Introduction: Add a LinkedIn Profile Badge to Your WordPress Blog

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Judicious use of various social media websites can enhance your online professional presence and related networking opportunities. However, to have this work as well as possible, it’s important these applications be integrated/linked so that no matter where someone encounters you online—WordPress, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so on—they can easily move to these other sites to find additional information about you.

This Instructable shows you how to add a LinkedIn profile badge to the sidebar menu at your WordPress blog to allow visitors there to access your profile at LinkedIn.

Time to complete: 15-20 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: To complete this Instructable, you need to have already set up WordPress and LinkedIn accounts.


(Need help setting up a free WordPress blog? Check out my Instructable on how to do that here.)

Step 1: Sign in to Your LinkedIn Account

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Go to http://www.linkedin.com/uas/login and sign in to your existing LinkedIn account.

Step 2: Go to the Profile Badges Page

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After you’ve logged in, go to http://www.linkedin.com/profile/profile-badges.

Step 3: Choose a Profile Badge

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The profile badges page has a variety of styles and sizes of badges you can use at your Wordpress blog (or other web pages) to link back to your LinkedIn profile page.

Given the typical dimensions of the sidebar menus at Wordpress, I'd suggest choosing on the badges that is 160 x 33 pixels. Highlight the code in the box to the right of the badge you'd like to use and copy it.

Step 4: Sign in to Your Wordpress Account

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Now, you need to go to http://wordpress.com to log into your existing Wordpress account.

Step 5: Go to Your Blog

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After you log in, choose the My Blog option in the menu at the top of the page.

Step 6: Go to Your Blog Admin Dashboard

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Select the Blog Admin option for your blog to go to the full dashboard for your blog.

Step 7: Select "Appearance" (and Then "Widgets) in the Left-Hand Menu

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Go down the various options on the left-hand menu at your blog’s admin dashboard until you see the Appearance option and hover your cursor over it. On the resulting pop-out menu, select the Widgets option.

Step 8: Select the Text Widget at the Widgets Page

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You’ll see A LOT of options for various types of widgets you can add to your Blog sidebars and menus. Scroll down the page until you see the Text widget. Drag it up the page and drop it into the Sidebar Widget Area at the top right hand side of the page.

Step 9: Drag Text Widget to Sidebar Widget Area

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When you drop the Text widget into the Sidebar Widget Area, it should open up for editing as shown above. If not, however, just click (or maybe double click) the Text widget to open it up for editing.

Step 10: Paste LinkedIn Code Into Text Widget

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Paste your LinkedIn code into the blank box underneath the “Title:” box. (There’s not really any need to create a title for this Text widget.) Once you do this, click “Save” at the bottom of the Text widget.

Step 11: Go to Your Blog's Homepage

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After you’ve saved the Text widget in the Sidebar Widget Area, click on your blog’s name in the upper left-hand corner of the Widgets page.

Step 12: View LinkedIn Profile Badge on Your Wordpress Blog Sidebar

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And, voilà! Anyone who goes to your blog can now access your LinkedIn profile by clicking on this badge in the sidebar menu.

Comments

kapushorg (author)2016-09-18

Opening the link in the badge in a new window or tab - this is what I've been trying to do as well, but no joy - adding the target="_blank" attribute is not working. Any solutions, anyone? Thanks.

Ignacio SO (author)2015-03-23

Hi,
Add contacts for whom you know their email addresses.
1.Click on the “Connections” tab.
2.Click the option “Add Connections” in the drop down menu.
3.Click the icon “Any Email”.
4.Click “Invite by individual email” near the bottom of the page to display a box into which you may enter a list of email addresses.
5.Copy this mails
ignacio.soros@gmail.com,
mzungu58@gmail.com,
spieraccini@gmail.com,
mariarinco1@gmail.com,
timmccormack41@gmail.com,
mdrinc@hotmail.com,
rajivryan07@gmail.com,
Moe@MoeGlenner.com,
mariarinco1@gmail.com,
fort.matias@hotmail.com
Or https://ignaciosoros.wordpress.com/

BramD (author)2015-03-17

Very helpful guide!

Baloydi Lloydi (author)2015-03-16

I didn't know that this is possible. This can really help someone who wants to grow his professional network thru social media. It can also directly refer your online resume to possible clients. Great stuff!

NicolasF (author)2014-12-08

Perfecto! Muchas gracias por el aporte. Muy útil.

Thanks! It's useful post! :)

SarahP4 (author)2014-10-28

This worked great and it was really easy to follow the instructions. Thanks!

DeboraC (author)2014-10-14

Hi, I would like to know how to configure the blog (wordpress) to open up the linkedin´s profile out of the blog´s page.

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