I apprecaite all the replies thus far. A lot of great insight about clients/freelancers circumventing the system and taking work off the platform. I'd be curious is anyone has any insight into the "best match" algorithm like I was questioning in my original post? Has Upwork ever shared any information about this? I don't really care as much about wasting connects as much as I am about wasting my time, because my time is more valuable. Just wondering if I should wait it out until my pool of long-term clients get busy again.
David S M wrote:
Could it have anything to do with how Upwork sorts proposals by “best match?” How does it sort by best match anyhow? Not by market vertical or deliverables specialization, I don’t think. Are freelancers cycled through the "best match" algorithm, like they are in the general marketplace?
Should I not waste my time on proposals and ride it out a while?