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12 Ways to Find People's Email Addresses. What's Your Strategy?

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I just found an email for someone I wanted to contact. I'd asked for some help from the person who wanted me to contact the man. She had been unable to find his email.
I found it in about 30 seconds.

1- In this case, I plugged in the man's name on google. That's a habit I'm trying to break. Actually, checking Bing, the results were fairly similar, but the details on the man's background were more extensive, without having to click anywhere. But then, when I did a search for his email: (Name University name email) I couldn't find the university page for him on Bing. Even just typing in his name and email pulled it up right away on google but not on Bing.

I'm doing some basic digging and here are some other strategies on how to find someone's email address:
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2- Find out universities or companies the person is associated with. Then add that to the search words:

[Name] [university] contact
[Name] [university] email
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[Name] [company] contact
[Name] [company] email

3- Use google's advance search function to find content within a specific website. I use this tool just about every day for one reason or another.

Type: + name + email
or + name + contact

That may help. I use that same advanced function to look for articles and the like on a specific site. It's very handy.

4- If my initial search doesn't find a university or organization associated with the person, I'll often go to Twitter to see if the person has a website in his bio. Or you can search for @[name]. If Twitter doesn't pan out, I'll also try Facebook. Sometimes wikipedia will help.

5- If the person is a published author, sometimes I'll contact a publicist or marketing person at his most recent publisher. They're often very helpful at either providing an email or forwarding my email on.

6- I will often check my email records. Frankly, mine are a true monstrosity, since I've been on gmail for over ten years. I have over 430,000 emails to search through. With so many-- about 500-700 a day coming in that make it through the spam filters, I sometimes miss an email completely and a search turns up ones I never opened, sometimes related to the search and sometimes not. But sometimes I also find the email of the person I'm looking for.

Ken Lyons, at wordstream blog offers some very handy additional approaches.

7- do a search at or zoominfo
name +linkedin or name +zoominfo

8- do a Whois search at networksolutions for the person's blog or website (after you've found the site/blog.) That will show you the contact info of the person who owns the website. Sometimes it's the person you're looking for and sometimes it's the website coder who helped set it up.

9- @message the person on twitter and ask them to follow you so you can DM direct message them to get their email.

10- Wikihow suggests you try a few other online directories:
11- Both Lyons and Wikihow suggest you try to make up a likely address, such as, or or similar variants. Try a bunch of different possibilities.

12- You can also just make a phone call to the company or department where the person is employed.

What strategies do YOU use to make email finding magic?


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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.

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