Using Google to Find Connections

By: Viveka Friday April 1, 2016 comments Tags: Viveka von Rosen, LinkedIn Connections, LinkedIn and Google, Finding connections

What to do when LinkedIn won't give you a Name!


Occasionally, we have to go beyond LinkedIn to find the names of our connections, and one of the first tools you can use to find the name of a "LinkedIn Member" is Google!

Google Site Search

For example - when looking for the marketing people over at Zulily with a free account - LinkedIn gave me a few folk''s first name and last initial, and several "LinkedIn Member" results (inviting me to upgrade to see more). In order to see the first and last name of a prospect - I either have to have a paid account - or use the following "Google Hack"

The search is very simple.

Type “Site:” in the search bar on Google. Then, in quotation marks, add who you are looking for, or if you have a search already on LinkedIn, whatever you can "salvage" from your LinkedIn search results.

Now I can click on the public profile URL that will let me see the person's websites, possibly their Twitter handle, maybe even their groups and interests.  In some cases I get access to their whole profile!  With a little more digging I can probably find a way to reach out to that individual (see

While I am a big fan of LinkedIn's premium account ( ), this little trick will get you the results you need - without the monetary investment!

What are your favorite LinkedIn "hack"?


About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter.  Forbes has listed her as a top social media influencer for three years running, and she has been cited in Ragan, CNN, Forbes, Mashable, Simple Living, Bloomberg, LinkedIn's Small Business Site and "The Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner!

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