A Small Business Owner‘s Guide to Blocking on LinkedIn Without Detection

As an entrepreneur relying on LinkedIn to grow my professional network and connect with potential partners, blocking unwanted contacts is critical. But doing so privately without the other party finding out is key to avoiding retaliation or further engagement from someone acting inappropriately.

After dealing with my fair share of spam messages and harassment on LinkedIn, I‘ve learned how to swiftly block contacts without them knowing. Here is my comprehensive guide to privately blocking people on LinkedIn from the perspective of a small business owner.

Why Blocking May Be Necessary

While uncommon, harassment on LinkedIn still affects ~15% of users. As an entrepreneur, I prefer avoiding conflicts that distract from operating my business. Blocking unwanted contacts lets me control my LinkedIn interactions.

LinkedIn block settings menu

Step-By-Step Guide to Blocking Someone

Blocking someone on LinkedIn only takes a few clicks but fully restricting their access to your profile involves adjusting additional privacy settings.

Blocking on Desktop

  1. Navigate to the profile page of the person you wish to block
  2. Click the More button (3 vertical dots) next to the Message button
  3. Choose Report/Block from the dropdown menu
  4. Select Block [Name]
  5. Confirm the block by clicking the Block button

Blocking on Mobile

  1. Go to the profile page of the person you want to block
  2. Tap the 3 dots icon in the upper right corner
  3. Select Report/Block from the menu
  4. Choose Block [Name]
  5. Tap Block to confirm

Avoiding Detection

To ensure my blocks are completely private, I adjust these additional settings:

  • Activity broadcasts – Disable sharing profile edits publicly
  • Profile visibility – Show connections only or just to me
  • Recommendations – Only visible to connections

I also unlink from any shared connections and avoid mentioning the blocking publicly or to mutual connections.

When Blocking Makes Sense

As a business owner with 500+ connections, blocking is only worth the effort for truly bothersome contacts.

I reserve blocking for cases of:

  • Repeated, unsolicited messages
  • Inappropriate interview/job offers
  • Sales pitches after ignoring multiple connection attempts

Otherwise, I simply ignore or decline unwanted messages and connection requests.

Best Practices for Preventing Blocks

While blocking has its purposes, preventing the need from the start is ideal. From working with thousands of entrepreneurs, I recommend being selective when connecting with others on LinkedIn.

Some best practices include:

  • Vetting connections – Only accept requests from those you know or trust
  • Limiting personal details – Don‘t share info like phone numbers publicly
  • Adjusting recommendations visibility – Set to connections only

Following these tips reduces your risk of unwanted messages that lead to blocking.

Key Takeaways

As an entrepreneur relying on LinkedIn to advance business initiatives, having the ability to swiftly block bothersome contacts without notification is critical.

By leveraging LinkedIn‘s inherent blocking capabilities and adjusting additional privacy settings, small business owners can take control over their LinkedIn interactions without awkward social consequences.

Feel free to connect with me if you have any other questions on mastering privacy controls on LinkedIn as an entrepreneur!