Hello! I’m still fairly new here, but I’ll go ahead and share my experience. My first ever order was actually from a family member, so I guess I will talk about my 2nd “real” order from a non-family client, lol. (Cool thing is, it only took me 8 days after my family ordered for me to get my first actual order, and then after that, I seemed to get more and more clients from there. Originally I thought maybe just having one order helps get you more, but if what Mattboa says is true, then I guess I was just lucky maybe?)
My gig for this project was to take a person’s photograph and draw it as a cartoon. It was pretty simple and I finished it early. To my surprise, he accepted it immediately! But it was kinda weird because right after, he inboxed me and told me he meant to order my middle package instead of my lowest. Which confused me, because I thought, “Why did he accept the order then if it wasn’t what he wanted??” Lol but I guess he was also new to Fiverr, so it’s understandable that there was some confusion. I sent him a custom order for the extra he would have paid for the bigger package, and sent him the new version shortly after. And I guess he liked me and my work, because he came back twice to order with me!
As far as eye-catching gigs go, I would say that buyers probably focus on the image first and the title second. Try to stand out, but also avoid looking spammy. I think it’s also important to have your best quality work on display and try to have as little text on it as possible (though this probably depends on what you’re selling as well). Too much text can clutter the work and distract from what you’re trying to sell. The gig image is for the image. The text is for your title and for your description on the gig page.
I think the qualities buyers look for from us sellers is, of course quality work that fits their needs, but probably more importantly, being easy to work with. Someone who is patient and understanding. Someone that’s friendly without being being overly friendly (i.e. in a way that feels fake). I always try to be quick with my responses and open to talking with potential clients about anything they may have questions with. I want to be the kind of person I would feel comfortable with if I were the buyer. And so far this has worked for me; I’m sure it can work for you too!
Edit: Just realized how much I wrote… Sorry for the novel!