Tips from The LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 3

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LinkedIn Group Invitations – Examples from Fake Profiles

Ok, we’re to my Top 3 Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn. We’ve been taking this educational journey together to help people understand the LinkedIn environment and what other people think of behaviors that may not even get a second thought while we’re engaging from a computer with no one else in the room.

How many GROUP INVITATIONS have you received for a group located somewhere else? If you’re a member of one of the large groups or a member of multiple groups, you’ve likely seen at least one. I’m pretty sure they’re sent out by companies that the group owner has hired to build their group. The subject lines typically proclaim: “Connected in (insert location here): We Need You!!” or “Just Following Up…” (See Screen Shot). Notice they all include a address followed by the group name, i.e., as the one in the screen shot.

Sometimes you’ll even get more than one a day for the same group! Why? Because the messages are coming from low level people in another country that doesn’t speak our language and so are unaware of the mistake they are making. The profiles aren’t real. They are sent from accounts that have very little profile information but who are surprisingly a member of 50 very large groups. If enough people report them as spam, they are shut down by LinkedIn.

Not only is this a pet peeve of mine and lots of other very well connected people on LinkedIn, it’s a violation of the End User License Agreement (EULA): available here. It’s in the Don’ts Section:

10.B.16 – (Don’t) Sell, sponsor, or otherwise monetize a LinkedIn Group or any other service or functionality of LinkedIn, without the express written permission of LinkedIn.

They found a formula that works for them. Yeah for them!

In the meantime, I get more “spam” concerning groups in places I don’t live and even from places I’ve never visited, than for any other reason. When I get them, I report them as spam and check our groups to make sure they are not pilfering people… yes another pet peeve. Let’s call this one 2.5.

LinkedIn limits the number of groups anyone can join to 50. When you’re very involved on LinkedIn this really does become a challenge. And when people are limited, group membership and members are more valuable. So, joining a group just to entice people to join your group looks and feels a bit more shady than it would if membership were unlimited.

What do you think?

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  1. Haven’t yet been subjected to this tactic, but I’ve had some other questionable emails that came via LinkedIn groups and their members. There seems to be some group that figures out ways to make the most beneficial systems annoying.

  2. I find that when people are careless with whom they connect they end up with a ton of spam. I have a lot of connections but I am not a ‘collector’. I recommend looking at the profile of someone who wants to connect with you and if it doesn’t seem legit google the name and location. They don’t usually add up if they are bogus and you’ll save yourself a lot of irritation by not accepting them as connections.

  3. You really have to be careful in choosing connections and yes I do agree that you need to really see the profile first whether they are real or not. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I only recently became active on Linkedin for the same reason everyone else is there – business. I was told by an editor that it was a good way for a writer to find new clients. The trouble is, I feel a little slimy trying to introduce myself there because it seems to be more than a little bit spammy. One so-called “advice” group I joined turned out to be a hustle for someone’s SEO business. Many of the discussions are started by people trying to sell something. Every single one that has advertised jobs has turned out to be bogus. I think the black hat crowd has moved in and Linkedin should do a Panda on them or it will lose its credibility.

    • I understand Rob! That’s why you want to build your network with care. Large numbers are ok, but always try to look at their profile… Karla’s advice is spot on!

      Also, look for groups in your location as well as in your industry and in the industry of your target audience. Don’t “just” try to sell, but find ways to provide value as well, like joining in the conversation. You might try the Integrated Alliances Group on LinkedIn. We monitor it for inappropriate content. will get you there quickly.

      Need more help? register for our free training and resources at Much of the material comes from our Linked Sales Training Programs for Corporate Sales Teams. That allows us to offer the material to our friends and fans complimentary!

      Let me know how else we can help you gain traction in this valuable space!

  5. I haven’t been subjected to that severe a case, but I did get at least one email invitation to a group that was so far removed from anything I do that I was completely bewildered by it. Now I know it was bogus. I’m just starting to get more involved in LinkedIn and trying to find legit groups where there’s actual discussion and interaction, not just people sharing their latest blog posts. I have to go back and leave some groups now just because there’s no point being a member. I don’t know how anyone can keep up with more than a couple, especially if you’re involved on other social media sites also.

    • Great point Sharyn! Here’s what I do… we manage about 15 groups for ourselves and various clients.

      I set up a daily routine for all my managed tasks like this. I visit 3-5 groups once a day, scanning for discussions I can like or comment on and looking for people who I might want to explore a business relationship with. I get through most, if not all groups that way. I am sure to follow a discussion I comment on that I want to follow so I get an email every time someone comments after me. But if I’m just adding my voice to the dialog and don’t need to come back, I uncheck that little “Follow the discussion” box before I post my comment!

      Hope this helps. Perhaps you would find one of our groups valuable. Fans of Gitomer (Jeffrey Gitomer, the sales trainer) and Integrated Alliances ( might suit you. Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn – I’m easy to find – and lets talk about what your interests are. I’d be happy to show you how to find groups that will result in real business relationships for you!

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