Knowledge base

01.

What is Upfeed?

Upfeed is a smart RSS-reader built specifically for freelancers and agencies that work on freelance platforms. Upfeed lets users easily monitor, filter, and what's most important, get a list of automatically prioritized job opportunities. No need to spend hours looking for the right opportunity anymore!

02.

What's the technology behind Upfeed?

Our service is built using the RSS technology. RSS is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format. This technology allows for quick and easy work with feeds and is a fast stable protocol.

Using our own insights from working with freelance platforms and job search, we added all the features we lacked in platform's standard feeds. Plus, created an amazing user-friendly interface to make sure the job search is a breeze :)

02.

Who Upfeed works best for?

Upfeed is a product that we developed for our internal use initially — to find more job opportunities as an agency and to spend less time on sifting through the feeds. Result: our employees started spending 70% less time on new opportunities search.

Upfeed is also a great help for freelancers who are not in constant search of work, but still prefer working rather than endlessly scrolling to find a new gig.

01.

How do I create a feed?

To create a new feed:

  1. Go to your home screen.
  2. If you have an RSS link ready, paste it and click Create feed. You will get redirected to a new feed settings page.
  3. If you don't have a link yet, go to your freelancing platform.
  4. Perform a search and filter as desired.
  5. Click the RSS or Atom link icon at the upper right of the search results.
  6. A new tab will open, copy the link in the tab and paste it on the Upfeed's home screen.
  7. Click "Create feed".
  8. On the feed settings page, set the feed's title, and click Next. There, your shiny new feed is created.

For more on how to properly set up your feed's settings see: Feed settings.

Upfeed start screen

02.

Where do I find my RSS link?

Currently, we are only supporting the biggest freelance platform's RSS feeds.

  1. To find your feed's RSS link, go to the job search page.
  2. Look for the RSS icon under your search input. Click it, choose RSS from a dropdown list.
  3. A new browser tab will open up, simply copy the link in the browser search bar, and there you have it — an RSS link for your new feed!

To learn how to get the best results with Upfeed by customizing your RSS links, see: Advanced.

01.

What do feed settings do?

Feed settings is what makes Upfeed so handy and where all the magic happens. With settings, you can either filter out jobs that do not match your criteria (Exclude jobs), or highlight jobs in a feed that are most likely to be of interest to you (Set highlights).

From here you can also change your feed's title, RSS link or delete the feed altogether.

Warning!
Keep in mind that changing a feed's RSS link will remove all current jobs in a feed and populate it with new ones.

To access feed's settings page, look for a cog icon next to the feed title on the main screen.

02.

How do I exclude jobs from a feed?

To exclude jobs from a feed, go to the feed's settings page by clicking a cog icon next to the feed title on the main screen, and go to the Exclude jobs section of the page.

You can either copy settings from an existing feed (see Advanced for more tips) or populate the filters from scratch. Below find a list of filters that can be applied and information on how they work.

1. Country filter

To exclude jobs that are published from a certain country from the feed, start typing country name and choose it from a dropdown list.

2. Skills filter

To exclude jobs that are tagged with a certain skill from the feed, start typing its name and choose it from a dropdown list.

3. Keyword filter

To exclude jobs that include a certain keyword or a phrase from the feed, type the word or the phrase and press Enter.

This filter will be applied to both the body of the job post and its title.

To learn words that are most likely to filter out jobs that will not work for you, see Advanced.

Warning!
The filter is not case-dependent and allows for suffixes that are 3 letters long. For example, filter 'design' will exclude job with a word 'designing' in it.
4. Budget filter

Use this filter to exclude jobs with budget amount or hourly rates that don't work for you.

Warning!
Take into account that jobs will be filtered out according to the parameters you set and regardless of the number of highlighted keywords in them. However, you will always be able to review those using Excluded function in a feed (see Feed controls for more information).

02.

How to set keywords for highlights?

To set keywords to be highlighted in a job from a feed, go to the feed's settings page by clicking a cog icon next to the feed title on the main screen, and go to the Set highlights section of the page.

You can either copy settings from an existing feed (see Advanced for more tips) or populate the highlights list from scratch.

Warning!
Highlights are only applied to job's title and its description. To see how highlights look in the job description, go to the Job details section of this base.

01.

What is a group of feeds?

A group of feeds is essentially a feed with all the jobs that exist in the nested feeds. Groups of feeds come in very handy when you are using your account to track jobs across different industries and/or categories. For example, we in the agency need to be on the lookout for opportunities in Motion, UX/UI Design, User Research, Mobile App Design, etc. We have multiple feeds for each of these categories with different filters, but we want to see a list of jobs across all the feeds from each group. Groups feature does exactly that :)

When feeds are in a group, you can both review the group feed — cumulative feed of the nested feeds — or any feed in a group separately. To do that, expand a feed by clicking an arrow icon next to its title, and choose a feed you'd like to review separately.

Group of feeds

02.

How do I create or edit a group of feeds?

To create a group of feeds, simply drag one feed and drop it onto another. A group will be automatically created, and you can type in the title.

