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5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep Your LinkedIn Profile OUT of Search Results!

Belief Number one: you don’t have a picture, and if you do it is’t optimized!
A picture on LinkedIn increases your chances of profile views 11 times. An optimized picture means you name your picture (YOUR NAME LINKEDIN PROFILE MARKETING MANAGER) and it will increase your search results not only on LinkedIn but will show up on Google search as an image result.

Belief Number two: Your LinkedIn headline is your current job title and company name!
Most people use the default setting on their LinkedIn headline which is their current job title and company name. Never use a default setting on LinkedIn it will brand you as a commodity. Your headline is your tagline or marketing piece. It should include 3 things. What you do, who you help, and how you help them.

Number three: Your LinkedIn summary is about YOU!
Your summary should be in the first person and yes the first paragraph should tell people about what you do. Just make sure every sentence doesn’t start with “I”, “I”, and “I”!! The second paragraph should tell you client or customer or recruiter how you have helped previous company or jobs increase sales cut costs, or streamlined a procedure. The third paragraph you tell how you will solve their problem! Make sure to add a “call to action” (Contact me to see how I can help your business with marketing solutions.

Number four: You loaded your LinkedIn profile with keywords instead of searchable skills.
Most people use keywords on their profile which is OK but to get better search results use LinkedIn skills. Skills are search terms that people using LinkedIn have already search for. EXAMPLE: Friend of mine wanted to be found for “Public SPEAKER” We searched the skills section and it wasn’t there, but “Public SPEAKING” was there. So we changed his headline for the searched skill of Public SPEAKING.

Number five: You haven’t joined any or just a few LinkedIn groups
If you want to be found on LinkedIn you have to be in their network. If you are not in a persons network you will not show up in search results. The fastest way to increase your network is to join groups and make sure they are large groups. LinkedIn changed it search about a year ago so when you search it used to be you searched all of LinkedIn, not anymore your search results are only the people in your network.

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New LinkedIn Skill Pages Have Been Updated! Do you know how to use them?

Yes, LinkedIn skill pages are back. But having access to the information is not obvious. LinkedIn hid it in plain sight. The first step is to go to your profile page and click on the BLUE “View Profile as” button. The blue button changes to “send a message”. Instead of the edit mode, where the edit pencils show up whenerver you hover your mouse over different sections of your profile, you want to view your profile as your connections do.

When you are viewing your profile as a connection you can click on a skill which actually becomes a hyperlink and takes you to a LinkedIn “TOPIC” page. Make sure you click on the skill not the number of endorsements.

People you know have this skill. It will list the top people on LinkedIn that have this skill. Take a look at their profile and see what skills they have listed on their profile. If you are in the same industry do you have those skills also listed on your profile? If you don’t maybe you had better add them for your keyword search results.

Lynda see what there is to study about YouTube from Lyndadotcom.

Pulse articles written by members of LinkedIn regarding the subject of YouTube. It will show you the most popular posts by LinkedIn members that have been written about the subject.

Slideshare, next if you scroll down the page you will see a listing for the most popular items that have been written about YouTube on the SlideShare platform which is owned by LinkedIn.

Jobs that use this skill. Check out all of the jobs listed on LinkedIn that use that skill.

LinkedIn groups, all the groups on LinkedIn regarding that skill or are about subject matter or expertise of that skill.

People also know, scroll down more and there will be a listings of similar skills that people also have on their profiles.

All the info from above about skills is in the expanded version. I just found out there is a consolidated version which looks a little different which is shown below. Not all of the above info is displayed but most of it is. Not sure what drives the version you look at or which one LinkedIn decides to show you.

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Are you using the promotions tab in LinkedIn groups for networking?

In a lot of the groups I am in I see discussions regarding new people joining the group or are new to the Chicago area and they are looking for networking events. They are looking for opportunities to network with business people, others in their profession, and some are job seekers looking to connect with target people and companies.

In all groups there are five tabs at the top of the group page.

They Are: 1) Discussions 2) Promotions 3) Job 4) members 5) Search

Most people in the groups are aware of the discussions and members tabs and some may even have used the job and search tab (you can now advance search groups but that’s another post) But few people if any look at the promotions tab. Most group member must think it’s just advertising for businesses.

WRONG!! I looked at this groups promotions tab, yes, I did find advertisers, but I also found many networking groups, meetups, open houses, workshops, presentations, and speaking engagements.

The networking events were at churches, small businesses, large businesses, Toastmasters, government functions, men’s clubs, women’s clubs, and just plain old regular networking groups. If you are networking for business or networking for a new job start using the promotions tab, you’ll be surprised at what you find there.

So don’t be afraid to check the promotions tab in all the groups you are in or join. As a matter of fact if you are new to the area you may want to join several LinkedIn groups to give yourself a little variety in your networking. Now go out a meet a few new people and expand your horizons and business.

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How to Unsubscribe from Activity Notifications Emails.

With all the activity coming from LinkedIn and your contacts list, this will lead to a few, several, and sometimes many emails.

You can choose to get an activity email for each new discussion in your group. This can help you:

Monitor your group’s discussions.
Quickly delete inappropriate discussions and comments.
See recent job postings and promotions in the group.

You can choose to can change your email notifications on the Privacy & Settings page.

Move your cursor over your photo in the top right of your homepage and select Privacy & Settings.
You may be prompted to sign in to your account to get to your settings.
Click the Communications side tab next to the envelope icon near the left side of the page.
Click the Set the frequency of emails link to select the emails you’d like to receive and how often you’d like them delivered.

But with activity notification emails you get for wishing someone a happy birthday, congratulating a connection on a new job, or moving to a new location you cannot use your LinkedIn settings. You have to go to your actual email, open it up and unsubscribe from the conversation.

