Saturday, March 03, 2007

New Blogger Custom Domain

The New Blogger has recently rolled out its latest feature - custom domain. With custom domain, you can have your own domain name like myblog.com and have your blog hosted with Blogger for free. You may also choose to host your blog with a third party web host or even on your own, but you will have to grapple with various issues like the hassle of publishing your posts via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). A big disadvantage of hosting on your own is that many of the new features of the New Blogger like drag-and-drop Layout, Label List, etc., will not be available to you as you will have to use the old classic Blogger template.

Others who don't use custom domain will have to live with sub-domain like myblog.blogspot.com. Some don't like it because they say the sub-domain does not belong to them, but to Blogger. In addition, some are of the opinion that sub-domain are command less respect from surfers, rather like using a home as an office.

If you want to use custom domain, the first thing you need is to register a suitable domain name. The problem is, the Internet has been with us for quite some time already, and many of the more desirable domain names have probably been already taken. This is where services like www.buydomains.com can come in handy. www.buydomains.com have many domain desirable domain names that you may want to use for your blog. There is a search box into which you can type in keyword/s and search for your desired domain name. They also have Advanced Search to help you narrow down the search.

If you have a domain name which you think may be saleable, you can also put up the domain for sale through www.buydomains.com. You may also start a blog with custom domain (which means that the domain belongs to you, and not to blogger, and you may do whatever you want with it). You take care to choose a desirable domain name with good keywords in the URL, publish posts regularly, get the blog indexed by search engine, and get a high PageRank which will make your domain name more valuable.

You may even join the Google AdSense Program and put contextual ads, search boxes and referral links on your blog and work on it to produce revenue. There may be people who are looking for AdSense ready blogs to buy as then they can start earning straight away rather than starting from scratch.

37 comments:

  1. the custom domain is having problem.Wonder what should I do to overcome this.

    I set the CNAME and the subdomain correctly as blogger said, and suddenly now it's not working (it was working for a week).

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  2. Hi Cherry,

    I use blogspot exclusively, mainly because I don't want to have to renew registration fees etc. annually, and also in the event I am not around to renew the fee, my blog will still be on the web. So I have no personal experience to draw from to answer your question. Why don't you try posting your problem to Google Blogger Help group.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  3. I posted there already, sorry for bothering. Apparently blogger is having an error, so that all custom domain were not working for about 1 hour. It's solved now.

    Thx

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  4. Hi Peter,

    I have bought/registered a domain name with godaddy.com. I currently have a blog with blogspot and want to know if it is possible to keep all the blog content and keep using blogger and just somehow change to my own domain name.

    I am afraid that if I try to change things at my current blogspot.com address that I will lose all the posts I have in my archives.

    I am also afraid that my readers won't be able to find me.

    Thanks,
    Emma

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  5. Hi Emma,

    All my blogs uses blogspot and I am very happy to continue to do that as I don't have to worry about having to do fee renewal, and if for any reason I can't be around to renew them, my blogs will still be on the web. So I have no personal experience to draw from.

    Having said that, to the best of my knowledge, you will not lose any of your content and Blogger will redirect visitors to your old blogspot address to your new site. If you want to be sure, ask at the Google Blogger Help group where there are people who have used custom domains.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Blogger Tips and Tips got listed in DMOZ, the most important directory and the most difficult to get listed in, plus link to site with tips on how to get listed in DMOZ

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  6. Thanks, Peter.

    Do people tell you enough that you are great?

    You are!

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  8. Hi CS,

    I am afraid I have to delete your comment because you put a long unbroken, unclickable URL which extended into the right sidebar which will make the post look not good in most browsers and make the sidebar slide to the bottom of the page in IE6.

    The thread you referred to, you got a lot of responses. Didn't that help you? Regarding Custom domain, I am afraid I don't use them. For reasons, see Why I never use custom domain, so I have no practical experience to draw from. Sorry.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    Blogger for Dummies

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  9. Hi Peter,

    thx a lot for your answer. Actually I posted it here because I thought you are interested in this thread because it should bring a lot of traffic. There are a lot of people at the Google group who cannot find any solution to this. And... btw. even if there are a lot of answers to my thread I still have no solution to connect the blog to my new domain.

    Btw. I read your threat about your death. Isn't it also cool to find other people who continue your work?... and don't you fear that Google sooner or later deletes your blog? It happens over and over again.

