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Simple ways to connect a custom domain to Google blogger

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Last Updated on July 31, 2021 by Amit

Are you having trouble adding your new custom domain to Google blogger?
In this article I will show you how to add a newly registered domain to Google Blogger with 4 simple steps. I will show you with step by step instructions how to add and varify your domain on blogger and search console.

Connect a domain to blogger

Adding a custom domain to blogger is easy and simple it only takes a few minutes to go live. But with the new blogger layout it seems like a complicated task as blogger doesn’t provide options to varify domain on the dashboard.
In the old blogger layout it was easy to add or change a custom domain as blogger used to provide all the functions and settings on the dashboard.
To connect your domain to Google blogger , you need to follow the following simple steps :

Steps to add a new domain to blogger

  1. Add your domain to search console
  2. Varify your domain on search console
  3. Add blogger CNAME records
  4. Add your domain to blogger
  5. Add your domain to search console

    Search console add domain

    The first thing you need to do is add your new domain to Google search console. Create a search console account if you don’t have one.

    Varify your domain on search console

    You need to varify your domain on search console. If your domain is varified on search console then you will not need any other verifications to use the domain on blogger.
    You can use any verification methods provided by the search console. The easiest method to varify domain is TXT records
    Copy the txt records and add them to your domain DNS.

    Open the DNS settings, and create a new TXT record something like shown in the following Cloudflare dns screenshot
    Cloudflare blogger TXT record
    Save the txt record and go back to search console to varify your domain .

    Blogger CNAME record

    Once your domain has been varified in search console , the next step is to add blogger CNAME record to the DNS of your domain.
    Go to your domain hosting provider’s dashboard and select DNS settings to add record.

    Create a CNAME type record.
    Add your naked domain name ie . example.com in the Name field.
    In the destination field add ghs.googlehosted.com this destination address is same for all blogger domains.
    Click save to save the record.

    On blogger, you can not use a naked domain ie “example.com” . You will need to use a subdomain instead. If you want to use “www.example.com” subdomain for your blogspot blog then you will need to create another CNAME record to point your “www” subdomain to the main domain.

    Create a new CNAME with the following detail.

    Record type = CNAME
    Name = www
    Destination = example.com
    TTL= automatic
    Save this record and exit your domain dashboard. The next and final step is to add the domain to blogger.

    Add domain to blogger

    After completing all the steps mentioned above , the last step is to connect your domain to Google Blogger.
    Go the dashboard of your blogger’s blog and click on settings/publishing
    Blogger settings

    blogger add custom domain
    Add your subdomain to the custom domain field ie “www.example.com” and click save. And finally click on “Redirect domain” toggle button. This will redirect your main domain example.com to www.example.com .

    That’s it. Congratulations! You have successfully added your custom domain to your blog on Google Blogger.

    Some frequently asked questions about Blogger custom domain

    Why is blogger custom domain not working without www ?

    Answer :- It’s because Google Blogger doesn’t allow connecting a naked domain to their server. You can only point your subdomain ie “foo.example.com” to Google Blogger but not “example.com” .

    How to enable blogger custom domain https ?

    If your domain is already on Cloudflare and the SSL is enabled then you don’t need to activate blogger https. But if doesn’t have then you can do so from your blogger dashboard . Blogger provides a free lifetime SSL for custom domains which you can enable instantly from the dashboard.

    blogger 404 error on custom domain ?

    If you are getting a 404 error after enabling a custom domain then it might be that you have not completed the process properly. Check your DNS settings to ensure that the records are correct and try clearing your browser cache .

    blogger redirect to custom domain

    Google Blogger automatically creates a redirect from your old blogspot subdomain to the new custom domain so there is no need to worry about that. All your blog URLs will get a 301 redirect from your blogspot domain to the new domain.

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