LinkedIn connections have been a hot topic among the platform’s active users ever since the major restriction to 100 invites per week back in 2021.
The “fall” from over 1000 LinkedIn connections per week to merely 100 struck many users’ businesses, especially those who almost solely rely on the platform for prospecting.
LinkedIn didn’t make any public statements regarding the introduction of the new measures. However, many users believe they’ve been introduced with the goal of providing a satisfying user experience and maintaining the quality of the connections made through the platform.
Despite everyone appreciating LinkedIn’s effort to remain strictly a professional, prime platform, they all want to know how to work around the LinkedIn weekly invitation limit.
In this blog, we’re going to show you how.
FAQ About LinkedIn Connections
Before we start talking about the LinkedIn connections and the infamous weekly invitation limit, let’s go through several most commonly asked questions regarding the LinkedIn Connection Requests.
How many LinkedIn connections can you have?
LinkedIn limits the number of 1st-degree connections to up to 30 000, after which you will not be able to send or receive Connection Request invites until you resize your network under its limit.
However, LinkedIn allows you to follow and be followed by an unlimited number of members.
LinkedIn Follow VS Connect
When someone is your 1st-degree connection, you are both able to see each other’s content and any type of update on your feeds. You can also exchange regular LinkedIn messages. By default, you always follow your 1st-degree connections, but you can also unfollow them.
If you turn on the Creator Mode, you can continue growing your network without necessarily adding new connections.
What is the LinkedIn Connection Limit?
The LinkedIn connection limit is the restriction introduced by the platform at the beginning of 2021. Since then, each member used to be able to send up to 100 Connection Requests per week.
In the meanwhile, as of December 2021, the LinkedIn connection limit has been raised to approximately 200 invites per week.
We say approximately because the truth is the LinkedIn connections limit depends on many factors. These factors are things such as how old your profile is, your number of connections, how active you’ve been lately, your acceptance rate, etc. Basically, no one knows how many LinkedIn connections exactly you can send per week. Undoubtedly, far less than it used to be before the restriction.
Anyhow, there are several ways to bypass the LinkedIn connection limit. We will thoroughly explain each option, just continue reading.
When does LinkedIn Connection Limit reset?
Your LinkedIn weekly invitation limit resets at the beginning of each week – over the weekend or Monday, depending on the user.
Basically, if you use all your LinkedIn connections for the week on Friday, you won’t wait long to have your weekly limits reset.
However, keep in mind that, despite respecting the LinkedIn connection limit, you need to be careful who you send invitations to. LinkedIn members who get turned off many times, left pending, or marked as I don’t know this person are more often subject to additional screening and, consequently, LinkedIn jail and restrictions.
4 Hacks to Bypass LinkedIn Connection Limit
#1 What’s Cooking? The Boost Mode!
Dear Skyleaders, and those of you who want to send 500+ LinkedIn connections per week, we are glad to announce that we have more features that help you achieve your goals!
Namely, once you reach your LinkedIn weekly invitation limit, Skylead continues sending LinkedIn Connection Requests to the rest of the leads in your campaign. The Connection Requests sent through boost mode are blank. The reason is that this approach brought the highest acceptance rate when tested.
And no, this is NOT the Invite via email. It’s a regular LinkedIn Connection Request.
The process is similar to the one explained above when talking about the Invite via email. Insert the Invite to connect/Invite via email step in your Smart Sequence. Check out the Boost Mode button on your right.
Yes, we too are pretty excited about it!
#2 Smart Sequences
Smart Sequences are AI-inspired algorithms that track your leads’ behavior and act accordingly. You create different paths to your leads (via email, LinkedIn messages, InMail), combine them with if/else conditions, and let the platform find the fastest and most effective way to your lead.
Skylead’s Smart Sequences allow you to combine all platform’s solutions in one campaign. This way, you take advantage of all possible touchpoints with your leads.
