Got an invitation form this site requesting I post for a gig. I decoded, sure, why not. I posted a message requesting someone pitch a proposal for social media traffic to be steered my way. Then a few hours later, I got this generic message:
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• It was misleading/unclear
• It contains contact information (i.e. Skype, email, phone #), or your site/social media url
• It contains payment information
• It contains a request for services that are not allowed on Fiverr (i.e. Bitcoin services, paid Wordpress themes, licensed software, etc.)
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So I went back and looked at the ad. It was, verbatim:
I have a new book out on Amazon (Soft Targets by K.D. Bellston), and am ready to launch as soon as the Audible files are up on Audible (already submitted.). I want someone who can get me some buzz and/or interest in it. I have a sample file available on my website (redacted) and there are a few sample chapters available through the Amazon sample at https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Targets-Terrorism-Endangering-Thousands/dp/1543105408/ I am new to this, and wary. Pitch me something inexpensive that pays for itself, and then we will talk more.
Now, since I did not know I could not tell people what my website is, and the email threatened me with perma banning if I screw up again, I am very wary of posting ANYTHING at all. So, I need to know is there a pre-approval link I can send proposed ads to, because frankly, I don’t know how ANYONE can possibly be expected to drive traffic to my website if I cannot tell them what the website is.
I mean, seriously, that is a little like calling a cab company and they have a rule you cannot tell the driver where you want to go!
Also, I am very disturbed that payment information cannot be discussed when their software specifically asked me what payment range I was looking for!
I am really confused about this, and the lack of any hint of customer service to help sort it all out is not very encouraging.