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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.  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.  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!