Three Things You Should Never Do On LinkedIn

October 11, 2012 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog


If you have a linkedin profile or a linkedin blog then whether you realise it or not, you have made a business investment in time, effort, energy & finance to promote yourself & your business via a social media business networking marketing strategy.


As a top LI connected person, freelance LI business growth consultant & trainer many linkedin experts, students & linkedin profile business owner members approach me for the latest linkedin news and linkedin tips and advice about how to use linkedin effectively.



Unfortunately many of them approach me after linkedin has restricted, suspended or closed down their linkedin profile account altogether pending the outcome of a linkedin Risk or Privacy Team Investigation.



Hopefully the following linkedin tips and information will help you avoid making the same costly mistake/s & help protect your investment in your business networking linkedin profile.



Linkedin tips. These are the four most common mistakes I’ve identified that most people shouldn’t do on linkedin.



Linkedin Tips 1: Never add your telephone number or e-mail address in the top of your linkedin profile page information.



If you do, you may be deemed as breaching the linkedin User Agreement terms. If you have never crossed swords with the linkedin Risk & Privacy teams then you have been lucky. Many people new to social media & linkedin networking inadvertently fall foul of the rules through no real fault of their own.



When this happens you enter the radar screen of the LI Risk & Privacy teams who are there to protect the integrity of the LI platform & organisation.



If someone reports you for allegedly spamming them, then LI can, & will implement restrictions, suspensions or a full close down of your LI profile.




Linkedin Tips 2: Never include your name & e-mail address on any ‘Open’ Networker list floating around the LI groups or linkedin blogs.



It’s tempting to want to fast track your way into lots of new linkedin profile connections. However a word of caution confirmed by many of the linkedin experts I know.



Through many linkedin blogs and linkedin articles about how to use linkedin you will be invited to join many open e-mail lists that continuously float throughout the linkedin news discussions posted on many of the linkedin group posts.


The promise is that if you add your name to these lists you will receive many more linkedin profile connections.


Sometimes your name & e-mail will be added to linkedin articles and linkedin reports promoting these lists without your permission, or without you even knowing.


Many of these lists posted on open linkedin blogs are bogus, typically compiled by new linkedin profile members who see it as a short cut to getting lots of kudos & many new linkedin profile connections for themselves. F



Frequently these unscrupulous list makers have simply ripped off the names & e-mail addresses of other linkedin profile connections attached to legitimate talent linkedin open networker lists.



In some open posted linkedin reports you will identify that there are some legitimate Open Networker HIT LISTS whose owners have taken the time to ensure they have every linkedin profile person’s written permission to be included in the list & any subsequent marketing of the list to a group post or to a linkedin blog.



These legitimate HIT LISTS have typically less than 250 linkedin profile connections names on them. Anymore & it’s virtually impossible for the list owner to police their list/s.




Linkedin Tips 3: Never connect with one of the glamorous female HR or Talent Linkedin Managers who trawl the linkedin platform looking to connect with everyone they can.



These are professional spammers who post thousands of linkedin profiles. Often they are offshore recruitment organisations who use their linkedIn contacts to identify groups you belong to in order to spam the groups with daily jobs they are promoting.



Clues to look for include.



Invitation to connect with you on Linkedin from a female HR Manager.


Photo is always of a beautiful female model (The spammers screen grab the female photos from modelling agency web sites).


Their e-mail address is typically a Hotmail account.


They have a low number of 1st level linkedin profile connections.



They have very limited information posted on their linkedin profile page.



They don’t usually have any recommendations posted on their linkedin profile page.



Linkedin experts know that accepting these HR & Talent Linkedin Managers as your linkedin profile connections will result in you & your groups and linkedin blogs being spammed or Phished on a regular basis.



I’m not suggesting there aren’t any beautiful female HR Managers legitimately operating on linkedin, but if you are unsure, then the best course of action is to report it as spam directly to linkedin as soon as this type of linkedin profile invitation lands in your e-mail service.



When in doubt always err on the side of caution. Connecting with these bogus HR & Talent Linkedin Managers is definitely not the right way to use linkedin.




Linkedin Tips 4: The truth is not always out there.


Never consider everything you read as 100% factual in any linkedin blog, linkedin articles, linkedin news, linkedin reports, talent linkedin bulletins, linkedin tips or a linkedin profile, including information on how to use linkedin posted from some of the self proclaimed linkedin experts, unless it agrees with your own common sense.  


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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