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Really strange search algorithm

Ace Contributor
Ilia K Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
1 of 17

Hello,

 

Currently I am looking for translator from English to Arabic.

So, I’ve decided to make a search for skill «translation-english-arabic», and I saw everyone but translators in the search results. For example, this guy **Edited for Community Guidelines** who is from Turkey and have 0 words about arabic at his profile. And he is on the 1st place (after couple feedback filters). 

 

Would someone please explain how it works? It became really annoying to look through tons of pages with irrelevant results to find best translator on 20+ page with Top-Rated badge and lots of 5 stars reviews.

 

Thank you.

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Sabih J Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
2 of 17

The problem isn't, as I guess, in the search algo but how freelancers design their profiles.

 

Most of the freelancers don't use right keywords in the title and they don't choose the right skills. For instance, I did a quick freelancer search and found a programmer with translation skills - I mean it is strange.

 

Nevertheless, you need to use multiple variations of the keywords. Like I used translator english arabic and found a few guys at the first page. I am sure you know how it works.

 

 

Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
3 of 17

@Sabih J wrote:

The problem isn't, as I guess, in the search algo but how freelancers design their profiles.

 

 


 And I can say with certainty: Absolutely not.

 

You may want to read this thread:

 

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Clients/Searching-for-Freelancers/m-p/82620#U82620

 

Community Guru
Stephen B Member Since: Dec 4, 2012
4 of 17

Freelancers shouldn't have to be bothered with the dark arts of SEO just to get their profiles noticed. Algorithms that work would be a much better option.

Community Guru
Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
5 of 17

Completely agree with Suzanne and Stephen. It is NOT the fault of the freelancer.

 

It is the new search algorytm that Upwork bought from Stanford. Stamford with absolutely no understanding of the world of freelancing designed a search program that is absolutely useless.

Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
6 of 17

 


Jean S wrote:

Completely agree with Suzanne and Stephen. It is NOT the fault of the freelancer.

 



 Not that it really matters - but I am not Suzanne Smiley Wink

Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
7 of 17

Those pesky algorithms at it again! Smiley Happy

Ace Contributor
Ilia K Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
8 of 17

You see, I search for skill. Not keywords, not all this seo stuff, but skill.

And results are absolutely irrelevant, search shows me people who don't have this skill in their profile.

 

That's really bad. And reminds me search engines from 2000.

Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
9 of 17

And I would like to come up in searches based on the skill set I offer. And not based on my employment history and random keywords the algorithm seems to pick up etc. 

 

Unfortunately, that doesn't work either.

Ace Contributor
Ilia K Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
10 of 17

Next: I've posted a job for Indonesian translator.

 

What Upwork recommends:

 

1) Writer from Poland

2) PHP Developer from Ukraine

3) Data entry specialist from Vietnam

4) etc

 

only 2 of 10 ppl are from Indonesia, and only 1 is newbie writer with 1 job done.  

 

Great job, Upwork! 

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