Use Email Lookup Services
Email discovery tools provide perhaps the easiest way to find an email address.
Just feed them a persons name and website, and theyll work their magic to find an email.
There are hundreds of these tools on the market, and some are better than others.
To keep this post up to the date, each year, I take popular email lookup services and search for 100 email addresses that I already know.
Meet this years contestants:
The results are in!
For the second year in a row, Name2Email is the leader with a 92% success rate.
Their Chrome extension is free and does not limit the number of searches.
It has just one drawback: you cant search email addresses in bulk.
Use Twitters Advanced Search
Have you already guessed your next step?
Go to the and look for the words at and dot in tweets from your target person. You can also include words like email, contact, or reach in your search to narrow down the results.
Lets see if this works for Sam Oh, our Grandmaster of video content here at Ahrefs.
Some people dont even bother ciphering their email addresses in their tweets.
Subscribe To Your Targets Mailing List
If a person youre targeting has a newsletter on their blog, you can subscribe to their mailing list using an opt-in form on their website.
Most newsletter emails will come from their personal email address.
Besides, this also provides an excellent opportunity to start building relationships.
Just reply to one of the newsletter emails with a quick question or ask for an opinion.
Here is one of the very first email outreach messages I ever sent:
I signed up for Brian Deans newsletter and replied to the first email I got.
Sometimes email addresses like , or similar are used for newsletters.
But if you reply to these, the person might reply from their personal email address.
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Reach Out For An Email Address On Twitter
Ive seen plenty of contact pages where people say that the best way to reach them is to drop them a line on Twitter.
But generally, the message you want to send is more than 280 characters long.
So dont hesitate to find that person on Twitter and ask for their email address.
Our Head of Marketing, Tim Soulo, does that quite often.
Trust me most people will eagerly answer such a message.
Just make sure you have a real Twitter profile that clearly states who you are.
What Else Can You Try
If you tried every method and still failed to find an email address, here are a few tips you can use as your last resort:
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How To Do Reverse Email Search
#1. Find the senders location
Open the header of the email message and look for lines that say Received: from and are followed by an IP address in square brackets. If there are multiple entries, use the IP address mentioned in the last entry.
#2. Reverse email search with Facebook
Facebook has a billion users and the likelihood is therefore high that the sender may also have a profile on Facebook.
Unlike LinkedIn and most other social networks, Facebook lets you search users by email address so that should make your job simpler. Just paste the email address of the person into the search box and Facebook will instantly tell you if a profile exists with that email address or not.
If you are able to locate that person on Facebook, download the profile picture and then upload it to Google Images . This acts as a reverse image search engine so you can locate his other social profiles where he may have used the same picture.
#3. Check all the other Social Networks
You can use a service like Knowem to quickly determine if a profile with a particular username exists in any of the social networks.
If the email address of the sender is something like , theres a probability that he or she may have created accounts of some other social network using the same alias green_peas put that in knowem.com to confirm.
#4. People Search
How To Find Email Addresses At Scale For Blogger Outreach
Reaching out to the authors of articles is a crucial part of any link building or promotional campaign. Let me show you how you can find prospects AND their email addresses in bulk for your outreach.
Lets say youre promoting a mobile app for weight loss.
Head over to our Content Explorer and search for the topic youre interested in.
If the article specifies the author, Content Explorer will show you their name.
Youll also see the authors name in the export file.
The only thing thats missing is the domain. But you can pull that easily from the articles URL with this formula in Google Sheets:
Now that you have the domains and the authors names, you can upload the list to your favorite email lookup tool, e.g., Hunter.
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Ask For A Personal Connection Via A Generic Email Address Or Contact Form
Most big companies have either a contact form on their website or list a generic email address for inquiries . Those inboxes are mostly handled by support teams or by VAs.
Just shoot a simple message and ask them to connect you with the person you want to reach.
This works best if your email signature clearly explains who you are.
If youre using a VA to collect email addresses for you, make sure that their signature mentions you as their boss.