how to find any email address

How to Find Any Email Address: Seeking Email Superheroes

how to find any email address

Link building is not complete without emails. In order for us to build relationships with other bloggers, we must have a venue to connect with them. And one best thing to bring together bloggers is through email outreach. It is when you contact the bloggers you have prospected to gain exposure for you or your client’s products and services.  But before you proceed to outreach, you first need to look for the email of the person you are trying to connect to. The more specific it is, the better.

PLACES TO LOOK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION

1. CONTACT PAGE

This is where they’ll most likely be adding all ways to connect with them, like their social media pages, contact form or email address. Do note that contact forms are not always advisable because it has a lower chance of response rate than when you reach out directly using an email of a specific person.

contact page

2. ABOUT PAGE

Many website owners take their emails as part of their identity. That is why we can  sometimes see emails on the about page. Some like their contacts put on a different page especially if they use contact forms. Others prefer it to be included in their about page.

about me page

3. PRIVACY POLICY

All the boring legal stuff aside, some bloggers include their email address on their privacy policy page for readers or other people who wish to email them regarding their queries about the security of their personal identifiable information given to the website.

Privacy Policy

4. DISCLAIMER/DISCLOSURE

You can also try to look in their disclaimer or disclosure page where they state  that the information readers have seen in this blog are meant to be taken as an opinion to avoid  lawsuits or that they receive compensation from companies they advertise. There are instances where they add their personal email for it to be easily seen for people who wish to reach them regarding their queries.

Disclaimer

 

5. SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES

Just check the social media accounts of the blogger and click on the about page. Voila! You will then find the email address you are looking for.

a.) FACEBOOK

social media facebook page

b.) GOOGLE+

Google Plus

c.) TWITTER

All My Tweets is a handy tool you can use in Twitter to find all the tweets an individual has made. You can even opt to hide replies and retweets. You just have to sign-in with your Twitter account and you’re good to go! With this, you can also try to look for your prospect’s email because at some point there is a great chance that he tweeted something with their email address on it.

All my tweets

Here are the steps to start using this tool:

  1. Go to https://www.allmytweets.net/connect/ and sign-in with your twitter account.
  2. Type in the twitter account of the person you are trying to search.
  3. A result of all his tweets will be shown. You can then use CTRL + F  or COMMAND + F (if you’re using a Mac Laptop) to search for the word “email” faster than going through all his tweets one by one.  
  4. Just skim through the tweets that mentioned “email” and if you’re lucky, you will find an email that your prospect tweeted.

6. GOOGLE QUERIES

Google can be quite dandy in doing detective work for you. We can play around Google search by combining search operators and add-ons to get a more specific result. Let me cite some examples:

name + “email” OR “contact”

search operator email contactsite:[domain.suffix] + “email” OR “contact”

search operator domain suffix

domain.suffix + name + email

search operator name email

domain.suffix + name[at]domain.suffix

search operator domain name email

7. EMAIL HUNTER

If you want to save time and find email addresses in seconds, Email Hunter is a magnificent tool to instantly find email addresses within the website itself just by clicking on its icon Google extension. There is a catch though. Request for email through this tool is only up to 150 each month unless you upgrade to their premium account.

If you want to use this tool, all you have to do is to create a free account then download its Google Chrome extension.

email hunter

Though Email Hunter is convenient to find email addresses FAST, it becomes irrelevant when some bloggers tend to be more creative in publishing their contact information.

Some bloggers may publish their email address in image format.

blacksburg belle email

Some may try to emphasize the @ and change it to [at] or the period and replace it with [dot].

email with [at] or [dot]

Note: Unless the correct email format is hyperlinked on these creative formatting, the blogger’s email address will remain hidden from Email Hunter.

8. CLEARBIT

clearbit

Clearbit is another great tool to look for emails of a specific domain.

First, you have to install the chrome extension. Using your gmail account, click “Connect”.

clearbit chrome gmail

Type in the name of the company or domain you are looking for then press Enter.

clearbit finding email address

 

email hunter get the email address

email hunter found dr pete email address

Note: Not all domains you will key in will give you results. However, there’s no harm in trying.

9. FINDTHAT.EMAIL

This tool is very handy for those who are looking for email address of company owners/staff.

Head over to findthat.email.

 

findthat.email

Type in the full name of the person.

Copy and paste the domain of the website.

Click the search button.

name-of-email

Email Verification

Why validate emails you say? There are cases where the email addresses that bloggers provide are no longer valid or are inactive. Through email verification, you can then authenticate that the email address which you are going to send your message to is a valid email. You therefore minimize failed messages and improve your email deliverability and the chances of it to be seen.

1. RAPPORTIVE

Rapportive is a also a Google Chrome extension that gives you results of everything you need to know about the person you are trying to contact pulled from their LinkedIn information. You can try to use this to validate an email to know if it exists.

Rapportive

To use this plugin:

  1. First you have to download Rapportive.
  2. Compose an email using your Gmail account.
  3. Key in the email address you found or the potential combination of email addresses using the bloggers name and domain name until a photo appears along with your prospect’s LinkedIn information.

Note: You have to sign-in with your own Gmail and LinkedIn account to be able to use this plugin.

