LinkedIn is one of the fastest-growing social channels for business networking. However, despite its growing popularity and more than 467 million users, there are still a lot of things that remain unclear about the way it functions. Today, I decided to recompile and answer 50 common (and not so common, but useful) LinkedIn questions that many of you might have looked for at some point of your social media presence.
So, let’s go!
1. Does LinkedIn have a connections limit?
Yes, there is a limit of 30,000 connections – even for Premium accounts. Currently, there isn’t any way to surpass this limit – for this reason, some users have multiple accounts.
2. What is the reason behind this limit?
LinkedIn focuses on quality rather than quantity. The limit regulates accounts whose sole purpose is to have a lot of connections – the general idea is that you can’t possibly know or communicate with more than 30,000 (even this seems too much!) people on a professional level. So, it makes no sense to have too many connections.
3. What happens when you reach 30,000+ connections?
When you reach the 30,000 threshold, you can no longer accept invitations to connect, but everyone who wants to keep in touch with you can Follow you instead of becoming a connection.
4. Is there a limit for invitations to connect?
Currently, the limit for invitations is 3,000. If you have sent a larger number of invitations in a short time, you might be restricted by LinkedIn due to spam suspicion. However, you may request an increase if you have reached your limit and LinkedIn considers that your ratio between sent and accepted invitations is good.
5. What happens when you withdraw an invitation?
Nothing – your invitation to connect will simply disappear. However, if you included a message in your invitation, it will arrive to the user’s inbox.
6. Is LinkedIn Premium worth it for job seekers?
From my own experience, it might not be a great return on investment for job seekers! The features could definitely improve for this price. I answer this question in detail here.
7. Should I include the number of my connections in my profile?
Some people do that. Personally, I don’t think that it’s a good idea – after all, that’s exactly what LinkedIn is trying to avoid. Focus on quality rather than quantity! Maybe the only exception would be if you have 30,000 connections – this way, you will let people know that you can’t accept their invitations because you have reached the limit.
8. Should I add random people?
Of course not. Make sure that you have a valuable reason to add them.
9. Should I accept random people’s invitations?
It depends on you. Take a look at their profile, and if you find something in common that might be the base of a future professional relationship, why not! If not – don’t just add people to boost your numbers.
10. Is there a limit on blocking LinkedIn members?
Yes, you can block up to 250 users.
11. Are there alternatives to LinkedIn for business networking?
Yes, you can check this link for other alternatives.
12. What do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd connections mean?
First connections are the people you have connected with (yes, I guess this one was obvious). Second connections are, so to say, the “friends of your friends” – people that are outside of your network, but you share common connections with. Third connections are everyone else who is outside of your network.
13. Is there a limit on search?
If you use your LinkedIn account for sales, marketing, recruitment, or any other reason that requires a lot of searches, there is a monthly commercial limit. The exact number of searches isn’t really mentioned anywhere, but when you reach the maximum, you will receive a reminder that you are approaching the limit.
You can either upgrade your plan to Premium, or wait for the next month to be able to do more searches.
14. Are connections and followers the same thing?
No. Connections are the people who have connected with you, and followers are people that have “subscribed” to your account so they can receive updates from you. Once you surpass 30K connections, you can no longer accept invitations – so everyone who wants to be a part of your network will have to follow you.
15. Can I see how many connections does a person have?
No, but if you are connected, you can see the number of people that are following him – which can serve you as an approximate estimation for his overal number of connections. Unless he is an Influencer, in which case this LinkedIn member probably has much more people following him than he is following (due to connections limit).
16. Where can I find the number of followers that a person has?
Once you’ve connected, you can find this number on his profile, in the user’s activity section. (Don’t worry, the example below is my own profile!)
17. What happens if I don’t accept an invitation?
Nothing. The person whose invitation wasn’t accepted will not be notified.
18. Can an invitation expire?
Yes. Invitations send to existing LinkedIn members expire in 6 months. If you invited a person who isn’t a user of the platform yet, the expiration will happen within 2 weeks.
19. Can I re-send an expired invitation?
Yes, you can! Just be careful – you don’t want to risk being marked as spam.
20. What happens if too many people mark your invitations as spam?
LinkedIn will be alarmed, and you might receive a usage restriction.
21. How many people is “too many people” for getting marked as spam?
Nobody knows – LinkedIn hasn’t announced the number anywhere. Just try to avoid it!
22. Is LinkedIn only for job search?
Of course not! It is one of the best free ways to expand your network and meet other people with similar interests in your area of expertise. If you are a company, LinkedIn is a great way to gain more visibility, and provide value to members who might be interested in your product or service. If you are an individual, you have an amazing platform to expand your knowledge and collaborate with other professionals.
23. Can you paste links or add attachments to invitations?
No, you can’t.
24. What is the text limit for personalized invitations?
You have up to 300 characters to personalize your invitations to connect.
