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What is SPAM when it comes to the Fiverr Forums?

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When you are considering a new post or replying to a post - think about this first:

• It is spam to offer your services or even put a link to your gigs or profiles at the bottom of your post UNLESS you are posting in My Fiverr Gigs

• It is spam to reply to a thread offering your services or link to gigs/profiles unless the thread is in My Fiverr Gigs.

• It is spam to post in Tips for Buyers and say that your tip is for the buyers to buy a gig from you

• It is spam to try to sell non-Fiverr products or services, especially when including external links

• It is spam to post the same post multiple times on the forum. This is true whether in the same category or multiple categories.

• Adding an image with your logo or links in the image to your gigs/profile/website - it’s spam unless in My Fiverr Gigs.

• Adding a signature with advertising text or images in a post is spam unless it’s in My Fiverr Gigs.

• If you are trying to think of a way to post in the forums and advertise your gig at the same time in a category other than My Fiverr Gigs - that is still going to be be spam.

• If you find another post, a blog entry, or something else on the web and you copy/paste it into the forums to try to draw attention to your own gigs or profile - that is spam. This is especially true if you don’t even give credit to the original author of your copied material.

What happens if you do these things?

1.) If noticed, your post will be deleted, moved, or edited.

2.) If you become a regular spammer, you are putting your account in danger.

3.) If buyers see that you are a spammer, most will not buy from you at all.

4.) If your account does not appear to be actively selling allowed gigs or appears to be brand new and you post external links, the account will probably be banned.

5.) When you spam the forums, other buyers and sellers who are trying to ask for real advice or offer tips gets pushed out of the way. Spammers are not appreciated.

Bonus thought:

While not technically spam, when you post a question on the forum that has been asked and answered many, many times it begins to feel a lot like spam. It can easily irritate buyers and sellers alike.

Questions like:

• I am new on Fiverr. Can someone help me?

• How do I find buyers/get sales?

• Please review my gig?

• Why am I getting no sales / buyers?

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Reply to @kjblynx: Good idea. A question for you- on your suggestion about formatting - are you suggesting comments about spammers who use special formatting to draw attention or something else? I don’t know if I follow you and we can all work together on this.

For the moment I’ll just add something here and I can expand on the top post later.

Instead of replying, hitting the flag button on the post and mentioning that it’s spam or serial spam is fine. Not all moderators can see flag messages, but that’s OK. Some are frequent forum users and will hopefully see it, and if not, administrators can wipe the flagged posts out later.

If the spam has potential harmful content (i.e. a link that could lead to harmful content) it is sometimes a good idea to reply to it and warn other users.

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Reply to @fullcourtpress: I am the author of the “what is spam” post but I did not delete any post of yours recently. I can’t answer your question but perhaps someone else who saw it can. There are multiple sheriffs (moderators) as well as admins and staff so each makes judgement calls as best they can.

I advise reading the forum Do’s and Dont’s at the top of the forum page. I also advise making sure that a post fits the category you post in. For example, if it is in Tips for Sellers it should be a general tip that most or all sellers can utilize. If it comes off too close to advertising for your own gigs, that is likely to also be moved or removed.

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