Why Not Getting A Custom Domain For Your Blogger Blog Is Stupid




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Blogger custom domainIn this post we want to look at custom domains and using a custom domain on Blogger instead of the blogspot sub domain.When you start your free blog on Blogger you choose a free sub domain like spiceyourblog.blogspot.com.This is the address of your blog and in general you carry on setting up your blog and start posting.However you do have the option to use a custom domain and get rid of the blogspot part, to be like spiceupyourblog.com, a full domain without blogspot.What are the advantages of this ? In fact the advantages are huge !

Blogger is totally free and that is a big attraction over other platforms like Wordpress, while there is a free version of Wordpress it is rubbish and constraining.The self hosted Wordpress is a fantastic platform but you must have a custom domain and pay for hosting every month.So if you want to set up a blog quickly with a lot of freedom most will go with Blogger.Blogger do not charge for hosting or indeed anything connected to your blog, 99.9% of Blogger templates are free as are any gadgets etc you require (And you have amazing blogs like this with Blogger Tips helping you along the way :D ).

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But Blogger or more specifically blogs using Blogspot sub domains have been in some quarters for this very reason associated with low quality sites.In fact many people land on a blog, see it has a blogspot sub domain and are immediately sceptical.Why ? Here's what i think ..

The great feature of being able to start a blog on Blogger in less than 5 minutes also has it's downside.Tens of Thousands of blogs started are by people that write 3 or 4 posts and realize it's not as easy as it looks so quit.Leaving low quality outdated blogs behind them.

Spammers using the free service to set up auto blogs and republish copied content surrounded by ads.Some of the blogs i have seen are a joke with more ads than content.

While there are lots of amazing blogs using blogspot sub domains there are now hundreds of thousands of abandoned or low quality blogs also.And these blogs in many ways hurt the general image of Blogger Blogs using blogspot sub domains.

In the same way as i when i see a blog with the domain .co.cc or .tk (both free) i instantly think the site will be low quality, if they were serious about the site they would have a full domain often a blogspot sub domain is looked at in the same way.

Custom Domains Are Almost Free


That is why in my opinion not having a custom domain is just stupid ! If the custom domain cost $100 i would think OK well that is a lot of money for most people.But it's nothing near that.Setting up a custom domain directly though Blogger is easy and costs just $10 per year.

That's $0.83 cent per month or less than $0.3 cent per day !

Every thing else is free, surly you can afford $10 bucks in a year.And by setting it up through Blogger it is all done for you and you have features like free Email accounts connected to your domain (yourname@yourblog.com).In fact just this week your Google Apps account connected to your domain can act as a full Google account, more on that at a later date.

In a Recent post on ProBlogger the question was asked "Why are Bloggers so against spending money on their blogs?" That post was about buying advertising and spending a few hundred bucks.But it is a valid question, why are Bloggers so against spending even a few dollars when it can have such a huge impact ? We really do need to get out of the "Everything Should Be Free" Mentality.

Setting Up Your Domain


In the next post that i will publish (Later Today) to run along side this i will show you in a video just how simple it is to buy and set up your free domain through Blogger.Update - That video post is published and can be found here - Buy A Custom Domain Directly From Blogger And Connect It To Your Blog.

And remember even though a domain can be bought for around a dollar cheaper elsewhere always use Blogger, and people telling you otherwise are probably doing it so you use there referral link for domain registrars.The last thing a newbie wants to be doing is trying to figure out the DNS settings on a site like GoDaddy.

Why You Wouldn't Change To A Custom Domain


I guess there are a few cases in which i wouldn't change.The main one would be if you have a really well established blog.Lets say you have been blogging for a few years and have already built a brand around the Blogspot domain.But even if your blog is lets say a year old with 100 posts i would still make the change.

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94 comments:

  1. If I change to a custom domain, will the URL of a particular post (not the blog itself) still be functional after a change? In other words, will the old URL direct you to that particular post?

