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Custom Domain Publishing, And New Google Apps Accounts

Most custom domain setup procedures focus on buying a new domain using the Settings wizard for the blog, or publishing your blog to an existing domain. When you see the well known error
Another blog is already hosted at this address
you're going to have to use Google Apps. If you're publishing to an existing domain, and the domain was purchased through "Buy A Domain For Your Blog", you'll already have a Google Apps account for your domain - just find and read the email. If you didn't use "Buy A Domain", you'll have to set a Google Apps account up - and this is the time to do so.

If your domain isn't registered in Google Apps, use the Google Apps Sign Up wizard. Here, you have the option of buying a new domain (similar to "Buy A Domain", except you don't have to associate your Blogger blog immediately), or registering an existing domain.

If you select the latter, you have to prove your ownership of the domain in question, by adding a "CNAME" or "TXT" record to the domain DNS. The Google Apps wizard will give you the precise settings needed, which will let you prove ownership of your domain.

Once the existence of the new virtual host is verified by Google Apps, your account is setup for your domain, and your ability to manage your domain. Now, you can do necessary things like recycling the domain settings, and nice things like setting up email for your domain.

If there's already a Google Apps account associated with the domain (whether you or someone else previously set one up), you'll get an error.
This domain has already been registered with Google Apps. Please contact your domain administrator for instructions on using Google Apps with this domain.
When you see this, you'll need help from the Google Apps forum, so you can use the existing account and login to Google Apps.

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