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How to get a 50% acceptance rate on LinkedIn



Navigating LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network, can be confusing. With millions of users worldwide, it can be difficult to achieve your networking goals. One of these objectives may be to achieve a 50% acceptance rate on your connection requests. You may be wondering how this is possible? This guide will show you how.

The importance of a robust LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is the first thing people see when they consider your connection request. A complete, well-written profile shows your professionalism and commitment to your career. This greatly increases your chances of being accepted by the people you invite.

To understand how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, consult our profile optimization guides created in collaboration with Ruben Taieb.
These guides cover everything from how to write a compelling summary to how to showcase your skills and experience.

Writing customized connection requests

Surprisingly, adding a personalized note to your connection request can actually decrease your acceptance rate on LinkedIn.

The reason?

The attractiveness of your profile is often more convincing than any personalized note.

So, rather than asking yourself “Should I put up a note?”, focus on making your profile as attractive as possible. A well-crafted, attractive profile can improve your acceptance rate by 10%.

Use LinkedIn's tools to your advantage

LinkedIn offers many tools to help you develop your network.

Use our advanced search functions to find people who share your professional interests. Use recommendations and skills to show your value to potential connections.

Indirect approach

Sometimes it can be more effective to interact with someone on LinkedIn before sending them a connection request.

Take the time to chat with your new connections, thank them for accepting your application and express your interest in their work.

This creates a personal bond that increases the chances of your future connection requests being accepted.

Participate in LinkedIn groups

LinkedIn groups are a great way to meet new people in your field. They let you connect with like-minded people, learn from their experiences and demonstrate your expertise.

By actively participating in group discussions, you can create meaningful connections that will increase your connection request acceptance rate.

Putting connection quality first

Don’t rush to accumulate as many connections as possible. Aim for quality at first.

Having thousands of connections with no interaction is worthless. On the other hand, having a smaller number of quality connections with whom you interact regularly can be very beneficial for learning and improving your approach.

However, if you don’t have the time to make these individual connections, you might consider using tools like Sales Navigator (coupled with The Growth Machine) to verticalize your account and maintain a high-quality volume of connections.

Be patient

Achieving a 50% acceptance rate on LinkedIn doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes time, patience and effort.

It takes time to create a solid profile, time to identify the right people to connect with, and time to build meaningful relationships.


Achieving a 50% acceptance rate on LinkedIn is an ambitious goal, but achievable with the right techniques. By following this guide, you can considerably increase your chances of success.

However, even with a 50% acceptance rate, if you can only send out 400 invitations per month due to LinkedIn’s limitations, you risk missing out on a good portion of your potential connections.

To solve this problem, check out our article on how to overcome LinkedIn’s invitation limits in 2023. It will provide you with invaluable advice on how to develop your LinkedIn network significantly.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is the acceptance rate on LinkedIn?
    The acceptance rate on LinkedIn is the percentage of your connection requests that are accepted by other users. A high acceptance rate means that the majority of people you invite to connect accept your request and are interested in your profile and value proposition thanks to a well-crafted profile.

  2. How can I increase my acceptance rate on LinkedIn?
    To increase your acceptance rate on LinkedIn, automation and volume of connections can work in your favor. However, this must not be at the expense of quality. Using tools like Sales Navigator to refine your target audience and create quality connections in volume can be particularly effective.

  3. If I choose to include a note message in my connection request, what should I include?
    If you choose to add a note to your connection request, it should be polite, professional and personalized. Introduce yourself briefly, explain why you want to connect and what the other party stands to gain by accepting your request.

  4. How can I use LinkedIn Groups to increase my acceptance rate?
    LinkedIn groups are a great way to meet new people, demonstrate your expertise, and create meaningful connections. By taking an active part in group discussions, you can attract the attention of people likely to accept your connection requests.

  5. How can you target prospects’ interests via the interactions they have on the network and their likes?
    By observing your prospects’ interactions on LinkedIn, their likes and the discussions they take part in, you can understand their interests and adjust your approach accordingly. This is what we call hyperpersonalization. By targeting their “intent” based on their specific interactions, you can increase your chances of getting your connection requests accepted. If you’d like to find out more about hyper-personalizing your LinkedIn approach, please visit: stepward.com.
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