LinkedIn is a powerful career & sales tool because it helps us make connections and build relationships with people that evolve into job or sales opportunities. Through LinkedIn we’re able to build professional credibility with complete strangers by posting insightful content, receiving endorsements and personal recommendations from colleagues, engaging online, publishing personal blogs and crafting our profile pages in a way that showcases our abilities and or value we bring to our buyers. Indeed, millions of people turn to LinkedIn to learn about other people’s backgrounds and to get reliable information about businesses and other organizations.
Although we invest considerable time and care into updating and polishing our LinkedIn pages—both our individual page and our business pages—virtually no one thinks to create a backup of this content. But there are two main reasons we absolutely should be backing up our LinkedIn accounts on a regular basis:
- Hackers can take control of your accounts: If a hacker takes control of your LinkedIn accounts, you may never be able to regain control of your accounts—and it may not be worth it anyway if all of your personal information, connections, and endorsements get erased or replaced.
You violated their Terms
- You’re not supposed to invite people you don’t know to join your network: If you’re trying to build up your personal network or make contact with specific people, you probably will ask people you’ve never met to be part of your LinkedIn network. Although users do it all the time, it’s technically a violation of LinkedIn’s user agreement.
- You’re not supposed to upload profile photos that aren’t of you: Not everyone feels comfortable uploading a classic head-and-shoulders shot to LinkedIn. It’s not uncommon to find very non-standard photos on LinkedIn, such as symbols, logos, cartoons, and images that convey political or social messages. However, you’re only allowed to upload traditional head-and-shoulders photos that are your likeness. Here is a great article to help you with your picture problem.
- You’re not supposed to include information that’s not asked for: LinkedIn profiles are made up of a series of sections that require you to input specific information. If you put the wrong information in the wrong box, such as web links and non-relevant promotional material, you could be in violation of LinkedIn’s user agreement.
- You’re not supposed to copy and/or plagiarize someone else’s work: As much as you may want to use a portion of someone else’s text for your own profile, if someone complains you could unknowingly be in violation of LinkedIn’s user agreement.
How to Backup your LinkedIn Account in the New User Interface
Backing up your profile on a routine MONTHLY basis is, fortunately, a piece of cake. You can manually copy and paste all of your text into a separate text file, or you can take screenshots of your pages. Or go the easy way! As LinkedIn also offers us the ability to create a free backup at any time of all of our LinkedIn data, posts, and connections; you save this backup file to your own hard drive. Simply go to request a data archive:
- Click the “Me” icon at top of your LinkedIn homepage.
- Click “Settings & Privacy.”
- On the Account tab under Basics, click “Change” next to Getting an archive of your data.
Note: You may be prompted to sign in.
- This will take you to the “Request your data archive” page.
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