View LinkedIn Profile as others see it

How to View Your Profile As Others See It + 5 Secret Tips

View your LinkedIn Profile the way other users see it. I will explain to you step by step how to do that. Also, you learn how to change LinkedIns Visibility settings.

You are here because you want to know how to see your profile that way other people on LinkedIn see it when visiting your profile. So let's get right into it:

To view your LinkedIn profile as others see it:

  1. Login to LinkedIn
  2. Navigate to the top right side and click "Me 🔻"
  3. In the dropdown click on "Settings & Privacy" (a new page will open)
  4. In the left sidebar click on the tab "Visibility"
  5. Now click on "Edit your public profile" link
  6. Again, a new site will open. This time you see a preview of your profile - done. (Shortcut: this is the page you are looking for https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/settings)

 

another option would be to copy the Link of your Profile (eg. https://www.linkedin.com/in/YOURNAME) and paste it inside of an incognito tab in chrome. The result would be the same - you see your profile out of the perspective of an external visitor coming from google.

This is the way that someone would see your profile when he/she is not logged into LinkedIn. For someone that is logged in, it's a little different.

Unfortunately, it's no longer possible to view your profile out of the perspective from a specific person, let's say a 2nd-degree person out of your network.

This is because LinkedIn removed these features some time ago. However, I have some more relevant pieces of information for you to check out. Starting with:

LinkedIn's Privacy And Visibility Settings And Features

Tip 1: Edit Your Profiles Public Visibility

On this settings page, you can change who can view your LinkedIn profile. For example, you can define whether or not you want people to find your LinkedIn Account via Google Search. Also, you can set the amount of information that you want to make publicly available.

LinkedIn Profile public visibility settings

I personally recommend making all the information public, unless you have a good reason not to do it. It's easier for people to reach out to you if information about you and your company, activity... is available.

Tip 2: Create A Public Profile Badge

On the same page as described in Tip 1 you can generate a Public Profile badge to add to your blog, online resume, or website. To do that, just click on the button "Create a badge" and follow the instructions in the popup.

How to create a LinkedIn Profile Badge

Tip 3: Deactivate "other people viewing your ..."

Have you seen the feature on Amazon: "Customers who bought "ab" also buy"? Basically, the exact same thing is currently happening on your profile. Hint: you don't want that, because people will leave your profile earlier out of this reason.

I have recorded a short video (10 seconds) that show you exactly how to deactivate the settings tab: https://www.inlytics.io/article/deactivate-other-people-viewed

Tip 4: Create A Custom URL

Adding a custom URL to your account makes you stand out. Also, it makes it easier for other people to find and remember you on LinkedIn. I have written another interesting and short guide about how to do that: https://www.inlytics.io/article/customize-linkedin-url

Tip 5: Manage Visibility Of Your LinkedIn Activity

The Information That Is Shared With Your Network

In this tab, you can define exactly what information you want LinkedIn to share with your Network (Settings page: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/data-visibility)

Change the visibility settings for what you want to share with your network LinkedIn

Choose How Others See You When You View Their Profile Or Watch A Story Of Them: 

Here you can choose whether you want others to know that you have viewed their profile, or change the settings so you can be in private mode (incognito)

How you want to appear to others when visiting other LinkedIn profiles

WRITTEN BY

Tim Schmidbauer

I help startups to validate their critical assumptions, sharpen the business case and ultimately generate traction. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-schmidbauer/

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