Why You Need To Use A Custom Domain Name For Your BlogSpot Blog

Most newbies who start a blog prefer to use BlogSpot as their blogging platform. It makes sense. BlogSpot is free, and you need less technical skills to get started. The investment is zero, and the returns are high.

Also, you get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage in BlogSpot. (Though storage is not technically “unlimited”, we have plenty of options, like creating a different author profile and using it to store images and files.)

Read: How To Start A Free Blog On BlogSpot

One thing which you might not like with BlogSpot is the .blogspot domain name, which can easily be fixed by buying a custom domain name.

A BlogSpot URL is something like:

  • www.domain.blogspot.com

A custom domain name is:

  • www.domain.com

A custom domain has many added advantages over a .blogspot domain name.

Why should you buy a custom domain for your BlogSpot blog?

1. Buying a domain name is cheap

Buying a domain name is pretty cheap. You can get a good domain name for $1-$13.

You can buy a cheap .com domain name from GoDaddy.

2. Social media credibility

BlogSpot, being a free platform, is often overrun by spammers.

This is one reason that these sites are less likely to be trusted by people on social media.

When you use a custom name for your BlogSpot blog, it removes the impression that you are using a free blog, and hence, are not a spammer.

3. Web promotion

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Web promotion could mean a lot of things from social media to link building.

But when talking about credibility, most top websites don’t like giving a link back to a BlogSpot domain.

This makes promotion much more challenging.

4. Seriousness toward blogging

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Even though you may be working a lot on your BlogSpot blog by creating great content, without a nice layout, a nice template, and a custom domain name, people will not feel that you are serious about blogging.

Basically, if you are not ready to spend a few dollars on the thing you love, no one will believe you are an authority on your topic.

5. Branding

The perception that you create in your readers’ minds is imperative for your blogging success.

Using a customized domain name helps you to establish your blog as a professional brand.

You can also use a nice logo, favicon, and a banner to further brand yourself.

6. Google Apps

With a custom domain comes the ability to use a custom domain-based email address.

You can have an email address with your domain name like: admin[at]shoutmeloud.com.

Check out this article to see how you can create a custom domain-based email with Google Apps.

7. The SEO advantage

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If you plan to migrate your blog to WordPress, a custom domain name will ensure that you will not miss out on that precious link juice.

Your migration will also be more search engine friendly.

How to get a custom BlogSpot domain:

So if you are convinced that you should have a custom name for your BlogSpot blog, here is what you need to do:

1) Find a domain name. Find a perfect domain name for your blog. Don’t use your personal name, rather use something which is brandable and memorable.

Search for a domain name using any of these five domain name suggestion tools. You can refer to these guides:

2) Follow this detailed guide: Setting up a custom domain name on BlogSpot.

Note: WordPress is a much better blogging platform than BlogSpot. According to the January 2016 report, 25% of the websites in the world are powered by WordPress. You can read more here:

I would suggest you stick to BlogSpot for a couple of months and then move to a self-hosted WordPress blog.

So..

Go ahead and give yourself a cool, custom domain name for your BlogSpot blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me via the comments.

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Authored By
A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

87 thoughts on “Why You Need To Use A Custom Domain Name For Your BlogSpot Blog”

  1. Hi Harsh,

    First of all let me say that article is nice and I am planning to take custom domain for my blogspot which 10 months older.

    My question is can i apply for adsense immediately after taking the custom domain or do i need to wait for some more time. If yes Hoe much time i need to wait to apply for adsene?

    Do i need to take care any factors before getting custom domain?

    Please do reply..

    Thanks..

  2. I have a question that if I buy a domain for my blogger blog than do I have to buy hosting plan separately?
    And my another question is that – is there any chances of blogspot.com blog to get approved by Adsense?

    Thank You

  3. Great Information. Actually i am getting problem regarding with A-Records. It creating Problem at WWW. and non-www. Extension. So i have wondered for “how to use custom domain on blogger” Kindly Reply Me ASAP

    1. If you want to use a custom domain(with www) for blogger than add CNAME record to Domain DNS
      If you want to also redailed Non www to www
      then add A record to domain DNS.
      then also a step in blogger basic settings to redailed non www domain to www

  4. Sadashiba Sahu

    I want to buy a custom domain, I am a non-technical person. Can you help me to set up custom domain which will fit for adsense? What will be total cost per year?

  5. hi sir,
    I am a passionate internet user, i came across blogging and was very much influenced by its ability to monetize so i created a blog on blogger 3 months ago. But as 2 months ago i sent a request to google adsense for account approval with my blogger domain and its get rejected. After that i changed domain name to some another domain name. Now after this i purchased a domain name from godaddy and redirected to my blog,now again i sent request for approval which it is showing “unable to review your site”. can u help me??

