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Why don't I come up in search results?

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Muhammad S Member Since: Jun 20, 2019
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A friend of mine was hiring through Upwork. He contacted me just out of curiosity to know what I offer as a freelancing service, and I told hime that I am a SEO Copywriter. He searched for SEO Copywriters but couldn't find me anywhere. My profile is not set to private. My title is according to my niche. Why don't I show up in search results? Why do people never invite me to jobs?
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Olawale A Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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Search result are rotated/randomized when client are looking for who to invite after job post
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Muhammad S wrote:
A friend of mine was hiring through Upwork. He contacted me just out of curiosity to know what I offer as a freelancing service, and I told hime that I am a SEO Copywriter. He searched for SEO Copywriters but couldn't find me anywhere. My profile is not set to private. My title is according to my niche. Why don't I show up in search results? Why do people never invite me to jobs?

There are over 10,000 results for SEO Copywriter. You will be in there somewhere, but chances of a newbie appearing high in search results of such a desperately oversaturated category are slim.

Forget about invites at this stage of your Upwork career, until you have a history, invites will be few and far between.

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Muhammad S Member Since: Jun 20, 2019
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My job success score even dropped. I don't have any bad clients or reviews. I just have ongoing projects that are approving the milestones regularly. How does Upwork measure job success?
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Olawale A Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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Did you end any contract in the last 2 weeks ? If yes, one of them definitely rate you low in the private feedback
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Muhammad S Member Since: Jun 20, 2019
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Yea I did but he was quite happy and gave me 5 stars.
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Olawale A Member Since: Oct 12, 2018
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Well, there is a private feedback which is not visible to freelancer where clients will be asked on if they can recommend you and selecting low score have more effect on your job success score than the public visible 5 stars feedback
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Muhammad S wrote:
Yea I did but he was quite happy and gave me 5 stars.

Never mind the stars, they are largely irrelevant. Private feedback is what counts.

 

Looking at your profile there are several reasons why you don't get invited:

You are really making a bit of a mess of your profile. You set your hourly rate at $ 25 (so many clients who want to pay the money you REALLY work at don't even open your profile because they either filtered you out or think they can't afford you, even though you are happily working at a fraction of that.

Set your hourly rate to what you actually work at, then stick to that, increasing it over time, without working below your profile rate. What you're doing now looks disingenuous and as if you have no idea what to charge.

 

Then you take $ 5 an article jobs, so the clients who might be willing to pay more think you can't be much good if you write articles for $ 5.

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Muhammad S Member Since: Jun 20, 2019
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Thank you for replying. Actually, I am quite good at writing articles and have won accolades on a national level. I know what to charge as I am a really good Copywriter. Just because I am new to Upwork doesn't mean that I am incompetent. I even wrote an ad for Nestle(pk), and I do know what I am doing. The first 5 dollar job was because I needed some reviews to get things rolling, not because they are worth that. The other one was a 10 minutes task. Nonetheless, I have changed my profile rate to 20$ because your suggestion was sensible. I do have a 20$ per hour contract, and will increase my rate after I complete that job.

Cordially yours,
Salman A.
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Muhammad S wrote:
Thank you for replying. Actually, I am quite good at writing articles and have won accolades on a national level. I know what to charge as I am a really good Copywriter.

Then I would strongly suggest you proofread your portfolio pieces to reflect that fact...

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