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The Top Most Viewed Linkedin Profiles

February 12, 2013

Approximately 2 Millionen Users just received a message from Linkedin with the name and the message: “Your Name, congratulations! You have one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012.” And probably you have seen messages on Twitter or Linkedin like: “Hurray! I Have One of the Top 1% most vied LinkedIn Profiles.”

If you want to know who are the top 10 Most Viewed Profiles on Linkedin – see List below.

There is one golden rule for views on Linkedin: The more views a profile gets the more likely this profile will generate a so called lead. A lead could be a proposal for a job, a proposal for a business or a partnership, or a new network contact that can open new doors, or an invitation to an event to present on your topic, etc. …

If you would like to get a feel who these top profiles are that made it into the Top 1% Most Viewed Profiles on Linkedin in 2012, I have compiled a list in slideshare presentation:
The top most viewed profiles on linkedin

I have created a Linkedin Benchmark survey with two questions to get a better feel how many views Your Linkedin Profile has compared to other Profile:
The Linkedin Profile Views Benchmark Survey

The Top 10 List of the Most Viewed Profiles on Linkedin:

1) Barack Obama: Current President of the United States of America.
526 270 Views in 2012. Reference

2) Wayne Breitbarth: Bestselling author, trainer and speaker on using Linkedin

3) Reid Hoffman: Co-founder of Linkedin

4) JD Gershbein: Expert on Social Branding for Linkedin Profiles

5) Jeff Weiner: CEO at Linkedin

6) Tim O’Reilly: Adviser at Code for Amercia

7) M. Taner Aktas: One of the top connected people on Linkedin and the first in the top 10 from outside the USA – he is from Turkey

8) Mike O’Neill: Speaker and Corporate B2B Linkedin Sales Trainer

9) Viveka von Rosen: Author of Wiley’s “Linkedin Marketing: Hour a Day”

10) Greig Wells: Jobsearch Sites

Further well-known Linkedin Users who are not in the top ten

11) Jason Alba: Author of “I’m on Linkedin – Now what”

88) Darren Rowse: Famous Blogger

Linkedin SEO – How to be found on Linkedin – what keywords should I choose and what else matters ?

January 16, 2013
Linkedin Profile

Linkedin Profile

Well, there you are with your new state of the art best practice Linkedin Profile which is extremely well worded and your picture taken by a professional photographer. You are ready to land a fantastic new job through a recruiter coming across your profile, but month and month passes and nothing ever happens….
What is going on here ?

First of all there are now more than 200 Million Profiles on Linkedin and steadily growing. How should a recruiter find you ? Not every recruiter has the Linkedin Recruiter Version which allows him or her to search through all the Linkedin profiles. And even if he or she did, how would your Linkedin Profile turn up in the top 10 search results of this recruiter ?

Linkedin Connections and Network

Linkedin Connections and Network

There are a number of steps you can do:
1) Check Appearances in Search Results
2) See the number of people in your Network
3) Look at the quality of your network connections and the Linkedin Groups you have joined
4) Analyse Keywords – do you know them and do you use those in the best way ?

How to go about it ?
1. First Login into your Linkedin Account.
2. On the right pane as shown in the picture above you will see how big your network currently is and if your profile appeared in search results.

1) Check Appearances in Search Results
3. In the section Who’s Viewed Your Profile click on the “Your Profile has been viewed by x people in the past x x” Link.
4. On the right upper side of the displayed new page click on the “Appearances in Search” Tab under Trends. Study the search appearances graph over the last 90 days.

