A complete guide on how pending connection requests work and how to remove unanswered invites before they hurt your account
How to Manage Pending Connections on LinkedIn Efficiently
You must send out those connection requests to expand your LinkedIn network. The more, the merrier, right? But what happens after they go unanswered?
People must remember all the invitation requests that have yet to get replies. After all, there’s not much else you can do to convert a lead if they haven’t accepted you as a connection.
Unfortunately, if you have many connection requests that still need to be submitted, LinkedIn may undervalue your account and decide not to promote you because of it. Which is not beneficial for you or the audience your content is trying to reach.
So here’s everything you need to know about pending invites and how you avoid that scenario!
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What Happens When You Withdraw a LinkedIn Invitation
When you choose to revoke an invitation, LinkedIn will not notify the recipient of the invitation. On top of that, doing so will prohibit the receiver from getting any further reminders via email to accept the invitation.
Removing a connection request also blocks you from resending that invitation to the same recipient for up to three weeks.
If you’ve sent a request by mistake and they have accepted your invitation before you had the opportunity to cancel it, there is always the option of deleting the connection.
You can revoke your invitations from the browser or mobile app, or even automatically when using Linkedin outreach tools.
When Should You Withdraw an Invitation Request
In our opinion, one or two weeks should be a good benchmark for determining whether or not a member is actively using their account, or if they’re truly interested in connecting with you.
So if they have yet to accept your request by then, it's safe to assume they either don't want to or LinkedIn is not the best platform to reach them.
Either way, it’s unlikely to move forward with this lead.
That’s why we’d suggest a ‘regular clean-up’ on your invites at least every other week.
Why Should You Remove Your Pending LinkedIn Connection Requests
Removing your pending requests will keep your profile out of the infamous LinkedIn jail.
Think about it from an algorithm perspective. How reliable would you consider an account that most people ignore or refuse to connect to it?
If a connection request has been pending for a while, it’s probably time to call it quits.
There are limits to the number of invites you should send.
First of all, you should know that LinkedIn limits the number of invites you’re allowed to send weekly if not affected by your pending connection request.
However, with user experience in mind, LinkedIn allows for a maximum of 30,000 connections.
On top of that, the amount of pending connection requests you can have on your account is limited.
Though the exact amount is undisclosed, some sources say it's some percentage of your current connections count, whereas others have a fixed number of 3,000 in mind.
If you've reached that mysterious number, you won't be able to add new connections.
This might sound like a large number, but if Linkedin is your bread and butter, you’re likely to reach it fairly quickly.
Once you’ve hit that limit, you’ll have to remove old connections to access new ones.
So the more unnecessary connection requests you send now, the more work you’ll have to do later.
Remove old connections to free up space for new ones.
You should tailor each connection request to the individual, explaining how you know them and why they would benefit your network. You’ll increase your chances of connecting to users and avoid having to withdraw requests altogether.
But if you've issued multiple connection requests in error or have numerous pending ones, you may cancel them at any time.
Removing old connection requests from your sent list can free up mental space for new ones and help you avoid sending future requests to those who may not check their LinkedIn account regularly.
You’ll also be able to make adjustments and updates to your prospecting lists to ensure your future campaigns reach vetted leads.
Note❗ If you revoke any connection request, you must wait three weeks before sending another invite to that person. Make a conscious decision before you withdraw!
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It goes without saying that productivity is also at the core of keeping your account and invites organized and easy to manage.
Periodically checking your invites’ status and deleting connection invitations will remain more organized. You will better understand who is connecting with you and why they may have disregarded your request.
People can tell if you’re only sending out invites in bulk without actually researching if you’re a good connection for them or not. So chances are those invitations will go unanswered and need to be deleted quickly.
If that’s the case, you’ll need to get back to the drawing board and analyze what did not work.
You’ll need to look through all of your invites and how you approached the situation. But if your pending connections are all cluttered, it will only make things harder for you.
How to Cancel Connection Requests on Desktop
Canceling or withdrawing your request shouldn’t take much time. On your desktop computer, you’ll need to access your network and then your invitation manager.
