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How to Find Someone’s Email Address for Backlink Outreach


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One of the most

important aspects of growing your blog is to have a good number of backlinks.


Backlinks work as

signals which tell the search engine and its crawlers that your website and

content are worthy of getting ranked higher up in the search results.


Organic traffic,

which you get from search engines, is always preferred. More traffic from

search engines means you have readers on your hand who want to read your

content, and you have a higher chance of selling your product (if you are into

affiliate marketing).


Nevertheless, the

bottom line is backlinking helps you rank higher in search engines.


So how do you get

backlinks?


One of the preferred ways is to connect with other people from high authority websites and ask them for a backlink in the form of guest posts and so on.


This process is known as outreach.


Outreach is a

very basic concept, which means connecting with more people, usually to spread

a message. You can channel the same concept to reach people and get backlinks.


But getting the

email address of important people is often hard because they prefer keeping

their mail addresses limited to certain people so that nobody can spam them

with useless info.


Getting the

address is the first crucial step in your backlink outreach program. So here

are some ways you can get the email address to contact.


Why outreach people?


Even without the

purpose of backlinking, outreach is a crucial element of networking.


It is simply not

possible to make your way to the top without having connections. Having

connections can help you while you are facing some problems, know about

sponsorship deals, and a lot of benefits.


Building yourself

a network of bloggers can help you to know more bloggers and more websites from

where you can get more backlinks.


Ultimately you would aim to become an authority in whatever niche your website and business are working under. To achieve this, you must know who the authoritative figures in the niche are.


Connecting with these people can help you propel your website by knowing what they did right and what they did wrong.


Outreach can help

you in many ways for the overall growth of your website.


But here we are

focussing mainly on how you can leverage that to get backlinks. People usually

try to get backlinks through a guest post, as buying sponsored link postings to

your website would be an extremely high sum to pay (if you are targeting high

authoritative websites).


1. Using Email Search‌ Tools


It may be hard to

believe, but there are services available on the internet, which can help you

find mail addresses. While they might not give you accurate results as to what

you wanted, but they work most of the time.


Some of these popular tools are:


  • Hunter.io

  • Rocker Reach

  • Clearbit Connect

  • VoilaNorbet

  • Ninja Outreach

You can start

with any of them, but to make your task easy, it is preferred that you go with

this. Your entire job of finding is automated and saves you a lot of trouble to

dig through the Internet (more on that later).


A)Hunter.io


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Hunter.io is one

of the most popular tools available on the internet to find people’s email

addresses.


You first have to

sign-up on the website to use their service. The business plan follows a

freemium model; with the free version (titled as a casual user), you get about

100 email searches per month with the paid version (titled as power user) with

no restriction of 100 mail searches.


There are various plans to choose from:‌ starter, growth, pro, and enterprise. Since you probably won’t target more than 100  people at one go, the free version will work good in your case.


The paid versions are usually for the ones who are planning on promoting their services across the mass.


The developers

behind the tool have made the entire using of the service quite simple. Your

search for the domain whose mail address you are trying to obtain.


After you hit enter, you will be presented with a list of email addresses associated with the domain. If you want to be more specific, you can also click on the find someone search bar to get the mail address of the person you are planning to mail.


To make the

process more secure, they provide users with a verification badge across the

fetched mail address. You are also provided with a toggle option to look at where

it found the mail address.


With Hunter.io

you are not limited to finding mail IDs, there are a lot of other useful

features:


  1. Email finder:‌ Let’s say you came across an employee of a certain company, and the only thing you know about is their name. With Hunter.io, you can easily find their email address. Just hit their name‌ + company’s name in the search bar, and hunter.io will try its best to give you a mail address.

  2. Domain search: I found this one quite useful. If you know a certain website, you can find all the email addresses present on the web. Not only that, but it will also give you information on that person’s name, phone number, and so on.

  3. Mail tracker: What if you want to see who has opened your mail and who hasn’t?‌ The mail tracker has got you covered up. It also sends you a notification when somebody has opened the mail you sent.

  4. Email verifier:‌  What this service does is it looks if your mail will get bounced.

You can also

download the extension available for your Chrome browser to further increase

the functionality of the service.


B)Rocket Reach


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What Rocket Reach

does differently is instead of finding email addresses through websites and

domains, it looks for mail addresses through profiles on LinkedIn. It also

explores Crunchbase and AngelList as well.


It similarly

follows a freemium model, the only drawback being: you are limited to five

searches per month. This limitation is quite low and won’t be sufficient for

you as well. Usually, you target ten companies hoping at least 3-4 mail gets

converted into replies.