Linkedin Profile appearances in Search Results over 90 days period

Linkedin Profile appearances in Search Results over 90 days period

Clearly if you have a low total number of search appearances you have got to do some work which will be

2) See the number of people in your Network
5. Go back to your main page and look again there at your stats. This time the stats of “YOUR LINKEDIN NETWORK” (see picture “Linkedin Connections and Network” above ) are in focus. There is a clear statistical link between the number of professionals within your Linkedin Network and Appearances in Search Results. The smaller your network the more likely your Linkedin Profile will not appear in searches. Why is that ?
If a Linkedin User does not have the Linkedin Recruiter version any search for a Linkedin Profile will be limited to the number of professionals in one’s own network. If you do not belong to this network your Profile will not show up. And this will bring you to step

3) Look at the quality of your network connections
If you have still a small professional network the first thing you need to do is to connect to more people to enlarge your network as well as join the largest groups on Linkedin and also the Linkedin Groups related to your professional area. Member of your Linkedin Groups will also appear in Searches – so you do not have to be necessarily connected with these Profiles, they do not have to be part of your professional network.

How do you identify the quality connections and the best Linkedin groups ?
There are many ways.
6. First of all connect to all the people within your existing professional network that are on Linkedin.
7. Second look through your preferred job boards and identify the names of the recruiter if displayed or the company they are working for. Start searching for these recruiters or companies on Linkedin and see if you can connect to the individual. If these people are not yet within your reach in Linkedin see in which Linkedin Groups they are a member of. Join these groups. Now you should be able to invite them into your professional network.
8. Join large external industry groups and get a member list as well and join their Linkedin group if they have one already.
9. After you have started to extend your Linkedin Network see again if your Appearances in Searches went up compared to the first time you did your analysis.

The next thing is for you to appear in the top search results. This is step No.

4) Analyse Keywords – do you know them and do you use those in the best way ?
10. I would recommend you to take this step once you have a large enough network on Linkedin. From your own job searches in job boards as well as from the description of the open positions that you would consider extract the main keywords. This should be the words that recruiters will use to find a Linkedin Profile.
11. Use one of these keywords and do a search on Linkedin in the people category – see example in the picture below.
The Search is on top right of your Linkedin Account Main Page.

Use the Linkedin Search with your keyword

Use the Linkedin Search with your keyword

12. The first result you get will be ordered by relevance. In this step you could analyse the first three top profiles and see how they used the keyword in their profiles. In Relevance mainly the people usually the first level connections will show up in the top ten results.
Better is to do one more step to find the best optimized SEO Linkedin Profile for your keyword:
13. Change the Filter (Sort by: ) of the Search Results from Relevance to Keywords (see picture below):

Linkedin Search Results Sort by Keywords

Linkedin Search Results Sort by Keywords

14. Now in the new result list study the top profiles that appear. See how and how often these Linkedin members used the keyword in their Linkedin Profiles.

If you do not have the premium Linkedin membership you cannot view the Profiles of your 3rd Level connection or the Linkedin Members within your Linkedin Groups. On top the premium Linkedin Membership allows you to see what keywords were used by Linkedin Users who finally came to view your profile.

Additonally with the Premium Version you can view the whole list of Linkedin Members who viewed your profile. Once you have optimised your Linkedin Profile it may be worth while to pay for the premium membership for some months to see what keywords attracted people to come to your profile.

Some more useful advise by experts:
How to Optimize Your Linkedin Profile For High SEO Ranking
One of the key advises in the post – complete your Linkedin Profile in the most optimal way.
Linkedin has these character limits per  section in your Linkedin Profile:

  • Headline – 120 Characters
  • Status Field – 140 Characters
  • Summary – 2,000 Characters
  • Specialties – 500 Characters
  • Company Name – 100 Characters
  • Position (Job) Title – 100 Characters
  • Position Description – 2,000 Characters
  • Interests – 1,000 Characters

Linkedin: Why your profile never gets views, and how you can fix it (case study) at zdnet
Citation from this excellent post by a master in SEO Stephen Chapman:
“If you hope to come up in someone’s search for keywords related to your profile, you either need to essentially spam your profile with those keywords, be in a LinkedIn group related to those keywords, or you had better be connected with someone the person searching is connected to. Long story short, LinkedIn appears to favor networks of connected people, LinkedIn groups, and profiles chock-full of the same keyword(s).” Also the author Stephen Chapman – the SEO experts – shows some very good examples of his case study what I would recommend on how not do it. To be found is one thing, but to be attractive another. If it is obvious to a recruiter or a prospective client that you just optimized your Linkedin Profile to rank very high, this might turn actually your visitors to your profile away. I would advise you to study closely how to optimize but yet not loose the quality of your Linkedin Profile. To put it in other words very good products usually have also a very good marketing and so should a very good Linkedin Profile too.
Stephen summarized his expert advise in two sections for seeking an employee and seeking a job. I recommend to read it.

