After much consideration, we've chosen to make part of our community visible to the public. That means non-members can navigate to https://app.thefreelanceinstitute.com without an account.

However, non-members can only see a few spaces such as:
  • Getting Started
  • Guidelines
  • Announcements
  • Introductions
  • General Q/A
  • Feedback & Suggestions

If a non-member tries to access any other space, leave a comment, or react to a post, they will be asked to join the community.

This is a very strategic marketing decision.

1. We believe new members feel more confident about paying to join if they can get a glimpse into the community first. This also minimizes the need to offer a free trial. All of this should increase conversions and help our community grow.

2. It also allows us to maintain certain content publicly in the community rather than the marketing website. For example, the Announcements section eliminates the need for a blog where we post community updates.

3. It's going to improve our SEO. Circle gives us a lot of control over meta tags and social images so the public spaces will show up in Google, which will help more freelancers find our community.

We didn't have this option with Slack, but we're excited to take advantage of it now!

How does this affect your privacy?


For the most part, this won't affect your privacy at all. While non-members can't access the member directory, they can technically see your profile. If you posted something in one of the public areas above (such as in General Q/A), a non-member could see that post and click through to your profile. However, they cannot interact with you in any way without being a paid member.

If this is a major concern for you, please let us know immediately by emailing support@thefreelanceinstitute.com.

While we don't have a workaround and don't plan to change this behavior, we want to be transparent about privacy and make sure your voice is heard.

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