Post Author: Jason Terry
When we do our LinkedIn training, we teach people to customize their LinkedIn profile link and put that link in their email signature. The point of this is that you are already emailing with a bunch of people including team members, clients, vendors, friends and family. Why not make it easier for them to find you on LinkedIn by providing a link to your LinkedIn profile in your email signature?
And the next question we get is, “how do I do that?” We usually don’t have enough time to walk people through how to do this during our LinkedIn training, and I thought it would be a good idea to put the instructions into a blog post that we could share with you and with our LinkedIn training clients.
The two most common email clients on the desktop are Google and Outlook. Today, I am going to explain how to do this in Google. These instructions work for free Gmail accounts as well as with paid Google Apps accounts.
(NOTE: If you would like me to do a post on how to do it in Outlook, just let me know in the comments and I will do that for you!)
First, log into your Gmail account. Once you are logged in, look to the top right hand corner for a gear icon. Click the gear icon. A dropdown menu will appear, and one of the links is “Settings.” Click the “Settings” link.
Once you are in the Settings screen, scroll down to the Signature settings section. The screenshot below shows what this section looks like. You can also see my email signature (that has a bunch of links) in the editing window. If you’ve never created a signature before, you have to click the radio button beneath “No signature” to enable a signature first.
Let’s say that you wanted to add a link to the Blue Gurus website in your email signature. Click into the editing window and make sure your cursor is at the location where you want the link to show up. Click the “Link” toolbar in the editor window (it looks like an infinity sign).
Once you have clicked the Link toolbar button, the Edit Link dialog will pop up. In the “Text to display” area, type in the word or words that you want to be the link. In this example, I typed in “Blue Gurus”.
Make sure the “Web Address” radio button is selected and past in the URL of the link you are setting up. The best way to get this link would be to open another browser window, go to the page you want to link to and copy the link from the address bar. That way, you will avoid making mistakes if you are typing in the URL by hand.
When you are finished, click OK and you will see your shiny new link in your email signature. I used the Blue Gurus website for this example, but it can be a link to any website, including your LinkedIn profile page!
I hope you found this tip helpful, and I really hope you decide to put your LinkedIn link in your email signature!