If you’ve been using LinkedIn to generate leads and reach your target customers, you’ve probably heard of the term “LinkedIn Jail” at some point. It just refers to having your account restricted or banned by LinkedIn.
As a business owner or marketer, you don’t want your account to be restricted. LinkedIn offers so many benefits that getting your account restricted can be devastating. And so this guide will teach you everything you know about LinkedIn Jail: how to avoid it, and what to do if you ever end up with a restricted LinkedIn account.
First things first: do not panic. Whether your account is under investigation or restricted, you’re not out of options yet. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you exactly what to do.
Why Your LinkedIn Account Has Been Restricted
We know prevention is better than cure, so first we’re going to talk about the common reasons why people get restricted on LinkedIn. You are better off avoiding LinkedIn Jail entirely than trying to get out of it.
LinkedIn often restricts accounts that they believe are spamming other users. Just like other social networking sites, LinkedIn doesn’t like spam. So even if you’re not a spammer, there are certain things that can make LinkedIn think you are. It doesn’t necessarily mean you did anything wrong.
If you are sending too many connection requests at a time and your acceptance rate is low, your account can get in trouble. This is something that spammers do, and something you should avoid.
It’s the same thing when people click “I don’t know this person” on your requests. A lot of people don’t realize that this is exactly the same as getting marked as spam. Receiving too many of this response will lead to your account getting restricted.
Depending on your activity, LinkedIn might give you a warning first. If you receive a warning from LinkedIn, disconnect all the tools you’ve been using, if any. Avoid sending a lot of connection requests or messages to keep your account safe.
How to Avoid Getting Banned on LinkedIn
Generally speaking, you should only add people you know personally: your friends, colleagues, former classmates, etc. But for marketers, sending connection requests to people you don’t know is an important part of growing your network.
Some people use LinkedIn automation tools to help them with their outreach efforts, but end up with unsafe tools that put their account at risk. This is a common problem for business owners using automation.
The best way to avoid LinkedIn Jail is to use safe LinkedIn practices. Do not send too many connection requests and steer clear of unsafe LinkedIn tools.
Using the Right LinkedIn Tool
Automation is not a bad thing. But you can get in trouble for using the wrong tools. Remember that a lot of tools go against the LinkedIn Terms of Service, and that includes automation tools.
Don’t just go for the first tool you find—it might be the reason you get banned. And don’t get turned off by the idea of automation completely. Instead, choose a high quality automation tool that’s safe and effective.
Kennected is a LinkedIn automation tool that not only brings you a steady stream of connections, meetings, and appointments; but also keeps your account safe.
Imagine being able to send personalized messages to all LinkedIn users in your defined geographic area. Once you’ve used LinkedIn’s data-rich filters to identify your target audience and create a sequence in Kennected, it will send personalized messages to all of them automatically—but not in bulk. This makes it seem like you are sending them yourself.
Kennected doesn’t spam people. It sends your messages one by one. It simply makes it possible for you to focus on more important things while automating the mundane tasks. You don’t have to send your messages manually and wait for a reply. If your prospect does not answer, Kennected will also send a personalized follow-up—up to 10 times or until they respond.
These follow-ups make it more likely for you to get an answer. Remember that your profile is in danger of getting restricted only if your messages are ignored.
But Kennected also puts a lot of emphasis on personalizing your messages. You can use a template or set one up yourself, while Kennected fills in the details. Your leads will not answer if they think you’re spamming them. They don’t like reading canned messages that are too sales-y. So Kennected sends personalized messages that will catch their attention.
Whether they buy something off your first message or just connect with you, you win. Once they connect with you on LinkedIn, you have their email and phone number, all inside the Kennected dashboard. That’s the power of Kennected.
What to do if Your LinkedIn Account is Restricted
Your outreach strategies play a big role in your account safety. If your messages are not personalized, you won’t get a reply—and you will be marked as a spammer. So if you do get restricted, there are still a few things you can do.
Don’t panic: it’s not the end of the world. You may still be able to recover your account. First, disconnect all LinkedIn tools that you are using. Log out from everything and clear your browser cache. After that, try logging in again in a few days. Your restriction may be lifted.
But if your account remains restricted, there’s still one thing you can do, and that is to contact LinkedIn.
Since your account is restricted, there’s really no other way to get it back other than contacting LinkedIn and asking to restore it.
Check out the LinkedIn Contact Us form here: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/ask/gri
For people with existing restrictions, LinkedIn recommends that you follow the prompts on your screen from the applicable restriction page to receive a more streamlined service.
LinkedIn may ask for identification documents to confirm your identity. Through the Contact Us form, write what happened and how your LinkedIn account got restricted. If they don’t reply right away, try again in a month or two. In some cases, the LinkedIn account is restored.
If you get your account back, do not use the LinkedIn tools you were using before. They might not be very safe. For safe LinkedIn automation, use Kennected. Book a demo today to learn more!