Simply following a few straightforward steps, you will be able to monitor the sent connection requests on your network:
1. Select My Network from your navigation bar.
2. Select See all in the upper right corner of the "Invitations" section.
3. Go to the Sent tab in the Manage invites section
4. All it takes to cancel a request is to select a request and then hit the Withdraw button.
To withdraw multiple invites, simply go down the list and click Withdraw on each request.
How to Remove Pending Invitations Requests on Mobile
Canceling a LinkedIn connection request is pretty much the same process on the mobile app as on the desktop version.
1. Select the My Network tab at the bottom of the app screen.
2. Find the Invitations link at the top of the screen.
3. Then switch over to the Sent tab.
4. Finally, tap the Withdraw button next to any profile with whom you wish to sever ties.
To withdraw multiple invites, simply go down the list and tap Withdraw on each request.
Does LinkedIn Remove Invitation Requests?
Yes, LinkedIn can automatically cancel pending connection requests, but only after the invitation has been pending for 6 months.
That means existing LinkedIn users and non-members will no longer be able to accept invitations made to them after six months.
To keep things tidy, LinkedIn periodically deletes invitations sent to inactive email addresses. If your invitee hasn't responded within the specified time, they’ll receive a gentle reminder twice before the invitation expires.
The purpose of sending a reminder is to bring the message back to the recipient's attention in case they forget about it. Further reminders are not sent when a recipient accepts, declines, or archives an invitation.
If an invitation has expired, it won't be shown as waiting, and you can send a second invitation to the same recipient. You can also cancel the invitation if you don't want to be bothered with further reminders.
Can You Remove LinkedIn Connection Requests in Bulk?
Typically, you are unable to retract invitations to a large number of persons all at once.
If you typically send around 100 invites per week, you have 50 pending invitations weekly. Eventually, you'll end up with hundreds of pending invites, and manually removing them regularly becomes impossible.
However, automated tools like ours can help you with your invite clean-up without having to worry about your pending requests.
Automated tools allow you to set the number of days in which your invitation should be active. If after that x number of days, your invitation is not accepted, it will be withdrawn automatically.
Let’s say you sent 60 invites and 20 of those go unanswered for two weeks. All of those 20 invites will be deleted after your chosen deadline (in this case, two weeks).
What Happens When Someone Declines My LinkedIn Invitation?
You cannot decline a connection request in the true sense of the word. You can either accept or ignore it. And whenever someone ignores a connection request, the sender of the request is not notified in any way.
The person who receives the request can either press the "Ignore" button or do nothing in response to the request.
If they do nothing, your invitation will continue to appear as a new message in their inbox for LinkedIn Invitations. In addition to this, LinkedIn may offer them a follow-up message to remind them about the request that you made.
So if they’re not interested in you as a connection, the only way to decline it is to press Ignore. Once more, the recipient is not informed of the decision whenever a connection request is declined.
How to Beat the Weekly Limit for Sending Invites?
LinkedIn has a limit of 100 invites per week before it considers your account suspicious due to its anti-spam guidelines.
But improving your acceptance rate is essential if you want to slightly increase that limit, especially if you’re performing outreach on a daily basis.
You can define your warm-up rules in a LinkedIn outreach tool to help increase your limits safely, without getting flagged by LinkedIn.
On top of that, priming your audience is interacting with current content, and putting yourself out there as much as possible before connecting with them makes you a more valuable connection. This increases your acceptance rate, which will also help you surpass the 100-invite limit.
While most people ignore pending LinkedIn connection requests, outreach specialists should make a point of cleaning up their pending invitations list.
A clean, well-maintained account will inform your steps moving forward and help you understand how to grow your network more efficiently with valuable connections.
The ideal strategy to expand your professional network is to invite colleagues, coworkers, and members of your industry or potential clients to enter your connection circle on LinkedIn.
However, some people quit LinkedIn without removing their profiles, and others rarely log in, so your request may sit eternally. You can delete these invitations from your sent lists to make room for new ones and monitor acceptance rates.