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I can't know why less 10% of my proposals are viewed by clients.

I submitted 91 proposals to clients. but only 23 of clients viewed my proposal and 10 of clients sent message to me.

I am looking for job in WEB and MOBILE. I can't understand why % is too low.

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23/91 is more than 25%.

That's still a low rate, but very common here since clients are drowning in a landslide of garbage proposals.


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Hello, Orel. I've just viewed your profile and think that you don't verify your account yet.
Seems like your are new to Upwork.
Please focus on low-budget works at first.
Hope this is a little help for you.

Best Regards,


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There could be several reasons why only a small percentage of your proposals are viewed by clients. To address this issue, consider the following steps:


  1. Review Your Proposal Quality: Start by evaluating the quality of your proposals. Ensure they are well-written, clear, and tailored to the specific needs of your clients. Use professional language and structure to make them more appealing.

  2. Research Your Clients: Understand your clients' needs and preferences. Tailor each proposal to address their unique challenges and objectives. This demonstrates that you've done your homework and are genuinely interested in their business.

  3. Follow-Up: Sometimes, clients may miss or forget to review proposals. A polite and professional follow-up email or phone call can remind them of your proposal and show your commitment.

  4. Use Multiple Communication Channels: Besides email, consider other communication channels such as phone calls, video conferences, or in-person meetings to present your proposals. Different clients may prefer different methods of communication.

  5. Improve Your Subject Lines: Make sure your email subject lines are engaging and provide a clear indication of the proposal's content. This can encourage clients to open your emails.

  6. Timing Matters: Send your proposals at a time when your clients are most likely to be available and receptive. Avoid sending proposals during weekends or busy periods.

  7. Build Relationships: Building a strong professional relationship with your clients can increase the likelihood of your proposals being viewed and considered. Engage in meaningful discussions and show genuine interest in their success.

  8. Request Feedback: If a proposal is not viewed or accepted, kindly ask for feedback from the client. This can help you understand their reasons for not engaging with your proposal, and you can use this information to improve future submissions.

  9. Analyze Analytics: If you're using email tracking tools, analyze the data to see if your emails are being opened, and where clients may be dropping off in the process.

  10. Seek a Third Party Opinion: Sometimes, it can be helpful to have a colleague or mentor review your proposals to get an external perspective and suggestions for improvement.

  11. Continuously Improve: Treat each proposal as a learning opportunity. Continuously refine your proposal-writing skills and adapt your approach based on client feedback and outcomes.


By taking these steps, you can increase the chances of your proposals being viewed by clients and, ultimately, lead to more successful business engagements.

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I think it's a good result, I had less at the beginning. Try to catch only mobile tasks. I got my first client after 170 proposals.

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