Folks, today I am going to explain a most important thing about your blog. A few of you asked me how I can use Free SSL Certificate (HTTPS) on blogger if using a custom domain.
I am going to show you step by process of implementing HTTPS on blogger with a custom domain. Also, this article covers the use of the content delivery network (CDN) to make your blog fast.
Google recommend HTTPS and consider it as a ranking signal. Which means you can get higher ranking in the search engine if using HTTPS instead of HTTP.
Don’t worry, now SSL is absolutely free for blogs.
Google Blogger is giving an opportunity to use free SSL certificate HTTPS for blogspot subdomain. But what about those who are using a custom domain. Is there a way to use Free SSL Certificate i.e. HTTPS on such blogs?
Who know when Google is going to launch this feature for your blog. I am here to help you in this case. Read this article carefully which tells about implementing free SSL Certificate (HTTPS) on your Blog if using a custom domain.
Nothing is complicated. Just follow the simple steps given hereunder.
Advantages of Using SSL Certificate on blogs
Before starting implementation steps, you must know a few advantages of using free SSL certificate (HTTPS) on a blog.
1. Your blog will be marked as secured in eyes of search engines.
2. SSL certificate enables a secure connection between visitors and blog.
3. Free SSL Certificate from Cloudflare guarantees faster blog because of CDN.
4. SSL Certificate aka HTTPS is a ranking signal now.
5. The blog looks more professional.
A few Disadvantages –
1. You’ve to re-submit sitemap to Google Search Console. Google will index your pages but start from scratch.
2. After successful implementation of HTTPS don’t rollback if you do then Google will deindex your blog.
Steps to Use free SSL Certificate on A Blogger Blog if Using A Custom Domain.
Cloudflare CDN makes your blog fast and free SSL certificate gives improved SERP.
1. Add Blog on Cloudflare
1a. Create a free Cloudflare account, add your blog and Scan DNS Records
1b. The scan takes few minutes and after that, you see the two Cloudflare name servers. You need to add these name servers to your blog domain.
1b.1. Open your domain registrar dashboard and move to domain setting. Which may be different for different registrars.
1b.2. There you get the Option to change Name Servers. Click on that and replace old nameservers with the new.
1b.3. Performed changes may reflect after 24 hrs or more but your blog will run smoothly.
2. Enable Free SSL Certificate (HTTPS)
2a. Go to Crypto Tab (Click the lock icon)
2b. Set SSL to Flexible
2c. Set Always use HTTPS to On
2d. Set Automatic HTTPS Rewrite to On
Congrats! All done. But it may take a few hours to authorize certificate. So keep patient and pause the Cloudflare meanwhile.
3. Redirect Homepage, Posts, and Pages to HTTPS
3a. Go to Page Rules tab (Click the funnel icon)
3b. add the following page rules your blog URL (change anandbakshi.com with your custom domain)
4. Cloudflare Security Level
Once you are done with above 3 page rules. Now set the security level
4a. Go to Firewall tab (Click the shield icon)
4b. Set security level Low
Now you can leave you Cloudflare account.
5. Force homepage to HTTPS
5a. Open blog’s theme HTML Editor
5b. Look for <head>
5d. Using default or custom themes. Must check the following code.
If code is in your theme then replace it with
5e. Now save your blog theme.
Important Tips: You must host images through blogger dashboard or services which are using SSL certificate. The way you can take full advantage of SSL Certificate. Otherwise, your blog will be shown insecure.
6. Analyse and Fix the Mixed Content
It is possible to have the mixed content issue after using SSL certificate.
6a. Open your blog in Google Chrome
6c. The mixed content warning may like this.
“Mixed Content: The page at ‘https://yourcustomdomain.tld/’ was loaded over HTTPS, but requested an insecure script ‘http://<some-url>/script.js’. This request has been blocked; the content must be served over HTTPS.”
6d. You can go to Google Blogger Support page to fix the errors.
Other Important Things
6e. You may need to re-upload logo, favicon and other images in your blog/blogpost.
6f. You may get the mixed content warning on the archive, label and search pages. Fixed this thing with step 5d.
7. Edit Robots.txt
7a. Go to Blogger > Settings > Search Preferences
7b. Look for Crawlers and indexing. Here edit Custom robots.txt and add the following –
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: User-agent: * Disallow: /search Allow: / Sitemap: https://www.yourcustomdomain.tld/sitemap.xml
Make sure to change your domain.
8. Resubmit Sitemap to all Webmaster Tools
Your blog sitemap file name is sitemap.xml
and can be found on the following location –
I believe this guide will useful for you and you’ll be able to use free SSL certificate your custom domain if using Blogger.