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So, you only worked on that one sample image… Nothing more? Because your initial comment didn’t sound like that was the case…

Also, I’d suggest that you don’t work on samples for prospective buyers. Instead, create a portfolio showcasing your previous work (on one of the websites allowed by Fiverr) and be sure to show a wide variety of skills and talent in your portfolio samples. If someone were to contact me and ask for a sample, I’d direct them to these portfolio samples of mine so that they can make up their mind based on what they see.

Ok, if you worked on only a sample and if the buyer did not return back to place an order with you, that would mean that the buyer was probably not impressed with the sample you sent them and that they didn’t want to give you the actual job.

So what? No seller can possibly impress every buyer! There will always be such kinda buyers out there who will never be satisfied with what you have to offer.

Instead of making a big deal out of it, just move on dude.

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That’s what a portfolio is for.

Or, you can send them a custom offer for a small sample. If they’re not willing to pay $5 or $10 for a sample, but want bigger work, they’re either not serious about the whole thing, or want to get your work for free.


sample of required work not my portfolio sample…:disappointed:

Send him a custom offer for a small sample.

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As well as what the others have said, if you do ever provide them with a sample free of charge, make sure it’s watermarked.

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@uk1000 fiverr watermark is on every image that we send…

It depends whether you enable it for a gig.

Also, Fiverr says " Activating this feature automatically adds the Fiverr watermark to the images in the Order page and to your portfolio on your Gig page.". I don’t see where it says it appears on messages.

If the image was sent in a message (not an order page) surely it wouldn’t automatically have been watermarked.

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i think if i keep such behavior so it effects my orders…

How do you provide a writing sample? I think that a sample article provided to a prospective buyer can be misused by them. I wanted to put my blog link on my description but the url is against the TOS and I removed the google drive links of my unpublished articles which I put on my gig description after a buyer asked for a sample, I told him to look into those google drive links and he vanished without even a text message.

Send generic writing samples in a PDF.


You could write something original (not work done for a past buyer) and put it in a …PDF - or maybe watermarked image. I’m not sure if you can watermark a .pdf but maybe you could make it harder to copy from it.


Yeah, you could watermark a word document and then convert it to PDF. :+1:

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Sure. I would do that.


You said " I completed her order but he did not order it"

Does that mean that you provided the work via attachment to a message? It sounds like you wanted to help the Seller with their urgent need, and then they did not place an order to properly pay for it.

Your heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, there are some Buyers who will try to take advantage of you. So, be sure to create a Custom Offer when you receive a message for custom work in the future. Then, once the order is officially placed, work out the details. Believe in yourself!

Cheers to your growing success!

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Hi @amritamazumder,

May I add to what @fonthaunt and @uk1000 said.

You must secure your PDF so, not only watermak it, but also protect it with password and make it only read file. In this way that who’ll have your sample will have a harder time in the event of trying to cheat.

Simply watermarking in word and then converting it into pdf won’t stop copying the clean content, meaning, the content can be copied without the watermark.

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I do agree with @maitasun this can be a useful approach. In my own PDF samples I use light watermarks and I don’t password protect, but there are two factors that prevent anyone from stealing them successfully. One is that the articles are all incomplete. I use the beginning of an article and “fade out” with ellipses or I start an article with ellipses and then show the end. Those partials are good samples but anyone stealing them only has a couple of hundred words at most.

The second thing I do is that I post the content from all my samples on a free blog elsewhere on the net. If someone tried to use that content it would show up as copied and Google wouldn’t rank it well for them since it’s been published elsewhere for at least a year. These are all good tips for writers, especially new sellers without reviews.


This is a way for people to get work done for free. Whatever old sample you send people should be enough. Sorry this happened you. Never ever work for free.

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I understand you want to make sales hence your decision to work on the order before the buyer placed an actual order.

Next time, make sure you WATERMARK THE FINISHED PRODUCT BEFORE DELIVERY. By doing so, the buyer won’t be able to make use of it.

Hi palash321

Do you think you can order cafee in the bar and pay only if you like it? From my experience respect your work and definitely your time and then the client will do the same.
You don´t work for free you don´t feel disappointed or used.

Thank-you :slightly_smiling_face: