Tough Talk – 6 of the Most Annoying Emails You’ll Ever Receive from Linkedin Members

May 14, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

First and foremost I believe LinkedIn is the world’s most powerful online business networking organisation.

It offers just about everything business owners need to grow their business in a profitable and sustainable way.

As such over the last 6 to 12 months I have received an average of 800 plus Linkedin related e-mails every single day, seven days a week. In anyone’s book that’s an awful lot of daily e-traffic, but I have a fantastic marketing support team to help me manage them effectively.

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We have to respond to approximately 90% of these daily emails, so effective time management is really important to my business and me.

This means I get incredibly frustrated at the 80 (approximate) Spam e-mails I receive every day from some of the less than professional Linkedin members.

Every single day they land in my e-mail folder and these are just the ones that manage to get past my spam folder.

Guess what?

If I get these same 5 types of Linkedin e-mails every day, chances are you do to.

These are the 5 most common and their e-mail subject lines…

1: Hi: Please recommend me on Linkedin

Although we’ve never worked together we are connected.  I’m looking for people to provide me with written recommendations for my Linkedin profile. Please write and post a professional recommendation for me.

What this really means is: I have not established any genuine client referral from customers or clients who have been more than satisfied with the product/s, work or service/s I provide.

So I’ve conjured up a ‘bogus recommendation smoke screen’ to trick future prospective clients and/or customers into viewing lots of written recommendations listed on my Linkedin profile.

Tough Talk Tip: Genuine written recommendations on Linkedin add to your credibility and can inspire confidence in prospective business buyers. But only if they are unsolicited genuine recommendations.

Professional business networkers try to aim for a 1% ratio of genuine recommendations for the number of first level Linkedin connections they have.

2: Hi: Please endorse me on Linkedin

Although we’ve never met I’ve respected you for a long time. Please go to my Linkedin profile page and endorse me for my 50 skills and expertise.

What this really means is: I’ve never provided an added value professional service to a fee paying client before, but that’s the last thing I want my Linkedin connections, prospective future clients or customers to know.

If I go ‘endorsement fishing’ among the 187 million Linkedin members with the largest net possible, and get lots of endorsements, people will be fooled into believing I am actually well skilled in all 50 of my skills and expertise I’ve listed on my profile page.

Just watch me soar in the near future. In 6 months or less, I’ll be able to promote myself as a guru or expert in my field/s to the LinkedIn members because I have several thousand endorsements.

Tough Talk Tip: From a professional business perspective there is no intrinsic value or professional kudos in soliciting Linkedin endorsements from people you don’t know. If you have to solicit endorsements, then you are not as professional as you believe you are. Do not fall into the trap of buying in indirect Linkedin mailing lists of open endorsers who offer a reciprocal endorsement service to anyone and everyone.

3: This e-mail has three variants.  Hi: My company is doing an annual review, and this mini-survey will help me. Do you mind filling one for me? OR… Hi: My company is doing a corporate survey, and I hope you can say some nice things about me 🙂 It will only take you a few minutes. Or… Hi Your Opinion please. I’m collecting opinions from my business network in this survey and would greatly appreciate your thoughts.

What this really means is: We might be connected, but we’ve never really met or worked together. I’m being really clever because you think I’ve sent this e-mail just to you personally internally through Linkedin’s service. In reality I’ve sent it to every one of my Linkedin member connections because I believe it’s going to make me appear more professional.

Tough Talk Heads Up: Think about this: Guess what? If you sent this out to a Linkedin member like me, so did a thousand others who also thought they were super clever. This means I receive hundreds of these unsolicited spam email requests every month, and so are thousands of other Linkedin members. Do you think they are impressed by your e-mail? I know I’m not.

4: Hi: I am Mr. Ali Babba. I have an urgent issue i will love to discuss with you. I have gone through your profile on and i know you might be the right person that will be capable to handle this. Please complete my attachment and contact me for more details via email: I will be expecting your email as soon. Thanks Ali

What this really means is:

I’ve blagged my way into Linkedin by posting a bogus profile and I’ve joined 50 Linkedin groups. I’ve identified how to send In-mails and I’ve also found out how to scrape members e-mail addresses. Which is really useful for an organised criminal like me, who earns a full time living from professional scams and fraudulent activities like Identity fraud.

Tough Talk Tip: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, guess what? It’s a duck. This is just another variant of the long established Nigerian Scam which continues to successfully rip people off every day of every week.

5: Are you taking on new clients?

If you’re taking on new clients, I’d like to include you in my private referral network to send you business leads.

Please accept my invitation below. Thanks!

What this really means is:

I’m a Jack of all Trades and a Master of None. Even though I’m a member of up to 50 other networking organisations I have no idea how to leverage any of them to make profitable revenue from professional business growth. However some smart ass idiot in another business networking organisation dreamt up this super slick attention grabbing’ e-mail subject line’ to increase the number of people who open my spam e-mails  which I’m mass emailing out to try and hook you & everyone else into another one of my new networking organisations.

Tough Talk Tip: Give these network butterflies the cold shoulder, unless they can prove beyond doubt that they really know how to help you leverage this new network for profitable business growth.

If you are receiving these 5 types of unsolicited e-mails or In-mails via Linkedin, then you have options.

1: You provide the service the spammers are requesting.

2: You ignore their requests.

3: You respond to the e-mail and chastise the spammer for their lack of professionalism.

3: You notify Linkedin that it’s a spam e-mail.

Please don’t mistake my comments in this article for the hundreds of thousands of genuine Linkedin people who are soliciting genuine recommendations and endorsements from you. I really believe there is merit in listing these on your profile page. If you want free independent Linkedin tips, advice and support try:

I hope this helps.

Dr. Mark D. Yates

Dr. Mark D. Yates is a global #1 LinkedIn consultancy business growth specialist, LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn Sign & LinkedIn training instructor & CEO of Link Business Marketing Ltd. If you need to hire a LinkedIn expert to help you gain profitable business growth, contact him. Tel: UK 0203 390 2013 Email:, connect with him on LinkedIn & Twitter You can view & download his dynamic independent LinkedIn training program at:

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