    ... and I'm still looking for a solution for the domain change... the thread is here:
    Google apps discussion Group / Discussions > Basics > Domain change for blogger... how? or at this link...

    please help me.
    thx Christopher

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  10. Hi Christopher,

    I would dearly like to do test as I am a retired scientist and that is what we do. But it will mean I will have to invest in registering a domain, and since you are hosting on your own rather then letting Blogger host it/them for you, it means to test something similar to what you want to do, I would also have to invest in hosting. Plus yours seems a bit complicated because you mentioned 3 domains, and I don't fully understand your question.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everthing completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  11. Hi Peter,

    the point was that I registered three domains through one blogspot address. That was a mistake because you have to purchase for every single address. Afterwards my blog was connected to the last registered domain. That was the wrong domain. So I changed back to myblog.blogspot.com.

    Now I want to connect the right domain with the blog but it doesn't work any more. The answer is always like... "This domain is already in use" or sth.

    So I doublechecked all settings and tried it again to get the same negativ result again.

    It seems that a lot of others have the same problem.

    Perhaps it is possible for you to link this problem more prominent and then you don't have to invest in a domain and probably we will find an answer.

    thx Christopher

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  12. I don't understand this
    "Perhaps it is possible for you to link this problem more prominent"

    also I think your problem will be hard to solve.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everthing completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  13. what I mean is. There are a lot of people who come to your site having questions. I know that my problem is not only my problem. There are a lot in the Google group who have the same. So, if you cannot help directly because it is too complicated... perhaps it is possible to make more people see this problem and we have a solution faster.

    You have a very powerful blog. Perhaps you see any possibility what to do.
    I'm really desperated.
    thx a lot
    Christopher

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  14. Hi CS,

    I brought up your problem with other Blog*Star and one with IT background suggested you post your problem to Google Blogger Help group where members may be able to help.

    I hope you will do that as I cannot invade other's privacy.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    Natural Remedies

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  15. Thanks for the info Peter I must look into this further, and Blogger usually works out any problems in the end

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  16. Hi Whizzed,

    I have published a post Why I never use custom channel

    I recently got into an exchange with someone on a forum who initially made rude comments like we don't know what we are doing and we should be having our own domain. He became very polite and informative after my response. I said I consider myself a life-long learner willing to learn from any resources, but he could have put forth his comments politely and we would have thanked him profusely for educating us.

    He has a point. He said when you use your own domain, the PageRank and the domain belong to you. When you use blogspot.com, the PageRank and URL belong to Blogger.

    John Chow's blog was either offered millions or sold for millions. I responded saying that I saw his point, but my aim was not becoming a millionaire, but getting some income to help put my 2 sons through college, but becoming a millionaire is not going to hurt me. Further, none of my children have indicated any interest in taking over from me, but if I use blogspot.com and don't use a Gmail address for the Blogger account, there is a chance my blogs will still be on the web for a long time even after the day I leave for a better place and not able to update the blogs. AdSense have already said it is possible to get the Payee's name changed, so at least for some time, my family may continue to enjoy the fruits of my hard work.

    Anyway, I have a lot of blogs, and the great majority of them will remain with blogspot.com. I have registered 2 domains and will change 2 newly created blogs made for the purpose of using the 2 domains for custom channel but will let Blogger host them. Then my family will have the choice to either take over from me or put them up for sale. For us Chinese in Malaysia, education can be very expensive and extra money can come in handy.

    I hope to have the time to do that soon, but new things keep cropping up.

    Peter Blog*Star
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  17. Hi Peter,

    there is a lot of information in your blog and i'm still have yet to sift through it in order to find what i came for.

    HOWEVER, i saw that you said this in the last comment you posted here, and it scares me:

    "if I use blogspot.com and don't use a Gmail address for the Blogger account, there is a chance my blogs will still be on the web for a long time"

    i get the impression from this statement that using gmail and blogger on the same account changes something. i use blogger and gmail on the same account. what did you mean when you said that?

