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ec713077
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Why are my proposals not being viewed?

Good day. Is there a reason my proposals are not being seen by the clients? Even when I boost them it doesn't seem as though they are being viewed. Is there something wrong with my account?

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williamtcooper
Community Member

Nivenka,

 

Proposals don't get viewed for only three major reasons:

 

- The cover letter proposal doesn't appeal to the client.

- Applying for jobs that are not a good match.

- There are better suited freelancers applying for the job.

 

Have a great day!

 

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0e13d6cc
Community Member

Look at the picture . I am so much disappointed. I got only one view by client among 7 proposals. Thus I have lost many connections which is not acceptable. Now I have only 12 connects. In a word upwork is not the platform of new comer and with out high bidding rate normal proposal has no value.

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grubicv
Community Member

What should I say - sometimes I submit 40 proposals and maybe 1 gets viewed, but I discovered it has nothing to do with my cover letter or my profile, it's Upwork! Few months ago a client I know posted a job, and I bid on it with agency profile and my own profile (both profiles had premium membership), and since I knew the client from before I told him to tell me how do my proposals look. You wanna know happened? They weren't there at all. People with 0 completed jobs, no relevant skills, even not completed profile were at the top, and there was a button on the bottom of the page saying other proposals (or something similar) but not even a regular button, just something like a hyperlink, and after clicking that button both of my proposals were there. So, even paying for membership on both agency and freelancer profile my proposals weren't even visible to clients. Who on Earth would find that or click it?!? Recently I tried boosting proposals. You spend 50-80 connects on a proposal that client doesn't even open, and the job has less than 5 proposals. Not to mention that a 95% of clients never hire anyone, and for some reason those connects don't get refunded. That is the reason why I canceled both membership and started focusing my business away from Upwork.

yofazza
Community Member

just something like a hyperlink

I just realized that. Probably similar to the 'load more jobs' button at the bottom of the job list. In my opinion it's not too encouraging to click on, not too useful for me. I prefer my RSS reader, three jobs in a row with infinite scroll. Easier to 'absorb' a lot of job information this way.

 

 

Btw the view ratio is low, which is normal from what I've observed. But 1 out of 40 is below the observed norm.

 

How to raise the view percentage is a mystery to me, I can only suggest to be more selective in applying. Unless...

This is outrageous. Obviously something happened to Upwork this year. It is from bad to worse each month. I truly hope to find something outside. It seems it is now designed to only make "cheap" money.

I think the explanation here is simple. 

Freelancers who earn, stays. Those who stays spend. 

 

New Accounts

Gets boosted by algo and gets viewed. More views, more chance to get hired.

In a saturated market, I think this is the best approach to get more people in the platform. Getting new people is not just all about signing up, they need to give them work. Thus, they have to give them the clicks and views... maybe, only after some time before their profiles are pushed down to make way for newer accounts. The recent changes like the 10% fee and Viewed by Client status... both favor new users. No one wants the 20%, and "VIEWS" really does carry some hype.

 

Old Accounts 

Old accounts get views purely by lottery. Many old account holders reported that their client can only find their proposal on a newly created job was hidden behind the "other..." button. 

The psychological effect of getting a job is what motivates anyone to stay and think it is best to stay. This is similar psychological technique used in loot boxes on microtransactions in video games. Players spend more in the hopes that they will get what they want. I'm not saying that this is entirely the scenario but to some extent only.

 

So, it's safe to say that freelancers who earned before will always be here to stay or come back soon, when looking for work. There is no shortage of work and the market is just getting saturated... Upwork is a business and it also has to stay afloat by making the most number of people happy or atleast convinced that this is a place to earn money. It's like having a carrot on a stick, just that many old accounts have longer sticks than newer ones or a few that are favored.

 

Anyway, this is just purely speculation and I really don't know the exact reason behind this phenomenon among old users.

It makes sense if your only motivation is to get easy money, but it does not serve the hardworking talent nor the client.

4a5caed4
Community Member

Because most of the job postings you apply for are fake. Upwork itself prepares most of them. Boost as much as you want, it won't work. In summary: all you do is keep paying upwork

I started also to favor that "conspiration theory" ๐Ÿ™‚ because it is really too voracious, and too greedy to steal money (Connects) from people through each proposal, while you will anyway take a percentage from them when the job is done.

Most of the job platforms don't even make money on workers but on clients.
Upwork penalizes workers, and it penalizes them double ๐Ÿ˜ž

How do you consider it a "penalty" to pay for services you have chosen to purchase?

When Elon Musk stated that only terminally ill monkeys were used for Neuralink experiments, an employee (or former employee) refuted the statement as absurd, the following day. It's hard to cover-up things in the democratic world.

 

But I'll believe it if Upwork simply "put those things into lower priority", "ignoring it", as the "bad clients" problem (whether intentional scammers or just unserious buyers) are not really a problem for them now, where they can get more revenue from connects than the project fee on most (small) jobs.

 

 

Most of the job platforms don't even make money on workers but on clients.

I think you haven't read discussions about Upwork never made a profit.

 

They tried the 'high quality marketplace' approach, that didn't work. They're trying something else now.

Don't you think that if Upwork were creating fake job postings to get people to spend connects, they would invest at least a tiny bit of effort in making those postings at least a tiny bit appealing to freelancers?

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