How to get 100,000 followers on LinkedIn!

Sounds difficult, right? But several users on LinkedIn have achieved this feat and continue to grow their followers at a frantic pace. For example, Oleg Vishnepolsky added 100,000 followers within a week doing simple things on LinkedIn! Adam Danyal and Brigette Hyacinth are two other great examples of power networkers who have gotten LinkedIn’s algorithm to work overtime!

Well, to be honest, not everyone will be able to achieve these numbers in a week, but you will definitely see a huge difference in your fan following on LinkedIn. Read on to know what you could do to see your LinkedIn follower numbers shoot up through the roof.

Focus on the basics

What was LinkedIn first created for? To help people network to find opportunities and hire the best people across the globe. This is what you need to do – focus on networking and recruitment. Oleg seems to have cracked the LinkedIn algorithm as he has seen his follower numbers cross a million! He has simple advice for aspiring networkers.

He says, “Be kind, helpful, humble, and honest. Help job seekers by liking and commenting on their posts, and referring them to recruiters. Let people know what you stand for in your writing. Remember to network, network, and network – that is what LinkedIn was built for.”

Hacking LinkedIn

What if I’m a job seeker?

If you’re looking for a job, mention that clearly on your LinkedIn profile. Remember to update your profile and mention all your accomplishments. Post on LinkedIn mentioning your desired position and geography, clearly define your aspirations, and tag someone with a lot of connections. One like or comment from the right person might just help your post reach not hundreds but thousands of people including potential employers.

I’m looking to employ someone

Post your requirements on LinkedIn and tag influencers like Oleg Vishnepolsky, Adam Danyal, Brigette Hyacinth, Minhaj Rais (yours truly! J), or anyone else you know who has a lot of connections on LinkedIn. Not everyone might respond well to you tagging them, but a lot of open-minded people might just help your post go viral.

With time, you’ll know who all respond to you tagging them. Also, remember to share/like/comment on a post if someone tags you – what goes around, comes around.

What if I’m marketing my products or services?

Again, focus on the basics – be humble and think about how you can help someone achieve their goals. Remember that LinkedIn has time and again proved to provide the best ROI for B2B marketing. So, you can hope for the best. Provide solutions and share valuable content on a regular basis.

Remember, the first few views are most important. If your network doesn’t like what you’ve posted, your post will be buried under a million other posts. Hence, figuring out the right people to tag is the key. Conversely, if the initial reaction to your post is good, the likes/comments will trigger LinkedIn’s algorithm to show your content to more and more people.

So, go ahead! Share this post via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other social media you like. You never know who you might inspire to change their life!

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How to expand your LinkedIn Network exponentially

If you’re looking to expand your professional network, LinkedIn is the place to be. LinkedIn has around 562+ Million members from across 200 countries and territories the world. What’s more? It is by far the most successful platform for generating B2B leads.

How big is your network?

Click this LinkedIn Search Link to get the size of your current 2nd degree network (works only on your desktop/laptop). Multiply the result by 100, to get a very rough estimate of your 3rd degree network size.

Why is it important to expand your network on LinkedIn?

Even though LinkedIn has 562M+ members, your search results are limited to only your network. What this means is that unless you search for a specific person by their name, your search results would only throw up people who are connected to you by at least 3rd degree on LinkedIn. Read this article to understand how LinkedIn defines various degrees of connections. So, your search results are quite limited unless your really expand your LinkedIn network.

Connect with LIONs

One of the best ways to get around this limitation and to expand your search is to connect with LIONs (LinkedIn Open Networkers) in your target geography. LIONs are people with a huge number of connections and who never refuse a connection request. For example, if you’re searching for leads/potential recruits in a certain country/region, the best bet is to first start off with searching for and connecting to LIONs in that region. What this does is that for every person you connect with, your network can grow by 1K to 100K people depending on how connected that person is. Hence, it is important to develop a strategy to ensure that your target audience/prospects are somehow connected to you at least by 3rd degree – else, they won’t be visible to you.

Join large industry groups

Another useful and quick fix to expand your network is to join large LinkedIn groups. The advantage with doing this is that all members of a group you join are considered part of your network because you’re both members of the same group.

Make the most of your Premium or Sales Navigator Account

In fact, even if you have a Premium or Sales Navigator account, you won’t see more names than those in your 3rd degree & Groups. The advantage of these paid accounts is that you get to shortlist the results with more filters. So, even with these paid accounts, to see more people, you must increase the size of your 3rd degree network!

Click this LinkedIn search link to find LIONS with large networks – each connection will get you roughly around 1M+ 3rd degree connections. Change “United States” in the filter on top to your target country if required.

That’s all for now! Keep watching this space for more useful tips to network on LinkedIn.

Finally, remember to share your feedback through the comments section below.

Looking for inspiration to start your own blog?

Feeling stuck with launching with your own blog? Looking for inspiration to showcase your talent to the world? Following some notable blogs can serve as a great inspiration. You also get to know some very useful tips and tricks to get off the block in great fashion.

What's stopping you

Seth Godin’s Blog: This is a personal favorite. Although the blog is largely focused on marketing and allied areas, Seth ensures that you don’t regret subscribing to his blog. He has a very refined approach and can more than help you build the vision for your product or service. You get to read one fresh blog post each day of the year, yet the quality of posts is simply amazing and gives marketeers and entrepreneurs a lot of food for thought.

Guy Kawasaki: If you have a vision but are still short of ideas on how to go about things, Guy is your go-to guy! He is a great social media influencer and thought leader. Once you subscribe to his blog, you just get hooked on to it. Just select any topic from about 20 topics under the “Categories” drop-down to read his blog posts on that topic. Just the sheer variety in his content will get you thinking about a whole new world of ideas. Also, not to forget – you can get some really practical and powerful social media tips from Guy.

Copyblogger: Now, to get down to something more hardcore and execution focused, Copyblogger fills in that space perfectly! Content marketing is the buzz word on the Internet in this day and age. If you’re looking for some rocking advice on content marketing, Copyblogger is the place to go. They also have a content marketing certification apart from the free content marketing training that they offer. As you will discover on the free course page, it’s not the usual dismal freebie to attract you to a more complete paid offering. You’ll simply appreciate what all you get just for registering with them. They have you covered on everything right from how to craft effective headlines to how to keep your audience engaged.

HubSpot’s Blog Ideas Generator: So, you have a vision, have been inspired, have learned a lot about the art and craft of blogging, and now just need to get going with your content. Also, occasionally, even the best of writers encounter what is popularly known as “the writer’s block.” This is when despite having the best talent, you just don’t seem to know where to start. Whatever be the case, HubSpot’s Blog Ideas Generator will help you craft your first headline and just get you going! You just enter five nouns and you get a week’s supply of blog ideas instantly for free!

Do you have any other excuse to stop you from getting started? Go full-speed ahead right now! Remember to share your views, ideas or suggestions using the comments box below.