When you want untapped access to LinkedIn’s prospect pool, one of the logical steps is at least partial automation of your LinkedIn outreach.
As the number of LinkedIn users is constantly on the rise - in fact, there are more than 830 million users worldwide - it would be somewhat naive to expect you could find and reach all the potential prospects manually and without any shortcuts, so to say. 😏
Not to mention the dreaded LinkedIn weekly limit that has significantly curbed your outreach possibilities by restricting the number of connection requests you can send to a mere 100 per week.
Your search for the right kind of automation tool is precisely what got you here, as by now, you surely know that there are two main types of LinkedIn automation tools:
Chrome extension tools;
And that leaves you wondering which type to go for, as both have pros and cons worth considering.
Luckily for you, we’re about to break them down one by one so that by the end of this article, you’ll be fully aware of all the benefits - and risks - that come with the use of certain LinkedIn growth hacking tools.
Chrome extension tools require downloads and installation, whereas cloud-based ones work independently of your device - all you need is Internet access, and you’re set to go.
Safety is by far the biggest issue with extensions since they’re not safe at all. Their cloud-based alternativeis infinitely safer as LinkedIn bots can’t detect it that easily.
Some cloud-based tools, such as Sales Robot, come with additional safety precautions, such as Safe mode, activity limits, randomization of activity and other ways of mimicking human behaviour.
Cloud-based tools work much smoother and won’t overwhelm your device, whereas Chrome extensions are prone to lagging and require your device to be turned on to work.
Chrome extensions are often significantly cheaper than cloud-based tools. Still, cloud-based tools will provide you with more functionalities and overall value for your money - they’ll both automate LinkedIn and make sure to keep you safe.
Our research approach
To help you better understand the key differences between LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions and their cloud-based alternatives, we’ll compare the two in several categories that are of utmost importance for any prospective LinkedIn automation user.
Safety - because there’s no point in using a tool that’s only going to get you restricted from LinkedIn;
Overall UX - that includes ease of use, technical requirements and possible issues;
Pricing - as your budget often plays a significant role in deciding on a suitable tool.
LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions vs cloud-based tools - The basics
Let’s start by explaining the core difference between LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions and cloud-based tools.
When it comes to LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions, this type of automation tools was the first to appear on the market.
These extensions work the same as any other browser extension.
That means that they have to be downloaded from the Chrome web store and installed on your device.
Afterwards, you can find them in the upper right corner of your browser window.
From there, you can manage them further, enabling, disabling them, granting or restricting permissions, and so on.
Keep in mind, though, that most of these extensions are compatible with Chrome alone, meaning you’ll have to switch to Chrome if you’re using a different browser.
Cloud-based tools, on the other hand, as a newer generation of software, do not require downloads or installation, as they work completely independently from your device.
What makes cloud-based software different from any other type of software is that it’s available remotely, as it’s hosted on the vendor's server and made available to customers over the Internet.
Simply put, that means that cloud-based apps leave no trace on your device, as they are not installed on it.
Basically, all you need to do to use these tools is to pay a monthly or annual subscription, and you’ll be granted access to them and all of the functionalities that come with your subscription package.
So, you require no more than a functioning device and Internet connection to use cloud-based apps.
Cloud-based tools are often more convenient to use, as there are no technical requirements from your side for them to work.
All you need is an Internet connection and a functional device, and you’re all set to go.
Chrome extensions require downloading and installing, meaning they will take up some of your memory storage - although not a significant part, to be honest.
Moreover, you’ll have to opt for Chrome as your go-to browser since most of these tools are devised for Chrome alone.
LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions vs cloud-based tools - Safety
Safety is one of the primary concerns of any prospective LinkedIn automation tool user, and the reason is simple.
Automation is not exactly in line with LinkedIn’s policies, as some of the automation tools are considered to pose a threat to other users’ safety and privacy.
So, when you decide to use an automation tool, you willingly play with fire there.
However, it’s worth keeping in mind that:
Some tools are more unsafe than others - on which we’ll elaborate right away;
The use of tools in itself won’t get you banned by default - it’s only the blatant and spammy kind of automation that will instantly raise LinkedIn flags.
Being careful with your LinkedIn outreach in general, in addition to being respectful to fellow LinkedIn users, is sure to keep you safe & sound, no matter whether you do outreach manually or have some help on the side.
The biggest problem with LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions is precisely the safety.
Simply put, these tools are not safe in the least.
The fact that they have to be installed on your device is what makes it all that easier for LinkedIn to detect their use.
Namely, LinkedIn bots have become quite adept at discovering the trace in code extension-based tools leave behind.
So, before you know it, you’ll find yourself with a temporary - or even a permanent - ban from LinkedIn.
Cloud-based tools tell an altogether different story.
Since they do not require any installation, they leave no trace on your device, making it infinitely more difficult for LinkedIn to detect their use.
Moreover, some of these tools, such as Sales Robot, go the extra mile to ensure your safety by:
Providing users with a dedicated proxy IP address;
Including options for randomizing, delaying, scheduling and gradually increasing activity to mimic human behavior to perfection;
Having a Safe mode that automatically sets limits to all activities to make it seem like a human is performing them.
That means that by using this kind of tools, you’ll both supercharge your LinkedIn outreach and stay safe.
