Low-Quality LinkedIn connections are sorta like fast-food – ‘really easy to come by’, but not very good for you.
Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of invitations from low-quality LinkedIn connections. At times more than 20 low-quality LinkedIn invitations appear for each good one.
After refusing literally 1000’s, and with 100’s sitting in my inbox at any given time, I’ve found a few basic patterns of connection invitation crappiness that are fairly easy to spot. Use these tell-tale signs to avoid OVER 50% of all low-quality LinkedIn connections without ever opening their profile.
- Connections With Whom You Share Lots Of Connections But Don’t Know – If you have many (>100) connections in common with someone who’s invited you to connect, yet you don’t know them, think twice before connecting. Most likely just another ‘open networker’ with little regard for connection quality.
- Connections From Countries With Whom You Don’t Wish To Do Business – Totally a personal choice, but one that can save you 100’s of wasted connections who simply want to scrape your list of LinkedIn connections.
- Connections With Stock Profile Photos or Business Logos – Guaranteed either fake or spammers. Simply right-click on the photo to perform a Google search for similar images. Most stock images show in the first few results. Sometimes, you’ll even see different names associated with the same stock image.
- Young Cute Girls Or Guys With Seemingly Huge Job Titles At Big Companies – Now this is a tricky one because savvy recruiters have long known the value of hiring young, smart & beautiful people as a strategy to attract other young smart & beautiful people. On average, beautiful people are about 20% more likely to get an interview, job or promotion. – Google Search: beautiful people employment advantage Spammers know this and use similar techniques to attract new connections by using incomplete or fake profiles with beautiful photos to attract connections.
- Connections With No Profile Photo – Either inexperienced LinkedIn members, members with incomplete profiles, or fake profiles made by spammers.
- LION – Once a useful tool to circumvent LinkedIn’s bogus ‘Connect Only With Those You Know’ rule, unfortunately the use of LION (the acronym for LinkedIn Open Networker) has become a tell-tale sign of careless networkers who connect based on quantity with little regard for connection quality.