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First off oDesk is a freelancing site that primarily is for outsourcing. You can see that most of the jobs started are from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia and are looking to get cheap work done. This is different for each category but I am just going to cover web development with WordPress since that is what I primarily do on there. At the time of writing this I have completed 67 jobs with a 5.0 feedback on oDesk (my profile). If you are from the US and you are looking to get into freelancing on oDesk then you do have your work cut out for you but at the same time it is pretty easy if you know what you are doing. No Upfront Never bid with an upfront payment. Most overseas freelancers always request an upfront payment and a large numbers of employers have already been screwed over by paying upfront and never receiving the finished product. So separate yourself from a scammer instantly by not requiring an upfront payment. Just to note, out of 67 jobs I have only completed 1 job that I didn’t get paid for. That’s pretty good considering most of my jobs are fixed and oDesk can’t guarantee those payments. Read The Job Sounds funny saying this but 100% true. As an employer you will receive 90% of the applications as spam cover letters that is basically a resume. Since this happens many employers will put certain words in the job to see if anyone actually read the job description. That being said, you greatly increase your odds of getting the...Learn More
Search Engine Optimization individuals and companies have been selling false hope and dreams to website owners for 10+ years now. Why do they promise high rankings for keywords that are not achievable on a $100 budget? Because people will still pay, that’s the only reason! I quit SEO around 5 years ago for the main reason of being in the US Navy and losing an internet connection for 6 months at a time made it very difficult. But while I did it I was very successful on generating traffic through the search engines in a relatively small amount of time. For an example I had a site that ranked #2 for the keyword “Biggest Loser” while the show was in the 2nd-4th season before I sold it. Talk about a cash cow with weight loss ads! I also had a site ranked on first page for “Myspace Layouts” back when Myspace was popular and that keyword alone got me 20k unique visitors a day. The only reason why I mentioned those keywords is because NOW they are competitive. Extremely competitive. What I did to achieve those rankings back then would never even come close to it now. When I made those 2 sites I was one of the first to do it and I chose to do it because low competition, high search volume, and I was able to monetize the traffic easily. What I am getting at is I was recently propositioned to do some consulting and keyword research for a website due to lack of results from who they previously hired. Now not saying anything bad about...Learn More