Where do I get a LinkedIn badge from?

You know those LinkedIn badges you see on people’s blogs that link to their profile on LinkedIn? Where can I get one of those from?

Sherrilynne from Strive Notes asked me this question on MSN this morning. She wanted a LinkedIn badge she could add to her website showing a link to her profile and wasn’t quite sure where to find it. Initially I thought the answer was obvious, but I wasn’t seeing the same thing she was. Here’s the way to do it:

First of all, the reason she couldn’t find the her badges was probably because her profile was set to be private and not shared with others. If you want a badge then the first thing you need to do is change your privacy settings to share your information with the world. Click on “Edit Public Profile Settings”

Once you are in your settings, you need to change over from None to Full View. You can then select if there are any particular facets of your information that you don’t want to publish.

Once you have saved these details, you will have a new section appearing in your profile (shown below). If you now click on “Promote your Profile”, you’ll be given a selection of different badges you can make use of.

Once you have your badge code, you can put this anywhere you like. You can put it on your blog, on your website or anywhere else you wish. Hopefully this will attract more people to your profile that discounts to a department store sale. Here’s my badge:

View Owen Cutajar's profile on LinkedIn

10 thoughts on “Where do I get a LinkedIn badge from?”

  1. It may not still be possible to have the bad-looking name/profile URL, but if it is still possible to have a bad one then it’s worthwhile figuring-out how to have the nice-looking name such as /in/opencutajar or mine, /in/bobmitchell – I forget where the setting is, but it’s in there somewhere.

  2. For all the people with Outlook, here is a real simple solution to get the LinkedIn Badge on your email signature:

    1. After you login to LinkedIn, look to your left bar and click “Edit My Profile” link
    2. Just under the 2nd Blue box, look for “Promote your profile with customized buttons” and click “customized buttons”
    3. Drag and Drop any of the Button Images (Badges) you like to your desktop – this should save a copy and easy to find
    4. In Outlook (I am using Outlook 2007) go to “tools” and then “options” from the menu bar
    5. From the dialogue box, select the tab “Mail Format”
    6. Toward the bottom, select the button “Signatures”
    7. Select your Signature (or create a new one)
    8. Place your mouse wherever you want the LinkedIn button (Badge) to appear in the edit window below
    9. Look for the icon just above the window you are in for “picture” and click on that
    10. Go to your desktop where you saved the LinkedIn button (Badge) and select that
    11. You should see the LinkedIn button (Badge) in your signature window now
    12. Select the LinkedIn button (Badge) and click the icon just to the right of the “Picture” icon called “insert hyperlink”
    13. In this window look on the left and select the “Existing File or Webpage” icon
    14. Go back to your page you copied the LinkedIn button from, your LinkedIn Profile, and select on the left the “View My Profile”
    15. In the URL Address Bar of your browser, highlight and copy this url
    16. Go back to Outlook and past this url in the window and white box labeled as: “Address”
    17. Save the Signature and hit ok until you are back in the main Outlook window
    18. Test your email signature before using by sending yourself an email and click the LinkedIn button (Badge) AFTER the email arrives to see if your profile is accurate
    NOTE: If you test only with an email that you start as “New Message” in Outlook, you will need to hold the control key down and select the LinkedIn button (Badge)
    Good Luck.


    Dean Holmes
    CSO at Selling At The TOP

  3. This is great info. for profile badges but does anyone know where to get a badge for a group? We would like to put up a badge on our website to encourage our members to join our LinkedIn group.

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