I’m new on fiver (less than one month), and guess what. I have no sales. When I got on Fiverr as a seller, I thought someone would surely become enthralled with my gigs and start ordering. But that ain’t happening.
I’ve spent many hours tuning, revising, trimming, etc., but still nothing.
So what’s wrong? Are my gigs not attractive to buyers? Can buyers not find my gigs? Is there too much competition? Am I not pushing my gigs on the web? Maybe all of these. Fiverr is a good opportunity for many, but it can also be tedious for others. This is what I’ve been thinking.
- Opportunity - Fiverr is a good opportunity for those who can offer something the public needs but can’t do themselves, such as creating a unique, eye-catching logo or optimizing a website. And if you can complete the gig quickly, you will be earning more per hour.
- No bidding – It’s nice not to have to bid on jobs and just let the buyers come to you. Bidding can be time-consuming and frustrating especially when you know you can do a job but are rejected for reasons unknown.
- Good for sellers in low cost of living countries – If you’re in a country where the cost of living is low as compared to countries with advanced economies, Fiverr does give you a chance to make a living wage. This is good. But don’t count on Fiverr to support you if you live in Manhattan.
- Easy to Set Up – It’s easy to set up a gig as long as you can write a decent product description and have a decent photo/logo for your profile and your gigs. Even better, make a video, highlighting your offerings, for more sales.
- Buyers are always looking for deals. Yes, buyers will buy almost anything if it’s cheap enough. And $5 is pretty cheap.
- No cost to maintain your gigs- This is a good deal for those of us who like free stuff. If money were no object to you, then you would probably not be on Fiverr.
But, wait a minute. If Fiverr is so good, why do so many people complain about it and the way it’s run. (It’s true that there are many who love it.)
Fiverr is a great concept – for the owners and for buyers. But is it a good deal for sellers? Yes, it can be a good deal for sellers who sell something that’s in demand and easy to do such as creating a logo or singing a song while jiggling some body parts.
But what about the rest of us. I set up three editing and proofreading gigs but haven’t gotten any bites yet. I recently decided to cut it back to one gig. The other two gigs were too similar to the one I kept. So, now I’m just waiting for buyers.
It’s becoming apparent to me there’s something wrong.
- A lot of effort – It takes a lot of effort to get your gigs noticed. Sellers are supposed to do all sorts of acrobatics to ensure their gigs are noticed on LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, blogs, etc. And buyers have to make sure they keep getting noticed by posting relevant comments on forum-type sites or by writing their own blog posts. It’s tiring, even when you enjoy it.
- Labor-intensive gigs – What if your gigs deal with labor-intensive services? If you do things like write articles or update software, good luck. Those gigs take more than a few minutes, sometimes several hours. I personally have an editing/proofreading gig, and I can say that a poorly written 1,000 –word article will take me more than a half-hour to complete.
- Search Algorithm – Keywords are the key to being found (or should be). Keywords are part of the Fiverr algorithm for displaying matching results, but there are other things as well – your average time to complete gigs, buyer reviews of your gigs, Fiverr’s own idea of what to display. What else? Who knows.
- Forget full time – If you think you’ve got it all figured out because you can complete a gig in no time, such as 30 minutes, think again. Even if you could do two gigs per hour, worked 8 hours per day, worked 7 days per week and had gigs to work on 8 hours per day, you would make a whopping $23,296 per year ( $5 x 2 gigs per hour x 8 hours per day x 7 days per week) x 0.8). Did you forget the 20 percent that Fiverr gets? And what about paying taxes if you’re honest? If you live in the U.S. or similar country, you’ll have to depend on government programs to help support you. (Of course, if you have add-ons, you’ll make more money.)
So, now what. I’ve decided to stick it out. I believe Fiverr is addicting, as someone write. My ego tells me there are buyers out there just waiting to line up to buy my gigs.
I even started linking my LinkedIn page to my Fiverr page and started a Pinterest group with my Fiverr page on it (Get this. I’m the only one in the group and, I can’t find my pin when I do a search for it. Maybe I’m doing it wrong). I even submitted my gig page to all sorts of search engines. I know there’s more I can do, and maybe I will. But that could be a full-time job.
I suppose that eventually my gig will attract some buyer attention, so I’m waiting. Luckily, I don’t have to depend on Fiverr to survive.