LinkedIn Removes Premium Search Filters

The drama that plagues LinkedIn continued to unfold this morning with a shocking post from Ira Bass on Google+.



“LinkedIn is a money maker venture and someone has to pay for the $26 million acquisition,” said Bass. “I’ve been a member of LinkedIn for over ten years and I’ve had a Premium Account the entire time. It’s very disheartening.”

LinkedIn will soon be retiring the ability to search years of experience, function, seniority level, interested in, company size and when a user joined. Also receiving the axe is the ability for Premium users to search within LinkedIn Groups.


According to Bass, LinkedIn will likely roll out a new product which is similar to LinkedIn Premium Search. A Beta version was shared with Bass.

“LinkedIn’s continued moves of monetizing once free and useful features – many that are already being paid for via Premium accounts – reminds me of the lengths to which tobacco companies went to hide how addictive their products were, despite decades of denying so,” added Steve Levy. “Sadly, once addicted, addicts will pay dearly to obtain their fix. I believe it’s time for an industry-wide intervention – let’s call it #LinkedInaholicsAnonymous – to occur to inform our community of highly effective and alternative ways to identify, engage, and recruit great people.”

LinkedIn followed up with a comment on Twitter to the Google+ post.



This recent move by LinkedIn isn’t entirely shocking. Its users have seen many beloved products and features come and go over the years. Different versions of LinkedIn Premium can run as little as $47.99 a month. Many sourcers and recruiters have gravitated towards LinkedIn Premium as an inexpensive solution to view more profiles and run more efficient advanced searches. Without a Premium version of LinkedIn, basic users can be blocked from running as little as ten searches a month within LinkedIn. A LinkedIn Recruiter account can run upwards to thousands of dollars each month.

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LinkedIn’s aggressive push to get its users to purchase Sales Navigator Professional will cost as little as $64.99 a month. Similar to Premium, users will also be able to send a thrifty 15 InMails each month. Users of Sales Navigator will also have access to “advanced sales-specific search tools.”

The retiring Premium Search features are still available in Sales Navigator. LinkedIn has confirmed that it will keep this search ability within Sales Navigator.

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Just last week, news spread over many social sites that LinkedIn has started to block XRay ( capability through search engines. After extensive testing, it appears that you can still retrieve LinkedIn profiles through search engines, even when logged out of LinkedIn.

Previously, LinkedIn removed its cap on the number of groups a member can join. In the past, LinkedIn limited its users to a maximum of 50 groups. Group interest and activity has declined on LinkedIn. Opening its limitations on groups will likely not increase a user’s involvement within them. Many social media users have become more adapt to using Facebook Groups over the cumbersome LinkedIn Groups.

Facebook made news last month with a competitive push to allow Company Pages the capability to feature job postings. This new feature is predicted to drive more traffic to Facebook Pages over its News Feed.


Shannon Pritchett is the editor of SourceCon. As a lifelong student in the recruitment industry, Shannon is passionate about improving it. Shannon has a diverse background in training, sourcing, international recruitment, full desk recruiting, coaching, and journalism. Shannon got her start in the recruitment industry at Vanderbilt University and later worked as a Senior Recruiter for Internal Data Resources and Community Health Systems, Social Media Recruitment Ambassador for T-Mobile USA, Director of Recruiting for Moxy, Trainer with AIRS, and last as a Manager of Global Sourcing and Training for ManpowerGroup Solutions RPO.


8 Comments on “LinkedIn Removes Premium Search Filters

  1. And linkedin isn’t even worth the premium accounts because as you mentioned, LI has been slowly removing all the useful stuff for users, so you pay for nothing. I watched how former employers paid thousands for minimal success. I personally closed my account this summer after 11 years on there and 10K connections. I hated the news stream, the limited access, the fake profiles, the constant changes, glitches and roadblocks. My hope is microsoft will sink it.

    1. They seem to want it that way. Forcing dumb ideology such as Social Selling Index so untalented sales reps use the tool and pay for it. Now its nothing but spam for sales reps and a bunch of untalented sales people posting random items that are not relevant because LinkedIn says it helps you sell socially.

  2. Having had interactions with LinkedIn’s salesforce over the last few months, I completely understand why this is happening. My impression after countless calls and meetings was that if you’re not working with a sales and success team then it seems that you’re worthless to LinkedIn.

    Unfortunately those sales teams are terrible in their approach and methodology as they attempt to upsell you without providing real enterprise product substance or functionality that’s materially different from the Premium solution (I mean really, single source invoicing is barely an “enterprise” solution). And furthermore, there are no plans to add functionality that people will pay for (i.e. Salesforce or CRM integration, access to email on mobile) in the near future.

    So the only solution is to degrade the premium product to the point where it becomes useless and you’ll have to engage the sales team and buy their crappy functionality. So the prevailing product development attitude is that if you can’t build something bigger, tear everything around it down. This is the epitomy of innovation by destruction vs innovation by disruption.

    So I’ll take my 3 month free Sales Navigator trial and if I still find it not helpful then I’ll switch to a “free” version. Either way, I’m not paying for a while. Thanks LinkedIn.

    1. Also, I agree with your point of forcing you to deal with their sales team. They all have engaged my company at various levels offering us to pay more (we already paid for 20 premium licenses for a year in advance) for Sales Navigator to keep the functions. We are simply done as a company using any product now and are working on a refund to get 20 users / 10 months each back on our credit card.

  3. LinkedIn can not get out of its own way. They are forcing a product that turns their very product into a feature that simply annoys most users. Those of us who use LinkedIn for recruiting, networking, articles and professional outreach are being destroyed by inmails (btw – 15 emails a month is not worth much). The features they let you use for free are fine. Its not the users fault that LinkedIn has failed to monetize a product full of great data that other social or similar sites have.

  4. The part LinkedIn seems to be losing touch with = giving all those free members incentive to create and update their profiles. If LinkedIn loses its data quality, it loses everything. And its data quality depends on fresh profiles, mostly from nonpaying members.

  5. LinkedIn is an absolute waste of time. What once was a half-decent professional community that was rich with useful and helpful information gathering and search features and tools, is now nothing more than a junked-up featureless mass of revenue-driven promotion, hype and and irrelevant material. Their market share is very likely to take a major hit sometime this year, once folks start getting hip as to what is really going on with this hapless site.

    Where is LinkedIn headed in 2017? In the direction of removing all free searchable features of any kind and making you pay for any access to the information on the site, except for your own. The only thing you’re going to end up being able to do is to look at your own profile and search for jobs by city only (no more keyword), and that’s about it. As usual, it looks like the dummies at Microsoft screwed up a good thing again, and boy did they just waste $26 billion of their stockholder’s money on the purchase of LinkedIn, or what!

    Why use LinkedIn when you can use Google and millions of other free resources. BTW, used to have one of those premium LinkedIn subscriptions years ago, but dropped it when it became apparent that the money was better spent on a fine bottle of wine.

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