Move your Blogspot blog to your own Domain with ease

If you have a blog hosted on Google’s Blogspot service and have a domain, but aren’t ready to commit to a full-fledged hosting package just yet, or like Blogger, you can have your blog hosted by Google on your own domain. It is a service that I took advantage of since I got my own domain.

On the surface, it sounds a bit daunting to do it, but really, it is very simple. In fact, if you don’t have a domain name, Google offer the option to register a domain for $10. I’m not sure if this includes private registration, but I’m guessing it doesn’t, so I would recommend using a registrar like Godaddy where you can get a domain for around $9/year with private registration for $7 per year.

As a matter of fact, I registered with Godaddy and am very pleased with their service. It is easy to change the settings to suit your needs. I’d definitely recommend them. I will note here that the instructions I will give below are suited for you if you have registered with Godaddy. If you need to find the information for your particular registrar, Blogger have the instructions available here.

Step 1: Prepare Blogger

Just so you know, I took these screenshots from a couple of blogs that I have, so don’t worry if the address or blog name change. ;)

When you’re ready to your blog to your own domain, I’d recommend having at least two windows open – one pointed at this page in blogger – Settings: Publishing. When you go there, it will look like this, with your blogspot address filled in.

Moving to domain 1
Before opening the second window, you can safely get Blogger prepared for you to save the settings. Click on Custom Domain, and then since you already have your own domain, click on “Switch to advanced settings”, and you will be taken to this screen -

Moving to domain 2
Then, in the line marked Your Domain, put in the exact address you want your blog to publish on – for the most part, that will be www.{domain}.{tld}, however, you can use any prefix you wish. You will not need to worry about the missing files host, however you can read the help file on that if you wish.

Don’t save just yet; you need to make sure your domain is ready for Google’s hosting

Step 2: Prepare your domain

Now, open a new window or tab and go to the site where you registered your domain. For Godaddy, this is the screen you’ll see when you first log in; click on My Account to move to the next screen.

Moving to domain 3
Now, click on Manage Domains in the middle box on the My Account Page. This will bring you to this screen, where you will want to click on the domain you’re going to publish your blog on.

Moving to domain 4
This will bring you to the Domain Control Center. There are a lot of options on this page, but there is only one thing that we will have to concern ourselves with for now – Total DNS Control and MX Records. In the extremely unlikely chance that you are not using the default nameservers (normally NSxx.DOMAINCONTROL.COM) then the Total DNS Control will not be available and you will need to contact the system administrator of the service that has given you the nameservers to use in order to find out how to proceed.

When you click on Total DNS Control, you will be taken to this page which has what could be described as a plethora of options for hosting. In my shots, I have it set up for Blogger already, but that doesn’t mean I can’t explain it, right? :)

Moving to domain 5
The only thing you will need to concern yourself with clicking on is “Add New CNAME Record”, if you do not see the prefix you’re using there. If it is there, simply click on the pencil icon and replace whatever is in the “Points To” line with the information below.

When you do this, the CNAME (Alias) section will appear on the screen, and you should fill in the details as I have, with www (or whatever prefix you’ve decided to go with) in the first line, and ghs.google.com in the second. You can leave the TTL (Time to LIve) at 1 hour, that should speed up the propogation of your site.

Moving to domain 6
After clicking OK, you can then Return to the List, and logout of your domain’s account. Fortunately, you will not need to adjust any more settings now that Google have added the option of forwarding the basic domain (i.e. without the www) to www.{domain}.{tld}.

Step 3: Confirm Blogger’s Settings

Now that you have your domain ready to accept Google’s request, you can now confirm the settings in Blogger. Simply hit Save Settings, and it will confirm the new configuration of your blog’s address.

If you reload the page now, it will look like this. Of particular note is the line that says “Forward {domain}.{tld} to www.{domain}.{tld}”. This is something that I have not tried out, so if you wish to try it out, it may not work, claiming that there is another blog on that domain.

Moving to domain 7
There is a workaround that I did which allowed for you to forward all the traffic that was going to {domain}.{tld} to www…., which involved forwarding the domain to your old Blogspot address, however, if the redirection works out, you will not have to do that.

