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"Top Rated" and Order of Listing in Freelance Search?

Community Guru

As many of us have expressed here, I am mystified as to the logic Upwork uses in deciding the order of listing of Freelancers in a search.


Searching for equivalent rated CPAs:


specifying 90%+ JSS,


billed at least hour,


active in last two months,


rate $60+


and CPA in title results in a listing of 12 Freelancers.


Of the 12,  9 are Top Rated and 3 are not.


I am among the 9 that are Top Rated and yet I appear last in the listing of the 12 - on Page 2.


It sure appears that being "Top Rated" means nothing in Upwork's logic in order of listing in a search.


Not whining - just wondering why I receive very few invitations.

Joseph M. C. ,P.C., CPA/ABV
Community Guru

I suspected that this shifted every time someone searched, but didn't expect this much variance.


I just ran exactly the same search you described and turned up 38 results, among which you were # 17.

Hi Tiffany,


Just ran it again with my filters.


If you got 38, you may have missed a filter.


Now lists 9 - 7 Top Rated; 2 not.


I am still last.

Joseph M. C. ,P.C., CPA/ABV

Mystifying, indeed !

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Joseph,


The search results and the order depend on who is searching, time of the search, whether the search is ran in relation to a posted job or not and other factors. Additionally, the results are rotated so different freelancers get a fair chance to appear in search.


I just run the search you described and your profile appeared on the first page among first 10 freelancers.

~ Valeria

Exactly; one cannot appreciate the good until one has experienced the bad; and vise-versa.