How to 301 Redirect Blogspot Blogs to Custom Domains - The registration procedure
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Before you can host any customized domain with Blogger, you need to register with the site. After successful registration, you then need to register your preferred blog name. If you already have an existing blog hosted in Blogger, just skip this procedure.
Again, in summary, before you can host any customized domain, you must have:
An active Blogger account (it's very easy to set up a blog account if you have a Google account).
A registered and active blog under your profile, which can be found in the Blogger Dashboard.
If you are in doubt as to whether you have an active and registered blog, type the complete blog URL into the browser address bar, for example: http://web-development-expert.blogspot.com , and then press enter. If you see your blog open without problems (such as a “page not found” error) then you have correctly registered and set up your blog.
After all the above requirements are complied, you should register your planned domain name with Network Solutions. During the domain name registration, which can be cheap, it is a good idea to pay for a long registration period because it shows that you are serious about your website and decreases the chances of early expiration, which can be complicated to correct, especially for a website that relies on advanced DNS settings (which will discussed later on).
Significance of 301 redirection
If you wondered why we need to set up an active blog with another name and register using the preferred domain name, it is that we will be publishing under a custom domain and the registered blog will redirect to this custom domain using the 301 permanent redirection status.
This means that Blogger requires you to register your blog first (for example http://your-address.blogspot.com ) and then 301 redirect this blog to your custom domain registered in Network Solutions (for example http://www.your-address.org ).
You do not need to be an expert at .htaccess (in Apache) or IIS 301 redirection (in IIS/Microsoft based servers). Blogger will automatically do the 301 redirection for you if have configured advanced DNS settings correctly, which will be discussed later on.
In search engine optimization, 301 redirection means “move permanently.” It offers several advantages because it will transfer Google Page Rank, link juice and other URL properties that will help rankings in Google.
In the next section, we will be pointing our custom domain name to our Blogger hostname, and redirecting the old blog URL to this custom domain name.
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