3. You Have To Cultivate Relationships.
RE: Key is #3. "You don't maintain a relationship with your connections."
Kristen, you hit it dead on with #3. You Have To Cultivate Relationships. So your picture is professional and current, you took it just after Christmas.. Great. But you have to build your "brand" and engage your network. Post regularly and stay relevant. If you've taken the time to grow your network, but you don't stay connected or active, then you you basically have an online rolodex.
Grow your network and Get to know your network. My Motto "Be Social".
One thing I make a rule to do is to send every person a "Thank you / Welcome" message and to endorse them at some point. Another thing is that I personalize it and I don't send it right away. I don't want them to think I'm a robot and I have an auto-responder connected to my profile. I want them to honestly know that they have juct connected to me. Not just a profile.
"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Learn to appreciate life, and you'll find that you'll have more of it." ~ Felix L. Griffin, LinkedIn