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How To Set Up a Custom Domain in Blogger

Hey friends! Did you know that you don’t have to be stuck with a “yourblogname.blogspot.com” website address? For those of you that don’t know how to set this up, I am going to show you how! Step by step!

I realize that this looks daunting, but I promise it really isn’t, and once you set it up you won’t need to worry about it anymore. Having your own custom domain name is one of the main things I always recommend a blogger do for various reasons:

  • You own it which means you can move it anywhere with you. If you decide to move off of Blogger or decide that maybe one day you’d like to change your brand/blog to something a little different, you can do that easily.
  • It looks much more professional and shows that you take your blog seriously.
  • It’s easier for others to remember.
  • You can set up your own email addresses using the domain name to stay consistent.

Before you do this, you will need to register a domain name. You can use any registrar you like, but I prefer GoDaddy and in this example I am going to show you how to do this using GoDaddy. Also, if you use this coupon code, you can register a new domain name for just $1.99: cjcRMN199

Okay, now that you’ve got your domain registered, it’s time to put it to use. I’ve outlined this the best I can so follow along with me…

*Updated January 7, 2014!*

* Blogger now requires that you make sure to add the “www” to the domain name you enter! Click SAVE! You will get a red error message. That’s OK because they are giving you some important info to input.
* Choosing Settings Instructions to pull up Blogger’s official instructions to follow along with. On the Blogger instruction page:

As I said above, this example uses GoDaddy. If you don’t have your domain registered with GoDaddy, you can view steps for editing your DNS info here.Β  Remember, you use this coupon code to get a new domain name for just $1.99: cjcRMN199

* The generated codes will be unique to you, so don’t type in the ones highlighted above.Β  Instead, copy the ones that Blogger generated for you. Go back to your Blogger instructions page:

Once you are done, switch back to Blogger (go back into your Settings > Basic) and enter your domain name once again in the custom domain field then click Save. When it’s all set up, the red error will no longer appear.

Remember: DNS settings can take up to 48 hours to change, which means if it’s not working right away, it’s not supposed to. Wait it out and keep checking back to see if the settings have applied. Your custom domain name should automatically direct traffic from your blogspot.com address to your new domain name.

After your URL is set up and working, click the Edit link beside your domain name on your settings page and make sure you check the above checkbox! This will prevent errors from happening when users leave out the “www” on your url.

Enjoy your new URL!

  • Worked like a charm <3 Again, thank you!

  • Ana Burmester Baptista

    I’ll try this, definitely. I’ve bought my own domain 2 weeks agor in GoDaddy and followed Blogger sintrauctions. The question was that, at some point, many readers were never able to go to my blog as, accordoing to GoDaddy’s helpdeks, I had 2 IPs. Afetr reading this, I think I found out what was wrong! Will try it again and let you know!! πŸ˜€

  • Rachael Victoria

    I’m going to give this a whirl this weekend! My blog name is quite long so it’ll be super beneficial and I definitely agree it looks more professional. Thank you for another great post, I am loving your new site!

  • sara

    hi hi.
    loving this site – so much great info and inspiration!!
    question: i bought my domain name for my blogger blog. do i need to do anything to google analytics to reflect the change? when i look at analytics, it still shows my blogspot address, not the custom domain.

    • Dana Fox

      Is it still reporting your stats properly for you? If so there shouldn’t be a need to change it.

  • Naomie Bolongo

    Thanks you so much, your help was very useful !

  • Thank you!

    Question: I can’t seem to get my URL without “www.” To work. I checked the box in my blogger saying to reroute, but it doesn’t work. Any advice?

    • Dana Fox

      Did you set up the part with the A Records successfully? Make sure you did because that would be why.

  • Question. I am currently on self hosted wordpress but am going to make the switch to blogger. What is the best way to transfer the domain name to the new blog platform

  • Kat

    Thanks so much!! The last time I tried to figure this out, I failed miserably and gave up!

  • Agathe


  • Louise

    Hi there,
    I’m really confused! I’ve been waiting 3 days for my domain name to work and have followed your instructions. However, Blogger’s instructions seem to be different for the first CNAME. I’ve put in my domain name but blogger is saying input ‘www’ as the name and then the ghs bit after. But if i put the first CNAME as ‘www’ it comes up with an error as it can’t have two pages called ‘www’. So i’ve left it as my new domain name (themondaygirl) and waited for 3 days but it’s still showing the godaddy website! Any suggestions?

