Monthly Leaderboard Page: Top Freelancers Revealed

Hello PPHers,

Have you ever wondered who the best-performing Sellers in their respective categories are? Who’s turning around the largest number of projects a month while keeping their Buyers happy? Well, we did too! That’s why we created the new “Monthly Leaderboard” page!

Every month, the earnings and feedback data will be gathered for every Seller. The top 10 performers in each category will appear on the page. Sellers can use the “Monthly Leaderboard” page to compare their activity against others’, see the progress they made compared to previous months, and engage in some friendly competition!

Buyers will be able to see who the movers and shakers of each category are, browse their profiles and contact them to collaborate on various Projects!

The Montly Leaderboard page will be accessible via:

The “Sell” menu option

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The “My Leaderboard” widget on the Seller Dashboard

Every month the top 3 Sellers in each category will receive a badge which will be featured on their profile and will also be visible on the Freelancer listings page!

Valuable Seller Tips

~ Points displayed on the leaderboard are based on your monthly earnings, feedback rating and more.

~ If the average feedback rating of the invoices you raised is less than 90% you are not eligible to appear on the leaderboard for that month.

~ The earnings depicted on the leaderboard are attributed to your selected primary category (you can always change your primary category via the “Settings” menu option) and include only invoices that have received feedback rating from the Buyer.

~ Refunds will be penalised and have a negative effect on the total number of points.

~ Sellers who invoice new Buyers they invited to work on the platform will receive three times more points on the first rated invoice they issue.

What do you think about our new initiative? Please leave your comments and ideas in the comments section below!

Enjoy the race!

Dimitris

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Sotiris
Sotiris

The concept is good, well done. Two things:

– I would like to see my score even if I am in on the TOP10.
– Freelancers should know the formula that generates the score. The required amount to reach TOP10 in homepage is a good metric, but I think a more complete explanation would be great.

While these features are great, I think that PPH has to fix first things that trouble many freelancers like the search results of hourlies as I have described in another blog post.

Zoe S.
Zoe S.

Potentially skewed so very easily – I’m about to have my best month ever on PPH, but because they’re all existing clients and it’s a case of invoicing after a stretch of work rather being awarded a job, I’m treated to a sadface and told how I’m slacking!

Not sure how you’d fix this. I suppose I’ll just have to wait to be told it’s ‘party time’ in December after I’ve submitted those invoices 😉

Shahzaib Khan
Shahzaib Khan

Nice Feature,

I would really like that Our Freelancer Standing should be displayed in our Profile as well. So when a potential buyer sees our profile they may see where we stand.

Ann Walker
Ann Walker

I think it’s useful for sellers to know how they are individually doing, but I’m not so keen on the competitive nature of the standings table. The other issue is that showing this to buyers may well impinge heavily on sellers who are not in the top 10 of their category. Buyers will possibly pick someone from that top elite section and ignore the 90% of sellers not up there yet. In that case, it’s a true reflection of society today – the rich get richer and the rest don’t. My other question is where does writing come in these… Read more »

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

Totally disgusted in this. In my sector the “Top Cert”, yes is blatantly lying to both PPH and Clients. The person is not a Solicitor, yet claims to be one, which is a criminal offence. By using PPH he has the ability to claim to have an office in one location rather than the backwater where he is actually located. Yet, PPH will crown him with laurels, award “Top Cert”, this despite clear evidence being provided of their breaking the law and circumventing PPH by getting clients to pay him direct. But what did Sai do about it? “It has… Read more »

Geoff Jackson
Geoff Jackson

Not sure why, but I am in a category that I am not even selling in. Why is this? None of my sales are being recorded against the category it shows me at >100 in so it is going to prove pretty impossible to move up the standings!

Mike
Mike

Anyway to hide it? being able to minimize it would be nice as it takes up a lot of space.

Nancy Callegari
Nancy Callegari

It’s not representational of success. I’ve had more new customers in a month than these people, but have earned less probably due to the nature of the work.

To me, level of success should be based upon the amount of new custom attained which is surely harder than repeat work from trusted clients.

