!

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  2. By the above mentioned method, what you finally have is:
    a Domain from co.cc or 1and1.com
    and
    Hosting from Blogger.com

    So for posting all blog articles, adding widget and changing template, you have to go to Blogger.com

    That means you can simply forget co.cc and 1and1, once the domain from any of these website’s is redirected to Blogger.com

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  3. I just took the plunge and made my own custom domain with 1and1. Will I have to update all my linkbacks from others (ad all my link banners) or will people clicking thou get the auto foward? Also I see I have no page rank anymore. When will that re-update? Thx in advance!

    ~DS

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  4. Hello Darksaturn7

    Do not worry for anything!
    If you have recently transferred the blog domain, then wait for two days, it takes some time, when you transfer domain from 1and1 to blogger.
    After that you’ll get to see the new name of your blog, and your pagerank will be back too !

    Feel free to comment here for any of your queries !
    Congrats for the new domain
    Happy blogging !

    Regards
    Sai

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  5. Once your account becomes active, you will see the “Administrator” active…..then you can easily redirect your new domain to blogger, here follow these steps once you see the “Administrator” tab active:

    1. Log in to your account at https://admin.1and1.com
    2. If it’s not already selected, click the Administration tab.
    3. Click Domains. The Domain Overview page appears.
    4. From the New drop-down menu, select Create Subdomain. (If you’ve already created a subdomain for your blog’s address, skip to step six.)
    5. Enter only the subdomain you want to use, and click OK. For example, if you chose http://www.mydomain.com for your blog’s address, you should enter www here.
    6. Select the checkbox next to the subdomain that you will be using. (Example: http://www.mydomain.com)
    7. From the DNS menu, select Edit DNS Settings.
    8. Click the radio button next to CNAME.
    9. Enter ghs.google.com next to Alias.
    10. Click OK.

    For clarifications, of course you can refer to the post above or you can ask anywhere in this blog !

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  6. Seems a few of the paid post sites I’m trying to work for don’t see it that way ;/ and treat my new name as a new page entirely. Page rank (thou it was pidly) has not returned. Oh well, will haveta work it back up I guess lol!

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  7. Hi darksaturn,
    so it’s gud that you can see your blog with a new domain now, anyways, regarding the PR issue, you may have to wait from anywhere between 2 weeks to 3 months, as per these websites says:
    1. http://blogsolute.com/2008/06/does-permanent-301-redirection-affect-google-pagerank.html
    2. http://www.submitexpress.com/bbs/about14868.html
    3. http://www.ragepank.com/articles/97/seo-issues-with-moving-a-domain/

    But one thing you have to make sure is, to maintain good quality content during this period, and try to get some good backlinks.
    paid posts may affect adversely, so if possible try to avoid them for another 1/2 months !

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  8. I am using co.cc domain name, i have 2 question

    1) whenever i tried to check my page rank, it shows 0/10. Why it is so?
    2) if i apply for adsense then should i provide ***.co.cc domain or have to change to blogspot. Which one is good

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  9. If your blog(with domain .co.cc) is not yet three months old, then it will show “0”, and even if the blog is more than 3 months old, then also it depends on the number of backlinks your blog have !
    Just search on Google about pagerank, and you’ll understand better how it works….

    And regarding the adsense issue, If you are simply using domain forwarding then you cannot submit this domain, but if you are using DNS management then you must submit this .co.cc domain, anyways what’s your blog’s address dude ?

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  10. and if we buy the domain name directly from google, it costs 10$ so 7 euros. it’s the same as 1and1 also u have access to google app.

    is it trustful Divya ??? as it’s google-google i think it will be better no ???

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  11. Well Divya, i think i will do what u suggest us. i will take a domain at 1and1. i have created my blog some days ago so i have nothing to lose but for feedburner, Google analytics, Google webmaster and all the rest do i have to change all the links or its done automatically.

    blogger gives u a domain with eNOM, is it better, i see they give you access to Google app, but is it only the Google app standard which is free for every body ???

    I'll wait ur answer then decide ! thank u

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  12. thanks for the answer but, well i have just registred in 1and1. =)) http://www.leblogger.comthere was an option when i regester, if u want to be allowed to renew the domain it’s about 3 euros more. so i didn’t take it. 8-}
    for eNOM and NAME.com i thing they are only in the USA and only english.
    for google apps, yes the standard version is free for every body, but the Premiere version costs 40$ efen if u register ur domain directly from blogger.

    Now i will wait until they register the domain name then i hope i can do all the setting to get every thing work fine :))

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  13. It usually takes around 2-4 days, first finish your DNS work, then proceed with G-W.
    It mainly requires you to place a meta tag on your blog, then you'll verify that the blog belongs to you, then you can simply add the site-map.

