So, today I received a nice $35 order with the below requirements:
Hey there, this is the site I’m currently operating http://xxxxxxx.com/, My class assignment is to try to use seo to get my site ranked. Its a website on kayaking necessities and accessories. If possible could you write a blog post on the health benefits of kayaking. Please let me know if you need anymore info. Appreciate your hard work.
Because of thee mention of a class assignment, I had to immediately cancel this order.
I was also then hit with a unique to Fiverr sense of paranoia. Yes, I am 100% sure I have done the right thing concerning TOS. However, what happens if a low IQ bot now comes along and flags my gig because a buyer just happened to use the words “school assignment” or I the word "academic?"
Now though, I’m also very annoyed. This was the second order which (through no fault of my own) I have had to cancel this week. Moreover, I don’t think that completing this order would have been a legitimate breach of TOS.
Let me explain.
Years ago I took a disastrous online course concerning ebook formatting. The aim of the course was to learn the ins and outs of HTML when used in ebook concepts. To complete this course, I had to create (but not write) an ebook. What this wasn’t, though, was a graphic design course. When it came to cover creation, I had free reign to create or outsource the creation of a cover.
In mind of the present context, if my buyer is being marked on the technical SEO side of building a website, they will likely not be expected to self-train as a master SEO copywriter. Web design and copywriting/content writing are two completely separate disciplines.
My guess is that a course curator would give points for the inclusion of SEO friendly content, but not care where that content originated from. Sadly, because words like ‘school assignment’ are Fiverr trigger warnings, I am prohibited from even discussing this matter with my buyer.
Given the above, I think it would benefit seller and buyer experiences on Fiverr, if full guidelines could be issued detailing exactly what constitutes academic work.
EDIT: Also, it is despicable how a year after St. Levels, sellers are still being punished for cancellations like this. But I’m pretty sure no one needs reminding of this.