Published by Travis Lee Street on Sunday, September 1st, 2013 in Inbound Marketing, Technology
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Recently I’ve been trying to get in touch with some new press contacts for my fashion sales alerts company  Shop Of Me and no matter what I always find myself being redirected back to LinkedIn. With 238 million professional members (and some not so professional ) its no wonder that, to find some decent (up-to-date) contact info, this is the network to do it.

But the biggest problem with LinkedIn’s paid subscriptions is that they’re, well, expensive. And as you know, I’m a huge proponent of paying for seriously useful software that saves you time so you can use that extra time for better things. But with these hacks there’s really no way I can justify paying for a subscription to LinkedIn month in and month out.

Scenario 1 – You want to see who’ve viewed your profile

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One of the benefits of the paid account (even the cheapest Personal Plus plan that starts at £7.20 a month) is that you can unlock your ‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ list and see how they found you. This feature is pretty cool but unnecessary with this hack and a little common sense. First off, ignore the little box at the bottom of the ‘who’s viewed your profile’ page that says “Want to see the list of 160 members that viewed your profile in the last 90 days” and don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, because all you need to do is check this page everyday.

Woah now, there’s no way I’m going to remember to do that!

I hear you. But there’s a few web pages that you should be checking everyday anyway, and so what better way to stay on top of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, your SEO software, Hootsuite, and all those other important pages then setting them as ‘startup pages’ on your browser?

What I mean is – everyday my PC starts up and I load Chrome and about 13 webpages pop up automatically. I go through each one in turn, get my morning routine out of the way, get clued up on the world and get on with my work. Yes, this is the simplest hack ever but it is awesome.

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Scenario 2 – You want to message someone you’re not connected to

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LinkedIn allows you to contact people who are up to 2nd connections. Anyone outside of this magic number you either have to have their email in the first place to connect with (that’s no help here) or send them an ‘inmail’ – of which you get zero per month unless you upgrade. But I believe that since we’re all six degrees away from Kevin Bacon anyway, no one should have to pay for the opportunity to email anyone.

So how can you get in touch with someone that’s a few measly degrees away from you without their email or paying? Simple, just follow these steps

  1. Check out what groups they’re a member of on their profile
  2. Apply to one or more of these groups
  3. Wait for acceptance / get accepted
  4. Click on the members tab in the group
  5. Search for them
  6. Find the person you want and hover over their name – you now have an option to ‘send message’
  7. Feel superior and super sneaky

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Scenario 3 – You really need the cheap ‘Personal Plan’ but can’t find it

Someone got in touch with you and you seriously can’t remember their name and there’s a job on the line or its an emergency or something. Fair enough. Then buy the persona plan which which gives you 3 inmails and use it for a month and the ability see who’s viewed your profile over the past 90 days for a month (just make sure to cancel it after you’ve done your business).

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But you’ve been looking for ages and can only find the more expensive ‘Business’, ‘Business Plus’ and ‘Executive’ plans. That’s because LinkedIn has hidden the cheap plan from you. Here’s how to find it:

  1. Click the LinkedIn logo to go ‘home’
  2. Click in the right-hand sidebar ‘Your profile has been viewed by XX people in the past XX days.’
  3.  Click the yellow ‘upgrade’ button on that page
  4. Enjoy

Got anymore LinkedIn hacks? Share them in the comments.

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