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Why I’m Dumping the Time Sucking LinkedIn

Like many people looking to expand their brand, I joined LInkedIn years ago. After about nine years of LinkedIn’s updates and an inane amount of requests from people to join my LinkedIn network, I’m pulling the plug.

The “world’s largest professional network” has 10 Aaron Crowes, and I’m no longer one of them.

Why? The reason is simple: It hasn’t led to any business for me.

In fact, it has led to more hassles as more and more people contact me on LinkedIn to ask if they can join my network. I’ve ignored them for years after finding that none of result in any business for me.

I originally joined with the hope of landing a job through a LinkedIn contact. That never happened. Then I hoped it would lead to writing or editing assignments. That never happened either.

If it’s friendship these people want, they can find me on Facebook. If they want to do business with me, then this site,, is the best place to find me.

There are also the two personal finance blogs I own, CashSmarter and Add-Vodka. Or find me on Twitter.

Unfortunately, LinkedIn became one of those social profile sites where I felt that if I didn’t participate enough in it — such as responding to invitations — then I was giving people the wrong message. And that’s OK if we’re not going to work together in a business relationship.

But if your point of contacting me via LinkedIn is to work together professionally, then you were probably disappointed by my lack of response.

As further proof that LinkedIn is a time suck, only minutes after disabling my account I was sent a survey invitation by LinkedIn about how to help companies retain top talent.

No thanks.


$6.50 per story

Some interesting jobs can be found on Craigslist, but often not ones that pay well. There are so many lousy paying jobs for writers on Craigslist and elsewhere that I could provide daily updates on the outlandish ones.

I recently came across an ad for a website looking for comedy writers. I have a good sense of humor, so I wrote to the generic email to see what it was about and if they could use my services.

They could, but at $6.50 per post of about 200 words. I won’t say here what the website was, because I don’t want to embarrass the owner. It’s an interesting site that uses humor in short reviews of a related site that is much bigger.

I politely declined the job assignment, saying that $6.50 for one story doesn’t work for me as a freelance writer.

Here’s part of the email they sent me: Continue reading