Linkedin SEO: How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business Profile
Some more useful advise also for company pages on Linkedin.

Optimizing Your Linkedin Profile to Improve SEO for Your Company
If you teach your employees how to create compelling Linkedin Profile it will also benefit your brand as well your employer branding. This slideshare shows you what to consider.
I was quite successful with my Linkedin Profile ( to attract Top Talents to my current employer who otherwise would not have considered us. 

The 13 Sneakiest Linkedin SEO Tips to Boost Your Profile’s View
Further useful tactics to optimize your  SEO Succsess on Linkedin

7 Things You Need to Know About Linkedin Search
In this excellent post you get a deeper insight on how Linkedin Search works when the search results are displayed by relevance. Worth reading.

My Part in LinkedIn’s 200 Million Member Milestone

Hurray! I have one of the top 1% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012.

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The Top Profiles on Linkedin to Learn From

Top 10 Largest Groups on Linkedin

Linkedin How to Hide Your Job Hunt From Your Current Employer ?

Linkedin Endorsements – Performance Indicator for the Attractiveness of Your Linkedin Profile

The Top Job Search Strategies on Linkedin

Is Linkedin helping you to find the next job or is it still a wishful thinking ?

12 Ways to Use LinkedIn Today

Top Eight Linkedin Learning Resources

My Alltop on Linkedin

Linkedin Profile – Free Best Practice Course on Udemy

My Learning Journey as manager of the Linked:HR EMEA group on Linkedin

Continuous Job & Career Development

What is the outlook for the HR professional market in EMEA in 2013 ?

January 10, 2013

Wordle: Outlook HR EMEA

This wordle summarizes the overall current result of the Pulse Survey in the Linkedin EMEA HR Group.

Link to the pulse survey. Only 5 questions and at the end the participant can see all the results in more detail.

Continuous Job & Career Development

September 10, 2012

What is shared on Twitter: tips & tricks to improve your job search,  career development, linkedin profile and advice on recruiting and open positions (jobs).

Tuesday, 30th October 2012:

Job Seekers: Employers Are Watching You on Social Media –

Top 10 Largest Groups on Linkedin
How to Recruit Hidden Talent [INFOGRAPHIC]
Now We’re Getting It – Total Rewards Critical To Engagement (When Done Right)

Wednesday, 24th October 2012:
      LinkedIn Blog » LinkedIn’s Most InDemand Employers: European Rankings Unveiled
        The Smartest People Prefer Twitter To LinkedIn And Facebook, Research Shows [STUDY] – AllTwitter
       10 Ways to Capture Leads Using LinkedIn

Thursday, 20th September 2012:
 How Difficult Will It Be to Hire a Project Manager? – Jobs. Trends. Insight. 
No LinkedIn Profile? You Might Be Invisible
LinkedIn best practice tips: to connect or not?
Women Win Facebook, Twitter, Zynga; Men Get LinkedIn, Reddit [INFOGRAPHIC]
… and more

Wednesday, 19th September 2012:
(1)   10 Jobs That Grew More Than 30 Percent This Year
(2)   Insider Secrets: How Recruiters Are Hiring Candidates in 2012 – Social-Hire
(3)   LinkedIn Quick Tip: Professional Headline
(4)   6 LinkedIn Habits to Quit: You’re Not on Facebook Anymore
… and more

Tuesday, 18th September 2012:

