Google Workspace SPF Records Setup - Setup Google Workspace SPF record in Godaddy

  • In previous videos we have covered a number of topics already including creating MX Records.
  • Let's now create SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and increase our chances to land in recipients inboxes.

SPF Record Overview

  • When you send an email to your recipient, your recipient would want to check if these emails are actually coming from you and someone else pretending to be you.
  • So you do this by telling the world which servers you're authorizing to send emails on behalf of your domain.
  • Now when an email appears to be sent from you but does not match the server you authorized, the recipient has a reason to mark such an email as spam.
spf record overview

1. Log into GoDaddy DNS Management

  • In our first step, you will have to login into your GoDaddy account.
  • Next, click on "My Products" from drop down icon next to your username on Godaddy.
  • Then select your domain and click on DNS to land on a page where you can create the records.
DNS Management in GoDaddy

2. Search for "Google Workspace SPF Records".

  • In the next step, you will find Google Workspace SPF Record value.
  • To do this, go to Google search and search for "g suite spf record".
  • Click on the first link from Google and you will land on the page like one in the screenshot.
  • Now all you need is to copy SPF Record value from this page as we'll be using it in the next steps.
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3. Click "ADD" to Add New Record

  • So now you'll go back to GoDaddy DNS Management page.
  • Click on "ADD" to add a new record with value you just copied in previous step.
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4. Add SPF Record

  • From previous step, you now have a form to fill with some values.
  • But before you add another SPF record, make sure you don't have an SPF record added already.
  • In the first field, choose "TXT" as your type, then type "@" for host in the second field.
  • Now in the third field, paste the value you copied in step 2 of this guide and then click on "Save".
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Test your SPF Record

  • It is a good idea to go ahead and check to see if your SPF Record was added correctly.
  • So to do that, just go to Google search and search for "kitterman spf" which is handy tool for testing SPF records.
  • Once you're on this page, type in your domain name and click on "Get SPF Record).
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SPF Record Test Results

  • As always, in every test there're results. So from the previous test above we should be able to read the results.
  • And as you can see, an SPF record was found in my domain and it also passed the validation test which means it was correctly added.
  • Now in our next guide we'll go ahead configure DKIM to help prove that an email is actually coming from your domain.
  • Stay tuned, and if you have questions I'd love to help you when you leave them in the comment section. Thank you!
spf record test results

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