6 Methods to Find a Website’s Contact Information

You want to contact the guy (or girl, or guys) behind a website. Maybe it’s for a link placement request, a link removal request, an inquiry about advertising on the website, or to JV on a new project. Sometimes it’s easy. You just need to go to the website’s “Contact Us” section. If they don’t have one, you can try to find their Whois information. Sometimes this doesn’t work. You get a horrible “DomainsByProxy” listed as contact info. That’s when the webmaster has decided to make his contact information private to keep spammers away. The thing is, it keeps you away as well!

Website-contact-InformationThis article gives you 6 other ways that can help you get the contact information you are after; so read away!

1. Whois History

I’m talking about the Whois History tool offered by DomainTools.com. It’s basically like any other Whois finder, except that this tool gives you an actual history of the Whois.

This comes in handy when a website’s owner registers his domain “normally”, but then makes it private at a later date. It will show up in that tool.

2. BuzzStream

BuzzStream gathers every contact detail in one place. Whois information, email address, phone number, web contact forms, associated Twitter IDs, Facebook, Google Plus accounts, Pinterest, actual address, etc.

It’s especially useful if you are just gathering the information of multiple websites for later use.

3. SpyOnWeb.com

This one makes me feel like Batman. If you are not into DC Comics, maybe Detective Conan or Sherlock Holmes will resonate more. Anyway, the point is, I feel like a real detective! Why? Because this tool scouts the web for footprints to link several websites together – this makes it easier for you to find a webmaster’s contact information.

So, what kind of footprints does it scout for? Analytics ID, AdSense ID, IP address, nameservers. If 1 AdSense ID is used on multiple websites, this tool will show you just that. You can probably find the contact info of the webmaster on on of his other website (where maybe he has a Contact page or where his Whois info is not hidden).

4. NerdyData.com & BuiltWith.com

NerdyData.com is a search engine…for source codes. You can take a piece of code, run it through NerdyData.com and find other websites using that same piece of code.

Pretty cool if you know how to fetch meaningful pieces of codes like AdWords IDs or other unique identifiers like Salesforce IDs.

But what if you don’t?

This is where BuiltWith.com comes into play. This tool analyzes the technologies behind a website: CDN, CMS, hosting, analytics and stats software, mail, and more.

This allows you to find custom IDs associated with the specific tools they are using (like an AdSense publisher ID, but for other tools). Then all you need to do is plug in the ID into NerdyData.com to find websites that share a similar ID in their code.

5. Twitter Reverse Search

Most websites have a link to their Twitter profile. Okay so,

i) Grab the Twitter handle

ii) Go to Google.com

iii) Type “site:twitter.com/TwitterHandleHere email” (without quotes) in the search bar and hit Enter.

iv) You should be finding the email address of the website within the 1st few results.

The “site:” is basically a command that tells Google to scout the site for any mention of the keyword you place after the URL. In our case, we are looking for any mention of the word email.

6. Google Search

This should have actually really been #1, but we figured most of you guys would prefer reading something more “fancy” first.

Let’s say our target site is example.org (as in, you want to find an email address attached to it). Try the following (each one of them, without quotes) as a Google search:

i) “example.org email”

ii) “example.org contact”

iii) “@example.org”

iv) “at example dot org” (some websites write their email address like that to prevent automated scrapers from harvesting them)

v) “[at] example [dot] org”

vi) “John Doe email” (obviously, replace John Doe with the person’s name if you know it)

vii) “site:example.org email”

viii) “site:example.org @example.org”

ix) “site:example.orggmail” (yeah, sometimes they use Gmail! Also try replacing “gmail” with “yahoo”, “hotmail”, “outlook”, “msn”, “aol” etc.)

Finding a website’s contact information is not always a cup of tea. Sometimes you’ve got to “fight” for it. But hey, don’t give up yet! It being hard means that they get hit with less offers and emails, right? So in a way, less competition for you!

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