Smashing Through the Linkedin 500 Connection Barrier

May 28, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog


Because no one takes anyone serious on Linkedin unless they have 500 or more 1st level business connections.

Fantastic Tips for My Linkedin Connections

I started out on LinkedIn a few years ago with just one connection. I now have over 30,000 fantastic top quality first level LinkedIn connections.

Business People

I’m using networking for maximum business effect. In fact over 90% of all my new business referrals, leads and opportunities now come via Linkedin & I want to help you achieve the same.

It was tough getting here, and no one knows just how tough it is increasing your business decision making connections better than you. Initially I broke through the magical 500 LinkedIn connection barrier because a couple of old LinkedIn Pro’s shared their networking growth tips with me.

A large percentage of my Linkedin connections have less than 500 connections & many have asked me to share my top networking growth tips with you. Therefore, it’s time for me to pay it forward.


1: Go to now and bookmark it or add it to your favourites as this is an extremely valuable ‘add on resource’ to your professional networking.

10 Top Tips to Raise Your LinkedIn Profile & Increase Your Business Connections

  1. Finish your profile page to 100% complete. Include a photograph.
  2. Lavish key words & phrases into every one of your profile & job description scripts.
  3. Use 50% of your invitations to connect with others who have more than 500 connections.
  4. Sign up to a minimum of 45 of the 50 groups available to you & post a sales or marketing message once a week on every group posting.
  5. Ensure you have a minimum of 3 recommendations listed on your profile page. If you do, you are 3 times more likely to be found via the LinkedIn search listings.
  6. Use every one of your 3,000 invitations LinkedIn gives most new members.
  7. Change & add a new short posting at the top of your profile page once a week.
  8. Use the search bar to connect with people from your industry sector.
  9. Once you’ve reached 500 connections join the Black Belt POWER Networkers group & also become a LION Linked In Open Networker.
  10. Hire in a LinkedIn marketing specialist consultant to write everything for your profile.

Hope it helps you. Feel free to pass it on or post it on your web site or blog. Just include my name if you do please. Best Regards Mark D Yates.

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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