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13 ways to find someone's email address (take your outreach campaigns to the next level)
So you want to find someone's email address.
You might want to reach out to an influencer, compile a list of potential customer contacts, or just ask someone a quick question.
There are many reasons you might want to search for a specific email address. Fortunately, there are many different (smart) ways to find them too.
Why it is important to find the right email address.
If you're sending an important email, you need to be putting in the right person. Why? Because it's damn hard to get people's attention. Note that only 8.5% of outreach emails receive a response.
Finding the right person to read your email will improve your chances of getting the answer you want. So, it's 100% worth spending time finding someone's email address and tweaking your message.
This is especially true when you're trying to reach out to someone you don't know or have never spoken to.
Well, let's go hunting for email ...
How to find someone's email address
Here are some of the most solid tactics and tools I've used - and still use - in the past to find someone's email address. Let us begin!
1. Use an email search tool
One of the easiest ways to find an email address is to use an email search service. All you have to do is enter a person's name and / or a website and the tool will find the appropriate address for you.
Use an email tracing service (like Hunter)
While they can be incredibly useful, there is no guarantee that you will get a successful result every time you use them. The free searches are limited and the paid options can end up being quite expensive, especially if you don't get the addresses you're looking for.
The good news is that there is an almost endless list of email search tools on the web, so you have plenty of options to see what works for you.
Email lookup services all work in essentially the same way: you enter a name, try to refine it as much as possible, and the tool goes and finds the best email.
However, there are a few different pricing options and types of tools.
Here are some of the most popular email search tools to get you started (along with the cost):
- Find That Email - 50 Free Searches / Month. Paid accounts start at $ 29 / month for 500 searches ($ 0.058 / search).
- Finder Expert - 300 free searches / month. Paid accounts from $ 39 per month for 5,000 searches ($ 0.008 / search).
- Snov.io - 50 free searches / month. Paid accounts start at $ 29 for 1,000 individual searches or 500 bulk searches ($ 0.029 / search).
- Voila Norbert - Free trial of 50 free searches. Paid accounts start at $ 49 / month for 1,000 searches ($ 0.049 / search).
- Hunter - 50 free searches / month. Paid accounts start at $ 49 / month for 1,000 searches ($ 0.049 / search).
- FindThatLead - 50 free searches / month. Paid accounts start at $ 49 / month for 5,000 searches ($ 0.0098 / search).
- eMail-Prospector Pro - Free trial version with 50 free searches. Paid accounts starting at $ 1,195 per year, limited to 4,000 searches ($ 0.299 / search).
- com - Free trial of 50 free searches. Paid accounts start at $ 19 / month for 500 searches ($ 0.038 / search).
How do I find someone's email address for free?
If you're on a tight budget, here are three quick ways to find email for free:
- Clearbit Connect is an add-on for Gmail and Outlook that searches for a person's emails from various sources and their own database. (Also interesting: check out the best Gmail add-ons and extensions to improve your productivity.)
- GetProspect is a Chrome extension that allows you to find someone's email address based on their name and domain.
- RocketReach can find you emails quickly, especially if your target is quite reputable. Just sign up for a free account and start emailing.
2. Use "@ domainname.com" on DuckDuckGo
This little-known trick is a great way to find email addresses easily using an alternate search engine.
If you do an exact match search for "@ domainname.com" in DuckDuckGo, you will get results for all email addresses attached to the domain that are publicly available.
You can include your prospect's name in the search when you need to contact someone, or just keep it general.
Find emails on DuckDuckGo
It's a handy trick that works great on DuckDuckGo and several other search engines. Unfortunately, Google uses “@” for social media tags, so this trick doesn't work, and it doesn't work with Bing either.
3. Use Twitter
People sometimes put their email addresses in their tweets or Twitter bio, but try to hide them from bots by using "dot" and "at" instead of "." And "@".
Go to the advanced Twitter search and search for "at" and "dot" in your prospect's tweets.
You can search for exact phrases, ignore words, choose hashtags, specific accounts and time frames. Play around with the inputs here. Try including words like "email," "reach," or "contact" to better filter the results.
Use the advanced Twitter search to find emails
It sounds brave, but you can also try just asking her for her email address on Twitter.
To give your tweet the best chance of getting noticed and getting a response, keep it short and include a compelling reason for its response:
Sometimes you just have to ask directly to get the email address
You can also target them through their direct messages, which your prospects are looking at rather than through their replies or mentions. Depending on your privacy settings, you may need to follow each other first before you can send them a DM.
How to Review Everyone's Old Tweets
There is actually one final tactic you can use with Twitter to check users' past tweets. The All My Tweets app lets you list up to 3200 previous tweets from anyone for free.
How to use it:
Go to All My Tweets and sign in with your Twitter account.
View all of a user's tweets on one page via All My Tweets
Then enter the Twitter handle of the website or person you want to connect with to get their tweets.
Add a username to see all tweets
Once you have these listed, just hit Ctrl / Cmd + F and look for things like @domainname, "Contact", "e-mail", "You can reach me at" and other variations that might indicate an email address.
