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My profile picture used to be the awesome illustration that I still have as my picture right now, but then... the Fire Nation attacked I mean, we had to switch off our pictures to, eh, real-life ones. 

The good thing is - I have blue hair now, which definitely helps emphasize the 'quirky writer' look. The picture could definitely be a bit better but I'm okay with it for now (I'm getting a new hairdo next week though AND it's still nice weather outside most days so I might switch it up soon!)

I've been debating what to do for my banner thingie on the business profile though (thought of getting some pixel art done, or just something else) but then... we got a typewriter. It doesn't work but it looks cool so now I want to use it (and maybe my setup) for something!

Definitely interesting topic though. I actually used to be told (when I had cartoony pics) that I was chosen for the job because I look 'cool' - now that has changed I guess, but yeah. A good looking(ish) profile is quite important!
(That being said, to this day I see several 'k-pop/international idols' that I recognize. Using fake pictures is so strange. Like, who'd believe that you're, idk, Madonna or something?)

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7 hours ago, katakatica said:

My profile picture used to be the awesome illustration that I still have as my picture right now, but then... the Fire Nation attacked I mean, we had to switch off our pictures to, eh, real-life ones. 

The good thing is - I have blue hair now, which definitely helps emphasize the 'quirky writer' look. The picture could definitely be a bit better but I'm okay with it for now (I'm getting a new hairdo next week though AND it's still nice weather outside most days so I might switch it up soon!)

 

Your blue hair certainly makes you look like a quirky writer. Not a bad look to have in your niche! 

7 hours ago, katakatica said:

 

I've been debating what to do for my banner thingie on the business profile though (thought of getting some pixel art done, or just something else) but then... we got a typewriter. It doesn't work but it looks cool so now I want to use it (and maybe my setup) for something!

Being original can certainly have advantages. If you can do something cool with the banner, I say go for it! 

7 hours ago, katakatica said:

Definitely interesting topic though. I actually used to be told (when I had cartoony pics) that I was chosen for the job because I look 'cool' - now that has changed I guess, but yeah. A good looking(ish) profile is quite important!

I think it depends on your clients, too. Sure, a well-made cartoon can be eye-catching and cool, but if you're working with business clients, they are more likely to look for dependability, trust, and professionalism. I can see categories where a cartoon or super-quirky profile picture would make sense. 

7 hours ago, katakatica said:

That being said, to this day I see several 'k-pop/international idols' that I recognize. Using fake pictures is so strange. Like, who'd believe that you're, idk, Madonna or something?

I often come across sellers from certain countries with stolen photos. If the picture is too perfect or generic, it might have the opposite effect by giving off that "stock photo vibe." Even worse is using celebs. 

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On 8/8/2022 at 8:28 AM, smashradio said:

I recommend hiring a proofreader for your gig descriptions and profile descriptions. You claim to be fluent in English, but your sentence structure and wording indicates that this is not true. Lying about your skills and qualifications does not work. 

Fiverr limits what I, as a proofreader, can do when I proofread profiles and gig descriptions. I must not 'rewrite' any of the text. I guess Fiverr does not want the seller's English-speaking skills to be masked. It is also against Fiverr's TOS to write gig descriptions for sellers.

 

8 hours ago, katakatica said:

My profile picture used to be the awesome illustration that I still have as my picture right now,

My Forum profile picture is from COVID days when I wanted something fun, so I had @zeus777 create a Jedi image for me so I could be a Jedi proofreader/copyeditor.

On 8/7/2022 at 3:42 PM, smashradio said:

If you can, hire a pro photographer. You wouldn't hire a plumber to do your accounting, right? 

When Fiverr asked us to change our profile images to prepare for my Fiverr Business profile, I had my hubby take my portrait. He is a master photographer and used his iPhone, so it did not cost me anything.

 

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46 minutes ago, vickiespencer said:

Fiverr limits what I, as a proofreader, can do when I proofread profiles and gig descriptions. I must not 'rewrite' any of the text. I guess Fiverr does not want the seller's English-speaking skills to be masked. It is also against Fiverr's TOS to write gig descriptions for sellers.

 

As I understood it, this was only an issue if you're doing it for someone offering services in the writing categories? I might be mistaken, though. I've never had to deal with this, since there aren't that many Norwegian sellers on Fiverr, so I've never been asked to proofread a gig description before. 

Where in the terms does it specify that you can't rewrite or write gig descriptions? I like to think that I know the ins and outs of the terms pretty well, but I can't remember seeing anything about that. 

The only thing I could find that could possible affect this is: 


"Your profile information, including your description, skills, location, etc., while may be kept anonymous, must be accurate and complete and may not be misleading, illegal, offensive or otherwise harmful. Fiverr reserves the right to require users to go through a verification process in order to use the Site (whether by using ID, phone, camera, etc.)."

But would it be misleading for a video animator to hire help with their gig description? We can't all be professional at everything, and hiring other professionals to help grow your business should be completely acceptable. For example, it's ok for me to hire a designer to help with my gig thumbnails, a video editor to edit my gig video and so on. I'm not working in the video category or design category, meaning it wouldn't misrepresent my skills to do so. It might be separate rules for proofreaders, but I couldn't find anything in the terms about it. 

  

46 minutes ago, vickiespencer said:

When Fiverr asked us to change our profile images to prepare for my Fiverr Business profile, I had my hubby take my portrait. He is a master photographer and used his iPhone, so it did not cost me anything.

Your profile picture is great! 

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27 minutes ago, smashradio said:

As I understood it, this was only an issue if you're doing it for someone offering services in the writing categories? I

Various SPMs have referred me to their clients to proofread gig and profile descriptions in multiple niches. I was concerned about the parameters of doing so because I remember one Fiverr Forum member who had their gig removed for offering to write gig descriptions for other sellers.

Therefore, I asked my SPM if proofreading gig descriptions for other sellers was allowed. My SPM said he would find out for me. Once he had done his research, he told me proofreading was allowed, but I could not do any rewriting; I could only proofread. He did not indicate that this guideline was only for the writing category.

I proofread a handful of gig and profile descriptions but then asked my SPM not to refer me anymore because, as a retired teacher, it was too challenging for me only to proofread for other sellers. It grated on my nerves not to be able to rewrite parts that were not as well written as they could be. Plus, I worried I might unintentionally slip into the 'rewriting' category and get into trouble with Fiverr's TOS.  

 

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18 minutes ago, vickiespencer said:

he told me proofreading was allowed, but I could not do any rewriting; I could only proofread. He did not indicate that this guideline was only for the writing category.

Interesting. Good to know in case someone asks me to proofread their gig description. Thanks!

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2 hours ago, vickiespencer said:

I guess Fiverr does not want the seller's English-speaking skills to be masked. It is also against Fiverr's TOS to write gig descriptions for sellers.

Meanwhile... hundreds of these: "Perfect in English" is kinda funny though.

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23 hours ago, newsmike said:

Meanwhile... hundreds of these: "Perfect in English" is kinda funny though.

And every one of them is breaking TOS. I used to report them, and they always were removed, but I have better things to do. 🙄 Plus, once I reported them, new gigs offering the same service would pop up like weeds!

23 hours ago, newsmike said:

hundreds of these: "Perfect in English" i

Yes, most of them are from countries where English is not their first language. But they have google translate and Grammarly!

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On 8/11/2022 at 6:10 AM, freelancerjabir said:

I agree, but I don't have a professional image yet. Got no time to capture one. Doing hard work for last 3 months with less sleep and higher stress 

Stress is no good! Take a day off for your mental health. It can do wonders. If we work too hard, we risk ending up with burnout. 

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