It amazes me sometimes how people ignore some of the little details that are so easy to deal with.
I read recently that someone would never take advice from a financial planner who can’t afford a quality tie (bad taste is a different issue, of course!) My equivalent statement is that I would never hire someone for SEO help/advice or other digital services (social media marketing, web design, ecommerce, etc) if they can’t be bothered setting up a non-hotmail, non-yahoo email address – Gmail and IP provider emails are not really any better.
The blog I looked at yesterday came to my attention by the owner asking for guest blog posts. He provided a domain name and his Hotmail details. Why on earth doesn’t he have an email based at that domain name? Especially for someone claiming to know about SEO?
This is a pet peeve, but there are some valid reasons to use a domain-related email address:
- it builds trust to use your domain name – you have taken the time to get a domain name and matching emails so expect to be in business for more than five minutes
- it looks professional
- Hotmail does not build credibility – many people use Hotmail as untraceable email addresses so it is not always seen as reputable. Have you noticed a number of places won’t accept a Hotmail address when you register?
- every time someone receives your email, you can promote Hotmail/Gmail/your ip provider or you can use your domain name and promote your business. No brainer to me
- it shows you pay attention to the little details in your business so probably care about your products/services
- it gives consistency, especially when you list your contact details in one place like on a business card or the end of an email
- you don’t have to change your email address if you change ip providers or the email service stops (or changes rules in a way you don’t like)