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  14. ok thanks u for Google Webmaster.

    after the changes i made, in blogger i added http://www.leblogger.com and they say congratulation, blog has been verified !!!!

    but i still have the : Server Not Found
    Error 404

    maybe i have to change something.
    the first time i changed the domain (leblogger.com) DNS and i add the subdomain (www.leblogger.com) to blogger. but now i changes the domain and the subdomain DNS and i add the subdomain to blogger.
    i also redirect my subdomain to my domain, and my domain to my domain.

    so i don't know if i should change the domain DNS sitting or first wait and see !!!!

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  15. In your 1and1.com account:

    Go to the DNS settings of your domain (leblogger.com)
    and redirect it to
    your sub-domain (www.leblogger.com)

    While at blogger, use the custom domain name as 'www.leblogger.com'

    no need to tick the 'redirect www to non-www domain' in blogger settings.

    1 more hack is required in your google webmasters a/c that i will tell once you complete this.

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  16. good post………
    i have one dout about how to set custome domine to my blog( http://funevil.blogspot.com/ )

    i read some posts about this but i can't get ..
    i set only name server name for my domine to use freehosting service at that time i use wordpress in c panel….

    Now i am planing to redirect my blog to that domine …………
    help me………..strving for this so many days…

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  17. Hi there, I would like to change my my blogspot url to custom domain using the advice you have here. I have registered my new domain with 1and1. Before I change my blog to new custom domain, I would like to know 2 things please:
    1. if people try use the old blogger url, are they automatically directed to the new url? or must I do something further to achive this?
    2. what happens to all my friendfeed and rss subcribers – how do I ensure they still subscribed?
    Thanks
    Kevin
    http://kevinsgreatadventure.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Kevin

    your first query is not an issue at all, as all the traffic to your .blogspot will be redirected to your new domain.

    for ex, see the present url in my blog:
    https://bloggerstop.net/2008/10/get-domain-unlimited-hosting-and.html

    due to redirection, this url means the same as previous one:
    http://world2web.blogspot.com/2008/10/get-domain-unlimited-hosting-and.html

    (where world2web.blogspot.com used to be my .blogspot url)

    2. The second issue is not too easy to deal with.
    You have to personally tell all your present subscribers about the change
    So BEFORE you change the address, publish a post announcing the change of url. So all your present subscribers will update their feed links as soon as your blog is updated with a new link. In the same post ask them to leave a comment so that you can personally reply them through mail, whenever the change takes place.

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  19. Hi.. Sai…This is Rajesh From hyd…
    This is my blog … http://www.funevil.blogspot.com ,yesterday i registerd funevil.com in http://www.internetbs.net, but when i do steps u mentioned, when i try to see my blog it shows blogger warning " Blog redirect to funevil.com asks yes or no" ,if i click yes i ll not redirect to blog (staying in blog worning page)…

    i read some where it takes 2 days ,but it's difficult,
    is there any way to set fastly…

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  20. Hi Rajesh, congrats for the domain.
    Yeah it'll take 2 days (minimum), but I think the warning about redirection depends on the registrar of the domain, because in my case no warning was displayed and a dns error/redirection page used to be displayed.
    don't worry let it go down for 2 days, u'll enjoy its benefits ever after 🙂

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  21. I need serious help! I cannot upload anything on my blog! The posts are showing in my feed, but they do not go live- I have emptied my cache, and switched browsers. I purchased my domain name through blogger and pay the $10.00 a year. I thought they would automatically charge my card annually, but apparently not so I updated my payment info. I will pay whatever I need to but need my blog up and running! Please help me! Thanks!

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  22. Well, I have registered BloggerStop.Net at 1and1.com, every year it auto-renews the domain with the payment details I have given (you can select it as either card/paypal)
    You can transfer your domain from your present registrar to 1and1 for FREE, details here:
    http://order.1and1.com/xml/order/DomaininfoMove

    BTW I can see all your posts on your blog, and I think things are fine on your blog.
    Feel free to ask your queries here in this blog, if you want I can send you the screenshot of your blog as seen on my desktop.

    Regards
    Sai

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  23. This works very well for new blogs. However, there may be issues with exiting blogs.

    I've had a blog for two years, with a complimentary website held elsewhere so that I could host a chat room and other facilities that blogger couldn't handle.

    With recent changes to blogger, such as static pages, this was no longer necessary so I scrapped the website and had the domain configured to point to the blog. Very straight forward, except that now, none of the comments prior to the change are showing up. 1200 or so comments have gone AWOL.

    They are still present, in that the show up in comment feeds, but not in the blog or my dashboard. They show up if I import to a test blog. This appears to be a known issue, but without a fix and so far, I've had no response from Google help forum.

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  24. That's only because I switched off the custom domain facility and reverted back to using betyourlife.blogspot.com after I posted the initial comment here.

    The custom domain, i.e. http://www.betyourlife.co.uk has been reconfigured to forward to the blog without using the CNAME mechanism.

    I did this for two reasons: Firstly, after nearly four days, there was no sign of my comments reappearing and my readers were getting rather upset. Secondly, the change complete screwed up the blog search facility since all the posts (over two years worth) now belonged to a different domain and they hadn't been indexed.

