Tag Archive: Customize

The new LinkedIn profile interface: this will be a multi-part blog for all the sections of LinkedIn.

We will start with the New Intro section, that is the area on your profile that includes your Profile picture your LinkedIn headline, where you live, industry, current experience, and summary section. I other words the area above the fold.

First is your profile picture. LinkedIn loves pictures. A picture on your profile will increase your profile views 21 times and will increase your connection requests by 9 times. It helps to complete your profile so you are an Allstar, as well.

But just having your profile picture on your profile doesn’t improve your SEO(search engine optimization). What you have to do to improve that is to name your picture. It can’t be photo IMG.0.jpeg. That wont help with SEO.

What to need to do is go to the while where you store you photos and rename it. I renamed mine “Bruce Bixler LinkedIn Profile Training and Development”. This way when people search for your name and want to find your LinkedIn profile on Google your profile picture will be one of the results for images on Google.

Your photo is the instant calling card people use to determine who you are and what interest they should have in your profile, profession, and content.

For best results use a head shot of yourself smiling and dressed in professional attire. Your photo will help other LinkedIn users start to trust you.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. You are shown how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Did you Personalize Your LinkedIn Public Profile URL?

Your URL on your LinkedIn profile page should be customized

to just your name. Why, because when people search for you

on the internet hey will go to Google and search for your name.

When you sign up for a LinkedIn profile you are given a generic

public profile URL.

The public profile URL includes your name which will be hyphenated and ten numbers and characters after

it. In a search on Google will only show your LinkedIn profile if you include all of the numbers. What

are the odds of someone remembering all of those numbers.

Your first step to customize your URL is go to the tool bar at the top your profile page and hover over

profile and select the edit drop drown when it appears. Next step will be to select the “edit” link next

to your profile URL. This will take you to your public profile information page. On the right hand side

two thirds of the way down is the link “Customize your public profile URL”.

Click on the link and it will take you to a pop up where you can then customize your LinkedIn URL to

just your name. In the blank box type in your name without spaces and all lower case spelling.

Then click on the blue “set Custom URL”.

If someone else on LinkedIn has already chosen the name you will have to add a middle initial and/or

a number to the end of your name. LinkedIn will also give you some hints as to the availability of names

that haven’t been used. Names similar, Such as “smithjosepha or jassmith1 will help you change the URL.

I also found out if you leave the public URL and you try to put that on a business card it may not fit

the space allotted for that URL.

Good luck with your URL customization! If you liked this post please share it with others.

How To Change The Updates On Your 2013 LinkedIn Homepage? Did you know it was even possible?

Most LinkedIn users don’t know it is available to do.

It’s easy as 123. Just start on your home page. Begin at the top

of the page on the right hand side by your avatar (picture).

When you hover your mouse over your picture a drop down will


You have seven options: 1) sign out, 2) account type, 3) Job posting 4) company page, 5) Language, 6)

privacy and settings, and 7) help Center. The choice to choose is privacy and settings. This choice will

take you to the settings homepage.

The four main categories are 1) Profile, 2) communications, 3) groups, companies, and applications, and

finally 4) Account. Select account then go to the middle column and scroll down under settings to

“customize the updates you see on your homepage”.

Here are the update choices:

New connections
Job opportunites
Updates shared by your connections
Updates shared by your extended network
Updates from followed companies
Trending news
Group discussions and changes
Questions and answers
Profile changes
Application updates

And, down at the very bottom is an additional choice of how many updates you want to see on your

homepage. Since the questions and answers are no longer available you can uncheck that option. Set up

the home page that is the most comfortable for you.