    • Dana Fox

      Your CNAME section should look similar to this one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_hbb6BwM9lg/UhpzAobj3wI/AAAAAAAANWo/25xvlFM25NE/s1600/custom-blogger-url-7.jpg where “themondaygirl” is in place of “yournewdomain”

      • Louise

        Hi Dana, thanks for your response. Yes that’s right mine looks exactly the same as that- with themondaygirl instead of “yournewdomain” and my numbers that blogger has given me. Maybe it’s just taking a bit longer :/

        • Dana Fox

          I just noticed Blogger changed how they do this today. I’ve updated the post to reflect the new changes! all new instructions πŸ™‚

          • Louise

            Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Lia Antonio

    I followed this and it worked. Thank you for your help. πŸ™‚

  • Danielle Stas

    I have two questions (one about “optional 8” and one about “optional 9”):
    -In optional 8, what does, “You can also enter A-records” mean?
    -In optional 9, we are supposed to use the 4 IPs provided in the example, right?

    • Dana Fox

      Optional 8: Blogger is telling you that you can set A Records, which mean that people who leave out the “www” of your domain will not receive an error message. I encourage you to add the a records. Optional 9 gives you the IP addresses to add to the A records as I show in the example below it. Yes you can use those 4 IPs in the example.

      • Danielle Stas

        Got it– thank you! :]

      • Vicki Forde

        Hi Dana, how do you add the A records? I’ve done point 9 but can’t seem to figure out point 8? thanks

  • Thank you so much for this post! I just set up my domain and the process was seamless, thank you!!

  • christy

    Great directions! Thank you so much!

  • I have no idea what I’ve just done !!!! But if this is what you have to do then I’m game. Waiting for my DNS settings to be sorted. Thank you so much for this much needed help

  • Kate Ames

    This worked perfectly for me, thanks so much for clear, concise instructions!!

  • Erica Lynn Wand

    Thanks for the much needed assistance! This tutorial worked like a charm. πŸ™‚

  • I am officially a “.com” now all thanks to this post! excited* I followed step by step and don’t think I could have done it any other way. Thank you. I will be referring other people to this post through my site. Thanks again!

    • Dana Fox

      Very welcome πŸ™‚ Glad you sorted it out!

  • This is an amazing post Dana, thank you so much! I am officially started on my first photography blog because I found this post! πŸ™‚

    • Dana Fox

      Good luck with it!

  • Lily Nguyen

    Hi Dana! I have a question! For the domain name, is it 1.99 per month to have that domain name or 1.99 forever to own that domain name? Thanks!

    • Dana Fox

      Hi Lily, You pay for a domain name on a yearly basis, so it is $1.99 for the year and then after that, the average cost at about $15 or so per year.

  • Butterfly Lane

    Hi Dana,
    Thanks for this page – it’s really helpful! However, I’m at the CNAME (alias) section of the process and I don’t have a ‘quick add’ button! What do I do? X

  • I see that it’s working now πŸ™‚
    yes when it’s still transitioning it will display the GoDaddy page… for future reference πŸ˜‰

    • Beks

      Yeah. Took a bit longer than expected, but those GoDaddy are very helpful. πŸ™‚

  • Alexandra Madhavan

    Hi Dana,
    When I go to my blogger, it doesn’t say “set up a custom domain” option. The only option it is giving me is “set up a 3rd party URL for your blog” – what does that mean??

  • Thank you so much Dana :3 This site is super helpful, I’m glad I found it. Thanks a lot again, I hope I can start my own adventure too!

  • Prithvi Raj

    I don’t need this tutorial, but I’m really happy that someone is taking the time to do this. It really helps out a lot of people. I’ll be sending many people to this site soon.

    Thank you for posting quality content.

  • Yey, all sorted! Thanks a bunch Dana πŸ™‚ xox

  • Thank you so much Dana! This is my go to site for blog stuff πŸ™‚

  • Mai

    Thank you so much! Took me awhile since the DNS tab wouldn’t load! I had to log back in after a few hours then I was finally able to load the page on godaddy.com. Thanks once again :).

  • Hey Dana, I followed all the steps and I think it worked but when I attempt to visit either my new domain or the old sub-domain, nothing is set up on it (which is weird considering the fact that I have a bunch of posts up). A little help, please?

  • Also, it doesn’t even show a GoDaddy page, so I’m confused as to what is going on? :/

  • Rachael Bull

    Hi Dana, Thanks so much for this. You explain it all so well! I’m not sure if you’re still answering questions but just on the off-chance… A helpful chap at GoDaddy has confirmed that I’m all set up with my CNAMEs etc and I’m not getting an error message in the Blogger publishing box, but if I try to ‘View blog’ from Blogger or type either domain in (my blogspot URL or the custom one) into the address bar, I just get an error page saying there are too many redirects. I’m really worried as I can no longer access my blog! Any help would be greatly appreciated, I have no idea what I’ve done… Thank you so much.

  • JustRach

    Thank you so much for this, so happy to have my own domain name on my blog πŸ™‚ x
    Just to let you know the GoDaddy sit has updated a bit since you made this post so it looks a bit different now to your screenshots, but it wasn’t too difficult to figure out. Thanks again!