Are there specific functions you wish LinkedIn had that could help you manage your network better?
Or are there things you’ve heard you may be able to do on LinkedIn but have no idea where to look for them?
LinkedIn has many features and functions that you might not be aware of, which you can use to personalize and improve your user experience.
Combined with the extensive security and personalization ability available in the LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, there are 10 functions or features that you might not know of to provide you with a better, more personalized user experience.
Each day I receive messages asking me how to do one thing or another on LinkedIn. I have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about LinkedIn along with the answers.
10 Random LinkedIn FAQs (With Answers)
How to Manage LinkedIn Invitations
1. Managing and Canceling LinkedIn Connection Requests
It can be hard to remember everyone you have sent a connection request to.
That is where the Sent invitations page comes in handy. If you are having a hard time remembering how many outstanding connections requests you have, you can just visit the Sent invitations page and quickly see each of the current unaccepted requests you have and what day they were sent.
To get to this page, go to My Network in the main top navigation bar.
On the network page, in the box that contains current incoming connection requests, you will see Manage all in the top right corner. Click this link.
Under Manage invitations, click Sent. Here you will see a list of all of your pending invitations (connection requests sent).
If you send a request to the wrong person or change your mind, no problem. Click ‘Withdraw’ to the right of their profile image, to withdraw your connection request.
It is important to remember that canceling a connection request will not add it back to your invitation limit, which I will address in more depth next.
2. LinkedIn Invitation Limits
You may or may not be aware that each LinkedIn member is provided with a limited number of invitations that they can send out (the last limit stated by LinkedIn was 3000, however, they are no longer publishing the limit, I had heard it was increased to 5000, but there is no way to confirm this).
For this reason, you’ll want to ensure that you make the most of each invite by being selective about who you send one to – such as the people you know and do business with as well as your ideal prospects and clients.
You should also ALWAYS send a personalized LinkedIn connection request to increase the likelihood that they will accept your invitation to connect. It’s important to know that if you get five people that click “I Don’t Know,” your account will be restricted, and you will have to add an email address every time you send a connection request to someone new.
If and when you reach your invitation limit, LinkedIn welcomes you to contact them to request an increase.
Be aware that there is no guarantee that you will get an increase and that they decide who will be given an increase on a case by case basis. LinkedIn takes the size of your current network and your acceptance ratio of invitations into account, meaning that if you are sending out a lot of connection requests but very few are being accepted, the chances of getting more is low.
3. Manage Who Can Send You LinkedIn Connection Requests
Depending on what you have selected in your settings under the Who can send you invitations, some of the connection requests sent to you might not reach you.
In the Communications area of your LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, you can choose what connection requests you want to receive. The choices offered are:
- Everyone on LinkedIn (recommended)
- Only people who know your email address or appear in your “Imported Contacts” list
- Only people who appear in your “Imported Contacts” list
If you are using LinkedIn to generate leads for your business or you want to grow your network, I recommend that you leave it set to everyone.
How to Manage Your LinkedIn Connections
4. How to Remove a LinkedIn Connection
From time to time, you may want to remove an existing connection. This may be because they have started to spam you right after connecting, they appear to be a fake LinkedIn profile, or perhaps they are a competitor you are concerned about.
There are two ways to remove a LinkedIn connection. The first is by going to their profile and clicking More… located to the right of the Message button.
Select Remove connection.
You will NOT get a warning. So, if you click on this, the person will no longer be connected to you.
Be sure before removing a connection as some of the potential consequences of removing a connection include the loss of:
- the ability to send them a message
- notifications of their updates and changes
- any endorsements or recommendations exchanged between the two of you (they are not restored, even if you reconnect later)
You can also remove a connection from the Connections page. Go to the My Network page and click on your number of connections, located in the top left corner of the page.
Search for the person you wish to remove. Just click on the three dots located to the right side of the Message button in their profile box and click Remove connection.
You can also remove a connection from your mobile device.
Go to the person’s profile and tap on More… located beside the Message button.
Select Remove Connection.
Finish by choosing to Remove connection.
Your connection will NOT be notified that you have removed them as a connection and only you will be able to reinitiate the connection process, should you decide you wish to reconnect.
5. How to Block a LinkedIn Member
There may be times when you want to block (or unblock) another member on LinkedIn. You can block up to 250 people.
This will block not only all contact but also removes both of your ability to see each other’s profiles and updates. You won’t show up in their Who’s viewed my profile page, and LinkedIn will stop suggesting you to each other in features like People You May Know and People Also Viewed.
LinkedIn won’t notify them that you have blocked them and only you will be able to unblock them.
If you are connected, it will also remove them as a connection (with all of the effects of removing a connection such as losing any recommendations or endorsements).
