How You Can Get 500+ LinkedIn Connections In 3 Weeks
According to LinkedIn, people with over 30 contacts show up 75% more often than those who have fewer connections. Simply stated, more contacts generate more leads and more profile exposure.
Whether you are utilizing LinkedIn to promote your business, keep tabs on the competition or find that perfect job, reaching 500+ is worth your time.
Having a complete profile is critical to gaining connections. A profile must have, for example, a profile photo. Unlike Facebook, a LinkedIn profile photo should be a professional head shot, not a cropped picture of you at the beach with your kids. LinkedIn also suggests that you have at least 3 recommendations. It's also recommended that you complete the Skills section of your profile and have those that know you endorse your skills.
To increase my overall web exposure, I decided to set a goal of 500+ contacts and 10 recommendations in approximately 3 weeks. This goal, I knew, was going to take a concerted effort on my behalf. My primary goal for networking with people on LinkedIn was to build relationships and generate business leads. Adding contact names so quickly is somewhat counterintuitive, however, with the efforts that I was applying in order to make my deadline, I was, in fact, able to connect with people in a meaningful way, learning about them, their purpose for using LinkedIn and making further introductions.
Creating a 100% LinkedIn Profile Will Help You Reach 500+ Connections Quickly.
Before you set your own LinkedIn goal, I think that it's important to understand WHY you wish to connect with people. When I first created my profile, I had a variety of reasons that I wanted certain connections. I wanted to stay in touch with several of my former colleagues, as well as, to stay alert to the developments in my field. It was important for me to build relationships with people in my community and I was looking for new employment opportunities. I also have an eCommerce business and I wanted to connect with people from around the world.
Perhaps your desire to connect with people is to introduce your business. In that case, you may decide to connect with marketing specialists and brand managers. If your business is selling specialty food items, you may also want to connect with freelance writers and cooks who can help you with your new food blog. Whatever your reasons, don't limit yourself. You never know when someone will be able to help you or, better yet, when you will be able to offer help to someone else.
Connecting with former friends and classmates is one of the easier methods to gaining contact momentum. Simply click onto the LinkedIn Contacts button. Your educational institutions will appear. Click on a school and begin finding people that you'd like to re-connect with.
Connect With Former Friends And Classmates
Groups is one of my favorite tools on LinkedIn. Because I am using LinkedIn for a myriad of reasons, as I've already expressed, I have joined a variety of groups.
By joining a group, you have an opportunity to meet and connect with people that share in your interests. For example, I am very interested in learning everything there is to know about social media. I joined the group Social Media Today. As a former chef, I have a desire to write a cookbook one day, therefore, I joined Cookbook Writers.
There are hundreds of groups to join, but you can also create a group. I wanted a forum where local people could exchange their thoughts regarding thyroid cancer, so I created the group New Hampshire Thyroid Cancer Network. LinkedIn allows it's members to join 50 groups. I know that may seem like a lot, but I would recommend joining no less than 20 in order for you to reach your initial 500+ goal. You will be able to ask other group members to be a part of your network and you can also withdraw from a group at any time. So there really is no downside to joining.
By Joining LinkedIn Groups You Can Meet People With Similar Interests.
Simple Steps To Get 500+ Contacts:
✓Import your email contacts
✓Search for former classmates and colleagues
✓Ask people to connect with you using your Facebook page, website or blog✓Click on "expand your network" button and add friends, business partners and open networkers
✓Join the LinkedIn Groups that you are interested in and begin posting content
✓Update your profile with helpful articles which will be seen on the HOME page
Begin A Dialogue By Asking Questions.
Building your network quickly is work, but once you have reached your goal maintaining your LinkedIn presence becomes easier and requires less time. Consistency is key, however.
Become An Involved LinkedIn Member
Sending Multiple Invitations: Here is where you can ask people to join your network without emailing them individually.
In addition to asking people to connect with you, you are creating your personal brand. By participating in discussions and offering insight, people begin to learn more about you and what you can offer. Once you become a familiar voice, people will send invitations to connect with you. Because I had establish an aggressive timeline for my goal, I joined 46 groups. Each day, I would comment on posts and begin several new discussions. I created a few polls to generate a dialogue and I asked questions so that I could offer my professional expertise on certain subjects. The more my fellow LinkedIn users noticed me and my contributions, the more invitations that I received.