LinkedIn Confusion: Who’s Viewed Your Profile?

Many people are very curious about who has viewed their Profile on LinkedIn.
On the Home page there is a link (at the right hand side): “Who’s viewed my profile”. When you click on this link with the number (e.g. 12) and message “Your profile has been viewed by 12 people in the past day”, you will see an overview of the last 5 people who actually visited your LinkedIn profile recently. And their Profile on LinkedIn.

Many times you don’t see a name, but something like “Someone in the Executive Leadership function in the Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry from the London area, United Kingdom”.If we ask the participants in our workshops or presentations what they think that needs to be done to see the name, 80% of them answers: upgrade your account.However, this isNOTcorrect!At the bottom of the page you see “Upgrade your account to see the full list of who’s viewed your profile”.You have to interpret this very literally: instead of the 5 people you see with your basic (free) account, you then see all 12 of them. However you will not see the names!Why?

LinkedIn is very sensitive about privacy. However most people don’t know they can finetune what others see about them and how LinkedIn can work best for them.

In this case, the clue is in the Settings page (you will find the link on top of each page via the small arrow next to your name) and then “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile” under Privacy Controls.

Only when someone has selected “Your name and headline” you will see who they are.

Another misperception is that when you click a link like “Someone in the Executive Leadership function in the Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry from the London area, United Kingdom”, the first one in the list is the one who has visited your profile. This is NOT true! It can be anyone from the list!

Conclusion: even if you upgrade your account you will never see who has viewed your Profile unless they changed it themselves.

 

 

To your success,

Bert Verdonck
LinkedIn Expert | Speaker | Trainer | Mentor

PS: more tips can be found in “Chapter 20: Little Known, But Interesting Features and Behavior of LinkedIn” via the bestselling book “How to REALLY use LinkedIn” (a FREE download is available at www.reallyconnect.com).

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