How To Get More People To Read Your LinkedIn Posts
Here are 9 techniques to attract readers to your LinkedIn articles
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LinkedIn has become a platform of choice for many people who blog and/or publish articles; I myself occasionally publish pieces there. But how can you get people to read your LinkedIn pieces? I recently spoke with Gabe Shaoolian, Founder and Managing Director at the Blue Fountain Media digital agency, about ways to increase readership of LinkedIn-based articles. Here are some tips based on our conversation:
1. Keep your titles short and explain the essence of the article in those 50 characters
Everyone is inundated with information - so the shorter you keep the title the quicker a reader can get the gist of your post and decide whether or not to open and read it. According to Shaoolian, titles for LinkedIn pieces should ideally be under 50 characters - short and to the point.
2. Make your articles physically easy to read
Shaoolian recommends using line-and-a-half spacing and a font size of 12 or 14 for the body.
3. Make your post visual with photos, not video, and include examples of the points you are trying to make
A picture needs to be compelling enough that it will catch LinkedIn browsers' attention. There are many libraries of images that you can use at no charge (i.e., they are royalty free) - a simple Google search can identify them for you.
4. Make your content simple and readable to all levels of audience
Even if you are writing about some technical issue, you still want to garner the attention of a broad audience. Avoid jargon - or explain what terms mean the first time that you use them - and assume that you are writing for someone with no prior expertise in the topic that you discuss.
5. Write "service pieces" - they typically rank highest
Always include "how tos" or provide service information that readers can use and apply to their own business situations - as Shaoolian put it "make it crystal clear why the information that you are providing is useful to readers."
6. Write a handful of articles on the same topic
Multiple articles on the same topic help position yourself as a thought leader on that topic - and help LinkedIn's search engine identify and rank you as such.
7. Promote your content on other social networks
Many people read articles based on what they have seen shared on social media.
8. Send an email out to clients and friends
Share the LinkedIn link to your article, and email people whom you believe will enjoy the piece with a message that you think they would be interested in your latest article.
9. Include a link to your LinkedIn published content in your email signature
Email is still a primary method of communication - let people receiving messages from you know about your writing.