If you're an aspiring entrepreneurial blogger, you're probably always looking for ways to give your business a more streamlined and professional edge. One minor, inexpensive upgrade that can really boost your “cred” is a custom email address for your blog.
Just picture it: firstname.lastname@example.org
So how do you do it? The easiest and most straight-forward way I have found is through Gmail. They have a free 30 day trial for your custom email, and after that it's just $5 per month per user. If you're the only person using the address, that's just $55 per year.
A custom email address can be especially helpful if you have contributors, interns or a blogging partner. This way, emails sent from each member of your team will have a cohesive feel, and help build your online identity as a brand.
To get started with Gmail, click here. Once you create a new address, you can sync it with your personal account so all your emails arrive at the same inbox.
Gmail isn't your only option – though it's convenient if you're already using their hosting for your personal and/or blog account. If you bought your domain name through GoDaddy, you might consider using their hosting (their “deluxe” package has unlimited storage and up to 10 accounts for less than $4 a month.)
A custom @yourblog.com email address probably isn't going to make or break your next deal, but as your site grows and your business develops, it's a detail that you may find increasingly important and hey – it looks pretty cool.