How to Find Someone’s Email Address (Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Find Someone’s Email Address (Step-by-Step Guide)

Struggling to find someone’s email address?

If you’re here, we suppose you already tried to find that email address with Hunter’s Email Finder or Domain Search, which are the first places you should look at.

Chances are that you will be able to find the email address of your prospect in seconds.

However, occasionally, Hunter might fail to return a result because there is simply not enough data on the public web.

That’s where this guide comes in. By following these detailed steps, you’ll be able to find your target’s email address in 99% of cases.

The tactics are ordered by efficiency. This means we recommend to follow them in order for the best results in a minimal time. You can take this checklist with you to easily walk through all these steps each time you need to find someone’s email address.

Let’s go email hunting!

1. Guess someone's email address
2. Search it on Google
3. Check social media profiles
4. Use Twitter's advanced options
5. Just reach out
6. Search for email address on a company website
7. Subscribe to prospect's newsletter
8. Check a WHOIS
9. Ask for an introduction

1. Guess someone’s email address

This is one of the first things you should try before testing any of the further tactics.

It may sound obvious, but as practice shows, a lot of email addresses can be found in this simple way.

Make a guess based on the most common patterns

Companies often use consistent patterns when creating new email addresses for their employees.

If you know the first name, last name, and domain, you will be able to guess your target’s email address easily.

According to the study we conducted at Hunter, 49.9% of the companies use the “{first}@example.com” email pattern.

Most common email pattern stats

After analyzing more than 12 million email addresses, we’ve found out that the most common formats are:

Most common email patterns

So all you need is just to test your guesses with these most common email patterns.

Assume based on known email addresses

Since most companies have standard formats for their email addresses, you can find a single personal email of someone in that company and extrapolate based on it.

For example, suppose you are looking for an email address of the CEO of Pied Piper Richard Hendricks, but on the company website you were only able to find the email address of Dinesh Chugtai, who is a Java programmer at the company.

What you do with this email address is extrapolate:

Dinesh Chugtai (dinesh@piedpiper.com) →  first@piedpiper.com → Richard Hendricks (richard@piedpiper.com)

Easy as one-two-three!

Note: The two previous methods are a bit time-consuming since you need to do everything manually.

So here are a few automations.

Automate guessing with Email Permutator

Email Permutator is a simple tool that will do all manual work for you. It figures out all possible email combinations in a single click.

Email Permutator tool

All you need to do is to enter the name, surname, and domain name of the prospect, and you will get a massive list of email suggestions.

Email Permutator tool results with email addresses

Magic happened, and the first suggestion is correct —it’s my email address (don’t hesitate to reach out to me and say hi).

There are a few tools similar to Email Permutator that you can try to automate your guessing process:

Ok, I found dozens of email suggestions, should I contact all of them?

Please don’t do that. The last thing you want to do is to risk your email addresses getting marked as spam or rejected due to the low-quality data.

Your sender score is an essential factor of email deliverability. The higher it is, the better placement inside recipients’ inboxes you have. The lower your score, the higher chances to be stuck in the junk folder.

So, at this point, you will need to make the list of your email suggestions clean, and verify all of the emails.

But how can I do it?

Confirm your guess with Email Verifier

Hunter’s Email Verifier checks the validity of any email, so you won’t get any bounces.

Validations are made on multiple levels: format, domain information, response of the mail servers, and comparison with our unique base of 100+ million professional email addresses.

All you need to do is to enter your email guess into the search box and click “Verify.”

Let’s give the Email Verifier a try and verify the email address I use for my personal blog “irina@onsaas.me”.

Hunter Email Verifier

Wait a moment…and magic happens.

Hunter Email Verifier - verified email address

You can see that this email address is valid and can be used safely.

Note: With Hunter, you can verify up to 50 email addresses a month absolutely free. If you need to verify more than one email address at a time, you can try the Bulk Email Verifier.

Verify your email address with Gmail

Gmail is a simple tool you can use for email verification if you weren’t able to do it with Hunter’s Email Verifier.

Open Gmail, hit “Compose,” then click out of the “To” field and type in the list of email addresses, then hover over each email address to see if the email is connected to a Google account.

If it is, you’ll see the picture of the person you’re trying to find.

Email verification with Gmail app

Note: This technique may only work if the contact you are looking for has a Gmail-hosted email.


2. Search it on Google

If you weren’t able to find someone’s email address by guessing it, here is an effective tactic you should try next — search it on Google.

There is a lot of information on Google. However, if you do a simple search, you can find hundreds of irrelevant pages and will spend a lot of time searching for what you need.

That’s why I’m sharing a few hacks with you on how to use Google like a pro and make the most of its advanced search capabilities.

