Get rid of distractions and irrelevant content. Discover how to optimize Linkedin newsfeed and more.
Linkedin notifications by default can be quite irritating to manage on a daily or weekly basis. It can be all the more noisy of an app if you factor in our own tendencies to have a reflex welcoming reaction for accepting any random invite. There are plenty of individuals who want to connect and be a part of your Linkedin network but if they are indeed some stranger, have they provided any context to the invite? Perhaps, use your stranger danger intuition and reconsider accepting it. The same respect goes both ways for connecting with others. Please explain why you wish to connect that individual. Otherwise, prepare yourself for plenty of rejection from top tier networkers. For the unfortunate majority who have accepted the masses to their LinkedIn network over the years, we have developed a housekeeping plan for you to clear the clutter and optimize the use of Linkedin to its fullest.
Step 1) Find the real value in your network
Get rid of acquaintances who don’t post any value. That means saying no to the individuals who post generic templates that their work provides them. No one wants to view this soulless communication. Yes, I am talking to you… generic post guy or gal, create some emotional connection with your Linkedin audience, demonstrate passion and commitment to the product or service you are delivering or reconsider what you are pitching to your audience.
Great! How do I thin the herd?
Simply scroll through your news-feed and click on individuals who are simply zombie connections or what you deem LinkedIn clutter.
Step 2) Fix your Notification Settings in the LinkedIn web browser
This is a work in progress. LinkedIn tends to tinker in this section so what may be optimized to your liking today may be different tomorrow. Find “settings and privacy” on your LinkedIn and start switching things off that don’t matter to you or simply follow mine options illustrated below. With these five steps, you will begin to optimize LinkedIn news feed in no time.
The “settings and privacy” is broken out into “Account”, “Privacy”, “Ads”, and “Communications”. Don’t worry you will only have to tinker with a couple.
- How Others See Your Linked Activity
- Share job changes, education, and work anniversaries
- How LinkedIn uses your data
- Manage who can discover your profile from your email address
- Manage who can discover your profile from your phone number
- Job Seeking Preferences
- Let recruiters know you are open to opportunities
- Signal your interest to recruiters at companies you have created job alerts for
- Responses to your posts, comments and polls
- Trending conversations on a topic in your network
- Jobs you may be interested in
- Activities from your connections
- Birthdays in your network
- Connection anniversaries
- Follow recommendations
- Job changes in your network
- Live video starting
- Updates from your recent connections
- Work anniversaries in your network
Step 3) Adjust LinkedIn Iphone App Settings
Step 4) Engage in LinkedIn Groups more often
Just like your core friends, finding a good group to join whether it be Meetup, Facebook Group, LinkedIn Group, etc can be difficult unless you are referred to one. Perform some quick sleuthing if you don’t have a referral. Look for a healthy group environment where the members are helping each other. Avoid the ones that don’t keep in check, members who abuse the group for the sole purpose of advertising. Again, you want to avoid the noise. Members posting helpful content for all is the name of the game. Want to create quick access short cut to your favorite group or favorite web site? Click here.
Step 5) Turn on Notifications for your Subscribed Groups
Finally, make sure you are receiving notifications from your LinkedIn Group. This feature can be enabled from the web page or your LinkedIn phone app.
LinkedIn Group Web Page Notifications
Adjusting LinkedIn Visibility
Step 6) Incognito Mode
Want to creep on other professional profiles without them knowing? See illustration below.
How to Optimize Linkedin Newsfeed, Groups, and Notifications
Following all five steps should cut down quite a bit of noise from Linkedin. Once you eliminate the noise, you will be able to add important connections, join interesting groups, or maybe create your own but it will all be noise until you tame the beast. Try these steps today to Optimize Linkedin Newsfeed. You will be glad you did!!