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.
“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 to 5000
- 5000 to 10000
- 10000 to 15000
- 15000 to 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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