When I was in New Zealand few months ago, my flag on fiverr changed to “New Zealand”. I used to have way many orders than now.
Some buyers used to tell me that they have chosen me since I am in New Zealand and can speak English fluently unlike other sellers.
Now im back to my country, Jordan. My sales relatively doped down compared to what I used to have while I was in New Zealand. Some buyers asked me whether I have graduated from the “west” as my English is beyond what is expected form an Arab , but that is completely irrelevant.
There are many sellers here on fiverr from “not English speaking countries” but they can speak English very well. And from some sellers’ feedback, buyers tend to trust or prefer dealing with sellers from English speaking countries, especially when it comes to English content.
That is why some sellers here use fake location, to tell sellers that they are from English speaking countries, mainly the US. Plus, that is why other freelancing platform offer so called “English tests” for sellers as indirect way to tell the buyers how good is your English as a seller. However, despite these “English tests” on other platforms, and the “fake locations” here on fiverr, some buyers complain about the communication with some sellers who suppose to be located in English speaking countries.
SO, how about finding a solution for this, if you think it is an issue? A way to tell the sellers, hey, this seller can speak English! Don’t judge based on his/her location.
Since I don’t like these “English tests” for buyers, how about adding a new line in the feedback to rate how good is the sellers’ English?
Although you can argue that this is already included in the “Communication with sellers” rating. But I think we need something more specific.
What do you think?