This is a question we get very often: How to see beyond 100 pages of LinkedIn search results?

The answer depends on the LinkedIn version you are using, in this article I’m going to cover how to get over this limit on each version of LinkedIn.

The search query for this experiment

  • Person title: CTO
  • Location: San Francisco Bay Area

About 6600 results are totalised:

CTO linkedin search san francisco
Using title: “CTO” and location: “San Francisco Bay Area”

Under the free version of LinkedIn: hard to accomplish

In the free version of LinkedIn, each page contains 10 contacts, so the limit is set at 1000 contacts per search query.

Using the free version, you can’t see over 100 pages of LinkedIn search results even trying to change the URL to &page=101:

linkedin page 101 search results

and unfortunately, splitting the search into smaller chunks is not an easy task, you can start with Connections, Locations, and Industries, which usually are the best options to reduce the number of results to less than 1000 (less than 100 pages).

In this example, after adding an Industry filter, I’m able to reduce the search results to 858, a number we can manage under the free version:

linkedin search filters industry
Adding an industry filter, reduces the results from 6600 to 858

Using LinkedIn Sales Navigator

This is our recommended option, LinkedIn Sales Navigator costs around $79.99 per month, and despite its price, it has very powerful filters.

Sales Navigator shows 25 results per page, so there is a theoretical limit of 2500 results per query, but there are some tricks to avoid this limit.

The first thing you will see is that using the same filters, you are able to see more results, 7500 results in this case:

sales navigator results
7500 results in Sales Navigator vs 6600 in the free LinkedIn version

The quick method

In Sales Navigator, there are really interesting filters like Company Headcount, Seniority Level, and Function that are great for splitting your search into smaller chunks:

sales navigator filters
Sales Navigator has some really powerful filters as “Company headcount” for splitting the search

If you have a lot of results, you will have to combine all the filters mentioned over this post to split your search into chunks smaller than 2500 contacts (less than 100 pages), some of these filters are Connections, Locations, Industries, Company Headcount, Seniority Level, and Function.

Unfortunately, using this quick technique, we have seen fewer results in the chunks that in the original search, but normally most of the results are there.

The slow and effective method

This method is slow, but it’s great to make sure to extract all the results of a specific query, specially if you are really interested on getting all the data.

  1. Create several custom lists, for example CTO’s 1, CTO’s 2, CTO’s 3, etc:
sales navigator custom lists

2. Go page by page, and click on “Select all” and then on “Save to list” and select any available list, in this case, I have CTOs disabled because I have reached the 1000 limit in a list, but you can create more:

sales navigator save to lists
CTOs is disabled because there is a 1000 people limit, but you can create more lists

3. Finally, after saving a good number of profiles, for example, 2500 profiles in 3 lists, you can click on “Past Lead and Account Activity” -> “Remove Saved Leads from search”

sales navigator remove saved leads from search

After removing the 1000 contacts you have already seen, you will be able to see another set of brand new 1000 contacts 🎉

More Options

Using LinkedIn Recruiter Lite

Recruiter Lite costs around $99 per month, in this particular query is able to find more results (about 8500), it also has some powerful exposed filters as Company Sizes, Industries, Seniority:

recruiter lite results

LinkedIn Recruiter Lite also has a filter focused on recruiting, years of experience, which is more granular than Sales Navigator, and perfect for creating smaller chunks of 2500 profiles:

linkedin recruiter years of
This filter is ideal for creating chunks of 2500 profiles

The downside of the Lite version, is that you can’t filter by projects (lists), this means you can’t include or exclude results from lists.

Using LinkedIn Recruiter / RPS

Finally, probably the most powerful but more expensive LinkedIn solution (it costs around $6000 per seat per year), has plenty of filters to do all kind of things, including excluding profiles that are part of projects:

rps excluding projects
In this example we are excluding contacts that are part of the “CTOs” project

And also the ability to filter by years of experience, years in current company, years in current position, etc:

linkedin rps all filters
This kind of filters are great for creating smaller chunks of results

BONUS: Using SalesQL to extract the profiles and find emails

With SalesQL, you can extract all these profiles with emails and phone numbers and it support all LinkedIn versions.

You can extract the first 2500 profiles using the function “Add pages” (bulk extract):

salesql add pages

Then, if you decide to use the slow and effective method, you can save the first 2500 leads in three lists/projects and then remove them from the results.

more profiles after removing leads
The number of results will be decreased until you reach the end

You can also use the quick method to split your search into smaller chunks, which also works perfectly well, but sometimes some results are removed.

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