  1. 40 Ways to Get Banned From the Top 5 Social Networks
  2. Best Way to Introduce Yourself
  3. 5 Steps To Connect With People Outside Your Network On LinkedIn
  4. Top 10 Tips for Authentic Networking « Raeallan – Bobby Umar
  5. Companies that Use Social Media to Recruit Have Lower Turnover
    … and more

Monday, 17th September 2012:

Friday, 15th September 2012:
♥   The Cheating Boyfriend –
Are You Committing Career Suicide on LinkedIn?
55 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Business | Business Unplugged
Top 10 Job Hunting Tips for Recent Graduates
How to tell if you have found a sales superstar in an interview
… and more in
Continuous Learning & Development Epaper

Thursday, 13th September 2012:
[ Should You Accept a LinkedIn Invitation From a Competitor?
[ 15 LinkedIn Tips to Improve Your Job Search
[ Mining the Hidden Job Market with LinkedIn
[ Which will get you Promoted to CEO: Nasty or Nice?
[ 5 Reasons Your Online Profile Is More Valuable Than Your Resume
… and more
Continuous Learning & Development Epaper

Wednesday, 12. September 2012:
How to Keep Your LinkedIn Job Search Undetected While Currently Employed
10 Habits Bosses Love
The Smoke and Mirrors of Job Descriptions
Where Were the Jobs in August? – Jobs. Trends. Insight.
The Meaningful Workplace: Getting Employees to Respond Positively
5 Mistakes Journalists Make on LinkedIn
….. and more
Continuous Learning & Development Epaper

Tuesday,11. September 2012:
• How to Find Your Most Productive Keywords on LinkedIn
• How to use LinkedIn, Facebook, etc., for your job search
• How Would You Search for these Positions on LinkedIn?
• Turn your LinkedIn profile to an infographic resume.
• INFOGRAPHIC: LinkedIn User Statistics by Network, Profiles, Groups, Applications …. and more
Continuous Learning & Development Epaper

Monday, 10. September 2012:
☺Job Search Part 1:What Kind of Work Are You Looking For? ☺
☺Job Seekers (September) – Post your Linkedin profile link here☺
☺Plenty of job opportunities shared on Twitter (See the listing under job) ☺ ☺How to Be a Social Media Power Influencer (And Why!) – Forbes☺
☺How To Attract “Generation Y” Employees – Social-Hire☺
…and plenty more tîps and tricks
Continuous Learning & Development Epaper

Related Links:

The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

List of APN settings for different countries to surf over data networks ( internet ) with your smartphone and where to buy the prepaid sim card

June 29, 2012

This list is helpful for all who use a local prepaid sim-card when visiting another country and need to setup internet access on their smarthphone or router: ( how do you get a sim card

A) Switzerland and Italy and Denmark:


Settings for Swisscom – Access Point Names:

Name : Swisscom
Proxy : <Not set>
Port : <Not set>
Username : <Not set>
Password : <Not set>
Server : <Not set>
MMS proxy :
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 01
APN type : <Not set>

Where can I buy a sim card ? How do you get a sim card ? Where can you get a sim card ?

Swisscom Shops or Swisscom Partner Shops such as the Mobile Zone (see map). Select Partner Shops to view the locations. Switzerland is pretty well covered.
Activation of my prepaid sim card took less than 10 minutes in the Swisscom Shop and costs 19.90 CHF.

Settings OK TalkEasy Sim Card:

Name : OK
Proxy :
Port : <Not set>
Username : tsl
Password : tsl
Server : <Not set>
MMS proxy :
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 03
Authentification Type: PAP
APN type : default,supl

Where to buy ?

Sim-Card tarrifes.
Places to buy. I bought my Sim-card for 15 CHF in a KKiosk. You find a KKiosk for example at the airports in Switzerland and at Railwaystations. They also open on Week-ends. However they will activate the card only during week days. You also need to provide an identity card.

Lebara Sim Card (prepaid) can be bought at Amazon: Lebara SIM Card (Switzerland)
The Lebara Sim Card can be reloaded at any ticket machine on the train stations in Switzerland.


