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Note 216 – How to create a custom link for your LinkedIn profile in 5 easy steps

As a writer, my name is important to me so I wanted my LinkedIn profile to reflect my name and be able to add it to my websites and emails.  I posed the question to LinkedIn this morning using their ‘Ask a Questions’ function (did you know that you can only ask 10 questions a month?).  Anyway, the question I asked the community was “How do you send someone a link to your LinkedIin profile?”.  I obviously wanted to be able to amend it as well, and hoped that would be covered too.  

In less than five minutes, I received a response from Điňésh RAMKRISHNA in India and within the next five minutes I had secured my name (it was still available!), amended my URL address and added it to my websites.  I was very impressed with the service!  It’s also a very good feeling at 6.30am when you are already feeling productive.

Here are the steps that I took to customise my LinkedIn URL which will hopefully help you too:

  1. Select PROFILE from the drop down menu and then select EDIT PROFILE.
  2. Select EDIT next to your existing URL in your PUBLIC PROFILE (at the bottom of your profile box) which will take you to your PUBLIC PROFILE URL.
  3. Select CUSTOMISE YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE URL which will bring up a box for you to type in your custom URL. (Tip: Have a think about how you would want people to find you.  You can choose your personal name, company name or other).
  4. You will see a blank box after the address  This is where you type in your custom URL. LinkedIn say that it has to contain 5-30 letters or numbers, but you can’t use spaces, symbols or special characters.
  5. Select SET CUSTOM URL (or you can CANCEL if you want to start again).

According to LinkedIn, creating a custom URL for your LinkedIn public profile, can enhance your personal brand.  It’s also easier for people to remember and I think it’s tidier than the one with the number.

Tip: Remember that if you change your URL, your current custom URL will no longer be valid.  Have a think about if you have given this out to anyone already or put a link on one of your sites.

I’m all set up now and set up the relevant links on my sites.  Good luck with yours – please leave me a comment below to let me know how you get on.

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That’s it for today

Hope you enjoyed today’s blog.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


8 thoughts on “Note 216 – How to create a custom link for your LinkedIn profile in 5 easy steps

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