CJ
CJ

I’m not sure who the target audience of this feature is, or how it will help PPH customers. Generally, it looks like a bad idea to me, to be honest. A list of 10 freelancers, from which 3 are chosen and highlighted. Doesn’t this already happen in the “Find Freelancers” list? Why create artificial competition, and further reduce the quality of the marketplace? Here’s why I think this is probably not the best of ideas: 1) It is based on number of sales, turnaround volumes, and “happy buyers”. These are all things that provide PPH (and hopefully) its Freelancers with… Read more »

Lisa Botfield
Lisa Botfield

I’m consistently in the top 35 on PPH but it is interesting to see (when broken down into sectors) how I am ranked.

jane tareen
jane tareen

I’m a TOP CERT freelancer yet am only in position 52. I am very worried that this is going to impact negatively upon my potential sales.

Also, I am a copywriter but there is no COPYWRITING or WRITING category so where are we? If you have bulked us in with Marketing & SEO that is not accurate nor fair.

At the moment, I am very disappointed with this new system as it seems to be ranking quantity above quality.

MM
MM

This blatantly favours groups rather than individuals. How do you expect a freelancer to bring in as much revenue as a content marketing agency with 10 employees?

And then it’ll boost their sales rather than the freelancer, meaning freelancers get stiffed and in time, all you have left will be agencies.

Peter Mahoney
Peter Mahoney

I also note I’m listed in the wrong category.I quite clearly work in “Marketing & SEO” but am listed under “Development”.

I’ve sent a support request to see how it can be changed–I’ll post the outcome of that here.

Peter

(PS – one thing I do note is the Gold Social media award seems to have gone to an employee of PPH – just something to watch!)

Sabrina
Sabrina

Hello all I think there are some clear issues with this new feature and I believe they are as follows: – Categories: How do we determine what categories we fit into? It seems we are automatically placed in just one category. Surely we should be assessed in different categories? Many of us provide a variety of services. Perhaps, the categories that our jobs/hourlies are listed in should be the ones that our sales count for. So, many of us will be ranked in a variety of categories. – Target market: A lot of you have been asking about this and… Read more »

Peter S
Peter S

LOL, I’m greeted with a sad face every morning now because I’m not considered active enough to be anything other than ‘slacking’ – Thanks for that PPH!

Mitesh Padariya
Mitesh Padariya

I would like to make quite good efforts for standing 🙂 It’s ultimately a sign that newbies will be ignored or have very less chance to win jobs. How this will be helpful to “all” sellers here. Hope equality will be measured in transparent way for all who bids on jobs.

There will be a way of funnel where someone can justify his skills as newbie to stand or hold the profile in starting stage.

Thanks,
Mitesh

Ian Borland
Ian Borland

I hate it. I think it is a rotten idea and it stinks. I believe you should be seeking to improve the service and opportunities across the board, not funnelling yet more business towards the high earners. Success breed success. or The rich get richer and the poor stay poor. All you are doing is using stars and dollars as over-simplistic metrics to put a bias towards favouring an “elite” minority. I think this is grossly unfair to newcomers, and generalists like me who pitch for diverse projects rather than specialise in one of your ‘categories’. Likewise anyone who represents… Read more »

Vijay Hardaha
Vijay Hardaha

Hey,

You guys have done a Great work.

But I have a small feedback/requirement for an update. “Can You Guys Create a button On ‘Notification’ page to remove all notifications ?”

right now it’s very long process to remove 500+ notifications .. Or can you add Mark/Unmark system in Notification page ?

Thanks

eVision Themes
eVision Themes

Yes, good idea. I love the concept!

Thanks!
eVision Themes

Zoe S.
Zoe S.

Okay, and more feedback (and passing some on from a client) – whatever sandbox you’ve been playing in over the weekend, the small but significant changes aren’t user-friendly. My client couldn’t find an attachment – you could probably have done with letting people know that they were moving position – and message notifications to email are slower than ever (today’s record was 88 minutes). Not only that, but having a document-related discussion over the message function was near to impossible, with the ‘so and so is typing’ notification seemingly blocking messages coming through unless you refreshed the page. I agree… Read more »

Meryem
Meryem

My main issue is that showing this to buyers may well impinge heavily on sellers who are not in the top 10 of their category. Buyers will possibly pick someone from that top elite section and ignore the 90% of sellers not up there yet. In that case, it’s a true reflection of society today – the rich get richer and the rest don’t.

