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I bought a domain from GoDaddy, say abc.com.

I was able to forward profile.abc.com to http://www.linkedin.com/in/myname.

Not I've changed my domain nameserver to Amazon Route 53, I want to do the same thing but wasn't able to do so, here's what I've tried:

Create a new record set, name is profile.abc.com, type is CNAME, value is http://www.linkedin.com/in/myname.

But this doesn't work.

I have another CNAME, hg.abc.com, which points to my BitBucket (value = www.bitbucket.com), that one works.

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@Adam no, the CNAME as presented in the question definitely cannot work. –  Celada Mar 3 '12 at 16:25

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The contents of the CNAME record cannot be a URL. It must point to another name in the DNS, just like hg.abc.com does.

It sounds like what you want to do is host a web site at profile.abc.com which redirects all incoming requests to http://www.linkedin.com/in/myname. If so, that's exactly what you should do:

  1. Set up a web server somewhere (e.g. Apache)
  2. Configure it to redirect all incoming requests (e.g. using Apache's Redirect directive)
  3. Either:
    • Install a CNAME record for profile.abc.com that points to the canonical name of the server that hosts the web site, OR
    • Install A and AAAA records for profile.abc.com that give the IP addresses of the server that hosts the web site.
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Are there good redirect service provider I can use rather than setup my own web server (while still use route 53 as my dns)? Thanks! –  Derek Li Mar 3 '12 at 20:22
@DerekLi - this answer is probably too late to help, but for anyone else, Amazon S3 is now a good simple (and cheap) option for this docs.amazonwebservices.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/… –  Ben Dec 18 '12 at 16:00

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