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Blogspot Custom Domain Tutorial

If you don’t own your own domain name, you need to stop reading this article right now and buy it. Once your blog gets AT ALL popular (by which we mean your mom, your grandma and one other loyal fan), there’s a chance that some weird domain name hostage sniping will happen, and someone will buy your domain name right from under you. This can even happen if your blog’s name is highly unique, like Dolly Doodle’s Donut Dogs. Yes, domain names that complex have been purchased by people who had no right to own them. And the blog owners were forced to buy a .net or other not-quite-perfect domain name set up.

To avoid that heartache, just spend the $10 to buy a custom URL. I give you permission to invest your first $10 into your blog-business (or blog-hobby). Whether you blog for fun or business, it’s a $10 well spent.

But I’m afraid of what might happen if I buy my domain name

If you are on Blogger, you might be afraid of what will happen once you buy your domain name. Well, don’t worry. Blogger makes it very easy to buy a domain name and switch your URL. When we’re done with this post, you will have a domain name, and your Blogger blog will no longer have any permalinks that say “yourblog.blogspot.com,” but instead, they’ll be pretty “yourblog.com/permalink.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should just follow these instructions anyway, and some day you’ll thank me.

Step 1: Buy Domain Name

The most straightforward way to do this is through Blogger itself. It is only $10, so no reason to go somewhere else. If you already bought your domain name from GoDaddy or similar, read on. We’ll tell you what to do for that in a minute.

On the Blogger dashboard, go to Settings/Publishing.
Click on “Switch to Custom Domain.”

“Buy a domain for your blog” will pop up. Buy one now.
blogspot to domain name
If you have already bought a domain name, click on “Already own a domain? Switch to advanced settings.”

Step 2: Advanced Settings

Your Domain will pop up. Enter your URL.
Click on “(setup instructions)”

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This page will pop up. Go through the dialog.

Choose “Host my blog on a URL that I already own”

Choose “On a Top Level Domain”

Follow the instructions on this page.

If You Bought Your Domain From GoDaddy or Someone Besides Blogger/Google

Under the CNAME column (those weird pink triangles are pointing to it in the photo above), click on the “CNAMEs for various registrars” and a window will open. Choose your registrar (such as GoDaddy). Follow instructions on that page.

blogger to domain name page three

 

Between these three screens (and your domain registrar dashboard), you should have everything you need. If this seems confusing, just start the process and refer back to this blog post for moral support.

It’s like following a pattern. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense until you jump in and start doing it.

We believe in you! You can totally do this!

Honk if you read this post & then got your own pretty domain name!

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22 Responses to “Blogspot Custom Domain Tutorial”

  1. J. Hill says:

    You’re the best. I *will* do this today.

  2. My husband talked me into doing this before I ever started my blog and I am so glad. Not only does it look so much more professional to have an address that doesn’t include blogspot, but it makes it easier for others to remember the shorter url.

  3. Jo-Anna says:

    Thank you so much for this! I just recently bought my domain name, and I’m so happy I did! The only thing I don’t like is now my posts take up to 4 hours to show up in Google Reader. Bummer! But I was wondering also, do I need to change anything else now that I have my domain set up? Do I have to change anything in my RSS feeds? Stuff like that? Thanks!
    Jo-Anna

    • heather says:

      @Jo-Anna, I’m not sure. I’ll have to figure that out. There might be some setting on your dashboard that controls how fast it takes for your RSS feeds to go out…

  4. Ambrosia says:

    HONK!! Thank you!!!! I had NO idea it would be this easy. I wish I’d done it when I first started. Sharing this right now!

  5. del says:

    I only recently bought my domain name…well, won it at auction. And the exact same thing you mentioned is what happened to me. When I started my blog years ago, I wish I’d had this advice because a smarmy company bought it and held it “hostage” and I guess they finally got tired of me not begging to get it or pay an outrageous sum. By chance, I saw it had expired, gone to auction and I snagged it for cheap. I’m at Blogger for now but am getting ready to move to WordPress but at least I have my name to take with me.

  6. J. Hill says:

    Okay, that was crazy, CRAZY easy. I am such a doofus.

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!! I started last week to try this on my own through another site… I had NO idea you could just do it through blogger!!! THANKS!!!!!!

  8. I found it interesting that ThriftyDecorChick owns both blogspot.com AND just .com. You can find her at both. How did she do that? My friend just bought her domain name and right after that someone took her old blogspot name (they are the same except hers is now .com and the other one her old blogspot.com) What do you think about that? I haven’t bought a domain name yet but I guess I should 🙂 (but somehow keep both like TDC did!)

  9. I need to do this? Ok. I do it and thank you someday when I realize why! 🙂 Am I crazy or cannot not subscribe to your feed through my reader? Do you know what I mean? Most blogs I subscribe through the little “feed” button & I do it through google reader but when I do yours it just shows up in a strange feed setting that I always forget to look at ! 🙁 Do you know whaat the heck I’m talking about? I hope so b/c I don’t! 🙂 ha.

  10. AJ says:

    HONK!!! I bought my domain name (GoDaddy) when I started my blog but I didn’t know I could do this. Thanks so much for the information! AJ

  11. Brittany says:

    I just found your site and I’m so grateful for this post! Thank you so much for the information!

  12. belinda says:

    OH YES!! I need to do this…thank you!! But I am curious also about the other above comment concerning the Thrifty Decor Chicks having both dot com AND blogspot.com. I TOO would want to have both of those!!…..?????? What do you think???

    I found you through Craft Gossip!!

  13. Okay, I followed your advice and I’m now a dot com through Blogger. It was surprisingly easy! Now I have a question that I hope you might be able to help me with… I had Google Analytics set up with my blogspot name and now I realized it’s no longer tracking my traffic. Will I have to set up a new Analytics account or is there some way to transfer it so I can keep the past data and add my new dot com traffic? (Does that make sense?)

  14. Tristine says:

    Honk! Honk!! See, my website address doesn’t have a “blogspot” after it anymore! Yippie!

  15. Michelle says:

    I just found your site today – I love your articles – thanks for the information – yes, I’m a new blogger and I’m trying to read up on everything. I will do this today.

  16. Lowri McNabb says:

    This is easy to do (as per above instructions) – but you will immediately lose a lot of information on your blog – as I seem to have done.

    I hope it appears in 24 hours or I will be MIGHTILY disappointed as this article failed to mention that! My blogrolls have vanished and none of my followers are showing up on my old blogspot address.

    Can anyone else shed any light on these matters – fingers crossed everything is back to normal soon!! I will let you know!

  17. Lowri McNabb says:

    Me again! After a lot of searching online and looking I have sorted half of the problems – especially with third party related widgets etc

    I actually think you need to add some pretty big disclaimers at the top of this article stating that the process of switching from blogspot to domain hosting might be simple (very simple!) – but your blog does NOT just become a .com replica of what it was in blogger.

    There are thousands of threads online detailing problems people have had due to switching – and I totally take responsibility for not checking out the implications before switching!!!

    • heather says:

      Thanks, Lowri — that’s helpful. The scope of the article was ONLY the domain name switch, but nothing about the theming implications. Definitely an important factor for anyone trying to decide.

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