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How Many LinkedIn Connections Do I Have?

How Many LinkedIn Connections Do I Have?

How many LinkedIn connections do I have? That’s a question many of people have if they have over 500 connections. LinkedIn shows your connections only as 500+. So how do you find how many you have? You want to know if your connections are growing right?

How Many LinkedIn Connections Do I Have?

Luckily there is a way and it’s actually really easy!

How Many LinkedIn Connections Do I Have in 3 Easy Steps

Go to http://www.linkedin.com. Log in.

Step One: Search For Your Name

Type your name as it is on LinkedIn into the search box and click the magnifying glass (don’t click on your name in the dropdown menu.)

Related: LinkedIn Tips for Brand Friendly Bloggers

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Step Two: Click On Where It Says 500+ Connections

When the results come up, click on where it says 500+ connections under your name. It’s a clickable link. This will bring you to a list of your own connections.

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Step Three:  See Your Number of Connections

See under Relationships, the number under 1st Connections? That’s your current number of connections. In the image below, you can see I currently have 830 connections. Below, under location, you can also see how many you have in different countries or popular cities.

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Now that you know how many connections you have, add me and make it ONE MORE!

Related: Blogger’s Guide to LinkedIn

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Blogger’s Guide to LinkedIn

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What is LinkedIn

“LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.” – source

Why Would a Blogger Use It

Not all bloggers should be using LinkedIn. Reasons you might want to use LinkedIn:

  1. You also work outside the home.
  2. You also work from home.
  3. You are also a direct sales consultant.
  4. You have your own online business (whether blogging related like blog design/web services or you sell something online like Etsy or anything else)
  5. Your blog IS your business (you make money from it)
  6. You want your blog to be your business (you hope to make money from it)
  7. You work with companies and PR for your blog (reviews, giveaways).

Signing Up for LinkedIn

If you want an account but aren’t signed up yet, you can sign up for LinkedIn now. If you are a reader, you may want to check out the LinkedIn Learning Center.

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Your LinkedIn Profile

The first thing you want to do is fill in your profile. Unlike other social networks, the LinkedIn profile is a lot more comprehensive. This means it will take longer to fill in and will require some thought and math (to figure out start dates.) However it’s worth it for job leads and connections. Read over this: http://topdogsocialmedia.com/linkedin-training-creating-the-perfect-profile/ and fix up your profile.

If you have a job other than blogging, you will want to include all that information as well. If you don’t have a job outside blogging especially, keep in mind the following:

  1. For Your Professional Headline, you may want to use one of the following depending on what fits: Freelance Writer and Blogger, Writer, Editor-in-Chief, Blogger, Writer/Owner, Social Media Manager (if you do social media for a company), Founder, Community Manger…. or any combination thereof. You can be specific too like Owner/Blogger at My Blog Name or Writer/Owner at website.com
  2. When editing Contact info, where it says websites, you can choose from my blog or my website. However if you choose Other, you can name your link so that it will say your blog’s name instead which is much better for ascetics AND SEO.
  3. For Summary, focus on information relevant to how you want to be perceived. The summary has to be the catch, to keep people on your profile. If you are a direct sales blogger, focus on your direct sales companies and use of the internet. If you provide parenting information, focus on your parental experience.  Tell what you can offer.
  4. If you are focusing on your social media knowledge, you should include how long you’ve been active in social media. You can find out when you joined twitter at When Did You Join Twitter and when you joined Facebook by exploring your timeline. If you added events or birthdays that occurred before you joined Facebook, they will be shown at the very bottom but keep searching till you find a join date.
  5. For experience, include each blog you write for, whether you own it or write for it. For title, don’t just put blogger, choose something more professional. I chose Content Writer and Reviewer for Callista’s Ramblings. Only include a location for the company if it’s region specific.
  6. For projects you can use it a couple of different ways. If you host an event, add it as a project. You can also put a sample of your reviews there. Learn More: Create More Connections Using Projects on LinkedIn
  7. Skills and Expertise, think carefully. Only include something if you are knowledgeable in it but there are lots of things you could include. Suggestions (again only if you have knowledge of it): blogging, social media, editing, proofreading, writing, SEO, Facebook, Twitter, etc.., Social Networking, Copywriting, Social Media Marketing, Media Relations, Book Reviews, Product Reviews, Event Host, Microsoft Office, WordPress, Blogger, Windows, Mac etc…

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How Can I Link To My Profile?

When viewing your profile, right under your photo is a direct link/permalink to your profile. Mine looks like this: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/kathleengarber/

You can also find buttons to install on your site to have people follow your profile. LinkedIn also has some plugins you can use to have people share your posts on LinkedIn or follow a company page (like Facebook Fan Page) and a few others things.

