LinkedIn is a very interesting social networking site. Many users say they only want to connect with people in their closed network, but unless that network is big enough, the benefits of using LinkedIn to find and be found become minimal. On the other hand, I find many users who don’t care about acquiring LinkedIn connections often talk about how many they have as an indication of how active they are on the site. So, you’re probably wondering how many LinkedIn connections should I have?
My answer, short and simple, looks like this, but keep reading as to my reasoning for a fuller understanding:
How Many LinkedIn Connections Should I Have? Your Age x 10
Note that the number and partial concept comes from one of my favorite Seth Godin blog posts, First, Organize 1000.
Everyone’s network size and participation on LinkedIn will be the result of a number of varying factors. But, if you think about my advice, and if you also consider how to network on LinkedIn, isn’t it a reasonable goal to meet and potentially link up with 10 to 20 new people each year through networking events? Even if you’re fresh out of college with few professional connections, I believe the calculation that I propose is reasonable. And if you’re a true networker, you can easily meet 10 to 20 people in a month or even a week! I have networking events where I meet several people I want to connect with in a single day.
It really comes down to internalizing the following habitual processes of these LinkedIn best practices if you want to increase your LinkedIn connections:
- doing a LinkedIn people search every once in awhile to see if any new LinkedIn members that are synched with your contacts or went to the same school with you / worked at the same company appear
- religiously send out connections requests the day you meet new people
- add your LinkedIn URL to your email signature and business card
Any other habits you would recommend above and beyond my own?
If you could put a calculation as to how many connections one should have a goal for, what would you recommend? Looking forward to everyone’s input!