So now that you are ready to go for the ride, it is time for you to register a domain name for blogger.
Choosing the right domain name
Before you register your domain name, put considerable thought into selecting the right one. There are definitely dos and don’ts when it comes to the perfect domain name registration and we intend to help you strike gold with these suggestions:
- Go for the obvious. Keep your domain name simple, straightforward, and relevant to purpose of your blog; this helps your audience recognize and remember you.
- Keep it focused. Generic domain names (e.g. Pianos.com) are nearly all unavailable. Your best bet is to select a domain name that targets your idea more specifically (e.g. UsedPianos.com).
- Hide from hyphens. Using a hyphen in your domain name is not recommended. More often than not, people forget to include a hyphen in a domain name, leading youraudience to the wrong blog.
- Beware of the length. Shorter domain names are more memorable, but not as readily available. On the other hand, longer domain names are not as easy to remember but can contain more keywords that boost your domain name’s ability to be seen in a search engine like Google or Yahoo.
Selecting a domain registrar
If you have found the perfect domain name for your blog, the next step is actuallyregistering the name with a domain registrar. Just like any purchase you always want to find a company with credibility. Over the last decade WestHost has created a global reputation foritself as a trusted domain name registrar.
You can get it (indirectly) from blogger itself.
Step 1: If you get a custom domain from outside, the story is different, and slightly varies from one registrar to another. I will explain it later. As of now go to Step 2.
Step 2: Go to http://draft.blogger.com/home – > This is the beta blogger interface, you can do it in your normal interface as well, but I recommend this.
Step 3: Select your blog.
Step 4: Under Publishing click add a custom domain.
Step 5: Select your domain and the TLD(Top Level Domain).
Step 6: Check Availability -> if it is available, go for continuing the registration process, and you will be registered with either GoDaddy or eNom. The cost is $10 for a year, and you can opt for automatic renewal.
Step 7: After making your payment, your blog will be registered to the new domain name and blogger will automatically configure the settings for you.
Step 8: The next time you visit your blog, you will be automatically visiting www.yourname.com(for example)! You’re done!