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Jul 9, 2019
This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.

About two weeks ago, LinkedIn announced a change to its algorithm. The new format is tailored around a user’s LinkedIn Feed. Content will now be ranked around personal interests and engagement. Rather than heavily listing viral content, users will now see content in which they are more likely to join the conversation.

According to the Search Engine Journal, the algorithm determines who a user knows by looking at the following signals:

  • Their connections
  • Who they’ve interacted with directly
  • Who they’ve worked with
  • Who they have shared interests and experiences with (based on information in their profile)

The LinkedIn Feed may also surface posts from members a user is not connected too if they’re relevant to the user’s professional interests.

Social Media Today explains that LinkedIn was motivated to change its algorithm after finding that its engagement metrics were primarily weighted towards the top users on the platform, and disproportionately saw those with fewer followers get, for the most part, ignored.

With the latest change, LinkedIn is now rewarding content creators on the platform, as opposed to showing users the most engaging content to maximize response. This is determined by groups, hashtags, connections, and pages users follow.

LinkedIn states that there are many ways you can signal what you’re interested in: the most obvious is joining groups, and following hashtags, people, and pages. Along with posts from your connections, you’ll also see these posts in your feed. If a connection uses a hashtag, you also happen to follow; it gets an extra boost!

LinkedIn adds that posts can appear in your feed because you’re connected to, or follow, the person or page that posted it. Or because a connection liked, commented, or shared someone else’s post. You may also see posts from groups you’ve joined, hashtags that you follow, and events you’re attending. Again, all to show you the content and conversations that you care about.

Just be careful you don’t engage with the LinkedIn spammers.

LinkedIn’s Tips to Encourage Conversations

  • Post things that encourage a response. For example, if you’re posting a link, express an opinion with it.
  • Think about using the best type of post for the topic. Despite the rumors, the algorithm doesn’t favor any particular format. We have video, images, multi-images, text, and long-form articles. More are on the way.
  • Use @mentions to pull other people you know into a conversation when you think they’ll have something valuable to add. Be thoughtful: only mention people that you think are likely to respond, max five is a good rule of thumb.
  • Engage in the conversation, respond to commenters, and encourage back and forth.
  • Use hashtags (we recommend no more than three) to help other members find the conversations that match their interests.

To read more, check out their latest blog post.

This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.
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