The short answer is yes, provided that there is no simultaneous activity on the LinkedIn account from several programs / devices and the LinkedIn account is always accessed from the same location.
However, there are some things you should know and follow in order to keep your LinkedIn account safe. This precautions and best practices are helpful for recruiters and sellers who want to manually interact with LinkedIn as well.
If you read LinkedIn User Agreement, you already know that LinkedIn is against sharing your account with someone else or using someone else's account:
LinkedIn monitors your account for how much and how fast you do things, if they detect too much activity they may restrict your account. Although LinkedIn does not endorse the use of automation tools (it is against their User Agreement, as well as other things mentioned in the article below), it is absolutely legal to use them, please, check this article: Is it legal to use Linked Helper?
So there are few things to keep in mind when you are using Linked Helper:
- Avoid parallel activity on the same LinkedIn account from different devices or programs:
As mentioned above, LinkedIn can see how much and how fast you do things, so if you have a campaign running and browsing LinkedIn from a browser (even from the same PC) or mobile at the same time, it may seem suspicious for LinkedIn, not to mention that it also increased your daily activity for the account.
- Follow the rules to hide the fact that you are managing someone else's account or several accounts
As mentioned above, LinkedIn is against both account-sharing and duplicate accounts. If you are managing someone's account / multiple accounts or have a virtual assistant who manages your LinkedIn account, please, make sure to follow these rules:
1. One LinkedIn account - one separate instance:
If you are managing several LinkedIn accounts in Chrome or any other browser, make sure to always create and use a separate instance for every account you manage - The easiest way to create a new Chrome Instance to manage multiple LinkedIn accounts with Linked Helper simultaneously
There is no need to worry about this when using Linked Helper 2, as it always uses a separate instance for each LinkedIn account and won't allow you to login to several different LinkedIn accounts under one and the same instance, as well as to create several instances for one and the same LinkedIn account.
2. Use proxies or VPNs:
It looks suspicious when several accounts are being accessed from one and the same IP address, or one and the same LinkedIn account is constantly accessed from different countries.
In order to avoid that, you need to use use VPN extensions when managing accounts via Chrome browser and proxy when managing accounts via Linked Helper - Can I use Linked Helper 2 with a VPN program? Consider using proxy / VPN with the same location of the LInkedIn account you manage. Bear in mind that using a single proxy for multiple accounts will lead to a situation when you will have the same IP address for all of them. So, please, consider having a different proxy for each account you manage.
It would be much better to ask LinkedIn accounts owners to use separate browser instance and the same proxy you use, so every log in to the account to be made from the same IP address. They can use Chrome extensions that are able to change the IP address of one particular Chrome instance - "proxy switcher" extensions in Chrome Web Store.
3. No simultaneous usage, stick to a schedule:
Naturally, no human is capable of inviting 2nd-degree connections via Chrome browser and sending follow-up messages to recently added 1st-degree connections via mobile app at the same time. This behavior looks suspicious for LinkedIn, that's why we urge our customers to avoid simultaneous activity in one and the same LinkedIn account from different programs (browsers, mobile apps, etc.), no matter whether those are on the same PC / use the same IP address or not, as this leads to exceeded daily limits and simultaneous activity from different login sessions. Even if you manage only your LinkedIn account on one PC, we recommend avoid activity via Chrome browser / mobile app when Linked Helper is performing any action.
If you manage someone else's LinkedIn account(s), agree with your client on days and hours when you can work on his or her account using Linked Helper (you can use this article on scheduling Linked Helper), and time slots when they can access their LinkedIn accounts themselves. It is not necessary to log out every time when LinkedIn account is used by Linked Helper, but all LinkedIn tabs must be closed.
Q: Is it normal that Linked Helper doesn't close the LinkedIn account when I log into the same account from another place?
A: Yes. it's the same behavior as if you just forgot to turn off your PC at home and use LinkedIn from your work
Q: Should I always use the same geographical location in a VPN / Proxy as my own or my client's?
A: Based on our experience, most of the restrictions/warnings happen because of using the same LinkedIn account from different locations. We had feedback from our clients who manage multiple LinkedIn accounts, that they received warnings from LinkedIn stating that the account is being used from different geolocations so it got temporarily closed. But at the same time, we have some of our own accounts used from different locations and we never received any warning messages. So we believe it's still better to stick to the same geolocation on your proxies/VPNs, but we still strongly don't recommend to use one account from several places/devices simultaneously.
Q: Should I always use the same proxy?
A: Not really, most LinkedIn users have dynamic IPs and don't have any issues with it. But if there is any chance to keep the same IP for a long time, we recommend using it. The most important here is still to use the same geolocation and to avoid parallel activity.
Q: LinkedIn shows many active sessions - is it OK?
A: Yes, it's a pretty common case to use LinkedIn from home and work, from PC and laptop, and to basically switch devices from time to time to access LinkedIn. There could be a lot of reasons why a person could have several sessions:
- iMac at work (a person could be Sales Manager and LinkedIn is one of the channels used for work);
- Home PC on Windows 10 (a person may want to check InMails in the evening, why no?);
- Laptop on Ubuntu (either personal or the one employer provided for business trips);
- iOS / Android device with the LinkedIn app installed, just in case the laptop is discharged and a person urgently needs to check messages on LinkedIn.
Here is an example of one of our test accounts:
Four sessions, no issues. Having several sessions is OK, the risk occurs when you are actively doing something in those sessions at the same time.
Here are some more useful articles from our blog:
- Linked Helper vs. Octopus CRM 2023: Which Is the Best LinkedIn Tool?
- Linked Helper vs. Dux-Soup 2023: Which is the Best LinkedIn Tool?
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