How to Fix Links that Show Up as Empty Boxes in LinkedIn

In case anyone else has difficulties posting links to LinkedIn, I wanted to share a discovery. I've posted links to LinkedIn for a while, but recently LinkedIn hasn't been pulling in the usual content about the link. It just creates an empty box. To make matters worse, LinkedIn seems to have removed the ability to edit the link title and description. It turns out that there is a simple fix to the problem which relates to how I've been posting links.


When posting links, I typically use the standard form on the LinkedIn website. I also commonly post a quick description along with the link like the following:

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LinkedIn seems to locate the link within the description since it creates a link box. But the box doesn't contain any information (see Figure 1).

LinkedIn screenshot showing the empty link box
Figure 1. Empty Link Box

There doesn't seem to be a way to edit the link information. I thought LinkedIn let you click the area where the text is supposed to be, but maybe I'm thinking of Facebook (Customize Link Information Pulled in by Facebook).


It turns out that the problem is actually caused by the parenthesis around the link. Once removed, the link information appears as normal (see Figure 2).

LinkedIn screenshot showing a fully populated link box
Figure 2. Populated Link Box

Now that the box contains the necessary link information, the link can be removed from the description (see Figure 3).

LinkedIn screenshot showing that a link can be removed from the description once a link box is created
Figure 3. Link Removed from Description


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