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If you think about it, Upwork is a business and what do businesses want? To make money. So a big priority for Upwork is to establish a good supply of freelancers who skill set is in high demand. I explain how to find a high demand skill in detail in this free training
One thing to keep in mind is that Upwork wants its freelancers to make as much money as possible because they get up to a 20% cut of a project. So the jobs that are “high value” that charge more Upwork likes because they can make more money. Make sense?
What Upwork doesn't want is to have to big of supply for the same type skill set because then there isn't a balance between supply and demand. So this is something that Upwork's algorithm looks out for. It monitors how many freelancers have a certain type of skill and provide a particular type of service. So if there are to many freelancers who provide a particular type of service than you might not get your account approved.Profile Hacks To Get Approved
However there is a way around this, when filling out your profile explain all of the different types of services that you can provide and all of the different skills you have. The more the better. Here is an example of a freelancer that I work with who has a great profile that shows all of the different potential services he can provide.