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

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Consulting, Dear Sandy, strategy | 0 comments

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


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. :-)



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Now you can publish a professional blog on LinkedIn too!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Consulting, marketing, resources, strategy | 0 comments

You’re invited! And you’re invited! Yes, you’re invited too!

You're invited! And you're invited! Yes, you're invited too! #LinkedIn has opened the floodgates & you too can now PLOG!

You can get my help getting started, just click this image!

It’s true! Congratulations just might be in order because the word on the street is that LinkedIn has opened the floodgates, and if you’re a LinkedIn member, you can most likely get a professional blog (plog) on LinkedIn like mine!

Here’s the post I wrote a few weeks ago about getting into the Beta and here’s the latest scoop straight from LinkedIn’s Help Center:

If you’ve been given publishing capabilities, you can start writing directly from your LinkedIn homepage.

  1. In the Share an update box on your LinkedIn homepage, click the Edit icon. This takes you to the writing tool.
  2. Write your post. To include visuals:
    • Click the camera icon in the tools panel on the right.
    • Click Browse in the box that appears.
    • Select the file you’d like to upload and click Submit.
  3. Click Publish, Save, or Preview in the lower right.
  4. Click Close in the lower left to leave the writing tool.

Learn more about LinkedIn’s publishing platform and if you don’t appear to have the ability to start publishing, you can apply, but be prepared to share links to professional content you already have published online somewhere. Please note:  LinkedIn Influencer is something different and is invite-only.

And, I’m excited to announce, if you’d like to hire me to get you started publishing your own professional blog on LinkedIn, check out my new Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn program today!

Are you going to participate? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below.

P.S. To receive my posts as they’re published on LinkedIn, just check out my latest post and then click the yellow Find the yellow Follow button to get my posts on LinkedInbutton when you get there. Thanks and please let me know if I help!

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Are you ready to become an influencer on LinkedIn?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Consulting, strategy | 0 comments

Recently, LinkedIn officially announced LinkedIn Publisher and is eventually making the possibility of becoming an “influencer” (of sorts) available to all members with an itch to blog, share their stories, inspire others, and, well, become content curators for their topic(s) of choice. Mine, for example, are networking as part of your marketing strategy, maximizing LinkedIn and professional/personal branding in today’s social world.

Do you have it in you to become an  influencer on LinkedIn? 

Today, LinkedIn’s Influencer Program already has 500+ participants, and about 25K beta testers (like me). However, with the introduction and rollout of LinkedIn Publisher, every single member of LinkedIn will soon have the potential to become an “influencer” on the platform too.

Some background

Blog publishing platforms, such as BlogHer, Tumblr, WordPress, Project Eve, Technorati, and others, are already in the content-sharing/blog-hosting business and have been around for years making most of their money from advertising on their platforms.

And now that LinkedIn is making their LinkedIn Publisher program available to everyone, each member will be able to publish their own content and demonstrate their thought leadership on this highly-trafficked social networking platform.

More background

Up until this point, most people would embed media into their profiles (PDFs, SlideShares, etc), or used their own blogs and then shared (hopefully) relevant content to establish themselves as content curators and experts in their chosen topic areas. And when it came to their blogs, people had them hosted elsewhere and readers had to leave the LinkedIn site to go read the posts they shared, but now with Publisher, readers can stay within in the LinkedIn environment and authors can get the analytics needed to track their progress around boosting their personal/professional brand and establishing their expertise with a wider audience.

I got lucky

So, I applied for early access to Publisher and couldn’t believe my luck when I found this email when I went to my inbox:

LinkedIn Influencer program welcome email

And here’s what was on my Home page when I opened up LinkedIn on my laptop this morning:

home page message about getting invited to the Influencer program

You can get lucky too!

You, like everyone else, will soon get access to Publisher. Just watch for the box above to appear on your home page, and if I were you, I’d start working on that ideal first post now. That way, you’ll be ready to post when you get the “You’re invited to publish…” box.

That being said, I’m excited to share my first official post as an influencer on LinkedIn! Here’s what it looks like over there:

My first post on LinkedIn's Publisher Program as an Influencer

Then, here’s how it will show up on your LinkedIn Profile page (and now we know why they disabled our posts from appearing in the main feed for awhile!):

LinkedIn influencer 1st post on Sandy's profile


Are you going to participate when the time comes? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below. Want my help getting started? Check out this PAGE to learn more!

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5 Most Popular Posts of 2013: LinkedIn Tips and more

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Consulting, strategy | 0 comments

Well, 2013 is almost a wrap and, to sum up a pretty great year, I’m sharing my top 5 articles/posts of 2013. You loved (and shared) them the first time, so here they are one more time — I hope you enjoy!