With Rocket

Reach, you make use of a Chrome extension.


  1. After you install the extension, you look for the profile of that specific person that you want to target.

  2. The plugin will have a small icon on the top at the right-hand corner.

  3. Click on the add button, and it will do its job to find the mail address.

C)Clearbit Connect


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Clearbit is one

of the well-known companies in the sector of Business intelligence and offers a

whole set of amazing tools to help you do your business online effectively.


It works similar

to Rocket Reach, using a chrome browser extension.


There are two versions: with the free one offering you about 25 mail searches per month, quite low compared to the hunter.


One of the standout features is that it allows you to find the details of anybody who sends you an email. Using Clearbit extension, you can easily find about the person in detail who is sending you mail for the first time.


Alongside it also provide you links associated with that profile such as LinkedIn profile links.


The plugin is

quite easy to use. Once you install it and connect your Gmail account, you can

search the plugin directly about the company you are targeting. One of the

drawbacks is that it works only with Gmail and outlook.


So if you are

using Yahoo, this might not come in handy for you.


D)VoilaNorbert


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One of the

drawbacks of Hunter is that despite being a very powerful tool, it doesn’t

allow you to search for email addresses from companies such as Gmail or Yahoo

mail.


VoileNorbert

overcomes this. It works on the same lines of Hunter; you have to provide the

domain name or by using the person’s name along with domain for more refined

searches.


But its strong point can also be its weak point. If you are looking for Gmail addresses with the person’s name, you are bound to come across emails that have common names only differed by additional alpha-numeric characters.


In that case, you won’t be able to figure out which Gmail is the actual account of the person you are trying to target.


Still, you can

use it along with any other tool on the list. The free version offers you 50

email addresses/month. There are four paid plans in case you want to increase

the volume of searches.


e) Ninja Outreach


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Ninja outreach is

one of the well-known companies working under the influence marketing industry.

They offer solutions to connect with other people easily and one of the ways

they facilitate this is through their amazing chrome browser plugin.


It is one of the most powerful tools, offering you features like data mining. Data mining digs through the website to find every possible information crucial in contacting them and knowing about them in detail.


From their personal contact number to domain authority, the plugin digs every possible information relevant to that person.


It also provides you with other crucial information such as finding the demographics of the audience of the website directly. And other essential information such as bounce rate, time spent on the website and so on.


They have a Chrome Extension Ninja Outreach Lite.


The extension follows a freemium model. With the paid version offering you features like contact form auto-fill. Usually, you need to contact people through the contact-us page of the website. This extension has all the template and data loaded in it, so you can directly fill contact forms without any hassle.


2. Subscribe to Email List


If you are not

getting any leads from the first step, one way to start your campaign to search

the email address to subscribe to the email list.


The websites you

are targeting will usually be high-authority websites. And with every

high-authority website, they will have their mailing list to connect with users

base effectively.


You can leverage

this opportunity to get some leads on the mail address.


Once you start getting emails from that specific website, you can note down the mail address from where they are mailing. Usually, it would be a very generic one, such as [email protected] or something on those lines.


Companies rarely would send outgoing mails in the form of newsletters through private mail addresses.


But if you have

the luck in your favor, you might get one. Or even if you don’t get one, mails

from the company often leave the person to contact.


This way often

requires a stroke of luck and a bit of patience but is an effective way to find

nonetheless.


3. Reach Out on Social Media


If the above

method felt indirect and time-consuming, how about directly contacting the

person?


There are various

social networking websites, from LinkedIn to Twitter to Facebook. If you don’t

want to take the long road to get the email address, you can leave them a text.


Although there’s a factor of luck here, without sending them friend requests (on Facebook) if you text them, they might or might not like to reply to unsolicited messages.


The same goes for platforms such as LinkedIn. For twitter, you can directly tweet to them, but the same goes for it; it is up to them whether they want to reply back or not.


With websites

like LinkedIn, you can connect your way to the target person through mutual

connections, although that will be time-consuming. But in the end, you will

have a good connection with people who can help you.


You can also try

contacting them unconventionally through websites like Instagram and Quora.

Although there’s no guarantee of whether this would work, if it works, it will

help you build some solid relationships.


4. Search “@domainname.com” in DuckDuckGo


You can also

leverage the power of search engines to help you find email addresses.


For example, you can search @xyz.com, where Xyz is the name of the domain you are targeting. What it does is that it will scan for mail addresses all over the web ending in @xyz.com


Suppose an

employee Sam, is working in xyz. His mail address would be [email protected] Now sam

must have posted his company mail address on various places over the web as a

part of his own and company’s outreach.


