December 21, 2018

Commercial Use Limit

If you are using Dux-Soup Pro with standard LinkedIn and visit profiles every day, you may soon notice an indication from LinkedIn that you are approaching your commercial use limit for the month.

What does this mean?

LinkedIn calculates your people search usage based on your overall activity on LinkedIn from the first of every calendar month. If you are visiting people who are not your 1st-degree connections, it alerts LinkedIn that you are using it for recruitment or lead generation purposes.

After you hit your commercial use limit, you can only view the first three profiles in your search, the rest will be blurred out and not accessible.

What counts towards your commercial use limit?

  • When you search for LinkedIn profiles (your 2nd and 3d-degree connections) using filters and keywords
  • It also applies when you are searching for employees of a specific company
  • When you view profiles “People Also Viewed” on the right side of the page

What DOES NOT count towards your limit:

  • When you search and visit your 1st-degree connections from your connections page
  • When you are looking for a specific person and type their name in the search
  • Search for a job on the “Jobs” page

How to avoid it?

The limit resets on the 1st of each calendar month, however, you won’t be able to see how many views you have left. If you want to get unlimited profile views and get rid of the “commercial use limit” message completely, you will be prompted to purchase one of the Premium accounts like Business Premium, Recruiter or Sales Navigator.

However, if buying LinkedIn Premium account is not an option for you, try one of the below suggestions:

Try X-RAY search

Dux-Soup has a useful feature called “X-Ray” which fetches the results from LinkedIn using Google search engine. To access this tool, simply open a blank Chrome tab, click on Dux-Soup and choose X-Ray from the menu.

You will be taken to a new window that will look like this:

Here, you have the option to enter your target job role and location. For example, we will be looking for “IT Sales Managers” in California. We entered the keywords, clicked on “Search” and got 162 results from Google

These are 162 potential leads that we can now target with Dux-Soup. No commercial limits here, just set up your connection message and hit “Visit Profiles” to start visiting them!

(To learn more about the X-RAY tool, please check our detailed blog post here)

Join LinkedIn Groups

Another strategy would be to join LinkedIn groups and target potential leads from there.

Tip: Try to look for smaller groups - up to 5,000 members - this usually has more relevant people than the group with over 100,000 members. Plus, LinkedIn has restricted the number of members you can view in the group and you can only view 2500 profiles. Note that this restriction comes from LinkedIn, not Dux-Soup.

To find and join a group, click on “My Network” on LinkedIn.

In the search box, type in a couple of keywords and click “Groups” from the drop down menu.

For example, you may be looking for “Marketing Specialists” group to connect with fellow marketers in your industry. When you type in the keywords, you will get a couple of group suggestions so choose the one that meets your needs the best.

It can take some time to find the ideal group but it’s worth investing some time and read through descriptions of the groups. To join the group, simply click on it and click “Request to join”:

As the groups have moderators and admins, be patient as you won’t get accepted right away.   It can take some time for the admin to approve your request to join the group.

If you want to view all the groups that you are part of, click on the square icon called “Work” and go to Groups

You will be taken to a new page displaying the list groups that you have joined.

The next step would be open the group and click to see a full list of members

It will display a list of members and you should also notice Dux-Soup icon turning green, which means it is ready to work.

Now all you have to do here is set up your connection message and click “Visit Profiles” for it to start.

(see this article on how to set up your connection message on Dux-Soup)

You will see Dux-Soup working and a small thumbnail at the side of the screen will show which profile is being visited:

We hope you found the article useful and will apply some of the tips next time when you receive a notification from LinkedIn. If you have any problems or any further questions, email our customer support team at or chat with them via live chat on the website.

Happy Duxing!

Arrow to discover more

See all blogs

Latest blogs

Dux-Soup Product Tips

Save 50% of your time on recruitment, using Dux-Soup with LinkedIn Recruiter. Learn how to scan, visit, send connection requests and enroll LI Recruiter profiles into Dux campaigns

June 15, 2022
linkedin icon
Dux-Soup Product Tips

Learn how to use InMail messaging with Sales Navigator or Recruiter to bypass LinkedIn limits, scale your outreach and get more leads.

June 8, 2022
linkedin icon
Dux-Soup News

With tips on the best marketing tools, simple ways to create email lists and expert strategies on achieving 85% response rates from your outreach - June Quacks has it all!

June 3, 2022
linkedin icon
Lead Generation Insights

Revive your marketing strategy with this 6-step approach to success - and learn about the tools that help you get there - Marketing guru Gaurav Sharma shares his secrets.

May 27, 2022
linkedin icon
LinkedIn Hacks

Email marketing is STILL one of the most effective marketing strategies. Discover how Dux-Soup can help you get emails from LinkedIn and scale-up your led gen efforts.

May 19, 2022
linkedin icon
Dux-Soup News

Packed full to the brim with expert advice on all things lead generation - this month's Quacks covers customization, 1st-degree drip campaigns, InMail hacks and much more!

May 6, 2022
linkedin icon
Lead Generation Insights

We take an in-depth look at the best LinkedIn automation tools on the market right now (because we know we aren't the only one out there).

April 27, 2022
linkedin icon
Dux-Soup Product Tips

Are you looking to create a 1st-degree drip campaign using LinkedIn automation? it's easier than ever with our Dux-Soup easy-to-follow guide! Read on to find out 

April 12, 2022
linkedin icon
Dux-Soup News

Awesome new Dux features, a guest webinar packed full of tactics for successful online growth and LinkedIn lead gen strategies you should be using in 2022 - all that and much more!

April 1, 2022
linkedin icon