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Find Work > Recent Searches is wonky – it lists unrelated (and *adult*) topics

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The p-word and "adult" are often used as synonymes and there are job offers for writing or translating "adult" content on UW.

elastella
Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
12 of 23

@Valeria K wrote:

Ela,

 

Could you please share what was your search query when you got those Google Search results? None of the freelancers shown in that list offers such services but Google would need to come up with some results if you search "Upwork" and "porn" together in the same query.

 

Elizabeth,

 

Your recent searches don't affect your own position in Freelancer search. We'll also check the Recent searches feature.


 I used only those 2 words for my search.

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
13 of 23

Hi Ela,

 

Users can currently search for any keywords on Upwork. That said, the team is looking into why there are results for certain keywords that shouldn't have results showing. Thanks for bringing it up.

~ Valeria
Upwork
elastella
Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
14 of 23

@Valeria K wrote:

Hi Ela,

 

Users can currently search for any keywords on Upwork. That said, the team is looking into why there are results for certain keywords that shouldn't have results showing. Thanks for bringing it up.


 I searched on Google, not Upwork.

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
15 of 23

Elizabeth,

 

We have been investigating this situation and it turns out it's simply impossible for Upwork to pull search queries from other sites. We don't have means to do it. A search for the two keywords you are referring to was run on Upwork on your computer on 10/10. 

~ Valeria
Upwork
beth_price
Ace Contributor
Elizabeth P Member Since: Jul 24, 2015
16 of 23

Valeria or another moderator,

 

 

Valeria, you said, "A search for the two keywords you are referring to was run on Upwork on your computer on 10/10."

 

I did some more investigating on my end, as I believed it was unlikely such a search happened on my computer – I know you can't trust cats, but really, mine aren't good for much. And I didn't do the searches myself.

 

So I examined my browser history on that date – all 19 pages of it, which I've screen-shotted and would be happy to provide – and saw no evidence that said search was run on my computer.

 

What I do see is that I visited four pages here in the Upwork Freelancers' Community between 1:14 am and 1:16 am on that date. I made only one other Upwork visit that day, and I believe it may have some bearing on this situation.

 

My browser history shows I performed five searches at 10:10 am, one of which was a visit to Upwork. You can see this Upwork visit in the screenshot below. It's titled "10 Best Freelance Google Adwords Jobs Online In October 2016," and appears between four other searches that were performed within the same minute: 

 

For Upwork - my 1010 searches.png

 

I don't know what's going on, but I'm sure of two things. First, it is unlikely that in one minute, during one visit to Upwork, I managed to search on both "skills: (google-adwords)" and "porn." Second, I most certainly did not run a search in Upwork on "10 Best Freelance Google Adwords Jobs Online In October 2016" – who searches on that? It's clearly Upwork ad copy, no?

 

And that Upwork ad appears to be linked to my Job Search page and my Recent Searches. I think this is the case because when I click on that "10 Best..." link in my browser history, it takes me to my Job Search page, where "skills: (google-adwords)" is in the search bar.

 

So what's going on? My memory is fallible, but I know I've never searched Upwork for "skills: (google-adwords)." I wouldn't even know how to forumulate a query in that way! Porn would be an easier search query, for sure, but I'm equally certain I haven't searched for that. And my browser history confirms my beliefs.

 

 

 

You say it is impossible for Upwork to pull search queries from other sites. My browser history seems to say otherwise, unless I'm misunderstanding something – which is possible, as it's very late here and I'm no computer scientist.

 

That said, please take another look and let me know whether Upwork would like me to provide more information (with screenshots). If I'm completely wrong, I'd appreciate it if you'd give me more guidance than "simply impossible."

beth_price
Ace Contributor
Elizabeth P Member Since: Jul 24, 2015
17 of 23

Valeria and others,

 

Update: the Recent Searches displayed on my Job Feed changed again tonight.

 

#1 in the screenshot below is a job I searched for in Upwork (op-ed travel industry):

 

For Upwork - New results in Recent Searches.png

 

#2 in the screenshot above is not something I searched for on Upwork. In fact, it's a term that was part of a test I performed to see whether, while searching off-site, I could get additional terms to show up on Upwork in my Recent Searches list. Please see the identical highlighted term below, in one of the Evernote records I created to document my of my off-site searching:

For Upwork - "Keyword Search" showed up in my Upwork Recent Searches.png

 

I truly don't mean to be a pain. But when I'm told something's impossible on Upwork's end, and in the next breath told without question that a search was run on my computer – a search I'm certain wasn't run – I dig in for a deeper look.

 

Perhaps a deeper look on Upwork's end might be warranted?

vladag
Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
18 of 23

Hi Elizabeth,

 

I really appreciate your effort in providing detailed information about the recent searches on your account. I'll share all the details with our team and ask them to take a look at the new information you provided. Valeria or I will update the thread once we receive an update.

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kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
19 of 23

Thank you for providing such detailed information and doing some testing, Elizabeth.

 

I've been trying to replicate the issue you are having and the only way I could get a keyword from my Google search to show was to actually click on the link to Upwork provided by Google.

 

For example, if I search for "Photography Upwork," one of the top results is this:

 

Screenshot_27.png

 

Clicking that link automatically takes me to my Job Search by skill "photography:"

Screenshot_28.png

 

 

Since that search was run on my account and computer, it now shows in my recent searches:

 

Screenshot_29.png

 

 

It looks like similar situation happened to you. These searches in your browser history were ran on Upwork site. But you may have gotten there by clicking a link from Google search. 

 

Screenshot_24.png

 

Screenshot_25.png

 

We'll continue investigating to make sure, the search always works as designed and will update this thread once we have more information.

 

 

 

~ Valeria
Upwork
beth_price
Ace Contributor
Elizabeth P Member Since: Jul 24, 2015
20 of 23
Valeria,

Impossible on my end as well, unless one of my cats has better typing skills than I'd have credited them with. I am the only person who uses my computer and I didn't search for either term showing in my recent searches. Since you have information on the date the porn search was supposedly performed, would you kindly PM me the time as well? And the date and time of the other search for "skills: Google
Adwords"? Thanks.
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