Configuring DNS for your BL.INK Domain

When adding a domain to BL.INK, you will need to update your DNS for the domain or subdomain with the company you registered the domain with.

This process is usually very simple and should only take a few minutes, depending on your corporate IT processes. 

There are two options for configuring DNS depending on the type of domain you are using with BL.INK. 

Option 1:  Primary Domain

If you are using a dedicated primary domain (ex. yourdomain.com), you will need to create an A Record. This essentially tells the domain where to point. When using a primary domain to shorten links, the A record needs to point to BL.INK so that we can route the traffic correctly. 

Note: An A Record is commonly used to point your domain to your website. If the domain you’ve set up with BL.INK currently points to your website, it is recommended that you set up a different domain, or a subdomain (see Option 2) for your short links.

To update the A Record for your domain, log in to your domain hosting account (where you purchased or are currently hosting your domain) and update the A Record

Your A Record should point to the IP address:  18.208.85.101 and the hostname should read @

Note: Once updated, DNS may take up to 24-48 hours to update as the new entry propagates. Check regularly as it may happen sooner. Make sure to clear your cache or check in a different browser if the changes aren’t showing after 24-48 hours. 

Option 2: Subdomain

If you are using a subdomain of your primary domain (ex. links.yourdomain.com), then you’ll want to set up a new CNAME Record. This is another type of DNS entry that routes the traffic to the specific subdomain. A CNAME points to another domain rather than an IP address. The benefit of setting up a CNAME is that you will not have to worry about future DNS changes in the event we have to migrate your domain.

If your provider allows you to use a CNAME record, you can do so by entering BL2.blink.domains for the CNAME destination.

You’ll use whatever precedes the domain as the hostname (ex. If you’re wanting to set up a CNAME record for links.yourdomain.com, the hostname would be links). 

Note: Once updated, DNS may take up to 24-48 hours to update as the new entry propagates. Check regularly as it may happen sooner. Make sure to clear your cache or check in a different browser if the changes aren’t showing after 24-48 hours. 

If you have more questions on updating your DNS, please reach out to us at help@bl.ink.