Let’s start with a fact: LinkedIn blocked nearly 37 million fake accounts and more than 80 million scam posts and spam accounts in the year 2020. That’s huge and it shows that LinkedIn has a zero-tolerance policy for spammers. 🚫
Over the years, LinkedIn has become the most powerful professional network for businesses and professionals who are using it to build strong professional networks, relationships and create new opportunities.
However, to keep the platform transparent and safe, LinkedIn has defined some rules and regulations. You violate a rule and you’ll receive something like this:
In other words, you have landed yourself in the “Linked Jail”
For B2B marketers and other businesses who are dependent on LinkedIn for lead generation, they can’t afford to get their account restricted as it will significantly hinder their social selling efforts.
There are so many reasons why LinkedIn puts you on the list of the blocked or restricted accounts. But don’t worry! Getting yourself in the LinkedIn jail is not the end of the world. 🙏
In this guide, we’ll cover what exactly is LinkedIn jail, how to avoid it, and what to do, in case your account gets restricted.
Table of Contents
- What Exactly is LinkedIn Jail?
- What Happens When You’re in LinkedIn Jail?
- Decoding the Reasons for Why LinkedIn Restricted or Blocked Your Account
- Best Practices To Avoid Getting Stuck In LinkedIn Jail
- List of Do’s When Your Account is Restricted
- Things to Do When You’re Back in The Game.
- Wrap Up
So let’s start:
What Exactly is a LinkedIn Jail?
‘LinkedIn Jail” is just a term used when your account is restricted by LinkedIn. It can happen due to a number of reasons that I’ll explain to you later. For now, let’s just consider these scenarios:
- If you receive a strict warning from LinkedIn
- Unable to send connect requests
- Get too many IDKs
- Your requests are mostly flagged as spam
If any of these scenarios apply to your LinkedIn account, that means you’re in LinkedIn Jail. LinkedIn has become the largest professional network and in order to keep the platform transparent and useful, it requires the users to maintain professional behavior.
It has set some terms and conditions for the users. Just like your behavior would be frowned up in a face-to-face meeting, deviation from the platform standards can get your account restricted or blocked.
What Happens When You’re In LinkedIn Jail?
In the previous year, the platform removed 98.2% of spam accounts and it’s always on the hunt to find and take down the spammers.
LinkedIn has a very smart algorithm that will affect your profile and content visibility. It might be because you have mismanaged things, spammed people using bots or LinkedIn automation tools, didn’t follow LinkedIn rules, or tried to game the platform.
When you’re in LinkedIn Jail, your content won’t get a better ranking or it will be ranked at the bottom of the barrel. Your visibility is compromised and so is your connection ability.
That means your social selling efforts are greatly affected resulting in no leads and poor business results. A nightmare, right? 😱
Decoding the Reasons for Why LinkedIn Restricted or Blocked Your Account
LinkedIn might restrict your account for some reasons that you’re not even aware of. Sometimes you wonder why your account was restricted while you did nothing wrong apparently. We know that happens! 😞
So let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons that can get your account restricted.
1. Creating Multiple Fake Accounts From The Same Device
People, sometimes, created fake accounts using another’s individual or company’s name, that tool from the same device, which is against LinkedIn Terms & Conditions. In case you do so, be ready to get all of your accounts blocked. 🤷
2. Too Many Connect Requests In a Single Day
If you send too many connect requests, either manually or using LinkedIn automation tools, consider withdrawing them before it’s too late. LinkedIn has set a daily limit for connecting requests and messages and if you cross the line, you’d put yourself in danger.
3. Low Acceptance Rate
This happens when you try to send bundles of connect requests to random people. People tend to ignore requests of people who don’t belong to their industry and chances are that your acceptance rate will be low. It would make the users click the ‘I don’t know this person
,’ button too often and your account will be restricted.
4. Using Unreliable LinkedIn Automation Tools
Sometimes people become over-enthusiastic and they use unreliable and unsafe tools to win leads over the night. Well, LinkedIn can detect your activity easily and your account will be restricted.