4. Subscribe to the prospect email list
Most websites have an email list.
Sign in to an email list
If your prospect's website or blog has a newsletter, subscribe to their mailing list, as many newsletters are sent from a personal email address. This can be a quick and easy way to get the email address you are looking for.
Even if it's sent from a general email protected, try replying to any of the newsletters to have an opinion or ask an insightful question and you may get a response.
This can help you build a relationship with the prospect and give you a better chance of getting their personal email addresses in the future.
5. Question via the general e-mail address or the contact form.
Most websites have a contact form on their website or offer a general [email protected] for general inquiries.
An example of a standard contact form
While these are likely to be manned by administrative staff, you can try using them to ask how to get in touch with your ideal prospect.
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6. Check out the Contact Us and About Us pages.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Many websites contain personal e-mail addresses in contact, about us or on the team pages.
However, these pages are often difficult to find in the navigation of the website. If you can't see what you're looking for, check the footer or try these common URL formats:
7. View author pages
Another easy starting point is to have the author page on the prospect's blog or website linked by their name on every article they have written.
There can often be a ton of information on this page, especially if you've used standard WordPress themes and settings.
8. Do a whois lookup
When you're trying to find an email address for someone with a website (maybe a freelance business owner, entrepreneur, or writer), you can sometimes find their contact information in their website's whois information.
Whois data is used when registering a domain and is publicly available so you have information about who owns the domain. Everyone who has a website is legally obliged to provide their contact details. Just go to who.is and find the domain of the email you're looking for:
By the way, there are also other WHOIS lookup tools such as:
It doesn't matter what tool you use. If you're lucky, you can see the email this domain was registered with. However, WHOIS offers the option of hiding your public information from their public data, so this doesn't always work.
9. Use Google (and search engine operators)
Sorry: This is obvious, but it can still be overlooked. Use Google for its intended purpose: search.
Enter your prospect's name along with their "email address" and you might be lucky.
However, if the person you are looking for has a common name, this can prove difficult. Even if they have a unique name, you may not get very far.
You can help narrow down your search with some Google search operators. These are super easy to use. Just enter the operator in Google and keep searching:
- [Name] + email (or) email address
- [Name] + contact (or) contact information (or) contact me
- [Name] + "Home City".
- [Name] + "Company you work for".
- [Name] + LinkedIn
- [Name] + ZoomInfo
- [Name] + email
- [Name] + contact
If you know a little bit more information about your prospects (e.g. where they work), here are some things you can try:
- site: companywebsite.com + [name] + email
- site: companywebsite.com + [name] + contact
- site: companywebsite.com + firstname.lastname [at] companyname.com
- site: companywebsite.com + firstname lastname [at] companyname.com
- site: companywebsite.com + first name [at] companyname.com
- site: companywebsite.com + firstname_lastname [at] companyname.com
10. Use Facebook
When setting up a Facebook Page, people often fill in as much information as possible and then forget about it.
Just go to the info page on the profile and you will be able to see the email address, if it has been added:
Find emails on Facebook
This makes Facebook a great place to look up email addresses for your prospects, and will likely give you their most frequently used email address instead of something generic.
11. Check your own email list
Depending on your own visibility in your industry, you may find that some of your potential customers have already subscribed to your newsletter.
A quick search of your email list could easily reveal exactly what you are looking for.
Most email marketing software will allow you to search your list for contacts. For example, this is what it looks like in Mailchimp:
Finding emails in your email marketing software (like MailChimp)
12. Export your LinkedIn contacts
Did you know that LinkedIn allows you to export your contacts?
So if you're in touch with your prospect, you may be able to see their email address.
To export LinkedIn contacts:
Step 1 - At the top of your LinkedIn homepage, click Me and then choose Settings & data protection from the drop-down list.
Export emails from LinkedIn
step 2 - Click on the tab privacy and scroll down to the section Get a copy of your data (under the How LinkedIn uses your data section):
Download email data from LinkedIn
step 3 - Activate the Connections check box and click on Request archive.
Copy LinkedIn data to get email addresses.
In about 10 minutes or so, you'll get an email with all of the email addresses of your connections in a handy spreadsheet.
This method should be used responsibly to avoid losing your LinkedIn account.
13. Think about it wisely
If you think about it, pretty much all email addresses follow the same few patterns. They are often based on very simple formats.
So if you know your prospect's first name, last name, and domain, you might be able to guess their email address.
If you already have someone else's email address in the same company, you can probably figure out what structure they are using.
If not, try these general formulas:
- [name] @ example.com
- [name]. [surname] @ example.com
- [name] [surname] @ example.com
- [initial]. [surname] @ example.com
There we have it, how to find someone's email address. Just remember: with great power comes great responsibility.
So use these email discovery methods sensibly. Don't spam! Don't sell people's email addresses. And don't annoy the people you've reached ... you're missing out on the only great opportunity to connect and build (business) connections.
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