One of the most common mistakes I see new bloggers make is not creating an email address with their blog domain name. They would have a nice dot com address for their blog but their email address would still be at Gmail, hotmail or yahoo.
There are many reasons why you should go through the extra time and effort to set up a domain email. The most important is branding – it’s far just better to have firstname.lastname@example.org on your business card than email@example.com. Another reason for having a domain email is when you want to apply for an ad network.
The number one reason networks reject an application is not because the site is bad or has no traffic. It’s because they can’t confirm the ownership. You will not believe how many people apply to a network claiming to own sites that doesn’t belong to them. I’ve received applications from people claiming that their site is Google (and they applied with a Yahoo! email address)! If a network can’t confirm site ownership, they instantly reject the site. The easiest way to establish site ownership is with a domain email since only the domain name owner can use it.
How To Create A Domain Email Account
The following demo shows you how to create a domain email account using the HostGator (or cPanel) control panel. While my free WordPress installation service can set up your blog for you, setting up the email is something you’ll have to complete yourself. Fortunately, the procedure is not that hard.
Log into your HostGator control panel (you’ll find the login information in your HostGator welcome email) and follow the directions in this video.
After creating the domain email address, you can access it by using a variety of email clients. I prefer to check my domain email using Google Gmail. Your HostGator web hosting account includes three web based email clients. Here’s a video tutorial on how to use them.
You are now ready to send and receive email using your own firstname.lastname@example.org email address.