As the saying goes, you should not mix business and pleasure. And this is of particular benefit when it comes to emails…
If you have your own ecommerce store (or even if you just have a blog) then it’s best for anyone wanting to reach out to the site owner to address the email directly to your business, and not to your personal email address.
You don’t want anyone badgering you on your personal email, or having to constantly check your personal email in case you’ve received an email pertaining to your business.
Similarly, you may not want your business email to be linked to any personal or silly usernames that you might have put in place for your personal email account.
Thankfully, however, you can get a .com email that is directly linked to your .com website. And in this article, you will get an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide that will walk you through everything you need to do. We’ll even throw in answers to your most frequently asked questions.
I recommend reading the article in order. Here goes.
First: Check Whether Your Website Host Can Offer You A Free Email Address Linked To Your Website Domain
When you initially purchase the domain name for your website from a website host, a free .com email address is frequently included as part of the deal. In fact, you may even be offered more than one.
So, rather than having to create a .com email address for your business, in this instance, you merely have to activate it, which usually requires little more than choosing a username to attach to the email address.
You can either provide your actual name, or the name of whoever is going to be overseeing the inbox, or you can choose something more generic, such as “Team”.
Ways To Create A .com Email Address
If, however, a .com email address does not come automatically with your website, then you will have to create one. But there’s no need to worry, as this can be a fairly straightforward process, and now, we’re going to explain how it can be done. Here goes.
Creating A .com Email Address Through Gmail
Gmail is one of the more popular email providers and is completely free to use. Here’s how to set up a .com email address with Gmail.
Step 1: Go To Gmail And Sign Up For A New Account
Once you have created your.com email address, you’ll first want to go back to your Gmail account, and create a brand-new account. This is because Google will only send emails to accounts that are associated with your main Gmail account.
Step 2: Add Your .com Email Address
Once you have signed in to your new Gmail account, click on the gear icon at the top right-hand side of the screen. Then select Settings. From here, scroll down until you see Accounts & Import. Click on Manage another email address.
Step 3: Select The +Add Button
Now, simply enter your.com email address in the box provided, and hit Add. You will then receive a confirmation message stating that your.com email has been added successfully.
Step 4: Activate Your .com Email Address By Clicking On the Link Provided
Now, all you have to do is click on the activation link sent to your.com email address. Once clicked, you should be taken straight to your.com login page.
Note: It’s important to remember that you must use your.com email address when signing up for your.com email service, so make sure you use the correct email address when creating your new Gmail account.
Step 5: Log Into Your .com Email Account
Once logged in, you will find yourself on your.com dashboard. From here, you can manage your .com email settings, including changing your password.
Creating A .com Email Address Through Outlook
Gmail is not your only option, however, and there are a wide range of other email hosts that you can go with. Microsoft’s Outlook is another very popular option, and is also free to use. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a .com email address with Outlook.
Step 1: Open Outlook
First things first, open up Outlook. If you don’t already have an existing account, you’ll need to create one before proceeding further.
Step 2: Sign Up For An Account
Now, follow all the prompts to create a new account.
Step 3: Enter Your.com Email Address
When prompted, enter your.com email in the box provided. Hit Next.
Step 4: Confirm The New Account
You will next be asked if you wish to confirm the details entered above. Make sure you check off the box confirming you’ve read the terms and conditions, and then press OK.
Step 5: Set Up Your Password
Next, you will be asked to choose a strong password. Make sure you keep this safe, and change it regularly.
Step 6: Check Your Email Inbox
Finally, you will be shown your inbox. Simply add your.com email address as an additional contact. Now, whenever you receive an email from us, you will also receive it through your.com email address!
Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A .com Email Address?
A .com email address is simply an email address that ends in .com. There are any number of variations of this address. But the best one for your website will be one(s) that are most easily identified with your website.
For example, if your website was called my website, a good generic email address would be email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Get A Free .com Email Address?
The good news is that there’s no shortage of email providers that allow you to set up a .com email address for free. Examples include Gmail and Outlook, as discussed earlier. Or you can go with AOL, Yahoo, Zoho Mail, and Bluehost, to name but a few.
So, as you can see, you can easily set up a professional, .com business email address that’s free to use. And you may not even have to create a third party one if you get one free with your domain name from your website host.
Paul Martinez is the founder of EcomSidekick.com. He is an expert in the areas of finance, real estate, eCommerce, traffic and conversion.
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