Posting a blogger.com fix I just struggled with for some time. This sounds more complicated than it is but I could find little online to help me, so hopefully I’ll save somebody future time with this post.
I wanted to run my Airports Blog as part of AirportCityCodes.com, hosted at Verio. Blogger (owned and run by Google) has a great IP redirection feature that lets you run a blog off your domain by creating a CNAME record that directs to ghs.google.com and accesses your blogspot blog. Normally this works fine, but Verio’s DNS system will reject ghs.google.com because it in turn is an alias for ghs.l.google.com. Verio claimed that Google using improper DNS protocol by telling people to use ghs.google.com.
The blogger fix at Verio is to use this: ghs.l.google.com.
Note the period at the end which is needed at Verio to keep them from appending your domain name to the record.
If this does not work, or at some other registrars (Network Solutions was mentioned somewhere), I think you’ll want to use the IP address for ghs.l.google.com which is this: 184.108.40.206
I hope this works for you, and if not let me know as I use this feature for many blogs and I’m always interested in Troubleshooting tips, especially for blogs.
Thanks for the Verio tip – I ran into this too.
Wow, thank you, sir! The IP worked with Network Solutions!
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I have bought a domain from verio and when I try to create CNAME on it to be used with blogger, I keep getting “Invlalid CNAME error”. Do you have any idea why it could be? Help would be much apperciated
Bad record:XXXcom. 86400 IN CNAME ghs.l.google.com. Invalid CNAME
Try making sure that you remove the MX record that matches your CNAME record.
I had trouble getting http://www.hometechlab.com to CNAME to google properly, but once I removed the MX record for http://www.hometechlap.com, it suddenly worked on Verio’s control panel.
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Time to change hosting companies.
having a MONSTER of a time attempting to get a clients page [http://speakertreerecords.com] to redirect to a masked page that I will host. if anyone can help me remove the entire GOOGLE beast that is holding onto the webpage – please help.
Kaleb do you mean masking using 301 redirection? Reconsider that because Google does not like masking and it could hurt their search ranks.
The Network Solutions SOLUTION!
I had such a horrible time trying to get my domain name at Network Solutions to work as my custom domain on blogger that i thought i should share the secret sauce.
The solutions is to NOT use a CNAME redirect to ghs.google.com on the network solutions end but INSTEAD add an ip address to the www and to the @ “A” record.
The ip address to use is: 220.127.116.11 (google’s ip address)
In your DNS control panel at network solutions you should see a box called “IP Address (A Records)”
Under the “Host” column you should have “www”, “@ (None)” and “*(All Others)”
You want to enter 18.104.22.168 under the “Numeric IP” column for “www” and “@ (None)”
DO NOT add a CNAME entry in the box below it (if you did… delete it).
That all folks! – should take about 2 hours to be all set.
FYI the reason you have to do this is because Network Solutions thinks it’s big and clever to be a pain in the a$$, they think that google has it wrong… which them might do but they should be focused on helping their customers, not on corporate one-upmanship.
I happened to stumble upon this thread looking for something else, but I thought I’d give some information.
The DNS spec is very specific about what a CNAME can and can’t be.
1) You can’t have a record that has a CNAME, and ANY OTHER TYPE of record. This means you cannot CNAME your domain name itself, since you are required to at least have an SOA record.
2) You can use a name that has a CNAME record in any other record (i.e., you can’t point your MX records to a CNAME). HOWEVER, the EXCEPTION is in another CNAME – CNAMEs CAN be chained.
So, for some of the problems above, I believe Netsol (and I hate saying it) is correct – you cannot at the CNAME to your base domain, but Verio is wrong if they are claiming it is violating rule #2, but correct if they are saying it violates rule #1 – but what Google does with ghs.google.com doesn’t matter at that point.
I tried JoeDuck’s fixes with Verio and talked to their tech guy. Nothing worked. He finally said that the ghs.l.google.com. and all the other variations of that weren’t —- whatever. Not proper or whatever. I’m not a computer person. I suggested the IP address as an “A” deal instead of CNAME. That didn’t work either. Has anyone talked to google about this? The Verio tech guy said that if I got the IP address google was using for my site, that’s the only thing that would work.
Thanks! It worked for me too!
i created a site in google named”http://sites.google.com/site/(site name)thereafter i purchased a domain from godaddy the domain is parked with godaddy. the question is whether i can use my domain to view the site i created with google?
if yes, please let me know the settings that i have to make and where?
I guess I’m joining the bandwagaon.My client, too is hosted with verio and we want to subdomain their blog but can’t. I find it hard to believe that with such a common practice for SEO that verio has not come up with an alternative.