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  2. @ Anonymous - Yep that's exactly the point, every post will also be redirected.So for example a post published a year ago as :

    yourblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/an-amazing-post.html

    would then automatically be :

    yourblog.com/2010/06/an-amazing-post.html

    With the original redirecting ..

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  3. Thank you so much. You have THE BEST tips for blogs. :)

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  4. i think we should go for a custom domain considering the amount of traffic we recive per month.when you have reputation and loyal readers then go for it.

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  5. can i control the dns after setting up a new .com domain with blogger ??

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  6. if i buy a custom domain from blogger,then is hosting from blogger will be free or we have to pay some more amount for hosting also..??

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  7. Oh my goodness I can't believe I've been intimidated by this whole concept! I've wanted to do it forever, and now I feel stupid after seeing how easy it was! I changed to my own domain 3 minutes after reading this...and am in LOVE with your site! THANK YOU!

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  8. Nice info... if u change to a custom domain, do you still have the blogger features and can you return to a blogsot domain after? In the case of your domain expiring would you be changed back to a blogspot domain or wud your blog stop working?

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  9. @ All - There is no extra costs for hosting or anything, the only thing that changes is your blogs address.You can switch back to blogspot at any time via the publishing settings.You have control over the dns settings and could create a subdomain etc..You access the settings through your Google apps account associated with the domain.You can go to Google apps here - www.google.com/a

    Basically everything stays the same except you have a custom domain.

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  10. thanks for this useful post. gonna look at your tutorial and create a custom domain for my blog http://jalabulajunks.blogspot.com. Well, no more dot blogspot dot com its http://jalabulajunks.com :)

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  11. Your information is always good but please get a copy editor. Writing is not your skill so ask for help. Also, I would never hire anyone who had poor grammar, spelling and word usage. You advise paying for a domain because it's worth it. I promise you having your work copy edited would be very much worth it to you. Just my two cents.

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  12. I already own my .com domain through godaddy. I did this before I started my blogspot.com blog. How can I change to my .com domain now that it is through godaddy? My blog is only 3 weeks old, yet I have 82 followers and would hate to lose them. Thanks.

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  13. haha yes, Switching to custom domain is far important, I have done that in january, :)

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  14. @ Debbie - Thanks for the honest advice.The main aim for me is to deliver posts people can understand including the 60% of visitors for whom English is not the first language.Posts also have to be Search Engine Friendly, glancing through this post again you can pick out ten key words that have no place apart from being good for SEO.That said i totally understand your point and respect your honesty.By the way you should see the posts before i use spell check :D

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  15. @ Anonymous - I don't really understand, is your domain from Godaddy parked and you want to connect it ?

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  16. Hi,

    If I change my domain will I loose my google friend ccnnect and networked blogs followers and the number of pageviews till now?I also use facebook like buttons and retweet buttons on all my posts...will the likes and tweets be reset to zero?

    Thanks a lot for the information. :)

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  17. @ Abhisek - I have published a new post answering many of the questions including the Google Friend Connect question (You Do Keep Them).On Networked blogs i think that uses your feed so it should be fine and i honestly don't know about the Tweet and Share counts :(

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  18. thanks a lot changed my blogspot blog to a custom domain bought from Name.com (Just 9.99$ for 2 years) This is my blog Address http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/ ,you the real inspiration to this blog

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  19. I think it is .03 $ per day, and not 0.3 $ per day - please look into it. Of course, thanks for the good information - I already have a custom domain! :)

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  20. Please tell me what will happen with my blogspot blog when a redirect it to custom domain. Should I change my all meta tags with custom domain URL?

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  21. Can I start a new blog with custom domain under my old username and password; even if I have an old blog with a blogspot.com domain? I do not want these blogs connected, I want one to be custom and the other to stay blogspot.com. Am I better off just creating a new sign in username and password?

