Google Apps GMail - SPF setup Godaddy and eNOM

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Google Apps email is one of the best thing to happen for the web, I myself use it and am quite happy but just as nothing is perfect there are technical glitches with google apps which are important for companies but not so urgent for google to implement, Like SPF, Sender ID, Domain Keys and DKIM.

Lets now setup SPF for your Google Apps hosted Email, According to Google Help, you are supposed to add this line into your text record "v=spf1 ~all" but when you login to your registrar like GoDaddy it is so much confusing that you are not even able to go ahead and do something about it, I mean to say it just does not work.

So the best solution is to Follow these setups to setup SPF for your domain:

1. Login, and go to the “Total DNS Control Panel”
2. Under the TXT section, click “Add SPF Record”
3. Select “An ISP or other mail provider” and click OK
4. Select the “Outsourced” tab, and enter as the outsourced domain
5. Click OK
6. GoDaddy will display a confirmation with the correct SPF record listed.
7. Click OK

GoDaddy will now check if your SPF entry is correct or not, once everything is tested it will show the new entry and it should like this "v=spf1 ~all"

Once it is done select Ok and wait for a few hours for your DNS entry to get propagated, now test your SPF record by sending an email to the email address generated by

If everything worked well your report will show a tick mark for SPF

Setup of Sender ID, Domain Keys and DKIM will soon follow.

-- Anish


Anonymous said...

thanx a lot i was looking for this from a long time

Anonymous said...

how many times can i send an email to test email id generated by the senderid website ?

Ani said...

You can send email multiple times to the same email generated email address but make sure you refresh the page everytime you send a new email.

I would better recommend you use different emails because it will help you to see the difference one it is setup and you can compare the results.

- Anish

Ani said...

Follow the below mentioned steps and then test it on after sometime, it should work.

1) Go to and login

2) In the "host records" section press the "edit" button and then the "Add New" button.

3) Fill in the blank fields with:
Host Name = @
Address = v=spf1 ~all
Record Type = TXT

4) Then press the "Save" button


Ben said...

Hi Anish,

I am trying to get my head round setting up Domain Keys for a Google Apps account. We use our webserver to send out our mailing list emails via Postfix however if I start adding Domain Keys to that I am concerned that there is going to be an issue with mail sent from Google?
Have you managed to set up Domain Keys on Google Apps?


Anonymous said...

This worked perfect. Thank you for sharing. Godaddy sure could have used this in their help section.

Jefferson Kim said...

I hope this works! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, great instructions!San Antonio, Tx

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, great instructions!San Antonio, Tx

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