How to Setup Custom Domain on Blogger with GoDaddy.com

Blogger Custom domains are more like a Vanity URL for your BlogSpot blog. It will allow you to create a better and easy to remember URL. (for example : from yourblog1234.blogspot.com to yourblog.com)

Blogger allows you to seamlessly integrate with any domain name. To start off you have to make your GoDaddy domain to point to Google's servers. This simple tutorial will guide you step by step with screenshots and instructions to make it easier for you.



Blogger Custom Domain on GoDaddy

  1. Buy a domain name from GoDaddy.com. Domain name are not free but they cost around 10-12$ per year. While buying make sure that you don't buy the hosting or website builder packages from GoDaddy as these are not required for setting up a Blogger blog.
  2. Once you have bought the domain name of your choice, login to your GoDaddy account and go to the domains section as shown in the below screenshot
    godaddy-domains
    Now click on the "Domain Details" of the domain which you have bought.
    godaddy-domain-details
  3. Go to the "DNS Zone File" Section and click on "Add Record"godaddy-dns-zone-file
  4. Fill in the details for the CNAME record as shown in the image and click "Add Another"
    godaddy-cname-record

    The details to use are :
    Record Type : CNAME
    Host : www
    Points to : ghs.google.com
    TTL : 1 hour

  5. Now we have to create 4 more records in a similar fashion. The details to fill up while creating the records are as below
    Sl # Record Type Host Points to TTL
    1 A @ 216.239.32.21 1 Hour
    2 A @ 216.239.34.21 1 Hour
    3 A @ 216.239.36.21 1 Hour
    4 A @ 216.239.38.21 1 Hour

    Once done, you should see only 4 records under the A Host section and those should be:
    godaddy-a-records

    Any other A record shown under the A Host section should be deleted using the Delete icon under Actions(This step is very important)

  6. Now click on "Save Changes
    godaddy-save-changes

    You are now Done with GoDaddy settings. You now have to configure your Blogger blog to publish to this new domain.

Publishing BlogSpot blog to Custom Domain

Now we will configure the Blogger blog to publish itself to the new Custom Domain name.

  1. Login to your Blogger Dashboard and Navigate to Settings > Basic and click on the Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog link
    third-party-url-blogger
  2. Provide your Custom Domain URL and click the Save Button
    third-party-url-settings-blogger

    When you click save, you might get an error like the one shown below
    verification-error-blogger

    This means that Blogger wants us to create another CNAME record on GoDaddy to verify that you are the owner of the domain. The values for Host and Points To should match what’s shown on the Blogger error. An example based on the above error is shown below.
    verification-cname-godaddy-example

    Click Finish and Save Changes once again. Now go back to Blogger and click on the "Save" button once again. This time the verification error should go away.

  3. Now click on the "Edit" link next to the Blog Address
    edit-blog-address

    Now select the redirection Option and save the settings Once again
    redirect-domain-root-blogger

  4. Now your blog should be visible at your new domain.

The DNS changes which we had made(the A and CNAME records) might take some time to propagate. So give it 24 hrs in case you aren't able to see the changes immediately.In case you need more help, you can always contact us via comments, contact form or via social media channels :-)

Note : The screenshots are based on the GoDaddy and Blogger interfaces at the time of writing this post. In case you find any differences, do let us know so that we can update the post and help others.

18 comments :

  1. Hi Aneesh,
    This is AmSen from toobookishkiddo.blogspot.com. Hope u remember, since u helped me in my query on how to display page titles in static page. Ur page is wonderful and I am learning a lot. Thank you much.

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    1. yea I do and glad to see you here with the kind words. I couldn't help you much over the product forums. In case you have more queries, use the contact form here to email me directly :-)

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  2. Hi this is Googlista.com. The instructions worked wonderfully. However when all said and done, I realized this is not what I wanted. I was looking to link my blog as one of the pages under the main domain, not instead. I think I already found instructions on how to do that, however how do I recover my page? Would love to see instructions on how to remove the re-direct. I already removed the re-direct from Blogger and tried to delete items from DNZ zone on GoDaddy but my original GoDaddy page doesn't come up. Help.

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    1. What do you mean by pages? If you mean to say you would like to setup your blogger blog at http://www.yourdomain.com/blog , it's not possible with Blogger.

      If you would want to setup your blog at http://blog.yourdomain.com , it's possible.

      How was your domain setup prior to the change. Were you using GoDaddy hosting? If you were, the only missing entry is an "A" record pointing to GoDaddy servers. You can also contact me directly via the contact page if you need more help.

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  3. Let say I have 2 blogs under 1 google account, I have a top-domain setup to my blog A. Is that possible to setup a subdomain redirect to my blog B? If so , how? It doesn't prompt me any cname configuration :(

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    1. In spep 4, create a CNAME Alias with the below details

      Record Type : CNAME(Alias)
      Host : blog
      (Assuming that you want the second blog to appear at blog.yourdomain.com. If that's not what you want, change accordingly)
      Points to : ghs.google.com
      TTL : 1 Hour


      Once this is saved, go to blogger publishing settings of your Blog B, and publish to http://blog.yourdomain.com

      If you are still having trouble, contact me via the Contact page and I will try to help :)

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  4. Hello, this is really a good blog posts, but I think Godaddy introduced classic one which is much simpler than this, bye the way great blog post.

    Thanks

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  5. Nice post! The most helpful one I've seen in the past few months. Anyway...

    I've created the CNAMES but when it was time to click "SAVE" in my blogger it still shows me "We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 32." Do I need to wait for another 24 hours? My blog is newly setup btw so it's pretty bare for now and I was hoping it will get attached to the new domain name asap. Hoping for your response! Thanks again.

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    1. sorry for the delayed response. That error should go away once you create the verification CNAME as mentioned in step 2 (You might have to wait for a while so that the CNAME is propogated across DNS servers). I see that you have already sorted it out on your new Custom Domain :)

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  6. Thank you already done in my www.wheretoworkabroad.com

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  7. Thanks so much, I was trying to figure this out by myself and could not... you are awesome!

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