If you use LinkedIn to build your profile, keep up with your existing connections and/or find and begin to build relationships with more of your ideal prospects then PLEASE implement the two steps below to make sure you’re as protected as you can be should you lose access to LinkedIn for any reason.
Last week, I went to log into LinkedIn and saw…
There was a blank screen.
I typed in the URL of another website and it popped up just fine.
So, I tried again.
I figured maybe they were having an issue with one of their servers, but the next morning it was the same story.
I asked my VA to see if she could log in as me.
Whenever she tried she got an error message. And to make things worse you couldn’t even see my profile if you tried to search Google.
I began to panic. Had I inadvertently deleted my profile? What was going on?
I’m not a LinkedIn addict but it is a really important tool for me. I use it to keep up with people and developments and ideas in professional services marketing. I manage a group. I use it as a way to share helpful content with my network and those in the same groups.
This was not good. My brilliant VA emailed LinkedIn on my behalf and they responded the same day (thanks LinkedIn) to ask me to check a few things on my computer and to show them what I was seeing. The upshot was it was an issue at their end and it got fixed within 48 hours.
But what if it hadn’t?
What would you do if this happened to you?
Two must do actions to protect yourself against losing your LinkedIn info
While you can’t totally protect yourself against losing info there are things you can do.
1. Copy your entire LinkedIn profile into a Word document and save it on your system. That includes testimonials, the skills you’ve listed, your headline, summary and so on. If you do ever need to recreate it (or even to adapt it) this will make the process much easier than starting again from scratch.
2. Export your LinkedIn contacts every couple of months (or more frequently depending on how many people you typically connect to each week) so that you still have their names and email addresses if LinkedIn does go down. To do so:
- Hover over the ‘Network’ tab and select ‘Contacts’. if it’s the first time you’ve done so you will need to click the yellow ‘get started’ button to launch the feature.
- Click the settings button on the top right hand side of the Contacts header. It looks a bit like a steering wheel
- Select ‘Export LinkedIn Connections’ on the right hand side of the page (under the Advanced Settings header).
- Choose where you want to export them to. I use Outlook so select Microsoft Outlook .CSV file. Then press Export Contacts.
- Complete the security check and press Continue.
- That’s it. You should see the download in your downloads folder.
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