Who looks at your LinkedIn profile?

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Who looks at your LinkedIn profile?
LinkedIn offers two ways to find out who is looking at your profile. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If you use LinkedIn (linkedin.com) for professional networking, you might want to know who is looking at your profile. In addition to satisfying your curiosity, knowing who is viewing your profile has business advantages as well. LinkedIn provides two options for learning more about your profile visitors: Profile Stats and Profile Stats Pro.

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Understanding the "Who's Viewed Your Profile?" Box

The "Who's Viewed Your Profile?" box displays on the right side of your LinkedIn home page. In this box, you can see the number of people who viewed your profile and the number of times your profile appeared in search results in the past 90 days. If you want to learn more about the people who viewed your profile, you must either enable Profile Stats or upgrade to Profile Stats Pro.

Enabling Profile Stats

If you have a free LinkedIn account, enabling Profile Stats gives you basic information about your profile visitors. To activate this feature, click the "Down" arrow to the left of your name in the upper-right corner of the screen, and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. On the "Account & Settings" page, click the "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile" link. In the dialogue box that opens, select the "Your name and headline" option button, and click the "Save Changes" button. This activates Profile Stats for all future visitors to your profile. Be aware, however, that other users will also know when you view their profile. You can choose to remain anonymous when viewing profiles, but then you can't see who visits your profile.

Finding Out Who Viewed Your Profile

After enabling Profile Stats, click the first link in the "Who's Viewed Your Profile?" box on the right side of your LinkedIn home page. The link text varies based on the number of people who viewed your profile. For example, if two people viewed your profile in the past 90 days, the "Your profile has been viewed by 2 people in the past 90 days" link displays. The Profile Stats page displays information about the five most recent visitors to your profile. If a visitor also enabled Profile Stats, you will see that person's name and headline. Otherwise, LinkedIn just lets you know that an anonymous user visited your profile.

Upgrading to Profile Stats Pro

If you upgrade to a premium LinkedIn account, you receive access to Profile Stats Pro. This feature enables you to see the full list of people who viewed your profile, unless they chose to remain anonymous. You can also learn which keywords users searched for to find your profile, the number of times your profile appeared in search results and the industries and locations of people who viewed your profile. To upgrade your account, click the "Upgrade My Account" link at the bottom of any LinkedIn page. As of the time of publication, pricing for premium accounts begins at £12.90 per month.

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