Hey, there, LinkedIn pros! Remember when you could send a ton of connection requests and message people left and right? Yeah, those were the days. But now, LinkedIn has thrown us a curveball by introducing a weekly connection request limit.
It's a real bummer for those of us who rely on LinkedIn for lead generation because, let's face it, numbers are everything in sales.
But don't worry, we've got your back! We know you're probably wondering if there's a way to bypass LinkedIn limits without getting banned. The answer is yes! And we're here to share all of our insider tips and tricks on how to do it.
We've spent years testing and perfecting methods to safely bypass LinkedIn limits while remaining in line with their policies. And we're not just talking about connection requests, we'll also give you the scoop on message limits and other opportunities LinkedIn has to offer.
So, don't let those pesky LinkedIn limits hold you back from reaching your sales goals. Stick with us, and we'll show you how to safely and efficiently work around them.
Is there a LinkedIn message limit? Learn the facts and how to work around them.
Since many people seem unsure whether there is a LinkedIn message limit in addition to the connection request limit or not, let’s set this straight once and for all.
The simple answer is: NO!
There is no LinkedIn message limit, which means you can send as many direct messages as you like, at least to 1st-degree connections.
When it comes to people you aren’t connected with, you can’t message them directly the same way as you do your connections, but there are a few ways of reaching them as well, which include:
Sending credited InMail if you have a Premium, Sales Navigator, or Recruiter profile;
Sending free InMail to Open Profiles who’ve enabled that feature;
Sending message requests to fellow group members and event attendees.
There was a cap on the daily number of messages you could send to group members for a brief period, but LinkedIn revoked it shortly after.
However, just because there isn’t an actual LinkedIn limit in place doesn’t mean you should send thousands of generic messages to anyone you come across. Such messages have a zero response rate and often get flagged as spam.
As a result, it would only be a matter of time when you’d suffer restrictions from LinkedIn, including a temporary or even a permanent ban.
Of course, there are ways of ensuring that your prospects welcome and respond to your messages, and we’ll include tips on how to accomplish that at the end.
So, to wrap this up – there are officially no daily or weekly limits on messages you can send out as long as people don’t come to think of you as a pushy salesperson and decide to ignore, block or report you.
Of course, sending more messages in a day than is humanly possible would also get LinkedIn suspecting there’s something fishy going on, so try to always keep those numbers in a reasonable range.
Keeping your overall LinkedIn activity at around 250-300 actions per day would probably be the safest thing to do, especially if you don’t have that many connections yet.
However, what’s really amazing about there being no LinkedIn message limits is that you can actually use messages – but not generic, spammy ones – as one of the methods of bypassing the weekly connection limit, which we will explain in-depth soon.
Now that we know how things go with LinkedIn messages, let’s delve deep into the question that’s been bugging us all – the methods of effectively working around LinkedIn connection request limit.
Method of bypassing LinkedIn limits #1: Invite by Email
In addition to sending regular connection requests, LinkedIn also offers an option of inviting people to connect using their email addresses.
You can send as many connection requests as you want with this one. To send email invites to your prospects, you've got a couple options. You can upload a CSV file with their emails or enter them manually. Just keep in mind, the message you attach can't be customized.
Want to send connection requests to your leads but don't have their email addresses yet?
No problem! There are easier ways to invite prospects by email than manually inputting them.
At Salesrobot, we have an email enrichment feature that makes it super simple to find and verify your prospects' emails.
We've integrated data from over 700 million LinkedIn users, including their business emails and other important information.
And the best part? It's all from a verified database provider, so the chances of errors or mismatches are super low.
You can use this feature when you upload a CSV file or when you import a Sales Navigator search URL. Just turn on the Enrich Data feature and Salesrobot will do the rest.
It's not just a tool that finds email addresses for you.
It's a complete LinkedIn outreach automation software that covers everything from start to finish.
With Salesrobot, you can create multi-step campaigns to send invitations by email and it'll handle the whole process for you. It's a total time-saver and makes everything so much easier.
Want an easy way to send connection requests to your leads?
Just import your CSV file, Sales Nav or LinkedIn search URL into Sales Robot and toggle on the "Send connection request using email" option.
Presto! Sales Robot will automatically find and verify the email addresses and then send out the invites for you!
There's no limit on the number of connection invites you can send via email.
Unlike LinkedIn, where you're only allowed to send invites to people you know, this feature allows you to send as many invites as you want.
In fact, some users have reported sending up to 1000 invites in a day and receiving great response rates.
But, as a precautionary measure, it's probably best to keep it to around 200 invites per day. This way, you won't raise any red flags on LinkedIn and can continue to grow your network at a steady pace.
Moreover, if you are relatively new to LinkedIn and have less than 500 connections, it would be wiser to start slow and send no more than 50 email invites per day to begin with.
Afterward, you can gradually increase the number of invites you send as your network grows.
