Do you know how to see sent invitations on LinkedIn? Are you using your LinkedIn account effectively to build your business? In this post I will provide an in-depth exploration on this subject and LinkedIn connections in general.

What is LinkedIn Basic?

The features of LinkedIn Basic:

  • Organize your network, build your profile, and connect with professionals.
  • You can give and receive recommendations.
  • A maximum of five introductions can be requested at once.
  • InMail messages can be received through your LinkedIn inbox (but not sent).
  • Receive weekly search alerts and save up to 3 searches.
  • Find out who has viewed your profile in the last 5 days.
  • You can see the top 10 people most viewed among your connections, and who is above and below you.

What is LinkedIn Premium?

There are four types of LinkedIn Premium accounts: Job Seeker, Sales Navigator, Recruiter Lite, and Business Plus. These accounts share many benefits:

  • Search unlimited profiles as a Premium LinkedIn member.
  • One important feature is you can directly message anyone with InMail.
  • See who has viewed your profile in the last 90 days, along with the keywords they used to get there.
  • You can also see how you rank against other professionals in your industry based on how many views you receive.
  • If someone searches for your name, expanded search listings will show more information from your profile including contact information.
  • How to write a more search-friendly profile summary using keywords.
  • If another LinkedIn member doesn’t have Premium, they can still send you an InMail via their message area
  • With Premium status, eight additional search filters are available: Groups, Years of Experience, Function, Seniority Level, Interested In, Company Size, Fortune, When Joined.

Create a LinkedIn Basic company page if you are just getting started on LinkedIn promoting your business. You may want to utilize LinkedIn Premium features, such as Unlimited Profile Search and InMail, if your profile and company page are both doing well and you want to use LinkedIn to build your lead pipeline. InMail, for instance, allows you to reach executives who limit who can connect with them as a result of their settings.

What are LinkedIn invitations?

This is best explained by LinkedIn itself, which says:

Invitations are how you make connections on LinkedIn. When one LinkedIn member sends an invitation to another person who then accepts the invitation, they become 1st-degree connections. If the person receiving the invitation isn’t a LinkedIn member, they’ll be prompted to join LinkedIn in order to accept the invitation. Each new connection can increase your access to thousands of professionals in your network.

That’s pretty much it. On the LinkedIn social network, invites are sent to people that are potential connections. When the invites are accepted, a connection is made and you can then expand your network.

How can I tell how many invitations I have sent?

For this you have to go to the invitations section of your account:

  1. Click on ‘My Network’ at the top of the screen
  2. Click ‘see all’
  3. This will bring you to a page where you can manage invitations and see all the invites you have received and those you have sent

I want to invite someone to connect, what are the best practices?

You might be tempted to just ask to connect with anyone that is involved in the same kind of work you do, or the industry you operate in, but this would be a mistake. The most important thing to remember about a LinkedIn request to connect is that it can be refused by any potential connection.

You might get lucky here and there, but usually if you don’t have some kind of relationship with the person you are trying to connect with, they may report you to LinkedIn.

There are many people out there who claim that they have sent out hundreds of connection requests per day and it hasn’t been a problem. However, if you do abuse the LinkedIn network there is a real chance your account can be suspended.

The first step to really start developing a new connection is to start a relationship on another social media platform. This is one of the best ways to push for a connection. Using a channel like Twitter or Instagram to get to know someone (even if it is just commenting) means you are taking the time to find out more about them.

After commenting/liking/introducing yourself outside LinkedIn, simply ask if they wouldn’t mind connecting on the platform. They are much more likely to say yes. To build a professional network on LinkedIn, just remember that you can’t take a scatter-gun approach to LinkedIn invitations.

There are other methods. You could try and email those contacts in your email list. While this is not a bad idea, it is important that you don’t send bulk emails asking to add people on LinkedIn. This is because it is impossible (unless you have a very small list) to personalize the messages. You could even end up sending these highly ‘canned’ messages to people who don’t want to be on LinkedIn, damaging your relationship.

Then you need to make sure that you send a personalized message on LinkedIn to the people you would like to connect with. This means using their name, highlighting how you know each other (including any prior contact on social media) and generally making it a personal message approach. LinkedIn is big on user experience,

How to see sent invitations on LinkedIn: What is the weekly invitation limit?

What is the invitation limit?

This has changed recently. You should know that everyone on LinkedIn has a cap of 30,000 ‘1st’ level connections. LinkedIn states this is to maintain quality control. Only recently LinkedIn also said that you cannot send more than 100 invites per week. It used to be 100 requests per day.

This new weekly quota seems to be an attempt to stop people from abusing the process. This is obviously fair enough, but it does have direct implications for outreach campaigns.

How to see sent invitations on LinkedIn: What happens if I run out?

This is when you contact Linkedin and talk to their team about it. As long as you haven’t been spamming people for connections then you should have a pretty easy time of it.

Manage invitations well and you won’t be sent to what is popularly known as ‘LinkedIn Jail’. This is when your account is suspended for exceeding invite limits or being a nuisance to other members. Keep on the right side of LinkedIn and you may find that they will add some more invites to your profile.

It’s important to not send requests to people you simply do not know. Like I said earlier, if you’ve put some work in and made contact outside of LinkedIn, you’ll have a better chance of connecting. If a member tells LinkedIn they don’t know you, you could be heading for trouble. The general consensus is that if you are ‘reported’ 5-7 times, you could even face serious account restrictions.

How to see sent invitations on LinkedIn: What if I invite the wrong person?

The wrong person generally means someone who just doesn’t want to accept your invite. There could be a number of reasons for this, including:

  • The user you are trying to connect with is not active, and provably hasn’t even seen your request
  • They don’t want to connect. Some people just don’t
  • The person doesn’t remember you

With new invitation requests, if it has been a week since you sent and still no results, withdraw that request.

How to see sent invitations on LinkedIn: How does all of this tie into lead generation?

Use LinkedIn for lead generation

The good news is that LinkedIn can provide the bedrock for some great lead generation campaigns by helping you reach out to ideal clients. You can quite easily find your ideal prospects on the platform, and send out an intro message quickly. It’s social selling at it’s best, because LinkedIn happens to include a number of decision-makers as members. Get your message right, and you could see an impact on your bottom line.

You will have a hard time finding new leads if you don’t get organized. While there are billions of people on LinkedIn, not all of them are the best connections for you. Regular monitoring of the people you have sent invitations to will ensure that you waste less time chasing after people who aren’t interested prospects, or don’t use LinkedIn on a regular basis.

Want to learn more about LinkedIn? Start with LinkedIn Marketing: Everything you need to know.