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Written on September 30th, 2007 by | 59 Comments

Redirect Blogger Custom Domain to WWW Subdomain

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I don’t know if I missed this before or if it’s something new, but I just noticed that Blogger has an option to automatically redirect your Custom Domain to a “www” subdomain.

I already explained how to set this up through your domain host provider in my previous tutorial to make your Custom Domain play nice with Blogger, but it’s nice to know that Blogger is also offering it as a feature in your dashboard.

To set it up on your blog just go into your Blogger dashboard under the menu “Settings”, “Publishing” and scroll down to the “Advanced Settings’ for your Custom Domain. Underneath you will see an option for redirecting your domain name without a “www” subdomain to an address with one.

Check out the pic below to see what I mean:

Blogger Custom Domain Advanced Settings

Just put a check mark in the box and you’re done. Related Posts: Best Setup for Custom Domains

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  1. Yeah, I believe they just stuck that option in the other day.

    I don’t need it really for my blogs that use a custom domain, but maybe it will help everyone else.

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  2. Awfully nice of them don’t you think :)

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  3. Blog Bloke - I have set up my blog’s custom domain name, selected the above mentioned option, but the non-www version still is not redirecting. Any suggestions?

    cory huff’s last blog post..10 Tips for Getting Along with Your In-Laws.

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  4. Cory, give your settings 24 hours or more to propagate. If it still doesn’t work then you can use my method that I explain in setting up your blogger custom domain:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy-blogger-custom-domains-best-setup-for-optimizing-your-blog-pagerank/

    That way you are using your domain host for the redirect. I prefer my method but I wouldn’t use both ways at the same time because there could be a conflict.

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  5. Blogger’s custom domain settings and GoDaddy are giving me a headache. To put it mildly.

    When I set up my Domain Name (www.agoodhusband.net) everything was fine, except that agoodhusband.net wasn’t forwarding to www.agoodhusband.net.

    I emailed GoDaddy and they originally told me that the problem was with Google’s server. This didn’t make sense to me, so I did some research and couldn’t figure anything out.

    I called GoDaddy last night and spent about 30 minutes on the phone with them. They told me to:

    point the CNAME
    www to @
    point the host
    @ to 64.202.189.170

    then they had me enable forwarding.
    Forward www.agoodhusband.net to http://agoodhusband.blogspot.com and mark it as a 301 redirect.

    They also had me enable masking on the domain agoodhusband.net

    Now, under the Advanced settings in Blogger, I put in www.agoodhusband.net as the domain to forward http://agoodhusband.blogspot.com to. I also checked the box that says “forward agoodhusband.net to www.agoodhusband.net.

    After all of this went through, when typing in my domain (any of the three, www, non www, or the blogger subdomain) I got the Blogger redirect message asking if I really wanted to redirect. I clicked Yes and got sent back to the same message. Endless loop of death.

    I disabled Blogger’s forwarding to the custom domain name. This made all three domains work but now I have two problems:

    - each domain displays the website, but they all show as separate domains in the address bar.

    - I disappeared from the search engines. WTF? Analytics shows 1 search hit from Google, where I had hundreds before.

    Can anyone help me…and, no, telling me to switch to WP is not helping…sorry.

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  6. No, No, and NO! Did I say No???

    Don’t listen to those bozos at GoDaddy Cory. They don’t understand how Google’s redirect works. I’m the first and only one who figured this out and hundreds of happy customers can’t be wrong.

    I understand it’s frustrating but you need to start from the beginning again and make sure you do each step in my instructions.

    Forget about using Blogger’s redirect mentioned in this post. Do it according to my instructions here:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy/

    Carefully go over every step again and make sure your don’t miss a thing. It will work!

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    Reply by: Shelley at 6:42 am said...

    Hi, I’m having various issues getting my site to do exactly what I want it to do. I bought a domain and hosting on GoDaddy.com, and changed the cname info so it goes to my blogspot blog. The only problem is, if I want to do additional pages in the folder on my godaddy site, like a /about or /contact, that page is shown as not existing, presumably because it is on godaddy rather than on blogspot where my cname is redirected. How can I fix this?

    I ask that here because there was also a post you mentioned in a comment above that I’m hoping may give me other useful information, but it is no longer at the link you mentioned, and I can’t find it. Do you have the new link? Here is the item in question:

    “Forget about using Blogger’s redirect mentioned in this post. Do it according to my instructions here:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy-blogger-custom-domains-best-setup-for-optimizing-your-blog-pagerank/

    Carefully go over every step again and make sure your don’t miss a thing. It will work!”

    Thanks for any help!

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 3:29 pm said...

    I think this is the address you are looking for:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy/

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    Reply by: Eden at 8:20 am said...

    Hi,

    I’m having the same issue with the redirecting loop of horror. (Blogspot redirecting message- click yes to redirect…then the same message pops up) My site is hosted through BlueDomino & I followed the directions from Blogger in order to make a CNAME file pointing to a google site. Blue Domino says everything looks fine on their end…meanwhile, I’m pulling my hair out over here b/c I can’t access my blog! Please help!

    Thanks,
    Eden

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 3:30 pm said...

    This should be the post you are looking for:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy/

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  7. BB - you are simply amazing. I don’t understand why you understand this and GoDaddy doesn’t, but it’s simply the truth. I followed your directions and it took me all of about five minutes. Everything is fine, now, and for some reason I don’t understand, the search engines picked me back up, so … I don’t get it, but it works.

    cory huff’s last blog post..Supporting Your Wife After Rape or Sexual Abuse

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  8. Another happy customer. :-)

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  9. Hmmm, it’s not working for me. I used your method (in the other post, but those comments are now closed) to the letter and it’s been well over 24 hours - going on 3 days. Any idea? I’ve done it exactly as your instructions and screen shots showed - everything looks as though it should work. I’m stumped.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 11:39 am said...