It’s a clean win for cloud-based tools as they outride Chrome extension tools by far in this category.
Chrome extensions are nowhere near as safe as cloud-based tools since LinkedIn algorithms have perfected detecting their code traces and patterns.
If you’d like the best of both worlds - that is, to both automate LinkedIn for more leads & sales and stay safe while doing it - you’ll want to get yourself a cloud-based tool that ticks both of these boxes.
LinkedIn Chrome extensions simply won’t do you any good in this aspect.
LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions vs cloud-based tools - Overall UX
When it comes to the overall user experience, we’ve considered:
Whether these tools work seamlessly;
How robust they are in general;
If there are any special requirements for them to work properly.
Frictionless working is definitely not one of Chrome extension tools’ strong points.
Since you have to install them on your browser, they are prone to slowing your device down.
Therefore, lags and frozen screens are to be expected with Chrome extensions. This is especially so if you try to do something else on your device while the extension is working.
Moreover, for browser extensions to function properly, you’ll have to keep your device running all the time.
The moment you turn your device off, all your campaigns and other automated activity will instantly stop and won’t restart until you’ve turned your device back on.
Cloud-based tools have absolutely no special requirements for proper functioning.
They won’t cause any lagging or slow down LinkedIn or your device since there is no software installed on your device.
If your Internet connection is good, these tools will work smoothly in the background, allowing you to do whatever else you want while they’re running, as they won’t interfere with your other activity.
Furthermore, since they’re hosted on a server independent of your device, these tools keep working even when your device is turned off.
All you need to do is set up your campaigns, sit back and let the tool do the rest.
Cloud-based tools have a stark edge over LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions in this category as well, since:
They don’t cause glitches and lags;
They won’t slow your device down;
They run smoothly in the background, letting you do whatever else you want to on your device;
They keep on working even when your device is turned off.
LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions vs cloud-based tools - Pricing
The price tag is a factor that often significantly affects your decision regarding LinkedIn automation tools, so we’ll review standard pricing policies for Chrome extensions and cloud-based tools, respectively.
Let’s start by stating the obvious: LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions are the cheaper of the two.
Once you compare the pricing plans of some popular Chrome extension tools to their cloud-based counterparts, it’s clear that there’s quite a difference in favor of the extensions.
In the image above, you can see the pricing plans for one of the more popular Chrome extensions - Octopus CRM.
On the other hand, here’s the pricing plan for one of the cloud-based tools - Sales Robot.
Although there’s a stark contrast between the two, which could tempt you to opt for a Chrome extension, you should keep in mind one simple fact.
Chrome extensions may be cheaper, but they do come with a price of their own.
As we’ve explained before, these tools are anything but safe, so their use more often than not results in restrictions from LinkedIn, which you’d want to avoid at all costs.
Moreover, they are prone to lagging, glitching and slowing your device down, in addition to requiring it to run all the time for the tools to function properly, as we’ve described in the previous section.
So you’ll pay less in the beginning, but the costs you may face in the future might prove to be way higher than you’ve expected.
Cloud-based tools are more expensive than Chrome extensions, and there’s no use denying it.
However, there’s an excellent reason for that.
Cloud-based tools are, simply put, more advanced than Chrome extensions.
They offer many more features and functionalities, and, last but not least, they are infinitely safer than the extensions.
So, even though you’ll have to invest some more money in the beginning, these expenses will most definitely pay big time, as you’ll:
Reach many more prospects than you could manually;
Stay on the safe side of LinkedIn while doing it.
Reaching a final verdict in this category is not an easy task.
Namely, the Chrome extensions are significantly cheaper of the two, but:
They are not safe to use;
Their overall UX is nowhere near as good as the cloud-based tools’.
On the other hand, if you decide to pay more for a cloud-based tool, you’ll get a lot more value for your money.
So, the decision here is entirely up to you. That is, it will depend on:
Your current budget - if you’re tight on cash, you might want to pinch a few bucks and go for a more affordable extension;
Your LinkedIn outreach needs - if they’re modest enough, maybe you could get away with using a Chrome extension.
So, when weighing on what type of tool to use for LinkedIn automation, there are a few focal points to keep on the top of your mind:
Chrome extensions need to be downloaded and installed on your browser, and most of them are only compatible with Chrome.
Cloud-based tools exist independently of your device since a third-party service provider hosts them. All you need to access them is a stable Internet connection and a working device.
Chrome extensions are much more easily detected by LinkedIn bots and often get you restricted before you know it.
Cloud-based tools are infinitely safer since they don’t leave any traces on your device and are specially designed to mimic human behavior almost to perfection.
Chrome extensions are prone to glitching, lagging and slowing your device down. Moreover, they will only work while your device is turned on.
Cloud-based tools work seamlessly in the background and, as such, won’t slow your computer down. In addition, they do not require your device to be running for them to work.
Chrome extensions are the cheaper of the two, but that’s mostly because they do not offer advanced LinkedIn automation as cloud-based tools do.
You’ll have to pay some more for cloud-based tools, but the value you get for your money more than justifies the cost.
And there you have it, all you need to know about LinkedIn automation Chrome extensions and their cloud-based alternatives.
As most of these tools come with a free trial period, it would be best to give them a try and see for yourself which one does the trick for you.
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