seo – Display custom domain in search results rather than subdomain

Google always shows the actual URL for your site and never uses alternate domains.

If you want to show your custom domain in the Google Search results, you have to use that domain for your site. has instructions for doing so here. The basic steps are:

  • Register the domain
  • Add the domain to your account
  • Point or transfer the domain to for hosting
  • Set the domain as the primary domain for your account

That last step requires that you pay for hosting. There doesn’t appear to be a way to use a free account with a custom domain set as the primary.