There are some basic steps to expanding your LinkedIn Network.  First click on the <My Network> link (shown below.

LinkedIn My Network

LinkedIn My Network

This opens this page:

Your LinkedIn Connections Page

Your LinkedIn Connections Page

On the right is displayed outstanding invitations (note, I choose to leave them rather than click on ignore). You may have overlooked a connection request or missed the notification so I would take the time to review.

Below that section are “People you may know” who are 2nd level connections. Occasionally I review the “People you may know” to see if a picture or a name pop out at me as I scroll down.

When you click on he < Continue > link on the left sidebar, this page opens to reveal another display of “Connect with people you know on LinkedIn”.

Connect with people you know on LinkedIn

Connect with people you know on LinkedIn

Other ways to expand your connections include:

  • Importing your email lists (below).
  • Connecting with alumni which is the easiest connection you can make! (See below following importing emails.)
  • Joining Groups (see my Groups discussion for details) and enter the conversation.

Import Your Email Lists to LinkedIn

I refer back to the left sidebar on the image above.  When you click on < More options > this page opens:

I do not suggest opening up your email account to LinkedIn. They will send emails to the entire list. I know that personally since I made that mistake!

Instead export your emails to a .csv file.  Pick the business contacts you wish to connect with and eliminate contacts you do not.  LinkedIn wants only three columns of data (see below):  First Name, Last Name, and E-mail Address – labeled as shown.

 

 

Then follow the instructions once the file is uploaded.

Connect With Alumni On LinkedIn

Go to your alumni page (only good for schools you list on your profile as attended) to reveal:

Connect with Alumni on LinkedIn

Connect with Alumni on LinkedIn

 

Notice the various filters (where they live, or work and what they do; next screen: studies, skills, how you are connected) you can sort. Another great feature is the ability to change to similar schools and be able to look their their alumni

The next way to expand your network rapidly is to join LinkedIn Groups.

LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

Last edited June 22, 2017