"Sandy is a Linkedin Ninja. I thought I knew a lot about LinkedIn, but Sandy takes Linkedin to a whole new level. She gave me personalized recommendations and tips that are very valuable."

Author and LinkedIn trainer Sandy Jones-Kaminski of Bella Domain Media provides social and professional networking consultation, event speaking engagements, in addition to content marketing, personal branding and related books.

Publishing and Professional Blogging on LinkedIn

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Consulting, marketing

Are you ready to become a master at publishing on LinkedIn?

Did you get the green light to start publishing a professional blog (aka, plog) on LinkedIn, but are not all sure where to start?

If you see a little pencil it means you're ready to roll!

If you see a little pencil in your status update box it means you’ve been green-lighted to start publishing on LinkedIn!

If you said “yes” to at least one of these questions, then you probably have these questions as well:

  • What should I write about?
  • What should I avoid writing about?
  • What are some tips for producing great content?
  • What exactly is an “authentic voice?”
  • What are the rights and responsibilities for posts I write?
  • What’s an editorial calendar and do I need one?
  • How do I find images for my posts?
  • Can I include a video within my post and how do I do that?
  • How do I ensure I’m getting the max number of eyeballs on my posts I can?
  • Do I have to start tweeting now?
Boy, you sure do have a lot questions! However, the good news is I can help you get answers to all these questions and get you started on your path to personal branding nirvana.
After launching my “plog” on LinkedIn on March 6, 2014, and then posting 6 times, I had over 1300 Followers to it!
Today, with 10 posts (so far), my posts have been seen almost 17,500 times and counting! That’s a lot of eyeballs which means I’ve expanded my reach and grown my network exponentially in just a few months.
Just 3 of my well-received posts on LinkedIn!
So, to get YOU started, I’m now offering a complete Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn 2-part program for only $995. You can either Prepay $495 here to get started, or contact me directly to learn more and request an invoice be sent to you. Then, you’ll receive a second invoice for the remaining portion after we complete the first part of the program. Once I receive your payment, I’ll send you a link to schedule part one of your program and off we’ll go!
Isn’t it time to strengthen your professional reputation and extend your reach? You bet it is, so let’s get started!
LinkedIn Publisher intro

Strengthen your professional reputation and extend your reach by publishing on LinkedIn!

Note: Only 5 new publishers-in-training will be accepted into this initial program for August, so don’t drag your feet. Plus, as we get closer to Q4, this special price will increase, so get your payment in and secure your 1st learning session scheduled today!

 

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How to Block Someone on LinkedIn: Go Away Already, or Maybe Don’t

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Consulting, Dear Sandy, strategy

Something appears to be in the air because I’ve been asked this question a few times this month:

How can I block someone that I’ve already removed as a connection on LinkedIn, but still keeps annoying me with invitations to connect, group invites and other such things? 

Meet Mercury, blame him

Mercury

Is Mercury in retrograde? Perhaps. However, I’d  rather not go into some of the reasons these folks gave for wanting to take things to that extreme (I was able to get at least one person to rethink it), so I decided to just go ahead and share what LinkedIn provides as a “Member Blocking Overview” in this post.

I strongly recommend, though, that you consider simply limiting people’s access to you. Perhaps one (or more) of these options could be a better choice for your situation (btw, all links below go to content within LinkedIn’s Help Center):

Member Blocking – Overview

When you block a member on LinkedIn, here’s what will happen:

  • You won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn
  • You won’t be able to message each other on LinkedIn
  • If you’re connected, you won’t be connected anymore
  • We’ll remove any endorsements and recommendations from that member
  • You won’t see each other in your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”
  • We’ll stop suggesting you to each other in features such as “People You May Know” and “People also Viewed”

LinkedIn will not notify the person that you blocked them, and only you will be able to unblock the member.

Blocking behavior is mutual for you and the person you block. Once you block someone, you won’t be able to view their profile information, see content they have shared, see them in your Who’s Viewed Your Profile, or send communications to them while signed in on LinkedIn either.

Please note the following regarding blocking:

  • Blocking doesn’t apply to information you have made public, such as your public profile, content posted in public (open) group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on Influencer posts. You can always review your public profile settings to change how you appear in public search engines.
  • Mutual connections that you share with someone you’ve blocked, may re-share content created by the person you’ve blocked into your stream. You can choose to hide these updates from your stream.
  • There is not a way to block anonymous viewers of your profile at this time.
  • Blocking isn’t supported between a group member and a group manager.
    • If you’d like to block a manager of a group you belong to, you will need to leave the group first, and then block that person.
    • If you’d like to block a member of a group you manage, you will need to remove that member from the group and then block that person.
  • Contact records that have been stored or saved locally to your device need to be removed manually.
  • If you’re accessing LinkedIn via a mobile device, you could see cached data regarding the blocked member’s profile. To refresh your cache, login and log out of your LinkedIn mobile applications.
  • If you’re using 3rd party applications that leverage LinkedIn’s APIs you could see cached data of a blocked member on those applications. If that occurs, you’ll want to contact the application for instructions on removing that cached data.
  • Blocking doesn’t currently apply to mobile, SlideShare, and LinkedIn Pulse.
  • Blocking doesn’t work within LinkedIn Intro, which was shut down as of March 7, 2014.

Please let me know if I can help you with this issue or if none of the above sounds like the best solution for your situation. And if you’re in need of some expert assistance with leveraging LinkedIn as a tool for business or career, be sure to contact me.

P.S. I checked; Mercury IS in retrograde. June 7 – July 2. :-)

Image: almanac.com

 

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