How to Use A Blogger Custom Domain and Fix Naked Domain Error?

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It is easy to create a Blogspot blog and set up a new Blogger custom domain. Google technical notes are available for complete reference, but I realize that very few bloggers have applied the Blogger custom domain on their blog successfully.

Only 60% of bloggers are utilizing their domain, and the rest, 40%, are not aware of the full potential of a custom domain on Blogspot. Most of us have a habit of typing a domain name, including www. But for Blogger, www is not like a hosted website; it is CNAME (Canonical Name) on the Blogger. Then it is necessary to understand and take it carefully.

If you open a Blogger blog without including www and it is auto-redirecting to blog successfully, you are among 60%, and if not, then you are missing the full potential of a Blogspot custom domain. Because without typing www before the domain name, your blog will not open. It may show the page of your domain provider. It looks weird and doesn’t serve the purchase.

How to add Blogger custom domain

Objectives of the Article

In this article, I will try to cover the following two objectives –

  1. Adding a Blogger Custom Domain to Blogspot blogs
  2. Resolve the unfixed issue of Naked Domain

If you want to add a custom domain to a Blogspot blog, then there are two essential things to consider, and you have to complete the following steps in the DNS Management Panel.

1. Creating CNAME
2. Adding A-Records

Steps to Add a Blogger Custom Domain

Suppose you do not want to shut down your blog while completing the steps. Please complete all steps given hereunder and then add the domain in Blogger setting.

Follow these steps to add a custom domain on Blogger blogs –

1. Log in to Blogger Dashboard and select a blog from the drop-down.

2. Click on Settings and scroll down to Publishing.

3. You can get an option to use a custom domain. Click on the Custom Domain.

Blogger custom domain - Blog > Settings > Publishing

5. A pop-up will come up. There you get two options.

Add a custom domain

If you already have a custom domain name, enter that in the given field without “HTTP://” or “HTTPS://.” E.g. www.techprevue.com or blog.techprevue.com

Buy a Domain

How to get a domain name for a blog?

If you don’t have a custom domain, get an option to buy a domain from Google. Buy and add a custom domain for a blogspot blog.

Blogger custom domain - Enter a custom domain > Save

6. Now, click on the Save button. You get two CNAMEs, as shown in the screenshot.

Blogspot custom domain > CNAMEs

7. Log in to your domain panel to add these CNAMEs and A-Records.

Check who’s your domain provider. It may be Godaddy, Dynadot, BigRock, Namecheap, Porkbun, etc.

8. Domain panel has an option to manage DNS settings. Find it.

9. Add the two CNAMEs shown on the Blogger dashboard.

Name, Label, Host Destination, Target, Address, Points to
www ghs.google.com
oljdpwnhufgu gv-th7wnted7j42fg.dv.googlehosted.com

Don’t copy these two entries. These are verification codes and different for every blog. Check your dashboard to get your CNAMEs.

10. Add these 4 A-Records, which are four different Google IPs.

Name, Label, Host Destination, Target, Address, Points to
@ 216.239.32.21
@ 216.239.34.21
@ 216.239.36.21
@ 216.239.38.21

 

11. After complete DNS propagation. You can save the custom domain. Otherwise, you get the following error message.

Could not update settings. Try again

DNS propagation takes time. Sometimes, you’ve to wait for a maximum of 48 hours.

If you are getting Error 12 or Error 14, you should try adding the custom domain after a few more hours.

Read the troubleshooting article.

Still, you have trouble, please consult some technical person nearby you.

If you have more than one blog on the same domain, please do not click on all to redirect the naked domain to all blogs. Please choose only one of these.

How to Fix Naked Domain Redirect

A few bloggers only add two CNAMEs and forget to add four A-records. That’s why they lose 40% of blog traffic, and their blogs’ rank increase slowly.

Blogger Naked Domain Error

Most blog visitors open any website without www, i.e., techprevue.com, and thus 40% of blogs do not redirect to www.techprevue.com automatically.

This is the main reason to fix the naked domain error on Blogger/Blogspot.

Steps to Fix Naked Domain Error

After completing all the above steps, wait for an hour or two and then add the Blogger custom domain to your blog.

You have the option “Redirect domain.” Click on the grey toggle button to make it green.

In this way, you redirect your naked domain to the top-level domain, i.e., techprevue.com to www.techprevue.com.

Blogspot custom domain > Redirect domain

Congrats, now you can set up a Blogger custom domain and fix the naked domain error.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Useful information, Vinay sir, I will also need a custom domain. Can you help me with some technical help with this? I am giving my email account below. If you get the time, then you can give me detailed information in the email. Which one? And which hosting provider’s plan for me.

    It will be cheap and easy.

    • I am sending you my phone number in your mail. Please call me for such a query. You are always welcome.

  2. That is really nice posting, and I never see that kind of post. I think that the best information about the custom domain for blogspot blogs.

  3. Hello, and thank you for your faithful information, but I am having an issue that when I put my custom domain name and click on save, it does not show me the two CNAMEs for the custom domain, so what should I do now. Please help, sir.

  4. Very useful, bro. You have made my day.
    It solved my problem. I have trouble with the Blogger custom domain. Especially naked domain error.
    big thanks

  5. It is a very nice article. Thanks for sharing such a great article. I hope to keep sharing such kind of article.

  6. Thanks for sharing information about setting up a blogger custom domain. I am using this website regularly because of the great information.

  7. I am amazed by the resеarch you made to create this article about the Blogger custom domain.
    Magnificent job!

  8. Thank you so much. I am a beginner. I set up a blogger custom domain successfully in 10 minutes because for your guidance. Your Article’s pics are old but easily understandable. Thanks again!

  9. Sir, I am getting a problem when pointing my domain to Blogger.
    I took the “.tech” domain for my website. My Domain name is “targetcodesclub.tech”.
    But when I try to point it to Blogger, then it said, “we can only add top-level domains (which starts from www. )).
    when I type “www.targetcodesclub.tech”, then it is accepting my domain, but my domain is registered without “www.” So please help me. My email is abhisheksoni2410[at]gmail.com

  10. Hello, I have an already existing blog with a custom domain starting from www (www.domain.com). I want to make another blog with another subdomain (xyz.domain.com). I have completed the verification. But the problem is that when I click on redirect, it shows a Naked Domain error. It’s perhaps because as you mentioned in your article. Is there any way to host another blog with the same custom domain but a different subdomain?

  11. Yes, you can run two or more blogs like-
    -www.domain.com
    -blog.domain.com
    or something similar.

    You need to enable toggle only for www. domain.com, not for blog. domain.com

    Blogger has a bug of naked domain error if you run two blogs, but it doesn’t a big issue.

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