  6. The only issues I have with Blogger is: 1. its free and you can lose your content at any point if Google disables or deletes Blogger or your account (which has happened to me) and 2. you can’t use affiliate marketing, so you have to be careful with the terms of use and what you are putting on your Blogger site, because it can lead you to what I just said in #1 here.

  7. Harsh, I have noticed you have not been replying many people but I will like my question to get attended to. Am sorry for the way am expressing but am getting pissed off with the way admin bloggers are not attending to a questions. Hanging the little hope of solution to my problem on a hanger. So my first question I used YouTube account to get AdSense and ads are being displayed on and huge money have been coming from you, basically its my source of income and the particular account I tried to use one a time application to insert ads on my blog. Piustyler.blogspot.com. still starting new though, it said blogger.com is not supported and inserted through earnings tab by associating my AdSense. I tried putting HTML widget to put AdSense code but up till now I am not seeing ads or any impressions and clicks I don’t know where the problem is from. Is it because blogger.com is not supported by AdSense or I need to buy custom name and hosting to start using it

    1. Josin Hippolitus

      Hey Tyler.. Greetings.. I understood your worries.. There are few restrictions in blogspot that it should have a certain number of posts and should be active for few months (in India it is 6 months). So, it is different from youtube. Hope this helps you

  8. Hi Harsh l have a problem with blogspot redirecting to my custom domain….its already verified l own the domain but it is not redirecting .What could be the problem?

  9. Hey,

    This was really a helpful post! I have one question, it’s been a year, but maybe it’s not late 🙂

    I want to start a blog and after thinking a long time what platform to use I decided to use blogger. I like wordpress better in everyway adn I’ve read every pros and cons post that exists, haha, but I can’t host at the moment and between wordpress com and blogger, I chose blogger. I do want to buy a domain name and I’m pretty sure about which one, and it’s available, but there is a .blogspot with that name. My question is – is there a way to use a domain I own to have a blog on blogger, or that is just not a possibility since someone has the same name on blogger, but not a domain? I know a can’t make an account on that name, for sure. I can’t find answer to this anywhere. And I don’t want to purchase a domain I can’t use on the only platform I can at the moment.

    THanks 🙂

  10. Really nice post! Buying a domain name is easy but you need to think what domain name you really want to register.

  11. Read this a few days ago before I purchased my own site. Thank you so much! Because of this, I’mm also sharing my experience in buying a domain and hosting as well. 🙂

  12. Arkaprava Majumder

    Another problem I faced that. if you have a coderexample.blogspot.com domain, It will change on coutry basis.

    Like, For india coderexample.blogspot.in

    For Brazil coderexample.blogspot.br

    So It will hurt in your Google adesense account, Adsense account count CPC according to domain name.

    And also your alexa ranking will be distributed .

  13. Thanks for sharing this article. Today I am going to buy custom domain for my own blogpost. Lets see how it will work.

  14. Hemant Kumar Arya

    Awesome post sir. This post is really very helpfull for new bloggers. You made it really easy to understand. Now we can set up our custom domain in blogger in just 5 minutes.
    Thank you…. ?

  15. Hi, i want to ask if i make a blog with blogspot domain and upload andriod software on my blog. then my blog will be approve for google adsense or not. thanks,

  16. Hi.. Harsh. Does Changing the name from blogspot.com to custom domain .com Or .in affects the search engine rankings ?

  17. i have noticed that all bloggers are using wordpress now days and i am also now planning to migrtae thanks for migrating idea harsh …

  18. Savas Papadopoulos

    Hi Harsh
    I read wordpress doesn’t permit advertising on their platform. Is there such a restriction on BlogSpot?
    I wonder if it’s better to host wordpress on your own…
    What I like about wordpress is there are lots of plugins available. Haven’t worked much with BlogSpot and don’t know if that’s the case for BlogSpot as well

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Savas
      on Self hosted WordPress you don’t have any such restriction. You should read my guide on
      https://www.shoutmeloud.com/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org-which-blog-platform.html

      I believe you are comparing between WordPress.com (Free one) Vs. BlogSpot & in that case, yes on BlogSpot you don’t have any restriction. You can use any ad program that you wish.

      Though, if one of your goal is to make money from the blog, you should rather use self hosted WordPress. These two posts will give you more ideas on why:
      https://www.shoutmeloud.com/wordpress-or-blogger-seo.html
      https://www.shoutmeloud.com/8-reasons-why-self-hosted-wordpress-blog-is-better-then-blogspot-blog.html

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