View Kathleen Garber's profile on LinkedIn

Finding Connections

Start off by announcing on your other social media that you are now on LinkedIn and where to find you. Add a button to your blog’s sidebar from the above section to make it easy for them to find you. Add a link in your email signatures, especially ones you use when contacting businesses, PR, authors etc. who might be on LinkedIn. If you work with brands, when you send in the link to your post, add a little paragraph about connecting on LinkedIn and if they really liked your work, perhaps they might leave a recommendation.

The way LinkedIn works is that you are connected to those you directly connect with as a 1st connection. Anyone they are connected to is considered your 2nd connection. Those the 2nd connections are connected to are 3rd connections and so on. So if you view the profile of one of your 1st connections, you can see who they are connected to and if you recognize them as another blogger or company you’ve worked with, you can send them a request to connect.

When you sign in to LinkedIn, there is also the People You May Know section that suggests people who are connected to those you are connected with. So again if you recognize them, you can send a request.

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Overwhelmed With Email Notifications?

You can change your email settings to decide what you are notified about.

I’ve Signed Up, Now What?

Other than keeping your profile up to date and making new connections, you can also use LinkedIn in other ways:

  1. Ask for recommendations from people/companies you’ve worked with to show potential clients/partnerships that you are worth working with.
  2. Join groups both to fill out your profile and to make new connections. Don’t spam the group but you can share your status with some of your groups if they are relevant to bring new eyes to what you are working on.
      LinkedIn groups tell you how active the group is, how many members it has and how many from your network are in the group.

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Make sure your profile is optimized for Search Engine Optimization to improve your SERPs (in other words, landing on page one of a search) and your Google PageRank. If the link to your LinkedIn profile is NOT your full name, edit it. Make sure you added your blogs/websites as other so you can specify the title. Use keywords throughout your profile.

Explore and remember to check in. LinkedIn won’t be helpful if you never check in with it.

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Why Social Network Promotion is Important for Blogs

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Where Your Readers Come From

Most people consider the amount of visitors their blogs gets to be an indicator of success. Unless you are blogging for yourself or for family, you probably want people to read what you are writing and to increase the amount of people who do so.

People can’t read your blog if they can’t find it. Some people find your blog because you share the address with them directly (direct traffic). Often they are friends or family. Some might come upon it in a web search (search traffic). Some might come because of blog ads or because you did a guest post (referral traffic). Finally, some come because they saw your blog or your post on a social network. (also referral traffic) I get a large amount of my blog traffic from social networks.

Where Blog Traffic Comes From

How Social Network Promotion Can Bring in New Readers

If you are not active on Facebook or twitter at least, you are missing out on valuable traffic. Promoting specific posts has advantages. If I hear the name of your blog, or even a description of your blog, it may not interest me or I may think it won’t anyways. But if I see a blog post advertised on a topic I’m currently interested in, I will click over to read the post. While I’m there, I may see other posts on your blog or categories that I may find interesting and next thing I know, I’ve spent 30 minutes on your blog and/or subscribed to it.

That has happened to me many times, where I suddenly find myself subscribing or at least regularly reading a blog that I had seen mentioned around before but never sounded interesting. That was all because I had clicked through on a specific post on Facebook or twitter.

Even if you are not interested in keeping up with blogs or your family and friends on social networks, you should still be utilizing them to promote your blog if you are serious about increasing your readership.

Which Social Networks?

There are tons of social networks around now and you certainly do not need to use them all although in general, I would say you should focus your interests on the most popular ones. One thing to consider is where your readers or your potential readers are. Pinterest for example is full of crafts, DIY, fashion and quotes/humour. If your ideal reader is interested in those topics, you should be concentrating on Pinterest.

Also you can search the social networks to see if people are talking about the subjects you blog about. Do a twitter search on your blog topic and see if people are tweeting about your subject. If there are lots of tweets on your subjects, then your potential readers are on twitter. Facebook is a bit harder to search but if you find fan pages or groups related to your subjects, that’s a good indicator. Talk to your current readers and see what social networks they use as well.

Research that social network and learn how to use it. If your readers use more than one, pick one to concentrate on first. It’s easier to learn one new site at a time. If you are already using some and don’t wish to use more, than improve how you are using them to bring in more traffic.

There are hundreds of choices for social media, no one is going to use them all. (click image to enlarge)

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If you are not using any social media to promote your blog, research and pick one to learn how to use.

If you are using social media to promote your blog, evaluate which ones you are using and see if there is one you should add in to your schedule. Research it.

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