Little did he know that the seemingly innocuous act of just logging in would lead to the imminent death of his LinkedIn account.
He could not have known that the LinkedIn Police were watching his every move until he heard the deafening silence of their virtual shout,
“No LinkedIn For You!”
If you access a flagged LinkedIn account from any device, you should know that you are under surveillance. Then presume “they are out to get you”.
– Excerpt from
LinkedIn Account UnRestricted v3.0 (©2017)
Sound a little paranoid? Keep reading …
Many of the nearly half billion people who use LinkedIn don’t even know that LinkedIn account restriction exists until it’s too late. LinkedIn knowledge equals LinkedIn power, so if you’ve never heard of the LinkedIn Trust & Safety Group (aka: ‘The LinkedIn Police’), Linkedin bots or the LinkedIn account status called ‘LinkedIn Hi Restricted’, hopefully what you’re about to read will help spare you from ever having to experience that pain.
Top-10 Tips To Avoid LinkedIn Account Restriction
- Stop Scraping LinkedIn – If you think this statement is extreme, check out the criminal lawsuit LinkedIn filed against 100 scrapers earlier this year where LinkedIn charges the scrapers with hacking — a criminal offense.
– see LinkedIn sues anonymous data scrapers (TechCrunch)
- Protect Your Connections From Transfer – Transferring your connections to another service (e.g., email service) is a very fast way to get your LinkedIn account not only restricted, but permanently terminated.
- Stop Sending SPAM To LinkedIn Members – Most of us just use the LinkedIn ‘Leave The Conversation’ feature when we receive those tacky mass messages, but LinkedIn doesn’t stop there. Over the past few months we’ve seen nearly all of these SPAM messages simply vanish from InBoxes after a few days along with the LinkedIn account holders who sent them. Nice one LinkedIn.
- Keep Confidential Information Confidential – Basically, LinkedIn ain’t no WikiLeaks. LOL If you want to flex your whistleblower muscles, you should probably pick a safer outlet.
- Use Your Real Profile Photo – Using a fake profile photo these days is basically a waste of time since we can now easily check the net for similar images by using Google’s powerful ‘Search for images with reverse image search‘ feature. Besides, there are waaay better ways to make yourself look good on LinkedIn.
– see How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile For Searcher Intent (2016)
- Use Your Real Name – No business names or fake names on your profile please.
- License Copyrighted Material Before Posting – This includes images. LinkedIn has an easy process in the LinkedIn Help Center for reporting copyright violations, and usually honors DMCA Takedown requests quickly. So if you steal content and post it on LinkedIn, don’t be surprised if it suddenly vanishes along with your access.
Falsely accused of violating a copyright on LinkedIn? Submit a Counter-Notice from the same LinkedIn Copyright Policy page. (Access to LinkedIn not required)
- No Pre-Teens – While most pre-teens could care less about your LinkedIn account, they may encounter age-inappropriate material on the platform if you give them the ‘keys’. And LinkedIn will immediately restrict your account (to protect themselves) if your youngster makes their presence known.
– see LinkedIn Dating … Still Going Strong In 2016
- Limit Who You Allow To Access Your LinkedIn Account – Sometimes the need arises to have someone access your LinkedIn account (e.g., secretary, husband/wife, assistant, etc.). Just make sure your ‘proxy’ knows the rules.
– see 5 Steps To UnRestrict Your LinkedIn Account
And you know the risks.
– see Never Share Your LinkedIn Password
- Merge Multiple LinkedIn Accounts – Your LinkedIn account ranks higher in Google search than just about any other term related to your name. Having more than one LinkedIn account makes finding you more difficult for searchers (i.e., customers, recruiters, employers). Just ask LinkedIn to merge your multiple accounts for you, or delete duplicate accounts yourself using the ‘Close Account’ option under settings.
Just because LinkedIn hasn’t restricted your account yet for doing any of the items shown above, doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t at some point in the future.
As an added note, LinkedIn rarely gives refunds. In fact, if you get your account terminated after having paid for a LinkedIn annual plan, you should not expect a refund.
We’re LinkedIn marketers too, so you won’t find any of the typical ‘only invite people you know‘ yada … yada … yada on our list. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. LOL
Despite LinkedIn’s huge effort to dissuade us, the fact remains that the more quality connections you have in your LinkedIn network, the more effective your marketing reach will be on the platform.
Just keep in mind that, in addition to job posts, LinkedIn makes money charging us to reach people other than our 1st‑degree connections by using targeted text ads, display ads, InMail, sponsored updates and more. That being said, LinkedIn may (at their sole discretion) restrict your ability to reach even your direct connections.
This means, once your account is flagged for any infraction attracting attention from the LinkedIn Police, you may find that even your 1st‑degree connections are no longer being notified about your new LinkedIn posts, updates, or profile activities. Actually, the real problem is you won’t know unless one of your 1st‑degree connections points it out to you because LinkedIn will not notify you of this change to your account.
Q: But wait. How will my 1st‑degree connections even know to point this out if they don’t even know that I posted anything?
A: Good question. They won’t. (facepalm)
Think about it …
If LinkedIn allows the option to ‘unfollow’ activities performed by your 1st‑degree connections, they can easily force those same restrictions against your account at will.
Make these mistakes and ‘No LinkedIn for you’ … Not that there’s anything wrong with that.