I now like LinkedIn - a lot
I was "in" it before but did not pursue it - I felt it was mostly young corporate people or something and I got a lot of mail the first days and that turned me off
Recently I decided to give it a new try and now I love it - I do have my own large social network so I took advantage of LI ability to upload your own email address (and I have many LOL) to "find" connections....I did that and in 4 days I had the magic figure of over 500 people in my network
One thing that helped me - I switched to a separate email just for LI - otherwise u could go nuts
I made it point this time to NOT deal with other "warrior" types - social media marketers, ad pro's, email writers, etc and other stuff I personally do
I had a couple social media types email me the first days touting their services so I just removed them - I have very little tolerance for silly people
Silly people would be - a chiropractor offering another chiro a "free exam"
or a mechanic sending another mechanic an "oil change special"
Yeah it is just as stooopid to contact other marketers - but of course a few did
Some suggestions - put the word "L.I.O.N" in your profile - it means you are open to new connections
get more connections - search for word LION = also some occupations people are very open to connect - real estate, insurance, car dealers for example haha
These are a good bet to connect to in the first days to get to 500 plus
try to connect to people in the fields you wish to sell to - like roofers if that is what you target etc
After you hit 500 you can sit back and let the leads roll in
I have not approached or contacted anyone there yet but my profile has helped me and an offline job and I got small online job out of it