As a LinkedIn Rockstar, I have an enormous network on LinkedIn; I have actually reached the limit (30,000!). You probably ask yourself, is there an advantage to having connections with 30,000 different people? Yes!
When you have such a high number of LinkedIn connections, not only do you have a greater number of connections to decision makers, but also the quality of those connections goes up. It raises the bar on the level of connections you have.
When you want to expand your network, when you do send an invitation, try to write something personal. The same goes if you receive an invite – write a thank you. A thank you can be an excellent way to get communication started, and you can also use it as an opportunity to put in a link to your site which helps drive clicks.
If you are curious about where you rank in terms of number of connections, go to LinkedIn, your advanced search options, change to ‘search anywhere’, sort by number of connections, and you will see where you fall.