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  1. So - I will start with the fact that I do support charities and even volunteer from time to time. But - I also have to eat. And I have bills to pay. Worked hard to get where I'm at and I have been in a position where I've had nothing to eat. Several times. My point is that while there are people who are in the position who might be able to help you for free - you shouldn't disregard the fact that freelancers also have to live somehow. I do see that your heart is in the right place - but you only seem to see one side of the coin. Life is precious - and no child (or adult) should starve. But there is a time and place for everything and free work is something that most freelancers can't afford to do. Those who can I'm sure do already. There could definitely be contests and such (maybe the site could sponsor it instead of the charities) but again - people deserve to get paid for their work unless they offer to do it for free. It's just how the world works right now (and whether that's sad or not is something I won't mull over here but... This is what I believe.)
  2. Hmm...sounds a little sketchy to me. Editing/rewriting something to be 100%plagarism free also takes the same amount of time as writing it from scratch (if it's fully plagarised, so...) But also... yeah, I feel like this is legally/morally grey. (if not worse.) I would be angry if someone took my writing (say, my samples) and re-wrote it so it doesn't come up on copyscape... so yeah.
  3. I move around a lot=know people around the world=often have to stay up late if I want a chat with my friends. Some people might just be waiting for a call or even just.. better at working at night. Fiverr is 'business' but it's not exactly the same as as an office in the sense that there are no set hours. Many of my European clients write to me after work hours OR during the weekend since they aren't working. While I try to stick to a 10-18 schedule right now I'm often in the office after as well - or all depends on inspiration for me (I just try to have a base schedule for me so that I can hang out with people/go out / etc. in the evening. However, I realize that some people don't have the chance to write during the day. Ignoring them (or asking why they are messaging me at 2AM to ME personally would be rude. Just because I want to have the evenings off so I can watch movies and hang around, doesn't mean others have the same luxury. (...or, simply, they can just be nocturnal. But I do believe usually there is a reason.) Will I tell them I'm about to sleep (Or I'm outside and not near my laptop) if needed? Sure. Likely, they'll just send me what they wanted to talk about and I'll have a look the day after. (as for business communication - I work on video games a lot and trust me...not much formal communication going on there. Fiverr, I believe, seems a lot more laidback to some people and I like that. If someone talks to me formally I'll reply the same way, but if they are informal, I'll do the same. Feels weird to chat formally in this industry to be fair (but some people are from countries where it's normal and that's okay, too.)
  4. But - let's be honest here - were you getting CONSISTENT orders? I've checked out your profile and it seems like you're not an old seller - you've been on here since May, this year AND only have a few reviews/etc (which is fine!) Unless you're talking about another account (that, of course, is against the TOS, but you never know...) My point is, I don't see the state of 'before' on your account. It looks to me as if you've had about the start that many other people do - I don't necessarily see a big break in the reviews (unless the orders were made muuuch earlier and finished much later, which of course I can't see.) I'm personally not a fan of your gig images - maybe getting some 'neater' looking ones could help? Not sure though - as to me it just seems like you have lots of competition on the site (like we all do).
  5. Nope! That's what I'd assume as well (should have specified). I've never had contact with these people and quite a few seem to be completely new to the site (not all, though). It's not a HUGE amount of messages, but there's only so many words I can write in a month (without going mad!) so it's already a lot (enough that I have to say no to things I'm not keen on writing.
  6. I admit, it took me a few months to figure this out because I don't really pay - that - close attention to my impressions/clicks but yesterday my impressions hit an 'all-time' low (well, at least for this year). The only reasin it's odd is that I've been getting the same amount of messages as always, even as the impressions were dipping down. I've seen this happen a few times but always thought it to be a fluke - however this time the gap in impressions (from max to now) is big enough that I'd assume there would be... no messages right now what so ever! (I don't advertise on social media nor do I stay online more than required although it's already too much I'd say...) I did notice that my impressions are lower when I have lots of orders in queue (which is definitely the case right now, especially with moving/etc. I let a few things pile up but... things are calming down so I'm back to work fully now!) But... it doesn't seem to affect actual messages/orders. I do believe when I go to Poland for a conference next week (...it might be about video games...) I will have to pause my gigs and raise prices a little again as demand is becoming 'too much' but that's another thing! (okay, that got a bit rambly over there.) My point is that - in my case - impressions don't really correlate to actual orders all that much. Might be because of the niche I focus on being somewhat narrow (not that many people to choose from!) so... Yeah. Not sure if this is useful to anyone, I just felt like it was kind of interesting (but again, I don't have much time to actually think about this that much!) But yeah, just a bit of an observation. I wonder if it's similar for others (or it's a 'small-niche' thing...)
