While Google is the top blogging tool I can’t live without, Gmail is the number one screwdriver out of its toolbox, no contest. With a long list of features I use every day, Gmail is indispensable for bloggers, especially when it comes to all those email addresses you have to manage.
You have an address at your own domain, right? Have you set up your email service so you can send and receive all your emails from the convenience of one Gmail inbox?
If you haven’t, here’s how!
The Five Step Process to a Simpler Inbox
1. To start off, head into your inbox’s Settings (click the gear to the right of your inbox, then “Settings”).
2. Select “Accounts and Import.”
3. Under “Send mail as:”, select “Add another email address you own.”
4. In the pop up, fill out your name and the address you’re adding into the corresponding fields.
5. Now you can configure your account. The info from your outgoing server is pasted into the SMTP server field. Set the port to 465 (or 587 if your connection is secured using TLS).
Enter the password you normally use to login to the email address you’re trying to add.
If it all goes through correctly, you’ll get one last page on your pop up dialogue asking you to verify your account before you can use fully use this particular Gmail trick. Head over to the inbox of the account you’re trying to connect to find a code and/or a verification link. Now you’re all set!
Sending Emails From Alternate Addresses in Gmail
Now that you’re all set up, sending emails from your other addresses is a cinch.
When you compose your message, there should be an arrow in the “From:” field. Click it for a drop down dialogue of all your linked accounts (try reloading the page if you don’t see it).
Select the address you want to use and you’re done. Nice!
Have you been using Gmail to hub all your emails together? What other handy Gmail tricks do you like to use? Share your secrets to success below!