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Email communication is still extremely important in 2017, especially for off-page SEO activities. Getting the email addresses for influencers’ and potential backlinkers can be a pain, though. So here are some simple methods to help you find someone’s email address using just their name.

Email outreach is still important for off-page SEO. Email is not dead.

Before reacing out, it’s a good idea to build a database to monitor all the influencers / contacts from one spreadsheet.

Usually we use this spreadsheet structure:

Spreadsheet structure

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And the most important field in that spreadsheet is the email. So how can you find (almost) any email address that you need?

How to find someone’s email address by their name?

1. Simple Google search

In many cases a Google search is enough to get someone’s email address. Simply type [full name + email “address”] to Google.

For example when I was looking for Noah Kagan’s email, I started with Google. The second result helped me out instantly.

find email address by Google search

So I opened the about page of OkDork and simply searched for “Noah”. That was it. Added to the database.

2. VoilaNorbert

VoilaNorbert is a great lead generation and email outreach tool that helps you find email addresses easily.

You only have to add the name of the contact and the domain. Then press “Go ahead, Norbert!”


That’s it! It’s that easy to use.

In the free version you have a limit of 50 succesful email address calls.

3. The manual way

This is the most complicated way to find email addresses by name. It’s still not difficult, though. This manual method has three steps:

  1. Fill the name and domain details in the spreadsheet
  2. Copy-paste the results
  3. Find the email address with Rapportive

Let’s break it down step by step.

Fill the name and domain details in the spreadsheet

In this step you just do the same as you did with VoilaNorbert. Enter the name of the person you’re looking for and the domain they’re associated with. In the spreadsheet these are the yellow cells.

find email address manually

Link to the spreadsheet.

In the green fields you will see the most used email address variations. In the next step we will use those.

Copy-paste the results

For this step you will need your email client. Gmail is perfect. Open a new email composer and add all the results from the green fields to the address field.

Find the email address with LinkedIn Sales Navigator

For this step you will need a third party tool to be installed before the first use. I use Linkedin Sales Navigator, or as most users still know, Rapportive (for Google Chrome or Mozilla) or FullContact.

When you have one of these tools installed, you only need to move your cursor to all the email addresses until you find the one you need.

For example if you are looking for my email address, you will get this as a result:

Rapportive - LinkedIn Sales Navigator

So now you got my email address. This method is really similar to VoilaNorbert, but it’s completely free.

4. RocketReach

RocketReach is an easy-to-use tool that helps you collect email addresses through social media profiles. With its extension you get the most relevant information about who you are looking for.


RocketReach is free for 5 succesful searches a month.

+1: Twitter and other social media

Many people don’t hide their email contact on their social media profiles. Sometimes you easily can find it in this way: by searching for them on Twitter.

If it doesn’t work and you don’t see any hope to get their email address through any way, then try to drop them a line on Twitter. It works with Noah Kagan. 🙂

Twitter email

One last thing to note: make sure you collect the emails in a GDPR compliant fashion and don’t abuse users and their privacy.

Do you have any other methods how to find someone’s email address by their name which worked really well? Don’t hesitate to share it in the comments.

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