4 LinkedIn Mistakes Which Can Make You Cringe After a While

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LinkedIn is the biggest professional network right now but most of the people are making LinkedIn mistakes which are ruining their chances of having success.

I have been using it for years now and after having 22K+ followers, I have realized that what I did wrong in my starting days.

It’s always a surprising fact when you look at the past and many tremendous concepts get flipped once in a while. I am sure, you wouldn’t want to make those mistakes.

Every now and then, the question is asked if LinkedIn is worth the time. I keep answering that it’s one of the best places to meet professionals.

But do you even listen? You still make those silly LinkedIn mistakes and blame the platform.

4 LinkedIn Mistakes Which Can Make You Cringe After a While

“It’s always said: Check your strategy before poking the web”

How Many LinkedIn Followers do you Have Right Now?

Let’s make it personal now. Before you jump into a dream to have millions of followers, just open your eyes and check the number of followers you have right now.

  • <1000
  • 1000 to 5000
  • 5000 to 10000
  • 10000 to 15000
  • 15000 to 20000
  • 20000+

It’s so hard to believe that people don’t even understand the concept of being professional and that’s the reason most of the beginners get disappointed with their results.

Do you want more followers? Who doesn’t?

But the point is if you’re ready to make the contribution required. Have you mastered the LinkedIn mistakes we all have been dealing with?

Let’s Start mentioning those 4 LinkedIn Mistakes

Ever since I started using LinkedIn, I always had one thing in my mind, becoming an influencer. Don’t you?

#1. Sending tons of requests

This is something I have personally experienced. It’s human nature to drive towards something which can bring the glory in the life.

Sending more and more requests to get thousands of followers in a short time is the biggest mistake. It’s because LinkedIn is for professionals.

And they want someone to connect with who can be beneficial at some point.

“You can get banned after some time if you keep sending those requests”

So it’s always good to connect with someone who can put some potential to your career. Connecting with the babes and those attention seekers isn’t going to help you.

Do you want numbers or qualitative number?

Just pick one and you will have an answer. I have gone through this phase when I was also acting like a newbie who only wanted followers, not connections.

LinkedIn is a platform where you can build human bonds. Understand the concept and do it.

#2. Not Personalising Your Request

If you have ever noticed, LinkedIn has a feature to add a few lines while sending an invitation to someone. It doesn’t appear when you click on the connect button from the “people you may know” section.

4 LinkedIn Mistakes Which Can Make You Cringe After a While

It appears when you connect while opening the complete profile of someone.

The biggest mistake people make is not writing even a single word and send an empty the request. According to a study, there are more chances of connecting on LinkedIn if you write a few words.

You don’t need to write a letter or what. Just two lines which can make the people eager to have a connection with you.

Not everyone is good with words that’s what I suggest you read the profile and pick something you can resonate with.

Let’s say you’re a blogger and the person is a digital marketer, just mention that you would like to know more about his/her work.

You may also join the same group they are in.

#3. Not Having a Professional Headline

LinkedIn is known for finding the jobs and the clients. And I am sure, you’re also interested to make Dollars. Aren’t you?

The headline of your profile matters a lot. It’s all based on the keyword research. Like I am a WordPress person who develops and designs WordPress themes, I added these factors.

4 LinkedIn Mistakes Which Can Make You Cringe After a While

It’s normal that people work in many fields at the same time. I have been in this social media industry for a while now and that’s what I do.

It’s called social media marketing. You should find the terms after doing some LinkedIn keyword research.

You may have seen people with such headlines

  • With 10K+ followers
  • Studying at student
  • “A life quote”
  • Partner with a company

People don’t want to know how many followers you have. This is one of the biggest LinkedIn mistakes people are making.

They want to know what you have forted in. Give them a reason to connect with you.

#4. Begging a Stranger to Find a Job

You may have seen many people sending an ultimate pre-crafted message just after connecting with you.

“Hello Sir

I have 5 years experience in marketing along with the adequate computer skills. I would want to work for a reputed company.

Can you please help me find a job?

Regards

Sanjay”

This is one of the hilarious messages I get once in a while. I mean come on, at least read the profile, I am not a recruiter, I am just a guy who knows some people here.

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Nothing more than that.

If you’re that desperate job seeker, please stop sending such messages. Instead, comment on a recruiter’s status and send your resume to the email provided.

Have you ever sent such message? Really? Did you?

Oh! No worries, if you did, make sure you don’t do it anymore.

Have You Made any of these LinkedIn Mistakes?

I know that everyone has made some mistakes. Just like I confessed, you can also share your story. I have been in a bad situation when started.

But you know, we all learn with the time. And to cope up the mess up you have spread, make sure you start using LinkedIn professionally.

When I say “professionally”, it means you really mean to spread the knowledge you have. People appreciate what you have to showcase.

Just in case, if you have forgotten your LinkedIn mistakes, you should think again and try to fix those. I would love to hear from you in the comment section.

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Last updated: February 10, 2018

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A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not. Visit BloggingLove.com for more.

7 comments

Hello Team,

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my experience with your audience.

Most of the bloggers are ruining their online branding with such stupid mistakes. We all know that LinkedIn can be a top notch platform for our business.

In the last couple of years, I have gathered a list of mistakes people often make. I am sure you’re not making any.

Enjoy the day.
~Ravi

Hello, Sir.

The post you’ve written is indeed useful. The mistakes you’ve mentioned are the common ones that people make while using Linkedin.

Thanks for the contribution.

Regards,
Team.

Some helpful tips right off the bat Ravi.

I’ve learned a lot about LinkedIn and its working from you and this post just added some extra to it.

Thanks for sharing.

Hey Shafi,

LinkedIn is more like a brand-building platform where your business can be flourished but the mistakes people make are ruining everything.

Maintain an aura is really important. I am glad that you could resonate.
Have a great one.
~Ravi

Ajay Chander R.

These are very useful tips for any blogger and also linkedin users. I am using linkedin and learned a lot from this info and thank you for sharing wonderful info.

Mathukutty P. V.

This is a very useful post. I am new to Linkedin and my blog also started in Sep.2017 only. Suggestions are welcome for my blog.

Hi Ravi

Indeed a great list of common WordPress security mistakes.

A couple of days back I faced a situation where there was some unwanted ads being displayed on my blog and that was something I did not install. When inspected I found that there was a lot of unwanted codes that were injected into the WordPress theme files and other main files.

On further inspection I found out the following 3 things which were the reasons for this:

1). Not updating the other WordPress installation, plugins and themes that are being run from the same hosting account if you are using a shared hosting
.
2). Optimizepress 1.0 is known to have a security issue and they have released an update to it. This doesn’t update in the normal updates from your wordpress dashboard. You might want to update it manually, if you haven’t done it yet.

3). Not Cleaning and optimizing your database periodically

4). Leaving the default themes like twentyeleven etc. as it is and not updating them. This primarily happens if you are using a different theme and these default themes just remain there.

5). Not uninstalling plugins that haven’t been updated for a long time by its creators.

These are prone to attacks. A couple of solutions that I found was installing plugin like Wordfence or, Bullet Proof Security or, Better WP security.

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