My LinkedIn Account has been Restricted
Is your account restricted by LinkedIn? You are in the right place.
Any social network must make sure that its users do not abuse the tool, spamming other users, sharing unapproved content, or creating false identities.
LinkedIn is obviously no exception to the rule. Indeed, they have recently strengthened their rules for the use and detection of abusive behavior. 🤪
Depending on your behavior, especially if you are an active user and the reasons identified by LinkedIn, you may see your account restricted by LinkedIn.
Request emails about sending a connect invite
This is the most “basic” LinkedIn restriction. LinkedIn considers that you send a lot of invitations, which are potentially unsolicited. It, therefore, asks you to enter the email address of the person you are trying to contact to make sure that you know him or her already.
In this case, we recommend that you stop sending invitations on LinkedIn, for a few days, whether manually or automatically via automation tools.
The best practice is to manually try again once a day until you are unblocked (or actually find your LinkedIn prospects’ email with an enrichment tool like ColdCRM, Hunter, or Dropcontact). 🙃
Weekly quotas for sending invitations reached
It’s brand new, it has just been released, the new way to have your account restricted by LinkedIn: LinkedIn has decided to set weekly limits for sending out invitations.
But there isn’t a precise limit for everyone. It would seem that this varies depending on different criteria (presented in the next part) but some users are not impacted at all. We do not yet know if it is a test from LinkedIn, an update that is gradually spreading to the entire community, or an algorithm that defines its quotas according to specific behaviors performed by the users.
Your message gets in SPAM folder
Rarer, this restriction is difficult to identify. They usually happen when you use an automation tool and you contact several hundred people by private message on LinkedIn, with the same message.
The only way to find out is to send the message to a friend and if your message gets in his or her SPAM folder.
Detection of an automation tool
If you use an automation tool like Dux-Soup or Linked Helper, LinkedIn may be able to detect it directly. In this case, you will get a warning message with the name of the extension you are using and it will ask you to stop using this tool.
It can also detect behaviors that appear to be automated, without being 100% sure you’re using automation tools. This often happens when you are going through hundreds of profiles in searches in a short period of time.
Temporarily restricted with a request for ID
This is a more serious restriction. LinkedIn considers that you have violated its Terms of Service.
It can happen :
- If you continued to use a prohibited automation tool,
- If LinkedIn considers that your account is not attached to a real identity,
- If you’ve shared content that has been flagged multiple times,
- Any other systematic violation of their T & Cs.
Permanent banned from LinkedIn
This step is the final step. Normally, you have gone to the previous step, you have provided an ID document and:
- LinkedIn’s security service told you explicitly by email that your account was banned.
- You are not unrestricted even after several weeks after providing your ID.
The definitive ban is generally justified and happens quite rarely. 😅
Respect the T & Cs and good practices
No miracles. LinkedIn doesn’t ban its users for fun. You must respect its Terms & Conditions. Among others:
- Do not share inappropriate content,
- Do not spam or harass people,
- Create a quality network.
What if I use an automation tool?
Automation tools are officially banned by LinkedIn. However, their use is widespread and they are very useful to many users.
In addition, these tools give value to paid options like the Sales Navigator, because they are much more relevant when combined with these tools.
We advise you to avoid tools like Linked Helper, Dux-Soup or Phantom Buster which put your account and your image at risk.
Tools like ProspectIn (but also Neodeal) have been designed to respect the limits imposed by LinkedIn and best practices, so as not to put your account at risk and to remain within the “normal” range of activity while allowing you to gain visibility.
Best practices to avoid having your account restricted by LinkedIn
There are some general best practices to avoid restrictions. 👇
Do not send more than 100 invitations per working day
If you want to continue to be active on this social network then: 100 is the maximum connection request that you can send per day. Given recent LinkedIn updates, staying below 80 or even 60 would be the best practice to ensure complete safety. These figures are given for an account over 3 months old and over 500 relationships.
Avoid overly commercial approaches
One of the important factors for LinkedIn is the quality of the relationships that you establish or seek to establish. You can send out 100 invitations a day, if everyone knows you and accepts you.
On the other hand, LinkedIn doesn’t like to see spammers trying to contact as many people as possible in an unsolicited manner. ❌
So you need to:
- Optimize your acceptance rates as much as possible by trying to use an open question to avoid refusals
- Avoid approaches that try too hard to sell or that can be seen as “spam”. The more people report (“I don’t know this person”), the more likely you are to be restricted.
