How to use the leenk.me LinkedIn plugin for WordPress

The anatomy of a LinkedIn post…

Default LinkedIn Settings

Default Comment – You can use this option to set a default comment or format that will be sent to LinkedIn whenever you publish a new post. You can use the %TITLE%, %WPSITENAME%, or %WPTAGLINE% format options.

Default Link Name - You can use this option to set a default link name or format that will be sent to LinkedIn whenever you publish a new post. You can use the %TITLE%, %WPSITENAME%, or %WPTAGLINE% format options.

Default Image URL - You can use this to specify a default image URL to use for your LinkedIn messages.

Example Default Image URL: http://leenk.me/example.png

Share Categories – Select which categories to include or exclude from LinkedIn

Default Share Categories: Include All Categories

Share All Authors – The leenk.me plugin suite allows you to take advantage of multiple authors on your WordPress website. Each author can setup a leenk.me account and insert their leenk.me API key into the plugin. If you have multiple authors publishing to your WordPress website then you will want to have this box checked to ensure that your LinkedIn posts get sent properly.

Post Specific Settings

Custom Comment - You can use this option to customize the comment that gets sent to LinkedIn. You can use the %TITLE%, %WPSITENAME%, or %WPTAGLINE% format options.

Custom Link Name - You can use this option to customize the link name that gets sent to LinkedIn. You can use the %TITLE%, %WPSITENAME%, or %WPTAGLINE% format options.

Custom Description- You can use this option to customize the message that gets sent to LinkedIn. Alternatively, you can use the Post Excerpt if your WordPress theme has it enabled.

Image URL – The Default Image URL (mentioned above) can be modified in two ways. If your theme supports Featured Images you can add a new image to your post an mark it as the Featured Image. The leenk.me plugin will then automatically use that image URL for LinkedIn. If your theme does not support Featured Images, then you can simply add the URL to the image you want o use in the Image URL box.

Exclude from LinkedIn – Check this box if you wish to exclude posting this specific post from your LinkedIn account.

ReShare – The ReShare option only appears for published posts. It allows you to resend the published post to your LinkedIn account.

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14 Responses to How to use the leenk.me LinkedIn plugin for WordPress

  1. Ann-Rhea says:

    Our Leenk.me links to LinkedIn was working perfectly, and now they seem to have stopped even though we haven’t changed any settings. Any suggestions??
    Thanks

  2. Mark says:

    Hi Lew,

    I set up LM yesterday to post to LinkedIn. Everything is set-up but when I click on test, I get an error back saying to check that I’ve set my account up for LinkedIn – which I have done.

    Tried to test again today and still get the same message. I’ve re-validated my API key and saved settings in WP, but still no joy.

    Amy ideas?
    Thanks
    Mark

    • Lew Ayotte says:

      Hi Mark, log into your account and go to “manage your API keys”, click the API key you’re using to edit it and make sure you have the LinkedIn account selected for that API key.

  3. Mark Fouet says:

    Doh!

    Thanks Lew! :)

  4. Cinda says:

    Hi Lew,

    Like Ann-Rhea, our Leenk.me > LinkedIn posts were working flawlessly until recently.

    Unlike her scenario, we’re using the most recent version of Leenk.me (2.0.6), the most recent version of WordPress (3.4.1), and have verified our API.

    With no changes to our site, WordPress set up, LinkedIn Group, Leenk.me account, or Leenk.me API, the posts appear…but their clickable links have suddenly begun pointing to 404 pages.

    Help, please.

    • Cinda says:

      FYI:

      My guess is that 2.0.6 broke something in the connection between Leenk.me and TinyURL. One of my other accounts—still using 2.0.5—works just fine.

      Hope that helps…..

      Is there a way to “back up” to a previous version? Really need to get the broken account back on track ASAP.

      • Cinda Baxter says:

        Found the problem. Users don’t know they have to also visit the Leenk.me website, log into their account there, then update their account again, each time an update comes out.

        Would never have known if not for the fact I was heading there in hopes of finding an older version to reinstall.

        • Lew Ayotte says:

          Hi Cinda,

          Was this after updating from a really old version of leenk.me (before 1.4.0)? A few months ago we had to make some changes to the service because of some changes Facebook made. That would be the only reason you needed to update your account after updating the plugin.

          Glad you figured out the problem though.

          • Cinda says:

            Hi Lew,

            Nope…was bumping up from 2.0.5. I recall the big changes a few months ago, having updated each of the WP installations I admin–everything, including API updates, was covered then.

            Cinda

  5. Patrick King says:

    Hello Lew,

    I was curious if the leenk.me works with Linkedin Pages?

    Thank you for your help in advance,

    Jason

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