How To Get More Invites

Get More Invites:  Click the “More” Tab and choose “Learning Center”.  On the left you will see a link for “Customer Service”.  You will get a search box at the top of the next screen.  Search for “Invitation Limits”.  Click the link that says “Invitation limits and increases”.  On the next screen you will see a link that says “Contact Us”.  Click it.  Fill in the information requested and write a nice note about how you are enjoying LinkedIn and really want to connect more.  In a short time if you have been good you should get a note back saying you have 3,000 more invite when you get that notification it’s a wonderful surprise, just like your Christmas stocking on Christmas morning.

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I have a pretty big network. I have never been able to get any leads nor have I never been able to generate any business.

I always am honored when someone asks me a question like this.  I am curious about how many connections you have?  If you go to the home page on your profile on the right it shows how many people viewed your profile.  Click on it and see who’s viewed it and on the right of the next page it will show the number of weekly views.  On average how many is that?  There’s a little link above the charge to see the weekly times you show up in search what’s that say on average?

For now, go look at your profile.  This is a big mistake we all make in the beginning with LI.  Are you applying for a job or trying to attract customers?  Because I bet if you thought I was a potential customer you would not tell me any of that stuff in the first five minutes of our conversation would you?  Wouldn’t you tell me all the benefits of a new system, well hopefully you’d spend most the time letting me tell you what was wrong with my system now.  On a profile you don’t get that opportunity so you just talk about me me me me.  Because you know Louie that is all your customers really care about.  In one part I saw four or six things you offer.  I would make a current position for each of those and talk about how I can benefit from seamless data storage or whatever.  Throw in a success story or two of typical customers.

Let me know the numbers and I will look again tomorrow.  Take your time on the profile thing.  I built mine over six months and I had the stuff written for my website.  I keep changing it too.  Just get started that’s all.

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If You Have Skills Listed Are You Showing How Skilled You Are?

Here’s the discovery I had recently It is classic about what I have been thinking of, what are the outer limits of LI.  What is it that we don’t know about LI that could benefit us?  When you are on the edit skills page there’s a box to type in the skill.  Under that are the skills you have listed.  If you put your cursor on one skill and left click you can choose your proficiency, and how long you have been doing it.  If you do this it does something.  When someone is on your profile if their cursor goes over a skill a window pops up with the skill and a message that says, “Ray is an Expert, 20+ Years Experience.”  How cool is that?  Well probably not that cool because no one knows to put their cursor on your skills.  Still it could happen.  I am going to work on updating my skill page.

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I had 39 listed, and I needed to add some. I got either bold, or stupid, and started typing whole sentences, and then 2, 3, and 4 sentences. It seemed not to prohibit me, until I reached the end, and pressed save, and I had to delete them all. So…how many characters can you have in each skill?

Thank you so much, this is a great question and a classic example of networking and how I discover stuff for my blog post.  In fact it will be a blog post and I am also copying another LI connect because I was talking to her earlier about a similar issue- your question led me to something I don’t think either of us knew.

To answer your question, I did some testing on a testing profile I have set up.  And first I will say that I didn’t have a clue you could even write something I thought you had to pick from the LI provided list.  So you knew something I didn’t.  I went to the section where you enter skills and sure enough you can make up your own professions.  I think 70 characters is about the max.  What I found is, whatever you write, it has to fit on one line.  If it takes more than one line it didn’t work for me.  So if you keep it to around 70 characters I think you are good.  I also found I could delete one if it was too long and not lose the rest.  I saved after I added one.

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I tried to delete groups I don’t like, followed the instructions that I got from LinkedIn, and it doesn’t work.

How to Leave a Group:

On the groups tab chose “Your Groups” and click on the group you want to leave.

In the group pick the “More” tab and click “Settings”.

On the bottom right pick “Leave Group”.

That’s all, simple and easy.   If you ever have any questions about things like that just let me know.  I don’t know everything but I have a lot and if you ask a question like this it will end up as a blog post in a few weeks so it helps me.  If it is important to you, it is important to my other connects.

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I still don’t get how LI could actually guarantee a response. I have sent really important messages (at least to me) and have not gotten a response back from the recipient, neither via LI nor as a response to the email

Yes perhaps bad wording on LI’s part.  What they mean is if you don’t get a response you get to recycle the InMail.  When you think about it LI can’t force you and I to respond to a stranger’s mail right?  But there may be something else going on with your InMail.  I just used my last InMail for a day so I can’t give exact details.