Allison McCafferty
Allison McCafferty

Haha – I am top cert – have been using this site for 8 years but I happen to have my own very successful freelancing business that I run outwith PPH, not every client comes through you! I logged in this morning to be given a sad face and a message saying ‘uh-oh… Not having the best month? Get back on track!’

Insulting in the extreme in my book. Surely a longstanding track record of 100% reviews counts for more than quick sales. This encourages people devaluing themselves to get sales just to get some arbitrary award…

Meri Williams
Meri Williams

I quite like it. It gives me a bit of motivation and is easy to understand. I am not a company of ten, it is just little old me working really very hard and I have reached number 7 in my category, so if I can do it, sure everyone else can. It can be a lonely world freelancing, and this seems to be a nice reward and something to aim for.

Stephen Reeves
Stephen Reeves

Good Idea. Although I would same its to generalized for for certain categories. There is people who are in the Top 10 that do not do the same as me and vice versa. Would be good if there was an overall one and then maybe a filtered version, i.e. Ui / Ux, 3d design, logo designs, etc.

Just a thought

Kitty
Kitty

Utterly awful.

PPH, you really have got a little confused here – perhaps you’ve been watching too much Strictly-Maggot-Eating-X-whatever? This is not a “fun” competition – it’s a business. WE – the sellers – are paying YOU. We are your clients. Why on earth would you rank your clients in order of which ones you think are the best, then let them know??!

Waseem
Waseem

Very nice and motivational feature, keep it up.

Waseem
Waseem

Very nice and motivational feature, keep it up.

Norbert
Norbert

Well, let’s see. Seller activity of 2nd place Daren – first page of feedback. No job from October or November Only 3 feedbacks from this month, including 2 for one job from Fri 3:28 and 3:29 (split invoice to get more feedbacks?). This feature is useful and accurate as other latest improvements on this site. Please take care of things that are really annoying here like: – workstream – email notification so delayed that if I’m not logged to site and check my messages every 10 minutes I miss half of them. I even he’d a situation where messages appeared… Read more »

Megan Collins Quinlan
Megan Collins Quinlan

Another part timer PPHer here who would like to be rewarded for her good work – even if there is less of it. I will just ignore the ratings. it has never made that much difference to me.

But the attachment issue is a big one. I think I have missed a couple of jobs because they couldn’t see my examples I attached. Don’t make changes without making it very clear what you are doing!

James M
James M

You need to concentrate on keeping your sellers happy before trying new things fix old things first for example having invoices for over a week pending is just ridiculous even after the client leaves feedback I have spoke with fellow sellers here and they feel the same your going to push us away as we getting paid ridiculous time after the invoice got accepted.

Although this could be good idea few bugs with it

Thanks

John McNeaven
John McNeaven

Nice motivational feature indeed. but also some meaningful awards will always motivate people.

Md Nurullah
Md Nurullah

Nice feature developed by PPH

Katie
Katie

Can you clarify whether this is hourlies as well as jobs won?

As the total amount for my sales in incorrect. I’ve actually taken 4 times the amount stated on the leadership board…..

Sofia M
Sofia M

How is this different from the previous leaderboard you had? Apart from the top ten don’t get a bonus, like they used to. That’s was quite an incentive… Given you have individual freelancers competing with companies who have multiple freelancers working for them, and can turnout 100x the work, I don’t see this is very useful really. I think users who are a front for a company ought to have a different title/category on their profiles and regarding this leaderboard – it’s not comparable, or fair to compare. Plus, some clients are looking for companies, and some are looking for… Read more »

Ann Walker
Ann Walker

@Meryem

I hope you don’t plagiarise in your work! I suppose I should be flattered that you copy/pasted most of my comment and put your name to it, but I really would suggest that you write your own next time!

Zoe S.
Zoe S.

@Ann Walker

I’m careful what I post here now – I’ve seen a comment I left on a past blog pasted word-for-word on the internet as a ‘motivational’ article!

