How to Merge Two LinkedIn Accounts to Avoid LinkedIn Jail

How to Merge or Delete Your Extra 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.” You will want to learn how to merge two LinkedIn accounts.

Another thing is, when a prospect searches for you, and two profiles show up, it can be very confusing for them. Which one should they open? Which one represents the BEST you? You can’t control that, so it’s better just to have one profile.

In other words, your accounts could get shut down! Watch the video below for more information about this.

In a previous video, I 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 analyze your social media performance, 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. You can do this from the More button on your Profile.

Step 2: Download the data from both accounts (if you have access to both) in the Accounts > Settings and Privacy Section. You’ll find it under Data Privacy.

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, under “Account preferences” scroll down to “Merge accounts” in the Account Management section.

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 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. Next, click on “Get help from us”. When your help options appear, choose “Other” and then type in “Close Account.” LinkedIn will provide some additional links, but just go to the bottom option to “Create a support ticket.”

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.

Make sure you check out our LinkedIn training program that teaches B2B sales professionals how to create more sales conversations with qualified buyers.

10 thoughts on “15 LinkedIn Profile Optimization Tips to Get Found This 2023”

  1. My LinkedIn account was ranking on the first page for best mommys blog keyword quite a few years back and I didn’t have any idea. While working, I stumbled upon the Analytic section of LinkedIn and saw that most of the visitors are coming from search engine later on I realized that in my profile I’ve used “Mommy’s blog” word a lot of time and that is the reason why it was ranking well on SERP. This is how I came to know about SEO and I was also amazed by the fact that how easy it was to rank for competitive keywords back then. Anyways loved your article and please share more tips on SEO.

  2. There is a lot of value in this article, especially for those looking to improve their visibility on LinkedIn. My favorite of the fifteen tips shared in this article is number nine. I’ve observed that people with custom profile links, seem to get more attention than those who haven’t customized their LinkedIn profile URL. Interesting article, thank you for taking the time to put it together.

  3. I agree with the recommendations, they are a very important part of our strategy on LinkedIn, it can give confidence to potential customers (or leaders when someone is looking for a job).

  4. People shouldn’t underestimate keywords on their LinkedIn profile! This helped potential buyers to find me on LinkedIn more easily when they searched for certain products and/or services. Thanks Viveka!

  5. Thank you for another great blog post. For the alt text and/or naming images, do you mean two to three different keyword phrases as a maximum, like this?

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    Or can you add more keyword phrases than this?

  6. All the information is very helpful which can help us to increase our Profile ranking on LinkedIn. Another big interesting article, this blog is very useful for the Optimization of my LinkedIn profile.
    I also get much knowledge from this blog.
    thank you keep sharing.

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