I must second Mr. Skclewis on this topic.
Being myself new to the freelancer.com platform, I have no review at all. I'm having problems getting chosen even though I obviously have the skills and even successfully completed some exams.
Not being able to write/talk to the client is a big disadvantage, as many of my (happy btw) clients started doing business because I spoke to them.
Some call it the warm fuzzy feeling, me it is just honesty, skill and respect.
This is a real problem, as even though I'm willing to become a Gold member, I can't possibly engage funds when I am _not_ well marketed.
So I must ask freelancer.com staff, how do I get going?