If you purchased your domain name from Niche Builder then skip to Step 2 (not part 2, but Step 2). If you purchased your domain name outside of Niche Builder then the first step is to ensure that your domain name servers are pointed to Niche Builder.
Most domain registrar’s (the company that you bought your domain name from) will let you change this online, if you are unsure of how to accomplish this please call your domain registrar and tell them the following “I need to point my domain name servers somewhere else” and they will walk you through the process.
When you come to the part where you need to enter your domain name servers please use the following:
This will take up to 48 hours to complete, though it’s usually done within 1-5. You will be able to tell it’s complete by going to your domain name and you should see a page that looks like this:
Add your domain to Niche Builder if it’s not already added. Log into Niche Builder and once logged in click on the [Domains] icon, then click the [Add New] to add your domain name on.
Enter in your domain name without the “www” or the “Http://”. For the Keyword enter in you domain name with spaces and without the extension (.com, .net, etc…). Once this information is entered in click “Save & Close”.
Your domain should now be listed with all of your domains. It will say “Added on” if you added it on. If you purchased it within Niche Builder it will say “Registered”.
Once step 1 is complete you can being with Step 2. To sign up with Google Apps go to this link:
Then click either of the Green Get Started Icons
Enter in your information. Please note that the email address should be one that you currently have access to. NOT the one you plan to use with google apps. Once you entered in all of the information click the blue Next button
If you are presented with this page please select “Use a domain name I have already purchased”. Please not that this may not be an option listed with a circle radio button. It may be located under the blue link at the bottom. No matter where it is we want to use a domain name we have already purchased
Enter in the domain name you will want to have email at. You DO NOT need to include “www” or http://
Select a username, this will become the main email address and username you use to log into google apps from now on. We recommend to keep it as simple as possible. Create a password, prove you’re not a robot, and then check mark the agreement to Google’s terms. You DON’T need to receive emails regarding updates, announcements, etc…
Your account is now created with Goolge Apps. There are several more steps to complete however, please continue on until the last step.
Now we need to start the setup of our Google Apps Account. Click the Verify Domain (or it may say Start Setup) button to begin this process.
Click the “Get Started” button to start the verification process.
If you see this screen then Click the drop down box and select “Add a domain host record”. If not skip to Part 4
If you see this screen click the drop down box and select “Add a domain host record”. If not skip to Part 5.
It should say that our domain is hosted with “nichetrafficbuilder.com” This is correct. If it does not say this, then you need to go back to Step 1 Part 1 to move your name servers first. If it does say this then click the check box next to “I have successfully logged in”.
It will now show green on “I have successfully logged in” and now click the check box next to “I have opened the control panel for my domain”.
In this window click “Add a CNAME record instead”
You will be provided 2 CNAME records (one is the Label / Host, the other is the Destination / Target) that need to be entered into Niche Builder in order to verify you own your domain. Copy the “Label / Host” text provided.
Open a new window in your browser and log into Niche Builder. Once logged in click on the [Domains] then click the [Edit] for the domain name you are going to be using with Google Apps.
Then click the “Host Record” tab to open up the necessary records.
Then click the “CNAME” tab to add a CNAME record. Paste the copied Label / Host text into the first box on the first line labeled CNAME, then click save.
Go back to the google apps verification page and copy the “Destination / Target” text. Then paste that text into the 2nd box in the same row as the Label / Host text you just pasted in. Then click “Save”.
Next we need to add in the MX Records. These records tell the internet that your email should be sent to Google Apps. The records will be entered as follows and will always be the same, please enter all 5:
Host: ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Priority: 1
Host: ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Priority: 5
Host: ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Priority: 5
Host: ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Priority: 10
Host: ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Priority: 10
We recommend copy pasting the records in. If they are at all different then your email will not find its way to Google Apps (please note that the period at the end of each must be included). Once the MX Records are entered in click the “Save and Close” button. It is best to wait about 1-2 minutes for these changes to occur on the servers before continuing to part 14.
