5 Stupid Ways to Get Banned from LinkedIn [the Brutal Truth]

Banned from LinkedIn #1 – Create Fake LinkedIn Profiles

Create a fake profile using someone else’s identity or lie about who you are, where you work and where you studied. Heck, why not try to use someone else’s profile while you’re at it.

It’s only a cybercrime, what’s the worst that can happen?

If that doesn’t do it for you, try creating a personal profile for your brand. Sure, LinkedIn has dedicated Company Pages for brands, but who care?

I can image how cool your company’s personal profile is going to look. First name Awesome, surname Cosmetics. Which gender are you going to make your company assume? Oh, don’t forget to add the name of the university where brand studied and your company’s current employer. This is so much fun, isn’t it? It’s almost as though your brand is a real person.

Unfortunately, the chances of LinkedIn banning you from these violations are slim. How about we increase the odds by exploring other ways to violate the User Agreement?

Banned from LinkedIn #2 – Send 100+ LinkedIn Connections Every Week

The days of SPAMMING people with mass messages and getting away with it are far from over.

If you’re doing this, stop!  You are hurting your brand reputation- not to mention putting all that social capital at risk you’ve built over the years.

Adapt or die as they say.

If you’re looking for a new way to network on LinkedIn watch one of my earlier (Michael Moynahan) YouTube videos on LinkedIn Networking 101.

By using that strategy alone I’ve built strategic partnerships with some amazing people, and it’s also been a small residual income stream assuming your content is top quality.

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Banned from LinkedIn #3 – Set off your LinkedIn Prospect’s “B.S.” Meter

Listen, people are starving for genuine engagement these days and can smell B.S. from a mile away.

A great way to get banned from LinkedIn is by pitching before any trust is built!

On average, you have just 8 seconds to grab a prospects attention and keep them engaged.

Do you think talking about yourself in those 8 seconds with an automated message is the best way to go about it?

Ask an honest question.  More manual work.  Make it more personal.  Put some thought into your positioning.  Watch your conversions skyrocket.


Banned from LinkedIn #4 – Share “Politically Charged” Content

From LinkedIn via Buzzfeed: 

“While most of our members do not share political content, we do believe that high quality discourse that is relevant to our purpose, to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce, has a place on our platform,” Nicole Leverich, a LinkedIn spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News. “However, any form of abusive behavior does not. This includes behavior such as harassment of others or sharing of inaccurate or misleading content.”

In my experience, politically charged content doesn’t make it very far with regards to reach.  Why take the risk, why do it, etc etc.

Banned from LinkedIn #4 – General Spammy Stuff

According to LinkedIn, this refers to abusive, harmful, or disruptive messages and content. We encourage you to flag any content you see on LinkedIn as abusive or disruptive.

For me, this is the “Dear Sir or Madam, I see you need SEO very very bad.  You’re website looks very very bad  I fix only pay for results!” type messages.

Reporting Spam

If you see content that violates our User Agreement, you can let us know by using the report option on our site. Your report will remain confidential.

More information on spam and how to report spam can be found here.

Examples of Spam?

Click here to see examples of spam.

Looking for more LinkedIn Resources to See if You’re at Risk of Getting Banned on LinkedIn?

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