4 Warning Signs You’re a Linkedin Connection Whore

Since I do a lot of business via Linkedin I am always looking at how people use Linkedin.

One of the things I always find fascinating is how people connect on Linkedin.

I have seen some brilliant strategies for connecting. I have seen some okay strategies. And I have seen some really BAD strategies.

The worst strategies for connecting are usually deployed by folks I call“Connection Whores.”

Hopefully, you’re not in this group…but just in case, here are some warning signsyou can use to check and make sure.

Warning sign #1: You’re always the one asking to connect and you ask everybody!

The problem with this situation is that your profile has no attractor factorsmaking people seek you out and ask to connect.

You may have a “good” profile, but it’s not compelling, so even when people accept your invitation to connect they are not excited about it.

That means they are not excited about you!

You solution is to revamp your profile so that when people see it they are intrigued enough to check it out and then interested enough to ask YOU to connect with THEM.

Warning sign #2: You display how many connections you have in your Profile Headline!

The problem here is that you think how many connections you have is impressive…and it IS impressive…to other desperate Linkedin users who also believe this misguided idea!

It is a good thing to have more and more connections on Linkedin, but…

Never mistake quantity for quality.

The solution is to ask yourself who exactly you thought you were impressing with your ‘connection count?’

And IF that is the kind of person you want to connect with, THEN figure out what really DOES impress them and put THAT in your headline instead.

Warning sign #3: You think offering new connections access to your old connections is valuable to them!

This one isn’t so much of a “problem” as it is just kind of dumb.

This offer usually appears at the end of the first email contact you send out to a new connection.

You have nothing to offer them and no real reason to connect deeper (like having a call or something) but you want them to feel like you’re potentially valuable, so you say something like “Please look over my connections, and if there is anyone you want to connect with just let me know.”

Seriously, who is going to spend hours looking at YOUR connections?

Even YOU don’t do that!

Your solution is to find a REAL reason to connect deeper with someone (to set up a call or a meeting) or to just not connect at all.

Warning sign #4: You say in your Headline or Summary that you will accept ALL connection requests!

The problem here is probably pretty obvious by now, but just to make sure you understand the issue let me spell it out for you.

You’re telling the world you have NO standards!

Even the worst restaurant in the world still has a sign that says “No shoes, no shirt, no service.”

You have to have SOME criteria.

The solution here is simple, stop auto-accepting everyone!

Evaluate the profile of everyone who asks to connect with you and if you don’t think you can be of use to each other then DON”T accept the connection.

I hope you got a few chuckles and a few insights.

Happy connecting!