Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Add Custom Domain to Blogger EASILY

Lets start to add a custom domain to blogger. This easiest way will turn your blog address blogspot to TLD Domain.
If you want to remove or blogspot from your blog address, then you have must to set up a custom Domain manually. You can easily add custom Top Level Domain (TLD) on your Blogger blog.

But before learning how to add custom domain to blogger, you should to know the advantages of adding custom domain and the advantages of putting the default (blogspot sub-domain).
Add Custom Domain to Blogger EASILY


Advantages of adding a custom Domain:

  1. Branding and promoting: Custom domain is easy to remember and since it can be customized, the simple but unique name will help to make your blog a brand among your audiences. And branding is the required to promote your blog to generate revenues. 
  2. Non-Hosted AdSense Account: Having a Top Level Domain is one of the required condition to get a non-hosted AdSense account. Probably, you may know the difference between hosted and non-hosted AdSense account. Different type of accounts have different advantages.
  3. Others Ads Network: Not only for Google Non-Hosted AdSense but also others popular Ads Network like Media.net, Buy Sell Ads, Propeller Ads, AdSterra also require a custom Domain to approve.
  4. Affiliate Marketing: If you want to connect your blog with Affiliate programs like Amazon, CJ, eBay etc. you need a custom Domain.

Advantages of blogspot sub-domain:

  1. Free: Yes. blogspot sub-domain is free for lifetime. You don't need to renew it like for custom domain every year. So you haven't any tension to lost your domain for not bearing cost. 
  2. Free SSL: You can get free SSL (Site Security Lock) for your blog from here and it is enabled by Blogger. But if you want to get this feature for custom domain you need to pay for this domain provider and it is little difficult to enable.
  3. Fast AdSense approving: It is very easy to get AdSense approval from blogspot sub-domain. The approval process is faster then custom domain. This account type is hosted. You can put Ad code only on this blog. But the income is same as non-hosted.

  5 Steps to Set up Custom Domain on Blogger

1. Purchase Domain: Buy a TLD domain from Domain provider who provides full control panel that allows to add, delete, modify CNAME, A, TXT, NS Records. I suggest you to buy Domain from Godaddy, Namecheap. You can also purchase from others.
2. Set up Domain from Blogger Dashboard: Go to Blogger Dashboard → Settings → Basic → Publishing → Set up a 3rd Party URL for your blog and put your Domain name with www in blog address.

set up custom domain blogger 3rd party URL
Next click on Save button.Your saving won't be saved and you will see an error like "we have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. error 12/14." But don't worry. Just follow the next steps. After trying step 2 you will see an option like below, where it shows some generated code. Copy the both for further use. Look, here in two rows and two columns: first row refers www for ghs.google.com and second refers some generated key for some generated destination. The first column represents Name, Label or Host Field and second column represents Destination, Target or Points to Field. Whatever, backup all and don't share with others.

Set up Domain from Blogger Dashboard
3. Add CNAME on Domain Control Panel:  Go to your Domain Control Panel and find an option of CNAME → Click on 'Add a CNAME' option → Insert www on Host Field/Name/Label and insert the ghs.google.com on Destination/Target/Points to FieldSave. Similarly insert generated key for second row. Insert key from first column in Host Field/Name/Label and key from second column in Destination/Target/Points to Field. Next Save.

Add CNAME www on Domain Control Panel

Add CNAME on Domain Control Panel
4. Add A Records on Domain Control Panel: Similarly Step 3 you will find an option to add A Records. Insert the following IP addresses once-by-once.

Add A Records on Domain Control Panel
Put @ on Host option and put IP address in Destination/Points to/Address
  • 216.239.32.21
  • 216.239.34.21
  • 216.239.36.21
  • 216.239.38.21
You have done. Now check the domain verification from Google Webmaster Tool from same Gmail account by which you create a blog on Blogger. It will take several hours to verify.

If you face any trouble to Set up custom domain for Blogger through this process or others let me know by comment.

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