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  22. Thank you for the article..This is all that I was looking for....

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  23. I'm just now starting my blog up and I was debating this topic. I think I'll hang on to my ".blogspot." a little while longer. I'm going to wait until I get at least ten solid posts in. I don't want to spend the money if I don't think I'm going to commit. But heck, with all the work I've been doing so far I don't think I plan on quitting any time soon!

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  24. Would you lose page rank after you make the shift?

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    1. yes, I just did it an lost all page rank.

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  25. @nishitak
    Yes you will lose PageRank as Blogger doesn't have any option for 301 Redirects

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    1. I think that's non-sense, you will never lose PR if your sub-domain is redirected properly. Blogger does have 301 redirects and it is done automatically without the blog owner having to tamper with .htaccess file.

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    2. I have lost my page rank and my alexa - all of it....went from 3 to 0. Does anyone know how this can be fixed?????

      I am on blogger....and I just clicked to get my custom domain name about a month ago. Had I known this would happen, i maybe wouldn't have switched?????

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    3. Selina - Your rank has gone but your traffic will not really be affected.

      You see this is a bigger picture thing, what was your Page Rank and Alexa rank actually doing for you ?

      Your alexa rank will very quickly return as your new domain will continue to get the traffic that built it in the first place.

      Your page rank will also quickly catch up as all redirects will continue to pass link juice.

      Believe me you can have all the ranks you like as long as your using blogspot you are limited.

      I make a good income from BuySellAds - they dont accept blogspot domains, search for my interview with their founder.

      I just sold a blog, I could never have sold it with a blogspot domain, look out for the upcomming post on selling a blog.

      As I say, the big picture.

      Paul.

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  26. i am going to buy custom domain, example from errrexample.blogspot.com to errrexample.com. it means it is now two sites right? is it be determine as duplicate content since the two has the same content?

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    1. Paula, all URLs will be redirected.So there will be one site, all the blogspot URLs will lead to the new domain.

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  27. @ Paula - There are no duplicate content issues when you get a new domain.The blogspot domain re-directs but does not exist as a seperate address.

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  28. can you please explain the subdomain under custom domain thing...will those subdomains be static page or they can be used as seperate blogs(i mean posting,editing etc.)?
    :)

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  29. I heard that blogger blogs are very vulnerable, as in Google can shut down any blogger blog without any notice, then that's the end of our website isn't it? I mean all our posts will be lost, wouldn't they?

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    1. Google wont shut down a blog without cause, in fact they dont shut the blog they just take it offline.You will always be able to access your content and maybe move it elsewere.But again they shut vry few blogs ...

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  30. Nice posts but something keep bordering me with the way the custom domain works regarding the Recent posts issue, it doesn't seem to show up on Search Engine quickly unlike been in a blogspot domain thats tends to show the recent post immediately after posting, will be glad if you can shed more light on it because am really worried now..... Dunno if it affect you when you switched to a custom domain, please i await your reply

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    1. When you switch it takes a little time for your new domain to be crawled and indexed by Google.I would suggest submitting a sitemap to Google..Use the search bar in the sidebar to find tutorials on sitemaps...

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  31. Hey friends can any one help me?
    I have facing problem after changing url
    my old url was www.current-affairs-quiz-questionsanswers.blogspot.com
    and new http://www.currentaffairsworld.com
    My old url was very stupid so I changed it.
    It redirecting properly but, Continually my rank going down, when I write new article then it is not appear in google search. and also I have lost google search on some best article , So what is happen Please help me.......

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    1. Vikas, as said in the post it will take a little time for the new domain to gain authority just be patient the change will be worth it in the end.

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  32. Ok thnx Paul
    When I changed the url then it redirect me on godaddy to make some changes. I put my id pass and It have done aromatically.
    After that redirect is going proper. if redirect is proper,
    if redirect is going proper then I think I need not to change on godaddy any where now.
    am i right?? or I need some changes??

