2 LinkedIn Profile Tips: How to Merge or Delete Your LinkedIn Profile

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2 LinkedIn Profile Tips: How to Merge or Delete Your LinkedIn Profile

2 LinkedIn Profile Tips: How to Merge or Delete Your LinkedIn Profile

Do you have more than one LinkedIn Profile? If so, you’re breaking LinkedIn’s End User Agreement and could face time in “LinkedIn Jail.” In other words, your accounts could get shut down! Watch the video below or keep reading for Viveka von Rosen’s LinkedIn Profile tips to get back in compliance.

In a previous video, Viveka explained how to represent more than one business or area of expertise on LinkedIn. If you currently have more than one account, you’ll want to eliminate the extra one as soon as possible. Find out how to keep your data and become a rule-abiding LinkedIn user.

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LinkedIn Profile Tips to Delete or Merge a Second Account in 8 Easy Steps

When there’s more than one personal profile with your name on it, you’re not only breaking LinkedIn’s rules but likely confusing your prospects, too. There’s no way for you to direct them to the appropriate profile when they’re searching your name.

Viveka points out, “If you have more than one account on LinkedIn, there are tools in place that will help you to merge or delete the extra accounts.” Here’s the process:

Step 1: Save BOTH accounts as a PDF.

Step 2: Download the data from both accounts (if you have access to both) in the Accounts > Settings and Privacy Section.

If you know and have access to the email address you created your “bad” or duplicate account with, continue here:

Step 3: Find the email and password to your “bad” account.  If you still have access to the email address you created it with, you can always reset your password if needed.

Step 4: In Settings and Privacy, scroll down to “Merge LinkedIn Accounts” in the Account section’s first tab.

Step 5:  Make sure you are in your “good” account and add the sign-in information for your “bad” or duplicate account that you want to merge.

Step 6: If you want to close your account, sign into the “bad” or duplicate account and go to Accounts. Go to the bottom of the page and click “Close your LinkedIn Account.”

If you can’t remember your email password and are unable to access it, take the following steps:

Step 3: Find the account in a LinkedIn Search.

Step 4: Copy the URL.

Step 5: Go to the Help section and scroll down to Contact Us. You might have to activate it by typing in the answer to a question.
Another option is to go here: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/solve/contact

Step 6: Let LinkedIn know you have two accounts and want to delete or merge them, but you no longer have access to the email address you created the duplicate account with.

Step 7: Share the URL from the bad account so they don’t take action on the wrong one!

Step 8: Wait a few days to hear back from LinkedIn’s support team.

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If you need additional help, you can always reach out to LinkedIn’s support team under their Help section. Abiding by LinkedIn’s rules is critical. Having a restricted account, even temporarily, is not something you want to deal with. Click here for more LinkedIn Profile tips to become a LinkedIn expert in your own right.

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Meaghan Alvarado

Meaghan Alvarado is one of Vengreso's social media and content writing masters. She is a valuable member of our social media client content writing team. She manages employee advocacy, and video marketing programs. Her more than ten years of experience in sales and digital marketing afford her the business acumen and insights to communicate our effectively with amazing results. In her spare time, you can find her practicing or teaching yoga, or watching Shark Tank alongside her husband and three dogs.

  • Matt Somers

    Thanks for this really useful article. What happens if you have the same connection on the two LinkedIn accounts. EG. John Smith, CEO of Smith Inc is a connection on both my “good” and “bad” LinkedIn accounts. Would he receive some kind of notification that one account has closed by that the other remains open?

  • Hey Matt – No – not notification. When he looked you up on Linkedin only the “good” account would be visible/available/left… Sometimes folks will email their network to let them know they have a new account – but that can be time-consuming and I don’t think necessary…

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