Setup Bigrock custom Domain in Blogger : A Beginner’s Guide

If you’ve just started on your blogging journey and chosen Blogger as your platform, you’re in for an exciting ride.

Today, we’re going to tackle a common question that might be buzzing in your mind: “How do I set up domain name in Blogger?”

In my last tutorial, I have discussed a step by step guide to get a free domain name for your blog. However, free domain name comes with a number of limitations like limited control, subdomain structure, ownership issues, and possible SEO impact.

Even Freenom has recently stopped registering new domain names, so never gonna know when these companies gets out of business.

Well, in this guide, I am using Bigrock (a trusted brand) as a domain register & have shared a step-by-step guide on how to setup Bigrock domain in Blogger.

While creating your blog on Blogspot, you will get a free subdomain with your blog. Generally, the structure of the subdomain is like example.blogspot.com.

If you want to change the URL of your blog to example.com, then you need to buy a custom domain name.

Benefits of having a Custom Domain name

There are many advantages of having a custom domain name. I have listed some important benefits below:

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1. Custom Domain Names are Search Engine Friendly

If you want your blog posts to rank higher in Google search, then you should purchase a custom domain name for your blog. Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo prefer blog post with a shorter domain name for SEO.

Having a custom domain name also helps in improving page rank and Alexa rank of your blog.

2. Short & Easy to Discover

It is hard to remember a name like harishjoshi.blogspot.com. On the other hand, custom domain names (like harishjoshi.com) are short and thus easy to remember.

Use of custom domain name can also help your readers to discover your blog easily.

3. Professional Email Address

Using a custom domain name, you can easily create your own professional email address like [email protected]. Having a professional email address can help you build credibility among your visitors.

4. Subdomain for your Blog

While using a subdomain, you can not create a subdomain for your main blog, but If you are using a custom domain name you can easily create more subdomains for your blog. (e.g. shop.harishjoshi.com)

5. Higher Chances of Adsense Approval

Google Adsense is the best way to monetize your blog with advertisements due to its high rates. There are higher chances of getting approved with a custom domain name.

These are the 5 ways in which a custom domain name can help you.


Now, let’s move to step by step guide on how to setup Bigrock custom domain in blogger.

BigRock is an ICANN accredited leading provider of web-presence solutions to small businesses, professionals, and individuals. You can easily purchase domain names, web hosting & other solutions from Bigrock at affordable prices.

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If you have not yet purchased a domain name from Bigrock, you can simply visit the below link for a better deal:

If you already have a domain name, you can follow the below guide:

Steps to Setup Bigrock Custom Domain in Blogger

Here, in this step by step guide below, I have explained the complete procedure to setup Bigrock custom domain in blogger:

Step 1: Login to your Blogger Dashboard

In step 1, you need to login to your Blogger Dashboard.

After, you have successfully logged in to your Blogspot dashboard visit the following: Settings >> Publishing >> Custom Domain. 

It can also be seen in the below screenshot. After that Click on Custom Domain, and proceed to Step 2.

Setting for Custom Domain in Blogger

Step 2: Enter your domain

After following Step 2, just enter the domain name you have purchased as shown in the image below.

Don’t forget to add www as a suffix with your domain. And then just Click on Save Button.

Blogger Domain Setup Settings

Step 3:  Note the DNS Settings

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After Clicking on Save button, you will see an error message. It will be like “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 9“. Also, you will get a set of DNS settings which includes two CNAME records. Take note of the following two CNAME records. You have to use these CNAME records in Step 6.

Step 4: Visit Bigrock cPanel

Now leave the Blogger dashboard as it is & open Bigrock Control panel in a new tab. Log in to your account and click on the domain you want to set up for your Blogspot blog.

Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide

Step 5: Your Domain >> Manage DNS

Now after following Step 5, search for Manage DNS. It might be at the end of the page. After you find the DNS settings, Click on Manage DNS as shown in below snapshot. Follow Step 6.

Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide

Step 6: Add CNAME Records

In step 6, you need to enter the CNAME records, you have noted in Step 3.

  • Add your first CNAME record by clicking on CNAME Records and then Add CNAME Record
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • After clicking on Add CNAME Record, a new page opens. Here you need to enter www in Host Name and ghs.google.com (See Step 3) in Value as shown in the snapshot below. Then simply click on Add Record.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • Since you have two CNAME records from which we have added one. You have to follow the same steps for adding another CNAME record. Just click on Add CNAME record.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • Add Host Name, Value (as in Step 3) and then Click on Save as shown below:
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • In the below snapshot, you can see all your CNAME records in one place. Now move to Step 7 to add A records.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide

Step 7: Add A Records

After adding the CNAME records, you need to add A records to your DNS. Here is the list of I.P. address you need to enter as an A record. Here are the I.P. addresses:

  1. 216.239.32.21
  2. 216.239.34.21
  3. 216.239.36.21
  4. 216.239.38.21

Let us add the first A record!

  • For this, you need to click on Add A Record under Manage DNS.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • Then, in the next screen add first I.P. address in Destination IPv4 Address and leave all other fields blank & simply click on Add Record.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide
  • Add another A record in a similar way by clicking on Add A Record & then proceed above. You have to repeat this for four-time and add four I.P. address as shown above. I have just skipped these three steps. After adding all the four A records, the final screen will be as shown in below snapshot.
Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide

Step 8: Save Domain back in Blogspot Dashboard

After successfully adding all the records discussed above, now go back to Blogspot & save the domain name. Don’t forget to check the box that says “Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com”. At last click on Save!

That’s it. Now you have successfully mapped your custom domain to your Blogspot blog. You can see it in Basics under the Setting section of your Blogspot dashboard.

Setup Bigrock custom domain in Blogger : A Beginner's Guide

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This is how you can setup Bigrock custom domain in blogger. Let us summarize the complete post:

Summary:

Setting up a custom domain name is very important if you are serious about blogging. A custom domain name is short, easily memorable & SEO optimized.

Also, having a custom domain can boost your Blogging productivity. Here are the 8 steps which we have taken to setup Bigrock custom domain in blogger:

  1. Blogger Dashboard >> Settings >> Publishing
  2. Add Domain
  3. Note the DNS Settings (CNAME Records)
  4. Visit Bigrock cPanel
  5. Your Domain >> Manage DNS
  6. Add CNAME Records
  7. Add A Records
  8. Save the Domain back in Blogspot Dashboard

In my next post, I’ll be back with some more Blogging tutorials.

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67 Comments

  1. This was very easy to understand, thank you for also providing photos for step by step help! Luckily my mom is tech savy and was able to help me with all this but this goes into great detail! Much appreciated!

  2. This is so helpful for all the new Bloggers, thanks for including step by step instructions with images.

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