Blogger is the free platform for creating and publishing personal and commercial blogs for free. Blogger also gives us a free subdomain of blogspot.com. So you can have a blog for free. No need to pay for domain or hosting. But having Blogspot domain is not good for commercial usage. So you can also setup your blog on a custom top level domain like www.domain.com. Using a custom domain looks professional and easy to remember. There are many people who do not know about custom domain feature. If you set up a custom domain name for blogger blog, you can have a blog without paying a penny for web hosting. You can use a custom domain for your blog by following some easy steps.
Before I start, I want to suggest you to use self-hosted WordPress for your blog. You can also read why to use WordPress for your blog. WordPress is better and offers you control over your blog. If you still want to go with Blogger, I recommend you to use the custom domain name for you blog to make more professional and getter revenue options.
How to set up custom domain for blogger
First of all you need to buy a domain name. You can select GoDaddy or Bigrock for this. These are two domain services that I personally use for my domain name purchase and also recommend others. Once the domain name registration process is complete, you will have an account from where you can manage your domain and other settings associated with your domain.
Now login to your blogger account and select the blog for which you want to add the domain. In settings -> Basic you will see a section “Publishing.” Here you can add a 3rd party URL for your blog.
Now it will show you a place to add your own domain name. Write your name along with www. It will not accept domains without www. For ex: I added www.webtipsdemo.in domain. After adding the domain, it will show you few records to add in DNS settings of your domain.
Now login to your domain management account created while domain name registration. Now, you need to add Cname records and A records.
This part depends on the domain registrar because the front end is not the same for all. So, find from where you can add CNAME records and A records. And create CNAME records.
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Now you have to create ‘A’ NAME records for your naked domain i.e domain.com (without www). Create four ‘A’ NAME records with your naked domain with the following address.
Once you are done with this process, wait for few minutes and then try again saving the new domain in blogger. Once your blogger account will be able to verify the DNS changes, it will accept your new domain.
Here is the official page from Blogger team where you will find the necessary settings for setting up a Custom domain name.
If you have the problem in setting up the domain for your blog, you can contact me for help for adding the domain name to your blogger account.