You have a couple of emails that you think are correct. Now it’s time to search them on Google and see if your hypothesis is precise.

For this, you can use Advanced Google search operators, which are the symbols or words in your query that helps to make search more precise.

Put your guesses on Google in a similar format “yourguess@email.com” and see if any search results appear.

Using “” in your search query telling Google to search only for the exact matches.

When you search, make sure to check the results for the company website, personal blog, or social media pages first.

Here is an example of how easy it is to find an email from Buffer’s Founder, Joel Gascoigne.

Using Advanced Google Search Operators to find someone's email address

Perform a search with target keywords

Type in the name of the person whose email you are looking for and add such queries as “email,” “contact,” etc.

If the email address is published anywhere online, it will help you to narrow down the list and find only relevant results.

Search queries to find someone's email address on Google

You can also experiment with adding other personal information to the queries such as position, previous companies, person worked for, city, etc.

Example of how to use Google search query to find email address of Hunter's co-founder

Search company website with Google search operators

You would be surprised how much hidden useful information you can find on company websites. Email addresses are not an exception.

So what you need to do is search Google using the search operator query “site:example.com” as your root and add some modifiers, like on this example:

Queries to find email address on website

Here you can see how easy it is:

Example of how to find Hunter's co-founder email address using Google Search operators

You can be creative with modifiers to make your search even more specific.

Also, if you have a suggestion that you are pretty sure is the correct email address, you can try to search it on the company website in this way:

site:example.com + suggestion@example.com
Example of how to confirm someone's email address guess using Google search operators

Don’t forget to verify your finds

As previously mentioned, don’t forget to verify your finds before sending emails. You can use the same proven trick with Hunter’s Email Verifier or Gmail verification.


3. Check social media profiles

If you can find someone’s social media accounts, the chances are that you’ll be able to find your target’s email address there.

Here are a couple of tips on how to do it with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Facebook

When trying to find bloggers or general company email addresses, Facebook can be an excellent source to check.

Just head over to the your target's page and open the “About” section.

Find email address on Facebook page

Most bloggers and small businesses put their emails in this section. However, you can also often see the info@, hello@, contact@ email addresses that are not that effective if you want to do personalized outreach.

LinkedIn

For LinkedIn, you may need to connect with the prospect to see their email address and other personal information.

Once you are connected, open the prospect's LinkedIn profile, click “Contact Info,” and the chances are that you’ll find what you are looking for here.

Find email address on LinkedIn

Twitter

The most obvious way you may think of is to check the prospect's bio on Twitter.

However, as the practice shows, this method has a pretty low success rate.

Since the bio is very limited in space, most people put other essential links and information here. Moreover, having a publicly listed email on Twitter (that could be easily scraped) increases the chances to get a lot of spam emails.

That’s why for Twitter, I suggest trying more advanced email lookup strategies.

Let’s check them out.


4. Use Twitter’s advanced options

Since sometimes people tweet their email addresses, you can search historical tweets to see if your target person has ever done it.

You can check it out using Twitter’s advanced search, which allows you to search for very specific information in selected Twitter accounts.

Let’s try to find an email address of Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover in this way.

All I need to do is to add a keyword…

Find someone's email with Twitter Advanced Search

...and identify the Twitter username:

Find someone's email address with Twitter Advanced Search

And that’s it, I found Ryan’s email in 30 seconds in one of his tweets.

Find someone's email on Twitter

Another option of doing the same search is to enter this query into Twitter’s search box:

Find someone's email address on Twitter by username

Note: Some people try to hide their email from bots, and they replace “@” and “.” symbols with “at” and “dot”. So you can use these “symbols” as additional keywords for your search.

Search Twitter with Google

This technique is as simple as typing in the Google search the following query:

twitter.com/username + “keyword”

Note that for “username” you will need to have the person’s current Twitter handle. For “keyword” you can experiment with other relevant keywords such as “contact,” “email,”  “email at,” etc.

Find someone's email on Twitter using Google

5. Just reach out

If you weren’t able to find someone’s email address with any of the techniques mentioned above, try reaching out on social media, asking for a more specific email address, contacting info@ or hello@ emails, or even connecting with the company's support via chat.

Reach out on Twitter

Don’t hesitate to find your prospects on Twitter and ask directly for their email address. You can quickly describe the reason you want to contact them or where you found their social media profile.

I do it quite often, and I noticed that the reply rate for these kinds of tweets is very high. Most prospects will quickly answer such a tweet.

Reach out about email address on Twitter

Ask for the personal contact via a generic email

Usually, it’s effortless to find a generic email on a company website. It usually starts with “info” or “contact” + @domain.com.