    I will keep continue my posting........
    Thanx again for your reply

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  33. great post... lots of good information here :) basically answered all my questions, thank-you. stop by and check out my blog for tech related stuff :)
    http://hckdos.blogspot.com

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  34. Do we earn from our custom domain and If yes, how much?

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    1. No you don't earn from a domain, you can earn from AdSense and other ads on your blog..

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  35. Hi Paul, your blog is great and so are your precise answers. I am indeed lucky to have found your site. :)

    Well my query is, how much of ads does blogger consider too much, I mean excessive enough to cause them to delete a site, and will this quantity still be considered excessive even if a domain is purchased?

    Well, I am talking about just three to six banners on the home page, plus an Adsense frame or Chitika frame and around two links on each sub page.

    Thanks!

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  36. Hey, this is really interesting...I'm actually in the process of deciding whether or not to switch from Blogspot to Wordpress. This is due to a number of reasons, but the big one is that I've heard that some bloggers have had their blogs deleted without warning. I want to ask you: If I change to a custom domain, can blogger still delete it? I like blogger but am reluctant to stay with it. Thanks, Niki

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    1. Niki, Blogger are not in the business of deleting blogs for no reason.In fact they never ever delete a blog.If a blog is infringing copyright and gets a complaint from the copyright owner for example Blogger may take a post or the blog offline until resolved but it will not be deleted.You will always have access to your content and you own the content.People use Blogger to stream sports and movies, get the blog taken down and wonder why ?

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    2. Some are being blocked from even accessing it now.

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  37. paul, if you can be so kind to answer a few of my concerns. will blogger still host my content after switching domains? my domain is hosted on hostgator. im thinking the load time may not be as fast because i just ordered baby gator plan and im also worried about bandwidth limit when my site gets higher traffic. i want to change domain names because blogger might take down my blog if webmasters report the name for spamming. i will be using several softwares for backlinks.

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  38. Paul, excellent blog post! It's been very helpful, and so have all these Q&A's. I do have two more questions I didn't see answered yet.

    1. How about SEO, right now my .blogspot.com is getting all my SEO power (or lack of, because they could care less about my content), but after I make the switch to having a custom domain (my business website) still using the blogger system, will that content then help my actual website SEO, or will it still be sucked up/blocked by blogger?

    Then my 2nd question, you and others have mentioned that when you make the switch you will drop in page rank, is this just for the actual blog, or will the domain name/website you are moving it to also drop in page rank because of the adjustment/move? Also, piggybacking off that, how about incoming links (say from other bloggers to my blog), would those now be considered incoming links to the website (again, good for SEO)?

    Thank you in advance!
    -Sandy

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  39. Great post! Thanks! The post and comments are all helpful. I've actually been contemplating for awhile now if I should or shouldn't switch. I think I'm gonna go with that switch to a custom domain.

    themommist.blogspot.com

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  40. This is really great information. Thanks!

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  41. The information you shared in your blog is excellent. In fact, I've bookmarked your page. Thanks a thousand time!

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  42. i got a query, if we use blogspot sub domain then chance of getting visitors is more then custom domain? like blogspot is old & credable domain?

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  43. What blogging platform are you using for this site? How did you create the floating widget on the left side of this blog!

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  44. I use to be on blogspot with a free domain but they deleted my blog. Will they be able to do the same if I have a custom domain?

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    1. Blogger can still remove a blog that uses a custom domain.Remember they dont delete the blog, they take it off line.They don't remove blogs usless the infringe on the TOS and you can change the infringment and get the blog back online.Also you always have access to content and your domain.

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  45. Hi Paul, thanks this is great stuff but I still have a few questions:

    1. You recommend to buy your own domain through blogger instead of godaddy since blogger offers all the same features as godaddy and for a better price?

    2. If I buy my domain through blogger and later on I decide to change my blog from the free blogger platform to a paid self hosted blog can I still use that domain on the new platform?

