How to verify your custom domain for Blogger.com

Dec 12, 2015 10:45:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

If you're looking to set up your custom domain for Blogger.com, here's some guidance on how you can proceed with getting it set up.

The details in this below will vary for you of course (e.g. the xyzxyz name/host details), but the links shared by Google Blogger.com will be helpful for you. As Blogger.com has some pretty good online guides to help you with your set up.

Third-party domain settings

We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.
On your domain registrar's website, locate your Domain Name System (DNS) settings and enter the following two CNAMEs:
Name, Label or Host field Destination, Target or Points To field
www ghs.google.com
xyzxyzxyz xy-xyzxyzxyz.dv.googlehosted.com

See our detailed instructions on providing CNAMEs for various registrars or see the full settings instructions for more details. If you are having trouble with entering the second CNAME to dv.googlehosted.com, you can verify your ownership of this domain with a TXT record through Google Search Console here instead.

If your domain provider supports it, download the DNS settings file.

Enter the domain your blog will be hosted at.

Your domain must be properly registered first.  View settings instructions.
Use a missing files host? 
If you specify a missing files host, Blogger will look there if it cannot find a specified file on your regular domain.  Learn more.

I can give you an update on this process, as I have been setting this up for this blog. After adding in the details here and giving my name registrar a few hours to update ("DNS resolving", "DNS needs time to resolve" is the technical phrase for this). I was later able to log back into Blogger.com and update my settings so that my domain name could be updated.

You will now see www.dejavuguides.com as my website URL, rather than dejavuguides.com.

Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC. ex-@Forrester consultant. Writing on #cloud #howto guides and #tech tinkering!