News in the SEO World: Elance and Odesk merging

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by The Entrepreneurcure, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. The Entrepreneurcure

    The Entrepreneurcure Newbie

    Nov 13, 2013
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    I'm sure a few of you have received the notification that Elance and Odesk are merging. I personally don't use either site but I thought I'd put some of the info up to share:

    I'm thrilled to announce that we have signed an agreement to merge with Elance! We couldn't be more excited and wanted to take this opportunity to share what this means for you.

    First things first—you can continue to work with your clients on oDesk just as before. The existing websites, odesk and elance, will continue to operate as two separate platforms.

    Why, then, are we putting the two companies together?

    The answer is pretty simple: we think we can do a better job for you this way. Both companies are inspired by a similar vision of delivering the best online work experience possible.

    The merger has not yet closed, but here are the kinds of things you can look forward to:

    • Significant technology investments. This includes tools for more successful job applications, seamless online collaboration, better mobile support and freelancer skills development.
    • Higher quality results. With our combined expertise in engineering and data science, you will enjoy a host of quality improvements, such as superior job recommendations over time.
    • Participation in how we evolve. There's never been a better time to have your voice heard, and we are committed to integrating the changes most important to you. We'll reflect your feedback in future innovations and share back what you've taught us in an upcoming blog post.
    This should help answer any questions you may have. And please keep in mind that the merger won't be official until we meet all closing conditions, probably about four months from now. In the meantime, you have my promise that we will work harder than ever to make sure that YOU, our freelancers, truly love the way you work!

    Kind regards,

    Gary Swart
    oDesk CEO
  2. JessePinkman

    JessePinkman Junior Member

    Jul 23, 2013
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    I list my services on both sites to higher-end clientele and I'm not entirely sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. On a surface level, having one less website to list services on is going to suck for most freelancers.