4 Search Tools to Find Email Addresses

These tools can help you find almost anyone's email address

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You may be able to easily find somebody's website, Facebook profile, Twitter profile, LinkedIn profile and countless other social profiles pretty easily, but their email address? Good luck with that!

People protect their email addresses for good reason and even if you try to run an email address search by Googling somebody's full name with the word "email," you're often unlikely to find anything. Putting it right out there in plain sight on the web invites anyone and everyone to contact them—even spammers.

But in the age of social media, is email still really relevant? Should we all just give up on trying to find people's email addresses and resort to Facebook Messages and Twitter Direct Messages instead?

Nope. At least not yet.

Why Emailing Someone Is More Powerful Than Contacting Them on Social Media

Email is the most personal way to contact someone. It's meant for one thing and one thing only–getting in direct contact with somebody. Sure, social platforms offer private messaging features, but in the end, they're primarily meant to be used for public sharing.

Email is the most professional way to contact someone. If you're a professional who's looking to share an idea with another professional, you're more likely to get a serious conversation going via email. People do business via email—not through private chats on Facebook or Twitter.

People pay more attention to their email inboxes. Not everyone checks their Facebook Messages or Twitter DMs. If they even use these platforms, they're usually more preoccupied with browsing and interacting on them. Email, on the other hand, is meant for receiving private messages that people know they need and want (think work conversations or subscriptions to newsletters), so they're much more likely to browse through their inboxes regularly.

Everybody has an email address. Email is the one thing that makes personalization on the internet possible. You can't sign up for an account on any website without an email address. Facebook may be the largest social network in the world, but that doesn't mean that everyone uses it. Whether you like using email or not, it's basically a mandatory part of interacting online.

Now that you're probably convinced that email is still the best way to contact somebody (especially for professional matters), let's take a look at three of the very best tools that can help you find somebody's email address in as little as a few seconds.

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Use Hunter to Search for Email Addresses by Domain

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Screenshot of Hunter.io

Hunter is probably the most useful tool that you can take advantage of if you're looking for somebody's company email address. 

It works by asking you to type a company domain name in the given field and then pulls up a list of all the email results it finds based on sources from around the web. Depending on the results, the tool may even suggest a pattern like {first}@companydomain.com if it detects any.

Once you've found an email address from the results that you want to try emailing, you can look at the icons beside the address to see Hunter's confidence score assigned to it and an option to verify. When you click to verify, you'll be told whether the address is deliverable or not.

You're allowed to perform up to 100 searches for free every month, make bulk requests for email searches as well as verification and export results to a CSV file. Premium subscriptions are available for larger monthly request limits. 

Make sure to check out the Hunter Chrome extension too, which makes it possible for you to get a quick list of email addresses when you're browsing a company site. No need to open up a new tab and search Hunter.io. It even adds a Hunter button to LinkedIn user profiles to help you find their email addresses.

Email Hunter Advantages: Fast, easy to use and great for looking up company-specific email addresses. The Chrome extension makes it even faster!

Email Hunter Disadvantages: Limited free use and not at all useful for searching for personal email addresses from free providers like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo and others.

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Use Voila Norbert to Search for Email Addresses by Name and Domain

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Voila Norbert is another email address search tool that's both free to sign up and super easy to use.

In addition to a domain name field, you're also given the option to fill out the first and last name of the person you're trying to contact. Based off the information you've provided, Norbert will start searching for related email addresses and will notify you of anything it can find.

The tool works best with company domains because there are only so many users that will have a company email address. Amazingly enough, it even works with free email providers like Gmail. Just bear in mind that if you decide to search for a first and last name with a Gmail.com domain, the results that Norbert gives you may not correspond to the exact person you're trying to contact, mainly because Gmail has such a massive user base and there are bound to be multiple users who share the same names.

Like Hunter, Voila Norbert lets you search for email addresses manually or in bulk. It also has a handy Contacts tab to keep your email contacts organized and a Verification tab for verified address. You can even integrate the app with other popular business services like HubPost, SalesForce, Zapier and others.

The major downside to this tool is that you can only make a total of 50 free requests before you'll be asked to provide payment either with a "pay as you go" plan at $0.10 per lead or a monthly subscription for more requests.

Voila Norbert Advantages: Very easy to use and great for finding email addresses based on full names and company-specific domains. There's the added bonus that it works for free providers like Gmail too.

Voila Norbert Disadvantages: The service is limited to just 50 free searches and if you are looking for an address for a free provider like Gmail, there's no guarantee that the email it finds belongs to the correct person.

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Use Anymail Finder to Search for Email Addresses by Name and Domain

Anymail Finder
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Anymail Finder has a few subtle differences from the above options that make it a worthwhile mention here.

You can type in any name and a domain to search for an email address right on the homepage before you sign up. The tool works fast and you'll get three verified email addresses beneath the search fields if it finds any.

The biggest downside to Anymail is that it's very limited in use for free users with only 20 free requests to make before you'll be asked to buy more. This tool offers users the opportunity to buy a certain number of email requests rather than operating on a monthly subscription model.

Another big downside is that Anymail Finder doesn't seem to work with free email providers like Gmail. If you try searching for one, it will be stuck in search mode for a long time before a "We could not find this email" messages appears.

If you do decide to sign up for the free trial of 20 email requests, you'll get to search emails manually or in bulk. Anymail Finder also has a Chrome extension with some pretty good ratings.

Anymail Finder Advantages: Fast and easy to use to find emails based on names and domains.

Anymail Finder Disadvantages: Very limited use for free users and it only works with company-specific domains.

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Use Rapportive to Find Active Email Addresses

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Rapportive is a neat little email tool from LinkedIn that works with Gmail. It only comes in the form of a Google Chrome extension.

Once installed, you can start composing a new email message in Gmail by typing any email address into the To field. Active email addresses that are linked to LinkedIn profiles will display profile information on the right side.

Rapportive won't give you any suggested email addresses like any of the previous tools mentioned; that's up to you to figure out. So, you can either use one of the previously mentioned tools to come up with email addresses or you can guess them yourself by typing examples into the Gmail To field like firstname@domain.com, firstandlastname@domain.com or even more generic addresses like info@domain.com and contact@domain.com to see what sort of information appears in the right column.

What's great about Rapportive is that it can give you some hints about email addresses that aren't exactly connected to any social data. For example, info@domain.com may not be in use for a particular person's LinkedIn profile, but if you type it into the To field in a new Gmail message, it may display a message in the right column confirming that it's a role-based email address.

If you type in an email address that doesn't show any information in the right column, it probably isn't a valid email address.

Rapportive Advantages: Useful if you know the person you're trying to contact is already on LinkedIn and may be used as a complimentary tool to some of the previous tools mentioned.

Rapportive Disadvantages: Lots of guesswork and it only works with Gmail.

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