Want to connect with someone but you’re struggling to get hold of their email address? Read on how to find any email address in five minutes or less.
Whatever business you run I’m sure that at some point you’ve needed, and perhaps struggled, to find someone’s email address. This isn’t surprising. Email addresses tend to be highly prized, tightly guarded digital pots-of-gold that can be so hard to find.
I used to labour for hours to find certain email addresses. Until I came across a few little tools to speed up the process. Today I’m going to share those tools with you along with the simple process I use to find any email address.
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Check the basics first.
This may seem a little too obvious but before you start diving into to using the tools I mention below, check the basics.
A lot of people include their email addresses on their contact and about pages.
And don’t forget about author pages or bios.
If you don’t have any luck there try a Google search by entering the first and last name of your contact followed by “email address”
Still no luck, then as one final quick check you can always try searching the who-is database.
No luck? Then get tooled up.
The tools listed below are there to either help you brainstorm email formats, find an email or verify an email address is valid.
All are free.
Get sidekick is the only one of the bunch you’ll have to sign up for and install. (For this process you’ll need to use it with a Gmail account.) The rest you’ll just need to open in a browser.
Use the email address search tools
To use the tools I shared above you’ll need your contact’s first name, last name and domain name of their website.
Head over to ‘Voila Norbert’ and enter your contacts details then hit ‘Work for me Norbert’ at which point Norbert will go ahead and do his thing.
With any luck he’ll hopefully come back with an email address, if not, perform the same search with ‘Find Any Email’.
If the search comes back successful skip the next step and go to ‘Verifying your email address’.
You’re nearly coming to the end of your search now if none of the previous tactics work.
Head over to Buzz Stream’s email research tool, enter your contacts details again. This time, the tool will generate a number of Google searches as a list to help you find their email.
Click on each one in turn and check out the results
Verifying your email address
At this stage, you should hopefully have one if not more potential email addresses for your target.
But that doesn’t mean they’re valid.
To verify each email, open your Gmail email account – which now has your new Sidekick installed.
Compose a new email and simply enter your contacts email in the ‘To’ field.
A good indicator of your email being valid is if the right-hand sidebar under ‘Sidekick’ starts populating with their email, profile photo and sometimes twitter stream (if they have a twitter account associated with that email).
And if that doesn’t work or fill you with confidence try ‘mailtester’, it’s a bit of a strange and dated looking website, but I’ve found it to be the most accurate method for verifying an email address.
I’ve found that, for me, the above process works pretty well. Can I guarantee 100% success for every contact you want to find within five minutes? I’m afraid I can’t.
But, for the most part it should, and save you a ton of time in the process.
Beyond the five minutes there are a few other things you can try to find any email address such as using paid tools like Ninja Outreach, Buzz Stream and Spokeo.
Let me know if you’ve any questions in the comments or if it has worked for you.