Many Dux-Soup users have more than one LinkedIn account to manage. There are lots of reasons why you may be managing multiple LinkedIn accounts, all running in parallel, all under the control of one person:
- Agencies using LinkedIn automation to generate leads for multiple clients
- Team LinkedIn outreach for executives managing LinkedIn activity across multiple company accounts
- Business owners that run multiple businesses and have separate LinkedIn accounts for each business to keep the activity relevant to each business
If any of these scenarios apply to you then want to have all your LinkedIn accounts working hard to generate as many qualified leads as possible. This is where LinkedIn automation tools can help you to scale your activity so you can drive more activity, and results from your time.
In this article, we share the latest guidance on the nuts and bolts of managing multiple LinkedIn accounts, all running Dux-Soup LinkedIn automation - helping you manage your LinkedIn outreach for multiple profiles effectively and efficiently.
If you're not already a Dux-Soup user, why not take advantage of our free trial? You'll have access to ALL of the features, so we make sure your automation journey gets off to the very best start. We don't even ask for your credit card details, so there really is no ongoing commitment (although we'd obviously love you to stick around).
Whether you are a lead generation agency, a recruiter, a virtual assistant or just have a few LinkedIn accounts of your own, this blog on managing multiple LinkedIn accounts is dedicated to you!
What do you need to manage multiple LinkedIn accounts for different clients?
To successfully run Dux-Soup for multiple clients’ lead generation activities, you will need to have:
1. One Chrome profile per LinkedIn account
2. One Dux-Soup license per Chrome profile & LinkedIn account
For every LinkedIn account that you manage, you'll need to be able to log into their Chrome profile, and their LinkedIn account on that Chrome browser. You'll also need to install Dux-Soup using their Chrome profile details.
We run through how to set this up in more detail below. Or, if you'd rather watch it in video format, you can watch our managing multiple LinkedIn accounts webinar where Dux-Soup's Head of Professional Services, Giles Garnet takes you through the process with live demos.
1. Creating a Chrome profile and logging into a LinkedIn account
Creating a new Chrome profile
If you want to use Dux-Soup to run multiple LinkedIn accounts, you need to create a separate Chrome profile for every LinkedIn account you manage. To create a new profile in Google Chrome, do the following:
1. Open Chrome (or Download Google Chrome if you don't yet have it)
2. To the right of the address bar, click on your user profile icon.
3. To add a new profile, click '+ Add'.
4. Click 'Sign In'. Here you can either sign in to an existing account, or create a new profile.
5. To create a new profile, click 'Create Account'.
6. Enter your details. When you get to the point of entering your email, you can use your work email address rather than a Gmail address by clicking on 'use your existing email'. This is something people often don't notice, but we recommend using Dux-Soup with a work email address if you want to keep it tied to a business account and get receipts sent to your work address.
Once you've gone through the steps, you'll be able to log into your Chrome account using the email address and password entered. You can enter Chrome details given to you by clients that you manage or team members to log into their Chrome accounts in the same way.
Now when you’re in Chrome, you should see the name of your profile in the top right corner of your screen. This tells you which account you’re currently logged into. You can set up as many Chrome accounts as you want in this way. You can then run all of these accounts in parallel.
Note: If you sign out of a Google service (such as Gmail) while syncing to Chrome, you will also be signed out of Chrome. This will pause sync until you sign back in with the same account. Make sure that your account is properly synced by going to chrome://settings/syncSetup.
Logging into a LinkedIn account
Simply use the email address and password to login to the LinkedIn account once you are logged into your Chrome profile.
2. Adding Dux-Soup to a Chrome profile
Managing multiple LinkedIn accounts requires a Dux-Soup license for each LinkedIn profile.
Head to the Chrome Web Store and, whilst logged into the Chrome profile you have just created, select “add to Chrome” to install Dux-Soup. You will automatically get a free 14 day trial of the full range of Dux-Soup features.
3. Running multiple LinkedIn accounts at the same time
Once you have created your multiple Chrome profiles and have installed Dux-Soup on each of them, you are ready to go. You can layer up your Chrome accounts and truly scale up your LinkedIn lead generation activity.
