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Grow you blog: Get your own custom website address for Blogger Blogs in 5 Steps

I get so many requests on how to do this so here goes another article that will help you with your blog 🙂

I think I’ll create a section soon called Grow your blog that will put all these tips into one place so for you bloggers that are looking to get serious, you can refer to them. Also if you have any questions on how to grow your blog or anything like that please leave a comment and I’ll work on a blogpost to answer your questions 🙂

Also if you have a wordpress blog, this process will be different but you can still enjoy my domain deals and also if you want to have a self-hosted wordpress blog – that’s a whole other topic but there are also some hosting deals below, and if I get enough requests for these topics in the comments I’ll think about compiling some detailed instructions (trust me it’s pretty complicated)

Without further ado, I’ll teach you how to get your own custom domain on blogger. When you start your blogger account most likely you have a website address like:
yourname.blogspot.com
This is a great address to use if blogging is just a hobby or a bit of fun, but if you are ready to take it a bit further or create a sort of a “brand” online you may want your blog to have this address:
yourname.com
youname.com.au
yourname.co
The variation is really up to you, and some may cost more than others. Before you freak out of course, a website address like this is really not expensive and right now GoDaddy have a special .com sale which lets you buy this address for $2.99 (this ends on 9th of Feb)
When it is not on sale you’ll expect to pay no more than $10-$15 a year for your website address. You can buy your address from many websites but I prefer GoDaddy, because not only is it one of the cheapest, it has a special page that helps you link your blogger account with your domain name easily. (I’ll show you how to do that later).

If you want a really easy way to set up your website you can try bluehost which include your own website, hosting and domain name in a package.

For a full tutorial and a sample of a website built in 4 minutes check out this link.

Domain name change tutorial for blogger blogs

Step 1. Purchase your domain name from a reputable company

Buy your domain name. This is the easiest part of the process, you can buy your domain name (another word for your website address) from any domain name registrar, but I prefer GoDaddy because it’s the easiest to set up with blogger.

I usually check what deals there is on as you can always buy domain names for cheap (who needs to pay full price. I will keep this page updated for the latest domain name deals.

Current domain name deals

Get Hosting + Free domain for $1, click the banner below:

$1/ mo Hosting + Free domain! Stick it to the slow websites!

The next one will give you both plus you own email e.g. contact@wengie.com for $1

Get online for less - a lot less! Starting at $1/ mo! Website builder, domain and email!

If you’re just looking for a domain name you can’t beat this 99c deal!! You are usually paying $9.99!

THE domain at THE price! $.99 .COM Domains from GoDaddy!

This is a great and reliable host and you can do an easy and quick wordpress blog install on it too with one click. It can help you set up your blog in 4 minutes and have your own hosting and platform.


Disclaimer: I do make money from those links too and I will explain how to do this in detail for you guys in my next blog post. I only share offers and stores I feel are beneficial to you guys (e.g. it’s cheaper then if you would buy it without this link and also I use GoDaddy myself, all my domains are bought with GoDaddy and I am a regular user because its cost effective and easy to use.)

Step 2. Log into your new GoDaddy Account

If you’re new once you buy the domain name above you should have created an account already. Remember if you don’t use those links above you will be paying full price for your domains so please don’t forget to use the promotional links.

The next instructions are based on a blogger article in their help section but some of the language is hard to understand I’ll try and make this as easy to understand as possible for you guys! The bonus of using a popular service like GoDaddy is that there are instructions for them by google for their exact interface.

1. Log in to your account at www.godaddy.com. (remember you should already have this if you use the link above otherwise click the link above and login as usual)

2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You’ll be directed to the Domain Manager page. Is should look like the screenshot below:
3.Click the domain that you’d like to use with your blog. Click the blue name link e.g. wengie.com

4. Click the tab “DNS Zone File like I boxed above 

So this next section is going to be the most confusing AND most important!! Let me explain a bit about what you are doing! 
There will be 2 sections you need to change on your website. One is called the CNAME section and one is called the A-Records. I have boxed them in GREEN in the image below. The CNAME refers to your domain name when people type “www”. The A-Record is changed so that when people type in yourdomain.com (no “www”) they can get to your site. If you change the CNAME only people wont be able to get to you site without the “www.” so I suggest you do both even though google says changing the CNAME is optional.
The changes that you need to make are boxed in BLUE. Make sure this is what your screen looks like after you have changed the details.
5. Change the A-HOST
So the first thing you want to do is to add the following IP addresses by click “add record” above the A-Host title.
You want to add the following IP addresses for blogger blogs:
216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21
After you’ve done this, delete any existing IP address left over from before. I suggest you just add first because if anything goes wrong you will still have the originals. Otherwise you can take a screenshot of the originals if you want to feel safer.
6. Change the CNAME
if you already have a CNAME that has “www” on it you may just want to edit this. But most likely you wont so please click “Add Record” above the CNAME section.
Enter ghs.google.com as the Host Name and fill in the rest as shown below:

Step 5. Now update your blogger settings

Once your domain is set up you want to tell your blogger blog to point to your new domain name.
Note from Google 
Before you move onto this step, wait about an hour for your DNS settings to activate. If you attempt to change the publishing settings before the DNS changes activate, then we’ll let you know with a warning message.”
The next section is straight from the help article because it’s fairly straight forward:
Just head back to Blogger and update the information on your Settings | Basic tab. Find the area for “Publishing,” and click the link to add a custom domain.
Add a custom domain
Then, click on “Switch to advanced settings.”Advanced Settings
Enter in the URL for your custom domain in the text box provided, and click Save. That’s it! Your blogspot.com address will soon redirect to your new custom domain — be patient, as it might take up to 24 hours for the redirect to start working
Enter URL and save
Now your done! You should test out if this works 🙂

If you want a much simpler solution you can build a blog in literally 4 minutes with blue host and the plan includes hosting, a domain name and an easy wordpress install. Click here to see the plan and get a discount too.

For more articles on how to grow you blog please head to my grow you blog section

Much love,
Wengie

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Dolly
    February 7, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks a lot for this Wengie! I've been meaning to buy a domain for some time now but have been pushing it off since I didn't know where to start. I'll definitely reference this when I buy my domain name. 😀

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    Fujisu
    February 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you so much! It's a very good description! Really helpful!*-* I love your blog and videos. These are so amazing!
    and…I have a question :/ I want to buy an own domain, but my site is not blogspot, it's a hungarian site (because i'm hungarian haha). so possible, that i make a domain with my site (blueberrykisses.gportal.hu) or i must move it?
    Sorry because of my bad english
    Thank you one more time~ Fuji~

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    PAIGE LAURA
    February 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Great Post Wengie! I can't wait to get a personal Domain and have already been looking at go daddy!

    Paige| paigelaurax.blogspot.co.uk

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    Sindy Nguyen
    February 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I loved the post wengie it was so helpful I can't for your next post~<3
    Sindy xx

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