2. VERIFYEMAILADDRESS.ORG

What if they don’t have a LinkedIn account connected to their email? That’s not a problem! VerifyEmailAddress.org is another way to verify the email address of an individual, even without the connection of social media profiles to their emails. What you have to do is simply go to verifyemailaddress.org and key in the potential email address you have created in mind to see if it is valid.

Email verification tool

MEETING BRUCE WAYNE, NOT BATMAN: GETTING PERSONAL

You wouldn’t say you know Batman if you didn’t see him behind his mask. In searching for emails, it is very important to catch the more specific email rather than the generic ones. Most bloggers use their name or initials plus their blog or domain name. Just be experimental in combining the blogger’s name, domain name and punctuation mark such as dot or underscore. The key to finding valid emails easily is by searching in obvious places first and verifying them through third party tools. This will be a great help especially in checking bulk email addresses.

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link prospecting through observations

How to Speed Link Prospecting Through Observations

link prospecting through observations

There are many viable guides and how-to’s in link prospecting from different SEO experts. Some techniques are learned simply through your own observations from campaigns that you have handled. We, at SharpRocket, incorporate those observations from our own personal experiences which helped us be more productive in building links.

LISTING DOWN LINK SIMILARITIES

Most bloggers use the same terms in creating links for their pages. For example, in creating a resource page, the commonly used terms are domain.com/niche-resources; domain.com/resources.php; domain.com/links.html. Therefore, we can use google queries such as inurl:niche-resources or inurl:links.html. The search engine result will give us a list of resource pages according to the niche we are looking for.  Below are other search queries you can use to find additional prospects for your client which we personally use:

  • resources/links
  • resource-guide
  • useful-links
  • useful-resources
  • niche-resources
  • recommended-resources

Though not all search qeries such as resources.php, links.html, or useful-links, provide resources that are relevant to the client’s industry, it is advisable to add a distinction which is based on the client’s niche to narrow down the results in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP), e.g. inurl:useful-links “niche”. Google will then provide you results based on the keyword you used which is more applicable to your campaign.

inurl useful resources photography

Pro Tip: Just be creative with the words you use along with being observant. If you have a hunch or an idea which you think can be helpful, it wouldn’t hurt to try experimenting on it.  Who knows, you might even be able to discover other useful techniques you can use to further enhance your link building skills. Don’t forget to check out the links on the resource page you found, for it may redirect you to a new prospect opportunity which you have not seen through the list that Google displayed.

UTILIZING COUNTRY DOMAIN EXTENSIONS

As you may have noticed, some domains do not always end in .com, .org, or .edu, and other web addresses use different domain extensions depending on the country in which their website is being hosted (e.g. “.au” which is hosted in Australia or “.ca” which is hosted in Canada). By using these domain extensions you can narrow down the results based on your preferred country or target audience. You can use the advance search operator “inurl” followed by the country domain extension that you want to focus on (e.g. inurl:.ca). You can also add a distinction to make the search query more precise. If you are looking for guides or resources you can use to enhance your skills in photography, you can use inurl:.ca/photography-resources. Google will then give you a list of photography resource pages with the country domain of Canada.

inurl-ca-photography-resources

Pro Tip: You can use these techniques in any niche or industry you wish to do research on. However, if you don’t have a specific country you would like to focus on, searching for link targets that end with .com first is most recommended because it is the most recognizable and highly used domain extension. You can then use the other country domain extension of your preference to gain new prospect opportunities.

You can visit this Webopedia guide for a complete list of countries and their domain extensions.

IDENTIFY COMPANY BLOGS THROUGH SERPS

By taking notice of the Search Engine Results Page (SERP), we can also pinpoint if the link is a company website or a personal blog. Though not all domain names and punctuation marks are 100% accurate, it can somehow lessen our time in checking each link just to see if  it is a company website. Here are some examples:

intitle-light-bulb

The above query will display links that have the key words “light” and “bulb” in the title of the article .  One result has the punctuation mark called pipe or vertical bar on the page title. It was followed by the domain name “1000Bulbs.com”. Here, we can be quite sure that it is a company website because the page url was also mentioned in the title.

1000-bulbs

Clicking the link will redirect you to the webpage.

1000-bulbs-homepage

Another punctuation mark used in identifying a company website is hyphen or dash. As you can see, the domain name which is the brand name of the company is included in the page title after the hyphen. Most of the time, em dash or the long dash is used.

 

homedepot-category

Lastly, the punctuation mark colon. The difference of this punctuation mark from the hyphen and vertical bar is that you can instantly notice it at the beginning of the page title. The brand name is cited first followed by the colon and page title of the article.

amazon-search-lightbulb

amazon-lightbulbs

We can distinguish company websites through these punctuation marks located at the page title. Just a little note, not all sites that uses hyphen, vertical bar, and colon in the page title are companies. Some content creators tend to do that as well.

MORE OBSERVATIONS, FASTER PROSPECTING

Observational learning is a must in link prospecting. It helps us maximize the use of Google queries and lessen our time in clicking unnecessary links. Simple terms, domain names and symbols might have deeper meaning. This is why we have to keep our eyes open and our minds sharp. Noticing terms you don’t usually use but is mentioned in the client’s industry can be used as keywords for a broader research. Checking on how domain names are created by bloggers can give us a better chance at generating a higher number of results. We just have to be adamant about making observation a priority.