Ann Walker
Ann Walker

Don’t you think there’s enough ‘healthy competition’ here already, considering that we have to fight others for every job we get? What would be more use and would produce more work for us and PPH alike is if the credit system was scrapped completely and we could just apply for all the jobs we wanted to go for, as is done out in the big, wide world. So many sellers run out of the free credits early in the month and then either can’t bid or use the Clarification Board to pitch. Surely it would be worth your while to… Read more »

Jennifer
Jennifer

I agree with Ann. All this accomplishes is making it harder for those “ranked” lower to win more work, as buyers will be far more likely to choose those listed first. We already have far more than enough “healthy competition” in the proposal process (most jobs I apply for end up with at least ten applicants; more often, it’s 20-40). We already have CERT, which is a perfectly sufficient ranking system and provides an incentive to continue producing quality work. We already have to work incredibly hard to stand out on a platform saturated with freelancers. Why make that even… Read more »

Paul
Paul

Another divisive scheme that will favour larger teams rather than the core group of sellers that make up the majority of PPH freelancers. It’s a complete misnomer to describe teams of people as ‘freelancers’.

The management team don’t use their slack time very well if this is what they come up with.

Thanks for nothing.

Rachel J Turner
Rachel J Turner

Not working well for me I’m afraid – the number one ranking in ‘Admin’ at the moment is an Architect with 1 sale which got a feedback rating of 90%. The number two ranking, who is actually working in admin, has had 9 sales, has 100% rating, but is lower. It doesn’t make sense that this should happen just because the Architect has labelled himself Admin and done 1 high priced job in a month.

Niranjan Ramamurthy
Niranjan Ramamurthy

I’m an AdWords specialist, and grouped along with SEO. Sadly, when clients look for any AdWords help, they land up in the hands of these SEO freelancers who offer AdWords services as an add-on. How unfair the system can be.
Anyways, the buyers would eventually learn the hard way and come back to us.
Dear PPH, please understand SEM and categorise us separately.

Laura Mathieson
Laura Mathieson

Erm – I’m in Admin? Nothing I do is Admin, development yes – how do you change categories?

Rebecca Bamber
Rebecca Bamber

Nothing has been fixed or resolved at all with this. The number 1 in admin at the moment who works as a ‘Senior Solutions Architect’ who has completed 1 job and has a 90% feedback rating. I tried to look at his profile and it no longer exists. Yet he is still at the top of the leaderboard! A few positions lower we see another freelancer who has managed to achieve Cert 5 after completing just 1 job! In the top 10 we also have a solicitor that charges £150 an hour, 2 business consultants, a writer ($65 an hour),… Read more »

Kieran Ball
Kieran Ball

Woah! First of December and we start all of over again. Despite working my way up into the top 50 last month, I’m relegated to 101 on the first of the month. I assume everyone is the same, so the leaderboard makes no sense for clients who want to assess freelancers at the beginning of the month, or freelancers who haven’t received their first payment of the month yet.

What’s the point of this again?

Jennifer
Jennifer

Can you please consider either:
1. Getting rid of this panic-inducing, distracting, and unreliable tool altogether, or
2. Giving us the option to REMOVE it from our homepage? I don’t want to see a “ranking” that has no basis in reality every time I open PPH. Please. Just a little “x” option that takes it away would be nice.

Andrew C
Andrew C

@Kieran Ball – yes the same issue here; I went down from 16 to ‘101’ Which unless it is joint equal 101, must just be a standard message. This will ONLY WORK if the leaderboard is based on the PAST 30 DAYS, not the calendar month. This is really basic coding / querying here – as it stands it is just pointless. @Jennifer I totally agree that this should be optional (both to view and to be displayed) @PPH – these categories are ridiculous – what does it matter to me (or the other freelancer ) if I am above… Read more »

STUART WILLIAMS
STUART WILLIAMS

Personally I don’t think its anyone’s business on what another person earns. I don’t mind if its about amount of jobs but I think other freelancers money should not be in this even if it is just a bar and not a figure.

Rebecca Bamber
Rebecca Bamber

2nd Feb and still no improvements made to this totally pointless feature! I’m still in a category with Lawyers, Accountants, Business Consultants etc and still being told I’m not doing well. Last month my earnings didn’t actually tally up with what it said on the Leaderboard so not sure when it’s updated during the month.

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