    3. If blogger will automatically redirect any links from the blogspot.com domain to the new owned domain then I shouldn't worry about all the old internal links within the blog to previous posts or would you recommend to instead go through all previous posts one by one and change all the links with the new domain name?

    4. Hmmmm I think that's all for now :-)

    Marco

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    1. Hi Marco,

      The reason I recommend buying through Blogger is because they connect the domain and complete all redirects.So as soon as you click Buy it's all done for you.When it comes to price buying from Blogger is $10 and depending on maybe special offers it's usually the same from GoDaddy.

      When you buy through Blogger you have full access to the domain and the dashboard for your domain on GoDaddy.So yes if you move your blog you can move the domain.

      The internal links will follow the 301 redirct, so when readers click on an old blogspot link they will be brought to that page with the new domain.

      Hope that helps !

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    2. Thank you Paul for your very quick reply, I actually forgot to click on subscribe by mail so I didn't know you answered so quickly.

      I got a bit confused with your answer: "When you buy through Blogger you have full access to the domain and the dashboard for your domain on GoDaddy" You mean if I buy a domain through the blogger interface then I'll see the domain on the dashboard on GoDaddy? Perhaps you meant to say that I'll see the domain on the google apps dashboard, right?

      And when you say "yes if you move your blog you can move the domain" this is if I buy the domain through blogger I later on (if I choose to) move the domain and the content of my blog to a completely different platform? Like the paid version of wordpress?

      Thanks a lot again!

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  46. hello sir i buy custom domain in blogger (ex www.esf.blogspot.com to www.esf.com )but how change the url it need any paid hosting or not

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    1. Nick but the domain from Blogger and they do all the work you don't have to change anything.As with the blogspot domain you don't have to buy hosting.

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  47. I'm a bit confused here. I've changed my cname (I think correctly!) on my registrar's cpanel and redirected to www.mydomain.com on blogger.
    Now myblogger.blogspot.com says

    "The blog that used to be here is now at http://www.mydomain.com/.
    Do you wish to be redirected?

    This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has not been checked for spam, viruses and other forms of malware.

    NOT hosted by blogger?

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    1. In the post I tell you to buy directly from Blogger as it stops all this confusion.

      Clear the cache on your computer and look again, is the redirect working aftect you clear the cache ?

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  48. mmhh im facing little confusion, pls help me :)
    i have now currently www.allnewmovilereview.blogspot.com which is a free domain :)
    but i want it change to another for ex www.gadgetfans.com, is this will make my site any problm ?(much are just removing .blogspot.com to .com, but i want my adress look new so is it will affect my site? :)

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    1. Nithin - You can change the address to anything you like.

      If you do make a big change of topic with a blog, going from a movie blog to a gadget blog that can cause probloms at the start.

      Your regular visitors will off course be confused but also it will look strange to Google.You could see a drop in traffic.

      I would suggest starting a new blog with your new domain.

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  49. hi,

    1. can i go back to old xyz.blogspot.com from the xyz.com domain after the expiry of the domain period?

    2. will they sell xyz.com domain for somebody else if I failed to renew it ?

    3. can i renew the xyz.com domain 2-3 years after the expiry and use xyz.blogspot.com during this 2-3 period ?

    4 . Can i restore my blog which is offlined or deleted by the blogger if that is a domain ?

    thanks in avdvance...
    wishes

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    1. Wow you like asking questions Mohamd.

      1. To switch back to the blogspot in the basic settings under publiahing.

      2. If you don't renew your domain it will become available for the public to buy again after a period of time, usually 30 days.

      3. As it will be available again after 30 days you can only renew if nobody else bought it.

      4. You have full control over the domain fo if you want to move your blog you can do the necessary redirects.

      Paul.

