Occasionally we meet profiles of people on LinkedIn that we can neither send a message to or invite to connect with us. Have you wondered why that is?

Here's the straight goods.

Some people just don't get it when it comes to the "being social" part of using LinkedIn. They get on the platform and decide that they will only connect if people are a good fit as a possible client for them. Or if people are located only in their city. Good luck on getting your connections over 500+.

I have personally had referrals from people in different parts of the world because they were connected to someone who was connected to me. They checked out the "people also viewed" section, where they found my profile. You just never know where your next lead will come from.

Remember that the larger your circle of connections, the farther your extended reach. Thus, more possible access to future business for you.

Before LinkedIn started making major changes to the platform, you could actually see what your extended reach is. At that time my reach was well over 24million, and I only had about 3500 connections. Since then my connections have tripled. It would be nice to know what my extended reach is now.

While I am on this digress, following people who have millions of followers also helps extend your reach on LinkedIn.

The reason you want to have 500+ connections on LinkedIn is because it helps you look like a center of influence. People don't know if you have 501 connections or 60,000.

There are settings in your "Privacy and Settings" menu where you can turn these features off. You can choose who can ask to connect with you and who can send you messages.

Go to your Privacy and Settings:

  1. Under the Communications Tab, you can choose who can send you connection requests.
  2. Under the Messages from Members Tab, you can choose what type of member messages you'd prefer to receive.
  3. You can add custom advice for those who contact you.

For more tips and tricks, simply send me a question on LinkedIn. I will write a blog about it, because you probably aren't the only one who would like to know.

Make it an awesome day!

Christine Till

The Marketing Mentress

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