My previous post, Google Mining For Emails Part 1, involved using Google’s search engine. For this post, we will focus on mining emails via gmail, and how to confirm the quality of an email address that you’ve unearthed. As a bonus, I am going to share the LinkedIn connection to these techniques. If you’re ready, let’s get right to the point.
Below are three methods that you could use when Google Mining for Emails:
- Compose an email and blindly send it. If the email doesn’t bounce there’s a good chance you have the right email address, but there’s a big BUT to this technique. Continue reading to learn why this method should be sunk to the bottom of the bog and only dug out in grave desperation.
- Gmail hovercard is a better method to validate an email. Click on compose, enter an email address, then hover over the email address to view the results of the hovercard. This is handy as it also may provide Google+, or hangout info. In addition, it’s convenient to add the newly found contact to your Google address book.
- Use the Rapportive plugin with gmail. This tool identifies a persons LinkedIn account and sometimes twitter through the use of email addresses. It’s a great tool for discovery and validation of emails and LinkedIn connections.
These are just a few of many ways that we can obtain a prospects email address and engage in business dealings. Of the ones we’ve covered, two and three are the best methods for this discussion.
As promised, here’s why tip 1 should reside deep in the bog. If I wish to validate an email, the idea of sending it out for a chance outcome is a do-or-die attempt. A high rate of bounces can mar your reptutation. The email fairy-guardian, who has sworn to protect her precious email recipients from spammers, will mark your mere existence as bad juju and send your emails packing. Email servers may not play nice for the rest of your email life if you have a high rate of bounces.
Using gmail hovercards for discovery and validation is a better technique. Gaining potential Google based social connections through this method can’t hurt either. However, be sure your notions are honest and professional before sending that email. Prospects who receive unwanted contact may report your outreach as spam, thereby invoking the fairy-guardian to further muddy your reputation.
Last but not least, my favorite plugin, Rapportive adds more weight to the validity of an email address. Through this method you may find it easier to make Linkedin connections. It also tends to overcome email mining challenges where Google hovercards are clueless and vice versa.
These are a few of the Google mining for emails along with prospecting tips that I will cover over the coming weeks. If you find these tips useful, please share Freelancers Survival Guide with your social communities. I do hope you’ll comment below. I’d love to read what is on your mind.