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  50. I just recently bought my domain name for my blog, and after reading this post I am glad that I did!
    Thank you for this!
    Heidi
    www.mustachemama.com

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  51. I was on the fence about this whole custom domain thing. But now I am going to buy one. Thank you very much for writing this informative article.

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  52. I finally did this with my blog that is over 3 years old. I don't know what I was waiting for! My question is about AdSense. I had it on my .blogspot blog, now that I've switched to a .net, do I need to do anything else to make sure I'm still getting paid?

    my blog is www.betterafter.net

    Thanks for your help!

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    1. Lindsey, You do not need to change anything.AdSense works off your publisher ID not the domain.

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  53. I live in Norway and wanted a custom domain name so I bought one from a domain company in Norway. Someone asked eariler in the comments but the question was never answered:

    Do you know if it is possible to change to a custom domain name if I'm not buying the domain name from Google? I want to use the name I bought from another company as the new domain name instead of blogspot.com. Is it possible to do this? If yes, how can it be done?

    I found your site through a search on Google and I am very glad I did. I've been blogging for three years and now want to change to a custom URL from a Blogger domain name, change to a wordpress like template and start hosting adsense ads. I've been getting sizable traffic and am in the top three bloggers in my niche in Norway. :-)

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    1. You can use domains bought anywere on your Blogger blog.You need to access the DNS and point it to ghs.google.com then change your publishing settings to add the domain.

      That is a quick answer, really you need to get in contact with your domain registrar and ask them to help your direct the domain to blogger.

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  54. thank you for your educative article, i have three questions
    1. how long does google domain switch take to complete? i have this on my panel for the last two days. (Maintenance in progress - Domain switching disabled.)
    2. how can create drop down page menus
    3. does google penalise copy paste articles on blogs?

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  55. I only wish you'd included written directions for those of us with no bandwidth.
    But, I'm glad to have run across your site; it looks like it will be helpful in other areas and thank you.

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  56. Thank you for this. I was wondering if I should switch and your article has definitely given me a few reasons to do so.

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  57. Thanks for this. Your article has answered a few of my questions. Thank you again :-)

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  59. i have a blog was http://workout-bodybuilding.blogspot.com and it goes will but i bought anew domain name http://www.bodybuilding-gym.com/ and my traffic drops down for all this month what i can do now live it until it back or switching back to my .blogspot domain

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  60. Hey great blog ! I did this morning everything which is mentioned here and bought a custom domain through blogger (enet) to get away from the blogspot.com URL. However when I key in my new domain without the blogspot.com it does not give my blog (which is still only on blogspot.com). When I try to redirect from blogger itself, it mentions that this domain already belongs to another user? I also got the google apps account with it but I do not understand how that impacts my normal google account and all the products I have on there. Can you please help?

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  61. hi, i have a blog on blogspot and just bought a domain name...but i noticed that the facebook likes went down to 0. but my followers remained unchanged. can i get my facebook likes back? if not, can i switch back to blogspot and get my facebook likes back automatically when i switch back? thanks.

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  62. i think the main concern of changing to custom domain is the loss of page rank and alexa. will it be the case? but i guess it wouldn't change my mind to get my own custom domain soon :)

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  63. If I change my Blogger blog url, will it effect my GMail email account in anyway?

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  64. I am a newbie, still trying to figure out intricacies of starting a blog, If I now start a free blog with wordpress but then maybe after some time I buy a domain from Wordprss itself, will i have to switch to their premium or business plan or can I continue my own domain named blog for free?

    I also want to know that if i buy a domain from Godaddy, then where should i go for hosting it? Say i have a.net domain n i want to blog using wordpress, then is wordpress my host? n also do i need their premium plan to start doing that or even then can i continue on free mode?

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  65. That's $0.83 cent per month or less than $0.3 cent per day ! :D

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  66. hey paul after reading this article now i bought new domain... nut i still confusing about traffice...

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  67. There's certainly a great deal to find out about this issue.
    I love all of the points you have made.

    Stop by my blog - Penney

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