Create a new group

To add feeds to a group, drag a feed you want to add drop it onto an existing group.

To delete a feed from a group, expand it and drag a feed you wish to delete out of the group.

To change a group's name, double click on its title and type a new name, then press Enter.

Change a group's name

To delete a group of feeds, simply delete all the feeds from a group and the group will be automatically deleted.

02.

How do the groups work?

One of the most important things to understand before using groups is that a single job may end up in multiple feeds with different settings. When that happens, a group will not be showing duplicates, but instead:

  • if a job exist in multiple nested feeds — a version of the job from the feed where it has maximum highlights will be shown in a group feed, and you will see a caption under the job's title explaining what feeds the job is in;e.g. if a job "UX/UI Designer" exists in the "UX/UI" feed with 10 highlights because of the feed's settings, and also exists in the "Motion Design" feed with 3 highlights, a group feed "UX/UI + Motion Design" will show the version of the job from the "UX/UI Designer" feed with 10 highlights.
  • if a job is filtered out by the settings of at least one nested feed, it will not be shown in the group feed;e.g. if a job "Node.js Developer" is filtered out in the "Web Design" feed, and also has 10 highlights in the "Software Development" feed, it will not be shown in the "Web Design + Software Development" group.

01.

How do I filter and sort my feed?

Feed's control panel

To help you find jobs that you need faster, Upfeed offers multiple filters and sorting controls. To access those, simply go to the panel where the feed title is located when you have a feed selected.

Currently control panel offers you the following features:

1. Unread filter

Apply filter simply by clicking on the Unread button. Next to the filter you see a number of unread jobs you currently have in your feed. To turn the filter off, simply click it once again.

2. Sorting

Sorting feature lets you easily reorder jobs in your feed according to your preference. To apply sorting, click on the sorting button and choose a type of sorting you'd like to apply. There are multiple sorting possibilities:

  • Newest first — default sorting, that shows jobs in a feed ordered chronologically
  • Oldest first — shows jobs in a feed presented in a reverse chronological order
  • Most hits — the most important sorting, lets you see jobs in a feed that are ordered from the most appropriate (with most highlights in it) to the least appropriate (with zero highlights)
  • Least hits — a sorting that lets you see jobs from the least appropriate to the most appropriate; we are not sure if you'll ever need that :)

02.

Can I see a list of excluded jobs?

Sure you can! We want you to know that you are in full control of your feeds, so to make sure you don't have any jobs you like filtered out because of the harsh feed settings you applied, you can always check a list of jobs that have been excluded from your feed. To do that, just click Excluded on the feed control panel. To see how job details for an excluded job look like, see Job details section of this base.

02.

How is the feed updated with new jobs?

New jobs notification

When any new jobs are added to your feed, Upfeed automatically gathers them and shows you a notification letting you know how many new entries you have.

Now, when you see such a notification, you can do the following:

  • click on it and see the list of newly arrived jobs in an overlay;
    This flow is designed specifically for you to be able to see your new jobs without losing your position in a feed. Say, you want to review all the jobs that you have in your feed that are new from the previous day. Most probably, you'll spend some time progressing through the feed, but when new ones arrive, you can quickly review them in an overlay and just click Back to return to your previous position in the list.
  • click refresh on the feed control panel to see new jobs in your feed;
  • or, well, you can close the notification and ignore it :)

02.

Any other feed controls I can use?

Sure.

1. Expandable feed area

To expand the area where your job list is located, simply hover on separator between feed's section and job details section. Once it's highlighted, change the proportion of the screen by dragging it left or right.

Feed separator
2. Refresh feed

To see any newly arrived jobs in a feed, click Refresh button on the feed control panel.

3. Mark read

You can mark multiple jobs as read. To do that, simply click Mark read button and choose whether you want to mark all jobs in the feed or just jobs that are currently shown on the screen.

4. Key shortcuts

To let you navigate fast through the feed, Upfeed lets you use ↑ and ↓ keys on your keyboard to open previous job or the one that goes next.

01.

How do I work with a job item in a feed?

Job entries in a feed

Feed section of the screen lets you review all the jobs that are currently in the feed in a nutshell. From the list, you can see most of the information about the job that helps you quickly validate if you are interested in reviewing its details.

1. Job title

Scan for job title quickly to see if it looks like something that may work for you.

2. Hits number

Blue indicator left to the feed title shows how many highlighted words happen to be in the job. If you see a blue dot instead of a number, it means that the job doesn't have any highlights in it.

3. Job age

To the right from the job's title, you can see how much time ago this particular job was posted.

4. Read indicator

Read indicator is also a button that allows you to mark a particular job post as a read one or unread one. To do so, just click the indicator.

There are several states for the indicator:

  • unread — red dot;
  • read — grey dot;
  • opened — grey checkmark (opened jobs are the ones that you reviewed on Upwork by clicking Open job button);
  • opened, marked unread — red checkmark.
5. Open job

When you see that a job is most definitely a match, and don't want to expand its details, but instead just open it right away on the platform, click the black arrow icon on the job item.

