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8 minutes ago, katakatica said:

I don't think they care

Exactly! I think that they believe (or have been taught) that theres a secret that will give you instant success (like being online 24/7).

To be honest I got started with a lucky shot, but since then I've worked non stop a lot of hours every day for two years, and that's what a lot of people don't get.

Also, times have changed, I did started just in the pandemic and the world and Fiverr has changed in this time.

8 minutes ago, katakatica said:

gave up on their work to freelance'

I think that in some cases is a begging argument, in others a terrible mistake. I've been quite successful here and never leaves my other offline works. Never put all the eggs in the same basket and all that.

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Thank you, the sad thing is the people who need to read this most, won't, or if they do they won't understand it. 

I often wonder if it's inability of willful ignorance because 'we must be gatekeeping Fiverr' or something ridiculous like that.

In the end, I think if for anything, it's nice to write something that SOMEONE might find useful!
As for glasses, it's a bit complicated - I have astygmatism, pretty bad (lazy eye on top of that), so I never really had reading glasses. Techically, my vision for short-distance is actually pretty dang good (for someone whose eyes are wonky) but I need the prescribed lenses to fully correct it. Now, there MIGHT exist reading glasses that could help but I'll have to do some digging. Maybe... 
I'm basically just waiting to be registered here (moved here a while back) once that is done, I'll be able to get a subscription with a 3 pairs of glasses that should work the best for me! But honestly, I'll have a look around for reading glasses that are 'special'!

And I'm glad you enjoy my posts! I try to do my fair share of 'regular convos' a swell - I just think it's nice to be active and see what others are up to (when the thread doesn't get spammy!)

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33 minutes ago, andymoorevoice said:

I got my eyes tested so I know what lenses I need, then just bought a five pack of reading glasses on Amazon.

I got mine tested and one pair of "real" glasses at the optician, which I use at home, and a few at the drugstore for €3 a pop, to have in the coat pocket or bag for outside. I do prefer the "real" ones for when I read a book, but don't want to carry them around and maybe damage or lose them just to decipher the fine print on food packaging or such on the go, or in case I have to read and sign something. The cheap ones are pretty good, too, the difference is there but not as earth shattering as the price difference would suggest, and they certainly are perfectly fine for shorter reading.

I'd still recommend one "real" pair, though, for people who read "real" books for more than a few minutes in one go, or need them to work (luckily, I don't need them to work, thanks to a big external monitor).

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2 hours ago, katakatica said:

trying to guilt trip people to order from them because of monetary issues

That's the worst. Buyers should buy because they need the service, not because of the seller's monetary problem.

34 minutes ago, kaneswriting said:

It's unfortunate that so many sellers misunderstand the fundamentals of business; which is to provide value.

Exactly! Sellers who can only think of themselves won't understand this fundamental rule of business. They will try to guilt-trip anyone they can find to feel sorry for them and place the order (and don't even mention their services)!

2 hours ago, katakatica said:

but my profile is purrfect, why no orders came to me

This really shocks me. If I have issues, the first "cause" I look at is myself. Over 99% of the time, the problem is me. Which is how I'd like it to be, because at least I can do something about it. Unfortunately, there are some sellers that can't admit that they have a role in either their problem (or their solution).

2 hours ago, katakatica said:

people think that earning money online is easy, but it's not, and it's not meant to be. You need actual skills, just like for any other job.

I like how Fiverr is moving to Buyer Briefs because it emphasizes skill and quality over "anyone can make a bid." If you do good work, you will be rewarded.

35 minutes ago, kaneswriting said:

I always notice how only 1/10 people actually take things seriously.

I'm glad Fiverr is now being more strict on "quality of services" and are starting to deny new sellers and gigs that don't meet those quality standards.

2 hours ago, katakatica said:

BR was easier to bullcrap people in because you could spam them until they ordered from you (guilty of that at some point...) but now you actually have to prove yourself to get ANY orders. 

This is going to be really hard for those who depend on Buyer Requests for orders. No matter what I say, they believe that Fiverr is doing them wrong. They don't see the opportunity here.

