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I am aware that many new sellers post “I can’t get sales, please help” almost everyday. Sad thing is, the reply to that question is usually the same: read the darn forum and do your own darn research.
This is my version of how to get a step closer to being successful.
- Be aware that Fiverr is NOT an easy way to make money.
Even though the starting price is $5, it’s still a job.
If you are thinking that Fiverr is a fun, easy, fast way to make extra money, think twice.
It COULD be fun, easy and fast.
My record for finishing a gig was 10 minutes, and yes,
it was an easy $5.
Still, you need to be aware that is a job, and you need to be professional.
If you do not know what “professional” means in this case,
I think you are not ready to work here.
If you really want to know what it means, read the forum.
ALL the answers you need are there.
If you are not willing to put in that extra time, sorry, you will not be successful.
Do not expect people to spoon-feed you the information.
- TAKE YOUR TIME to set up your gigs.
It amazes me at times when someone asks for help on the forum,
and when I go check their gigs, I immediately realize why they are not getting any sales.
Sloppy gig description with bad grammar,
gig descriptions that were clearly copied/stolen from others,
using a random google image for their Fiverr avatar, bad quality sample images,
logo designers who are clearly using images that do not belong to them, etc.
It’s easy to guess that those people spent less than an hour to create their gigs.
I spent a pretty good amount of time creating my sample images when I first started.
When I decided to join Fiverr, I spent HOURS doing research.
I looked and read through hundreds of other TRS’s gigs,
checked their description and images, and did my best to make mine BETTER.
When people ask "why are my gigs not selling?"
I really want to ask them if they can compare their gigs with a
popular seller’s gig and tell me if they honestly think it is the SAME level of quality.
Popular sellers are popular for a good reason.
The level of “professionalism” might depend on the country.
Even though you yourself might think you are being professional enough,
others might disagree with you. Go check the popular sellers or
buy a gig from them to check their level of service.
Be aware that there are over 2 million gigs here.
I think one of the most popular gigs here at Fiverr are the logo designs.
There are SO many of them, and new logo gigs are created everyday.
Others are Photoshop gigs like changing color, retouching photos,
removing background, etc. Again, there are so many of them,
so the chances of new sellers getting an order in such a
competitive category are very low in my opinion,
especially if the samples and description are not well put together.
If new sellers had done their research and spent time
looking through the long list of the same gigs,
they might have realized and told themselves
"OK, maybe I won’t have a chance here with a logo gig,
there are way too many. "
Sadly in some cases, this may be true.
It doesn’t mean you have to give up though.
You just need to come up with something different and unique,
but that’s something you will need to come up on your own.
This I won’t get into the details. Read through the forum please.
If you can’t find your answer at the forum ( after all, it is a lot to read),
go online and search for ways to promote your online business.
Again, if you are not willing to put in that extra time,
what the heck oh you know the rest.
Be patient. ( I don’t think I’ll need to explain this one either)
Accept the sad fact
So I have seen gigs which I personally thought was a good idea,
but for whatever reason, the gig was not getting any orders.
The sample images were good, the description was good,
I thought they were unique. But no sales.
Why? Maybe, just maybe, your gig is simply NOT IN DEMAND.
Even though you thought it was a good idea,
others did not think so.
You don’t have to delete that gig, you can try tweaking it,
but you might want to think about creating different gigs too.
One more thing:
Maybe you are simply not good enough. Yet. (And you are not aware of that.)
I’ve had some new sellers message me asking for advice for their illustration gig.
They wanted me to critique their work.
And I’ll be honest, some of them were simply not good.
The gig description was clear, they created original samples,
they used their own images as an avatar.
But the drawings, in my opinion, were not good.
I’ll be honest here, even if they told me I can get an image for free,
I won’t want it.
If that’s the case, the only think you can do is improve your skills.
Don’t use Fiverr as a way to improve.
Improve first, and then come back. I think you’ll do better that way.
Fiverr is a good way to expand your portfolio,
but don’t use it as a practice ground.
A bit of a sidetrack, when I say "not good enough,"
this does include the English grammar in my opinion.
I have seen gigs with good quality, but the sellers were having a hard time
because the grammar was not perfect.
Even for something like logo design gigs,
you will need to know a decent amount of English
in order to prevent communication problems which might lead to a bad rating.
I am aware that not everybody is a native level English speaker,
but the majority of the buyers are from English speaking countries I believe.
If you want sales, you will need to know English.
If you don’t have the skill, ask/hire someone to handle the English part for you.
Be sure you can trust that person’s level though!
If you are not able to find or hire a person that can help you with your English,
you might have problems. If you are not willing to take that
extra step to communicate clearly with your sellers,
that shows how NOT serious you are.
Let’s say I found 2 sellers I thought were EQUALLY good.
There is a high chance that I will choose the seller with the better English,
(this has nothing to do with where the person is from)
because depending on the gig, it’s those subtle little things that the
seller needs to understand. True, even with native English speakers,
miscommunication will occur. Still,I get the feeling the chances will be lower.
Does this sound unfair? Yes. But I think that’s how people think and
act in many cases.
Having that said, IF your gigs are REALLY good, I’m sure MANY people
are willing to ignore the English part. So be sure those gigs are really good!!
- This might overlap with the “be professional” part, but
DO NOT STEAL.
Do not steal other people’s images,description, etc.
I have seen many new seller’s lies getting exposed here at the forum,
since so many of them created a gig by using other people’s image/description,
and to my shock they had the nerve to wonder why they were not getting sales,
and they will come to the forum for help.
When you steal someone’s gig, in most cases it will be noticed right away.
You will be labeled as a liar, and will be VERY hard to gain back that trust.
Last thing. Do NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT send me a “help me/review my gig” message.
Do everything by yourself first. If you are too lazy to do that you can at least
pay for a gig that edits/reviews your gig here at Fiverr. And yes, you need to
go look for that gig yourself.
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