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How to authenticate a domain with Google Domains

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This article is intended for those who have successfully registered a domain with Google Domains.

Note: On September 7, 2023 Squarespace acquired all domain registrations from Google Domains. Learn more. This means Google Domains will no longer accept new domains registrations, but you can still manage previously owned domains.

  1. Head to the Account settings page and click the Domains tab.

  2. Under Sending domains, click Add domain.

  3. Enter an email address that includes your paid domain, which will be used to send campaigns. 

  4. Click Save.

While it’s not necessary to have a website attached to your domain, you will need to have a domain email address. If your domain is example.com, you may create a domain email such as newsletter@example.com.

You can create a domain email address within your Google Domains account.

5. Check your inbox for the verification email and follow the steps to verify the email address. 

6. Once the domain has been added, click Authenticate. A window will appear containing Name and Value fields of your DKIM and SPF records. Copy these fields and keep the page open.

  1. Head over to Google Domains and log into your account. 

  2. Go to My domains

  3. Click Manage for the desired domain.

4. Click DNS

5. Under Resource records, click Manage custom records.

6. Scroll down and click Create new record.

Hostname: This should be left empty since your domain is already added automatically

Type: TXT

TTL: 3600

Data: You can find the record value in MailerLite. The Value text should be added here. 

“Too many SPF records” error

If you're experiencing issues with Google Workspace, particularly with the SPF record, you may be receiving a “Too many SPF records” error.

Google Domains has what they call "Synthetic records" which can cause this issue to appear.
Synthetic records are like "packages" that contain multiple DNS records and can't be modified individually.
​
​To be able to add a custom SPF record from MailerLite, the synthetic records must be deleted first. However, these synthetic records also contain your MX records, which is what makes your email service work. This means that you will need to add your MX records back manually after you delete the synthetic records.

To do this:

  1. Start by creating a backup of all your DNS records. This is a critical step to ensure you can restore your settings if needed.

  2. Find the Workspace records in your DNS settings. There's a specific section for Workspace under custom domains. Copy these records into a note file for reference.

  3. Delete the existing Workspace records from your DNS settings. Remember, you can't edit these records directly – they must be deleted.

  4. Add the previously deleted Workspace records into the custom records section. Remove any SPF records that are not the MailerLite SPF record.

  5. With the Workspace records re-added as custom records, you can now set up MailerLite records without any conflict.

​Please note: Google Domains only allows adding 1 MX record, but you can add multiple values for the same record with the option "+ Add more to this record".

Hostname: This should include only litesrv._domainkey

Type: CNAME

TTL: 3600

Data: litesrv._domainkey.mlsend.com

For additional troubleshooting steps, see our guide on how to verify, authenticate and align your domain.

If you have any questions, contact our friendly support team and we will gladly assist you.

Please note: While we’re happy to help you troubleshoot any issues authenticating your domain, our expertise may be limited when it comes to third-party apps since we cannot access your accounts with those tools, even if they are connected to your MailerLite account. This limits the support we can offer, so we encourage reaching out directly to the support team of those third-party tools for better assistance.

This article is intended for those who have successfully registered a domain with Google Domains.

  1. Head to the Domains tab.

2. Under Sending domains, click Add domain.

3. To verify that you are adding a domain that you own, enter an email address that includes your paid domain, which will be used to send campaigns. 

4. Click Save.

5. Check your inbox for the verification email and follow the steps to verify the email address. 

6. Once the domain has been added, click on the Authenticate button. A window will appear containing Name and Value fields of your DKIM and SPF records. Keep this page open, so you can copy the field values later.

  1. Head over to Google Domains and log into your account. 

  2. Go to My domains

  3. Click Manage for the desired domain.

4. Click DNS

5. Under Resource records, click Manage custom records.

6. Scroll down and click Create new record.

Hostname: This should be left empty since your domain is already added automatically

Type: SPF

TTL: 3600

Data: You can find the record value in MailerLite. The Value text should be added here. 

“Too many SPF records” error

If you're experiencing issues with Google Workspace, particularly with the SPF record, you may be receiving a “Too many SPF records” error.

Google Domains has what they call "Synthetic records" which can cause this issue to appear.
Synthetic records are like "packages" that contain multiple DNS records and can't be modified individually.
​
​To be able to add a custom SPF record from MailerLite, the synthetic records must be deleted first. However, these synthetic records also contain your MX records, which is what makes your email service work. This means that you will need to your MX records back manually after you delete the synthetic records.

To do this:

  1. Start by creating a backup of all your DNS records. This is a critical step to ensure you can restore your settings if needed.

  2. Find the Workspace records in your DNS settings. There's a specific section for Workspace under custom domains. Copy these records into a note file for reference.

  3. Delete the existing Workspace records from your DNS settings. Remember, you can't edit these records directly – they must be deleted.

  4. Add the previously deleted Workspace records into the custom records section. Remove any SPF records that are not the MailerLite SPF record.

  5. With the Workspace records re-added as custom records, you can now set up MailerLite records without any conflict.

​Please note: Google Domains only allows adding 1 MX record, but you can add multiple values for the same record with the option "+ Add more to this record".

Hostname: Paste the DKIM Name from your MailerLite account and remove your domain name. 

Type: TXT

TTL: 3600

Data: Paste the DKIM value from your MailerLite account.

For additional troubleshooting steps, see our guide on how to verify, authenticate and align your domain.

If you have any questions, contact our friendly support team and we will gladly assist you.

Last time edited: Feb 8, 2024