2 hours ago, katakatica said:

If you've bothered to read this, congratulations, you might:

1. be an actually seasoned seller who thinks similarly to me (or wants to debate, which I'd love)

2. someone who is serious about trying to get work on here!

Thanks for posting @katakatica! I'm #2. 😊 I always love to hear what you have to say. I don't think you are harsh - new sellers need to hear this!

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1 hour ago, katakatica said:

I've tried so many times to aid people

Once upon a time, back when dragons were little, I used to try that. I still do from time to time, but....well, I mean, you know, I kinda stopped.
What I still do is report the obvious fake sellers and back in the day they would get banned right away but recently for some reason CS ain't doing anything anymore.

For the sellers who beg and ask the same question over and over again "How do I get sales?" who refuses to read and just keep looking for that golden answer/reply that will only take 20 seconds to read, seriously it makes me wonder what is going on in their heads.
For example if I chose a random seller who claims to be a professional writer but is clearly not, I want to sit down with them and ask,
"how in the heck are you going to write an article for someone if you can't write a single sentence properly?"

I just want to know what they will say to me in person. I kinda-sorta ( but at the same time don't want to ) want to know how their minds work.
Or at least hear their explanation. I've seen fake writers here in the forum, but usually when I ask that question all they say is thank you for advice.

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29 minutes ago, zeus777 said:

Or at least hear their explanation. I've seen fake writers here in the forum, but usually when I ask that question all they say is thank you for advice.

Honestly, I'd pay them (five bucks, maybe but still) to explain what on Earth they are thinking. I see the spammers here every day, AND of course all the spammers in my inbox begging for work when they don't even have gigs set up. A huge part of writing (and translating in a way as well I guess) is RESEARCH. Being unable to make your gig/advertise it correctly is just such a big red flag... 

I think in the end you're right about people only wanting the 'easy' advice. No one wants to hear how we (as in more seasoned sellers or actual professionals in their fields) got to where they are at right now. They want the 'sped-up' version - and if that involves plagarising, lying, pretending to be amazing than so be it. 

Everyone is complaining about BR being gone and people allegedly leaving Fiverr because of it, and here I am thinking 'maybe that's for the best, you know? 

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I'm a new seller and I look forward to topics like this, I'm always taking notes and that's how I've made 3 sales so far as an actress. I made a quick video for my Gig just to get started on Fiverr but today I finally finished editing a more professional video for my Gig that would showcase my abilities(Will be uploading soon), I'll also make some adjustments to my prices. Someone here said "show more, tell less", that's how I knew that shooting a video on selfie mode and telling clients I'd create  'Full HD' videos wasn't adding up, I hope to keep learning and in the future pass on some tips also. Thanks for this post, some of us actually read them.

 

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18 hours ago, mabeljacob481 said:

I'm always taking notes

18 hours ago, mabeljacob481 said:

some of us actually read

You deserve and award for this, seriously. Thank you, it's good to know that some people are actually doing that!!  (Dare I say it makes me proud!!??)

23 hours ago, katakatica said:

Honestly, I'd pay them (five bucks, maybe but still) to explain what on Earth they are thinking.

You know whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. I'm sure I might get bombarded with spam messages asking for an "interview" if I post this, but hey, I'd gladly pay $50 ( 5 dollars each, asking 10 people!! ) to sit down and ask those questions ALONG with a native level interpreter. I do want to know exactly what they are thinking, why and how did they even think copying is a good idea, and how in the heck were they going to deliver the order when they don't have the skill, and why on earth do they believe that staying online 24 hours is a good idea? I need to hear THEIR words.

Again I'm not trying to mean, I really, really want to know what is going on in their minds.

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On 11/8/2022 at 8:29 PM, zeus777 said:

but hey, I'd gladly pay $50 ( 5 dollars each, asking 10 people!! ) to sit down and ask those questions ALONG with a native level interpreter. I do want to know exactly what they are thinking ...and how in the heck were they going to deliver the order when they don't have the skill, and why on earth do they believe that staying online 24 hours is a good idea? I need to hear THEIR words.

I'll answer you for free, @zeus777!

