As we mentioned in our post on “LinkedIn For Search Engine Optimization 101,” LinkedIn is by far the most powerful single online business development platform. There are numerous good reasons to utilize LinkedIn for reaching your business goals. But sometimes, deleting a LinkedIn profile is the best move you can make on the network. In this guide, I’ll describe what I consider the best reasons to cancel out a LinkedIn account and how, exactly, one would go about that.
How To Close A LinkedIn Account
As we’ll see, closing a LinkedIn account is fairly simple. Not so simple is knowing precisely when it’s time to cancel an account.
Why Should I Close My LinkedIn Account?
In my mind, there are three primary reasons to close out a LinkedIn account and start fresh on the network.
Duplicate LinkedIn Accounts
Lots of people create duplicate LinkedIn accounts. Whether you accidentally created one, forgot about a previous account, or decided that your first try wasn’t up to snuff, you’ve now got two (or more) LinkedIn accounts. Why is that a problem?
First on the list, as in many situations, is user error. Ever received a request to connect from someone you thought was already a connection? They probably have two LinkedIn accounts. Ever searched for a professional and found multiple accounts? Which do you choose? What if one has been left derelict?
Deleting a duplicate LinkedIn account avoids confusion, for other users and yourself.
Too Many “Bogus” Connections
Added too many connections who turned out be dead-ends? Or worse, modern day hucksters? Deleting your account and starting a new one may be the best option, but consider your viable contacts on the network before you cancel it. Is the prospect of reconnecting with all those people worth it? If you’d rather try canceling your bogus contacts, check out our article, “How To Remove A LinkedIn Connection?”
LinkedIn Profile Development Service
LinkedIn wants you to be you, not some third-party development company’s project. While employing someone else to develop your LinkedIn profile sounds good on paper, how much do they really know about you? About your business interests and the image you’d like to present? A dodgy LinkedIn profile developer can screw up in a minute.
And when that happens, your LinkedIn persona becomes completely unrecognizable.
Close Your LinkedIn Account
Ok, you’ve decided that deleting your current LinkedIn account is the best option and you’re ready to pull the trigger. Here’s how to do it:
1. Click your LinkedIn profile picture in the top right (in focus in picture below) to access your Administrator settings.
2. When your Admin options come up, click the “Account” tab on the bottom left.
3. Click “Close your account” on the next page.
4. Select your reason for closing your LinkedIn account.
That’s it, you’re done! Now remember, LinkedIn is a professional outlet so take care in your choices next time.