How To Ethically Harvest Emails For Free (Or Cheap)
In this post I'm going to walk you through some free (or cheap) ways you can scrape emails for outreach or remarketing purposes.
As a niche site builder, outreaching to other site owners is a crucial skill if you want to build backlinks or just generally network in your niche.
It's something I'm focusing on more heavily in 2018 to improve my rankings and solidify my digital-marketing skill set.
Now, on to the process.
The Things You'll Need
*SupaGrowth has, since initial writing, become a paid service- so it's no longer a free email acquisition strategy.
Check out my email scraping video walk-through below- give it a Like if it helps you!
Hey guys, Ryan from NicheFacts here and today, I’m going to show you some free and cheap ways you can harvest emails. So to get started what you need to do is create a footprint, and this footprint is how you will use Google search to find different sites that you want to outreach to. So the goal here is to come up with a list of websites that you’d like to interact with some way.
Maybe you want to guest post for them. You want to write to them for some reason, you want to do it in a in a scalable way so that you’re you’re able to find targeted sites and you’re able to quickly extract the emails shown them. So you can outreach to them and there are a lot of sites that will do this, for you, like buzz stream or snovio or hunter.io and the other pretty expensive.
So there are ways that you can work around that and I’m going to cover some of them here today and if you’d like to read more about, I wrote up a whole strategy post to how to do this. Imagine that you are trying to outreach to some DIY sites, so you can use a thing. It’S called a Google search operator and there’s this website that I linked to in the post, and they have all these different search operators in here. So if you go to google and input, this is just one example. So, in this case, it’s all in the URL “DIY” and what this does is it returns a full list of URLs that have DIY in the in the URL, so you can see HGTV and there’s Pinterest in there.
Obviously that wouldn’t be good for outreach, but that’s besides the point right now: PopSugar has a DIY category actually switch to firefox for this so over here now it’s the same list and in Firefox I’m using the multi links plus extension for Chrome.
You could use LinkClump, which is what I prefer, but it actually on my laptop, where I do all my recording it’s not working, so I had to find a workaround so anyway, with MultiLinks Plus you can configure it so that with a right-click, it will Highlight the URLs, so let’s say that we just do: let’s do these six for now and then I already have some some in here. So it’s highlighted and then when you paste it, you get the the page title and then you get the URL. So now you have – and you can do this for, like you know, a hundred at a time if you can configure Google, to which I have here return a hundred results per page.
You can you can quickly get, you know, a hundred results and just copy the whole thing, but for this I’ll just do all those do these and then what I’d like to do is to trim these to their root just to make it cleaner, and then it’s easier also to purge duplicate URLs or duplicate domains.
So now I’ve got this this list here. I could paste that in and for outreach purposes, you could use a tool like Gmass and outreach to these mention these particular URLs, but scrape emails for this this domain. So I mean you’ll always have to you. You don’t have to do this, but I find it’s nice to happen trim to the root. It’s more convenient, it’s easier to kind of analyze, URLs that you’ve prospected and then the next step.
There’s a couple of ways. You can go about getting the emails, there’s a tool provided by super growth. It’s a free, desktop tool and it’s an email scraper. I really want to be careful to point this out, because it’s actually a we, the developer of this email scraper, does say that they should this list, that your generation only be used for remarketing purposes like advertising platforms that you shouldn’t be out reaching to them, because It could be a possible violation of the the can-spam act, so I wouldn’t use these emails for outreach. I would just use them for remarketing. In a couple minutes I’ll to show you how to how you can actually get these emails in a more ethical way, so to make sure you’re, not you know, sued for outreaching, because you violated the spam acts.
I definitely don’t want to encourage that, but just you know this is this is what you would do if you wanted to do a remarketing list, so I would now I’ve pasted these in lists of website to click start, and this is actually the second time I’ve used this, so I haven’t used this extensively. I just thought it was kind of an interesting tool and I think it the way it works it. Actually, it uses thing to prospect the emails from the particular domains that you you input and there’s. No, you don’t actually have to use proxies with this, though, to be fair. I haven’t done this with a massive list, so I’ll just stop it and see what it’s come up with. So it’s found a couple emails here.
You can see you get a list here and you can export this to CSV, so this is one way that you could do it, but, as I said, I really want to be careful to emphasize that you know you want to only use this for remarketing purposes. So back to the post and the other way that you could do it once you have this, you know once you’ve built up this list. Is that you can you can use a service like snov.io or hunter.io and they’ll they’ll find the emails for you and they’re, like you know, they’re considered sort of legitimate services so the way they get the emails?
I guess it’s different than email scraper and it’s interesting because with SupaGrowth’s Email Scraper, I did ask him this. This is me right here. I asked him regarding the CAN prohibition. How is this different than what a legitimate tool like Hunter.io does, and he says that, yes, it looked at it in a while, but regarding can depends if they are a business, a person.
