Search Tools to Find Email Addresses

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Get Started with Finding Someone'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, but their email address? Good luck with that!

People protect their email addresses for a 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.

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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.

Even when people do start talking on social media, it's common courtesy to ask for each other's email to move the conversation to a more personal and professional medium if there's lots to be discussed. I see a lot of people on Twitter do this.

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.

Click through to the next slide to check out the first tool.

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Use Email Hunter to Search for Email Addresses by Domain

Email Hunter
Screenshot of EmailHunter.co

Email 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 switch over to the Verify tab to get Email Hunter to do some more investigative work on it. You'll be told whether the address is valid or not.

You're allowed to perform up to 150 searches for free every month, but if you want more than that, plus the ability to make bulk requests and export results to a CSV file, you'll need to upgrade to a premium monthly plan.

Make sure to check out the Email 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 EmailHunter.co. It even adds an Email 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

Voila Norbert
Screenshot of VoilaNorbert.com

Voila Norbert is another email address search tool that's both free 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.

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It appears that Voila Norbert can only perform so many searches at a time, which is why there are premium options you can pay for to get more unlimited searches. There's also a powerful Massive Search option that you can use by uploading a CSV file of names and website domains to get an estimate of how much it would cost to search each one.

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 a number of free searches every day 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
Screenshot of AnymailFinder.com

Anymail Finder is nearly identical to Voila Norbert, but it has a few subtle differences that make it a worthwhile mention here.

Like Voila Norbert, you can type in a name and a domain to search for an email address. I personally found that Anymail was a lot faster than Norbert, and there was a great little extra feature where my searches and corresponding results were listed in a collapsible tab on the right side of the screen.

The biggest downside to Anymail is that it's very limited in use for free users, and you'll notice a counter at the top of the screen drop down by one (starting from 20) every time you perform a new search. It's not clear if you can get 20 free searches a day or 20 free searches a month, but I suspect that it is a monthly limit. A premium upgrade of about $20 a month will get you 1,000 searches per month.

Unlike Voila Norbert, Anymail Finder doesn't seem to work with free email providers like Gmail. I tried using Gmail.com as the domain for a search and got an error.

Anymail Finder also has a Chrome extension, but given the poor reviews, you're probably much better off sticking with Email Hunter's Chrome extension, which has some really great reviews.

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

Gmail
Screenshot of Gmail.com

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.

And that's a wrap! Hopefully, you found all of these tools useful in your hunt for email addresses. None of them are exactly perfect, and you may even need to do a little more digging around to make sure you're searching for the right person, but they're extremely helpful when ​a particular person's email address is nowhere to be found on the web.

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