  7. I still don't even have my costume together. Where I love right now (sort of a houseshare thing) is doing a big party on the 31st so decorations are slooowly popping up but I need to figure out what I want to be! I was gonna be zombie(ish) Minnie Mouse (since I have some of the costume already haha) but ever since my profile pic was made, I've been wanting to go full vampire - I could probably thrift the outfit itself and make the ladybugs/bats somehow... But still unsure! First time in years I'm doing something for Halloween so... wanna go all out!
  8. BR is highly competitive, especially in niches that are very popular amongst new sellers, that's true - but I do think it's fairly easy to stand out if you have decent gigs and response to each request. It could be a good idea to try and think about the 'why' you might not be getting orders. Is your communication lacking maybe? Is it your gigs?
  9. Maybe that's why it's paid WORK and not homework? Or volunteer work? Or - you get the gist. 75% of the people who'd contacted me prior to now were reasonable. I've worked with about 5% who ended up being grouches (and not fun to work with...) but just refused the other 20%. However, if lots of people are asking you things that they think you could do...maybe the issue isn't in them but in the way you advertise yourself? Of course, I could be wrong, but...
  10. I... I mean, I've had my inklings based on the videos I've found in English - but... this is just sad. It's hard for me to blame the clueless new 'sellers' who come to Fiverr with the promise of gurus like this. It's a scam that's only obvious to people who get why these tips don't work - I remember when I first started on Fiverr...was incredibly clueless about the whole thing. Only thing that made me different from these newbies was my English. Still, something has to be done.
  11. From what I understand, someone started the rumour that by being active here, you're showing Fiverr that you're active - so the site will show you more (aka, you'll have more impressions). Quite obviously that's very untrue, but to people who are new (and gullible) it's easy to believe (since many of these new people come here after watching a video that says 'you can make money with no skills as long as you lie' (not an actual video, but you get the gist!)
  12. There's another person looking for 50-60k words for less than $100, and I'm pretty sure people have responded to them (several, too!) The reason why this is not okay is because people don't realise how much writing actually takes out of a writer. I can - technically - write 6000 words in 2-4 hours (if I'm hyperfocused and have absolutely nothing else going on...) but if I did that every single day, I'd burn out within weeks. Others might be different (I won't say I'm not lazy or strange!) but even then, just the time it takes you makes all this 'not okay'! These people who work you for peanuts are often the trickiest clients because they think they are 'helping you' (because you haven't had many orders yet or even just because you are from x country.) This sort of entitlement is what makes me sick the most.
  13. Are you absolutely certain there was no miscommuncation/misunderstanding (from either you or the buyer?) If yes, I'd contact CS to see if they agree - might be a nasty buyer (but sometimes... it's us who doesn't get the memo. )
  14. I really think this is just a bug, honestly or maybe the analytics page is being upgraded. I don't think Fiverr earns anything by taking away the main page (and since they only have so many success managers, people flooding the waitlist isn't really beneficial for them either (not sure if the feature has been open for everyone already or if it's a new thing.)
  15. My horror gigs have a bit of a special description for Halloween and I might do something seasonal for Christmas (like interactive stories as gift?) but I'm really busy till the end of October so it depends on regular orders for November/December! (And I'm also getting profile pics for each big(ish) Holiday! Might even spice up my gig images!
  16. Following this logic, I could post a Stephen King novel on my horror gig saying 'I can write like this'... I don't think (don't know, to be fair) if you were reported (or Fiverr just found out about it... any buyer could have done it) but copyright stuff is pretty... yeah. You have to show your work and no one else's. It's not even a quality standard thing it's a 'don't pretend you made a big brand's logo' (if people see it, they will think 'woe this person made that????') Could get you into trouble with the brands (and future customers. (good job on getting a 'big' order though. It's always fun to have money coming in.)