I believe you can legally send almost a list of emails to businesses that have been scraped but double-check that I’m not an expert on email law. So it’s a little bit of a gray area and, to be honest, I you know. I really want to be careful about you know, doing outreach in a white hat way so either way the first part of this tutorial that just shows you how to use these Google search operators to gather the domains using either a Firefox or Chrome extension that is able to you know, scrape the URLs from the cert page? That’s all what we issues to do with them is up to you, but I what I’m going to be doing is using up work to find like a cheap virtual assistant. That was just go to each page and find the URLs manually.
So you know the real part of this is in the prospecting phase, where you’re able to use these different search operators to really dig into the the different, the different websites. So you can do you can do different things here, like all in title is another useful one and I have a write up inside of the you know how to use these search operators from different ways like I did one where I used all entitle Orange desk. Let’S be with that returns, so in this case, in the title of the page is DIY, but on the content of the page is orange desk, so this is Pinterest and not a good example. So you can see in that this. This page title has doesn’t have the word desk in it, but probably on the page it does yeah.
Actually, it has the word desk and uh I’m going to related post, but you can really narrow this down very specifically like one idea that I’ve used is like. If you want to reach out to other people and like make money online niche, you can use a snippet from an affiliate disclosure and use something like entitle to get a particular niche to say you’re in the kitchen or cooking. You can have cooking in the title and then put in the affiliate disclaimer a portion of it in quotes over here and then you’ll get this full list of people that are, you know and then make money online space or they have affiliate sites that are in The kitchen niche, so that’s, that’s another interesting way to do it, but I would just recommend reading over the search operators and playing around with it, and then all you really have to do is just use these Chrome or Firefox extensions to scrape the emails.
You generate your list and then either use a service like snow bo hunter. Do I owe, or a virtual assistant and then you’re able to generate you’d, be able to generate the emails from these these sites so that that’s really the just of it, and if you liked this video just leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you, I reply to of all comments, and if you want to read about how this this works, I have the full write-up and I’ll link to this in the description. So that’s it for now, and I hope you you’ve got some value out of this and you don’t use this for spanning purposes, because that is not my intent obviously.
How To Do It
1. Create A Footprint
The first step is you need to create a Google Search footprint to prospect the sites you want to outreach to.
For example, use the "allinurl:" operator to find sites that have certain keywords in the URL. This will help you create a niche list of prospects. Try:
"allinurl:DIY" to return a list of sites with DIY in the URL.
"intitle:" is another good operator you can experiment with. According to GoogleGuide.com,
"The query intitle:term restricts results to documents containing term in the title."
So, for example, [ orange desk intitle:diy ] will return documents that mention the word “diy” in their titles, and mention the words “orange” and “desk” anywhere on the page (title or not).
Make sure there isn't a space between the intitle: and its following word.
Check out the full list of search operators here- you can experiment with your own custom footprints to find the best sites in your niche.
2. Grab All The URLs
The way LinkClump works, right click and hold on your mouse and drag the orange box that appears over all the URLs to copy them and release.
Then you'll ctrl-V paste them into a Google Sheet or an Excel file. Do this for as many pages of results are you want.
To clean up the URLs, use this free online tool to trim them to their root. That way you have a nice, clean-looking list to work with.
Try the "Remove Duplicates" tool in Excel under "Data" to clean up the list and remove redundant pages.
3. Get The Emails
For Free (For Remarketing)
To get the emails for free, you can use a free desktop tool provided by SupaGrowth.
I'll note here that you should ONLY use this list for remarketing purposes- SupaGrowth is careful to say that it could be a violation of the CAN-SPAM act to use it for cold outreach purposes.
If you want to use these site's emails for outreach, it's safer to hire a Virtual Assistant off of UpWork to manually go through the sites and find the contact information. Or you can pay for a service like Hunter.io, Buzzstream, or Snov.io to discover the contact information.
To use the Email Scraper, simply paste in your list of websites and click "Start".
You'll get a list of emails that you can export to CSV.
For Cheap (For Outreach)
If you want to do outreach to these sites, try hiring a Virtual Assistant to do it manually.
UpWork has tons of inexpensive VAs who can be trained to do the manual work of unearthing emails from a list of websites. Personally, I wouldn't risk emailing these sites using SupaGrowth's Email Scraper.
For A Fee (For Outreach)
As I mentioned above, services like Snov.io and Hunter.io will find the emails from a list. You can outreach using these emails, as opposed to the emails SupaGrowth unearths- the reasons aren't exactly clear.
The latter 2 sites get the emails in an ethical, white-hat way, suffice it to say. You can also use Buzzstream- they will do the prospecting work for you as well as grab the emails- but it is a fairly expensive tool.
Defining a scaleable outreach process is crucial for growing your niche site. The process I've outlined above should help you figure out how to begin harvesting emails so you can grow your Domain Authority or expand your audience reach within your niche.