Does LinkedIn Show Who Viewed Your Profile? (2023)
The ability to see who’s viewed your profile might be the open door to your next big opportunity or sale.
So, let’s talk about one of LinkedIn’s overlooked features, how to make the most of it, and why premium accounts have an advantage when it comes to viewing profiles.
Understanding LinkedIn’s Profile View Feature
The LinkedIn profile view feature is a game-changer for anyone looking to grow their network or find new business opportunities. It allows you to see who has taken an interest in your professional persona by viewing your profile.
How to Access the Profile Viewers Section
To get started on your browser, simply log into your LinkedIn account and click “Me” (where your profile photo is). Then, click “View Profile.” On your profile page is a section titled “Analytics,” and in that section, you’ll see the number of profile views and searches you’ve appeared in recently.
Click on the “# of profile views” to get to the “Who’s viewed your profile” screen, which will allow you to see who’s been checking out your profile.
Note that if you want more details about these viewers such as when they viewed your profile or how often they do so, then you should upgrade to a premium account.
Get a Premium Accounts To Get More Details and Filters
A free LinkedIn account lets you access limited information about those visiting your page, but with a paid subscription like LinkedIn Premium Career or Sales Navigator plans, you get a lot more insights.
You not only get full access to everyone who visited within the last 90 days (as opposed to just five profiles), but also other stats like viewer trends and insights based on different filters, which can help tailor future networking strategies effectively.
So what does all this mean? Well, each visitor represents potential business connections and career growth opportunities.
Note: If privacy is something that concerns you, LinkedIn lets users browse profiles in private mode. This means that others won’t be able to see if you viewed their profile, but at the same time, it limits your ability to see who viewed yours. But that’s if you stick with a free account, as the paid LinkedIn accounts allow you to browse in private and see your profile views.
If you want to manage your privacy settings, go back to the “Me” button and click that. In the dropdown menu, go to “Settings and Privacy” under “Account.” We’ll talk more about this towards the end of the article.
Analyzing Your LinkedIn Profile Views
But what do we do with this information? Peeking into who’s checking out your profile on LinkedIn can be more than just satisfying curiosity. It provides a wealth of data that, when properly analyzed, can drive networking and business development efforts.
Keeping track of your profile views also gives you an insight into how effective your visibility strategies are. A steady increase indicates that you’re doing something right: maybe it’s those thought-leadership posts or the network-expanding comments on other users’ content.
A decline, however, could signal it’s time to step up engagement or tweak your profile for better discoverability. Keep tabs on these numbers; they provide crucial feedback about your online presence.
How to Filter Profile Views
You’ve got stats—great. Now, let’s go deeper with some filtering. LinkedIn allows you to filter profile views by location—a function that adds context to raw figures and helps tailor future interactions accordingly. These filters include:
- Date Range
- Interesting Viewers
If you’re unfamiliar with “interesting viewers,” these are people who have viewed your profile and who are identified by LinkedIn’s algorithm as someone who might be of interest to you. In other words, they may have similar professional interests or perhaps are in positions that align with (or might help advance) your career goals.
If you’d like to break down the profile views by location, you might learn something interesting. For example, if most of your viewers hail from San Francisco while you’re based in New York, perhaps there’s untapped potential across coasts. Or if global visitors dominate local ones—maybe it’s worth exploring international markets? By understanding where the interest lies geographically, we gain perspective on where we should focus our outreach.
Or maybe in filtering profile viewers by industry, you might find a trend that people are coming from an industry either outside or adjacent to yours. Maybe there’s a potential there that you didn’t see before.
But that’s just two examples – this analytical approach toward LinkedIn profile views, rather than a mere count, can become an invaluable asset for your networking and business development efforts. So, keep exploring these insights and watch how they transform the way you interact on LinkedIn.
Interacting with Your LinkedIn Profile Viewers
Now that you know how these things work and you can get a more detailed look at who’s viewing you, what do you do with this information? Let’s cover a few options that are available to you.
Connecting with Viewers Directly
Your first instinct might be to send a connection request immediately after noticing someone viewed your profile. But wait. There’s more than one way of making connections on LinkedIn.
You could opt for sending them a message instead of connecting outright. This allows for an opportunity to start conversations and build relationships without adding yet another name to their long list of connections.
To make meaningful connections with these viewers, avoid generic messages like “Let’s connect.” Instead, personalize each message based on what you know about them from their own profiles. This shows that you’ve taken time to understand who they are and what they do – people appreciate this kind of attention.
You might even reference something specific in their profile that caught your eye or sparked intrigue. Not only does this start conversations off on an interesting note, but also demonstrates authenticity and genuine interest. Keep it brief, and set a timer if you have to. That way, you don’t get stuck overworking or overthinking it.
Finding Common Ground
To make these interactions even smoother, consider finding common ground before reaching out – something like shared interests or experiences can work as excellent conversation starters. Be sure you don’t just copy-paste your messages; tailor each interaction according to viewer activity and preferences.
The process becomes much easier if both parties are part of the same group – so don’t forget about leveraging those groups.
In our personal efforts, we’ve found that prospects or future connections respond more positively to personalized messages than the standard connection request. For more details on that, check out this post on LinkedIn Tips and Strategies to Boost Sales.
Leveraging Wiza Chrome Extension for Enhanced Networking
What is Wiza, and why are we bringing it up now? Wiza is a platform that allows you to easily extract prospect contact information right from someone’s LinkedIn profile.
With the Wiza Chrome extension, it’s as simple as visiting someone’s LinkedIn profile and, in just a few clicks, you can grab their email address, which will be retrieved and verified all at once. You can then save that information in Wiza or export it to your CRM or to a CSV.
In this context, you could visit the profiles of the people who have viewed yours and then extract their email addresses. And, if you’re as fond of the effectiveness of cold emailing as we are, you can leverage the fact that they visited your profile to open up a conversation outside of LinkedIn.
You don’t have to say it that way, of course, but it stands to reason someone who has recently viewed your profile would be more open to starting a dialogue than someone out of the blue. Something to think about in your outreach strategy.
Privacy Considerations with LinkedIn Profile Views
When it comes to LinkedIn, privacy is a mutual concern. Sure, you’re curious about who’s been checking out your profile. But have you ever stopped to think that others might be wondering the same thing about you? For those who value discretion, LinkedIn offers settings to help manage visibility.
Understanding LinkedIn’s Privacy Settings
The first step towards controlling your visibility on LinkedIn’s platform involves understanding its privacy settings. The ‘Who can see your connections’ option lets you choose whether all of your connections are visible or only shared ones. It gives the control back into users’ hands.
If full anonymity is what you’re after, consider selecting “Private mode” under the ‘Profile viewing options’. This will prevent other users from seeing that you’ve viewed their profiles but remember: if they can’t see yours, neither can you. There’s no peeking without being peeked at. Unless you have a Premium account of some kind.
Balancing Visibility and Privacy
You can update contact preferences to help manage incoming requests effectively while maintaining desired levels of confidentiality. Similarly, enabling/disabling ‘Connections-only messaging’ allows for customization based on individual comfort levels when it comes to communication reachability within network circles.
In essence, though, how open or closed-off one chooses to be on this professional networking site should align closely with one’s specific career goals and personal comfort level.
While having a private profile might be a good fit for someone not currently looking to network or change jobs, professionals actively seeking new opportunities should aim for more visibility.
So, long story short – yes, you can see who has viewed your profile on LinkedIn to an extent, even with a free account. LinkedIn Premium subscribers will be able to drill down a little deeper with a little more information.
Either way, the point is not just to have a glance and move on. As with any good outreach or network building, the most important thing is doing something. Ideally, something you can do consistently and without overthinking.
You can incorporate profile views into your strategy because it’s easy to see, and it’s easier to establish connections with people who have viewed your profile.
So, start taking advantage of this feature as soon as possible, and see what opportunities and connections open up to you.
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