Clickfunnels is a popular tool that allows online marketers to easily create online stores. The tool hosts all of the technical aspects of building an online store. Once this is done, you can use the tool to handle the sales through your online store’s shopping cart. Let’s take a quick look at how to connect Clickfunnels to Gmail, so you can start using the tool to its full potential.
Before You Start
You should start by establishing a few technical details with the Clickfunnels support team. This includes the domains where you will host your store and its CNAME (short name) record. Next, you will need to provide a few more details about your store, including its shipping addresses and the email templates you will use for your automated emails.
After these details have been established, you can start configuring your account and creating your funnels. The more information you can provide beforehand, the more streamlined the setup process will be when you launch the product store.
Step 1: Establish Your Email Preferences
In order to connect your Clickfunnels account to Gmail, you will need to establish which email account you will use for the domain you want to register. More information about domains and their restrictions can be found here:
- Domains – (Recommended): We recommend using a.com domain for your product store due to its broad recognition and availability. Plus, with a.com address, you can also use a branding strategy to build a stronger identity for your store.
- IP Addresses – (Saves You Money): If you search for the cheapest, you will find that IP addresses are quite affordable. However, you should establish a dedicated IP address for your store’s email as it can prevent multiple accounts from being created when you are still using the same email address. Moreover, it will also save you from any future IP restrictions that may be placed on your domain. Using a VPN to ensure your privacy is also highly recommended.
Step 2: Install the Clickfunnels Chrome Extension
Now that you have established the use of Gmail for your product store, it’s time to install the Clickfunnels chrome extension. This extension will give you access to the full power of the tool, as well as make setting up your funnels much easier. To do this, simply visit the Chrome web store and search for the extension named Clickfunnels. Once you find the extension, click on the button that says Install.
Next, you will be prompted to enter a username and password for the Clickfunnels dashboard. It is highly recommended that you create a unique username and password for the dashboard, as this will make logging into your account easier in the future. After entering the details, click on the button that says Login. You will then be taken to the Clickfunnels dashboard, where you can get to work building your product store.
Step 3: Create Your First Funnel
Now that you are logged into your Clickfunnels dashboard, you can start by creating your first funnel. A funnel is a series of steps that lead to a single action. In the case of our product store, the goal is to get people to buy products. So, we will use the Get new customers funnel.
Go to the Funnels tab at the top of your dashboard. Then, click on the + icon next to Get new customers. You will then be prompted to select the type of funnel you want to create (e.g., Lead magnet, Product launch, etc.).
Once you have selected the type of funnel you want to build, you can start working on its structure. Remember, the more you can provide upfront, the easier it will be for you to get up and running with your product store.
The first step in any funnel is the Architecture. Here, you will define the general layout and design of the funnel. You can include any elements you want, but you have to make sure the end result is functional. When you are finished, click on the Save button to continue to the next step.
Step 4: Connect Your Domain To The Funnel
Now that you have created your first funnel, it’s time to connect it to your domain. This is quite straightforward, as all you have to do is visit the Domains tab at the top of your dashboard. Next, click on ADD next to DOMAIN. You will then be prompted to provide the domain you want to connect to (e.g., the name of your product store, or the name of a blog you have created).
As we mentioned earlier, a domain is the address of your product store. So, for the sake of this tutorial, we will use myproductstore.com for our domain. Once you have provided the domain, you can click on ADD to continue to the next step.
Step 5: Select The Email Service You Need
Now that you have an address for your product store, it’s time to select the email service you want to use. As we already have a dedicated IP address for our store, we can use the Google Mail service. To do this, simply click on the Mail icon at the top of the dashboard. Then, from the drop-down menu, click on the Gmail option. You will then be presented with the signup screen for the Google Mail service. Enter the necessary details, and click on the SIGN UP button.
You now have one more step to go in order to finish connecting your Clickfunnels account to Gmail. This last step is a little different, as you have to verify ownership of the domain you have chosen for your product store. To do this, visit the Google Takeout website and download its Public Key. Then, copy the Public Key and paste it into the Verify Ownership field on the Google Mail signup form. Once you have verified ownership of the domain, you can click on the SIGN IN button to continue to the next step.
Congratulations! Now that you have connected your Clickfunnels account to Gmail, you can use the tool to its full potential to grow your business. Moreover, be sure to check out the Resources tab on your dashboard for a list of all the tools and resources available to you.