WordPress Application on Your LinkedIn Profile

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Today I got an email from LinkedIn telling me about new applications you can add to your LinkedIn profile. I guess LinkedIn finally woke up and realized the potential of apps following FaceBook‘s success, and although the apps they offer are still not open sources, I think they is a step in the right direction for LinkedIn.

You can find the Application link after you login to you LinkedIn account on the right hand side:

LinkedIn Applications Link

LinkedIn Applications Link

Clicking on the link will take you to the following LinkedIn applications page:

LinkedIn Applications Page

LinkedIn Applications Page

There are currently only 9 available appilications on Linkedin, however I expect this number to grow rapidly in the near future. The WordPress app is right on the top left side of the page. You can click it, add your WordPress Blog URL address and chose to display your Blog feed on your LinkedIn home page and/or your LinkedIn profile. You can see that my Blog post are presented on my profile page enhancing the exposure of my Blog posts.

WordPress on LinkedIn Profile Page

WordPress on LinkedIn Profile Page

I still think LinkedIn can improve this application by allowing members to display the WordPress app on their LinkedIn public profile (click here to view my public Linkedin Profile) which will further increase their Blog online exposure.

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LinkedIn Enhancement on Yahoo Search Results

Posted on October 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

A few days ago I noticed something different when searching a colleague name on Yahoo. This colleague had a LinkedIn online profile, and I saw his image and current position on the search results page. The first thing I did is to search my own name on Yahoo to see if the change was applied to my profile also. Here is the result I got:

Ehud Drezner on Yahoo

Ehud Drezner on Yahoo

After some investigating I found out that this search result presentation is part of Yahoo’s SearchMonkey technology which lets websites determine how they want to present their search results. Any website can do this (in several ways) but Yahoo only chose few websites including LinkedIn to implement in their search results pages. You can watch the short overview video on SearchMonkey to see some examples.

I think this is a very cool feature that will surely enhance the user experience when performing a name search.

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How to maximize your online profile

Posted on September 4, 2008. Filed under: Google yourself | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have multiple online profiles. You can Google my name or search my name in Yahoo to check them out. However the only two profiles which are full and up to date are my LinkeIn profile and my LookupPage. My Linkedin profile is for generating business opportunities in the LI network, and my LookupPage is the webpage I want people to see when they search my name online.

Filling relevant and up-to-date information in your online profiles will help you rank higher in search engines, increase your visibility online and help you build your professional brand. That means that anyone looking for information about you on the web, will find everything they need to know at a glance – your skills, your employment information, your contact details, etc. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your online profile is complete, detailed, and truly represents you. View my LookupPage and my LI profiles to see what I mean.

I will now list a few important points, to my opinion, of how to maximize your online profile:

  1. Fill in your personal details. Create a detailed profile including all your personal details, such as country, industry, suffix, etc. Don’t forget to enter your current job position (company and title), because that’s right at the top of the page when someone views your profile.
  2. Write about yourself. Use your online profile to help people find all the relevant information about you. Include all the keywords and skills from your resume in your about section. That will make it easier for your profile to be found in search result.
  3. Add a photo. You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended) to your online profile to add credibility to your profile.
  4. Add links. The links section of your profile is a good way to provide even more information to people who view your profile. Add links to your company web site, your blog, your favorite sites, and more.
  5. Add your contact details. Add your contact details, such as phone num, office num, Skype name, etc., in the business details section to make sure people can get in touch with you.
  6. Brand your company. Brand your company online by adding a company logo (this is online possible in my LookupPage), a company website, and a company description in the business details section. Let people find you and your contact details when they search for your company online.

For example, here is a screen shot of my LookupPage with all the implemented above points.

Udi Drezner's LookupPage

Udi Drezner's LookupPage

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