How to set up a custom domain in blogger

Always wondered how to set up your own domain for your blog? Well i’m here to help you with simple steps.
This is to help people with blogs on blogger and using GoDaddy for the domain.
I must admit it these step to step instructions may look very scary but it’s rather simple. 

First of all you need to purchase your domain from GoDaddy. I decided to use GoDaddy as it’s easy to use plus i’ve had other people recommend them so i decided to stick with them. They’re also really good priced so it’s an all round good company to use.

1: Once you’ve purchased your domain and have an account with GoDaddy so you need to click on your name for a drop down menu to appear.
2: Once the menu appears you need to click on ‘VISIT MY ACCOUNT‘.
3: You then have ‘DOMAINS‘, ‘WORKSPACE EMAIL‘ and ‘PHOTO ALBUM‘ appear.
In the Domain row you need to click on ‘+‘.
4: Once you’ve clicked on ‘+‘ your domain appears and you need to click on ‘Manage DNS‘.

5: This is now where you need to open a new tab and go to ‘Blogger‘ – ‘Settings‘, ‘Basic‘, ‘Publishing‘.
In the ‘Publishing‘ section there’s ‘Blog Address‘ section. Underneath there’s a link saying ‘Add a custom domain‘ you need to click on that link.
In the ‘Third-party domain settings‘ you need to type in your registered domain including the “www” and then click Save.
You’ll then see a red error message appear
We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 32.
and you’ll see some extra information. Name, Label, or Host field and Destination, Target, or Points To field. This information will be needed for the next step.

6: The information highlighted is the information which you shall be needing for the next couple of steps.
First of all you’ll be needing to copy the ‘‘ from the 1st row.

7: Next, you need to go back to Godaddy.
When you’re back on Godaddy, you need to click on ‘DNS ZONE FILE’. This will bring up a list featuring ‘A (Host), AAAA (IPv6 Host), CName (Alias), MX (Mail Exchanger), TXT (Text), SRV (Service) and NS (Nameserver).
You’re only interested in the CName (Alias) information. In the www row you need to click on the symbol resembling ‘Edit Record‘.

8: A pop up menu then appears. In the ‘POINTS TO:‘ section there will be a ‘@‘. You need to delete the ‘@‘.

9: Once you’ve deleted the ‘@‘. You need to add the ‘‘, then click on ‘FINISH‘.

10: It’s time to add another record, go to the top of your screen where you shall find ‘Add Record‘.

11: When the pop up menu appears, in the ‘RECORD TYPE:‘ you need to select the drop down menu and find ‘CNAME (Alias)’.

The next two steps will be needing the information Blogger gave you on STEP 6.
The generated codes are only unique to you and you only, don’t copy my codes. Only copy the codes Blogger has given you.

12: Going back to Step 6, you’ll be wanting the codes on the 2nd row. For the ‘HOST:’ section you’ll be wanting the 12 digit code (the sorter out of the 2), the one starting with a number.

13: For the ‘POINTS TO:‘ section you’ll be needing the longer code ending in ‘‘. You then need to click on ‘FINISH‘.

14: Next you’ll be needing to go up to ‘Add Record‘ again.
This part is to prevent a 404 error appearing if anyone leaves out the www of your URL.

15: When the pop up menu appears this time you need to look for ‘A (Host)‘ from the drop down menu.

16: In the ‘HOST:‘ section you’ll need to add ‘@’.
17: Then in the ‘POINTS TO:’ section you’ll need to add ‘‘.
Then click on ‘ADD ANOTHER‘.

18: Repeat the step another 3 times changing the ‘POINTS TO:‘ sections adding these IP addresses –
Once done, click on ‘FINISH‘.

19: You need to find the ‘A (Host)‘ section. You’ll see your 4 IP addresses which you’ve just added. You’ll also see another IP address with a TTL of 600 seconds.
In the row on the left hand side you need to select it.

20: Once selected, you need to delete that address.

21: Don’t forget to save everything. After saving everything you’ll be no longer needing to use GoDaddy.

Go back to Blogger and try and save your domain again.
DNS can take upto 24-48 hours to change, so if you can’t save the domain and keep getting an error code then keep trying until it allows you to save the settings.

22: Once everything is saved you’ll see your custom domain appear above your blogspot address. You need to click on ‘EDIT‘.

23: Your settings then appear and you’ll see your ‘Third-party domain settings’.
Underneath your domain you need the select the checkbox.
24: Then click ‘Save‘.

Your new custom domain is ready to use.

I hope this has helped you, if you need any help then just leave a comment and i’ll get back to you.
  • Thanks so much for your help 🙂 I followed this step by step and didn't come across any issues! I don't think I could've figured it out on my own either! Thank you!

    Jemma |

  • I'm so glad you've found it helpful 🙂 x