Wishing you a very happy 2014!Happy, Happy New Year!

  1. 10 of My Favorite Quotes About Networking
  2. 7 Savvy Networking Tips
  3. The 10 Things I Do on LinkedIn Each and Every Week
  4. 3 Simple Steps to Get Started With a Company Page on LinkedIn
  5. 3 Things You Should Do On LinkedIn Sooner Rather Than Later

P.S. Last chance to take advantage of $50 off 2013 prices for a 2 hr personalized Boost Your Brand on LinkedIn session. Click here to secure this special pricing!

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Even Al Roker Gets Overwhelmed By LinkedIn

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Consulting, strategy | 0 comments

It’s true. Even Al Roker, the weatherman for NBC’s TODAY show, gets overwhelmed by LinkedIn.

Actually, on Dec 11, 2013, and during the very chatty 3rd hour of TODAY, a segment aired about the most overused words on LinkedIn. And in it, he shared that he finds LinkedIn “annoying” and “overused.” [VIDEO]

To be exact, first, he said he found the unsolicited invites from people he knew annoying and that they should just call him. And then, after Natalie (Morales) was finally able to read the list of the words in question, he piped in again saying he had another word to describe LinkedIn and it was, “really annoying.”

Being the super fan/user of LinkedIn that I am, I couldn’t believe it! Did he really not know that he could change his Settings to control the Communications within and from LinkedIn?  I sent out a tweet soon after hearing his negative critique of the world’s most popular business networking platform. Truth is, I was a bit stunned by the intensity of his disdain for LinkedIn in general and that he’d somewhat trash a public company so, um, publicly.

To my surprise, he (or one of his minions) replied to my tweet a few days later on Fri, Dec 13th, and then I replied to his tweet with a marked-up screen grab showing how he could change his settings (below, for convenience):

SandyJK schools Al Roker on his LinkedIn Settings

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LinkedIn Settings to control invites

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I also found some interesting tweets about it from Dec 12th:

A few tweets about Al Roker's LinkedIn blast

What do you think? Did he overdo it or is he just a n00b and without a clear understanding of how he can manage his presence on the platform? Do you think I should offer to appear on the show and give him a LinkedIn Hacks session? (I’m all in!)

Please copy, paste and tweet this if you think I should pitch them:

@TODAYshow you need to invite “LinkedIn Ninja” @sandyjk on to do a #LinkedIn Hacks session w/ @alroker She can definitely help him!

Or, just click the text below and a tweet (that you can still edit) will be generated for you!

Tweet: @TODAYshow you need to invite “LinkedIn Ninja” @sandyjk on to do a #LinkedIn Hacks session w/ @alroker She can definitely help him!

Please let me know if you have any questions about these Settings or want to take advantage of my Dec ’13 promotion to save $50 on a 2 hr personalized LinkedIn learning session with yours truly. We can focus on your profile, Settings, Company Page or even Groups, whatever you’d like.

Here’s the link to secure the special pricing today!

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Time for Your Leave Behind List for 2013

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in strategy | 0 comments

It’s officially time to start making a list of the things you’d like to leave behind in 2013!

As I shared a few years ago, my husband and I adopted a very helpful year-end tradition that has proven to be both effective and fun.

For us, and other folks that aren’t fans of a new years resolution list, making a list of the things we’d like to leave behind from 2013 allows us to create space for the things we really want to have in our lives in the New Year.

We usually start our lists over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and then add to them up until New Year’s Eve. We’re a little late getting our lists started this year, but there’s still plenty of time!

Burn your leave behind list in a bonfire this year!One note to the newbies, be sure you can print your leave behind list, and then late on Dec 31st, say a little “goodbye” to your entire list and do something dramatic with it like burn it in your fireplace, flush it down the toilet, tear it up and bury it in the sand at the beach or in the dirt in the woods or somewhere other than your backyard (it’ll still be “around” if you do that).

And in case you need an example, I’ve decided to share some things from mine below.

Some of my “left behinds” from prior lists:

Feeling obligated to do things that I just don’t feel 100% good or positive about

Driving instead of riding my bike to do local errands

Vampires (“…people that feed on negativity, on shooting down ideas and most of all, on extinguishing your desire to make things better.” For more on this see Seth Godin’s recent post.)

Buying things that we can easily just borrow from others

My sweet tooth

Hit and runs (read more about this in my book)

Hope these give you a sense of some things that might be worth leaving behind and you consider giving a list like this a try for 2013. :-)

Wishing you a very happy 2014!Enjoy the holidays and here’s to a very HAPPY 2014!

P.S. I couldn’t come up with a decent rhyme for this year, but if you can, please feel free to share it in Comments.

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