November 30, 2023

Tech Tuesday: Taking the Dot Com Plunge

You see that? Up there in my address bar? It says "" and not "". That, dear readers is the key to shaving seconds off of your blogging time. I mean, you know how long it takes you to type that "blogspot" word in whenever you're referencing your blog!

All kidding aside, I finally went to a dot com address. I feel so legit, and it really wasn't hard at all. It cost me $10, or actually, it cost Mr. Geek $10 back in April when he bought the domain name for my birthday.

Google (via Blogger) makes it extremely easy to switch over, especially if you buy your domain name through GoDaddy, which they own. You don't even have to go outside of your Blogger dashboard to buy it.

So here's the scoop:
1. Log into Blogger and click on the "Settings" tab.
2. Click on the "Publishing" link
3. You'll see a button that says something like "switch to a custom domain". I should have taken a screen shot prior to writing this, since now that page only shows the option of switching back to the blogspot address.
4. You'll be able to check to see if the name you want is available. If the .com address isn't, it will give you some alternatives that are close to your name, like "", etc.
5. Then you just follow the instructions once you pick your name, and make sure your credit card is handy.

Also be sure to check the box that redirects the blogspot address to your new one. You don't even have to spend time alerting your readers to the change, since when they visit the old address, they'll automatically get transferred to the new one. It is nice though to let them know, of course.

I didn't even need to update my Feed settings. I just changed my email signature and a few other things and was good to go.

So go on, take the plunge! Join me in dot com land....


  1. Oh I might take the plunge too!
    By the way I have a post scheduled for 12/01 that has you tagged in it.
    Please go check it out!

  2. That's something I have been thinking of doing, too. We do that for our email, so it's at least familiar.....hmmmm, I think you've inspired me! Thanks!


  3. My, com looks good on you!! ;)

  4. Thanks for sharing this info. It sounds a lot easier than I thought it would be.

  5. thanks for the info! yeah for you for taking the plunge. :)

  6. Congrats to taking the plunge! Great job outlining the steps, too.

  7. Awesome! I'm doing the same thing and moving to Wordpress this month. :-) Can't wait to shave those seconds off! haha

  8. If it's only $10, I just might join you! Do you know if it's just $10 or if it's $10 a month?

  9. Welcome to dot com land. Your blog, as always, looks fantastic and I adore your signature.

  10. So what are the benefits, other than shaving off the seconds:)??

  11. woo-hoo! Congratulations!!!
    I wish I had Mr. Geek to figure out my C-name nonsense... I have never gotten it straight...

  12. Sounds so tempting! But how much do you have to pay a year for domain ?

  13. And did you lose your google rating?

  14. I did it. I think it makes the site look clean and professional.

  15. I keep researching it and then chickening out. I just need to take the plunge! Thanks for encouraging me and showing me how easy it is!

  16. what if you already own the dot com that you want to switch to? can i still have the usage of blogger on my own dot com?


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