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  18. Hi jzaksh,

    According to gMail TOD (Terms of Service), - no activities for 9 months or more, gMail address get deleted. Now gMail, Goole Blogger Blogger, Analytics, Google reader, etc., all tied together with a single Google account. I strongly suspect that when gMail address get deleted, Google account also goes. Google account goes, Blogger account goes, Blogger account goes, blogs disappear. I suspect only, but I retired scientist. Scientists base their conclusion on result of edxperiments (tests) so I did some tests at Will Blogger accounts be deleted?. The tests started September 2007, so I will have to wait till after May 2008 before I can tell you for sure. In the meantime, I am going to copy-paste this message into a Notepad file and save it into a folder so I can remember to check. Even before that, I plan to publish a post on how to overcome that problem. But I have other more urgent tasks to do, so that will have to wait. If you want, I vaguely remembered I added a "Subscribe by eMail" by Feedblitz (Feed Burner) and perhaps you can subscribe to this blog. I have set feed to short, so by right you should get the first few sentences of a new post. But I think (from a test) what you may get may just be the title of the new post. Anyway, if you subscribe, I hope you will give me feedback what kind of notification you get - just the title of title plus a few sentences.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Tips and Tricks for Blogger or "Son of Blogger Tips and Tricks"
    slotted for conversion to custom domain

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  19. Hi Peter! I was wondering, if i buy the domain, then change my www.address with another name different from the current one, will google find it? Will old visitors used to the old domain.blogspot be re-directed to the new domain?
    Secondly: if i do not buy the domain, but just change the blog www name from "setting", then "publishing", what will happen? Will people find me? And Google?
    Thanks so much Peter...really.
    Ciao,
    Matteo

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  20. Sorry don't fully understand your question.

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  21. I just added my subdomain point to ghs.google.com.

    Running the host command
    $ host -t a blog.mydomain.com

    blog.mydomain.com is an alias for ghs.google.com.
    ghs.google.com is an alias for ghs.l.google.com.
    ghs.l.google.com has address 72.14.235.121

    I also updated my Blog, Publish settings to custom domain, http://blog.mydomain.com,

    its almost a day now, when I click view blog, I see

    Server Not Found
    Error 404

    The CNAME seems to be right & also www.mydomain.com gets resolved/redirected to ghs.google.com.

    Why am I getting 404 & not my actual blog, hosted on blogger/blogspot?

    Any help.

    Thanks
    Ganesh

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  22. Hi Peter-Your site has helped me more than you'll ever know. Now I'm in a bind though. I didn't realize it would be better to do a custom domain through blogger, so I purchased through Go Daddy and then pointed everything to the new one(I thought). After getting my blog to where I want it, www.territoryearth.net, I've had one search engine and my green widget both say they can't find the site. I don't want to change the name. Is there a way to fix this, or transfer it to blogger? Thanks for your great site!

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  23. How do I associate my blogspot blog with a new gmail address. I want to keep the content and change the gmail account??? Totally confused

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  24. Ok, nice bs but no where did you touch on the subject of using your own domain.

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  25. For Su,

    Sorry for this late response. If you want to revert to the blogspot address, all you have to do is to go to SETTINGS > PUBLISHING and change it back to the blogspot address. However, it has been some time since you made the comment, so perhaps your new custom domain blog can now be found by search engines.

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  26. I started a blog using my business's registered URL name. I started it through our family account which my husband set up previously. The problem is I am new at this and now that I see how it works, I want to start a new blog under my own account so it will have my business signature. When I tried to set up a new account using my business URL, I got the message that my URL is already taken. Is there a way I can cancel the blog linked to our family account or link it to a new account which I will set up. I want to use my business URL with a blog at my own account, not the family account. I hope this makes sense. I am very new to this!

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  27. Sign into dashboard, go to SETTINGS > PERMISSION and invite yourself with the email you want to manage the blog then make yourself admin. Refer to how to change email address for Blogger login

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  28. if i upgrade to custom domain should i pay every year for that

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  29. Domain registration fees have to be renewed every year or you can pay for more than one year but at the end it will still have to be renewed. But Blogger.com takes nothing from you for hosting your Blogger.com blog

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  30. can you please tell me how a .co.cc domain can be hosted on blogspot ?

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  31. Who is the domain registra of your domain? If they do not offer certain requirements of Blogger, you may not be able to successfully get a Blogger.com custom domain on that domain. Anyway I am not an expert. Go and post your question at Blogger Help Forum for help and look particularly for someone name nitecrurz or Chuck

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  32. Hi Peter,

    How long does it take for Blogger to automatically redirect traffic from my old blog to a new domain I've purchased through google?

    Also, will all the pages redirected?

    Thanks,
    Bhushan

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  33. For Bhushan,

    It will take up to 3 days. So by right, your blogspot blog should be automatically redirecting to your new custom domain.

    Yes, all the pages will be redirected automatically.

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