5. Spammy Activity
When you try to send inappropriate, random, or sales-y messages to prospects, chances are that you’d find yourself in LinkedIn jail in a short time. It’s because LinkedIn doesn’t allow any spammy activities like viewing too many profiles, sending sales-y messages, etc.
Getting stuck in LinkedIn jail is a serious matter, especially when you’re a B2B marketer or salesperson who needs leads to keep things going on.
But don’t worry! It does not mean the end of the world!
Should the worst thing happen and you find yourself in such a situation, don’t worry because these restrictions can be lifted but it’s better not to end up here in the first place.
Better Be Safe Than Sorry
To avoid getting restricted or banned, you need the safest and tested LinkedIn practices and here I have compiled a list for you.
Best Practices To Avoid Getting Stuck In LinkedIn Jail
Even if your account is not restricted, it’s good to take some safety measures and use some best practices.
Let’s have a look:
1. Use Only Reliable LinkedIn Automation Tools
Well, when it comes to LinkedIn automation, there’s a common misconception that LinkedIn blocks your account only when you use these tools.
Remember: LinkedIn terms and conditions apply whether you perform activities manually or using advanced LinkedIn automation tools.
LinkedIn automation is gaining popularity these days and all for good reasons. Businesses and B2B marketers are benefitting from them while there are so many people who get their accounts restricted after using them, why? They use unsafe tools.
Sure these tools are on hype but that doesn’t mean to get your hand on the first tool you see. Relax. Research. Take your time. Don’t rush!
When it comes to using LinkedIn automation, there are two types of tools that you’ll come across.
1. Chrome Extensions
2. Cloud-based LinkedIn Automation tools
To use these tools, you log in to your account using a browser and then use the tool in the form of an extension.
No doubt that many chrome-based extensions are working successfully but cloud-based LinkedIn automation tools overshadow them for so many reasons.
Why’s that so?
1. They’re 100% safe
We are not saying that all the chrome extensions are unsafe and dangerous to use, but they don’t provide dedicated IPs, thus your login details are not safe and LinkedIn may detect your activity.
While cloud-based LinkedIn automation tools provide dedicated IPs so every time you log in to your accounts, your account information remains safe. You can run 100% safe campaigns as there’s no threat to your account.
2. Can Run 24/7
As these tools run from a cloud system, they work at the back-end and you don’t need to sit there all the time when your campaigns are running.
Please remember that LinkedIn removed nearly 80 million posts because they were spam. This shows how important personalized content is!
These advanced tools come with features that help you run highly personalized outreach campaigns for better acceptance and response rates.
4. More Advanced Features
To keep things within the limit, the latest cloud-based LinkedIn automation tools also offer features such as inbuilt safety limits to set daily limits for activities like profile engagement, connect requests, and messages.
Moreover, you can also schedule your campaigns and the tools will also take different ‘Time Zones’ into account so LinkedIn can’t differentiate if it is you or a tool.
So cloud-based LinkedIn automation tools
The good news? You’ve got all this with LinkedCamp.
Should the worst happen and you end up in ‘LinkedIn Jail’ unfortunately, here’s what you should do to recover your account:
List of Do’s When Your Account is Restricted
1. Identify Why It Happened
First things first…
You need to understand what you did to end up being restricted. I have mentioned a number of reasons that can lead you to LinkedIn jail. Identify the reasons before you move to the next step.
2. Follow the Notification That Pops Up
When you try to log into your restricted account, a notification pops up with the reason or instructions.
Follow these instructions. Once you do this, your account will be reviewed by the team and you’ll get it back when the team unlocks your account.
3. Disintegrate if You Were Using Any LinkedIn Tools
Well, LinkedIn tools or bots are against LinkedIn’s terms and conditions. Your account might be restricted after LinkedIn detected your automated activity.
LinkedIn has clearly mentioned it in their User Agreement,
“ In order to protect our members’ data and our website, we don’t permit the use of any third-party software,
Any member who uses tools for such purposes is in violation of the User Agreement. This means they risk having their accounts being restricted or shut down.”