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How to Advance Search Your LinkedIn Groups Members.

Join groups, join a lot of groups, and join groups with a lot of members. I tell everyone to join 45 groups when I do LinkedIn training for sales people. They look at me like I’m crazy because they they don’t want to deal with all the email. The reason I say all the emails is because when you are in a group they send you emails for ALL for every one of their conversations.

On a side note, if you check your privacy settings you can make adjustments to emails you receive from groups,. You can receive weekly, daily, or no emails at all.

To start your search go to “advanced” Search.

When the advanced search page comes up you have on the top right side a listing of all of the groups you belong to. Normally this filter with the little yellow LinkedIn logo is for premium accounts. But in this instance when searching for groups it is for the free LinkedIn accounts as well.

You start by selecting the LinkedIn group you would like to advance search. Next you can now choose any of the advanced search filters: first name, last name, keywords, title, company, school, location, country, and postal code.

Two additional filters are available when you select job tittle and company. When you select either one of these filters a drop down appears that you can select current or past position or company.

Now you can search those groups with ten of thousands members and find that diamond in the rough that job, that sales manager, or that hiring manager.

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How to Change the Visibility of a Group on Your Profile.

1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of the homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Scroll down to the Groups box in your profile and click the Edit icon.
If you belong to more than six groups, the list will be abbreviated.
3. Click the “See…more” link to expand the box and see all groups. Click the visibility link under the group. The link will either say Visible or Hidden. This will take you to the Visibility Settings section of the group’s Settings page.
4. Check or uncheck the box next to “Display the group logo on your profile”.
5. Click Save Changes.
Note: Members from your group will still be able to see the logo in your profile.

You can also edit your public profile to prevent your groups from showing on your public profile. Check or uncheck the box next to Groups under the Additional Information section on the right side of the page.

Why do you want to change the visibility on your profile? If you are in job search it may be beneficial to hide job search groups from the prying eyes of recruiter and hiring manager.


You can control notifications sent after joining groups from the Groups, Companies & Applications tab on your Privacy & Settings page.
1. Move your cursor over your profile photo in the top right of your homepage and click Privacy & Settings. For security reasons, you may be prompted to sign in again.
2. Click Groups, Companies & Applications next to the gear icon on the left side of the page.
3. Click “Turn on/off notifications when joining groups”.
4. Uncheck the box and click Save Changes.

Here is a note from LinkedIn notifying you if you are in job search.

Note: You may want to turn this option off if you’re looking for a job and want to be more private about which groups you join.

So check out your settings on your profile to see if your privacy settings are set the way YOU want them! Let me know if you found this article useful. Please share it with others who you think might benefit from it.


Have You Ever Started a Group Discussion on LinkedIn?

When you use the groups feature of LinkedIn you’re posting your

content within a group is broadcast for other group members to see.

The higher your post quality, if you are relevant, and if you are helpful

to the group it will provide you the opportunity to become an authority

in your area of expertise. Authority will not come overnight, so you will

need to be patient and consistent to reach that goal.

To start a discussion go to the discussion tab at the top of the page. Then a discussion box will appear next to your

profile picture. Then begin typing your discussion. The title box will appear in gold and will allow you to write

a headline that includes 200 word limit. Below that is an add more details box which allows you to add several

hundred more characters. Below that box is a paper clip where you can attach a link.

So if you find an informational article in your expertise you can share it with the group. Go to the URL box at the

the top of page and copy the URL. Then go to your groups page and attach the link by clicking on the paper clip,

and paste the URL into the add a link box. That’s it. You have just shared your article and have started demonstrting

your expertise.

If you have a Twitter account you can check the box next to the blue Twitter bird and you can leverage two social

medias at one time.


Are you using LinkedIn Groups to follow the competition?

There are over 1,355,000 groups on LinkedIn to choose from. If you

are in business or sales, groups are one of the best sources for

reconnaissance about your competition.

Check out the profiles of people and companies that you are competing against.

How do you do that. Step one: find out the groups that your target is a member of. Join that group. Wait for group

manager’s approval, then look up the member under the member tab in the group. There are three links under each

members name; 1) the number of followers 2) follow, and 3) members activity.

So select follow. When you follow someone in a group that member is unaware that you are following them. LinkedIn

does not notify the member or update them. All of their updates are posted to your homepage. You will be able to keep

tabs on your competition, find out which groups they are joining, what meetings they are attending, and this way you

stay one step ahead of them.

If you no longer want to keep tabs on them , simply un-follow them in the group. Here is to following the competition

the right way.


Have you joined 45 or more LinkedIn groups? Yes, I know you will receive 45 or more emails,

BUT, with that many groups you will be able to market yourself in front of 10,000’s or millions

of LinkedIn connections depending upon the size of the groups you are in. The benefit for you

being in those groups is you will be able to message members of the group without being

connected to them. The groups will enable you ask people to connect because you are mutually connected through the group.

You will also be able to follow those that don’t or won’t connect with you.

There are over 1,250,000 groups on LinkedIn. Which ones do you choose? Do you choose the specialty groups that are the mainstay

of your job? Or, do you choose groups that your customers or target companies are in? Are you in to sports, collecting, or writing

books, well you have your choice.

You can even start your own group. The advantage of your own group is the access to

emails of the group members. If you want to send a message to all the members it

gives you an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and expertise. But the

I think the best part of groups is that you can showcase your profile to a vast

variety of connections on LinkedIn. And the reason only 45 groups. That is so if there is a connection you want to follow or send a

message this will allow you to join a group they are in.

Enjoy all of your groups.