Managing multiple LinkedIn accounts
Dux-Soup is used by individuals, startups, small, medium and large companies to generate more leads. Among them are many who are managing the LinkedIn profiles of their clients as part of a LinkedIn lead generation service. If you are offering lead generation services, you probably have more than one LinkedIn account to manage, which requires a trickier setup.
This blog talks about the nuts and bolts of creating and using multiple Chrome and LinkedIn accounts with Dux-Soup, a VPN extension and virtual machines, to help you to manage multiple LinkedIn profiles on one computer efficiently.
Whether you are a lead generation agency, a recruiter, a virtual assistant or just have a few LinkedIn accounts yourself, this blog is dedicated to you. Keep on reading!
A system that can successfully run Dux-Soup for your clients’ lead generation activity, needs to meet the following requirements:
- Can be logged into more than 1 LinkedIn account in Chrome at the same time.
- Can run automated activity with Dux-Soup on each of the LinkedIn accounts.
- Can support more than a handful of LinkedIn accounts.
- Is available 24/7
1. Logging into multiple LinkedIn accounts in Chrome
Adding multiple accounts to Chrome
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.Click the Chrome menu button at the right end of the browser address bar
2. Go to Settings
3. Under People, select Manage other people
4. Click Add person
5. Choose the name for the new user
6. Sign in with the email
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.
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.
Creating a New Google Account
Creating a new Google account is the first step if you want to add more accounts to your browser. The way you do it is pretty simple. All you have to do is to follow this link and enter your details.
Tip: It is not necessary to use Gmail to create a Google account, you can use your non-Gmail email address to create a new one instead.
2. Running Dux-Soup on multiple LinkedIn accounts at the same time
Managing multiple LinkedIn accounts requires a Dux-Soup licence for each managed LinkedIn profile.
Head to the Chrome Web Store and, for every Chrome profile you have just created, select “add to Chrome” to install Dux-Soup. When it’s done, you can access our free Starter Edition straight away. Find out more what the Starter Edition allows you to do here.
Once you have created multiple Chrome profiles and have installed Dux-Soup to each of them, you are ready to go. Now all you have to do is to open a new Chrome window for each Chrome profile you have created, log into LinkedIn in each of them and launch Dux-Soup.
3. Supporting 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.
Using a Virtual Private Server to run multiple Dux-Soup accounts
A virtual private server, 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.
In this blog, we will show you how to use Amazon Lightsail virtual servers with Dux-Soup as an example.
To get started, we need to:
1. Create an Amazon Lightsail account
2. Create a Windows Server 2016 instance in Amazon Lightsail
3. Configure the instance
4. Connect to your instance using the browser-based RDP client in Lightsail
Find detailed steps on how to do it here.
After you have configured the instance, please allow a few minutes for an option to connect to appear. Then, select the Connect option and open a virtual desktop in a new window. For Windows-based instances, you can connect using a browser-based remote desktop (RDP) client.
As this is a Windows server, you would need to download Google Chrome or other browsers supported by Dux-Soup using Internet Explorer.
Note: Enhanced internet security for Internet Explorer in this virtual environment is enabled and you would need to add any website to the trusted sites zone (apart from the ones that are supported by Microsoft) or disable this option:
Also, you need to enable downloads in Internet Explorer to be able to add a new browser. Here are the steps on how to enable this option:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click Tools and then Options.
- Click on the Security tab.
- Select the Internet Zone.
- Click on the Custom Level Button and then scroll down to Download.
- Make sure to enable File download.
Copy and paste this link https://www.google.com/chrome/ and add Chrome to your virtual server.
Here it is. The hardest part is completed and all that you have to do now is to add your Chrome account/s, login into LinkedIn and launch Dux-Soup.
Bonus tip: 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 avoid your client 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.
If you manage multiple Dux-Soup or Chrome accounts, make sure you have installed 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 acquiring a separate Dux-Soup license will let you manage multiple LinkedIn accounts from a single computer, at the same time. And when you run this on a VPS, it will allow you to really scale up your LinkedIn lead generation efforts.
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