I use Gmail as my primary email account because they have:

  • Lots of space available
  • Excellent spam filtering
  • Great message search
  • Good integration into my desktop and iPhone mail client applications
  • And, oh yes. It’s free.

But I don’t necessarily want to promote my actual Gmail address. It’s not because I don’t want people to know I’m using Gmail, but doing so would waste an opportunity to promote my beato.com domain “brand” when I send and receive messages. So I’ve set up several email addresses, all funneled to my Gmail account.

What about outgoing email messages? If I send a message from Gmail in my browser, how do I make the outgoing message NOT be tagged with my Gmail address but with my desired address? Here’s how:

Let’s say your desired email address is jay@blotny.com, which now forwards automatically to your jablotny@gmail.com account. And you want all outgoing mail from Gmail’s browser interface to show that comes from jay@blotny.com, not jablotny@gmail.com. First, click on Mail settings in Gmail’s “gear” menu.

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Add your real email address

Click on Accounts and Import, then Send mail from another address — enter your name and the email address for outgoing mail.

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The easiest choice is to Send through Gmail‘s outgoing SMTP servers:

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Verification: This step is to make sure you actually own the email address you want to use. After you Send Verification, you will receive an email message with a confirmation code. Enter it to verify.

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Once your new email address is verified you’ll want to (1) make it the default outgoing address and (2) Always reply from default address.

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Compose new message

Now when you create a new outgoing message in Gmail, you’ll see a popup menu with choices of outgoing email addresses. Your non-Gmail address should be already selected since you specified it as your new default.

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Don’t miss this simple opportunity to reinforce your domain brand by making this small change to your Gmail settings.