LinkedIn Connector Tool
LinkedIn Connector tool allows you to automate sending connection requests to your preferred users on your LinkedIn account. This tool can be pretty handy in terms of growing your network on LinkedIn without wasting your time sending connection requests manually.
All you have to do is set it up once and it will do the rest. Additionally, you can configure it to automatically cancel the pending connection request if they don’t accept it after X days as well.
How can I access the Connector tool?
To access the tool, click Tools from the left panel menu of your SM Tasker interface, click your Linkedin account and navigate to the Connector tab.
This tool has 4 different tabs: Settings, Sources, Extracted users and Results tab.
The Settings tab
The Settings tab consists of three sections: Run Timers, Settings and User Filters.
The Run Timers section:
- The ‘wait between’ time before each new operation; this is the number of seconds that the tool will wait before starting a new operation.
- How many connections will be sent per operation; this is the number of connections the tool will process for each operation
- The maximum number of connections to send per day and per hour; SM Tasker will pick a random number between X-Y each day and will use that as the maximum number of connections per day and per hour.
- The hours when the Connector tool will execute actions
- The days of the week when the tool will execute actions; if a day is unchecked, the tool won’t execute any actions during that day.
💡 When rotating days, SM Tasker would pick the equivalent number of days you have initially selected. The selection is random and you have the option to exclude weekends in the variation in case you don’t want to send connection requests on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Settings section:
- As mentioned earlier, you can configure the Connector tool to automatically cancel the pending request if it’s not accepted after a certain number of days, and this is where you can set it up
➡ i Moreover, you have the option to keep your pending requests below X, just make sure that you don’t set it to a low number, otherwise, the connection requests might get canceled even before the recipient gets the chance to accept it.
- When sending a connection request, you can add a custom note in the designated Text Box to make it more professional. While it is optional, a connection request sent with a note results to a higher acceptance rate as opposed to a plain connection request.
➡ i This option will prevent Contact tool from sending messages to users that were connected through this tool.
➡ ii You can use this option if you want to automatically shorten the link inside your Note by using bit.ly or yourls. The option for achieving this can be found in Settings > Connectivity tab.
- This will let you connect randomly from the list of extracted users instead of in order.
- It will browse to the profile for x number of seconds before connecting.
💡 You can use the available Tokens for your convenience and spintax to create variations on the custom note that you’ll send together with the request.
User Filters section:
1. This will check if the user has set a profile image.
2. Will let you set a range of the connection that the user has.
3. Will check for the number of characters on a user’s bio.
4 – 5. This will check users bio/username/name for invalid words and works that user must not contain/contain
Once you are done configuring the Settings tab, you can move to the Sources tab. Here, you will see the sources you can use when searching for potential connections. You can either search via Keyword or search through a provided list.
- To search via keyword, just type in the word you want to use when looking for people you want to connect to.
- After you’ve decided on the keyword, select the degree of connections where you will extract users from.
- And click the ADD INPUT button. The added keywords will appear on the table as seen from the image above.
- Now, if there is a keyword where you wish to only extract from specific degrees of connection OR in case you missed setting it up initially, you can opt to check or uncheck the connections from here.
- If you want to further narrow your search, you can use the available filters such as location, company, industries, schools, past companies and title.
⭐ Adding Tags: For both ‘Keyword Search’ and ‘Add People From a Provided List’ sources, you can add tags that will be associated with the user that will be sent to Extracted Users. These tags will come in handy when using other LinkedIn tools such as the:
- Contact Tool – when the connection is accepted and the Friends has been updated, you can choose to select only users with the specific tag when sending messages (Contact > Use Members tab > Advanced Selection > indicate the tag in Tags Filter)
- Search and Contact – where you can use the source ‘Connection tags’ and create a custom message specific for users with that tag.
Add People From A Provided List:
For this source, you can either add LinkedIn user URLs or usernames (one username per line) then click Add to Extracted Users button.
Extracted Users tab
Users that were gathered from the sources you indicated are sent to the Extracted Users tab. The tool will then go through each one of the users on that list and send a connection request.
- When needed, you can opt to Delete all users from the list, Export or Import users to the list.
- If you added a tag to your source (see ⭐), users extracted from that specific source will show that tag in the TAGS column
- On the Keyword column, you will see what source was used to extract the user. In the example image above, the users were received from the Profile Viewer tool as indicated in the Keyword column.
All users that received a connection request is recorded on the Results tab. From here, you will see some useful information such as:
- The date and time when the connection request was sent
- Name of the person
- The keyword used for extracting the user
- The tag/s associated with that person
- Status of your connection request
- You can opt to Delete, Browse (will open on your normal browser), Browse Embedded and Copy the profile URL
- In addition, you can export and delete results from this list.
💡As you may have noticed, apart from Linkedin Connector tool, there is a similar tool that is also available in SM Tasker, the Linkedin Search and Connect tool , and you are probably wondering about the difference between the two and which is preferable.
There are two ways of sending Connection requests:
- The first one is by visiting the profile and then connect with the user:
- Navigate to the profile of the member you’d like to connect with.
- Click the Connect button located in the introduction card.
- Click Add a note.
- Add your personalized message in the text field.
- Click Send invitation.
➡ That’s how the Connector tool works.
- The second way of sending a connection request is by searching for the user and sending a request without visiting the profile.
- Click into the Search bar at the top of the LinkedIn homepage.
- Select People from the Search for drop-down.
- Click the Connections dropdown.
- Select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd+ boxes depending on the connections that you wish to view.
- Click Apply.
- View the list of your connections and their connections.
- Use any of the filters on the right rail to narrow down the results.
➡ And that’s how the Search and Connect tool works.
Should I use LinkedIn Connector Tool or LinkedIn Search and Connect tool?
➡ LinkedIn has a limitation on the number of profiles you can visit. That said, if you start hitting the limitation, you then opt to use the Search and Connect tool.