With the help of the search engine, you can easily get all the employees who have a @xyz.com mailing address. This will give you a huge list of email addresses to work with.


There are also

other tweaks to find more about the places where you can get there mail

addresses, some of these are:


  1. site: xyz.com contact;

  2. site: xyz.com about us;

  3. site:‌ xyz.com team.

What this query looks for is pages in Xyz website titled contact and so on. These can give you a headstart to get addresses. (Replace Xyz with the company’s name you are trying to find).


Also, you can use

the following queries:


  1. Target_Name email;

  2. Target_Name contact;

  3. “First_Name Last_name” email.

These queries

will help you target the person specifically.


5. Use ‘Contact Us’ on the website


Sometimes small

to medium-sized companies usually post mail addresses of the important people

related to the website on it. As they want to increase their size, it involves

connecting with people more and more. One way to achieve this is for users to

be able to communicate with the main guy running the website.


Usually, these

websites have a team page. This page

lists all the important people and might include the person you are aiming to

target.


If they don’t

have any team page on the website, you can also try the contact us page. These

emails are usually directed to a centralized location and are vetted to

appropriate departments.


So you can mail

them with your query about backlink, and whoever is handling the inbox to mail

address can redirect to the right person.


6. Just Guess It


This is the most

unconventional method present on this list.


If you have

noticed carefully, email addresses follow a general format, and there are

variations of it.


Companies usually

follow these mail addressing formats for various reasons, but the primary

reason being it is easy to remember. People in the same company might have to

mail each other, and to make it a convenient job, the company keeps it in some

conventional manner.


They also do the

same for maintaining a degree of formality and standard among the addresses.


If you manage to

get hold of any on the mail address of the employee working in the company and

you know the name of the person you are thinking to target, you can use the

formatting style of the employee to predict it.


To check whether

the mail address is valid or not, you can use a service likee-mail

checker
, which will come

handy to you if you are trying to guess it. Another superb way is to use a tool

likeEmail Permutator.


It takes in input

the user’s name, surname, and the domain you are targeting. This website will

then give you a list of different mail addresses you can check individually,

whether they exist or not.


This method is a

bit risky, though. There are mail addresses which are not made public on the

web for some reason. Using both of the above tools, you can get a list of mail

addresses that shouldn’t be publicly accessed. This access is illegal in

several countries.


7. Using Twitter’s Advanced Search


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Most of the

people are on Twitter these days. Twitter can act as a great source of

engagement with like-minded people and build new connections.


People even drop

their mail addresses in the form of tweets so that relevant people can

communicate with them. Suppose our employee Sam tweeted long back that he

requires graphic designers, and he wants to see if he knows anybody in his

circle who is or who knows a graphic designer.


Sam will then

tweet out that if anybody knows such a person, then he/she can communicate with

me at this email address.


But usually,

people refrain from using standard email formats like [email protected]_name.com.

This is to prevent them from bots and to get their inbox spammed with

unsolicited mails (quite the irony!). So they usually prefer to go with

something like this:


Name “at”  company_name “dot” com


This way, stay

clear of the bots.


But you can

leverage this understanding and do a reverse search with the help of Twitter’sadvanced

search feature
.


Once you reach

the advanced search feature, one section will be provided for putting in a

phrase and keywords and another which asks for people. You would only require

these two, as the other two:‌time and places rarely come handy.


You can type in

your keywords like email and put the target’s Twitter handle. It will process

for a while and give you a list of tweets containing the mail addresses.


8. Check the Official Page on Facebook


Almost all the

companies and websites want to have a social media presence by building their

company’s social media pages. They aim to connect with people more closely

through social networking websites.


Ubiquitously

almost all the websites prefer having a Facebook presence as well.


So what if you

are not able to reach that specific person on Facebook?‌ You can try dropping a message on their Facebook

page. Usually, these websites are run by social media managers, and you might

get a reply from their side.


It might be

negative, but what’s the harm in trying? There is a good chance that they will

give you the email address as a matter of redirecting the queries, which is

what their job is. They can also redirect you to other people who can give you

a lead.


Conclusion


So these are the

ways you can find somebody’s email address for backlink outreach.


Although you can

text them directly over social media channels, the chances of you getting a

reply are less if you are not connected with them in any way. Also, it is

better to keep things related to the website and backlinking on the formal side

of things.


If luck is with

you, you might get the mail address of the targeted person with a tool like

Hunter, and you wouldn’t have to go down. Although almost all the steps, even

if they give you a working mail address, it would be ultimately to luck that

they will reply you back.


But if one of

these techniques doesn’t work for you, you can often employ a mix of different

strategies mentioned in the list to get your job done.


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