Lastly, if you decide to move your blog to a full-fledged host and return your old blog to its blogspot domain, simply click the blogspot.com link next to Switch to.

What do you do now?

There are a few things that you will need to do after getting your blog’s address moved over from Blogspot to your own domain. Your list of things may vary, depending on what you all have on your site.

- Let everyone know about your new address, and tell them to update their links.
- If you have trackers installed, update the addresses they’re tracking to include the new address for your blog
- You will need to reclaim your new blog on Technorati. If you no longer want your old address to be listed in their listings, you can send them a note requesting that the old one be marked as irrelevant.
- If you’re a part of social networking sites like Bumpzee or Mybloglog, change the address of your blog there; on Bumpzee, that means that your blog will be placed back in the moderation queue for any communities you’re a part of.
- Update the links within your site to reflect your new domain. While all of those links will still work, it’s a good idea to change over the address in case you decide to move your blog in the future.
- This is just a tip, and not necessary – if you haven’t already done so, integrate your Blogger feed with FeedBurner, and encourage people to sign up using the FeedBurner link directly

Further Reading
Chuck, a major contributor to the Blogger Support group has a lot of information on custom domains on The Real Blogger Status: Custom Domains.

Previously in the Tuesday Think Tank
21st August: RSS
14 Reasons Readers Unsubscribe From Your Blog
Tuesday Think Tank: All About RSS

28th August: Blog Templates
Blog Design – Open Your Eyes.
Demystifying Blogger Template Editing

4th September: Nofollow
Spam, Spiders And Do Follow, Oh My!
Say No! to Nofollow

11th September: Site Meters
Do NOT Rely On Your Site Meter.
Track Your Visitors with Google Analytics

18th September: Technorati
Technorati – Sending Out An SOS
The Ups (and Downs) of Technorati

25th September: Google Reader
Google Reader Can Make Your Life Easier – Here’s How.
Improving your Google Reader Experience

2nd October: HTML
Basic HTML for Bloggers.
Some HTML Tips & Tricks

9th October: Time Management
Time Management – Tuesday Think Tank
Use Google Calendar to organize your life

Over to you

Have you tried out Blogger’s custom domain service, and if so, did you like it? Have you tried Google’s domain registration service? Is it any good and, more importantly, does it provide privacy and for how much?

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  2. MrCorey said,

    October 16, 2007 @ 11.06 am

    Yes, I have taken advantage of this service for http://mrcorey.com I haven’t really done much with the site, though. Its a nice back up for when my host has issues, as people can check out the status of things there. Some day soon, though. This is a big plus as compared to WordPress.com, for example. And with Blogger, although I’ve not gotten into it yet, you can customize your template a lot more than with the other services. Blogger gets a bad rap sometimes, although it does some things a lot better.

  3. Kin said,

    October 16, 2007 @ 3.57 pm

    Very interesting Sephy! Just was I was looking for :)

    Now to get up the courage to actually do it ;)

  4. Sephyroth said,

    October 16, 2007 @ 8.20 pm

    MrCorey – It is a good service to use. I also think that if you compare the free services provided by Blogger and WordPress, Blogger comes out ahead, for the simple reason of allowing you to customize the template to your heart’s content.

    In fact, I was going to move to the wordpress.com service, but when I found out that to do anything advanced you had to pay, I said ‘no thanks’. Add to that the fact that you can’t add any javascript to your blog, it really does lag behind Blogger.

    Kin – It was your email that got the ball rolling on this one. If you need any help with it, feel free to give me a shout. ;)

    Thanks y’all! :)

  5. Kin said,

    October 16, 2007 @ 8.24 pm

    Ooh I feel so special :)

    I’ll definitely give you a shout if I run into dramas. The internet and I are having a few arguments lately. I expect more!

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  8. Sweet Lullaby said,

    December 12, 2007 @ 6.08 am

    Hi seph! I posted a question at mylot.com asking advise and suggestion as to hosting my blogger.com blog to my own domain. There was someone there who gave me your link and suggested that I will check it. Truly, I am looking for someone right now who can give me a direct opinion/suggestion based on his/her experience in this matter. I was thinking of buying my own domain at 1and1 but since you mentioned Godaddy, I will also check it out.

