For a lot of people starting off in SEO, web design, digital marketing, etc. their main concern aside from doing the actual work is “how do I get leads to work with?” or “where can I find access to a free email list I can send my cold emails to?” and those are quite valid concerns.
The good news is that, the answer is actually super simple!!!!
Now, I know we can get into a massive debate on the quality of leads, the type of business you want, the amount of money you’ll need to make from these clients, blah blah blah…and we can get into that at a later debacle date, HOWEVER…if you don’t have any clients and are just starting off, or need some kind of cash injection to make your cash flow barometer move, the bottom line is, YOU NEED TO HUSTLE YOUR FACE OFF!!!
This simple and mind numbing lead generation approach is more of a manual growth hacking spin. If you don’t know how to use import.io or other tools, if you don’t have any money to pay for leads, if you have the drive to do what it takes to get started, then this blog post is for you.
Here is a snapshot of an email list I harvested manually today in just over 45 mins for a total of just over 525 niche specific emails.
**Disclaimer: I know some very very darn good developers who can run this kind of scrape in less than 5 minutes and get 3x the amount of targeted email leads. BUT their tools cost money and my goal for you is to spend as LITTLE as you can and Hustle as much as you humanly need to!!!
Step 1: Create a Google Sheet : Mine is called “Local Cold Email List”
Google sheets is a great FREE tool to organize and use when consolidating your email lists. I like to create multiple tabs at the bottom and title it with the specific niche I’ll be harvesting. In this case, I use “Mechanics” and created a tab for that as you can see.
Step 2: Go to www.usdirectory.com and type in your desired niche of choice to target
USDirectory.com will be the main source of harvesting for this particular tutorial. There are a lot of directory listing sites (such as Merchant Circle, Local.com, etc…However, the reason I chose this one is because, those other ones are good at hiding the email addresses. In this site, you can quickly click on the company, and it loads in another tab by default, so it makes it easier for you to load 10 companies in 10 different tabs…cut and paste, boom, bam, bingo!!!
Step 3: Copy & Paste into your Google Sheet and you’re off to the races
And the last step, is simply cutting and pasting the emails into your google sheet. Done!!!
That’s it, cut & paste, cut & paste!
If your entrepreneurial mind hasn’t migrated into the realm of outsourcing yet, then wake the heck up!!! Because this entire process is built to be scalable. Although, I recommend you put your nose to the ground and hustle your way to getting your first 500-750 emails. But if you can spare $25 to hire someone through upwork.com to spend 5 hours grabbing emails and adding to your list, then do it!
The point is, this is a simple, growth hackerish, hustle-rific way to build a targeted email list you can now send your cold emails to with the goal of running your Video Analysis pitches to upon their response to your email.
There is NO EXCUSE for you to sit around and learn everything under the sun while NOT getting clients or making some kind of money online as a digital professional. Knowledge is power and I agree! But Knowledge with Hustle is power on steroids!!!!
I hope this gives you an easy and FREE way to start building your targeted growth hacking email list.
I know there are a bazillion ways that others are doing the same kind of things manually…I’d love to know what those other ways are! If you have or know of them, leave a comment below to share the love!
Thanks for reading, “Now go and do the same!!!”