Since LinkedIn is a professional social network, it’s no surprise people want to expand their contact list as much as possible. More connections mean more opportunities in the job market.
However, having a huge LinkedIn network doesn’t mean anything if your connection list is filled with random people you have no interest in and can’t bring you any value or people who are not even active on LinkedIn.
If this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to clear out your network.
But how many connections are too many? And more importantly, if you do have too many connections — how do you remove them?
Can you have too many LinkedIn connections?
Once you hit the 500+ connections you’ll already have incredible reach and visibility, and when you reach over 5,000 connections you can do some serious growth magic.
However, you can’t endlessly grow your network — LinkedIn only allows you to have up to 30,000 1st-degree connections. If you have more than 30,000 1st-degree connections, Follow will become the default option on your profile.
The reality is, most people won’t need that many connections to have a good reach, as the algorithm can propel you even with 5,000 connections. Another thing to add to the mix is followers. You can set the Follow option as default even if you have below 30,000 connections or simply ask people to follow you in order to boost the visibility of your content and improve your reach… but more on that next time.
Note that LinkedIn doesn’t even show how many connections you have once you pass 500 connections. In fact, LinkedIn recommends that you only connect with individuals you know and trust. They also suggest it’s a good practice to manage your connection list and maintain only those that bring you the highest relationship value.
When it comes to your LinkedIn profile, quality is more important than quantity. More is not always better.
Why you should remove LinkedIn connections
Sometimes, you get connected with a person just for the sake of keeping in touch. However, after some time, you realize you no longer want that person in your network.
And sometimes you realize that a person who engaged with you a lot when you first connected is no longer active on the platform.
Having too many inactive LinkedIn connections can hurt your reach on your posts. Relevance of your connections is a crucial factor when it comes to pleasing the LinkedIn algorithm. Growing a highly-relevant and active network has the potential to boost your visibility and expand your reach.
So, how do you go about “pruning” your LinkedIn network and getting rid of irrelevant and inactive connections?
LinkedIn provides a feature called “Remove Connections”. When you go to your “Connections” page, you will see a remove button next to each name. By clicking on the remove button, you can remove that connection from your LinkedIn connection list.
However, removing your connections one by one can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Furthermore, LinkedIn does not allow you to view a history of connections you have removed.
Luckily, LeadDelta can help make this process easier and remove multiple LinkedIn connections from your network at once.
How to remove LinkedIn connections in bulk with LeadDelta
LeadDelta is a simple yet highly effective LinkedIn connection manager that allows you to have a clearer, more straightforward overview of your network. It helps you organize your connections with the help of features such as adding custom tags and notes and removing unwanted connections in bulk.
By simply adding the LeadDelta extension to your browser, you will get a CRM-a-like overview of your entire network. From there, you can easily find old connections that are not active anymore and use LeadDelta tags to mark them as inactive. Once you do that for up to 20 connections, just go and remove connections in bulk.
Step by step guide
Once you find connections you want to remove, simply select the checkboxes at the beginning of each row.
Next, click on the ellipsis (⋯) to open the More Actions menu on the right-hand side of the connection row and select the Disconnect/Remove option.
Once you select this option, a popup will appear asking you to confirm the action. You will also be able to choose the right option for you:
- Disconnect on LinkedIn — if you choose this option, connections will stay in your LeadDelta database, but you will no longer be connected on LinkedIn.
- Remove from LeadDelta — choosing this option will only remove connections from your LeadDelta database, but you will still be connected on LinkedIn.
You can also turn on both of the switches if you want selected connections both to be disconnected on LinkedIn and removed from the LeadDelta contact list.
Then click the Confirm button at the bottom left corner of the popup and you will get a notification in the bottom right corner informing you that your action has been successfully performed.
Disconnected connections will be presented differently in the Connections table and automatically labeled with the Disconnected Tag. Note that you cannot remove this tag. This way, you can easily distinguish disconnected contacts from those you are still connected with on LinkedIn.
Benefits of using LeadDelta to remove connections
The best part of using LeadDelta to remove connections is that you don’t have to remove them from your LeadDelta database.
Before you remove LinkedIn connections with LeadDelta, make sure to update connections to get the newest contact information. Then simply remove them from LinkedIn as described above but keep them in your LeadDelta database for future reference or if you want to reconnect in the future.
You can also export all your connections from LeadDelta and get connection details in CSV format. This feature allows you to remove connections both from LinkedIn and from your LeadDelta database while still preserving relevant information you might need further down the line.
Words of caution
While LeadDelta can undoubtedly help you organize your network and remove connections in bulk much faster, be careful not to go overboard.
LinkedIn doesn’t like to see a suspicious amount of actions that might seem unnatural. If you are not usually that active on LinkedIn on a daily basis, start slowly and gradually warm up your account.
It’s best to start by unfollowing or removing 20 connections at once, and don’t do more than 30 a day because LinkedIn might find that action to be more than usual.
Think of it as warming up a new email account. You wouldn’t send 200 messages from a new account — you want to start slowly and gradually increase the daily number of emails you send as you build your reputation to accomplish maximum deliverability.
If you want to boost your visibility on LinkedIn, you have to grow your network. However, you also have to clean out your connections from time to time. Irrelevant and inactive connections can hurt your reach more than they can help, so make sure to remove them regularly and keep your network up to date.
Download LeadDelta extension to easily remove LinkedIn connections in bulk and organize your network.