    Now, I have one question for you. I am into paid blogging like PPP, sponsored post and the like. I already wrote few paid posts for them. My question is, what will happen to the URLs of the paid posts that I submitted to them once I will transfer my blog to my own domain? Will it automatically change or do I have to go over each site and told them I migrated to my own domain and that my URLs changes. Actually this is the thing that concerns me the most, as you know we are binded to legal terms when doing paid blogging, I mean you can’t delete what you posted already for them and they can always track it if they want to see it.

    Right now, I am also contemplating between getting a web hosting or just the domain because I have no vivid idea as to how each differs or which one is advantageous. I have been doing research but the technoloy terms sometimes create confusion in me.

    I hope you can shed me with some suggestions.

    Here’s my blog link:
    http://www.mariesweetlullaby.blogspot.com

    I am very sorry for this long words… Thank you!

    Oh, by the way, I love your article here. In fact, I had it bookmark for further references. Keep it up!

    Regards,
    Marie

  9. Laura said,

    April 21, 2008 @ 6.21 pm

    I looked at moving a Blogspot blog to a domain about a month ago and the instructions I followed were different than the ones I am looking at from your post or on the Blogger site itself. I was able to move over a test blog easily. I didn’t do anything with a subdomain, CNAME. Am I just losing my marbles or did they change the process and now you can only do it with a subdomain? Last time I checked subdomains were not available or cost extra from my host.

    Also, have you heard of anyone having trouble with the move? My blog is pretty big, started in 2004. I’d hate to lose it all while shuffling things around.

  10. jacque said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 6.50 pm

    thank you so much for your detailed instructions! i was successful! yey!

    God bless you!

  11. del said,

    June 16, 2008 @ 1.08 pm

    hi thank you! this has been very helpful in my first domain purchase. :)

  12. Ashish Kalmegh said,

    May 21, 2009 @ 8.23 am

    This is effective post .
    From many days I was thinking about shifting my blog from blogger to wordpress ….
    This is same as that ..
    Thanks

  13. Mike said,

    March 20, 2010 @ 4.13 am

    Just want to say THANK YOU for this post. I know this is in big demand, and you’ve walked me through the hairy server switching.

    You rock!!!!!!

  14. Kristin said,

    October 3, 2010 @ 12.42 pm

    This was super helpful. Thanks!

    I do have a question, though…I noticed that if you do NOT type in “www” in front of my address, you get the generic GoDaddy page. Did I do something wrong? Is there a way to fix that?

    Thanks!

  15. priincess said,

    October 17, 2010 @ 6.26 pm

    thank you for sharing this! i just wanted to know did you lose all your followers on your old blogspot account as you moved to your new domain?
    i want to purchase my first domain on through google blogspot, but I’m scared that when I do so, I’ll lose all my followers as well.

  16. Robin said,

    April 24, 2011 @ 9.35 pm

    Thanks for posting this:) I switched over and linked my readers to this site. One thing, now that I have switched over to my own domain, my google search box is no longer working. Also, I’m having trouble with my ad sense account. Anyone have any advice about how to fix that?

  17. Angelica said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 1.25 pm

    So I need domain hosting and not just purchasing a domain name? How much is the charge for domain hosting? If I decide to not host my blog onto my domain, is there a way to import all my previous posts from Blogger onto my new domain name?

  18. missionary said,

    November 26, 2011 @ 1.03 am

    Are there any happy/sad stories aafter the move is done that you know of?

  19. Onyemaechi said,

    December 6, 2011 @ 9.33 pm

    Thanks I will try this

  20. Sephyroth said,

    October 28, 2012 @ 5.15 pm

    With this, you don’t need to have any hosting, per se; Google handles that for you, all you have to do is follow the directions, and it should work for you. You do need to have a domain name, but you have to change the name server settings for it to direct to your Blogspot blog

  21. Sephyroth said,

    October 28, 2012 @ 5.16 pm

    Actually, if I remember correctly, when you enter your old blogspot.com address, it should automatically redirect you to your new domain name. :)

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