All the threads refer to google….Any advice for subdomaining WordPress blogs with Verio?
I too am having an issue registering my google blog account through Verio. None of the suggestions here so far work, I either get INVALID DATA, or INVALID CNAME back from their config tool. I’ve got a ticket in with them so hopefully we get it resolved
I am facing this problem too. WordPress.org is much easier to work with on the installation using custom domain and hosting. Experimenting on Blogger now to try out different blogging platforms.
Thank you interesting read!
how do i undelete my blog’s custom domain??please help…
Daniel usually that happens if you didn’t pay Google the money and all you need to do is pony up, but you’ll need to provide a lot more detail here. Is this a blogger domain?
yes its a bloggers domain…so,could it be retrieved??
I accidently deleted the blog’s domain and right now when i tries to go to my domain,an error appears “The requested URL / was not found on this server”…i couldn’t view it…is there any way to i could undelete it?
Daniel short answer is that I don’t know, but Google should have a recovery procedure for this type of accident. Posting at Google forums as you have is good but give more information there like the URL, the blogspot URL, when this happened, etc.
If you have a backup of the site you may just need to re-establish the name as you did when you set this up.
Was there a blogspot URL, e.g. kaosrockshop.blogspot.com?
Daniel this is an odd message from kaosrockshop.blogspot.com suggesting you may be redirecting the blogspot domain incorrectly – check that:
You’re about to be redirected
The blog that used to be here is now at http:///.
Do you wish to be redirected?
im having problem to view the blog that was previously created..could anyone let me know how to retrieve my blog??
I just want to host my regular domain via blogspot hosting, but I need to know two name server I found only one ghs.google.com
I need one more, Any help?
I’ve jinishans.com registered with 1and1.
I’m trying to setup blogs.jinishans.com using ghs.google.com. The thing is, I’ve 2 private name servers setup in 1and1 for my hosting a/c with my hosting provider.
Now, when i try to create blogs.jinishans.com and give ghs.google.com in CNAME, it does not work.
How to configure my blogs.jinishans.com to ghs.google.com, pl. let me know
CNAME – ghs.google.com.
A – 22.214.171.124
When i configure CNAME / A record in my 1and1 domain DNS settings, it does not work.
Again as I mentioned above, my domain is configured with 2 private name servers provided by my Hosting provider. So, do I need to configure the CNAME/A record in my Hosting Provider by any chance, if so how..?
What if the google is pointing ghs.google.com. and not ghs.l.google.com. Any idea what will the IP?
Hi, I am using a Mac OSX, and every time I start Firefox it tries to connect secretly to : ghs.l.google.com on (IP Address: 126.96.36.199) I do not know why since I haven’t click yet on any link or bookmark, something is apparently phoning home and I am wondering if it could be a Firefox add-on, or something else. I have installed on my Mac the Little Snitch application which adverts you of any outgoing connection. My question is: If I should block the connection permanently using Little Snitch to ghs.l.google.com since it seems to be an unauthorized connection. I am not a user of Google apps, and I have no idea why Firefox is trying to connect to ghs.l.google.com. Is it possible that some kind of Spy ware is trying to use a connection to ghs.l.google.com to steel my Google cookies? Thanks!
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Thanks, this actually worked for us (after a day of waiting for it to kick in). We host our domain name through Verio and were trying to map a new website we made through Google Sites.
We changed our CNAME to “www” in the name field, and changed the data field to “ghs.l.google.com.”. Before, when we changed the data field to ghs.google.com, the site would stop working. When we changed it to ghs.l.google.com. , the site would still work, but there was no change. It still went to our original page. I checked it out the next day, and it started working and pointed to our google site.
Can you tell me exactly what entries you deleted and exactly what entry you added?
Thanks in advance
… and one more thing. How does entering “ghs.I.google.com” redirect it to my webpage, as opposed to anyones webpage like “https://sites.google.com/site/XXXXX”??
The english language is not my main language, yet I could fully understand it when using the google translator. Outstanding publish, have them coming! Thanks!
I’ve been discussing for at least 1 week with people from Verio in order to have my Personal Domain name point to the Blogger site I’ve done.
I first followed the CNAME creation process as decribed on Blogger.
As it did not work I searched different solutions on the web. But didn’t really find a good solution.
Finally I cannot resolve the problem with Verio.
Has anyone a solution?
Thanks in adavance for your help!
In blogger config your domain like www. Name .com
Add just A records under network solutions linking to: 188.8.131.52 (don’t add CNAME).
my blog http://www.twinpeaks.tv now links right
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In blogger config your domain
See here for a good setup of blogger blog: http://blogs.jinishans.com/2012/09/configure-your-bloggercom-blog-account.html
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