25. Can I send invitations to anyone?
Yes. However, to control the number of invitations they receive, some people will require you to know their e-mail address before connecting.
26. Can I hide my public profile from non-LinkedIn members and search engines?
Yes, you can control these parameters from your profile’s settings.
27. Why can’t I connect to a LinkedIn member?
There could be a few possibilities:
- You have exceeded your invitation limit, and you have been restricted by LinkedIn. Fortunately, you can solicit additional invites.
- Too many people selected the option I don’t know you, and you have been restricted as a result.
- The person was out of your network.
28. What does it mean that a LinkedIn member is out of my network?
It means that you don’t share a group, and you are not friends of friends, aka you don’t have connections in common.
29. What can I do if a LinkedIn member is out of my network?
- Join a group they are part of;
- Increase your network with meaningful connections;
- Find and add connections in common (but only of it makes sense, do not add people randomly).
30. Can you optimize your LinkedIn profile for search?
Yes! You actually can. It improves your possibilities to be discovered by recruiters and headhunters, and to position better in a job application process. How do you optimize your profile for search? Check out these tips.
31. What is a super connector?
A person with more than 10,000 first-level connections. Connecting with one will significantly increase your network, and will open new opportunities to reach second-level connections.
32. Can you hide status updates from your connections?
Yes, if you don’t want to share a status update with your network, LinkedIn gives you the option to disable it when you are making the change.
33. Who is the CEO of LinkedIn?
The current chief executive officer of the famous professional network is Jeff Weiner. He is, by the way, a very active user!
33. What is LinkedIn Pulse?
It is the company’s platform for publishing original articles written by users.
34. Can anyone publish articles on LinkedIn Pulse?
Yes. Previously, only selected users could do that, but now this option is available for everyone.
35. What is an Open Profile?
Premium users can choose to make their profile “open” to the public, meaning that everyone can send them an InMail even if they are not Premium users themselves.
36. What are endorsements?
It is an easy way to get verified by people you’ve worked with that you are qualified in a skill. Connections that endorse you for a skill confirm publicly that you actually have it.
37. How do endorsements work?
On your profile, go to the Skills & Endorsements section, and add the skills that you feel qualified for. Then, you can either ask your connections to endorse you, or wait for them to do it of their own will.
38. Can anyone endorse me?
Only first-level connections can endorse you. Second-level or connections that are outside of your network can’t.
39. Who should endorse me?
As we mentioned, you can be endorsed by anyone, but it is not very meaningful if you have never worked/studied/partnered with them. It is assumed that people who haven’t connected on a professional level with you can’t really claim that you are skilled at something.
40. How many skills should I list?
Try to keep your list short, but sweet – more than 20 skills usually mean that you are not specialized in anything. On LinkedIn, you should always focus on quality before quantity!
41. Why can’t I see who viewed my profile?
If a member has chosen to view your profile in private mode, you won’t be able to see their information – even if you have a Premium account.
42. How can you make your profile appear more often in search results?
To improve your future search appearances, make sure to update your profile with the most recent information, provide a detailed description of your job tasks using keywords, and include your job position and company name in the headline.
43. What keywords did my searchers use to find me?
Go to your profile, click on Search Appearances (which appears right below your headline and description), and scroll all the way down to “Keywords your searchers used”.
44. What is LinkedIn Learning?
It is a learning platform with educational resources that comes with Premium plans. It offers an extensive variety of courses in various areas such as Digital Marketing, Design, Technology, Business, Sales, Software Development, and more. For more information, check my post on LinkedIn Learning.
45. Is it worth upgrading to a Premium Plan to get the courses from LinkedIn Learning?
Totally! In fact, I think that it is the only Premium feature that’s worth the high price of the paid plans.
46. Do I get a certification when I complete a course?
Yes, you do, and you can easily add it to your profile in the section of Accomplishments.
47. Are the courses only available in English?
No, they are currently available in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
48. What is LinkedIn Sales Navigator?
It is a paid plan that comes with a variety of features for reaching out potential leads and improving your chances for closing a deal.
49. What features does LinkedIn Sales Navigator have?
For a price starting from 58.07 EUR per month, you get features like:
- Recommended leads and accounts;
- A feature that lets you save leads for future contact:
- Advanced filters;
- Sales alerts and job updates;
- 20-50 inMail messages per month;
- CRM integrations.
There are many other features, and the ones that you’ll get depend on your LinkedIn Sales Navigator plan. You can check all plans and features here.
50. Not on LinkedIn yet?
If you haven’t registered on LinkedIn yet, or you are not an active user, I definitely recommend you to create a profile immediately, and start building your network with valuable connections.
It is one of the most important steps you can take to increase your professional digital presence, encounter better job opportunities, and meet people with similar interests who can later convert into your colleagues, employers, or friends.
Did I miss any questions that you would like to get the answer for? Let me know in the comments below, and I would be delighted to make part 2!