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Freelancer.com Announces 2010 Freelancer Fast 50, Predicts 2011 Trends

SYDNEY Jan. 27, 2011 2010 Freelancer Fast 50

Freelancer.com Fast 2010 Freelancer Fast 50

Matt Barrie

TOP TRENDS OF FREELANCER FAST 50

PHP Dominates the Web and Continues to Grow

Fast 50

It is well known that PHP is replacing traditional languages such as Perl (down 39% to 1,466), ASP (down 22% to 4,060) and C Programming (down 31% to 5,297). However, the surprise for the year was the lack of growth for would be challenger Ruby, which was flat (down 3% to 825 projects and missing the cut). Javascript bucked the trend being the primary client side language for PHP (up 42% to 13,678 projects).

With off-the-rack software such as WordPress and Zencart continuing to use PHP as their language platform of choice it seems likely that it will maintain its position at the  top of the list for a long time to come.

Mobile Continues to Grow, Android to take the lead in 2011

Mobile was definitely the new black in 2010.  Back from the grave is Nokia with an unexpected and top of the charts growth of 8,700% to 880 projects; just missing out of the Fast 50 due to the low volume.

Objective C applications (iPhone +182% to 6,890, and iPad debuting at 2,656 projects) have seen significant growth (up 647% to 1,472) no doubt spurred on by the iPad and iPhone 4 releases.  Google’s Android (up 501% to 2,813), expected to release a vast array of handsets this year is close behind and RIM’s Blackberry rounded out the pack (up 446% to 1702).

Adobe’s Flash is hurting (down 5% to 13,748 projects) thanks to Apple blocking it on their mobile platforms. Based on these growth rates, we expect to see Android projects overtake iPhone applications this year.

Microsoft in Broad Based Decline

Fast 50

Content is King, or is it?

Search on the Internet has never been more crucial to finding high quality products and services, and good search rankings have never been more valuable. In response to this there has been an  ever increasing focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through search engine targeted content to ensure high rankings and maximum search exposure. As a result, we are seeing content churned out at a tremendous rate: article writing was up 410% to a whopping 35,853 projects in 2010; technical writing up 138% to 6,278, ghostwriting up 269% to 9,507, blog writing up 126% to 11,394, review writing up 444% to 6,419,  and article rewriting up 845% to 20,129 projects.

Recently in technology circles, there has been criticism that search results are becoming filled with too much irrelevant content. Is Content still King, or is Content the New Spam?

Social Networks Continue to Grow

Across the board, social networking applications continue to grow. Leading the pack are Facebook applications (up 364% to 11,585 projects), followed by Twitter (up 85% to 3,066), YouTube (up 276% to 2,836), and build-your-own social network platform SocialEngine (up 279% to 1,224 projects). Social Networking as a category itself was up 75% to 8,572 projects. MySpace trailed the pack but was still up 59% to 1,144 projects.

Sell, Sell, Sell

Selling on the Internet is alive and well. eBay projects were up a massive 791% to 3,983 in 2010. Shopping carts were strong with Magento taking the lead as the most popular shopping cart (up 182% to 3,679 projects), osCommerce was up 312% to 3,473, and Zen Cart up 377% to 1,444 projects. eCommerce projects were up 169% to 8,618.

FREELANCER.COM FAST 50

RANK

CATEGORY

PROJECTS IN 2010

PERCENTAGE UP IN 2010

1

Video Broadcasting

1487

6659%

2

Business Cards

1100

5400%

3

Templates

3269

1881%

4

Article Rewriting

20129

845%

5

eBay

3983

791%

6

Software Architecture

6076

778%

7

BPO

3777

776%

8

Format &Layout

2401

682%

9

Dating

1054

669%

10

Objective C

1472

647%

11

PSD to HTML

4428

643%

12

Voice Talent

1092

643%

13

Travel Writing

1903

618%

14

Caricature &Cartoons

1172

504%

15

Android

2813

501%

16

Academic Writing

8676

476%

17

Blackberry

1702

446%

18

Reviews

6419

444%

19

Articles

35853

410%

20

Order Processing

1736

406%

21

Product Descriptions

3351

389%

22

Apache

1521

377%

23

Zen Cart

1444

377%

24

Facebook

11585

364%

25

Web Search

4679

363%

26

Leads

8491

352%

27

Concept Design

1566

330%

28

Website Testing

1410

325%

29

Video Upload

1546

316%

30

osCommerce

3473

312%

31

Medical Writing

1412

312%

32

Corporate Identity

1566

305%

33

After Effects

1179

300%

34

User Interface / IA

2316

298%

35

Technical Support

1151

291%

36

eBooks

2591

288%

37

Social Engine

1224

279%

38

YouTube

2836

276%

39

Illustration

3815

273%

40

Business Plans

1216

272%

41

Ghostwriting

9507

269%

42

Virtual Assistant

4867

250%

43

Forum Posting

3922

245%

44

PDF

1169

239%

45

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