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20 Social Networking Sites for Business Professionals

By Amber Leigh Turner

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This article was updated on 27th July, 2016 to modernize the list of suggestions and improve formatting.

Almost all of us use different social media networks to promote our businesses, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. While we use these networks to connect with our future and current customers, there are also social networks that allow you to chat with other like-minded business professionals.

While LinkedIn may be the leader in social networking for professionals, there are a variety of other networks that allow for community and networking in different ways. With existing networks and new networks, there are plenty to chose from that all fit your needs and wants in finding a community of professionals to network with.

Here are 20 social networking sites for entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, bloggers, and other professionals that are worth looking at and joining to help your networking and promoting efforts, along with learning from other professionals.

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AngelList

AngelList

AngelList is a social network that connects startups with investors to help raise funding; also allows for browsing of jobs at startups.

AngelList

Beyond

Beyond

Beyond helps millions of professionals network with each other and find jobs to advance their careers.

Beyond

Black Business Women Online

Black Business Women Online

Black Business Women Online is a blog and online community for black women entrepreneurs and professionals.

Black Business Women Online

Data.com Connect

Data.com Connect

Data.com Connect is an online community to share ideas, get feedback, and discuss industry best practices.

Data.com Connect

E.Factor

E.Factor

E.Factor is an online community paired with a virtual marketplace designed for entrepreneurs by other entrepreneurs.

E.Factor

Gadball

Gadball

Gadball is a LinkedIn alternative that features profile and resume creation and job searching.

Gadball

Gust

Gust

Gust connects startups with a large pool of investors across the world to help raise early-stage funding.

Gust

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional network that allows you to be introduced to and collaborate with other professionals.

LinkedIn

Meetup

Meetup

Meetup is a networking website for finding like-minded groups and meetup opportunities locally.

Meetup

Networking for Professionals

Networking for Professionals

Networking for Professionals is a business network that combines online business networking and real-life events.

Networking for Professionals

Opportunity

Opportunity

Opportunity is a business network built around a lead generation tool that connects you to other professionals who could bring you leads, sales, and clients.

Opportunity

PartnerUp

PartnerUp

PartnerUp is a Google+ community connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs.

PartnerUp

PerfectBusiness

PerfectBusiness

PerfectBusiness is a network of entrepreneurs, investors, and business experts who encourage entrepreneurship and mutual success.

PerfectBusiness

Plaxo

Plaxo

Plaxo is an enhanced address book tool for networking and staying in contact.

Plaxo

Quibb

Quibb

Quibb is a social network that connects professionals through the use of business news and informed commentary.

Quibb

Ryze

Ryze

Ryze is a business networking community that allows users to organize themselves by interest, location, and current and past employers.

Ryze

StartupNation

StartupNation

StartupNation is a community focused on the exchange of ideas between entrepreneurs and new and aspiring business owners.

StartupNation

Upspring

Upspring

Upspring is a social networking site for promotion and social networking.

Upspring

Viadeo

Viadeo

Viadeo offers social networking for professionals, mostly popular in France, but has members from around the world.

Viadeo

XING

XING

XING is a European business network with more than 7 million members.

XING

Do you have any other social networking sites for business that you use? Which one has worked the best for your business? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Steve

    This one looks interesting. http://www.businessnetwork.co.uk/community/

  • Donagh

    Nice list of sites. I’ve been on to most of them but one or two are new. The newest business social network is http://www.loopthing.com

  • Vantrix

    Biznik is simply awesome! I have been using it since September 2007 and have not found a better business networking site till to date. No ads, no MLM policy and no shady practices. It really helped my business grow bigtime and helped in finding some great friends at the same time…

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  • Peter Sparks

    Nice list – looking forward to building a few more profiles tonight. Seems odd not to http://www.manta.com on the list? I’ve integrated some of my other business social profiles & my twitter feed into my Manta profile – and I’m showing up all over their site in the recent visitors sections of the companies I want to sell into. It’s pretty cool.

