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LinkedIn has been the most ignored and neglected social networking tool for a while, but one has to realize that LinkedIn is the only network targeted specifically for Professionals and JobSeekers. It acts as an online resume for a professional to make himself known to all types of recruiters around the world.
When you create a blog and turn your attention to promote your website using social media, you install the FaceBook Share button or Twitter follow icon, similarly LinkedIn has several such plugins available for you to take advantage of this unique network. Below I will share the top 5 plugins I feel are a must for any blog:
1. LinkedIn Share Button – As the name suggests, it is very similar to the FaceBook or Twitter Share buttons that enable the reader to share the article with a single click, bringing high quality traffic to your blog. With LinkedIn however, one has to take an extra step to share any article in the respective group or niche to make it easy for others to find the right content.
2. LinkedIn Members Profile Plugin – This is a useful little widget that allows your readers to view all the other professionals on your LinkedIn Profile. This is a similar widget to the FaceBook Like button where readers are able to view all the other fans of your page. In LinkedIn’s case, they can see what connections you have in common.
3. LinkedIn Full Member Profile – This plugin allows you to display large and detailed LinkedIn profiles on your site. The code to present the Full Member Profile plugin is simple, but it does require that you know the member’s platform id. This plugin allows you to display your current employment status, your experience, your latest post etc. This may take a little coding knowledge to implement, but can prove to be useful for certain bloggers.
4. LinkedIn Recommend Plugin – If you are promoting a product or a service on your blog then this may be the right plugin for you. It allows you to recommend a product or service on your landing page and thus boost the product sales and leads in LinkedIn.
5. LinkedIn Login/SignIn Plugin – The LinkedIn API makes it incredibly easy to let you authenticate customers using their LinkedIn account. You can then use that information to register them for your own site, identify them in a blog comment, or otherwise use this to streamline their experience. You can be sure spammers won’t register since LinkedIn profiles are pretty locked-up and spam-free.
Hope you found these plugins useful and they create an impact on generating better traffic to your blog. If you know of any other plugins, do share with us and help your fellow bloggers to effectively use social media to market their websites and personal brands.
Which of these plugins stood out to you? Can you see yourself using any of them? Who would you recommend these for?
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