Every time I come to the forum, I see new sellers asking for tips or advice to make their first sale. While it is normal to ask for help when you are new, many veteran sellers here have answered the same questions over and over. It gets very frustrating to repeat things over and over, so to make it easier on all of us, you can search for these answers by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of the page and search for your topic.
For example, if you type “how to get my first sale” you’ll get a page with posts from other sellers on this topic. You’ll see where some of these topics have been discussed many times so you should get a pretty clear understanding of how it works.
When coming to Fiverr you should know that it can take some time to get your first sale. You’re entering a marketplace with hundreds of sellers and it can take several months to get your gigs close to the front pages of search results. It’s the same as creating a website, you need search traffic for anyone to find you. How do you get search traffic? By optimizing your gigs with the best SEO practices and promoting your gigs everywhere you can. Again, just search for “how to optimize my gigs” and read those posts for the answers. There are also Fiverr help pages that discuss the same topics.
The reason for this post today is because I’m seeing a lot of articles published outside of Fiverr that are giving out misinformation to people wanting to get their gigs found. I read two of these last night that were terribly wrong and would get a new seller’s account banned, like giving out free samples, asking for a review after completing an order, and contacting competitors past clients for work.I couldn’t believe the advice the author of this article was giving. And there was no place I could see to leave a comment to tell them that what they were saying could get the readers’ acount banned.
The best thing you can do for yourself as a new seller is to read the posts here in the forum and learn everything you can about this business and how to be successful here. Don’t rely on what you read on the Internet because it can get you in trouble.
When I first started on Fiverr a year ago, I followed the advice I got from an ebook on Amazon by someone who said they were a seller making thousands of dollars per month. Well, a couple of their suggestions got one of my gigs denied and a got a warning from it.
Despite what you see other sellers doing - asking for reviews or feedback or creating a “tip jar” can get you in trouble. I know sellers who do this, they just haven’t been caught yet is the only difference. Don’t risk losing your account. Before you do anything on Fiverr, read and educate yourself about what you’re doing. Know what you can and can not say in your gig description, and what services you can and cannot offer.
This is not a content mill and everyone who sets up their business here is responsible for it. If you’re a seller on Fiverr, you’re a business owner whether you realize it or not. You are responsible for knowing the rules here, setting up your gigs correctly, and promoting/marketing yourself to bring in sales. If you want to be successful you have to work at it. Fiverr is a platform that allows you to run your business here and they take care of the complicated stuff like payments and customer issues.
Another point I would like to make is that regardless of where you were ranked before, things change and you can go from the first page to the very back page of search at any time. The factors that affect ranking is the volume of sales, the number of views you get, your stats (response rate, order completion, and on-time delivery) whether you’re getting current orders, and many others. It is a complicated system and all you can do is try your best to gain new customers and keep repeat customers coming back to keep getting orders coming in.
- Read the forum topics
- Learn all you can
- Optimize your gigs and profile
- Market yourself
- Take responsibility for your own success
I hope this didn’t come off as a rant - it wasn;'t intended to be. To all of the new sellers out there - . welcome and best of luck to you.