How Does the LinkedIn Algorithm Work?

Author Adidas Wilson
3 min readOct 23, 2020

The updates made to the LinkedIn algorithm over the last two years have caused a 50% rise in viral activity.

The product management senior director, Pete Davies, says that the mantra is, “the people you know talking about the things you care about.”

This is a simple principle, both in practice and theory. And you can use it to your benefit.

How Does the Algorithm Work?

There are two primary goals:

  • Promote engagement
  • Prioritize relevant content

Relevancy is prioritized over recency. The homepage feed shows you “top” posts by default. But you can choose to see “recent” posts.

This update encourages small accounts to create content and increases engagement.

The Top Three Ranking Signals

These are the three signals used by the LinkedIn algorithm to filter and then rank posts.

Personal Connections

Following people on the platform doesn’t mean that you know them personally.

To determine personal connections, the algorithm considers explicit and implicit signals. It checks your recent interactions and the information on your profile.

Interest Relevance

You may not like the content that all your personal connections post. So LinkedIn assesses your interests based on the hashtags, pages and people you follow, as well as the groups you have joined.

Engagement Probability

When it comes to this component, there are two stages.

First, LinkedIn evaluates how likely you are to react, comment or share a post based on what you have interacted with in the past. It also checks the people you interact with the most.

Secondly, how quickly a post starts getting interactions also matters. Posts that get feedback quicker are more likely to be shown in the feed.

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator