Never share the LinkedIn password to your premium LinkedIn account unless you first verify the references of the person/business with whom you intend to share access. Period.
Here’s the scenario …
You hire a $3/hr contractor on Fiverr or Updesk (or wherever) to do your LinkedIn social media marketing because your buddy at some sporting event told you they did it with their LinkedIn account and got “LOTS OF LEADS”.
You go to sleep thinking your ever-so-trustworthy contractor will have nearly a day’s work completed by the time you wake up. Woot Woot!
What you didn’t consider is that the cheap contractor you hired, whose references you didn’t bother to check btw, now has the ability to login to your LinkedIn account (after you grant them access), and do whateverthehell they like!
That’s my word. I invented it! LOL
‘Whateverthehell’ includes placing non-refundable LinkedIn ads that can be displayed to literally millions of viewers in a matter of hours and cost you THOUSANDS of dollars. Remember, LinkedIn ads generally cost over $2/click. It only takes 1000 clicks to run up a bill of over $2,000!
OR worse, they order ads by the impression and bid high ($50/1000). LinkedIn will easily display 100,000+ impressions overnight leaving you with a non-refundable charge of over $5,000 on your credit card by the time you wake up!
Think it’s hard to get clicks on an ad? Think again. Conversions are hard. Clicks are easy!
Over 51% of readers click on the example ad you just read in this article. In fact, it received such a high click-through-rate (CTR), we stopped tracking it after the first 48 hours of publication.
Ads can generate LOTS of clicks! And, once delivered, you have a better chance of winning the lottery twice in the same day than you do of getting a refund from LinkedIn. Not saying it can’t happen (because it has). It’s just not very likely.
Your conversation with the LinkedIn Help Center Brain Trust (HCBT) will go something like this …
You: “May I have a refund?”
LinkedIn HCBT: “No.”
You: “May I have a refund please?”
LinkedIn HCBT: “No.”
You: “Pretty please?”
LinkedIn HCBT: “Ahhhh … No.”
Keep in mind, LinkedIn is protected in a variety of ways from being required to give you a refund of any kind …
LinkedIn Premium Refund Policy
“… all fees and charges are nonrefundable …”
The LinkedIn User Agreement
Since the LinkedIn UA clearly states that we should “… not share an account with anyone else …”, allowing a 3rd party to login to your LinkedIn account can be construed as a violation of this agreement. Violate the UA and any chance of a refund goes out the window.
LinkedIn Ads, Job Ads, InMail, etc.
When you open a LinkedIn premium account, you are required to connect a form of payment (credit card) which allows one-click or two-click upgrades for add-on purchases of additional potentially expensive features – e.g., InMail, Display Ads, Job Ads, Sales Navigator Premium.
LinkedIn also has additional refund policy stipulations for Ads, Job Ads, InMail, etc. which all basically amount to … wait for it … no refunds!
Remember, verify your contractor’s references before you hire them to work on your premium LinkedIn account. It can save you lots of headaches and a tidy sum.
Most are actively engaged on LinkedIn, and will be thrilled to hear from you. Just connect on LinkedIn to see their full profiles with complete contact information.
And, if you view our contractor ratings on platforms like Upwork (formerly oDesk), and Elance, you’ll find more stars waiting! Enjoy.