Over the years, I’ve sent thousands of emails and have leveraged dozens of different methods for finding email addresses.
After doing this for so long, I’ve narrowed down my list of ways to find email addresses to these 10:
1. Use email lookup services
If you have the budget and are looking to automate your sales process, email lookup services are the easiest way to find someone’s email address.
There are lots of tools available. Some are better than others, but they all work in the same basic way. Just input a name, website, or both, and they’ll give you what you’re looking for.
With some services, you can even find email addresses using LinkedIn URLs.
Here are some of the most popular of these services with a breakdown of what they offer:
- Voila Norbert
- 50 free searches total as a part of your trial.
- Paid accounts start at $49/month for 1,000 searches.
- 50 free searches per month
- Paid accounts start at $49/month for 1,000 searches/month
- Search for email addresses using a domain, a person’s name, or both.
- Find That Email
- 50 free searches per month
- Paid accounts start at $29/month for 500 searches/month.
- Use their Chrome plugin to find email addresses from social network profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Paid accounts start at $75/month.
- Includes options for phone number lookups.
- Plug in LinkedIn URLs to find the email address of a specific LinkedIn profile.
- Clearbit Connect
- A Chrome extension that gives you 100 free lookups per month.
- 50 free searches per month.
- Paid accounts start at $29 for 1,000 searches per month or 500 bulk searches per month.
- Available as a web app or Chrome extension.
- Contact Out
- This service is supposedly the most accurate on the market. By their own claims, they’ve found 75% of emails in the western world.
- Their Chrome extension lets you easily find email addresses based on LinkedIn profile pages.
- Pricing isn’t publicly available.
- 50 free searches per month.
- Paid accounts start at $49/month for 5,000 searches/month.
- Paid accounts start at $49/month for 1,000 searches/month.
- Searches include phone numbers, full name, company name, title, and URL.
- A completely free chrome extension that gives you unlimited searches per month.
- No bulk email search features.
Even though these services are great, they aren’t perfect. Sometimes, you’ll enter a URL and get no results.
Other times, they’ll only give you email addresses that are simple guesses or are no longer valid.
2. Guess and verify
Most email addresses follow one of many common formats.
Because of this, you might be able to find anyone’s email address as long as you have their first name, last name, and website domain.
Here are the most common email address formats:
- First name (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- First name + last name (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- First name + first letter of their last name (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- First letter of their first name + last name (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Initials (email@example.com)
This is great, but formatting an email address into all of these formats would be time consuming.
Instead, you can use Email Permutator from Metric Sparrow to generate email addresses in these formats.
Once you have this list, you can throw these email addresses into an email verification tool like Neverbounce or Zero Bounce to see which of them (if any) exists.
3. Reach out on Twitter
Twitter is a great way to reach people with short messages.
The downside here is the fact that the messages are limited to 280 characters.
If 280 characters isn’t enough for what you’re trying to tell them, simply ask for their email address. Lots of people do this with a good amount of success.
To have success with this, make sure you use a real, personal Twitter profile and give them a compelling reason to respond.
In any case, engaging with your prospects on social media is smart to do before sending initial or follow-up emails.
4. Use Twitter’s advanced search features
Since many people are asking for email addresses on Twitter, that means lots of people are sharing them, too!
You can use this behavior to your advantage with Twitter’s advanced search.
When people share their email addresses in Tweets, they often attempt to hide them from bots by replacing “.” and “@” with things like “dot” and “at,” or by separating the parts of their email with spaces.
So when using Twitter’s search, you can use words like “email,” “me,” “contact,” “reach,” “dot,” and “at” to find times they may have shared their email address in a tweet.
If you want to search for exact phrases, like “email me,” just surround that phrase in quotes.
5. Leverage Google search operators
Using Google, you might get lucky by typing your prospects name and “email address” into the search box.
Unfortunately, if your prospect has a common name, this may be difficult. This is where Google search operators can come in handy.
Basically, search operators are a way to further filter your search results in Google. For example, if you put “site:irc.me” into your search, it will only show results for that domain.
You can use some of these to your advantage when looking for email addresses.
Here are some examples of search strings you can use to find email addresses in Google:
- [name] + email (or) email address
- [name] + contact (or) contact information (or) contact me
- [name] + email
- [name] + contact
If you know what site your prospect is a part of, try these:
- site:companywebsite.com + [name] + email
- site:companywebsite.com + [name] + contact
- site:companywebsite.com + firstname.lastname [at] companyname.com
- site:companywebsite.com + firstnamelastname [at] companyname.com
- site:companywebsite.com + firstname [at] companyname.com
- site:companywebsite.com + firstname_lastname [at] companyname.com
If these don’t prove successful in Google, try another search engine. Different search engines use different algorithms, meaning the results will be different.
6. Contact them through their email list
If the person you’re trying to contact has a website or blog, you can often reach them through their email list.
Usually, these emails are sent out using their personal email address at this domain.
This means that when you get emails about new blog posts from this email address, you can respond to it and they’ll get your email!
This can be a great way to build relationships.
Here’s an example of how I did this to connect with Neil Patel:
All I did was sign up for his newsletter, and when I noticed a typo in the article he sent out, I replied to the email.
Granted, I wasn’t pitching him anything here, but this is just to show that the concept works.
Keep in mind that, sometimes, these emails will be sent out from generic email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org or similar email addresses.
If you reply to these, your response might still forward to the contact’s personal email address, so it’s still worth a shot.
7. Ask for an introduction through their generic email or contact form
Most big websites and companies have generic email addresses listed on their site (such as email@example.com) or have contact forms on their site.
Usually, emails sent through these are handled by assistants or the company’s support team.
So to get in contact with the right person, just send a simple message through this channel asking for an introduction. Something like this will work:
For best results, it’s best to use a signature in your email that clearly describes who you are. If you’re using VA’s to collect contact information for you, make sure their signature mentions the fact that they work for you.
8. Check about us, contact, or author pages
Sometimes, finding an email address really is as simple as looking for the right page on your target’s website.
Many companies will list email addresses on contact, about us, or meet the team pages.
If the site is content heavy, they may even have author pages that contain the author’s email address.
Sometimes, finding these pages directly on their website can be difficult. If you’re having a hard time finding them, you can try typing the following search strings into Google:
- site:example.com about
- site:example.com contact
- site:example.com team
- site:example.com + your contact’s name
While I’ve found using Google to be the best approach for this, you can also try typing these common URL formats into your browser:
9. Use Facebook
When people set up a Facebook page, they often enter as much information as they can and then forget about it. This includes email addresses.
The email addresses they entered can usually be found on the “about” section of their Facebook page:
Since Facebook blocks web scrapers, this method can even work when the email finding tools mentioned above, like Hunter or Rocket Reach, don’t find anything.
10. Ask people in your network for referrals and introductions
If the person you’re trying to reach is on LinkedIn (as they probably are) you can check to see if someone in your network is connected to them.
Just pull up their LinkedIn profile and look for mutual connections in the “Highlights” section of their profile page.
Once you see which of your contacts might be able to connect you, shoot them an email or LinkedIn message and ask for an introduction.
In addition to asking for introductions to specific, targeted prospects, you can also use referrals as a way to expand your prospect list to gain more opportunities.
This is usually best done after you’ve delivered some kind of value.
For example, after writing a guest post for a site I often ask the editor of the site if they can refer me to anyone else who’d be interested in accepting a guest post from me.
If you’ve added lots of value over the course of your engagement, they’re often more than happy to help.
Did I miss anything?
There you have it – 10 ways to find anyone’s email address.
Just be sure to use them responsibly.