To block a LinkedIn member, go to their profile on your computer. Click More… located to the right of the Message button.
This will open up a box where you can choose whether you want to block or report them. Check Block <their Name>.
LinkedIn will now give you a list of what will happen after you block them. Click Block.
You can always unblock a member from the LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page at a later date.
6. How to Unsubscribe from LinkedIn Notifications
As you get more connections, you will start to get more notifications, such as when they interact with you or when they start a new job. If you don’t wish to be notified of a specific type of notification (such as a new job), you can just turn these notifications off.
To do this, go to the Notifications page. Scroll down the notifications feed until you find the type of notification you wish to turn off. In that notification box, click the three dots located in the top right corner of the box. Click on Turn off.
You can re-add a notification type at any time. Go to the notifications page and in the box in the top left corner, click View Settings.
Go to Activity in your network, then turn on any notifications you still want to receive.
7. How to Hide Status Updates from Your Connections
From time to time you may also want to hide a status update from a connection or unfollow their updates all together in the newsfeed.
To do this, click the three dots icon located in the top right corner of their post.
If you want just to hide the one update, hit Hide this post.
You can undo this right away if you change your mind by clicking Undo.
To unfollow all of that particular connection’s LinkedIn status updates, hit Unfollow THEIR NAME.
Again, if you change your mind right away, just click the Undo link.
If you change your mind later on, you can unhide their status updates from the LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page, in the Privacy area under Blocking and hiding.
8. How to Mute or Leave LinkedIn Group Messages (and Delete Conversations)
There are few things more annoying than being added to a large group conversation that you have no interest in. If or when this happens to you, you will want to be able to remove yourself from the conversation and stop getting notifications of replies.
If you have no interest in participating in a particular group message, you can leave the conversation. Doing this will entirely remove you from the conversation and stop you from receiving any new messages from the thread.
To do this, click on the message you want to select from the left bar. Next click on the three horizontal dots at the top of the message in the right corner. From here you can choose Leave conversation.
Once you have left the conversation, you will see this indicated in the message area. You will also not be able to rejoin the conversation once you have left.
You can take this a step further by deleting the message entirely from your message area.
Again, click on the three horizontal dots at the top of the message and select Delete conversation.
It is important to note that if you delete a conversation without first leaving the conversation, you will still receive new replies and notifications added to the group message. So be sure to leave the conversation first, and then delete it.
If the message is outright spam, you may wish to Report this conversation before you delete it.
Sometimes you might not want to leave or delete the conversation, just stop receiving notifications every time someone replies. In this case, you would just select Mute conversation.
Embedding LinkedIn Posts to Your Website or Blog
9. How to Embed a LinkedIn Status Update on Your Blog or Website
You can easily embed a status update that you or someone else has posted on LinkedIn, on either your website or in a blog post.
To embed a post on your website or blog, just click on the three dots icon located in the top right corner of the post you wish to use and click Embed this post.
This will open a popup with the code you can copy and paste into your blog post.
You can also grab the link to the individual post by clicking on the three dots icon located in the top right corner of the post you wish to use and click Copy link to post if you wanted to share that post on one of your other social media channels.
Unknown Benefits of LinkedIn Paid Memberships
10. How to Turn on Open Profile Messages and Premium LinkedIn Membership
If you are wondering what type of LinkedIn plan is right for you, read this comprehensive article: LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs. Premium Business vs. Sales Navigator.
As a Premium LinkedIn member, you can show or hide your Premium status.
The benefits to having your Premium Status turned on includes:
- the ability to receive Open Profile messages
- displaying the Premium Profile badge on your profile and next to your name in search results.
If you are using LinkedIn for lead generation, then you will want to turn the Open Profile feature on.
Open Profile messages allow any other LinkedIn member to message you without sharing a group or using an InMail. While you might be concerned about getting more spam (which is always a possibility), this feature makes it easier for interested prospects or partners to reach out to you.
To turn on/off the Premium Profile Badge or Open Profile messages, click the pencil icon located to the right side of your profile below the cover image.
Click the down arrow beside the PREMIUM icon in the top right corner.
Check or uncheck Premium Profile Badge or Open Profile as you prefer and hit Save.
NOTE: To receive open messages, you will need to check and save Premium Profile Badge as well as Open Profile. Then you must access your LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page and go to the Preferences area under Communications. Open the Messages from members and partners section and select Allow Open Profile messages to be set to Yes.
Summary: Random Things on LinkedIn
With the constant updates and changes, it can be hard to stay on top of the different features and abilities that LinkedIn provides. I hope you have found this list of little-known features to be helpful in improving and controlling your user experience on LinkedIn.
What features do you often use on LinkedIn to create a better experience? Have I missed an important feature or any other random things on LinkedIn you are curious about? Let me know in the comments below.