Do you manage multiple LinkedIn accounts? If you do, then managing them can be tricky as there is no simple way to merge multiple accounts into one. BUT, guess what!? 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. Hurrah! So, when you run this on a VPS (Virtual Private Server), it really allows you to scale up your LinkedIn lead generation efforts. Interested? Keep reading!
Dux-Soup is a great tool for turning LinkedIn prospects into leads as it mimics human-like behaviour during your browser session, but what if you want this functionality without having to leave your local PC switched on? Using a virtual server is the answer! This way you can access and control all of the features of Dux-Soup remotely. You don't even have to be sitting in front of your machine when using it - which makes things much easier when working away from home or travelling abroad (remember those days)!?
In this blog, we will show you how to use Amazon Lightsail* virtual server or an instance with Dux-Soup. Obviously, there are other VPS providers available on the internet, but we used Lightsail as an example for this step-by-step guide.
To get started, we need to:
1. Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account
2. Create a Windows Server 2019 instance in Amazon Lightsail
3. Configure and connect the instance
4. Download Chrome browser
So, let's get started!
* Lightsail running Windows Server is a fast and dependable environment for deploying applications using the Microsoft Web Platform.
First things first, you will need to create an Amazon Wen Services account as a root user (admin). AWS Free Tier is a good match.
Once the account has been created, search for ‘Lightsail’:
Then select ‘Create Instance’. As Amazon says - your Lightsail instance is a virtual private server (also called a virtual machine). When you create your instance, you choose an image that has an operating system (OS) on it. You can also choose an instance image that has an application or development stack on it, including the base OS.
Once you click on the ‘Create Instance’ button, you can see its configuration options.
Note, that an AWS Region and Availability Zone is already selected for you. You can also choose Change Region and Availability Zone to create your instance in another location.
After this, choose the Microsoft Windows platform option. We recommend using the latest version of Windows Server 2019. Then, select OS only to view the operating system-only instance images available in Lightsail.
You can try the $20 USD Lightsail plan free for three months. Click here to find the AWS Pricing. In addition, you can change a name for your instance.
After you have configured the instance, please allow a few minutes for a connection option to appear. Then, select the Connect option and open a virtual desktop in a new window.
As this is a Windows server, you will need to download Google Chrome or other browsers supported by Dux-Soup using Internet Explorer. To do this, head to Internet Explorer and type https://www.google.co.uk/google_chrome/download.
Internet Explorer tends to be slow, so patience is our friend here!
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).
Also, web pages might not display as expected, and applications that require the web browser might not work correctly because scripts, ActiveX controls, and file downloads have been disabled.
To download Chrome, you need to add ‘*google.com’ site to the Trusted sites zone. Here are the steps on how to do it:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click Tools and then Options.
- Click on the Security tab.
- Select the Trusted Sites and click the Sites button
- Type in *google.com into the ‘Add this website to the zone field.
- Click Add button.
Once you have done this, click on the ‘Download Chrome’ button. Here it is. The hardest part is now complete and all that remains is for you to add your Chrome account/s, login to LinkedIn and launch Dux-Soup.
Tip: Running multiple LinkedIn accounts can be resource-intensive for your computer or VPS environment. 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. The guide below relates to the number of Dux-Soup accounts you have active simultaneously.
You can now run multiple clients from this virtual private server anywhere in the world - even if your own PC isn't switched on! This means that no matter what happens to your daily work routine, you don’t have to pause all of your work ever again.
We know that managing multiple LinkedIn accounts can be tough work. Dux-Soup can make it easy and you’ll never have to worry about having too many clients or not enough leads again! With just a few clicks of the mouse button, all of your prospects are there in front of your eyes. All that’s left for Dux to do, is get the ball rolling on some serious prospecting!
Remember - Dux-Soup provides you with lots of great advice through our past webinars, blogs and support tutorials, so don’t forget to sign up to get regular updates on all the newest Dux-Soup resources, developments and latest LinkedIn hacks!
If you’d like to try Dux-Soup Turbo for free, we also offer a free 7-day trial for the Turbo plan which includes all Dux-Soup features, so why not give it a try! Or if you’d like to boost your lead generation with a tailored one-to-one, hour-long session with Giles Garnett (Dux-Soup expert and Head of Professional Services), then book your Booster Call here. The session will:
- Be tailored for your business and target market
- Help you with the technical and workflow process setup
- Enhance your lead generation results from Dux-Soup
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