As you may see from the above example, Smart Sequences are perfect for expanding your connection possibilities. With Skylead’s
- LinkedIn Outreach (LinkedIn Connections Requests, InMails, LinkedIn Messages)
- Email Outreach
- Find & Verify business emails via LinkedIn or via CSV/API (whichever works for you and what brings the best result)
- Image & GIF hyper-personalization (Skylead’s native feature and available to all users)
you will, for sure, find the path to your lead despite the LinkedIn weekly invitation limit. Also, you will discover what your lead’s preferred channel of communication is, and, therefore, increase your response and engagement rates.
#3 LinkedIn Connections VS LinkedIn InMails
InMails are free or paid direct messages on LinkedIn that you can send to members that are not part of your network, contrary to a regular LinkedIn message.
Skylead’s Smart Sequence allows you to choose between sending only free InMails to users with the open-account status and combining free InMails with the paid ones for optimal results.
Statistics show that getting a response from a 2nd or 3rd-degree connection is 3 times more likely if you use a LinkedIn InMail in comparison to a regular cold emailing.
Every member on LinkedIn can receive a paid InMail, but only paid LinkedIn subscribers can send them. LinkedIn’s way to encourage meaningful LinkedIn connections is by giving the paid InMails credits back for each reply. Additionally, every paid LinkedIn subscriber gets 800 free InMail credits that only users with open profiles can receive.
Since InMails can be sent to users that are not part of your network, they can be more effective than LinkedIn Connection Requests themselves.
When is that?
InMail as the last resource
InMails can be your last resource to get to the desired lead. Let’s say you tried to connect with a specific lead on LinkedIn. You’ve sent several emails, and called them, and you never got the answer. In these cases, sending an InMail turned out to be a practice that brings results for many Skylead users. As mentioned above, both paid and free InMails can be part of your Smart sequence.
InMail for busy decision-makers
Also, LinkedIn InMails are a wise move when trying to reach a busy decision-maker. These people get hundreds of messages and Connection Requests per day. LinkedIn InMail has all the characteristics of a regular email (subject line, body, signature). As such, if well-written, it could be an excellent eye-catcher. Furthermore, sending an engaging InMail copy to your lead on LinkedIn before a regular Connection Request, decreases the possibility of them clicking I don’t know this person later.
#4 Send Emails
Since we mentioned LinkedIn’s version of emails, we cannot avoid highlighting all the advantages of regular cold emailing too!
Yes, LinkedIn has over 800 million active users, but that doesn’t mean that the platform is the preferred means of communication for all of them. This is also one of the reasons, as mentioned above, why Smart Sequences come in “handy”. By combining Email Outreach with LinkedIn, your sequence will show which channels work best for specific leads or groups of leads. This information can be useful for your future sales and marketing strategies overall.
Anyhow, email can be a great way to
- Send the same message as on LinkedIn and see where you get the answer faster. If you don’t get the reply whatsoever, here are some hacks how to write a follow-up email after no response;
- Remind someone of a pending LinkedIn connection and get accepted faster;
- Elaborate on the LinkedIn Connection Message you’ve already sent on LinkedIn. Email gives you more freedom in terms of character limits;
- Ask someone to send a LinkedIn connection to you by inserting a link to your profile. This way, if you got a LinkedIn connection limit for the week, you can still get in touch.
The Find & verify business emails via LinkedIn and Find & verify business emails by your source (if you are using a CSV file or API) are two of Skylead’s native features. They make sure your email arrives at its correct destination. The most important segment of these two features is the “verification” part, which safeguards your domain from being blacklisted. Smart Sequences will only send emails to the verified emails and make sure they get delivered to the intended recipient.
For those who don’t pass the test, there are other ways, such as InMails (see above). Aren’t Smart Sequences just awesome?
As you may see, there’s no reason to panic about the LinkedIn connection limit. Not only are there legitimate and secure ways to bypass them, but there’s also a Sales Engagement Platform that can take care of all tedious tasks for you.
If you are not part of the Skylead team, and you wish to know more about how our Sales Engagement Platform can help you use your outreach to its fullest potential while, at the same time, making decisions for you, request our free demo.
We are excited to help you scale up your business!