How To Exclude a Company From a LinkedIn Search? (2024)

Sometimes you may want to exclude certain companies from your LinkedIn search results, for various reasons.

For example, you may want to avoid contacting your current or past clients, competitors, or employers, or you may want to focus on a specific industry or niche.

exclude company from linkedin search

Whatever the reason, excluding companies from your LinkedIn search can help you narrow down your target audience and improve your linkedin lead generation or job search strategy.

But how can you exclude a company from a LinkedIn search? Is there a simple way to filter out unwanted results and focus on the most relevant ones? 

The answer is yes, and in this article, we will show you how to do it.

techniques linkedin exclude companies

Whether you are using the regular LinkedIn search or the advanced Sales Navigator search, you can use some simple tricks to exclude companies from your search results.

Here is a quick summary of what you will learn:

  • How to use Boolean search operators to exclude companies from LinkedIn search results
  • How to use the search filters to exclude companies from Sales Navigator search results
  • How to save your searches and create a list of excluded companies for future reference

Let’s get started!

How To Exclude Companies from LinkedIn Search Results?

One of the easiest ways to exclude companies from your LinkedIn search results is to use the linkedin boolean search operator NOT.

This operator allows you to specify a company name that you want to exclude from your search.

not linkedin boolean operators exclude company

For example, if you want to find companies

To use the NOT operator, you need to type it in capital letters, followed by a space, and then the company name you want to exclude.

CRM NOT Salesforce

You can watch this video at 6:57 to see a live example:

In this example, I’m looking for Sales Tech consulting companies hiring on Linkedin.

company exclusion linkedin search

Let’s say I want to exclude the second one.

I will add NOT “Sales People GmbH” in the search bar.

exclude company linkedin search

As you can see the company has disappeared from search results.

You can exclude several companies from your search resulting by adding more NOT’s like:

shoes NOT Adidas NOT Nike NOT Reebok
exclude several companies from linkedin search

Note that you can’t use NOT if there are no keywords before it.

Look at this example:

not boolean search rules linkedin

NOT must follow a keyword to work.

So even if it was not your intention to use the keyword search bar for your search, you are forced to do so if you want to exclude companies.

That is the limit of the linkedin free search engine for excluding companies.


In the next section, we will show you how to exclude companies from your Sales Navigator search results, which offers more flexibility and accuracy than the regular LinkedIn search.

How To Exclude Companies From Sales Navigator Search Results?

Sales Navigator is a premium LinkedIn service that offers more advanced features and filters for finding and engaging with your ideal prospects.

One of the benefits of Sales Navigator is that it allows you to exclude companies from your search results in two different ways: using Boolean search operators or using the search exclusions feature.

Let’s see how each method works.

1. Using the NOT Boolean Search Operator

The boolean search works exactly the same way using Linkedin Sales Navigator.

Here are the steps to exclude companies from your Sales Navigator search results using Boolean search operators:

  1. Go to the Sales Navigator homepage and log in to your account.
  2. In the top left corner, click Account filters next to the search bar
  3. Type in your search term, followed by the NOT operator and the company name you want to exclude.
  4. Press Enter or click on the magnifying glass icon to run your search.

Let’s take the example of this search:

exclude company linkedin sales navigator search

The good thing about Linkedin Sales Navigator is that I can use NOT without adding a keyword first.

Take a look:

exclude specific company from linkedin search results

Here you can see that Pentoz have been deleted from the search results after I added “NOT Pentoz” in the keyword search bar.

If you are looking for people, you can do the same thing in the “Current Company” filter.

exclude company lead search sales navigator

Here you can see that I added “NOT Labra” in the filter and the first person in the search has disappeared.

lead search company exclusion linkedin

Instead of using NOT, you can also simply write the name of the company and click on “Exclude” next to its name.

exclude company filters linkedin sales navigator

That will produce exactly the same effect.

exclusion people working in company linkedin

2. Using the Search Exclusions Feature

Another way to exclude companies from your Sales Navigator search results is to use the list exclusions feature.

This feature allows you to list of people or companies from your search results.

That way you can build blacklists of current/past clients or competitors to easily exclude them from your search results.

The first step is to build an account list.

create list company to exlude linkedin

For that:

  1. Make an account search
  2. Tick the checkboxes
  3. Click on Save List
  4. Click on Create New List

The account list will now appear in the account tab on Sales Navigator.

account list tab sales navigator

Once your list is created:

  1. Go to the account search
  2. Go to the Account lists section
  3. Find your account list
  4. Click on Exclude
exclude list companies account search results linkedin

All the companies in this list will be filtered out of the search results.

blacklist companies account search results

You can also use this blacklist in the lead search.

Same thing:

  1. Go to lead search
  2. Go to the Account lists section
  3. Find your account list
  4. Click on Exclude
exclude company list from lead search

All the people working in the companies inside your account list will be filtered out of the search.

blacklist company linkedin

Conclusion

Excluding companies from your LinkedIn search results can help you find and connect with the right prospects, partners, employers, or candidates.

Whether you want to avoid contacting your current or past clients, competitors, or employers, or you want to focus on a specific industry or niche, you can use some simple methods to filter out unwanted results and improve your lead generation or job search strategy.

Now that you know how to exclude a company from a LinkedIn search, you can use this skill to refine your search criteria and get more relevant and targeted results. You can also use other tools and features that LinkedIn offers, such as Sales Navigator, Recruiter, or Company Pages, to enhance your networking and outreach efforts.

By the way, if you need to export your leads from Sales Navigator into CSV files and get emails, you can take a look at Evaboot.

Disclosure

This content was partly written by AI (ChatGPT 4), I added my own perspective, fact-checked it and made sure it is helpful for you.

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