Delete your pending invites
LinkedIn allows a maximum of 3,000 pending invitations. In fact, it is better to regularly delete requests for invitations.
We advise staying as often as possible under 1000 or even 500. ProspectIn allows you to do this automatically.
Use a well-established account
LinkedIn doesn’t like to see a newly created account trying to get in touch with a lot of people too quickly. If your account is young or if it is a fake account, gradually increase the size of your network and complete all the information in your profile. (See how to create an account without getting banned).
Has your account been restricted by LinkedIn? There are several solutions to unblock a LinkedIn account.
Weekly sending limits and email request
If LinkedIn asks you to enter an email each time you request a connection, we recommend that you stop sending connection requests for at least 24 hours. 🕓
Then manually retest sending an invitation each day to see if your account has been unblocked.
If LinkedIn asks you for the LinkedIn profile email and you have it, the question doesn’t arise: enter it. But if you use an automation tool, you know that often this is not possible. Choose a tool that automatically manages the restrictions (see below).
My messages get in SPAM folder
We advise you in this case:
- To wait a few days before resending your messages
- To halve the volume of messages when you resume your campaigns,
- Use several different messages,
- Request a response from your interviewer if possible, to show LinkedIn that your content interests your recipient.
LinkedIn has detected an automation tool
If this happens to you: if the extension is clearly identified by its name, we invite you to stop using this tool because LinkedIn will be able to detect it again. Favor tools like ProspectIn, untraceable by LinkedIn.
If the tool is not clearly identified by its name, we recommend that you pause your campaigns for a few days and then reduce the volumes of profiles you browse.
Unblock my account restricted by LinkedIn
In the event that LinkedIn asks you for an ID, there is only one thing to do: provide the real ID associated with the profile.
If the account is a fake account then you will never get it back. If you have used ProspectIn and you are using the Enterprise plan, you can retrieve their prospects and export them in CSV to import them into another account.
In the event that LinkedIn does not respond to you after two weeks or responds that the account is permanently banned, there is, unfortunately, nothing that can be done. 😅
On the other hand, if your account is unlocked, we advise you to go easy on connection requests for a few weeks.
- Avoid sending too many invitations and/or gradually increase volumes starting from 10-15 per day,
- If you are using an automation tool that has been detected by LinkedIn then stop using it,
- Avoid browsing hundreds of profile pages on LinkedIn,
- Rethink your approaches and your messages to appear less “spammy”.
How does ProspectIn handle restrictions from LinkedIn?
ProspectIn has been designed to perfectly reproduce human behavior. As explained in our article on how we keep your account safe, we have different mechanisms in place to stay undetectable.
On the other hand, the recent LinkedIn update that adds weekly quotas may appear whether you are using ProspectIn or sending invitations manually.
ProspectIn now includes security that takes these restrictions into account. The operation is as follows:
- In the event that LinkedIn requests an email entry or informs you that you have reached your weekly quotas, your connection sending is automatically suspended for 6 hours.
- At the end of these 6 hours, ProspectIn will try to send an invitation if you have an invitation action in your queue. If the restriction is still present, it will block these actions again for 6 hours.
- It will retry sending an invitation daily until your account is unlocked.
Once unlocked, we recommend that you halve your quotas in the Settings page, so that you are not immediately reblocked.
LinkedIn has implemented a number of safeguards in recent years to prevent abuse on the network. The restrictions are generally temporary. They can be avoided by following best practices and maintaining a “normal use” of LinkedIn. In the majority of cases, if your account is restricted by LinkedIn, you can get away with our tips.
To sum up in 3 questions
Why has my account been restricted by LinkedIn?
There are several possible reasons, but in the eyes of the algorithm, you have probably been abusing LinkedIn. For example, you used automation software, you sent too many invitations, you created a fake LinkedIn account.
Is it possible to unblock my LinkedIn account?
Yes, it is possible depending on the restriction. You will go through several stages of verification from LinkedIn.
How do I prevent my account from being restricted by LinkedIn?
Use an automation tool that prioritizes the security of your account, like ProspectIn or Neodeal. Do not share inappropriate content, do not spam users.