If you’re a blogger, you’re probably aware that in order to start your “Blogger” journey, it’s important to pick a domain. Most of us will opt for free domains, because obviously, they’re free of charge and there’s no need to pressure ourselves to get a lot traffic, because our investment for this will be zero. A lot of people believe that this is the safest move they can ever do, and it’s a great stepping stone to your blogging career. Truth be told, this can also be a huge mistake, especially if you don’t even know what you’re doing.
It’s true that self-hosted blogs will always be ideal of aspiring bloggers, but it’s also important to keep in mind that blogging is slowly becoming a profession of the future. Thus, if you’re more adventurous, you can always choose something that’s relatively better, such as GoDaddy.com.
In this article, we’re going to show you how you can effectively utilize a domain that’s customized with the help of GoDaddy.com. Though, before anything else, it’s important to be familiar with the two publishing options you can use, such as the following:
- By means of simply hosting on Blogspot.
- You can also host using your custom domain.
Ex: www. ABC.com OR www.example.ABC.com
With this, you’re free to change your publishing option whenever it is needed, but you can feel confident that your content will remain untouched and unchanged.
Though, before anything else– before you can even move your blog to a preferred custom domain, it’s important to buy a custom domain first, because lately, it’s impossible to buy custom domains from Blogger. Here’s a list of where you can buy your domain:
After buying your own custom domain, the next step will be figuring out how you can use your domain on either blogger or Blogspot. Here’s how.
Step 1: You need to go to Bloggers Home page.
Step 2: Select “Blogspot” site, or whatever domain you’re planning to customize.
Step 3: Go to “Settings” then click “Basic.”
Step 4: After that, go to “Publishing” and click on the “Blog Address.” here, you’ll see “+Set up a third-party URL for your blog” or “+Add custom domain.”
Just type the URL of the domain that you’ve recently purchased.
Note: It should begin with “www” in order to work.
Step 5: Click SAVE.
Step 6: If properly done, you’re going to see an “error message” as well as 2 CNAMES listed below.
The CNAME is made up of two parts Label, Name, or Host, as well as the Destination, Points, or Target.
The first CNAME should be similar with the rest. It should be “www” and the destination, “ghs.google.com.” However, the second CNAME should be something unique, because this will be your blog and Goggle account. That’s why there’s no second CNAMEs that are the same.
Step 7: Now that you’re done with the Blogger, the next step will be going to the control panel of the domain registrar’s website. This is something similar to GoDaddy and you’ll be asked to locate the DNS and set it up properly.
Just like what we’ve mentioned earlier, you can purchase a working domain from NameCheap, GoDaddy, Yahoo! Small Business, and so on. There are a lot of domain providers available out there, but each one of this also has a different settings for CNAME name. So, pay extra attention to that.
Step 1: Start by logging in to your GoDaddy account.
Step 2: Go to the “Domains” tab and click “My Domain Names.” After that, you’ll be directed to the Domain Manager page.
Step 3: Choose the domain that you’re planning to use on your blog and hit “Launch.”
Step 4: Then, go to “DNS Zone File Tab”
Optional: Depending on your preference, you can also enter A-records and this will link your naked domain (ABC.com) to a real site, such as www.ABC.com.
However, if you’re planning to skip this step, those potential visitors who are going to leave off the “www”, will end up seeing an error page.
Step 5: Once you’ve completed the previous stem, you should enter your domain name in the format of abc.com, and dont forget to ad the IP addresses you’re planning to use. For this step, you’ll need to create 4 individual A-records that will direct to 4 different Google IPs.
Step 6: You’re almost done, but before you proceed to the final step, it’s advisable to wait for about an hour in order to let your DNS setting activate. If you try the final step before your settings are fully activated, you’ll get a warning message from Blogger.
Here is List of IP:
Step 7: Don’t forget to enter “ghs.google.com” as your Host Name. Likewise, you must also specify a TTL or if you want, you can also use the default setting that will last for an hour. These are all available by default.
Step 8: Click “Ok.”
Step 9: After clicking okay you need to click “Add New CNAME Record” again. This should be added in the box that’s labeled “CNAMES.” In order to execute this properly, you need to copy the CNAME from the error message you received in your Blogger account. This is very unique, so make sure to pay extra attention to this. Add this in “CNAME Records.”
Step 10: As for the name, you’ll need to enter the short security token that will be provided.
Step 11: Just enter the long security token as your Host Name. Also, specify a TTL, but you’re free to use the default setting that usually lasts for about an hour.
Step 12: Click the “Ok” button twice.
Step 13: You’re almost done. For now, all you need to do is go to Blogger and save your custom domain name.
The Perks of a Custom Domain
Now that you have an idea of how you can create your own custom domain, it’s also important to know the benefits you can enjoy from it. For one, this will give you the exposure you need, especially in search engines. If you’re not aware, these search engines prefer to index customize domains. This will give you a greater chance of getting approved in AdSense.
There you have it. We do hope that your new custom domain will give you the revenue you’re aiming for.