    Even if Google get this sorted, I don't know if I'll revert again, though I would certainly advise anyone setting up a new blog to use a custom domain sooner, rather than later.

    Alistair

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  25. Yes you can do that…but simple redirection may not work (look professional), you either need to change the cname records or better redirect your naked domain (example.com) to Blogger by changing the "A" name records, so that your same blog can be accessed at both the addresses and simultaneously you can access your mail too.

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  26. Thanks for the reply.But you didnt said anything regarding webmaster tools.I have three questions to ask you.
    1.The site map which i have submitted previously is giving error.Can u help me in that.Please explain the webmaster tools settings.
    2.Can u explain in bit detail how to change the A name records or how to redirect your naked domain to blogspot blog.Right now i'm using a subdomain(www.domain.com) of my main domain to re-direct to blogspot.And i have changed the dns settings of naked domain to ghs.google.com.So both domains are redirecting to blogspot.But just want to know about A name Records changing.
    3.I think 1and1 provides 1 mail-id right.If so then how to use it and what is the size of it.

    I'm waiting for your reply.

    And one more thing is whenever i find a site having great content i tend to visit their sponsors.I feel that it is my way of showing appreciation to webmaster and your blog deserves it.:-*

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  27. Thanks so much for this info – it is fabulous!

    I registered for my demain at 1 & 1 and it shows as 'ready'. I went through all the steps detailed in this post to redirect blogger to my domain, but keep getting a 1&1 page… does it take time for this to transfer over? I am creating a new blog so there isn't a lot of content at the moment.

    Thanks in advance – I'm a newbie! 🙂

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  28. Greeting friends ,
    Well i followed all steps as mentioned above to make my blog a website . It work quite well as i redirect my blog url to www.****.co.cc , but only at home page .When i go to another page like about me then url changes to http://www.blogger.com/profile/121533304**** , which do'nt look good for a professional website .

    Please help me , to solve this problem . Tell me how to hide such kind of big(containing blog information)URL . How can i maintain URL only related to my www.****.co.cc/ address .

    So that it could really look like a professional website .

    plz ,Also tell me how to change my blog's look & feel like a professional website ?

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  29. A great thank 2 u my frnd ,it help me a lot .
    There is a another query : how to hide/avoid symbol 'B'(white B on orange base) in URL which indicates it's a blog site ?

    Waiting ur reply .

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  30. Waw… Comment section cleared most of my doubts. I want to keep my current blogspot id and co.cc id , both redirecting to same site. Hw can i do that ? Can u say what to fill in each column in co.cc site to get domain and what to change in blogger step by step. I knw its boring to u . But i dont want to make a mistake. Thats y 🙂

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  31. In that tutorial (http://co.cc/blogger/blogger.php ) in step 4, you use http://www.yourname.co.cc
    so, your naked domain is still free right?

    so, manage your dns settings of the naked-domain now
    i.e. for yourdomain.co.cc
    go to A-name records, and enter these values:
    216.239.32.21
    216.239.34.21
    216.239.36.21
    216.239.38.21
    (add any or all of those).

    Then go to blogger.com
    and in settings -> publishing mark the box:
    "Redirect yourdomain.co.cc to http://www.yourdomain.co.cc"

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  32. Yaaahoooo….. Done it … I saw it in blogger help also. It was easy. Bt got tensd 4 nothing. My character wil never change. :-p . Thanx 4 help. Is it true that co.cc don't have any SEO value and google will not index it ?

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  33. Glad you made it Riyas…
    Well, actually if the content and the no. of backlinks is really good, then you can get good reputation from Google (that's according to the SEO-theory).
    But yeah, in SEO some TLD's are more preferred than others, like .edu/lgov etc.
    I have harldy ever seen a free domain with high Google-PR (except .blogspot.com blogs, which are hosted by Blogger/Google itself), in fact even I used to have a free website with ".page.tl" which could hardly ever managed to get a few clicks from Google.
    So, once you get accustomed with theses things, I would advise you to go for a paid domain.

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  34. Sir,

    I have been wanting to do this but I am hesitating.
    But I find Blogger as newbie friendly.

    Here is my blog: JackDi.
    Let say i will be taking custom paid domain as http://www.jackdi.com.

    My questions:
    1) Can I still use Blogger to update my blog with a paid domain?
    2) And will those who go to my blogger blog be directed to my paid domain?
    3) What happens to my page-views and pagerank if there is any?

    Sorry for the lots of question.
    Im a complete noob and scared at the same time.

    Thanks.

    -Jack Di-

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  35. hello Divya,
    I own a wallpaper blog with 3 lac alexa ranking. Those who are hosted on enom and godaddy can also use a naked domain? Currently google is sending traffic to www domain. My visitor will be redirected to the same post he was searching for? What about my subscribers? and google page rank!
    Looking forward to your positive response

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  36. Hello Almas,
    If you are using WWW subdomain for your blog currently, then I would suggest you to continue with it rather than switching to naked-domain.
    By not blocking your naked-domain you keep the options open to have email accounts on it and start more sub-domains on it.

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