Now all you have to do is to open a new Chrome window for each Chrome profile you have created, log into LinkedIn on each of them and launch Dux-Soup.
Note: When running Dux-Soup activity, In order for Dux-Soup to remain active, you need to keep your Chrome browser tab open. Don't minimize it or close it, otherwise your LinkedIn activity will stop as Dux-Soup goes into pause mode. This is because Dux-soup mimics your human behavior and can't work with your tabs closed. You can set your daily LinkedIn automation activity in Dux-Soup's planner.
4. The benefits of a team plan
The great thing about a Dux-Soup LinkedIn automation Team plan is that you can share your campaigns across accounts in your team. So, once you've found the perfect approach, you can share that with other users who can enroll profiles from their accounts to scale your outreach activity. Dux-Soup won't enroll the same profile twice so it also avoids duplication. This is true collaborative LinkedIn outreach at its best
5. How to run more than a couple of LinkedIn accounts, 24/7
Running multiple LinkedIn accounts can be challenging for your computer. We recommend having a minimum of 1 CPU core and 2GB of RAM. There are lots of other dependencies including speed of connection, and the speed the LinkedIn pages load/render, so this is just a rule of thumb. You can read more about enhancing your computer power with Raspberry Pi.
6. What hardware do you need to run multiple LinkedIn accounts?
The good news is that you can run multiple LinkedIn accounts from any hardware. BUT if you're looking to use Dux-Soup to automate your activity, you'll just need one that runs a Chrome browser (and this should be kept up-to-date). Aside from that, you'll need an internet connection and you're good to go.
You can use your day-to-day laptop, a dedicated laptop just for LinkedIn, a Chromebook (which is a more affordable option) a Raspberry Pi to run LinkedIn (the lowest cost option but requires a bit of technical expertise), an old desktop computer, or a Virtual Private Server (VPS).
Pros and Cons of using your own computer
If you use your own computer, you have immediate visibility of what Dux-Soup is doing and total control of when it is active, however, it will only be running when your computer is on.
Pros and Cons of using a dedicated computer
If you choose to use dedicated hardware (perhaps an older laptop or desktop PC), it can free up your local computer resources for you to be able to get on with your work without interruptions. On the other hand, you'll need to keep an eye on the other computer (make sure you have the latest updates etc.).
Pros and Cons of using Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Virtual Machine (VM)
If you choose to set up a virtual machine or VPS - then you can configure the system and be sure you have 24/7 availability, with the capacity to run as many accounts as you desire - depending on your server configuration. Additional costs are involved (usually monthly) but you can access the server from anywhere to have full visibility of what activities are running on your LinkedIn and Dux-Soup accounts.
A VM, or VPS, enables you to run Dux-Soup in ‘the cloud’. This way you don’t need to leave your local PC switched on, and this allows you to run multiple clients on the same computer in a secure, online, ‘always on’ environment.
Refer to our article on how to set up a VPS for LinkedIn automation.
Using VPN extensions with Dux-Soup
If the computer you are using to manage your client's LinkedIn account is located in a different country than your client, we recommend using a virtual private network (VPN) extension. Doing so will prevent your client from receiving security notifications from LinkedIn when you access their account.
There are many free VPN services in the Chrome Web Store, just search for “free VPN” and choose the one you like the most. Many of these extensions have a very simple user interface and are easy to use. You can also get advice from Techradar.
If the client is prepared to pay for their VPN, there are many other alternatives out there - check out this review.
If you manage multiple Dux-Soup or Chrome accounts, make sure you have installed a VPN on all of them according to the geographical location of your client.
Managing multiple LinkedIn accounts can be tricky, and there is no simple way to merge multiple accounts into one. If you use Dux-Soup to manage client accounts, creating separate Chrome profiles and buying Dux-Soup licenses will let you manage multiple LinkedIn accounts from a single computer, at the same time. And when you run this on a virtual machine, it really allows you to scale up your LinkedIn lead generation efforts.
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