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LinkedIn’s Permalinks are Down Right Ugly

As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of LinkedIn. I mean, I don’t despise them as I do Yelp or even the BBB, but I put LinkedIn into the category of “weird, confusing, and challenging.”

So today I decided to point out the ugliness and non-SEO friendliness of LinkedIn’s permalinks. As a programmer, I get it. I am able to look at these parameters and pretty much figure out how the server rendered these URIs. As a person, I am scratching my head at how someone has not cleaned this mess up.

Log into LinkedIn for the first time, you get this.

Normally you get a clean “” but LinkedIn just has to add garbage.

Let’s navigate on over to my company website:

Quite the mystery again. Companies do have much cleaner URLs:

However that is not in the mix for LinkedIn.

Let’s browse for some jobs:

Or browse the Moz user group:

Oh, let’s sign up for a premium account:

Edit my profile (just plain scary)*1_*1_*1_*1_*1

Forget SEO, this is so bad for UX

In this day in age, it is very common for folks to copy / paste URLs and send them via email, Skype, or (gasp) even copy them down on a piece of paper.

How on Earth does LinkedIn expect me to write this URL down:

Yes, I am a savvy individual and I can find the friendly URL (after a lot of searching)

But again, in 2015 why isn’t this “fixed?”

I’ve written about a number of ridiculous “features” of LinkedIn over the years.

LinkedIn needs to get their shit together. They have an incredible user base and a great concept. Their front end absolutely sucks. It is so confusing and cumbersome. Every time I visit LinkedIn I am presented with a different experience, and more questions.

Patrick Coombe

Patrick Coombe

Patrick Coombe is an internet entrepreneur, SEO consultant and web developer living in Delray Beach, FL. He is the founder of Elite Strategies.
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