Who’s viewed my LinkedIn Profile? How Can I Remain Anonymous on LinkedIn?
May 16, 2011
Even though I am a LinkedIn Profile Writer, I do spend time on Facebook. It’s my guilty pleasure! One of the things that I often see are spammy links deposited on my Facebook wall that promise the ability to “see who has viewed your Facebook profile!” Apparently this is extremely tempting to people because they giddily click on the link only to find themselves in a rat’s nest of spam, viruses, and Trojan horses. I am going to let you in on a little secret… Facebook DOES NOT allow the ability to see who has viewed your profile. If you see a link promising that ability, run the other way!
ON THE OTHER HAND, LinkedIn allows you to spy on your profile readers! Yes, it’s true! You can see who has viewed your profile!!! Wait! Don’t get too excited. There is a caveat. In order for you to view your list of profile visitors, you must allow other people to view YOU. You see, LinkedIn has 3 visibility settings to choose from:
You can choose to remain totally anonymous
You can choose to remain slightly anonymous, only providing your industry and title
You can choose to divulge your name and headline
If you want to see who has viewed your profile, you must opt to divulge your name and headline… which is only fair! If you are one of those LinkedIn voyeurs who love to skulk around checking out profiles, you can always toggle your settings back and forth between anonymous and visible so you can experience the best of both worlds.
Most people have the Basic, free LinkedIn account. The Basic account allows you to see the last 5 viewers of your profile. If you want to see the full list of your stalkers, you must upgrade. Most people avoid the paid LinkedIn membership thinking it’s really expensive. LinkedIn actually has some cheaper plans they don’t tout such as the Personal Plus plan which is only 7.95/month if you pay it annually.
Okay, so now you have made yourself visible and you can see all the LinkedIn professionals checking YOU out… Did you know you also see how many people viewed your profile over the last 90 days AND how many times you appeared in search results?
These statistics are awesome because they allow you to see if you have a SUCCESSFUL profile. Let’s say you are appearing frequently in search results but you don’t have many profile views. This tells me you either do not have a good profile picture posted OR your headline isn’t compelling enough.
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