Settings for Vodafone:

Name: Acc. Internet da cell


Proxy: not set

Port: not set

Username: not set

Password: not set

Server: not set

MMSC: not set

MMS-Proxy: not set

MMS-Port: not set

MCC: 222

MNC: 10

Authentication-Typ: not set

APN-Typ: default,supl

Where to buy?

I bought the vodafone micro sim-card in the vodafone shop in Budoni, island of Sardina in Italy at 9:45 am on a Monday. It was activated by 2:20 pm the same day. The card allows for one month 500 MB data transfer and unlimeted local sms to vodafone users for 10 Euro. For the activation of the Micro sim-card 15 Euro additionally were charged. Only a copy of my passport was taken. No forms to fill or any other data required from my side.

Settings for TIM – Telecom Italia:

Name: mms
Proxy: not set
Port: not set
Username: not set
Password: not set
Server: not set
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 222
MNC: 01
APN Type: mms

If you want to buy a prepaid sim card on amazon:Uno Mobile Italian Prepaid SIM Card


Lebara Sim Card
These APN (AccessPointName) Settings have worked for me:
Name: Lebara internet
APN: internet
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: <Not set>
Password:<Not set>
Server:<Not set>
MMSC:<Not set>
MMS proxy:<Not set>
MCC: 238
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN type: default

Where to buy ?
Sim Card can be bought online at Amazon:
Lebara SIM Card (Denmark) or for example WHSmith or 7-Eleven.
More details on how to activate internet access on the lebara sim card see here.

See also: Quick Reference Card on how to setup internet access for your smartphone

B) All countries around the world (globe) :

The following links were provided by experts on Linkedin
Ivan Pisachev (Linkedin Profile):

World’s GPRS APN List

Flexispy Mobile APN Setting to use GPRS

Dirk-Jan Koeman (Linkedin Profile):

List by Vysoo

List of all International Manual GPRS Settings Arranged Country-wise: WorldWide by Amit Rawat


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How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

Continuous Social Learning Journeys – the new way to effective, efficient and free or cost efficient Learning and Education

January 7, 2012

I am exited by the potential of social learning.

First of all I have seen many examples where a group of learners is smarter about the topic to study than just the teacher alone.
Social learning also accelerates the personal learning and is more effective than self study alone. And it makes learning more sustainable.
If used with Web2.0 it can be turned into a continuous learning journey, where each learner can stay on the learning journey as long until the personal learning goal is reached. On top it is a highly flexible learning, where participants spend the time they can invest during the days, weeks, months as they wish.

I am just testing such a social learning environment in a free course on Linkedin Profile Best Practice at
This also offers me a practical way to learn and study more about social learning environments and journeys. It gives me first hand insight about learners using it and what works best and what does not.

Further Reading:

The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

My Alltop on Linkedin

January 7, 2012

2011 in review

January 5, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Linkedin Profile – Free Best Practice Course on Udemy

September 30, 2011

I have created a course on Linkedin Profile – Best Practice
Link to course.

In this course you will learn how to optimize your Linkedin Profile to attract more leads or job offers.  Also you will get an insight what the key vital behaviours are to increase your success on Linkedin.

Is Linkedin helping you to find the next job or is it still a wishful thinking ?

March 4, 2011

I am asking myself this question after I have run some surveys. When I asked for the key purpose for being in Linkedin 38% wanted to attract a new job where 37% are there for networking. Link to survey.

When I asked the question on where you found your current job – dating back not more than three years: Link to survey.

53% found it through job search online (company website, job sites)

23% through professional networking (professional groups, colleagues)

and the rest through other classical channels.

What surprised me the most that none really none had attracted a new job via Linkedin.

What could be the reason ? Any success stories on your side that you can share ?

I read so much about strategies to find a new job via Linkedin and great advice but it seems the reality still looks different.

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The top job search strategies on Linkedin
The top profiles on Linkedin to learn from

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