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Table Of Contents  The Online Freelancing Guide
 >  An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites
      >  oDesk - Freelance Marketplace Site Analysis and Review

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oDesk - Bidding, Client Interaction and Project Award Policies and Mechanisms
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Project Detail Page

Clicking on a job’s title in the search results loads its detail page. This is a bit of a mixed bag: it has most of the information you’d expect, a couple of nice touches, and a few annoyances.

The page is split into three large sections. The main one, on top, contains most of the infor­mation that a bidder would want to know about a project. It contains the project title and description on the left side, along with stats about how many bidders have applied for the project, and how many are being interviewed by the client. On the right is a box called “Job Overview” that has most of the same information from the project search results page. Below that is a box with more details about the employer (client), including information about jobs posted and filled, dollars spent, whether or not the employer’s payment method is verified, and the client’s overall feedback rating.

Below the main section is a box listing all of the applicants to the project. However, no useful information is provided about other bidders, since all bids on oDesk are sealed, so why bother taking up screen real estate with this at all? As a potential bidder, this is of no value to me whatsoever. If oDesk really wants to put this on the project detail page, it should be below, not above the…

…Employer Work History and Feedback section. This, I think is a really good idea: oDesk is the only site I’m aware of that puts the client’s past work history right on the project page where it can be seen quickly without the need to go looking for it. It even shows individual feedback ratings and feedback comments! My only issue here is that open but uncompleted projects appear at the top of the list—since they are the newest—but since those don’t have feedback associated with them, they aren’t of much value. I’d rather see ongoing projects hidden or put at the bottom of the list.

Finally, a nice feature is the “previous” and “next” navigation links to let you move between project detail listings.


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