Are you ignoring your "Contact Settings" on LinkedIn?

By: Viveka Friday September 10, 2010 comments Tags: LinkedIn Tips, Optimizing LinkedIn, Contact Settings

Poor old Contact Settings.  Relegated to the bottom of your profile.  Oft ignored.  But did you know that with a few minor tweaks, Contact Settings can make your profile exponentially more accessible on LinkedIn?

The trick is adding your contact information (an email address or phone number) to this section  usually found at the bottom of your profile.  once you do that, your contact information becomes exposed to your entire network - not just your first level of connections.

I know this will make some people nervous.  I have almost 19 million people in my network, I've had my contact info in this section for years, and I rarely get unsolicited spam as a result.

Caveat:  The more you expose yourself on Social Media, the more exposed you are to people who might abuse the system.

You can alway create a "Social  Media email account" that you use strictly for your social media communications:

  • Keep your social media and "real" email separate

  • Build your lists

  • "Throw away" option if your account gets usurped or 'phished'

That should keep you relatively safe.

Are you a visual learner?  Take a look at these two videos to learn how to better expose yourself with this undiscovered LinkedIn Real Estate!

Expose yourself!

Valuable Real Estate!
My friend Donna Gilliland form MOSTraining recently recorded  this brief video to show you how to fully utilize LinkedIn Contact Settings' real estate and how to re-order your Contact Settings so that the section is more greatly highlighted in your LinkedIn Profile


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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