25 Things That Make You Look Dumb On LinkedIn

Comments: 26

  • Lin Sheffield says:

    So you’re saying we SHOULD ask our connections for endorsements & recommendations? I’ve avoided doing this b/c I thought I’d look desperate! btw thanks for your succinct tips!

    • Lin, I would recommend asking only your closest connections for endorsements and recommendations. Like you said, you don’t want to come across as desperate. Be selective and you’ll get some really great endorsements and recommendations!

      Thanks so much for reading Lin and I’m so happy you liked our tips!

    • Fred Swan says:

      Thanks fr the tips. I now need to add my photo and keep up with my inbox. Unfortunately I have a face for radio.
      New user to Linked in and needed the info

  • Ryan says:

    I am guilty of #7. I suppose you could combine #7 and #16 and kill 2 birds with one stone?

  • Ryan, writing a personalized note on your invitations to connect can go a long way. Give it a try next time and see if it helps. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for reading Ryan!

  • As usual, Donna – you nailed it. Keep timely pieces like this coming!

  • 9.Not proofreading your posts;
    True,this is a great advice.
    I like to add to it;for creative people who
    want to share their thoughts,and lack the
    “Perfect English” ..I want to say;don’t let that stop you
    From contributing ..improve your language,
    No one is perfect ..keep contributing.

  • I can’t agree with not endorsing people back. A few years ago, I was happy to write a recommendation for a connection, however the endorsing thing is seriously out of control. I am constantly being endorsed for skills by people who have no idea whether I can do them or not. It’s weird and makes the whole “endorsement” thing redundant. That said, perhaps if I was a little more discerning with who I connect to, this might not be a problem.

  • I’d include “Hunting down someone you only vaguely know and adding them.” It’s a bit creepy. I’ve also, recently, had a number of people trying to add me with no profile picture, or explanation as to why they want to add you. “Spam” is what I think there.

    Still, LinkedIn is a service I only rarely visit. I’ve yet to find it of any real use.

  • Larry Meadows says:

    If “Not having a profile photo” is so important that it is number 2 on your list, why don’t you follow through on the importance of the profile photo by including one in your author profile? Perhaps you really don’t believe it’s that important?

  • Laura Smith-Proulx says:

    Great article!

    However, #14 isn’t quite accurate. Your Public Profile (and URL) have nothing to do with your visibility inside the site, but are related to whether your Profile comes up in Google / Yahoo searches OUTSIDE LinkedIn.

    Once a Profile is created, it’s 100% “public” and viewable by all LinkedIn users, all the time. Any user can see it as long as they’re either connected to you (1st or 2nd degree connections), or if they have a Premium account.

    There is nothing you can do to keep your Profile hidden, but as the rest of your article states, there are many ways to miss out on the networking opportunities it affords.

    Kind regards,


  • Valuable ready reference, helpful in improving overall linkedin experience!

  • I definitely agree with this article… It looks really dodgy and inappropriate for people to have unprofessional profile pictures on Linkedin!

  • Thanks for the tips. Always great to learn more.

  • Kristin says:

    I’d also add not spamming people with big mail-out emails on linkedin. It’s annoying, rude and makes me want to block people who do it. Social media is about connection (including LinkedIn) and sending generic info to a jumbo list shows you seriously don’t get what social is all about. Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.

  • Judy says:

    I like this article. A new Linkedin user needs to know these points. I have to say I found 2 really good groups in LinkedIn that I can relate to as a rural small business. There is so much potential for growth as a community and building relationships with like minded people. You definitely don’t want to be creepy, desperate, or lazy.

  • Crack that whip! Yikes! I can see how this list can be a little intimidating for newbies, but I think tackling one at a time might be worthwhile at the end. As for the rest of us (the cool kids) there is always room for improvement. Thanks for this list now I shall share it with my friends to shame them on their subpar performance on LInkedIn (just kidding I’m here to train not shame) :)

  • Marilyn King says:

    These are great! Steve Lowisz recently wrote about LinkedIn LIES to watch out for – thought I’d share!


  • Kennedy N. Njamba says:

    Waal, this was wonderful. I wish the article was available the time I was introduced to join LinkenIn, it would have made a big difference. Wisdom comes handy, as it is packaged in smaller units at a time – for an impact that lasts a life time! 25 tips at a go, then the brain selects what tip is befitting at any appropriate time! Thanks a lot!

  • Kai Lorenz says:

    Great post. Very helpful and pragmatic.

  • Carol Livingston says:

    What about people who endorse me for things I do not do. Some of my contacts have good intention, but now my endorsements do not match my skill set. Is there a way to fix that?

  • sue monaghan says:

    Very interesting read, Thank you

  • Terry Warren says:

    If one of the big “no-nos” is failing to have a profile picture, why does the author of this article not have a picture?

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