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Worst Kept Secret on LinkedIn

ImageThe ability to use Linkedin to search for and find almost every professional business person in the Western World is why it's great for marketing or sales. However, you can't just see everyone you want to. Linkedin hides those people who are not closely connected to you and uses the fact as way to get you to upgrade to paid for accounts. For example you can't see the full names of those who are 3rd connections, and you can't see their full profile - unless you upgrade from the free account.

But there is a way around this, and it's thanks to Google, you gotta love em!

Here's how to see the full profile of anyone on Linkedin...

  1. Find the people first using the Linkedin search facility 
  2. If they are 3rd connections all you'll see is their first name and company name - take note of these - its worth doing a few of these at one time perhaps due to point 3
  3. Then log out of Linkedin - this is important, or it won't work
  4. In the Google search bar, put the first name and then the company name
  5. Click search
  6. Look for the Linkedin link in the search results - it will be near the top - click and you'll see the full profile of the person
  7. Then you can use that information to reach out to your target in a relevant and meaningful way.

Join The Conversation

  • Khaselkorn's picture
    Jul 24 Posted 3 years ago Khaselkorn

    Great article but I just had to ask - is this still the case?

    I seem to be able to view all the info for my 3rd degreen connections - even when I'm logged in. There doesn't seem to be a point in logging out and trying to connect with them that way. Am I missing something, or has LinkedIn changed their system since you wrote this piece?

  • jdmcclellan's picture
    Jun 16 Posted 3 years ago jdmcclellan

    Great tip - Hard to defend against.

  • May 26 Posted 3 years ago Sinead O'Connor

    Really useful tip Alex, thank you.


  • NancyMyrland's picture
    May 24 Posted 3 years ago NancyMyrland

    Love it, Alex, thanks!

  • May 23 Posted 4 years ago Faraz Thambi (not verified)

    Great tip Alex, I have always done that for 3rd degree connections. You actually dont need to signout of LinkedIn, just copy the text blog and google it

  • May 22 Posted 4 years ago Darryl Housego

    I like to copy the full title of the person and then paste into Google after entering "" for example Sales Manager at xxxxxx.

    This searched for the phrase with Google but only searches the site  I think this activity is calles "x-raying"

    I find this works for me and I don't need to log out of Linkedin.

  • fcaballo's picture
    May 21 Posted 4 years ago fcaballo

    What a great tip. Thanks!

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