  17. If I told you that art is in high demand would you suddenly become Picasso? Or if someone said yeah, horror writing is the best niche ever - would a new Stephen King be born? Many niches on here are not just taught/learned skilled but talents as well. They can be learned but they take so long that by the time you're done there are new things that people want. Even if we look at things like digital marketing or doing cold calls and so on - you need to already know how to do them when you start here. Evaluate what you're good at and if you're not lying to yourself hoping for quick cash you might be able to make it. Slowly.
  18. I..think they thought you were ordering from them (was this via a custom order?) Based on the 'what you doing / what's my mistake it feels like that. (also, please remove the name from everywhere since it's against the forum rules to show.) It's a nasty situation but.. just go through CS to cancel and should be okay.
  19. I think this just means the gig of yours that sells the best (so not a 'best seller' in your category as far as I know) but it's still a nice little thing I guess.
  20. I second this! Ever since I've started to make more specific gigs, I've been getting more and more orders. Some might be 'too' specific (for example I have two gigs that are game-writing but only for 1-1 genre (sort of) but that seems to help people who are looking for these kinds of things exactly! I don't offer ESL specific writing (although technically I am qualified) but I do think that's a really good market to break into, too. I have several buyers coming to me almost every week looking for games for kids/students in general! I feel like even tourism/travel related things could be great right now (since everyone wants to leave the house!) When I'm purchasing art, I also try to look for someone who offers exactly what I need (like, game assets, etc.) instead of just a general gig (scouting the market right now for my own game one day!) It's risky to go the very specific route but also helps a lot if you know what you're doing (I think, that is!)
  21. I... would not call someone pulling pranks like that a friend... Report them to CS (with proof...) and block them. Blocking does NOT cause your account to be disabled, where did you even read this? I've blocked many people before. (of course, if you have an active order, I don't think you can block them but..that doesn't seem to be the case...)
  22. What's the point in that long-term though? Only offer something you're genuinely good at. Don't just make gigs in categories that are popular because people will realise that you're just doing anything to make $5. - Think about your gigs right now - are you absolutely sure they are great? Are you talented at what you offer (or did you just complete a free course and slap some basic images as samples on your gig) - Are you offering something people actually want? Could you mabye narrow it down to a smaller niche? - Other than that... people will find your gig eventually (if it's good...) and order if they think they can trust you. But it takes time.
  23. Do you have a skill that is completely unique and different? If yes - easy. Just sell that. If not - look into what you could do to learn something that's not very widely known just yet. As for gigs being unique, you won't find any in most popular niches. Make yourself stand out by being someone who's genuinely great at what they do, though. That works for me usually.
  24. In a way I understand - but do you really have the right to review something you didn't end up paying for? I personally would say no. Cancellations do actually affect the seller's performance (and by quite a lot. They could be demoted if they have too many...) However you're right about how things need to change. Day and night I see lots of people with fake reviews (and very obviously so!) Buyers might not get it though since they might be new to the side. The site should try to get rid of the ease people buy accounts / fake reviews with (I know it happens everywhere but still) and THEN tackle reviews again to make them more fair. Maybe more details asked? (Again, if you don't get a product you shouldn't review it because you also can't use it - both cause it's bad AND because you didn't end up paying for it) but you can also refuse a cancellation , keep the product and leave an honest review. I personally feel the second option is best (but I'm a seller so...)
  25. Even adding an extra with $x for x sort of research would be able to make it clear to people - and they would either purchase or not. That being said when someone sees a gig like yours - and let me please be a tad crass here - they think 'ooh it's dirt cheap. Best price ever!' so... To see such a big price jump must be... At least a little annoying. It's misleading because your gig is confusing to start with (whether I'd believe someone can give me me original content for that price is another thing although I do realize that these ebooks can be cheaper... Still.) Since you quoted such a different price I personally would consider it a bait and switch - wouldn't be surprised if Fiverr did at least warn you for it (but I don't know if they will so...)
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