I really love to read Fiverr’s blogs, I really do, I read the majority of them, and check more or less regularly for new ones, but Fiverr should really brief the blog writers about some of Fiverr’s realities.
The newest blog goes into “How to make more money off current/past clients”.
#1 contact former clients to offer your service
#3 ask for reviews
Good stuff … generally.
If you freelance on Fiverr? Not so much, as any regular forum reader is aware of.
Guess what tips #1 and #3 consist of?
Yeah, exactly what it says, #1 is “contact former clients”
(with a “Hi client X” template, I already see many forum readers jubilating, a template, finally someone gets what we need to cover up that we have no plan, or can’t communicate in the platform language, or both)
Oh, and former clients includes 1-time sales, too, imagine how happy some Fiverr customers will be if sellers they bought from one time and will never want to buy from again, contact them, cue the “I got warning for spam” threads.
And #3, ask for reviews, well, you know what that means on Fiverr, see the many related forum threads.
While the end of the blog reveals it was written for not-yet Fiverr sellers (“If you don’t have enough clients yet, sign up on Fiverr”),
we all know that enough people don’t read far enough or thoroughly enough
(“bought your gig by accident, please cancel”, anyone?
And as a regular forum reader, you’ll have developed the notion that there are more users who don’t read the terms/policies than there are who do).
So you want freelancers you just gave those tips to sign up, and then they get their first warning, after applying one of them on Fiverr?
Those kinds of blogs would be the perfect opportunity to put clear and/or even elaborate guidelines regarding whether you may or may not - on Fiverr - contact former clients to offer your services, and to ask for a review, and in what form, if it already isn’t clear enough from the ToS and Help Pages - and it isn’t, as countless forum threads prove.
I really appreciate those blogs but I’ve seen now … three, I think, in the last time, that have tips that can get freelancers in trouble if they apply them on Fiverr.
It might be a good idea to add notes on how contacting former clients, asking for reviews, and such is handled on Fiverr,
or add a disclaimer like "this article is for freelancers in general but if you offer services on Fiverr, following the tips might get you a warning or account suspension, so stay up to date regarding platform policies, read the forum regularly, and proceed with caution …
In case this reads like a rant, I did intend to post it in the Ranting Pot, but perhaps it will be of actual use here, as a suggestion to make it clear in those blogs that you can’t do everything what Fiverr’s blog posts suggest on Fiverr itself.