Real LinkedIn Profiles vs Fake LinkedIn Profiles

December 5th, 2011 | by Jason Alba |

As a Group admin I go in and approve members of my Group on a regular basis.

I don’t want spammers in my Group, so I try to very quickly determine who is real and who isn’t.  I wrote about this just a few weeks ago here: Want to Join a LinkedIn Group? Get more than ONE CONNECTION!

I just went in this morning and found I have 3 major criteria that I look at that will keep you from my Group:

  1. The warning I get from LinkedIn, as per the post above,
  2. NO PICTURE. If you don’t have a picture I don’t approve you, until I look at your Profile.  Guess when I take the time to look at your Profile (hardly ever!),
  3. NO CONNECTIONS.  If you have no, or only one, connection, you are either NEW or fake.  I don’t take the time to try and figure it out… I just put you on hold until you look more real.

I’m sharing these off-the-cuff reactions as a Group admin so that you can reevealuate the message you are giving people with your Profile… is it complete?  Does it look real?  Or does it look like spam?


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