A couple of weeks ago LinkedIn announced that it’s opening its blogging platform to all users.
This provides a HUGE opportunity for professionals who post helpful, authentic original content.
What’s LinkedIn doing?
Over the coming weeks and months LinkedIn is rolling out its publishing platform (i.e. the place where Influencers currently post) to all members. You’ll know you have it when you see the pencil edit icon within your ‘Share an update’ box on your homepage.
What does this mean?
Once you’ve got the feature you’ll have the potential to reach more of the people you wish to by sharing helpful, relevant and inspiring content.
Think about it.
If your content hits the mark then people it would currently be difficult to reach will share it with their networks. And they will choose to follow you on LinkedIn.
There could be a snowball effect.
This does assume people will use the feature selectively. LinkedIn’s put up some great guidelines within its Help Center that you should check out. These explain what to do and what not to do.
Putting up your latest PR piece will undermine the feature and it will be hard for other members to sort the wheat from the chaff.
So, please only post content that is genuinely going to be of interest or helpful to other LinkedIn members.
How will your posts be distributed?
I’ve paraphrased the below from the LinkedIn Help Center:
- All of these posts will be public so can be found by people not on LinkedIn.
- They will be shared with your connections and followers through their newsfeeds.
- Posts will be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, directly below the top section, which contains your photo and headline.
- Interactions such as likes, comments and shares will help distribute your content beyond your immediate network.
- LinkedIn may also distribute your posts independently as part of aggregated ‘best of LinkedIn’ content.
- Your posts can be found in an Articles search on LinkedIn.
You can also share your posts via other social networks, email, on your website and so on.
If you put together original content, you should seriously consider whether it would be worth posting this directly on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn says, “You can republish something that you have published somewhere else as long as it is your original content that you own the rights to.”
You know all those great blog posts you’ve compiled? Why don’t you take a look through them, work out which resonated most with your audience and, if they fit LinkedIn’s best practices, re-post them there.
You wouldn’t want to use LinkedIn in place of your blog because your blog is easily searchable, gives people an instant feel for you, helps you get found and is under your control…but it’s definitely another tool you can use to disseminate your best content.
LinkedIn hasn’t been specific about when the feature will roll out to everyone but you can apply for early access.
I will be.
What do you think of this development? How else do you think it will benefit professionals?