Python for Entrepreneurs Transcripts
Chapter: Sending and receiving email
Lecture: Inbound email on your own domain name

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0:02 You are going to want a professional-looking email address
0:05 for your contact page and for your communications.
0:08 Here on training.talkpython.fm you can contact me, just go to the bottom
0:12 and click on contact and right here it says all you got to do is
0:16 you can find us on Twitter or send us an email at contact@talkpython.fm.
0:20 How do we do that?
0:23 Well, it used to be you could use things like Google Apps
0:26 and just create a free accounts there and set those up as custom domains
0:29 and that went away a few years ago.
0:32 So, I could setup my own server but I have already gone through this two times,
0:35 don't set up your own email server, here is the third time,
0:38 don't set up your own email server,
0:40 I'll show you a service that is amazing for this kind of stuff.
0:44 OK, so I own the domain talkpython.fm and I want to add email to it.
0:49 There is a great service called Pobox, pobox.com
0:53 and you can come over to Pobox and you can for 35 dollars a year
0:58 set up custom email routing, rules, spam filters,
1:04 all sorts of stuff on top of your own custom domains.
1:08 Now you can also pay a little bit more and set up an inbox there
1:12 and do your email there entirely, but I think Gmail is one of the best
1:16 email systems out there these days and so what I do is I just have all the email,
1:20 with various rules redirecting to a host of Gmail aliases and addresses.
1:27 So think about that, 35 bucks a year
1:32 and you have high quality, properly implemented,
1:35 no need to worry about it, you don't need to keep it running inbound email.
1:40 I'll take you on a quick tour of my Pobox.
1:43 So over here, just to show you the pricing for individuals, come down here,
1:47 you can get the full mail system for 50 bucks, or this is what I have, Pobox Plus,
1:51 all I care about forwarding, forwarding up to five different addresses,
1:55 use your own domain, and you even get an outbound SMTP server
1:58 so I can send mail through basically outbound email
2:03 and as a reply somebody writes me a message
2:06 to contact@talkpython.fm, I can reply to them and it looks like
2:10 it's coming from contact@talkpython.fm, but they don't really have a server.
2:14 So that's the service I have, I am logged in over here,
2:18 you can see I can add a variety of addresses so if I want to add address
2:22 maybe I could do something like support@, these are my various domains,
2:28 talkpython.fm, boom, I hit add and it will tell me which email address do you want to use,
2:34 I could say let's use mikeyckennedy plus talkpythonsupport@gmail,
2:40 whatever you want, then I can do rules against this, in my Gmail, right.
2:45 I am not going to click this and actually add this but that is how I would do it.
2:49 You can see I've got a bunch of senders, I've got spam filtering turned on,
2:54 I can blackmail addresses so if some address starts getting spammed a ton
2:58 I can delete that address and tell it to like throw away those emails and so on.
3:04 Basically you just have to set up your mail settings when you add a new domain,
3:08 so that's easy, they take you through it and so on.
3:12 Over here you can see some stats, I'll just show you some numbers real quick,
3:15 so apparently this is the email traffic that I had, right,
3:18 this is how many emails I sent or received, so green is delivered, these are held,
3:24 these are spam, I get quite a bit of spam because I publicly list my email address,
3:27 so obviously it gets spammed like crazy,
3:30 but these guys are pretty good at dropping it and then I forward it to Gmail
3:33 and they also get rid of the rest of the spam, nothing really bounce,
3:36 maybe one bounce there- no, no bounce, it's all good,
3:40 and these are the ones I've replied to,
3:42 you can see over here it tells you like those are messages sent to other people
3:46 through the SMTP server here, right,
3:48 that's me replying to people that sent me messages, over there.
3:51 Pobox, it's beautiful, you don't have to do anything at all in your server,
3:55 all you have to do is map your domains, MX records, the mail records,
3:59 to the right settings here that they are going to give you,
4:02 then you set up rules to forward it to where you really care to answer your emails,
4:06 and like in my Gmail, I set up an alias for contact at talkpython.fm
4:10 so I can even send outbound from Gmail as that and I can also automatically reply
4:16 from that address if somebody sends it to me and so on.