One of the common pain points for any online marketer who performs link building, guest blogging, blogger outreach, or other tasks is finding the contact information for a website or blog. There’s nothing worse than finding a great opportunity but not way to contact someone responsible for making decisions. In this post, we’re going to go through some basic steps and tools you can use to find the contact information for any website.
Where to Look On the Website
First, we’re going to start with the basics. When you’re on the website or blog, look in the header menu, sidebar, and footer links. Then try the about page – some people put their contact info there.
Blog contact information may be getting easier thanks to writers who want to capitalize on Author Rank. Check author bios for links to a Google+ profile that may include an email address in the contact information.
Site Search via Google
If the website isn’t providing contact information in the standard places, you can always try the site:domain.com search query in Google. Specifically try the following.
- site:domain.com “@domain.com” will help you find an official email address on the website.
- site:domain.com “@gmail.com” will help you find Gmail or other email addresses for the website owner. Also try @yahoo, @hotmail, etc.
- site:domain.com “dot com” will help you find email addresses when the webmasters spell them out to avoid scraping software.
- site:domain.com “email me” will help you find email addresses that don’t match above searches. Also try changing me to us.
- site:domain.com “contact me” will help you find hidden contact forms. Also try changing me to us.
Assuming the website owner didn’t make their domain listing private, you can use the following link and just change the domain.com to the appropriate website.
You may not always get the person you want using this though – sometimes the email is for the person who is managing the website’s design and hosting. They may or may not always forward your request to the right person.
If you can’t get an email address, your next best bet is a social profile link. Facebook and LinkedIn may be best since you can private message the website owner through their profile or page. Google+ profiles and pages may reveal an email address. If you can find a name on the website, you can Google that to possibly find their social profiles.
Internal search on social networks may reveal a name and profile for a website you are trying to contact. For example, the following will find Google+ profiles that include a specific link.
Facebook Graph Search will likely bring an easier way to discover profiles linked to a certain domain. Until you get it, you can try this search to find people who talk about a specific domain on Facebook. It may not help on larger websites, but it could reveal one person always sharing links from smaller domains.
To find Twitter profiles, you can use the following URL to perform a search on Followerwonk.
Followerwonk will search for Twitter profiles with that domain set as their website. If that doesn’t work, you can also try the following to search for domains listed in the 160 character bio itself.
Either of these searches may reveal multiple people related to a domain, especially if it is a business. You can try contacting them through Twitter or searching for them by name to see if you can find other direct means of contact (personal blogs, Facebook, Google+, etc.).
Sometimes, people do not always list their contact information for their niche website. But they may have a main website or blog that they do publicly list themselves on. NetComber is a service that lets you search one domain and shows you what other domains may be related to it based on Google Analytics and Adsense code along with intern linking between the websites. You can use the following URL and just change the domain.com to the appropriate website.
Free users will get to see the first five results which are usually the best matches. If you need more, you will have to pay for a subscription. This tool can also be handy if you want to make sure you are not acquiring links from a large network of sites. Alternatively, if you establish a good relationship with someone, you might want to use this tool to see if they have any other sites you might be interested in for other projects.
Another search engine you can use to find related domains based on Google Adsesne and Analytics code is Spy on Web. Just use the following URL and change domain.com to the appropriate website.
This one will give you all of the results it can find for free.
If you have a subscription with Link Research Tools (or buy a Daypass), you can use their Contact Finder report to search for a website’s contact information. It will pull anything it can find including information on multiple people associated with the domain, social links, email addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and more.
So let’s say you have this really awesome site that you are desperate to contact, but you can’t find any contact information. Your only hope is to try guessing the email address. Here are some common combinations you can try.
- Common domain emails like firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
- If you found a name on the website, try firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Combinations for free email services like email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Also try Yahoo, Hotmail, and other free email providers.
If you don’t want to flood someone’s inbox (assuming the use a catchall), then you might want to try one at a time for each email. Maybe wait a day or a week in between sending them unless you get an automatic bounce back or a response that you have the wrong address (for Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). If you’re not feeling patient, you can enter one email address in the To field and a couple of other tries in the BCC field. But this could come off badly, especially if you happen to hit four different people at one domain or send a request to multiple wrong generic addresses.
What other methods do you use to find contact information for a website? Please share in the comments!