Are You A LinkedIn Snob?

Are You A LinkedIn Snob?

Snob – one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste.

Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

Don’t worry if you say “yes”, because I used to be one until I discovered how wrong it was.

A LinkedIn snob is someone who is very selective on which invitations they will accept as connections. I used to carry an “air of superiority” in that I thought if the person requesting the connection did not write a personalized note (they used the default message instead), that they were lazy and someone who didn’t care enough to take the extra time to “wow” me with why we should connect. That was a part of my strategy and, boy, was I wrong.

Since I have truly invested my time and energy into using LinkedIn to build my business, the truth is you want as many connections as possible. Does that mean I blindly accept all connections? No. But I only “ignore” about 1% of those that I truly see as spam or fake profiles. By changing my strategy for why I accept connections, my network has now grown to almost 14 million people. The way to grow your network and have the opportunity to connect with those who will buy from you, give you a referral, or offer you a job, is by adding more connections. It’s a simple as that.

The other reason I have relaxed my position is because LinkedIn has made it more difficult to add a personalized message. If you use your smartphone or tablet primarily when using LinkedIn, you do not get the option to add a personalized message when you send an invitation to connect.

Opening the floodgates does have pros and cons, but I think the benefits are worth it and the negatives can be managed.

The Benefits of Adding LinkedIn Connections

Some of the positive results I’ve seen in just three months are not only the big increase in my network reach, but also the number of people reviewing my profile has grown and includes connections that are in my target market. Continue reading »

Two Hidden LinkedIn Features for Your Timeline


How can you enhance the use of your LinkedIn timeline? If you are used to using the Facebook timeline, you may notice that LinkedIn content is very different and things shared on the timeline may or may not be of interest to you.

Did you know that you can change the information that you see in the LinkedIn timeline?

What if you want to do a major update to your profile? Doesn’t it annoy you when you see a flood of updates in your timeline when someone else changes their photo, or makes a slew of  changes to their profile and it takes up your entire timeline? Not only can you hide that information in your timeline, you can also hide when you make these same changes so they don’t show up in your connections timelines.

In this short video, I will demonstrate

  1. How to customize your timeline to make the content relevant to you and what you want to read, and
  2. How to turn off your activity broadcasts so every time you make a change to your profile, it does not show in the timeline of your connections.

Let me know if you found this helpful and share any other LinkedIn “pet peeves” you may have. There may be a “fix” to change it and I’ll create another video to show you how to do it.

LinkedIn Discontinues Company Pages Products and Services Tab

LinkedIn Discontinues Company Pages Products and Services Tab

LinkedIn has announced that effective April 14, 2014, it will discontinue the products and services tab on the company pages. If you have spent any time adding information and gathering recommendations for your products and services on your company page, you want to proactively get this information off the page before the tab is discontinued and deleted permanently.

LinkedIn stated in their announcement that company page administrators would be receiving an email with additional information about this move, and that email would also include a link to download the information. Watch the video below for more information about the discontinuation of the company page products and services tab and the action steps you need to take before you lose this information.

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