Some bloggers just give up, and look for simpler solutions.
Here, we see but one example of the exasperation.
I have seen thousands of complains about this problemAnother blog is already hosted at this address.so I decided to register my domain name with Google directly to avoid stuck with this same problem like thousand of other users.
You know what, I am given the same problem too, even after registering the domain directly with Google.
Solution: I log in to Godaddy using the ID & password given by Google, and forward the domain to my blog name instead. And it works.
An intriguing attempt to simplify, using an alternate solution. Equally as elegant as a Custom Domain, and more reliable.
And so wrong. Having a domain with only half of the DNS address properly defined produces the same result as a domain with only half of the DNS address defined. You will, eventually, see our old friend
Another blog is already hosted at this address.
Here, as always, I'll show DNS address configurations, illustrated with excerpted Dig logs.
mydomain.com. 1800 IN A 22.214.171.124 www.mydomain.com. 1800 IN A 126.96.36.199
mydomain.com. 1800 IN A 188.8.131.52 www.mydomain.com. 1800 IN CNAME mydomain.com
What is "184.108.40.206"?
pwfwd-v01.prod.mesa1.secureserver.net (220.127.116.11) 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 GoDaddy.com, Inc.
It's a forwarding server. The domain DNS resolves to the server provided by your registrar - not to Google. The connection from the forwarding server to Google is invisible, except to your readers (when it works). Whether it works, at all, depends upon what URL it is forwarded to.
If you forward your domain to the BlogSpot URL, the results vary - depending upon how the forwarding is setup, either the BlogSpot or the domain URL may be visible in the browser address window. Neither result will provide you what you need.
- If you forward using "301 Moved Permanently", your readers will see the BlogSpot URL in the browser address window. Here, the domain is correctly forwarded for search engine reputation. Unfortunately, this is going to confuse your readers. You tell them to use the domain URL (or why do you have the domain) to access the blog, but all that they see is the BlogSpot URL. And the domain URL gets no search reputation at all. IOW, the domain does not seem to exist.
- If you forward using "302 Moved Temporarily", your readers will see the domain URL in the browser address window. Here, both the BlogSpot and domain URLs are active. If you care about search engine reputation, you won't want this. Your blog will be openly accessible from either the BlogSpot or the domain URL. It will appear to have two addresses, the blog reputation will be split between the two addresses, and both addresses will be penalised for "duplicate content" by the search engines.
- A "301 Moved Permanently" makes the target URL the primary address, and the source URL (your domain) becomes a secondary address. If you use a "301 Moved Permanently" to use your domain as a secondary URL for your blog, this is a good solution. For a single blog with a single domain, and the primary URL, this is not a good solution.
One of the reasons for getting a non-BlogSpot URL for your blog is the "prestige" of having a non-BlogSpot URL. In neither of the above scenarios will your blog have a non-BlogSpot URL consistently. Your established readers will be continually confused, the search engines won't give your blog the reputation that it deserves, and your potential readers won't see your blog in the search lists.
All in all, forwarding will not equal "A" / "CNAME" referral, in result quality.
These look like forwarding. They are not forwarding.
mydomain.com. 3600 IN A 126.96.36.199 www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
mydomain.com. 3600 IN A 188.8.131.52 www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME mydomain.com.
Here, someone looked at a previous configuration, maybe one from another thread in the forum.
mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com. www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com. --- ghs.google.com. 397440 IN CNAME ghs.l.google.com. ghs.l.google.com. 300 IN A 184.108.40.206 cg-in-f121.google.com (220.127.116.11) 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 Google Inc.
More variations, odder still.
mydomain.com. 3600 IN A 126.96.36.199 www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
mydomain.com. 3600 IN A 188.8.131.52 www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME mydomain.com.
None of these configurations use URL forwarding, but not one of them is any more reliable. "184.108.40.206" is one of the individual servers in the "ghs.l.google.com" server array, and "220.127.116.11 " is one of the four servers in the Google Apps server array. Individual array members are not robust, the array itself is reliable because it contains multiple mutually redundant components. For a reliable custom domain, you need to use all provided components!
If one individual server in the "ghs.l.google.com" array fails, Google changes the DNS address for "ghs.l.google.com", to direct to another server in the array. Google can then repair or replace the failed server at their convenience.
If you are directing your domain directly to "18.104.22.168 " or to "22.214.171.124" (bypassing load balancing services provided by "ghs.l.google.com"), expect to see
Server Not Foundoccasionally, as Google repairs or replaces their server at their convenience, while expecting your blog to (automatically) use one of the array peers.
Either way, both you, and your readers (and your potential readers) lose. Respect your readers, and use the right solutions for your domain.
- See the 3 Righteous Custom Domain Models.
- Use a genuine custom domain "A" / "CNAME" referral to a righteous server.
- Understand how properly setup custom domains work - and make the right decisions.
- Examine a more detailed series of analyses of unacceptable configurations, to help you make the right decisions.