LinkedIn Connections: 5 Hacks To Bypass LinkedIn Weekly Invitation Limit

LinkedIn Connections: Bypass LinkedIn Connection Limit

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, despite the number of LinkedIn 1st-degree connections being limited, 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, such as how old your profile is, the number of connections you have, 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. Namely, 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

5 Hacks to Bypass LinkedIn Connection Limit 

Use Invite Via Email 

LinkedIn’s Invite By Email 

Invite by email is LinkedIn’s feature aimed at helping you connect with people whose emails you already have in your address book. Since you already have their contact information, LinkedIn “supposes” that you already met somewhere. Therefore, it encourages connecting on the platform as well. On LinkedIn, Connection Requests sent through this feature don’t count in your weekly invitation limit. 

This is where you can find Invite by email feature on LinkedIn. 

#1 Click on “My network” and then “Show less” on your left. 

How to find Invite by email on LinkedIn, My network and then show less

#2 Choose “More options”.

How to find Invite by email on LinkedIn, More options

#3 Click on the envelope icon that says “Invite by email”. 

How to find Invite by email on LinkedIn, Invite by email page

#4 You can insert up to 50 emails a time, separated by comma. Choose the Connection Request message that you wish to include. 

How to find Invite by email on LinkedIn, See who you already know on LinkedIn page

Now, back to Skylead and OUR Invite via email

Skylead’s Invite Via Email 

Long story short, Skylead can do that for you! However, the people you invite via email on LinkedIn don’t have to be limited to the ones you have in your address book. Skylead finds and verifies emails of leads of your choice.

The Invite via email feature helps you bypass the LinkedIn connection limit, send over 500+ LinkedIn Connections per week, and use each outreach sequence to its maximum potential. 

Namely, after you’ve reached your LinkedIn weekly invitation limit, Skylead will start sending LinkedIn Connection Requests through the Invite via email feature.

You can use the Invite via email in all types of campaigns available in Skylead. These are LinkedIn, Sales Navigator, Recruiter, Post-Engagement, Lead list, and CSV file/API – based campaigns.

How? 

When you insert the Invite to connect/Invite via email step in Skylead, turn on the Invite via email step. You’ll find it on your right. 

Invite via email Skylead

Also, the underlined “Use Invite via email only” suggests the possibility to use these types of invites only. 

#2 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 Sequenc. Check out the Boost Mode button on your right. 

Boost mode Skylead

Yes, we too are pretty excited about it! 

#3 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. 

Smart Sequence Skylead, New Features

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. 

#4 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. 

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? 

InMails can be your last resource to get to the desired lead. Also, they can be a wise hack to reach out to the busy decision-makers that get numerous new LinkedIn connections every day. 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. InMails can also be part of your Smart Sequence. 

A LinkedIn InMail has all the characteristics of a regular email (subject line, body, signature). If well-written, it’s a good way to stand out in your lead’s Inbox and stay remembered in the long run. By sending a LinkedIn InMail to a complete stranger on LinkedIn and composing an engaging InMail copy, you are also diminishing the possibility of your lead clicking I don’t know this person once you send a regular LinkedIn connection invite. 

#5 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? 

Summary 

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!

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