At Hunter, we analyzed about 38 million generic email addresses and found out that the most common templates that companies publish on their websites are:

Most common generic email patterns

If you write a short email describing who you are, who you need to contact, and why, the chances are that someone behind the generic email will provide you with a personal email address.

It really doesn’t hurt to ask.

Note: If you can’t find a generic email address, you can send your message via the contact form on the company website.

Connect with the company’s support chat

There is always a human behind the company’s support chat. And the communication happens in real time, so the chances to get a reply even faster are higher.

Take this opportunity to drop a line to a customer support manager, I’m pretty sure that if you do this, you’ll get an email address of your target person very quickly.

Reach out on Intercom (or support chat) for someone's email address

6. Search for email address on a company website


A company website is a great source of information when you are looking for the company decision-makers and their email addresses.

At Hunter, we’ve analyzed about 905K company websites, and have found out that 18.7% of them (around 169K) mentioned at least one email address.

Stats about how many companies mention their email addresses on the website

As we noticed, there are a few specific pages on the company websites where email addresses are published more often:

About Page

On this page, you might find almost anything, from brief bios with personal social media accounts to detailed contact information of every company team member.

For example, on Teston’s “About Us” page, you can find email addresses of all their employees:

Teston's About Us page


Contact Us Page

On the “Contact Us” page, you may often see generic contact forms, but some companies add contact information of the team members who can help with specific requests.

A great example is a Simply Do Ideas’ “Contact Us” page:

Simply Do Ideas contact us page

Author Page

Since most companies have blogs, another effective way to find email addresses is to visit the “Author Page.”

Usually, you need to click on the image of the blog post author (or their name), and you’ll be able to get the author's personal information. In some cases, you can find all of the information right under the blog post in the author's bio box.

For example, on The Next Web, you can do it in this way:

Author page on The Next Web

Note: Some of your prospects may have personal blogs, and usually, it’s much easier to find their email addresses there. Just check “About” and “Contact” pages.


7. Subscribe to prospect’s newsletter


Many companies and bloggers use personal email addresses to send newsletters. This is an excellent way to build relationships and show that there’s a real human behind the emails.

1. Find opt-in form & subscribe

For example, here I’m subscribing to Andrew Chen’s newsletter. He is a startup investor at Andreessen Horowitz and ex-Uber Head of Growth.

Let’s enter an email address and subscribe to the newsletter.

Get email address from newsletter

2. Check your inbox

Check your inbox in a couple of minutes, and you will find a welcome email or the first part of the newsletter (or, in some cases, opt-in confirmation).

Get someone's email address from newsletter

Also, you’ll get an email address.

Don’t hesitate to hit “Reply” and start the conversation. The chances that your prospect answers you are much higher than in the case of sending a completely cold email.


8. Check a WHOIS

If you are trying to find an email address of someone who owns a website or blog, you can do it with WHOIS.

WHOIS is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store basic information about a registered domain, such as domain owner contact information, domain availability status, and the company details.

All you need is to search the domain of your prospect on one of many websites that provide access to the WHOIS database. For example, on WHO.IS, Namecheap, or GoDaddy.

Let’s give it a try and search for the owner of “ahrefs.com” website.

Get email address from WHOIS

Note: WHOIS offers an option to hide the contact information from the public, so this method might not always work.


9. Ask for an introduction

Think whether you have an additional connection with your target. If so, it doesn’t hurt to ask for an introduction.

On social media, you can easily determine whether you have any shared connections.

Let’s take a look at this example: I want to connect with Typeform's CEO Jaoquim Lecham, and all I have is his LinkedIn profile.

I can easily check if we have any mutual connections, and if there is someone who I know is well connected to Jaoquim (like my friend or colleague), I can quickly reach out to him or her  and ask if he or she can make an introduction.

Get someone's email address from LinkedIn

You can ask for an introduction using this short and straight to the point message:

“Hey Irina, I saw you are connected to a [target person]. Mind making an introduction so I can [1-2 sentences maximum about the reason you want to connect]?”

Or you can just simply ask for the right email address to contact your target, and when contacting, mention the person who provided you with it.

Just drop a few lines, and that’s it.


Wrap up

If you tried to find someone’s email with Hunter, and it failed to deliver you the email address you need, there are still a lot of tips and tricks for you to try.

My advice is to start playing around with these tactics in descending order (if the first one fails, try the second one, and so on). As practice shows, eventually, with this list, you will be able to find the email address you are looking for.

Did I miss anything? Share it with me on irina@hunter.io or let me know on Twitter.

Irina Maltseva

Irina Maltseva

Head of Marketing at Hunter. I enjoy working on inbound and product marketing strategies. In spare time, I entertain my cat Persie and collect airline miles.

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