How To Create An Email With Your Blog Domain And Use Gmail To Access The Domain Email Address
I was using a Gmail email address for all communications with regard to this blog. That meant using the Gmail address when commenting, interacting with blog readers online and any form of collaboration I had with other like minded bloggers. I didn’t think too much about it until a friend of mine (who owns a business), wanted me to help out with their business blog.
Naturally, I used the Gmail address for any further correspondence and my business savvy friend frowned upon the idea! After chatting with him a few minutes on the topic it was apparent that
I should have my own domain specific email address for this blog.
I began to wonder, why I didn’t have a myName@MyBlogDomainName.com email already. There were quite a few “lame” reasons and here’s how I got through them. You can now reach me at the email given in the videos below (Watch it to know the email)
1. I didn’t think that it was important to have an email address with the blog domain address.
[resolved] I am now completely convinced that are benefits! See the reasons below
2. I didn’t know how to create email account which has the blog domain address
[resolved] It took me less than 2 minutes to setup the domain email account and was much easier than I anticipated! (Watch the video below for step by step instructions)
3.The thought of having yet another email account with its own email client interface and logging in every day maintaining it seemed like an additional burden.
[resolved] Email forwarding to the rescue! I integrated by blog’s domain email address with my Gmail account. Now I am able to use Gmail and send/receive email, using the blog domain address. How cool is that! You need to configure Gmail to make this happen. (In the screen cast video below, you can know the exact steps I used to get it done.)
4. I didn’t want to spend extra to get an domain email address
[resolved]The blog hosting package that I use(it’s BlueHost and a host provider I can recommended) allows creating unlimited email accounts (says the marketing pitch goes!). So over the week-end I thought of trying to figure out how I can create an domain email address for this blog.
If you don’t have an email account associated with your blog, I highly encourage you to create one. Here’s why..
Benefits of having an email address with your blog domain name
1. It increase brand awareness and might even get more traffic to your blog!
When you write or tell people the domain email address, no doubt they will see your domain name. If the blog domain name is interesting they’ll be curious and visit your blog.
2. It is more authentic
Your blog can create opportunities for you to get clients. If you have a free Yahoo, Gmail etc email account; the clients might wonder whether you are committed long term.
Having an email address which is the exact match of your domain lets them know you are committed. Additionally, it also looks more professional.
3. It is more memorable
myName@MyBlogDomainName.com is going to be more memorable than a random Gmail or yahoo account you might have. If you consistently use it in your email campaign, when leaving comments etc others will remember it. After a while even without mentioned your email, people will be able to know what your email is! Hint, hint :Can you guess what my email account is?
How To Set up an email address that uses your blog domain name
See how I created a domain email account in less than 2 minutes.
How To Configure Gmail to send and receive email for your blog domain email address
Did you know that it’s possible to browse your custom domain email from the familiar Gmail browser based email client? Here are the exact steps on how to get that done.