Extract contacts from any search engine database, even ContactOut


ContactOut is a great tool with a database that contains over a billion email addresses and other contact data for recruiters. It’s a fantastic tool, but can be pretty expensive to use. We are going to show you a way to use a workaround with a tool called ZapInfo! ZapInfo is a tool that has gotten better and better with some recent updates, and we want to show you some important stuff it can do.

First, I’m going to do an X-Ray search into ContactOut. Open a Google search page and create a search, restricting results to ContactOut. We are using the term “developer” for this example and that search will look like this: “Site:contactout.com developer” It’s a pretty wide-open search but this is just an example for you.

Next, pull ZapInfo up from the right side of your browser window, and we can Zap those people! What does that mean? What it does is takes your search engine results and then extracts contacts from it, or any social network, job board, or website with contact information. What’s really cool about that is that it will also open each contact result and grab their ContactOut profile. This gives you their name, location, work history, education, and a partial email address. Syncing the contact with ZapInfo will then enrich the data you have by locating related social profiles and pulling contact information from it. If anything is still missing, you can still cross-reference the data with any number of other tools to pull in the rest!

This helps to solve the ContactOut problem where it can be a little expensive to get an account! Just XRay in, and then use ZapInfo to grab all the contact info. It does take a bit of time for the contact profiles to download and sync, but it is worth the wait. It’s also simple and easy, which we like! You can sign up for a free account, which comes with 25 active contacts. If you want more, it is still pretty affordable.

~ Noel Cocca

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