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Controlling What's Displayed on Your Public LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Makes it Easy to Control What the Public Sees

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In this photo illustration, the LinkedIn logo is displayed on the screen of a laptop computer on January 27, 2011 in San Anselmo, California
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If you've been networking on LinkedIn and have set up your profile, you may not have realized that you can control what others see when they view your public profile after finding you in a Google or LinkedIn search.

LinkedIn makes controlling and protecting your privacy relatively simple when compared to Facebook. While those who become part of your LinkedIn network will be able to see your complete LinkedIn profile, you have considerable control over what portions of your profile are displayed to the public.

This could be important because LinkedIn profiles can rank highly in Google and other search engines, and many more people than you might think could find you on LinkedIn, even if they don't belong to LinkedIn.

How to Control What's Visible to the Public

  1. Log into LinkedIn.
  2. Hover over Profile with your mouse or pointer on LinkedIn's main menu bar at the top of the page and select Edit Profile.
  3. Scroll down the page to Public Profile where you'll see your existing URL and an Edit link to the right (see image). Click this Edit link.
  4. The Public Profile page opens. After the top section, you'll see the main area, which is marked Public Profile.
  5. To disallow the public from seeing any part of your LinkedIn profile (not recommended), click None. Otherwise, be sure Full View is checked.

    Once Full View is selected, Basics is also selected and you cannot deselect it. Basics include only your name, industry, location and number of recommendations.

  6. Check all of the other areas you are willing to display to the public. If there's nothing in your LinkedIn profile you want to hide from the public, you can check all of the boxes.
  7. Click the Save Changes at the bottom of the page when you're done.
  8. To see what your profile now looks like to the public, click the View My Public Profile as others see it link.

This article is part of The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn.

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