This post has become part of an ebook called, How Not to Suck at LinkedIn, where I explain this issue in lots more detail.
You can get it on Amazon Kindle if you’d like 29 other killer LinkedIn tips.
For now, know that when you have 500+ connections on LinkedIn, you signal that you’re a low risk option, other people vouch for you, you take your career seriously. You can read how to do this in the book.
(Sorry, I wish I could tell you here but Amazon is strict about this. If it’s in the book, I can’t duplicate it here.)