I feel kind of bad writing this. I used to love People Per Hour. However, as of this year, I find the platform unworkable.
To be fair, I am partly to blame for my own PPH horror story. A while ago now, I had an altercation with a client. She had ordered from what used to be my best selling writing gig. She was also a fellow PPH seller. Then after delivery, she asked that I reduce the cost of her delivered £10 (1,000-word) article.
I was very angry with this. This buyer had been a nightmare from the start. In this case, I held my ground.
As a review, I then received this horrendous mess:
A dog ate my computer? Why even if I was mad would I ever say anything like that? The book business, this seller had taken from my then profile to make herself look believable. As for the article in question, this was published on a UK.gov page which I highly doubt the UK government thinks it paid less than £50 - £100 for.
At this point, I was also having problems with a UK person trying to get me to reduce the price of a £15 video, the likes of which I was already selling on Fiverr for $60. In this case, I thought F-it. I’m done with this reseller circle of Hell, and I deleted my gigs.
Sadly, this also deleted my gig reviews. In this case, when I returned to PPH later, I had to kind of start off at square 1. To me, this wasn’t a big issue. In the past on PPH, I had created gigs and paid to promote them. Within a few days, I’d have sales and repeat clients from those sales. However, after over $100 spent recently, I realized why gig promotion on PPH simply doesn’t work anymore.
These days, PPH doesn’t show featured gigs and corresponding images. Instead, prospective clients pay to promote profile images. This to me is madness. Why even bother creating gig images (which are still required), if these aren’t actually used as promotional devices.
To compound matters, ever since rebooting PPH, the only leads I have received are from other sellers wanting to outsource work. Either this, or jobs are advertised at reasonable rates, before successful bidding results in clients asking for abominably low prices.
As of now, I am considering closing my PPH account once and for all. To me, the whole place is like a reseller pyramid scheme. Before I do, though, am I missing something? Are some actual freelancers actually having success there? And if so, how are you achieving this success?