The LinkedIn homepage. Are you ready for a tour?
There is so much you can do to further your B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Consumer) goals using the LinkedIn homepage.
Many social media sites exist and the number of new social media sites keeps growing. However, not too many of them are meant for professional networking.
That is the beauty of LinkedIn. This professional network varies from other social media sites since LinkedIn is the most popular website that functions to boost your brand, your network, and your career.
I bet you’re wondering why you should familiarize yourself with the LinkedIn homepage.
LinkedIn has over 250 million active monthly users. These are not all job seekers.
LinkedIn is THE social sharing platform for organizational content.
Hand over business cards to virtual connections via LinkedIn and raise awareness of your brand.
If you’re ready to further your brand’s reach, interest prospects, and generate income, let’s dive right in.
What is LinkedIn?
People ask if LinkedIn is a social media site.
Let’s look at the criteria for a social media platform:
On a social media site:
- Users can interact.
- You can post content such as photos, videos, and text.
- Users can reshare other people’s posts.
- You can confirm or deny a connection.
LinkedIn offers all these activities. Therefore, LinkedIn is definitely a social media site.
LinkedIn is a social media site for business people.
Knowing how to use the LinkedIn homepage will help you reap the many benefits of using LinkedIn.
Let’s get started by answering the questions people ask about the LinkedIn homepage.
People ask, “What is LinkedIn homepage,” “What is LinkedIn home page,” and “What is homepage on LinkedIn?”
What is the LinkedIn Homepage?
The LinkedIn homepage is the hub for the rest of the network. You navigate your way around LinkedIn from the LinkedIn homepage.
From this hub, you can access your settings, your groups, current relevant articles, and everything else you need to succeed on LinkedIn.
Since your activities on LinkedIn start from the LinkedIn homepage, understanding how to use this center of navigation is pivotal.
When you first go to LinkedIn.com, you see the LinkedIn homepage.
Here is the LinkedIn homepage link. You need to make an account before you can see the LinkedIn homepage.
How to Use the LinkedIn Homepage:
When you click Home, you see this on your LinkedIn homepage:
Parts of the LinkedIn Homepage
- Your profile. Complete your LinkedIn profile. Research states this is a must. I completed my profile and my following on LinkedIn increased. Profile hack: I read if you change your profile every few months, you’ll start getting noticed at LinkedIn. I changed my profile over the summer. Before the end of summer, many people contacted me about financial opportunities and branding opportunities.
Give great thought to how you word your profile. When people search words that describe you, your profile will come up.
For example, people read I was a blogger and offered to guest post and asked me to guest post. Someone saw I was a speaker and author and asked to interview me on the radio.
Make sure you include a link to your website in your bio.
2. Content promotion. Promoting on LinkedIn is easy. Simply copy-paste the web content you want to promote in the “Start a post” box. Remember to add the link to your post. You don’t need to limit your content to promotional text. You can post videos or any kind of media. In addition, you can post milestones or your company’s offers. Use hashtags so people can find your content. LinkedIn will suggest hashtags for you to use. Note: IFTTT (If This, Then That) will publish your posts onto LinkedIn for you. IFTTT is a free app that makes connections to save you time.
Notice you can also blog at LinkedIn. Simply click the “Write an article” link. This makes LinkedIn a CMS (Content Management System) where you can post articles. LinkedIn has a DA (Domain Authority Ranking) of 97 so linking to one of your articles from a LinkedIn post boosts your SEO.
It is to your advantage and your company’s advantage to write your own original LinkedIn articles. This will increase your brand, your engagement, and get you a link from LinkedIn, a high-quality domain. This, in turn, will help your search engine visibility.
3. LinkedIn feed. Like other social media sites, LinkedIn has a running feed. This is where you see the new posts from your LinkedIn followers.
4. Original articles. LinkedIn algorithms believe you are interested in the content you see. Under each headline is the number of people who have read the post. Do you see one of them has over 55,000 readers? Make an insightful comment on the post and on other people’s comments. This could generate interest in your account and generate new followers for you. Don’t pass up this networking opportunity. Make sure you respond to your comments. You’ll find them under “Notifications.”
5. Company page metrics. I recently started a Mostly Blogging company page.
UPDATE: April 2020
During the Coronavirus outbreak, LinkedIn reported how Company Pages were affected.
More Company Page posts are mentioning Covid-19. As a matter of fact, according to Social Media Examiner, there’s been a massive spike.
Apparently, LinkedIn users have indicated they’re more interested in reading about the Coronavirus at this time. This wouldn’t be surprising except LinkedIn is a professional networking site.
Users are researching exactly that– how to work at home on LinkedIn. Considering LinkedIn is used for professionals, researching “Work at Home” on LinkedIn does make perfect sense.
6. Promoted content. This is where you’ll see ads and other promoted content. Like other social media sites, you can pay to boost your content’s visibility.