I'm guilty of joining Fiverr for all the wrong reasons - I didn't know what skill I could sell on the platform (and it didn't really matter to me). I also joined Fiverr because I wanted to make "quick and easy money" doing the most generic skills that anyone could do - data entry, proofreading, and beta reading. I also believed myths such as "staying online 24/7" because that was what other sellers on the platform were telling me. That myth landed me in the hospital, so I found out it wasn't true.

Also, I posted gigs before I knew that I could deliver on them. And I would kill myself with over delivery to get my orders right, even if it was only $5. I think on many of the orders, I put in over 40 hours to get it right. That was in the beginning. I was very lucky that I was able to replace my day job within a few months of being on this platform, especially since I posted gigs for high-competition skills that anyone can do.

So based on this, I might be what you have been calling a "fake" seller. The only thing is, I've been very honest about where my skills are and I don't (even now) consider or call myself an expert. I have been very open to try things that my customers ask of me and only keep the services that I feel adds to the quality of the customer experience. For that reason, I no longer offer voiceovers for my eLearning courses or logo designs in conjunction with my PowerPoint designs. 

I still use the platform to develop my skills. For example, I mostly design in Canva, Word, and PowerPoint but just recently designed a resume in InDesign (which was my first time using the program). It took forever because I had had to look up how to do everything in the program. But I was able to create a design that I was proud of (and the buyer was pleased with).

On 11/8/2022 at 8:46 AM, zeus777 said:

if I chose a random seller who claims to be a professional writer but is clearly not, I want to sit down with them and ask, "how in the heck are you going to write an article for someone if you can't write a single sentence properly?"

When I posted my first gig, I vowed I would never write on the platform. This was because I only wanted to do the easy stuff and writing was hard. However, writing was what my customers wanted, so I started offering it. In the beginning, I was REALLY rusty. Words didn't flow smoothly. It would take forever to write just one sentence. I joined the forum to help me improve my writing so that I could write on demand (and I also wanted to learn how to do business smarter, without the 24/7 rule). 

On 11/8/2022 at 8:29 PM, zeus777 said:

Again I'm not trying to mean, I really, really want to know what is going on in their minds.

Sorry for rambling! Hopefully this has given you insight into the mindset of someone who joined Fiverr for all the wrong reasons, had no idea of what skills to sell, and made really stupid mistakes! 

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8 hours ago, zeus777 said:

I need to hear THEIR words.

Honestly, if someone messages you, I'd love to see what you find out! I see like, 5-6 spammy posts on here lately about writing, tried to confront them but got nothing. I do know that there's loads of accounts that just copy each other, though (which is even funnier when they are all incorrect.) 

Maybe these come from those 'schools/classes'? 

In all genuine honesty, I would love to hear more from these people - actual responses that might make it possible to either a, help them, b, just understand them better. 

What I have seen on TikTok and youtube before is people saying 'anyone can write'. Maybe this stems from that partially and just evolved into people spouting nonsense? A bit similar to how 'anyone can be a graphic designer' seems to be a thing. 

I don't think it's mean, especially if they even get something out of us wanting to understand them better! I just want to know why there are writers who can't type 3 sentences coherently. Just... doesn't make sense to me!

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2 hours ago, katakatica said:

if someone messages you, I'd love to see what you find out!

You know what, I'm kinda tempted to message the two "nice" people above.
I can start by asking:
1. What part of it did you find nice?   (like @mariashtelle1 said)
2. Is there a reason why you just wrote one word? I mean, if it was "nice," I'd personally write a bit more.
3. Did you do it just to get attention? If so, how do you think it will help you?

Stuff like that.

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12 hours ago, vickieito said:

Hopefully this has given you insight into the mindset of someone who joined Fiverr for all the wrong reasons, had no idea of what skills to sell, and made really stupid mistakes!

Oh, I personally believe you were a smart person to begin with, you actually DID have the base skills!
I really appreciate your free answer, and while you might have made some mistakes, I would not put you in the "fake seller" category...never!!
Maybe you didn't really know what you can offer but I bet you never thought about stealing other people's gigs or lie about your skills.

We all make mistakes at the start, I know I did too, but I do believe that the sellers who eventually achieved a certain level of success were never lazy.
You might have been looking for a quick and easy way to get money, but I'm sure you did spend a decent amount of time setting up your gigs!  😉

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