There is no doubt that having a professional email address like “[email protected]” is a necessary thing & if you don’t have it, you are missing out on a lot.
You might say, “It’s just an email address & why does it matter?”
Let me tell you why:
– Your domain email address creates a really good impression. If you use a generic email address to send or receive email, you may not be taken seriously until you are already super popular.
I have already talked about setting up a domain email address earlier. If you haven’t done so yet, you can refer to the below tutorial:
Today, I will talk about the Google Apps “Domain Alias” feature which will help you save a lot of money for your team or organization where you are using multiple domains.
What is Domain Alias & How Does it Work?
Even though domain aliases are an old technique, it is not that well-known to many.
One common mistake a lot of webmasters make is they sign up for a new email account for all their domains to get a professional email address & then they pay for each one separately per user per year.
This is the most common practice among new entrepreneurs & webmasters.
If you have multiple domains within the same organizational structure, by not using the Domain Alias feature, you are:
- Paying extra for each domain email address
- Making it hard to maintain so many email addresses
- Doing extra work to maintain the Google Apps administrator account
I’ll quickly explain the Domain Alias feature so that you know how it will save you an email address management headache.
Let’s say you have the domain name “Work.com” & you have set up Google Apps to manage your domain email address. You have created following two domain email addresses:
After a while, your business started growing & you added a new domain name called “Alias.com”. Instead of buying another account from Google Apps, or any other service, you login to the “Work.com” Google Apps dashboard & add “Alias.com” as a domain alias.
By doing this, what you are achieving is:
This is handy when you have multiple domains & you want to have all of them be used for their individual branding purposes. This is how I use it here on ShoutMeLoud.
So, I have the email addresses:
Whenever I start a new blog, (example: ShoutMeTech.com) I add it as a domain alias.
Instantly I now have the domain email addresses:
This takes just 5 minutes of work.
– Benefits of the Domain Alias feature:
- You don’t have to manage a separate email address
- You don’t have to create new email addresses. All existing domain email addresses will have the same email addresses on your new domain alias.
To add a new domain as a Domain Alias in Google Apps:
- Login to your Google Apps admin dashboard and click on “Domains”:
- Click “Add/remove domains”:
From here you need to do following things:
- Add a new domain as a domain alias
- Verify domain ownership
- Setup MX record
That’s it. If you have already created a professional email address using Google Apps, you are aware of the process of domain verification & configuring the MX record.
If you need a reminder, you can check out the tutorials here: (Opens in new tab)
- How to Create an Email Address with Your Own Domain Using Google Apps
- How to Set up Google Apps Standard on Bluehost cPanel Hosting
In the coming days, I will help you learn more about using & mastering your Google Apps account. If you haven’t setup Google Apps for your domain yet, you can sign up right away with this link:
Let me know what else you want to know about Google Apps in the comments section. Is it confusing? Can’t make sense of the Google tutorials? Selected questions will be featured & answered in upcoming posts in the Google Apps series.
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