My latest Linkedin experience

Last Update: January 05, 2016

This is my first blog in the new year. I wish everyone at WA a happy new year that filled with joy, prosperity and of course, wealth.

I just wanna write out the acquaintance I got before the holiday which I hope, can be helpful to other members to this direction.

Over the past 12 years as Linkedin member, I've expanded my network to more than 3000 connections. Frankly, when I say connection, the only time when we were really "connected" was the moment we first connected. The relation remain dormant thereafter. Until I joined WA last summer and attended the courses conducted by Kyle, "traffic" became a word that cross my mind daily. From the blog posts of other members, I could see that obtaining fresh new generic traffic is not an easy task at all. I thought may be it is easier to target people I already know online as a foundation of initial traffic. So I thought of Linkedin.

Two weeks before Christmas two weeks ago I started to send out season's greeting emails to my connections, one by one, through Linkedin platform. My motive of doing so was to really establish and strengthen the connection to these people who had trusted me and accepted my invitation to connect (at least I'm not a nasty guys in their mind).

However, after I sent the first few ten messages, I received a very "friendly" message from Linkedin, advising me of their suspicion that I was conducting some kind of commercial activities and halted my further action.

So I then turned to my Outlook inbox and dug out from old emails in the past 5 years that advised me every of my successful connection. From there I sent each of my connections separate email of season's greeting.

This went on smoothly until X'mas eve. This time Linkedin sent me a message of more severe wording, warning that my account might have either been hacked or that I might be doing something out of their legal boundary. Honestly, I did nothing but just open up the "View profile" icon available on the email that they previously sent to me.

I've filed a service request ticket with them and stressing my bona fide purpose of the above act and waiting for their feedback. Hopefully this can be sorted out soon. Meanwhile I have voluntarily suspended my access to my Linkedin account.

Nevertheless, I'm pleased with the result of my exercise. I've got at least 200 friendly reply and greeting back from this batch and I'm sure I have promoted my personal image amongst my contacts.

Here I have a little suggestion to those fellow WA members who are also on Linkedin. Please treasure every single connections you get. Once you receive email advising successful connection or accept invitation to connect, make sure you reply them with a nice note of appreciation and more importantly, record down their contact info separately. This is because you never know what will happen. During my exercise, I found that a few of my connections (so called LION who have tens of thousands of connection) had been expelled by Linkedin.

Hope this helped and welcome suggestion from my WA friends here.

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JudeP Premium
Thank you :)
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AlexEvans Premium
Thank you for sharing your insights with us, as marketers we need to be constantly up with the play. Really appreciate your post.
Alexander
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chengckalex Premium
You're welcome. Would you kindly add me to your Linkedin connections (I've been forbidden by Linkedin to add friendly freely). My profile is : https://cn.linkedin.com/in/chengalexander

Thanks.
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Buddle Premium
Thanks, Cheng. I do know that these Social Media sites are becoming more and more anti commercial promotion. If you send out more than X amount of posts/ messages to people at once.
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chengckalex Premium
From the commercial point of view, it is reasonable for them to protect their investment. But so is it for us as start-up.
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Buddle Premium
You are so right
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paulgoodwin Premium
Very strange as I have been with LI for the past two years and same as you started to post my stuff two months ago but never had a letter of complaint still early days yet!!!
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chengckalex Premium
Paul. Posting is different as long as you meet their standard. But I think they are scaring me of approaching all my contacts (they do have a limit on the number of contacts you can view regardless of the total number of contact you have.

Would you kindly add me to your Linkedin connections (I've been forbidden by Linkedin to add friendly freely). My profile is : https://cn.linkedin.com/in/chengalexander

Thanks.
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PIOFJR Premium
Thanks for sharing and advice.
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