One way to build your LinkedIn network is to send out invitations to everyone you meet, speak to and do business with. This works really well, until you run out of invites to send out. LinkedIn allows you to send out 3,000 invites. If you have used them all, you have 3 options.
This article outlines the three ways you can continue to grow your network after you run out of invitations to send out.
Most people have to learn the hard way that the limitation for the number of invites you send sent out on LinkedIn is 3000. Luckily, there are a few ways to get more invites, even if you have already reached the limit here are your options:
1. Withdraw Requests From Your Sent Box
This is a manual process and takes quite a bit of time. However, it’s worth it to “free up” those invitations that aren’t being accepted.
To do this: Go to Contacts > My Connections. Then at the bottom right hand corner of your connections box, you’ll see a link for “unsent invitations”. Click on the subject line of any invitations that have not been accepted and that are more than 1 month old. You can then “withdraw” the invite and thereby add them back into your pool. Do not Delete as that does not Withdraw. You have to do this manually – tedious, I know.
2. Contact LinkedIn Customer Support To Request More.
This can take up to 2 – 3 days if your not a premium account holder. Duncan Work from LinkedIn explained this really well on Dave Taylor’s Blog:
Here’s an explanation of LinkedIn’s policies regarding invitation limits for those who haven’t seen them before.
3. Ask Other People To Invite You
It’s not as effective as sending an invitation to connect, since it’s not as easy to just “accept”, but it’s still better than nothing. You can ask people to send you an invitation to connect and provide them with your LinkedIn link and email address. A few places you could add this to are your out going emails, on your business cards, and on your website.
Do Not Spam
Do not use these tips to start spamming other LinkedIn members. As always, when sending invitations to other people, make sure your first intention is to build a relationship and offer something of value.
In any case, be a little cautious with your invites since you only have so many, and LinkedIn is constantly changing their policy regarding invites!