6. View job details

For situations, when you need to see the job's description before you open it on the platform, just click on the job item to see its details in the job details section of the application. You can also change this flow to a hover-based open. To see how to do that, go to Advanced section of this knowledge base.

02.

What job details can I see on Upfeed?

Job's details section

Jobs detail section presents the following information in an easy to read way to help you quickly decide if this job is a match:

1. Job title
2. Hits number

Blue indicator right to the feed title shows how many highlighted words happen to be in the job.

3. Budget

Either fixed, or an hourly rate, you can see the job's budget right under its title.

4. Country of origin

See where your future client is located right next to the job's budget.

5. Timestamp

See when the job was posted.

6. Job category

See what category this job was posted under on the platform.

7. Job skills

See a lit of skills that the job was tagged with right under the information ob budget, country of origin, timestamp and job category. If the job has so many skills required, they don't fit into the screen, see the full list, by clicking "+ more" button.

8. Open job

When you see that the job is a match, click the black the Open job button to get redirected to the jobs on the platform.

9. Job description

Job description section lets you review the information provided by the client on the specifics of the job. This is also where you can see the highlighted keywords you set for the feed.

02.

How does an excluded job details section look?

With the Excluded filter applied from the feed control panel (see Feed controls section for more information), you can click on any of the excluded job posts to see why exactly they were excluded.

In this version of the job details page, all of the words, skills or any other fields that hit a filter you set, will be highlighted in black.

Excluded job's details

01.

What are job alerts?

When it comes to job opportunities on freelance platforms, time is of the utmost importance, so we came up with a feature that lets you get instant updates every time a matching job appears.

Job alerts are email notifications that are sent to your account's email address according to preferences you set and include quick info on the jobs that may potentially interest you.

You can receive notifications every time a new job appears or once in a set period of time.

Each email alert consists of a list of jobs that meet set criteria and gives you a possibility to quickly sift through the most interesting opportunities, and go to the application process right from an email.

Job alert email

02.

How can I change my job alerts settings?

To change your job alerts settings, go to Alerts tab on the Preferences page.

To enable or disable alerts, use the "Enable email notifications" toggle. Once the alerts are enabled, you can set your notification preferences.

"Email me about" section has an input that allows you to choose whether you want to be notified about jobs from all feeds you have or from specific feeds; and an input that lets you choose whether you want to receive notifications only about jobs that have a certain number of highlights. To enable the latter, click the checkbox and set a minimum number of highlights.

"When send messages" section allows you to choose how often you want to receive the updates — every time new jobs arrive or once in a specified period of time.

Alerts settings page

01.

How can I create an account?

To create your account, go to https://account.upfeed.io/signup and register using your Google account, or by filling out a brief registration form.

Once logged in, you will be redirected to the Upfeed start page.

02.

How can I change my account details?

You can change your account details in the Account settings section on the Preferences page. To access it, click a person icon in the left bottom corner of the interface.

From here, you can change your name, you password, and your email.

If you forgot your password and want to change it, log out, go to the log in page, click Forgot password and follow the instructions.

02.

How do I change my password if I registered with Gmail?

If you registered with Gmail, but want to set a password to log in without using Google SSO, simply click Change on the password field in the Account settings section, and leave the field Old password empty. Type your new password in the "New password" field and click Save.

02.

Can I delete my account and data associated with it?

Yes, you can. To do that, go to the Account settings section of the Preferences page, click Delete account and confirm the action.

01.

Do you have a free trial?

We sure do. To start your free 7 day trial, simply create your account and click Start trial on first screen you see after logging in.

We do not require your credit card details to start your trial. You can add those once your trial expires and you are ready to buy a subscription.

You can also add your credit card details right away in the Billing section if the Preferences page. That will ensure that your subscription will be automatically applied once the trial is over, with no disruption in access to Upfeed.

02.

What plan and billing types do you have?

Currently Upfeed only offers Personal plan that grants access to all of the features.

You can choose between annual and monthly billing cycle. With annual, you will be charged once a year and can save up to 20%. With monthly, you will be charged every 30 days starting from day you first subscribed.

In the future, we are planning to add a subscription plan for teams with a set of features that will help agencies find clients even faster.

02.

Where can I find my billing information?

All of the billing information — current plan, expiration date, credit card on file and a list of past transactions, along with controls to change the plan or the credit card — can be found in the Billing section of the Preferences page.

02.

Do you store any of my payment information?

No, Upfeed does not store any of your payment method information. We use FONDY as our payment processor. To find more information on FONDY and their security measures, visit https://fondy.io/en/

01.

Click or hover?

Upfeed lets you choose whether you want the job details to open on click or on hover in the feed. To turn on the hover flow, that helps you save your time when quickly sifting through the feed, turn the function on from the main screen of the interface.

Click/hover toggle

02.

When are the jobs deleted from your database?

Upfeed database stores jobs from your feeds for 1 month. Jobs that are 1 month older, are permanently deleted automatically.

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