If you’re looking to get more visibility, you can use Connects to boost your profile, grabbing the attention of clients looking to hire.

How it works


Increased profile visibility can lead to more job invitations which can lead to more hires, giving you control of how you grow your business. After posting a job, clients are prompted to invite freelancers to submit a proposal. If your profile is boosted, you’ll appear as one of the top profiles on the list when we prompt clients to send invites, and no Connects are needed to submit a proposal if you are invited.

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  1. Strategize: You can set up a Boosted Profile, bidding for a chance to make it to the top promoted spots in a client’s view of potential freelancers to invite to their job post. When you set up the boost, you will target work categories and set limits on the Connects you’re willing to spend per click. This setup is similar to other pay-per click advertising models, where you only pay for clicks received, helping you get noticed by the right type of potential clients.
  2. Engage: After your boost is set up, we handle the rest. Our ad server automatically runs an auction every time a client views the “invite freelancers” page to determine who are the best freelancers to show based on relevancy and bid price. The auction winners will be shown at the top of the list to clients in matching work categories, when they’re looking to invite freelancers. Your Connects balance is only charged if a client clicks your Boosted Profile.
  3. Analyze: Your Boosted Profile will drive increased visibility to potential clients. You can gauge the impact of your Boosted Profile through My Stats, where data-driven insights help you fine-tune your approach to work opportunities as you watch your profile clicks surge.

Bid to boost


This feature lets you control your business and your Connects. You’ll set the maximum amount of Connects you’re willing to spend for a click on your Boosted Profile.

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You’ll be asked questions to activate your Boosted Profile:

  • Category and specialty: These are important because they help you connect with clients who are looking for work to be completed in those categories
  • Bid per click: Choose the maximum amount that you’d like to spend for a profile click. The higher bid you choose, the more likely you are to be boosted. An auction is run every time a client loads the "invite freelancers" page
  • Budget: We turn off your boost when it hits the budget limit
    • Daily limit: We will turn your boost off if your spend hits that amount of Connects that day. It will turn on again the next day
    • Total limit: We will turn your boost off when your spend hits that amount of Connects, if it is before the optional end date you request
  • End date (optional): You can choose to automatically end the boost at a specific date. This can be helpful if you choose a daily limit, but still want to control your spend of Connects over a time period or if you only have limited availability

Your Connects balance is charged when a client interacts with your Boosted Profile. You’ll be charged if:

  • A client clicks on your profile when it is being promoted as a Boosted Profile on the “invite freelancers” page
  • A client selects the heart button to save your Boosted Profile
  • A client selects the Invite to job button from your Boosted Profile from your Boosted Profile
  • A client selects the Hire button from your Boosted Profile

Good clients like to do their research, and may engage with your Boosted Profile multiple times. You will only be charged once per job post if the same client clicks on your Boosted Profile multiple times.

Limits and end dates are set for your Boosted Profile, but you can still end the boost at any time.

Boost your profile


To boost your profile:

  1. Go to Find work > Boost your profile (pencil icon)
  2. Specify the audience to which you want your Boosted Profile to be shown
  3. Enter the number of Connects you want to pay per click
  4. Specify the total limit you want to place on your spending
  5. Use the toggle to choose a limit per day or in total
  6. If you’d like, set an end date to your boost
  7. Select Boost now

If you’d like to change your boost, go to Find work Boost your profile (pencil icon) and select Edit.

Manage your Boosted Profile


You can edit, pause, or turn off your profile boost at any time.

  1. Edit allows you to change Connect bids, limits, maximums, as well as your boost end date
  2. Pause puts your profile boost on hold, maintaining the settings
  3. Turn off stops your profile boost and resets the settings

To edit, pause, or turn off your profile boost, go to Find work Boost your profile and select the desired option.

Learn more about ad features you can use to promote your work.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Boosted Profile?

Boosted Profiles is a new feature that allows you to market yourself to clients who are looking for freelancers in your work category. You can bid Connects to jump to the top of a client's view as they invite freelancers to submit a proposal, after they post a job. Your Connects balance is only charged when a client engages with your Boosted Profile.

Where is a Boosted Profile shown to a client?

If your profile is boosted, it will be shown to clients who have just posted a job in the work category and specialty you select. You’ll be shown on the top of the list of freelancers we suggest inviting to the job.

How do I boost my profile?

You can boost your profile directly from your profile, or from the Find work page. To boost your profile:

  1. Go to Find work > Boost your profile (pencil icon)
  2. Specify the audience to which you want your Boosted Profile to be shown
  3. Enter the number of Connects you want to pay per click
  4. Specify the total limit you want to place on your spending
  5. Use the toggle to choose a limit per day or in total
  6. If you’d like, set an end date to your boost.
  7. Select Boost now
What counts as a click/interaction?

The following counts as a click for Boosted Profiles:

  • A client clicks on your profile from your Boosted Profile on the “invite freelancers” page
  • A client selects the heart button to save your Boosted Profile
  • A client selects the Invite to job button from your Boosted Profile
  • A client selects the Hire button from your Boosted Profile
What if a client clicks on my Boosted Profile multiple times?

If the same client clicks on your Boosted Profile on a specific job post multiple times, you’ll only be charged once.

How many Connects do I need to use to boost my profile?

You choose the number of Connects you want to pay per click. Either set a daily limit or a total limit so you don't go over budget. We'll stop charging Connects if you hit your limit, or the end date, if one is set.

I made a mistake when boosting my profile, what can I do?

If you need to change your Boosted Profile settings, go to Find work Boost your profile (pencil icon) and select Edit.

Can I only boost on one work category at a time?

Yes, your profile can only be boosted to one work category and specialization at a time.

How do I know if my profile is still being boosted?

On the Find Work page or your profile, the Boosted Profile setting will show “on.”

Can any freelancer use the Boosted Profile feature?

In order to use the Boosted Profile feature, you must have a publicly visible profile. Your profile must have all the required items completed, which means that it must be at least 50% complete with a profile overview, profile photo, one or more employment history items, and at least one skills tag. While only having the required profile items are necessary to use this feature, having a complete profile is important to winning jobs. Learn more about completing your profile.

Can I boost my specialized profile?

No, at this time you can only boost your main profile.

What happens if I run out of Connects?

If you run out of Connects, you’ll get an error message and your boost will stop. If you’d like to keep the boost on, you’ll need to purchase more Connects.

What happens if my profile visibility is set to private and I use Boosted Profiles?

Your profile visibility must be public to use this feature.

How do I know if Boosted Profiles is helping me win jobs?

You can gauge the impact of your Boosted Profile through My Stats, where data-driven insights help you fine-tune your approach to work opportunities as you watch your profile clicks surge.

What if there is a tie for the top spots?

An auction determines which profiles get boosted. Our system takes bid amount and ad relevance among other factors into consideration in the event of a tie.

What are the benefits of boosting my profile?

Boosted Profiles help by giving freelancers looking for work right away increased client visibility.

  • Get noticed faster. Earn more - If you win the bid, you'll receive priority positioning at the top of a clients list of suggested freelancers to invite to their new job.
  • Easy to use. Low risk - Set your budget, bid, and job category. If you win the bid, we will show your profile to clients. We will only charge when your profile gets a click.
  • Save time. Reach more clients - Why limit yourself to just sending out proposals? Your profile will be shown to clients right after the job is posted. With new job posts every day, there's a ton of opportunities out there waiting for you.

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