Author: Thomas Eccel
LinkedIn is the B2B Social Network Platform for companies. But how does the LinkedIn Algorithm work for posts? How can I improve my posts ? How can my post reach more people ?
LinkedIn’s Algorithm is similar to Edgerank (Facebook). An Algorithm in a Social Network filters relevant posts and articles and creates order in the Platform. It would be impossible for users to see every post and reaction. That would be annoying.
LinkedIn Algorithm – How does it work for posts?
The Algorithm consists of four main parts. The post is going to be valued, this process is not linear. In fact, your post will go through the Algorithm again and again.
Phase #1 – Filter
When posting your content (Link, Image, Gif, Article, Video…) LinkedIn automatically classifies your post as one of the three categories.
- “Low – Quality”
Obviously your posts should be in the 3rd category. I am not sure which keywords the LinkedIn Algorithm filters when classifying a post as “Spam” or “Low – Quality”, but I guess if you are using words like “Discount”, “Special Offer” and “Tag your…”.
Phase #2 – Engagement Test in your Feed
Once your post has been classified by LinkedIn robots it enters in a Engagement Test Phase. The post will be uploaded in your Feed and sent to a small amount of your audience in order to check how interested it is. Note: It won’t be visible for all your contacts ! Interactions like Comments, Shares and Recomendations by your audience impact your post positively. The more interactions at the beginning, the more friends it will reach eventually. When your friends are ignoring or blocking your content it impacts negatively your posts and the Algorithm can declassify it.
It’s so important to ask yourself at the beginning the following questions:
- Is my post annoying my audience?
- Do I create high value content for my contacts ?
- Is my post relevant for the Network?
- Is my posts interesting ?
- Do I post to much ?
Phase #3 – Scoring
In this Phase the Algorithm checks the quality of your post. A “Like” gives your post 10 points, a comment (more effort) gives your post 20 points and a share indicates that your post must be very interesting and gives you therefore 30 points (my explanation). More popular contacts are weighted higher as normal users. If your post doesn’t receive reputation it will be ranked in the lower part of the Feed but doesn’t disappear. In fact, your post is not death, LinkedIn is a friendly network and gives your post a second and third and fourth chance to go viral. More viral posts will enter the Phase #4.
Phase #4 – Real People Involvement
When your post reaches Phase #4, real people will read your post and decide whether to keep it in the Feed, reach more audience and get more interactions, or whether to end the life of your post. When your post is doing very well, these editors can also sent it to people outside of your network, appearing in “trending topic” etc. LinkedIn believes in quality, engagement and reliability.
How to improve your LinkedIn Posts – Algorithm
As mentioned before, your LinkedIn Posts should be interesting and creating a high value for you audience.
Write your title of your post with action words like
- “How to ___”
- “3 Ways to ____”
- “Why you can____”
With these simple keywords you can reach a higher viewership, but don’t abuse them.
A post should include media content, not only text, text is boring sometimes. These visual tricks will raise the attention of your audience and result in higher interactions.
Your post should include next to a title and description at least one the following medias
- Link Previews
Understandable for a 12-year old child
There is no need on LinkedIn for PhD articles, you audience is interested in new, high value content. When drafting your post be aware that your post should be readable for a 12-year old child. Human beings don’t like information that is written too complicated. We are lazy and appreciate short and useful information that is not encoded.
Summary LinkedIn Algorithm
LinkedIn as many other Social Networks uses a Intelligent Algorithm to filter relevant content. The time of posting off topic content is long past and we should adapt. Companies and individuals on LinkedIn should know at least parts of how the algorithm works and how to create a high value content in order to gain more interaction and visibility.
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