    Well… it works so in a case like yours I would contact your domain host provider because it might not have propagated and ask them to force it through, OR undo everything and start over from the beginning again and make sure you carefully follow every step.

    If at first you don’t succeed — perseverance accomplishes much.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 2:17 pm said...

    Sorry, but I had to remove your last comment because the link that you referenced will confuse my readers. But I will say this. If you are using Google Apps for your domain you must disable it before Blogger will allow you to publish. This is a well-known documented bug-a-boo and I’m assuming that was the case for you. If you have corrected it following my tutorial should work for you now. Cheers!

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  10. Hi,

    I’ve found your post on the subject very helpful and everything works.

    I was wondering if you can expand a bit on some ramifications such as:
    1. New links to the new domain (do they add up with the old ?)
    2. Feedburner feeds - what are the necessary updates?
    3. Technorati ?
    4. Search results drop?

    I’d love to hear more from your experience.

    Regards,
    Dorian

    Dorian Wales’s last blog post..Budgeting for Unexpected Expenses

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 11:36 am said...

    Thanks for the ideas Dorian. They’re on my to-do list.

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  11. Ok I have figured out how to redirect a sub domain..

    Now what if i was to redirect the blogspot to http://www.zeenatboutique.com/blog to host my blog spot is it possible..

    I tested the subdomain http://blog.chicstyler.com/ and that works fine.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 5:31 pm said...

    @Mahmood, you can redirect to any domain you wish.

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  12. This is a good post although the layout of the site is slightly off in Chrome and in IE6.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:04 am said...

    @Pool Villa, can you be more specific?

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  13. thanks !! very helpful blog!

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  14. That sounds great!
    I’d like to use another domain for my blog so I like how it’s convenient as well now :)

    Thanks for the post!

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  15. This is a nice posting from you … Congrats

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  16. thanks, this post is useful :) so far i think the cheapest i found is 99 cents only to own a personalized .COM domain name… that is really crazy sales bit.ly/cheapestdm99

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  17. I need help! I have redirected a blog, http://kaeserhomes.blogspot.com .to kaeserhomes.com but when trying to create links (through Gadgets) to the php files on the custom domain, they do not work. I don’t understand about subdomains. Do I need one? How do I create one and WHY do I need one? Anything you can recommend would be great!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 6:03 pm said...

    @jane, I’m sorry but I don’t follow you. You seem to be using Blogger so PHP is not relevant. You can read more about subdomains here http://www.blogbloke.com/url-with-or-without-www/ .

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  18. Hi, This is actually a problem. I redirected my blogger blog to custom domain. Its been 36 hrs and I can’t see my blog. When I go to my new domain I get the OOPS Google screen. But when I go my blogspot address I see a message blog has been redicted. Blogger does not host this (custom domain site). Is there a poblem??

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:16 am said...

    @Suz, not sure what you mean by an OOPS screen, and your best bet is to contact your custom domain host provider directly.

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  19. Thanks for this. I am trying my own domain.

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  20. Thank you for the great info

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  21. Superb content, my friend. You are truly a literary genius. This kind of article requires a great mind and a lot of research. I commend you on the hard work you put into this writing.

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  22. will need to read this and understand this

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  23. Hi there,
    I have a question that I don’t think has been asked - if it has, I apologize for the redundancy!
    I’m planning on using a custom domain name with my blog (Blogger), but before I change from my blogger address to the custom one, I was wondering if there’s a way to make my site come up using EITHER address. You see, I already have some followers and I don’t want them to get a 404 not found error if they try to look me up using the “xxx.blogspot.com” address.

    I’m a newbie, so I really appreciate your help!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:25 pm said...

    @Lisa, the directions here http://www.blogbloke.com/custom-domain-blogger-dns-seo-godaddy/ should help you out.

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  24. i certainly do like your post here but the main deal right now is that i am trying to turn my blogspot.com video game website to dot com and i am certainly going to be doing that right now and i must say that i really need to do lots and lots of work so all my gaming needs will be settled once and for all.

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  25. Is it possible to redirect blogspot blog to custom domain without a warning message..

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  26. can the procedure be the same as in mail setup?
    google apps group mail

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  27. Hi
    I have the same problem as that Cory
    I hardly appeared in search results and impossible to enter my site without www
    Thank you.

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  28. Nice Post Quite informative !

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  29. Great Article , I successfully Redirect My Blogger account to custom Domain

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  30. Hello
    No ideea if its the right place to ask, we allready have a custom domain, and lets say we changed our mind, if we get another one, will the old custom domain be redirecting to the new one?
    Guess we will loose the page rank and other stuffs?
    Thank You!

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  31. Thank you very much for the hint.

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  32. thank you so much, I’ve been stuck with this problem for days.
    I have successfully setup my www domain but my naked domain did not seem to work. It is solved now!

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 9:51 am said...

    Good to hear it. Blog on.

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  33. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 5:08 pm said...

    Thanks Jeffry.

    I edit my posts heavily. You should see the first draft. Yikes! And yes, this is my own blog design. Coded it myself. Thanks for the kind words.

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  34. Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.

    Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a fair price?

    Thank you, I appreciate it!

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 3:04 pm said...

    Hi there. My blog is hosted with Hexahost http://www.hexahost.com/ and my DNS is with Cloudflare https://www.cloudflare.com/login. Hexahost is very affordable and CloudFlare is free.

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  35. The post describing how to set domain host provider in one’s previous tutorial to make a Custom Domain play nice with Blogger is really effective and impressive.

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  36. @Mahmood, you can redirect to any domain you wish. http://bit.ly/2C3IP8

  37. @Pool Villa, can you be more specific? http://bit.ly/2C3IP8

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