LinkedIn Maintenance Part II: Backup your CONTACTS #PSA

December 4th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

Friday I showed you how to backup your LinkedIn Profile, which is something you might want to do once a year.

Here’s something you might want to do as regularly as once a month: backup your first degree Contacts.  Maybe once a month is too often… but do this at least once a year (right now would be good).

Why?  What if something happens to your LinkedIn account?  Since I wrote I’m on LinkedIn Now What??? (the book) I have gotten plenty of emails from people who have been locked out of their Profiles, even without doing anything wrong.

Here’s what you do:

Step One: Click on Contacts at the top menu.

Step Two: Click on the Export connections link on the bottom-right.

I get this message regularly…. “address book is currently unavailable”… but it doesn’t matter, you don’t have to wait for the page to load, just go to Export connections.

Step 3:  I just leave this at the default, which is the first of three CSV options. Under the drop down there is an “Export” button…. click that.

You are done… the file should save based on your browser settings (I can’t tell you were it downloads, it will be different based on what browser you use and how you have it set up).

Bonus 1: For a quick & dirty peace of mind backup, email this csv file to your long-term email account (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.).

Bonus 2: For more functionality, import this into JibberJobber.  This way you can have your first degree contacts in your CRM system, allowing you to do things like record Log Entries, create Action Items, say how strong the relationship is, etc.  If you don’t know what or why, join the JibberJobber user webinar every Wednesday (schedule here).

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