Recently I decided to increase my rating on UpWork and boost my visibility on the platform.
I decided to make my UpWork profile specifically targeted on Scraping/Crawling/Data extraction, since I’ve got a lot of experience with it. So I updated my profile like this:
I also lowered my rate to $20/hr, since I wanted to get as much gigs as possible to earn more reviews from each.
After that I went on Reddit and wrote a post offering my automation help in exchange for reviews:
Results: the post got 9 upvotes and 5 comments.
The post took me 5 minutes to write.
Results: 4 potential clients to work with via UpWork.
Some clients wanted to pay, and some wanted to work in exchange for a review. Nice :)
So I was really happy with how a simple post got me the clients. But the next day I’ve got a “happy” email from UpWork notifying me that my account was suspended:
So it turns out UpWork is monitoring the Internet and looking for people who try to do work in exchange for reviews.
Never offer your work in exchange for reviews publicly. That’s my mistake that I wanted to share with you. Learn from it and don’t risk your own account.
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