How (and Why) to Create a Custom URL for Your LinkedIn Profile | Stefanie Marrone Consulting

Here’s a simple and essential LinkedIn tip that everyone should follow as soon as possible: create a custom LinkedIn profile URL.

Why? A custom URL will allow you to use your LinkedIn profile as a branding and lead generation tool.

Your default LinkedIn URL is not easily shared with your network

Your default LinkedIn URL is long and full of numbers and other characters, which isn’t very friendly or easily shared with your network. The whole point of LinkedIn is to give others the ability to quickly and easily find you and connect with you.

Having a custom LinkedIn URL also helps with SEO on major search engines like Google and Bing. Setting up a vanity URL requires activating your LinkedIn public profile – that’s what search engines crawl – which helps you get found organically.

How to Create a Custom LinkedIn URL

Setting up a custom LinkedIn profile URL is easy to do – if your name is somewhat uncommon you may need to play around with it a bit to add your middle initial or an “esq” or “cpa” as LinkedIn has over 650 million users, many of whom have already set up their own – here’s what your custom LinkedIn profile URL will look like:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/yourname

(With your name, of course, in place of the language above.)

To change your public profile URL from your computer:

  1. Click it Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click on See profile.
  3. Click on Edit public profile and URL on the right rail.
  4. Under Edit your vanity URL in the right rail, click the Edit next to your public profile URL.
    • It will be an address that looks like www.linkedin.com/in/yourname.
  5. Type the last part of your new custom URL in the text box.
  6. Click on to safeguard.

Here’s how to change your public profile URL on your mobile device

  1. Tap your profile picture.
  2. Scroll to Contact and personal information section and press the Edit icon.
  3. On the Change contact details page, tap your personal page Profile URL. You will be redirected to the Public profile settings page.
  4. Under the Edit URL section, press the Edit next to your public profile URL.
  5. 5. Type the last part of your new custom URL in the text box.

As LinkedIn notes, you can customize your public profile URL when you change what appears on your public profile. Custom public profile URLs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members can only have one custom public profile URL at a time.

A few other things to note:

  • Your vanity URL can contain 5 to 30 letters or numbers. Do not use spaces, symbols or special characters.
  • LinkedIn recommends using a variation of your name and/or professional brand since you will be sharing this URL with people, so they can find your LinkedIn profile. Some applications may also ask you for your LinkedIn profile URL. It’s a good idea to add it to your resume as well.
  • The customizable part of the URL is case insensitive. This means that using JohnSmith, johnsmith or johnSmith will all point to the same profile.
  • If the desired URL is not available, please select another one. They cannot make custom URLs available to members upon request.
  • You can change your URL up to five times in six months. Once you’ve changed your URL for the fifth time, you won’t be able to change it again for six months. Changing your URL multiple times can prevent people from finding you.

I recommend doing a company-wide analysis of each employee’s LinkedIn URL and then doing a training/document on how your employees can customize it themselves. Then encourage everyone to add the URL to their email signatures, presentations, business cards, website bios. Basically, wherever your face or name appears, your LinkedIn URL should also appear.

It’s easy to change your custom LinkedIn profile URL – do it today.

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[Stefanie Marrone helps law firms effectively tell their stories and find their unique voices. Over the last 18 years, she has worked with some of the most prominent and innovative law firms in the world, developing and executing global revenue generating business development and communications strategies, including media relations, branding, and multichannel content marketing and social media campaigns. She is very passionate about using social media for lead generation and brand building. She has a diverse range of experience in both Big Law and mid-size/small-law firms. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her latest writing on JD Supra as well as her blog The Social Media Butterfly.]

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