I agree. The changes have not been better for me as well. I used to get many more requests and now only two or three per month for my primary service offered that is also promoted.
Thanks for giving Promote a try. I'd like to highlight that the leads that you're receiving are from customers who have picked you and so are excited about working with you. In the past, you might have seen more requests from customers who didn't have you in mind in particular.
Our ranking algorithm considers many factors, so it’s tough to say exactly how much of a boost you’ll get from promoting a service. We also are continually improving the algorithm, so the importance of different factors will change over time.
I agree with Jerry. I just spent 69$ for TWO "leads" which were flakes. One asking for info on a job happening the next day with nothing to say but "whats next?' ... and I had not even sent a message- boom ! got charged 25.00. Then a second "lead" where the customer asked for a quote when was was already sent "automatically"... Both I paid for 69.00 for not one hire and this is just THIS week. Let me not even mention the rest of the year.
Something is not right in the "leads" process and the search algorithm is definetely weird. Also why would I contact a client who has already contacted 4-5 other vendors??? Yet these are sent to me and I am charged.
I have had bogus or not legit inquiries from customers supposedly looking for a dj and using my credits. They inquire but do not respond after my credits have been used. There needs to be a way to ensure the customers are definately seeking a dj or the one's that are just playing and using our budget money.
Thanks for writing in. It's awesome that you were a Top Pro in 2017. We want the new system to work for pros like you.
While we don’t give an explicit boost to Top Pros in search results, the factors that make you a Top Pro are the same things that affect your ranking. For example, in order to become a Top Pro, you need to have a lot of reviews (at least 5 in the last 12 months), you need to have an average star rating of at least 4.8, and you need to respond quickly to new customer messages (within 24 hours, at least 75% of the time). As I noted above, responding quickly and getting great reviews both affect ranking. So by becoming a Top Pro, you’re naturally doing what it takes to rank higher. That’s why Top Pros tend to rank higher in search results.
But being a Top Pro doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be at the top of the list either. Other pros might be promoting their profiles or have outstanding response rates-- factors you can’t see just by looking at their profile.
We heard similar feedback and questions from these pros about how Top Pro status affects your rank. Wanted to tag you so you can check out my response above or at this link. Thanks for participating in the Q&A!