There is something called an “InMail score”.  LI describes it a little different than this.  From my experience you have to send some InMails that people open and do not give you a negative response.  Once you get some of those you get stars.  You can see the stars at the bottom of the InMail.  I am pretty sure if you do not see stars on the bottom of an InMail you are about to send, it is sent to the LI account but there is no email notification.  Probably most LI members are not on LI everyday.  If there is no email notification very low chance you will get read.

I sent InMails for months before I realized this and got scored.  So how do you get an InMail score?  Like I said you have to send InMails to people who are not connections and get them to open them.  The way I did that is to send InMail to members of open networking groups inviting them to connect with me.  After a while I got some stars.  LOL.  I think my InMails get read now.  Still a low response.  It’s hard to measure because I now use InMails to send a welcome to new members in my area.  I haven’t really tracked how effective this is.  I just know I do get some local connects that do not have many connects so I believe some of the InMails are getting read.

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Also, in regards to ignored InMail, doesn’t LI guarantee a response?

Yes and you almost never get a response.  People read the InMails, they just don’t respond in a way that uses the InMail up.  I think what happens is the recipient gets an email that tells the InMail content.  So they respond to the email.  This works great because you get to recycle the InMails.  The way it works, you can usually send 70-75 InMails a week when LI allows you 25 per month.

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When someone does IDK you, does LI let you know?

Yes, LI knows and when you get enough, no telling how many that is. but when you hit that point LI puts you on restriction.  That means you cannot send any invites unless you have the person’s email.  The first time this happens you can just go to the customer service page and promise to be better to get it lifted.  I have been on restriction several times.  After the first time you have to email customer service and be remorseful.  After the first couple times I pretty much knew what happened so I will write and say something like, “I really screwed the pooch this time I was trying this… and got IDK’ed, can you lift it?  I promise never ever to try that again.”  So far it has worked.

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, How do you handle people that just don’t reply to invites or InMail? You never know if they’re just too busy and somehow missed your message or it’s their way of rejecting your invite without hitting the IDK button.

I get a little bugged about this too.  I looked at my acceptance rate it was about 2/3rds.  I think, though, I am not sure some people I invited didn’t have many connections and maybe they don’t use LI or they got tired of it.  Others may be too busy or are in open networking groups to find specific open networkers.  Could be a dozen reasons I suppose.  Recently I have been only sending invites people who have at least 500 connects and are in open networking groups.  I think the connection rate is higher but not more than 80% or so.  I like inviting people with fewer connections too but I am trying to figure a way to do it without wasting invites on people who don’t respond.

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Hi Ray, this is a powerful way to build your connections. Just a question, what is IDK?

That is such a great question.  When I first joined open networking groups I saw all these posts that said, “I will never IDK you”.  I put in a couple posts that said, “I can’t IDK you I don’t even have a clue what it is.”  I realized later that IDK is short for “I don’t know.”  You might know that if you invite people and they don’t want to accept the invite LI makes it a little too easy to push this “I don’t know” button.  Get too many people doing that and it means you get put on restriction.  That means you can’t send an invite without an email address.  Usually you can get that restriction lifted but it is a pain.

Your question points out something I can’t understand, LI has a zillion cool things you can do with it but using it is for some reason a deep dark secret.  If you are interested you will find some other helpful information for using LI on my blog: www.LinkUpWithRay.wordpress.com.  You can also access the blog from my LI profile.

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Security Checks

It happens to me that after I get a refill of invites I can send as many invites as I want in a day and do not have any issues.  After I get about half way through my allotment of invites I start getting security checks.  Security checks are a device I believe LI uses to slow down the invite process.  What happens is when the security checks kicks in every time you try to send an invite you have to type in a couple words.  You know those words that are hard to read. 

 

Each day if I try to send more than 80 invites when I hit 80 or 85 the security checks kick in and mostly this is not an issue because sending 80 invites takes more time than I will most nights.  Once I hit that 80 mark I am done because typing the security checks really slows me down. 

What I do to make sure I can maximize my invites in a day is I keep a spreadsheet open.  Any potential invites that have their email address visible I copy and paste it to the spreadsheet.  If I hit the security checks I can also just paste those 10-20 extra email addresses I collected. 

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