Even if bots or automation tools are not the reason behind the suspension, you should disconnect them immediately, log off, remove details or delete if possible. Try logging in after a few days and check if your problem has been solved. Your account will automatically be recovered if the suspension was temporary.
Please remember: Repeated suspension can result in permanent account restriction. And LinkedIn shares it with you when you get your restriction notification:
In another case, if the problem is not solved, it’s time to take the next step:
4. Contact LinkedIn
Contact LinkedIn’s customer support and describe the whole issue in detail.
To save you time, here’s how you can contact LinkedIn:
Yeah, thank me later! 🤗
You can also check their page to get more information. Their customer support will contact you back with valid information.
When writing to them, be very honest and write only important points.
Never mention that you used any tools because they might already know it.
If you have violated the LinkedIn User agreement a number of times, you might not get your account back.
However, if you got your account back, here’s what you should do next:
Things to Do When You’re Back in The Game
Got your account back? That’s great but you’re still within the ace of a permanent block.
Here are some best practices to help you minimize the likelihood of getting your account blocked.
1. Maintain a Limited LinkedIn Activity
Excess of anything is bad.
No matter if you use a tool or send connection requests manually, do not cross the line.
LinkedIn has set a daily limit of connecting notes which is 50-250 per day so make sure you don’t get over-enthusiastic.
Moreover, limit your profile engagement and messages/per day and send them after regular intervals, not just in one go.
2. Comply With All the Rules
You must be in compliance with all the LinkedIn standards and this includes all the privacy laws, anti-spam laws, and other regulatory requirements.
3. Engaging With Prospects
If you don’t know prospects, your goal should be to engage with them before sending connection requests. This could be a profile visit exchange or interacting with them on posts they have shared, etc.
4. Personalized Your Invites & Messages
Never rely on default messages. Send only personalized connect notes and messages that your prospects’ would show interest in.
Read your prospects closely or collect data using tools and then craft your messages based on the data you have collected.
Don’t try to send sales pitches in your first interaction or promote your services/products.
Don’t annoy prospects to death with spam. Instead, provide valuable and personalized content.
5. Review Your Network
Review your network and check if the connections you have added are relevant. Are they niche-specific? Do they engage with your posts? Having the right audience can enhance the engagement of your posts by 20-25%.
6. Cut Ties With Unreliable Tools
By now, you would have learned the lesson – never go for unsafe and unreliable tools.
When you have got your account back, don’t integrate the same tools again. Well, that’s obvious, isn’t it?
Something that has failed you before won’t sustain you now.
Disintegrate these tools and…
Use High-Quality LinkedIn Tools Only
We know most of you are B2B marketers and salespeople who can’t do much without effective lead generation. You need some tools in your arsenal to get the best leads for your businesses. Well, no one is stopping you from using them, but…
Consider only safe tools for LinkedIn lead generation.
(We already covered this more in-depth here –The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn Lead Generation, but here’s a brief overview).
You can go for chrome-based extensions but I will suggest you try a cloud-based LinkedIn automation tool this time.
Thousands of B2B marketers and SaaS organizations trust them and use them for safe lead generation.
Tools like LinkedCamp are safe, provide dedicated IPs, and offer dozens of other features to help you generate qualified leads with 100% safety.
It has all the things that I have mentioned above: inbuilt safety limits, personalization features, dedicated IPs, scheduled campaigns, and more.
It’s much better to adopt practices to avoid LinkedIn restrictions than struggling to get out of it.
That’s a lot of struggle and still, there’s no guarantee you’d escape it.
You can easily save yourself from ending up there by following the simple, quite frankly and common sense rules mentioned above.
- Don’t spam prospects
- Don’t overdo any activity
- Don’t send sales-pitches
- Start small
- Use Only reliable LinkedIn tools
- Keep your outreach personalized
And you’re good to go.
I’m sure no one wants to get themselves trapped in LinkedIn jail, at least you should know ways to get yourself out in the worst scenarios. I hope this guide provides you all the details about avoiding and removing LinkedIn restrictions.
Let us know if it was helpful… 😊