7. Messages. When people find you, if they want to solicit your collaboration or services, they message you here. When you have messages waiting, a number appears showing you how many messages you have and the unread messages appear in bold. You respond to your messages here as well.
8. LinkedIn search bar. This is where you search for content or people.
Look what came up when I typed “Instagram” into the search bar.
I found jobs, people, groups, company pages, and an event related to Instagram.
9. LinkedIn Homepage menu.
My Network: You’ll find requests to connect here.
LinkedIn algorithms know I’m a blogger. Job searches related to blogging populated.
At the top of the screen, you can click Edit to fine-tune your job criteria. You can also track your jobs, search by salary, and post a job yourself.
Messaging: Another way to access your messages.
Notifications: When people like or comment on your post, you’ll be notified here. You’ll also get notified of your connections’ milestones.
Me: This is where you can edit your profile. You’ll find your testimonials here as well as groups you’ve joined and influencers you follow.
Ask for recommendations. When you ask for these testimonials, the keywords in the recommendations and your job title show up in LinkedIn searches and people can find you there. Since LinkedIn is a professional site, this helps your branding. Don’t be shy about asking for recommendations. You can always use them elsewhere but start asking for recommendations at LinkedIn. This can lead to additional opportunities for you.
Join Groups: Take advantage of LinkedIn groups. Some have over 100,000 members. You’ll get great exposure to your articles you share in the groups, brand yourself, and get a strong link to boost your SEO.
Also, you can use LinkedIn as a resource for research. There are groups in every niche imaginable curating relevant content. You’ll learn a great deal and have a wealth of information for whatever you need.
Update July 2020:
I was asked on Quora how to use LinkedIn groups.
I explained there are two ways to access groups.
First, you can access groups from the LinkedIn homepage.
On the left side of the screen, three sections under your profile picture, you will see the word “recent.” Here is a list of your recently visited groups.
Another way to access your groups involves more steps:
From the LinkedIn homepage, click your profile picture in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click Me/View Profile.
Scroll to the bottom of the screen. Click Interests/See All/Groups.
Work: More options for job searches and job postings.
Half a million people watch Instagram Stories per day. LinkedIn is capitalizing on the popularity of Stories to start LinkedIn Stories.
Where will LinkedIn Stories appear on the LinkedIn homepage? Here you will find more information about LinkedIn Stories.
Did you know you can use your LinkedIn homepage to notify people about events?
Events from product launches to conferences and everything else in between: Your LinkedIn homepage is available to you for these types of notifications. You can even use your LinkedIn homepage to notify people about off-line gatherings.
This screenshot shows how to create an event from your Company Page.
Click admin tools. From the drop down menu, click Create an Event.
Fill in the information requested. Click Create.
Exciting news! I was recruited on LinkedIn by someone organizing a global summit. The mission of the organization is to improve the world through education.
I was asked to speak at the summit which will be broadcasted globally. I will receive global exposure! You can’t get more exposure than that!
People also sent me coaching queries.
I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the LinkedIn homepage. Social media has many advantages and boosting your career is one of them.
Ironically, LinkedIn users as on Quora if you can keep your activity visible only to your LinkedIn connections.
The answer is “no” and defeats the purpose of new contacts finding you for the purpose of business networking.
If you want to turn off your account temporarily, you can “hibernate it for 24 hours.” Here are instructions for hibernating your LinkedIn account.
Look what you see now when you log in to your LinkedIn homepage:
You see a button labeled “Special Report Coronavirus.” Clicking the button will take you here where you can see updated information about the virus.
In this way, LinkedIn is doing its part to respond to the Coronavirus: The site is sharing information about the situation as it unfolds. You can access this information on the LinkedIn homepage.
LinkedIn Homepage FAQ
How do I get to my LinkedIn homepage?
Easy! Go to LinkedIn.com https://www.linkedin.com/.
The menu icon is in a black strip going across the top of the page. The icons in the strip help you navigate within LinkedIn.
Who can see my LinkedIn homepage?
When people go to the LinkedIn search bar and type your name, your profile comes up. If someone clicks your profile picture anywhere at LinkedIn, he or she will see your profile. Your profile is public; therefore, your LinkedIn homepage is public.
Takeaways about the Value of the LinkedIn Homepage
This post explained how to use the LinkedIn homepage to extend your brand’s reach, network, conduct research for your web content, find a career, and fill job openings.
Clearly, using the LinkedIn homepage has value for you whether you are involved in a B2B or B2C business.
I look forward to your views in the comments section. Are there any additional benefits of the LinkedIn homepage?
This post about how to use the LinkedIn homepage referenced ways you can use LinkedIn to boost your brand and find a career.
Janice Wald is the founder of MostlyBlogging.com. She is an ebook author, blogger, blogging coach, blogging judge, freelance writer, and speaker. She was nominated as the 2019 Best Internet Marketer by the Infinity Blog Awards and in 2017 as the Most Informative Blogger by the London Bloggers Bash. She’s been featured on Small Business Trends, the Huffington Post, and Lifehack.