The process of how to forward a GoDaddy domain is actually really simple. It’s just one of those things that you don’t know until you know…you know 😉 I’ve come across a few people recently that needed some help with this process, so I got to thinking it might be nice to have a short tutorial on the blog for everyone to access freely.
One of the main reasons you may want to have a forwarding domain is if you are marketing an affiliate link and you want your marketing to appear more professional; or if you are marketing with methods that don’t allow affiliate links.
An alternative to using a forwarded domain is to use shortening links such as tiny url or bitly. For me personally though, I usually never click on a shortened link unless it was sent to me by someone I already know and trust, since there is no way to see where the link actually goes and they are often used by unsavory individuals to cloak harmful links. Plus, if an advertising source doesn’t allow affiliate links, chances are they won’t allow a shortened link either.
So let’s get started. If you don’t already have a GoDaddy account you can sign up for one here:
Forwarding Your Domain
1) Assuming you now have a GoDaddy account, the first step will be to login. Once you are logged in you will need to navigate to domains from the main menu and the to the domain management section.
2) On the next page, click on the domain name that you wish to set up forwarding for.
3) On the next page you will see a Domain Information section. Scroll down until you see Forwarding: Off. Click on the Manage link.
4) Next, a screen will pop up with a box to enter the url of the web page you wish to forward your domain to. Enter your link into the box, excluding http://. Click OK and you’re done!
5) Wait a few minutes and type your domain into your internet browser to make sure everything is all connected and forwarding to the right web page. It usually doesn’t take more than 15 minutes or so but can take up to 24 hours.