What is LinkedIn Jail?

LinkedIn Lead Generation

Writen by John Ranby
18th October 2021

If you find yourself in “LinkedIn Jail”, this means that LinkedIn have restricted your account’s functions as you have violated their rules and regulations.


When using LinkedIn for Lead Generation purposes, you may find yourself in LinkedIn Jail if a number of people have selected “I don’t know this person” after ignoring your invitation, causing LinkedIn to restrict the number of invites you can send and negatively impacting your LinkedIn sales strategy.

To avoid this, we recommend personalising your connection messages where possible and always keeping them polite and friendly, rather than salesy. For example, if the person you are connecting to has just celebrated their 5 year work anniversary, incorporate this into the message.

Other reasons for being sent to LinkedIn Jail include:

  • Your account has been hacked or compromised
  • Repetitive abusive behaviour
  • Using a false identity
  • Using third-party software and automating your messages

Over the last year, we’ve received an increase in calls from business owners who have been either blocked by LinkedIn or restricted. Unfortunately, once your LinkedIn account gets to this stage, there really isn’t anything you or anyone can do.

Depending on the severity of your actions to get banned, you could write to LinkedIn in a polite and professional manner and ask for the restriction to be lifted and promise you won’t do it again. Then it’s up to LinkedIn, you may get lucky or you may not. If you don’t break any of their rules, you have nothing to worry about. LinkedIn are only protecting you, me and everyone from receiving spam messages from bots.

Before you sign up to any LinkedIn automation service, you may want to read a previous blog of ours, “Should I use automation tools on LinkedIn? If not, why not?”.

To find out more about LinkedIn Lead Generation and the strategies we implement for our clients to achieve results, give us a buzz on Leeds: 0113 3206266 or Harrogate: 01423 297009 or click here to contact us.

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