Starting over on Fiverr


I’m starting over on Fiverr after previously completing 30+ orders with 5-star reviews several years ago. (I created a new account because that was the pre-vacation button era, so when I got seriously ill people kept ordering my gigs and then gave me bad reviews when I didn’t complete them.)

My question is, how long does it usually take for buyers to start ordering from new sellers? I have great qualifications, an Ivy League education, and 14 years of experience, but my three gigs have yet to receive any orders. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process, or should I just be patient?


Took me three months for my first order. I can not imagine Fiverr pre Vacation mode. What was it like than?


Everything was just $5; there was no option of adding extras or three different packages per gig. If you went on hiatus for any reason, you had to manually take down your gigs and then recreate them when you came back. I really like all the improvements the site has made since I was last active!


Wow. Sounds so different. They have grown so much just in the couple of years I have been here. You will get sales in time.


Dear Erica:

What name do you like to be called? Your customers want to know what to call you.

I took a quick look at your profile:

Your profile image: No suggestions.
Your log line: Is dry. Can you give it some zing?
Your profile text:

This looks more like a LinkedIn profile. Buyers aren’t interested in your fancy book-learnin’. They want to know what you can do for them!

I suggest that rather than a laundry list of former accomplishments, you make use of this space to show Buyers what you can do for them and the benefits FOR THE BUYER of your skills.

Remember, you have just 30 seconds to capture your audience, like a wild animal hunting your prey! Like a tiger hunting an animal a tiger would eat. Like a grizzly bear hunting something a grizzly bear would eat. Like Kraven the Hunter hunting Spider-Man!

Ask yourself – are you shooting the Buyer with laser beams?

Are you grabbing them by the lapels with strong language that compells them to click there where your Buy Now button for your gigs is?

Are you making it clear to the Buyer that you want to help them get ahead using the naked power of language?

In other words, are the words of your profile text actually employing themselves on your behalf?

Here you should act less like a writer, editor, and transcriptionist, and more like a copy writer, a Mad Man, if you will. Wasn’t Christina Hendricks great on that show? How about that episode of Firefly where she was a guest star?

All your gigs should have video, 3 images, 2 pdfs (for more samples and your business policies), and so on…

Make a video of yourself talking to the camera, because this approach garners IMMEDIATE RESULTS. Include additional samples in the video!

Good luck,

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Be sure to make use of Tools like the Fiverr Blog, Fiverr Academy, Fiverrcast, and Fiverr Support.

I suggest you check out Fiverrcast episode 08: Working Through Language Barriers.

As a general rule, when I have time to participate in the Fiverr Forum and I notice a request like yours in the “Improve My Gig” section, I am willing and able to look at a Seller’s Profile and one gig one time.

I can give you a better level of assistance if you first work your way through the checklist below. That way, I won’t waste your one turn by advising you to follow items on the checklist.
Please study this thread: to better appreciate what I’m talking about here. It should take you a minimum of 4 weeks to make your way through all the material.

If you haven’t already read Strengths Finder 2.0 and taken that assessment, I suggest you do so, because it should give you the language to express your strengths and help you to brainstorm some gigs for which you are especially well qualified. Check out the writing of Chris Guillebeau and Tim Ferriss. By Josh Kaufman, I recommend The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast! and The Personal MBA. Also, you could read Influence by Robert Cialdini and Get Anyone to Do Anything by David J. Lieberman.

Here’s a thread discussing a specific example of a Buyer Request for which I created a gig and then asked for help improving that gig via the forum.

Please copy and paste the links below to read these articles: Improve My Gig Checklist 39 Tips and Tricks for Super Sellers Seller Tip Trilogy 3 Top Tips and Tricks Fiverr Anywhere Video Tutorial Requests 1 Buyer Requests 2 for Non-Native English Speakers Instructionals from a Techies POV SEO Idea 54 Sales in Our First Month 7 Tips for Upselling Chargebacks Social Media Gig Marketing Managing Buyer Expectations Gig Tweaks Digital Copyright Gig Images Fiverrcast Questions Fiverr’s Cut Cogent Discussion of Buyers, Sellers, and Sellers Warning Signs of a Potentially Troublesome Buyer Warning Signs of a Potentially Troublesome Seller What URLs Can I Use? Fiverr Terms of Service How to Make Millions on Fiverr


Thanks so much for the help, Blaise!