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:
- Select PROFILE from the drop down menu and then select EDIT PROFILE.
- 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.
- 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).
- You will see a blank box after the address uk.linkedin.com/in/. 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.
- 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.
Note 198 – Five reasons why LinkedIn can be great for writers
That’s it for today
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Thanks – tried to work it out myself and then remembered you had blogged about it. Thanks sis !
Brilliant – hope you managed to secure your name too!
Have just realised the one change this vanity url as and when required, unlike how it is in facebook
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