  • RonD

    This is quite a list you have put together and it is of value for any entrepreneur who reads it–thank you. We have found that particularly in this down cycle that entrepreneurs are desperate to communicate with others who are experiencing the same struggles that they are. Besides joining these sites, it can be of great value to join a business association in one’s area of expertise or experience–many have breakfast, lunch or dinner events. It is extremely helpful and even therapeutic to sit around at a table to discuss the current month’s threats and opportunities. One CEO, who spent five days at an educational event, came back not only with a higher business IQ but also several new-found friends in similar positions. He said that he needed to bounce some of his decisions off of people outside his company but people who were also highly experienced at a similar level, and most importantly, people he felt he could trust.

    Thanks

    RonD
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  • rayan_es

    Nice article ………….

    Very good collection of So social networking sites. Before i checked some of them but now i found some more interesting sites.

    thanks……
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  • rayan_es

    Nice article ………….

    Very good collection of social networking sites. Before i checked some of them but now i found some more interesting sites.

    thanks……
    .
    .

    Deshi Boi – Online Bangla Library – The Biggest Archive For Bangla Newspaper, Magazine & Book.

  • loganathan

    Nice article,

    What about FaceBook?

  • Niubi

    http://DubLinetwork.com looks really interesting too.

  • Jeffk1

    Nice list of Social Networks!

    I did’nt see Wooxie.com?

    Jeff
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  • QuaffAPint

    Appreciate the links – but a lot just list a bunch of ads disguised as other things. The one that seemed promising – biznik – seems to have mostly Seattle based stuff, even though I changed cities. Oh well :p.

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    Try http://www.thenetworklounge.co.uk , a fantastic site but you need to be invited

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    Please pay attention to TEN – Top Executives Net. Up runner.

  • Hunter White

    Some good social networks listed here. I like http://www.incompany.com also. I am surprised Facebook didn’t make the list though.

  • Jason

    A couple more worth mentioning: Facebook’s Visa Business Netowork (http://apps.facebook.com/visabusiness/sign_up) This is a different program from Facebook’s personal profiles and should be used instead if you are setting up a profile for your business. Also, Adviatech’s business social network (http://connect.adviatech.com) doesn’t have advertisements. One of my other favorites is Fast Company’s social network of entrepreneurs and creatives (http://www.fastcompany.com/). You can actually login to Fast Company’s network with your Facebook login.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for posting, very useful

  • Anonymous

    How about Viadeo. A professional social network (and a client of mine at Edelman PR in London) – they’ve just upgraded the service and have a series of new features going live over the next few months including a real-time chat function and open social boxes on members’ profiles.

    Anna Stuart

  • Mark

    Thanks for the information, I recently joined http://www.loopdesk.com. It is strictly business to business networking without all of the personal information. They have members worldwide but just launched a few months ago I think. I like it because they do not limit who I can connect with or contact. Plus has a very appealing look to it.

    They are offering FREE membership for a limited time if anyone wants to look!

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    Awesome list ! Another one is directmatches.com/xangobiz

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    Nice List of social networking site. I found another one http://www.wapr.com

  • Mark

    SHWBIZ is an entertainment industry oriented social networking site. The site connects working professionals from across all fields and levels within the entertainment industry.

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  • Dave

    Great way to connect with like minded professionals online and then meet in person at events is http://www.vivastream.com/.

  • Andrew

    Nice list, thanks for sharing. Another one I use is: http://www.ibcontact.com

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  • James

    Social network for teachers in Spain: http://www.tiching.com

    Seems to be growing and expanding fast…

  • Dave Bevan

    LinkedIn has changed its business model and enables people to spam. If you are a linkein memeber you will start getting numerous daily invitations from people trying to sell you services such as consulting, marketing and more. this is encouraged by Linkedin to their paying subscribers. It is very annoying and LinkedIn will not allow you to prevent this from happening. I have tried contacting LinkeIn customer service – and discovered there is no such thing. they refuse to assist and address the problem that they have created. If someone is willing to pay them, he can spam anyone.

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    I use Splatbiz.com a site for Professionals Worldwide. This site is a beautiful, clutter free, no ads, no nonsense site, where a member can promote themselves as well as their business. Its a must see a must sign up, and best of all the site is free.

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