OK, I know what many of you are asking yourselves right about now, “What’s he talking about this time?”
What I’m talking about is a basic hack on LinkedIn that helps you look more professional and makes LinkedIn more useful to you.
Let’s discuss this!
First off, just exactly what is your vanity URL on LinkedIn?
Open your LinkedIn profile and look at the address bar on your browser.
What many of you will see is something like this:
(This is a fictitious URL for discussion purposes only.)
Eureka, that’s your vanity URL on LinkedIn!
Ugly, isn’t it?
(Sorry, I always tell the truth!)
Now, look at mine:
Big difference, huh?
Now, let’s talk about why you should have a vanity URL on LinkedIn and then we’ll talk about how to do it.
There are several reasons why you should have a customized, vanity URL on LinkedIn.
First, starting with a good appearance is always a good idea!
Next, it’s easy to remember.
Then it shows that you took the time to work on your LinkedIn profile.
Finally, you can use your customized, vanity URL to advertise yourself on business cards, email signature blocks, website, social media, and any place else that you can think of.
(I don’t recommend tattoos.)
Now, that you’re all excited about having your own customized, vanity URL on LinkedIn, you’re probably wondering how to do it.
I’m going to tell you and it’s a lead pipe cinch!
- Go to your LinkedIn profile
- Locate “Edit public profile & URL” in the upper right hand corner
- Click it
- In the upper right hand corner of the new page, locate “Edit URL“
- Click the blue pencil, make your changes, save it, and you’re done!
Simple, wasn’t it?
Just in case you have questions, here’s a link to an article from LinkedIn on how to do this.
This may seem like a trivial task to complete on LinkedIn and it’s really not very difficult to accomplish.
But, it can pay back many times over for you in the future!
I urge all of you who haven’t done this yet to just do it!
That’s it for now!
Please check-out my 8 step approach for developing a social media program to get some more ideas on how to use social media.
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