If you don’t want to worry about the number of email invites you’ve sent in a day, you can always set up limits and fine-tune many parameters inside Sales Robot, such as:
The maximum number of email invites per day;
You can enable the option of randomizing the number of invites that are sent daily – that means that each day Sales Robot will send out a different number of invites from a range you’ve set up;
You can choose to skip certain days, such as the weekends or national holidays, as well as take care of different time zones – which is one of the ways Sales Robot mimics human behavior to perfection;
Hey, you know what's better than a regular old email? InMails. If you're lucky enough to have a Premium, Sales Navigator, or Recruiter profile, then you're in for a treat. These InMails are like the caviar of the email world, let me tell you why:
You can send them to people you’re not connected with.
The downside is that your subscription plan will get you amiserably small number of InMail messages you can send per month.
However, if a user has an Open Profile, meaning they’re a Premium user who’s enabled that feature, you can send a free InMail to them.
The concept of free InMail means that the message you send to an Open Profile won’t count as one of the credited InMail you get in your subscription plan.
You’ll recognize premium users by the golden badge next to their name, like in the image below.
This means that you can send as many InMails as you like to Open Profile users despite them not being your 1st-grade connections.
That in itself is an excellent way of bypassing LinkedIn connection limits since you don’t have to first connect with these users to be able to message them.
Sales Robot offers options for targeting Open Profile users and sending personalized messages to them, so you can both find them and strike a chat with them in just one move.
That way, you won’t be wasting time manually checking if a lead has an Open Profile or not.
To do this, when you’re creating a campaign, you first draft a highly-personalized message, which you can do from scratch or by using some of our ready-made templates
Afterward, you import the CSV file or a Sales Navigator search URL containing all the leads you’ve targeted.
And finally, you simply toggle the Send as InMail instead of connection request if it’s free option and you’re ready to go.
Sales Robot will filter out all the Open Profiles and send them a personalized free InMail message.
What’s more, there’s another, maybe even simpler way of ensuring that Sales Robot sends a free InMail instead of a connection request whenever possible.
When drafting a connection request message, click the plus sign that reads Add variant.
After that, all it takes is enabling the Use free InMail option, and you’re good to go.
Sales Robot will automatically send a free InMail instead of a connection request whenever it comes across an Open Profile among your leads list. That way, it both bypasses LinkedIn limits and saves your InMail credit.
Just like with sending connection requests using email, you can also randomize the number of InMails sent daily, but that’s not all: there’s even an option for gradually increasing the number of InMails you send per day.
That means that as your network gets bigger, you’ll be able to send out more and more email invites without causing suspicion. And there isn’t a thing you can’t customize: from the maximum daily number of InMail requests to the number by which Sales Robot increases the requests and the frequency of increasing.
Method of bypassing LinkedIn limit #3: Sending message requests to fellow group members and event attendees
Another cool feature LinkedIn has that many users seem to overlook is that you can send messages to members of groups you’re in and users who attend the same events as you, even when you’re not connected with them.
Imagine all the potential leads you could reach out to without having to deal with the tedious task of connecting first.
All you have to do is scroll through your groups or events, find users who might be a good fit and send them a message
There are ways to target fellow group members in just a few clicks by using Salesrobot.
When importing leads, first you need to click on the Advanced Usage button.
Then you select Add all in a group option, and that’s it – Sales Robot will automatically send a highly-personalized message to each member of the group.
In addition, there are other options you can include or exclude, such as targeting Premium accounts only, sending email connection requests, targeting only a certain degree of connections, etc.
Of course, like in the previous two cases, Salesrobot will randomize the number of messages it sends to group members from a range you set up.
This way, you can send more than 200 messages to group members in just one day, which amounts to a staggering 1400 leads you can reach out to in a single week.
Now that you’ve found out all there is to know about these deliciously easy ways of bypassing LinkedIn limits, we bet you’re eager to try them all out.
Alright, so you might be thinking, 'Hey, sending a ton of email invites, InMail messages, and messages to group members sounds like a surefire way to boost my sales on LinkedIn!'
But hold up, my friend. Let me tell you, no one wants to waste their time reading generic, overly-pushy messages. So, if you go down that route, you might just be shooting yourself in the foot.
In fact, you might even get banned from LinkedIn if enough users report or block you. But don't worry, there are ways to make sure your messages are well received and that people accept your connection requests without thinking twice.
So, sit tight and pay attention, because we're about to reveal some extra tips on how to make the most of all of LinkedIn's hidden features. Let's dive in, shall we?
Tip #1: Optimize your LinkedIn profile
Alright folks, let's be real here. Would you accept a connection request or message from someone whose LinkedIn profile looks like it was created by a teenager on a sugar rush? I didn't think so.
Imagine if your LinkedIn profile is filled with pictures that belong on Instagram and a summary that would be more at home on Tinder, do you really think people will be lining up to connect with you or even listen to what you have to offer?
But don't worry, it's not all bad news. Just by having a professional-looking LinkedIn profile, you're already halfway there. So, make sure your profile is polished and ready to impress, and watch as the connections come rolling in.
Alright, pay attention because I'm about to drop some serious LinkedIn knowledge on you. Now, I know what you're thinking, 'LinkedIn, boring', but hold up, just hear me out.
A good LinkedIn profile is like a fancy outfit, it's all about the details.
