How to setup DKIM for MailChimp
This article describes the steps needed to configure DKIM for emails sent from your domain via mailchimp. The advantage of authenticating your domain on MailChimp are as follows:
It helps your emails to appear to come from your domain instead of MailChimp
This increases the chances of your receivers clicking on the emails, and helps boost email deliverability
Verifying Your Domain in MailChimp
Mailchimp requires you to verify your domain before you can start with the DKIM setup.
In order to verify your domain:
Log in to your MailChimp account
Navigate to Accounts > Settings
Click on Domains
In the Manage Domains page, click on Verify Domain
A dialog box will appear that prompts you to enter your email address to which the verification link will be sent and click on Send Verification Email
Configure to your specified email inbox and click on the Verify Domain Access button. Alternatively you can use the provided verification code to verify your domain.
Setting up DKIM for Your Domain
After verifying your domain, in the Manage Domains page, click on the Authenticate button.
A dialogue box will appear showing you what CNAME record you need to create and the values for it in order to have DKIM configured. It tells you to create a CNAME record for k1._domainkey.domain.com with this value:
The complete record will look like this:
Publish the CNAME record in your DNS and wait upto 24-48 hours. Click on Authenticate Domain in the dialogue box to configure DKIM and complete your authentication process.
You can subsequently lookup and validate your DKIM record using our free DKIM record lookup tool.