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SPF, DMARC and DKIM: GoDaddy & Google Workspace
SPF, DMARC and DKIM: GoDaddy & Google Workspace

How to avoid Email Rejections, Bounces, Spam, Spoofing with your Google Workspace emails

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If you are using Google Workspace for your email accounts and GoDaddy as your domain host, you will need to set up some DNS Records prior to starting using your email accounts for sending.

Add a domain from GoDaddy to Google Workspace

To add a domain from GoDaddy to your Google Workspace, you may watch the full video walkthrough by this link.

Follow these quick steps to easily do this.

  1. Log into your Google Workspace Admin Console.

  2. On your Account tab, select Domains tab.

  3. Click Manage Domains.

  4. Click 'Add a domain' link.

  5. Enter a domain name from GoDaddy.

  6. Select Secondary domain type and click Add domain & start verification.

  7. To activate your Gmail, this will automatically create MX records for your domain. Go to your domain in Google Workspace.

  8. Select the domain you want to activate Gmail.

  9. Click on Activate Gmail link.

  10. Choose 'Set up MX record' and click on 'Next.'

  11. The MX and SPF records will then be added automatically for your domains.


Setup SPF

After connecting and verifying your domain with Google Workspace, the SPF record will be created automatically by Google. Please check your SPF Records to ensure you only have 1 SPF record in DNS.

If you only send emails from Google Workspace, the SPF record should be this:

Record Type: TXT record

Host: @

Value: v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all


Setup DKIM

To set up your DKIM properly for your Google domain, follow these procedures very well.

  1. On your Admin Console, go to the Apps tab and select Google Workspace.

  2. Click Gmail and go to Authenticate email. This will direct you to generate your DKIM record.

  3. Click on Generate New Record and keep the default settings.

  4. Go to GoDaddy, and sign in to your account.

  5. Locate the domain where you want to set up the records.

  6. Next to the domain name, click three dots and select Manage DNS.

  7. On the DNS page, you should really see the MX and SPF records saved by Google.

  8. Create another DNS record (DKIM) in GoDaddy and click on Add button under DNS Records.

  9. Copy and paste DNS Host name (TXT Record name) and TXT Record Value from Google Workspace and paste them into your new DNS record.

  10. Leave the TTL field as the default value.

  11. Click Save and wait for the confirmation.

  12. Go to your Google Workspace authentication page.

  13. Click Start Authentication.

Note: If you get this error message when authenticating the DKIM record, please make sure you save your record in the GoDaddy DNS and try to authenticate it again in a few minutes.


Setup DMARC

DMARC record is known as TXT record that needs to be inputted into GoDaddy DNS. You may use this generator to easily generate your DMARC record.

Here are the steps to show on how to add DMARC in your GoDaddy account.

  1. Sign in to your GoDaddy account.

  2. Locate the domain you want to set up, you may use this link.

  3. Once it is located, click on the three dots next to it and select Manage DNS.

  4. Under DNS, click Add and copy the following.

    • Text: TXT

    • Name: _dmarc

    • Value:v=DMARC1;p=none;sp=none;pct=100;rua=mailto:[email protected];ri=86400;aspf=s;adkim=s;fo=1

  5. Set the TTL for the lowest or default.

  6. Click Save to save the record in your GoDaddy DNS and wait for the confirmation.

The rug tag is optional for any domain/email provider, so if you don't want to receive DMARC reports, you can remove the rug tag from the DMARC value.

If you are using rua tag in the DMARC value, replace [email protected] with your email address.

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