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Should You Connect Your Blog to Your LinkedIn Profile?

Many WordPress.com bloggers are already enjoying the benefits of connecting their sites to their social networks via Publicize. Sharing your…

Many WordPress.com bloggers are already enjoying the benefits of connecting their sites to their social networks via Publicize. Sharing your posts on Facebook and Twitter might be a no-brainer — clearly, all your friends and followers want to read your latest piece of staggering wit. But what about professional social network LinkedIn?

Here are some points to consider before you decide to push your blog’s content to your professional profile, too.

Making the link

LinkedIn is the biggest and most vibrant business-oriented social network. It has hundreds of millions of members, who use it for job searches and for social interaction with actual and potential colleagues. It’s also increasingly becoming a forum for the exchange of ideas between professionals, companies, and leading thinkers.

Setting up your blog posts to appear in your LinkedIn profile will be a breeze, whether or not you’ve already used Publicize. To connect your LinkedIn account to your WordPress.com blog, head to your dashboard. Then, go to Settings → Sharing , and click on the “Connect” button next to the LinkedIn logo:

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You’ll be taken to your LinkedIn account, where you’ll have to log in and approve the connection. In case your blog has multiple contributors, you’ll have a chance, during the setup process, to determine whether the content others produce will also be released to your LinkedIn feed.

Once the connection between the two platforms is established, each time you publish a post on WordPress.com it’ll also appear on your LinkedIn newsfeed, just as it would on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.

Looking to make the most of your blog’s connection to LinkedIn? Here are some quick tips:

  1. Add InShare buttons to your posts so that readers can share them directly to their own LinkedIn accounts.
  2. Browse and join LinkedIn Groups to find like-minded professionals and scout for ideas for new posts.
  3. Connect your LinkedIn account to SlideShare, another venue for your more visual content.

Blog your way to the corner suite

For some WordPress.com users, the advantages of this connection are obvious. If your site here is your primary professional home, or if you often write about work-related topics on your blog, having a presence on LinkedIn can give you a double boost.

Publishing on LinkedIn can broaden your blog’s readership and increase its overall popularity.

First, you become a more visible, high-profile commentator on the state of your profession, be it teaching, plumbing, investing, or artisanal cheese-making. This might lead to unknown benefits for your job (or job search), and open the door to interesting new opportunities and acquaintances. You make yourself known in a community of like-minded professionals, and take part in another public discussion, one that might be different in tone and focus from those you normally engage in through your blog.

Not less important, publishing on LinkedIn can broaden your blog’s readership and increase its overall popularity. It’s a form of syndication: readers who might never have heard of your blog if it had stayed only on WordPress.com now have the chance to consume and comment on your content. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Over-sharing as a professional hazard

Well, if your blog focuses on your alcohol-drenched travels through South America, chronicles your love life, or is full of vocal (negative) opinions on notable members of your profession, posting to LinkedIn might warrant a second thought. In fact, any personal post, even the most mundane one about your uncle’s 70th birthday party, might feel out of place on a platform dedicated to (mostly) professional interactions.

If you don’t want to think twice about anything you write, connecting your blog to LinkedIn might be something to reconsider.

There is, of course, nothing inherently offensive about any of these topics, just as there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with dressing up whichever way you please. In a work-related environment, though, some people are used to certain codes of behavior, be it the things one talks about or the print on one’s shirt. Appearing disrespectful of these codes might alienate some readers with whom you’d still like to enjoy a professional relationship, if not a personal one.

As a rule of thumb, if you don’t want to think twice about anything you write, and even more so if you tend to approach sensitive or controversial topics regularly, connecting your blog to LinkedIn might be something to reconsider.

Finding a blog-work balance

Even with these caveats, it’s important to stress that blogging on WordPress.com and maintaining a lively presence on LinkedIn are not mutually exclusive. If you wish to enjoy the benefits of linking these two platforms without worrying of separate worlds colliding, there are still ways to do that.

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First, on any Publicize-connected account you have, you can decide which of your posts will get posted, and which won’t.

Say you’d like your LinkedIn connections to read your insightful review of your new smartphone, but not your equally sharp critique of Fifty Shades of Grey. Easy! In your post’s Publish module, on the Publicize line, click on “Edit.” Then, depending on your preference, leave the LinkedIn box checked for publication, or uncheck it to leave it out of your feed there.

It’s important to note that even if you don’t publish a specific post to LinkedIn, as long as you publish anything there, you never know which content on your site your connections might choose to visit.

For even greater separation between platforms, you might consider having multiple sites: for example, a work-friendly blog, and an I-don’t-care one. LinkedIn connections are made per blog, not per WordPress.com account — and since you can have as many blogs as you wish, you can compartmentalize your audience in whichever way you see fit.

How do you mix blogging and work? Have you connected your blog to your LinkedIn profile? If so, what advice do you have to share? If not, what were your concerns? Feel free to share your insight with us!

51 Comments

  1. thanks for bringing this up. I had thought about linking to linkedin, but worried about how it would affect my professional life. Since more employers are looking at your online activities, I don’t know if it’s worth trying to keep it separate anymore. I think it’s probably best to try to keep them separate even tho I really could use the extra exposure.

  2. I have shared a link to my blog in various groups on Linkedin that are relevant to the content of those groups, even though it differs from my career. Certainly an employer can differentiate between the professional you are and the hobbies one has. Work does not define us. Our interests and aspirations do. In fact, being a well rounded individual, which can be revealed through a blog, may spark interest to a prospective employer. However, if the blog damages ones character based on the content, it’s probably best not to link it.

    Furthermore, if an employer really wanted to find out what dealings you had on the internet, it isn’t that hard to locate. Security settings are a false sense in which to hide behind. My motto, if you don’t want the world to know your secrets, don’t post it, anywhere !!!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience — I like the point you make, namely that some forms of content can actually help employers learn more positive things about job applicants. If one’s online presence is fair game, it’s good to know that it can work both ways, not just as a negative factor.

  3. I no longer have a LinkedIn account. I was tired of getting strange email connections/invites that had nothing to do with my profession/job nor any of my personal interests.

    There are references to what I’ve done job-wise prior to blogging on the ‘Net. It’s ok.
    And for my personal blog: There is a reason why I choose safe topics and rein in my language. :)

  4. Thanks for the post! I recently had an inner struggle regarding sharing my blog on my LinkedIn profile. I ultimately decided that I’m young enough in my career that personality & hobbies can only help me, since I don’t ever write about anything too private, negative, or offensive. I have actually had a couple coworkers mention a some posts that they enjoyed reading. I think it offers a great way for them to learn about me and respect me as a person, not just a random coworker!

  5. This post really interested me, because for my Social Media class we were required to create a blog. Our blogs had to be focused on a topic that we are interested in, in connection with social media. I think your post was interesting to read, because it shows me that it is ok to connect your blog with your LinkedIn in you mean for it to show your professional interests.

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