👉 First off, you need a professional looking profile picture, otherwise, it's like showing up to a fancy party in your pajamas.
👉 Next, a customized background image that showcases your expertise, you know, so people know you're the real deal.
👉 Then, you gotta keep your information up-to-date, like your current job, position, and company, you don't want people thinking you're still working at that hotdog stand from college.
👉Lastly, an engaging 'About' section, because let's be real, who doesn't love a good story?
See, LinkedIn isn't so boring after all.
Tip #2: Send highly-personalized messages
No one likes feeling like they're getting sold to, especially in a B2B environment where business professionals can be a tough crowd to impress.
That's why it's crucial to avoid sending those generic, cookie-cutter messages that get lost in the sea of inboxes. Instead, you should craft a message specifically for one lead, tailored to their interests and needs based on their LinkedIn profile.
And trust me, adding a personalized note to your connection requests increases your chances of getting accepted.
But let's be real, scrolling through hundreds of profiles, collecting data, and writing personalized messages can be time-consuming and tedious.
That's where Salesrobot comes in, it's like your own personal assistant for lead generation.
Sales Robot’s latest generation AI can find the things that stand out the most from a particular profile, such as:
Experience with volunteering;
Remarkable work experience;
Sales Robot will then draft a highly-personalized message based on the data it collected, ensuring that your leads feel like they’re talking to an actual person rather than a software.
Here's a little known fact about Sales Robot - it's like having a crystal ball for your connection request messages.
Not only does it give you fully customizable templates, but it also has the power to predict the likelihood of getting a response from your message.
Like a fortune teller for your sales game. Imagine being able to tweak and adjust your message before sending it out, increasing your chances of getting a response.
It's like having a personal genie for your sales game. And just to show you it's not all smoke and mirrors, here's an example of a connection request that was accepted thanks to Sales Robot and the conversation that followed.
Tip #3: Warm up your leads
Another way of increasing the chances that your messages and connection requests get a high response rate is to warm your leads up.
That means you ought to show some interest in their profile, their activity on LinkedIn, and the content they create, share, and engage with.
So, instead of just sending a connection request out of the blue or pitching them an offer via InMail, you could create a sequence of activities that would include things like:
Viewing their profile;
Liking and commenting on their posts;
Endorsing skills, and so on.
By doing that, you’ll show genuine interest in that person, which will surely soften even the hardest of nuts.
However, checking each and every profile for yourself would take much time and effort. To help that process flow more easily, there is a warm-up feature in Sales Robotthat can do all that for you – roll out a series of actions that show your lead you’ve taken the time and the effort to follow through their LinkedIn profile and activity.
Here’s an example of a warm-up campaign created by Sales Robot that starts with liking a lead’s post before proceeding with following their profile and finally sending a connection request with a highly-personalized message attached.
Tip #4: Don’t go too fast
Patience is a virtue in sales and outreach, particularly when you consider that LinkedIn can – and will – restrict you if you send large volumes of messages and requests over a suspiciously short amount of time or if most of your requests remain pending or end up being declined.
Such activity inevitably marks you as a potential spammer or implies that you’ve gone against LinkedIn Terms & Policies, and the platform does not look too favorably upon such behavior.
That’s why it’s best to take things slow, even when you have something like Sales Robot at your side that allows you to send hundreds upon hundreds of messages and requests.
A modest start is the wisest thing you can do, and as your network grows, you’ll gradually increase your requests and messages accordingly. Easy-peasy!
Having the number of your daily LinkedIn activities in mind at all times can be tiring, though, especially when you’re growing your network. That’s why there’s an option for easily setting limits and randomizing practically any bulk activity by using Sales Robot.
You can set the limits for all the important LinkedIn activities, such as:
Sending email and InMail requests;
Sending connection requests;
Liking and commenting on posts;
Sending messages to group members;
Sending follow-up messages.
In addition, you can also gradually increase the number of both regular connection requests and InMails that you send over a period of time.
Furthermore, if you’re worried about accidentally crossing LinkedIn limits or becoming too obvious in an attempt to grow your network faster, there is a Safe mode feature inside Salesrobotthat ensures that you always stay within the recommended range.
That way, you won’t have to worry you’ll accidentally mess something up and alert LinkedIn – the software’s AI will take absolute care of your safety for you.
Before you go
Since we simply couldn’t have allowed a platform to outsmart us that easily, we’ve discovered 3 foolproof methods of working around LinkedIn limits, which include the following:
Invite by Email feature;
Free InMail that you can send out to Open Profiles;
Bulk message fellow group members and event attendees.
In addition, always have in mind the ultimate golden rule when it comes to LinkedIn outreach: do not go too big too fast. Don’t be afraid to:
Take things slow;
Gradually increase your activity as you grow your network;
Always warm up your leads first and engage in chats that seem personal and friendly.
When you put these methods and tips together, you’ve pretty much got the magic formula you need to level up your outreach without fearing the LinkedIn limits the platform has imposed.
Start applying our experience-based tips and tried-out methods now, and you’re bound to get the results you want to see in no time while always staying 100% safe and sound.