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Ooh, do we have a good little trick up our sleeves today! You know those times when you’ve searched all over someone’s website only to come up blank on an actual way to contact them? Maybe they’ve hid their email address to prevent email overload or maybe they just overlooked the fact that it’s nowhere to be found. Either way, if you’re dying to make direct contact (tweets, Facebook messages, and repinning their pins doesn’t count here!), then read on.
Use this trick to make contact with potential partners, establish a relationship with a hot shot in your industry, seek sponsorship from a company, or recruit a contractor.
Note: in order for this to work, the person must have an email address tied to their domain. So, you wouldn’t be able to find a Gmail address- the person must have registered email@example.com.
Here are step-by-step instructions for finding (almost) any email address.
- First, find and note the domain of the person you want to contact
- Plug the following formula into Google: “*”@theirdomain.com (that’s quotation mark, asterisk, quotation mark, the @ sign, and then the domain you want to search), then search
- Scroll down the results pages until you spot what looks like a valid email- it might be the the person’s name, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or something else (f this doesn’t work, there may be no email address registered with that domain, so you’ll need to find a different way to make contact)
- You now know that you’ve found a valid email and can use it to contact the person directly!
Megan of Flawed Perfection Jewelry has graciously let us use her website and email address as our example. Let’s say we want to to contact Megan about a partnership- if you pop over to her contact page, you’ll see that her email address isn’t listed. If you’re hellbent on finding her email address, try this: Google “*”@flawedperfectionjewelry.com and note the link from Issuu.com about halfway down the page:
Aha! We now know that Megan uses the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and can get to work on contacting her!
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P.S. We did a follow up post on other tricks for finding email addresses if this one doesn’t work!