It is easy to create a Blogspot blog and set up a new Blogger custom domain name. Google technical notes are available for complete reference, but I realize that very few bloggers among us have had applied the Blogger custom domain on their blog successfully.
Only 60% of bloggers are utilizing their domain, and 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, then 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.
In this article, I will try to cover the following two objectives –
Objectives of the Blogger Custom Domain
- Adding a Blogger Custom Domain to Blogspot blogs
- 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 have to complete the following steps in the DNS Management Panel.
1. Creating CNAME
2. Adding A-Records
Most of the bloggers create just only CNAME but forget to add A-Records. That’s why when users open such a blog without adding www (CNAME), they get the following 404 error message. As I already told you, most of today, new users open any website with Naked Domain, i.e., example.com, and 40% of blogs do not redirect to www.example.com automatically.
Most people want to add a custom domain name to their blogs, but they only create one CNAME and forget to create four A-records. That’s why they lose 40% blog traffic and blog rank increase slowly.
Setup A Blogspot/Blogger Custom Domain Name
If 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. Go to Blogger Dashboard
2. Then select a blog
3. Click on Settings › Basic
4. Under Publishing › Blog Address click on Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog
5. Fill your custom domain name without ‘http://’ or ‘https://’ in the box, given below under Advanced settings
6. Now, as you click on the Save button after entering the custom domain name, you’ll get two CNAMEs as following, and you’ve to enter them under DNS settings in your domain panel.
7. Now add these 4 A-Records, which are four different Google IPs.
Your domain panel may look like this for Godaddy; you have to enter a value like that –
Your domain panel may look like this for BigRock; you have to enter a value like that –
Fix Naked Domain Redirect
8. After completing all the above steps, wait for an hour or two and then try to add the custom domain name to your blog.
Then tick on “Redirect example.com to www.example.com.”.
In this way, your naked domain will be redirected to the top-level domain, i.e., example.com to www.example.com.
After completing all the above steps, sometimes, you’ve to wait for a maximum of 48 hours to work with a new domain.
If you are getting Error 12 or Error 14, then you should try adding domain after a few more hours. Still, have trouble please consult some technical person nearby you.
Please note if you have more than one blog on the same domain then do not click on all to redirect Naked domain to all blogs please choose only one of these.
After successful completion of all the above steps, you’re on your domain now.
Set Up A Custom Domain on Blogger
Here is the official guide by Google Blogger. How do I use a custom domain name for my blog?