Now click the check mark button next to the “I have created the CNAME record”
If you did not wait between steps 13 and 14, then now is the time to wait 1-2 minutes for the servers to update. Once you are ready, click the “I Have saved the CNAME record” button.
You can now click the “Verify” button to verify your domain name.
It may say it will take up to 1 hour with a progress bar. Wait for it to finish. Once it’s finished it will tell you your domain name has been verified. Click continue setup to continue.
The next step is to setup your billing information. Google Apps is free for 30 days, but they won’t let you access your email until you enter your billing information in. Click the red “Set Up Billing” button.
Now choose a billing plan. If you agree to use google apps for 1 year they will drop the price from $5 per month to $4.17 per month. Select the payment plan that fits you best by clicking the circle radio button for that plan.
Choose the number of user accounts you will need. IMPORTANT NOTE!! – Each user account comes with 1 unique:
• Email Address
• Google Drive
• Everything else
Please choose how many unique accounts you want to have and enter that number into the box noted. Step 5 will cover how we can setup multiple email addresses with only 1 user account. Please note however that even though we can setup multiple email addresses with only 1 user account, those other email addresses will NOT have a unique login, calendar, drive, or anything else.
Once you have entered in the number of users you want click the blue Continue Button
Verify that you are subject to the Google terms and conditions then click the blue continue button.
Enter in all your billing information and click continue
Select your payment method, enter in your payment information and click “Submit and Activate my account”
Your account billing is now setup.
If you would like to setup more than 1 email address with the same user account (for example you would like an “Info@yourdomain.com” please follow through these steps to accomplish this.
Click “Google Apps”
Select Default Routing
Click the “Add Setting” button
From the drop down box select “All Recipients”
Check Mark the box labeled “Change Envelope Recipient”, then select the 2nd option and enter in the username you selected when creating your account. You only need the username, nothing else. Then click the blue Save Button.
Your new setting should now be set. What we just did was set your Google Apps account so that ANY email address that is not recognized will be sent to the main account. As you add users their email will be delivered to them, but if Google Apps doesn’t recognize the email address it will send it to your main account. This allows us to have any email address we want and be able to manage it with one login.
Next we need to setup your email account to be able to email from another address. Find the 9 small squares that form a square in the top right and click on that. Then click on “Mail”.
(click the 9 squares in the picture)
Click on the “Mail”
Once your mail loads up, click the gear icon then click settings.
Then click “accounts” and then click “Add another email address you own”
Enter in the name and email address you want to be able to send email from. Note that the “Name” is what will appear in the persons inbox you send an email to. The email address needs to be at the same domain you just setup Google Apps with. If you are setting up a generic business account (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ) then we recommend you set the name to your business. However keep it short as you only have a limited amount of space to show the name. Once your information is entered in, click Next Step.
Click Send Verification and close this window.
Click on “Inbox” to go to your inbox, and look for an email that says “Send mail as firstname.lastname@example.org” replacing email@example.com with the email address you just entered in part 11.
Open the email and click on the provided link to confirm you want to be able to send email as this address.
You should get a confirmation that you can now send email as the address you just added in part 11
Repeat parts 9-15 for every email address you want to be able to send email as within this account. Note that you will not need to do this if you created and paid for a user account for that email address.
Once you have added all your accounts go back to your listing of accounts (click the gear, then settings, then accounts). Check the circle that says “Reply from the same address the message was sent to”. What this does is set your Google Apps account to automatically reply back from the email address that it was sent to. So if someone sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when you click reply it will reply from email@example.com automatically. If the email was sent to an address that you did not add to your accounts list it will automatically reply from the default address which is the one you created when initially setting up the account.
You are now setup to use Google Apps! To login simply go to www.gmail.com and put in the username and password you created during the setup process to login to your Google Apps Account!