Collaborative articles are relatively new in the LinkedIn community and begin with AI-powered conversation starters that blossom with insights and perspectives from subject matter experts.
When you contribute to collaborative articles, your network is notified. Your connections can give it an upvote. The more upvotes on your collaborative articles, the better.
Here is an example of a collaborative article I contributed to this week on resumes if you want to see what it looks like. The maximum number of characters allowed is 750.
On LinkedIn, there are over 10 billion years of experience with over 930 million users on the platform, according to LinkedIn’s Editor In Chief, Dan Roth. Knowledge is power!
On June 29th, I spent the day at LinkedIn at the Empire State Building office with many others to learn more about collaborative articles. The workshop was also held virtually for people who could not make it in person.
We learned how collaborative articles work, how to earn a top voice badge, new collaborative article features, and other creator features.
Here you will find some knowledge bites about collaborative articles if you want to get started.
Q1. How do you become eligible to contribute to a collaborative article?
You must have some prior engagement on LinkedIn, sharing articles, images, newsletters, posts, text, videos, etc., while abiding by the Professional Community Policies and relevant work experience as an expert in the skill area where you will contribute your thought leadership.
Q2. What is the difference between a collaborative article and a regular article, newsletter, post, or repost?
A regular article is a long-form one-off article that you can write from your personal or company page profile. A newsletter is another long-form article scheduled at regular intervals of your choosing, and LinkedIn notifies your network. A post could be text-only or include an image, link, photo, video, or third-party content. A repost is where you share content created by another LinkedIn member.
Q3. Can you give feedback to rate or report a collaborative article?
Yes, to both scenarios.
Q4. Where do I find a list of topics that I can collaborate on?
Q5. Will contributions be linked on public profiles?
Yes, they will be visible on profiles with the number of upvotes received.
Q6. What are the three best practices for collaborative articles?
First, contribute two times in a collaborative article and multiple articles at least once daily. Second, be authentic from your lived experiences and contribute your “real-world examples and experiences.” Third, follow the Skill pages, as new collaborative articles will be shared daily.
Q7. Where can you find your contributions?
Click on ALL ACTIVITY, then COMMENTS until you find your contributions. You will find a URL that you can copy and paste.
Q8. Who will see your contributions?
You will gain visibility in the feed both in and out of your network, which will appear in the notifications section.
Q9. Can you include links in your contributions?
Although self-promotional links are not encouraged in contributions, links that provide further resources that are considered valuable and useful are supported. Ensure that they do not go against the Professional Community Policies.
Q10. Will you be able to invite other experts to contribute?
Yes, that feature is forthcoming, as are other features, so stay tuned!
Q11. Where can I learn more about collaborative articles?
LinkedIn has an extensive knowledge base with many explanations, links, and other resources. Here is the link to learn more about collaborative articles launched in English on March 3, 2023, in the US, UK, and Canada.
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career development and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management.
Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love, along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.