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Upgrading to Freelancer Plus?

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Phil S Member Since: Feb 17, 2019
1 of 15

Hey, everyone.

 

Does upgrading to Freelancer Plus increase the visibility of your profile when clients are searching for freelancers? I've been thinking about upgrading, but I still have quite a few connects left. I'm trying to get my JSS back above 90%, and it helps to get "invitations to interview" because I can actually follow up in the messages section.

 

Anyone care to share their experience with upgrading?

 

Thanks for any help.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
2 of 15

Phil S wrote:

Hey, everyone.

 

Does upgrading to Freelancer Plus increase the visibility of your profile when clients are searching for freelancers? I've been thinking about upgrading, but I still have quite a few connects left. I'm trying to get my JSS back above 90%, and it helps to get "invitations to interview" because I can actually follow up in the messages section.

 

Anyone care to share their experience with upgrading?

 

Thanks for any help.


No, FP+ means your profile will not go private if you have no earnings for 30 days.  However you can request that your profile be made public again here:

https://support.upwork.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003975967-Profile-Changed-to-Private-

 

A lot of people request it in this forum which makes me wonder if the button is broke or they don't know my friend Google.

 

Since you can do that it seems indefinitely then that particular feature of FP+ is a bit useless.  More and more I think my primary reason for keeping FP+ is laziness.

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
3 of 15

Phil, hate to be the purveyor of bad news, but clients are mostly restricted to 3 invitations per job, unless they upgrade their membership, so you'll probably get more mileage out of using the money you would spend on membership to buy additional connects. If you do buy connects, don't forget that you can only rollover 140 each month.

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Phil S Member Since: Feb 17, 2019
4 of 15

Thanks, John, and I agree, Petra. I was thinking they might add a little sparkle by your name to indicate your a "plus" member or something.

 

How do you guys feel about the change to .15c per connect, btw? It's kind of a great way to reduce spam, so I kind of like it, but on the other hand, I want free connects.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
5 of 15

Phil S wrote:

...I was thinking they might add a little sparkle by your name to indicate your a "plus" member or something.


So far, in other contexts, we've got rockets, stars, and fires to show how hot we are by various criteria. Please don't give them any more ideas. Robot wink

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
6 of 15

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Phil S wrote:

...I was thinking they might add a little sparkle by your name to indicate your a "plus" member or something.


So far, in other contexts, we've got rockets, stars, and fires to show how hot we are by various criteria. Please don't give them any more ideas. Robot wink


Too late....

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Announcements/Sponsored-Freelancer-Search-Ads-Test/td-p/591350

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
7 of 15

Richard W wrote:

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Phil S wrote:

...I was thinking they might add a little sparkle by your name to indicate your a "plus" member or something.


So far, in other contexts, we've got rockets, stars, and fires to show how hot we are by various criteria. Please don't give them any more ideas. Robot wink


Too late....

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Announcements/Sponsored-Freelancer-Search-Ads-Test/td-p/591350


Sponsored? What fresh hell is this?

As a client, I would be puzzled to no end what "sponsored" means. Who is the sponsor? Why does the freelancer need sponsoring? Is it something like mentoring? Are these freelancers that get thrown a bone because nobody hires them? Who paid for all this?

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
8 of 15

Martina P wrote:

Richard W wrote:

undefined:

Phil S wrote:

...I was thinking they might add a little sparkle by your name to indicate your a "plus" member or something.


So far, in other contexts, we've got rockets, stars, and fires to show how hot we are by various criteria. Please don't give them any more ideas. Robot wink


Too late....

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Announcements/Sponsored-Freelancer-Search-Ads-Test/td-p/591350


Sponsored? What fresh hell is this?

As a client, I would be puzzled to no end what "sponsored" means. Who is the sponsor? Why does the freelancer need sponsoring? Is it something like mentoring? Are these freelancers that get thrown a bone because nobody hires them? Who paid for all this?


Yes, it's weird. I think the usage can be traced back to sponsorship of US TV programmes. "And now for a word from our sponsor..." It was the programme that was sponsored, not the advertising. But Google subverted this by originally referring to its paid-for links as "sponsored links". (More recently it switched to calling them "Ads", which makes more sense.) Upwork seems to have picked up Google's old usage, and subverted the meaning even more, by applying it to advertisements that are not even specifically purchased by the freelancer: they're just a bonus benefit (if they are a benefit) of having Plus membership. Or maybe Upwork is planning eventually to make the ads work more like Google Ads, and freelancers will pay specifically for opportunities to appear when clients search for particular skills or key words! That would seem to follow the logic of Upwork's newfound zeal for monetising each of its services.

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
9 of 15

Mark F wrote:

No, FP+ means your profile will not go private if you have no earnings for 30 days.  However you can request that your profile be made public again here:

https://support.upwork.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003975967-Profile-Changed-to-Private-

 

A lot of people request it in this forum which makes me wonder if the button is broke or they don't know my friend Google.


Mark, Upwork doesn't help matters with a popup that urges the freelancer to start earning, upgrade membership, or contact customer support. It so happens the contact customer support link acts just like the button you mentioned but I guess it would be too transparent to change the link text to click here to reset your profile to public.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
10 of 15

Phil S wrote:

 

 

Does upgrading to Freelancer Plus increase the visibility of your profile when clients are searching for freelancers?


Absolutely not, and it would be wrong on so many (any and all) levels if it did.

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