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.

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CarloBlogg
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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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Divya Sai
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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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Darksaturn7
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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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Divya Sai
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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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Divya Sai
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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… Read more »
Darksaturn7
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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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Divya Sai
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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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Pooh
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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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Divya Sai
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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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Soufiane
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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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Soufiane
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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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Soufiane
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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… Read more »
Soufiane
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oh yes, normally i regitred from ur affiliation link …

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Divya Sai
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hmm okay, so what are your plans for the new blog soufiane ?

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Soufiane
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somethnig like ur blog ;D ;D ;D in french

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Divya Sai
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okay…gud luck Sofiane !
& thanks for using the affiliate link 🙂

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Soufiane
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hi Divya, i got an error 404 Server Not Found.

i think I've done every thing right! http://www.leblogger.com is redirected to leblogger.com and in blogger i entered http://www.leblogger.com as they say they don't accept fake domains.

how much time take DNS setting gona take to be ok? and in google webmaster, what should i do ? i thought it was more easier but not is quit boriiiiiing

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Divya Sai
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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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Soufiane
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I have tried something right now, I'll see tomorrow if it works

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Soufiane
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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 FoundError 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… Read more »
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