How to Be Cool and Get a Custom Email Address for Free!

I've been getting a lot of questions about how to get a free custom email address to match my domain...and it's actually really quick and easy to do.  I did this for Bob today and I'm pretty sure by his text he feels a whole new level of legit (and 'cool') now!
If you're not sure what it is I'm talking about a custom email address is basically an email that matches your website's domain. So for me that would be melissa @ SilhouetteSchoolBlog (dot) com....(gotta do all that weird stuff so the spammers don't start sending me promises of $473839 right in my bank account if only I just click the link from some far off land.)

Anyway, I needed to set up a free custom email address for Bob too and since I already own the domain it was literally just a two minute process. I first learned this trick from my blogging friend and blog conference roomie Kim Six who has this awesome new blog called Kim Six Blogger Support.  She talks about the importance of why having a custom email address is necessary for newsletters!

All Blogger blogs, which are 100% free for hosting, include the blogspot.com. When I claimed bossladyandbob originally the url was www.bossladyandbob.blogspot.com.  In order to get the custom domain (dropping the blogspot) of www.bossladyandbob.com I had to buy the domain which you can easily do for about $10!

Now here's where the free custom email addresses come in! Each domain from GoDaddy comes with 100 FREE forwarding custom email addresses. That means you can basically give that email address out and have any emails sent to it forwarded to another email...but because it's just a forwarding address you can't send emails from it.  To add a new custom email address on GoDaddy you would sign into your account and click right on the bar that says "WorkSpace Email."




Don't click "Manage" yet.

Click "Set Up" and follow through the steps for you custom domain. Once you've done the initial set up, you don't have to do this ever again.

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Now anytime you want to add a new custom email address click "Manage" and from the next page click "Create Forward." 

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Type in the email address you want to create and click the custom URL from the drop down box. All the domains you own will be in the drop down.

In the "To These Email Addresses" Box type where you want any emails sent to that address forwarded....so your personal email or another blog email address you have set up already on gmail or yahoo.

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Then click "Create" and you're all set. Test out your free custom email address by sending an email to name@customdomain.com to make sure it forwards to your personal email address!

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