In my last blog post I have shown you how to create free blog on blogger.
Once you have created your blog, next important step is to add custom domain to blogger blog.
Note : I strongly recommend you to buy a custom domain to your blog either it is on blogger or any other free blogging platform.
Generally, when you start a blog on blogspot platform. You will get a free sub-domain with a .blogspot.com extension.
Let me, tell you some benefits of having a custom domain.
- Easy to remember
- Better rankings in search engines
- Trust worthy
- Create a custom email address
- Create branding
Just imagine, you are searching for something on Google. On the results page you found a blog with blogspot sub-domain and another blog with a custom domain. Which blog would you visit first. The one with custom domain right. Because, normally we think the blog with custom domain is more trust worthy and authoritative.
Now, without dragging this discussion let’s quickly jump into our main topic and add a custom domain to your blogger blog.
Step 0 : Buy a Good Domain Name
This step is for those who haven’t bought their domain name. If you have already bought one then you can skip this step.
Buying a good domain name is also important. Because, your domain is your identity.
Here are few quick tips to select a good domain name for your blogspot blog.
- It must be easy to remember
- Try to keep it short and simple
- Make it unique
- Avoid numbers
- Try to get TLD like .com .net .in etc…
I recommend NameCheap for domain registrations. Prices are affordable and service is good. Also comes with 2 factor authentication login for security.
Now, you have your blogspot blog and a custom domain. Only thing you need to do is to link them.
Now, let’s start our first step.
Step 1 : Add Domain In Blogger Settings
First login to your blogger dashboard and go to settings page and scroll down to ” Publishing ” tab there you will find an option called custom domain.
Click on the ” custom domain ” option and you will get a popup. Enter the domain name that you bought with www. before your domain name in the custom domain field. Click ” Save ” after adding your custom domain.
After clicking the save button you will get another popup don’t close it you need it in next step.
Step 2 : Add CNAME Records to your Domain DNS
In this step you have to add two CNAME records to your domain.
First login to your domain provider dashboard. I am using bigrock as I have previously registered my domain on it. You might have registered from a different company. Don’t worry the process is almost same for all companies.
After logging in find the DNS management of your domain name and click on it.
A pop up window will appear with the DNS settings of your domain. Click on “CNAME Records” and click on “Add CNAME Record” See screenshot below for reference.
Now go back to your blogger dashboard. In the popup you can find details that you have to add in your CNAME records. First CNAME will be same for all the blogger blogs. So, add “www” in the name field and “ghs.google.com” in the destination or value field and click on “Add Record”. If you are using big rock then select second option while adding value field. Refer screenshot below for better understanding.
Now, let’s add the second CNAME. This is not same for everyone so, go to your blogger dashboard and in the popup you can find the info about second CNAME copy the name from blogger and paste it in the name field. Do the same for destination value as well and click on add record.
Congrats, you have successfully added the CNAME records to your domain DNS.
Let’s move on to the next step.
Step 3 : Add A Records to your Domain DNS
You must add four A records to your domain DNS. These A records must be pointing to Google’s IP addresses.
These are the IP addresses you have to add.
Now, in your DNS settings click on “A Records” and click on “Add New Record”.
In the host name type in “@” or leave it blank and enter the first IP address that I gave above. Click on “Add Record”.
Add all the four A records in the similar way one by one.
After adding all the records go back to blogger dashboard and click on save button.
After clicking on the save button. The changes might not take place immediately. Wait until the changes are saved( try clicking save button after 5 minutes. ) Your domain must be added successfully.
Congratulations🥂, you have successfully added your custom domain to your blogger blog.
There is one more thing you have to do after adding your custom domain.
You need to enable HTTPS availability on your blog. Don’t worry I’ll guide you through it.
In the same settings page scroll down to HTTPS and enable “HTTPS availability”. It might take some time for it to enable.
This HTTPS feature is important to build trust among search engines. Don’t forget to turn on this feature.
Cheers🥂, your custom domain on blogger is up and working.
Can I add custom domain to blogger blog ?
Yes, you can add custom domain to your blogger blog.
What are the benefits of having a custom domain ?
Easy to remember
Better rankings in search engines
Create a custom email address
What are the steps to add a custom domain in blogger ?
Step 1: Add the domain in blogger
Step 2: Add CNAME Records in domain DNS
Step 3: Add A Records in domain DNS
Don’t hesitate to ask your doubts in comments. I am always here to help you.