Jonathan S wrote:
Is there a "new freelancer grace period" or similar, where the algorithm gives people with zero job history a "boost" that disappears at a certain point, such as once they cross a $ earned threshold?
I can assure you Upwork regularly tweaks their algorithm to ensure new freelancers can rise to the top every now and win gigs too.
It's these new freelancers that go on to replace ageing ones. Upwork knows this.
Without new freelancers Upwork would be dead.
I tend to get invites in waves and then have dry spells with no invites. I've been on Upwork since 2007 and have over $300k in earnings so I am definitely not a newbie. I suspect that the algorithm may rotate us in and out of the top spot in searches periodically.