It can be a bit frustrating to receive an immediate response to an email from the “Mail Delivery Subsystem” email letting me know that the email I just sent bounced. These undeliverable emails can prevent me from contacting a domain registrant when I want to buy or sell a particular domain name.
This is a regular occurence in the domain business – and other businesses as well. Although it may be frustrating to not be able to get in touch with someone, it can be a good sign because others probably had the same result when they emailed the same email address.
In some cases, I have found that using LinkedIn can be a good way to contact a person whose email bounces back as undeliverable. For whatever reason, some people keep their LinkedIn contact information more updated than their Whois information. It’s a bit peculiar since a domain name may have substantial value, but when an email bounces and/or a phone number doesn’t work, I have found LinkedIn to be a good resource.
One thing I do when I use LinkedIn is to make sure the person is still associated with the company. Oftentimes, I find the Whois email doesn’t work because the registrant contact parted ways with the company that owns the domain name. Obviously, contacting that person on LinkedIn won’t get me an answer regarding a domain name acquisition. Sometimes, though, there was some sort of email change or something else preventing my email from being delivered. Sending a quick message on LinkedIn can be helpful to get in touch with a contact.
Just because I can find the right person to contact via LinkedIn does not necessarily mean I will receive a reply. I don’t respond to all of the email solicitations I receive, and other people are likely the same way.
When an email address bounces and a phone number doesn’t work, LinkedIn might be a good tool for contacting a domain registrant.