Recently I have created a personal website to help me in my effort to find more clients. The website already appears to attract clients (I have been contacted once through the contact form), but something odd is happening with it on Upwork. Since I started including a link to it in my cover letters, I'm getting fewer responses. That's not subjective - after about two weeks I have checked my stats on Upwork, and the stats for being viewed and interviewed have dropped severely. I don't think I have changed anything in my approach except the addition of an online resume, so I think it may be the cause.
Here's a typical cover letter:
In my work, I always put the business interests at heart. The work I produce is of high quality, I take special care to minimize the number of bugs and polish the product to perfection. And I'm always trying to be responsive and cooperative and to write code that the others will find easy to maintain.
You can find my expanded resume at (link redacted)
If you are interested, let's have an interview, e.g. on Skype. I'd be happy to work with you.
The only thing that is different from my usual cover letters is the addition of a line with the link. So, could it be that the link to an online resume discourages the client? Why could it be so?
(Judging by an answer in the Upwork community, including a link in such a way is permitted.)