Start Getting Big Budget Clients on Upwork In 3 Days or Less

Let me ask you a question. How does someone go from not even getting their profile approved to “flooded with interviews” on Upwork — within a week? Is that kind of thing even possible? Well, consider this message I got from a student of mine:

Admittedly, it seems a bit unbelievable, but what I’m about to show you is a simple tweak you can make to how you build your Upwork profile that, from the reports I’m getting from students, seems to be creating an immediate spike in new job invites and clients for almost every Upworker who tries it.

This counter-intuitive, yet deadly effective, method is one I was forced to learn my first few months on Upwork that helped me to land big budget jobs like the ones below:

I only show you that because a lot of freelancers think this kind of thing is impossible because Upwork is saturated — millions of freelancers battling each other for the same projects. 

They think it’s impossible for new Upworkers to beat out the established pros. But the unique methodology I’m going to show you, based on a quirk in Upwork’s Search and Suggestion algorithm, has been working for brand new freelancers, in some of the most competitive categories on Upwork, to “flood” their inbox with new job invites.

As I said, it’s all based on…

A Quirk In Upwork's Algorithm That Gives New Freelancers a Unique, But Limited Time, Advantage

So, what is this “quirk”? Well, it’s YOU… literally.

Let me explain…

Upwork KNOWS it has new freelancers joining the site every day. It KNOWS if it just based its Search and Suggestion listings on Job History and Rank (Upwork’s internal determination of how good of a freelancer you are), those new freelancers would have no chance.

If THAT happened, new freelancers would stop joining the site. The talent pool would die, clients would get unhappy — they’d leave — and the site would die.

Upwork’s whole business model relies on fresh talent to meet the emerging needs of the clients on its platform. Disrupt that and it’d be a quick death.

Upwork Has NO Choice But to Give New Freelancers a Leg Up

So, what does it do?

It tests you. It puts your profile in front of clients it thinks you have a good chance of getting hired by — when, based solely on Rank — you’d never show up that high in their listings.

Because, again, you have no Job History or Rank.

Upwork doesn’t know if you can perform.

But, it gives you a chance anyway.

Now, here’s the trick. It not just about HOW well you can perform. It’s also about how well your PROFILE performs. You might know you can do a good job… but to even get to that point, you have to get hired in the first place.

If Upwork Shows Your Profile to a Bunch of Clients and No One Hires You? Well...

Upwork is a business, not a charity. The algorithm says “bad profile” and moves on. So, HOW your profile is built is in those first few months is critical. But, it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Your chance to jumpstart your freelance career — and you have the largest freelancing platform on the planet giving you a leg up!

Unfortunately, what most new Upworkers do is copy what they see the established pros doing. It’s well-intended, but it’s NOT going to work. 

Those pros get away with how their profiles are built. They get client work despite their profile, not because of it. Many of them started years ago, did a good job serving clients and have a long job history that brings them tons of new clients each month.

Good for them.


If You're New Or Have Struggled to Get Work, You Need Something Different

THAT is what I teach. It’s not the same regurgitated nonsense you’re going to find on 1,000 blogs on the internet. It’s based on the science behind Upwork’s Search and Suggestion algorithm.

That’s why it’s been so devastatingly effective.

Think of it this way. You’re probably familiar with Google’s search engine ranking algorithm. It’s hundreds of different factors and “signals” Google uses to determine what sites rank highest in its search results.

The science behind that algorithm is a closely-guarded trade secret. People would literally kill to know how it all works. And for good reason. If you knew how it all worked, it wouldn’t take long to “game” that system and push your website to the top of whatever ranking you wanted.

Well, that’s basically what happened to me.

I Accidentally Stumbled On the Keys to Upwork's Kingdom

This was several years ago when I first started on the platform. I was like most everyone else who joins Upwork. When I first heard about it, I thought it was too good to be true… but there it was.

So, I excitedly joined — thinking this could finally be my ticket out.

At the time, I was working easily the most mind-numbingly boring job I’ve ever had — a line worker in a window factory. My job was screwing the same three screws into the same three holes on the 200 windows that flew by me everyday.

I wanted to stab myself in the eyeballs.

So, Upwork felt like a golden ticket to me. I’d been teaching myself web development and I felt like I could handle some smaller projects and then build from there. A site that promised to send new clients right to my inbox?

I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

I uploaded an old picture, haphazardly filled out my profile, left my portfolio completely blank and sat back waiting for the clients and money to rooooooll in! 


Crickets! I Didn't Get Hired For a Single Project. I Didn't Get a Single Job Invite. Not a Single Person Even Messaged Me.

Ugh, I was devastated. Just another “scam” making big promises and being full of — you know what. I’ll never forget that feeling of despair, anger and disappointment in the pit of my stomach. Makes me sick even thinking about it.

But, for some reason, I didn’t walk away.

I’m not really sure why as I look back. Maybe because I didn’t have a ton of other options, but I decided that come hell or high water I was going to figure this out. I could see all the other freelancers having success there…

Why can’t I?

I’m not dumb. 

John Morris

Hey, I’m John. I’m a freelance web developer. I’m best-known for my work with Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, Inc. Magazine and Michael Hyatt.

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I’m also an online teacher and, to date, I’ve taught 25,462 freelancers how to get clients, raise their rates and build a sustainable freelance business.

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