End-of-Year Housekeeping: Time to Prune Your LinkedIn Connections

linkedin connectionsYour LinkedIn connections are is one of your most valuable business assets. Therefore, you should add people to your LinkedIn network very strategically.

But people – and also circumstances – change. So occasionally you may find it necessary to remove someone from your network.

Why Should You Prune LinkedIn Connections?

This list is certainly not exhaustive, but here are a few situations that might prompt you to take action:

  • Someone is filling your Inbox with spam on a consistent basis
  • One of your connections has become a direct competitor
  • You can’t keep up with the inordinate amount of LinkedIn introductions someone is asking you to make
  • One of your connections has become a direct competitor (in the freelance world, perhaps)
  • The day after you connect with someone, (s)he sends you a lengthy, canned solicitation message that has no relevance to you

I’m sure you get the picture. After all, as a LinkedIn user you have already experienced some of this frustration. And the temptation to end those connections.

But don’t lose sight of this fact: Each and every first-level connection is actually helping you in the search ranking algorithm on LinkedIn.

So think twice before you disconnect. For instance, the fact that you’ve never met a particular person in your network may not be reason enough to disconnect.

How to Prune LinkedIn Connections

There are several ways to disconnect with someone on LinkedIn, but one is preferable because the person won’t be able to see that you looked at his/her profile before disconnecting. And don’t worry—people do not receive a note from LinkedIn saying you dropped them.

  1. Click the My Network tab on the top toolbar
  2. Now click Connections in the left-hand column under Manage my network.
  3. Then type the person’s name in the Search by name box.
  4. Once the person’s name shows up, click the three dots to the right of his/her name and select Remove connection.

After you disconnect, any recommendations or endorsements between you and that person will be eliminated. The person will not be able to reinvite you. But if you have the person’s email address, you can reinvite him/her anytime in the future.

And don’t feel guilty if you choose to disconnect.

It’s your professional network, and above all else you should be comfortable with who’s in that network.

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For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Power Formula.

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Wayne Breitbarth AuthorAbout the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. An experienced businessman, speaker, and author, Wayne shares his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals. Through private business consulting and presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine and also the American Marketing Association, Wayne makes LinkedIn simple. Wayne is the author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. Connect with him on Twitter.

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