I’m a Fiverr Top Seller, and have been since October 2014. I’m a normal person, not a computer genius, and I don’t outsource work or do anything sheisty to get more sales. I’m just a regular girl with limited computer skills that found a way to make a full-time living on Fiverr. If you are new to Fiverr and have no clue what I’m talking about, here’s a little video to give you an idea.
For those of you who have an idea what Fiverr is and want to get your gigs to the next level, this is the condensed, straight-to-the-point version of some of the things I did to achieve Top Seller status, as well as how I’ve been making a living wage on Fiverr (even before I became a Top Seller).
1. Create a high quality, unique gig.
Sounds obvious, right? I’ve noticed that lots of people are trying to strike it big on Fiverr by doing whatever is popular – writing, web design, logo design, etc. If you are great at one of these things, by all means – go for it. But remember that if it’s not something you’re passionate about and good at, it might not end well. Forget what’s “trending.”
Are you a great singer? Do you have a really silly sense of humor? Do you like puppets? You literally have the option of creating anything you want on Fiverr, based on your own unique skills and talents and personality. Choose something that really makes you happy, something that comes naturally to you, and also has the potential for great gig extras (more on that later). Think outside the box! Plenty of people go to Fiverr specifically to find cool, unique gigs they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
2. Be creative and specific with your title and description.
Avoid things like, “I will make your logo for $5.” Go for something like, “I will create a professional, unique business logo for $5.” Be honest: Which would you click on?
Include all the important information about your gig in your gig description. Be clear and succinct. What do you offer for $5? How long will it take you to deliver? What are your extras? If you leave anything ambiguous, people are likely to leave your page in the dust. They want to know exactly what they will get for their money.
Along with being creative and specific, please spell correctly! If you’re a bad speller, no problem. Use spell check, or have someone check your work. It makes a difference.
3. Create a gig video.
After I got a few voice over sales under my belt and added my intro video, which included samples of my work, my sales went through the roof. I think overnight I went from a couple sales a day to between five and ten. The video was nothing special – just some images of me along with a few voice over samples. You don’t have to be fancy. People just want to see and hear you, see your work, and get a sense of who you are. Even a short webcam video – done decently – will do (that means don’t be in your pajamas, please!). They want the reassurance that you are professional and trustworthy, and that they will get their money’s worth. Give this to them, and they will be that much more likely to buy from you. About 220% more likely, according to Fiverr!
4. Treat even your meanest customers like gold.
I’ve been tempted on more than one occasion to write a scathing response to a customer who insulted my work. It’s happened a few times now, so I’ve developed a somewhat thicker skin about it (the first couple times totally crushed me).
However, I learned early on not to argue with a customer or respond in a way that could seem testy or snippy, even if what they said was offensive, and even if I really, really wanted to. I realize this might sound like I’m letting them walk all over me, but it’s actually much more about rising above and being a professional. And in fact, I’m doing it because I know it will be much more likely to pay off for me in the end (yep, the real truth comes out!).
You know what they say about how you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I’ve defused several situations (and reversed less than positive feedback) simply by being sweet and polite (and not having even a hint of an attitude) when a customer complained. If someone becomes truly abusive, report them to Fiverr support and let them deal with it. Make sure that when they review the correspondence between you and your difficult buyer, you are the one being professional in your responses.
5. Understand that you are not a $100 bill.
Not everyone is going to like you. Some people might even hate your work. I’ve had people tell me I’m terrible and unprofessional. Other people become regular customers and tell me I’m the best voice over artist on Fiverr. I don’t believe either of these things – I just do the best I can with what I have, and I make sure that I feel good about whatever I send to the customer. Part of this game – like anything else in life – is learning to deal with difficult customers, people who don’t like your work, people who are just plain demanding and rude, etc. Handling it with grace is important, but it’s also important not to take it personally or let it stop you. Focus on those people who appreciate you and love what you uniquely offer.
These are a few of the things I did to achieve a great standing on Fiverr, and to get my gig to Top Seller level in just a few months!
Interested in Learning More?
I offer a complete course on Udemy, How To Make a Living On Fiverr, to help explain everything about Fiverr – all the ins and outs of setting up a gig, as well as how to take your gig to the next level! My course includes:
- Welcome! Here’s what we will cover
- What is Fiverr? The Quick Basics!
- How I Ended Up On Fiverr
- Coming Up With a Killer Gig Idea
- What Are Seller Levels?
- I Need A Vacation! What Happens To My Gig?
- Show Me The Money
- Creating Effective Gig Titles and Images
- Creating the Best Gig Description
- Finding SEO Keywords
- The Most Important Part of Your Gig Profile
- This is Where the Real Money is Made
- How To Showcase Your Work
- Delivering Your Order
- How To Make Your Customers Really Happy
- Make Ordering Really Easy For the Customer – And Make More Money, Too.
- The Dreaded Modifications…
- Reviews and Rating System
- Dealing With Bad Feedback
- Never Do This!
- Cancelling Orders
- Single Best Piece of Advice I Have
- Here’s What To Do About The Competition
- Great Way To Get Noticed On Fiverr
- Never Let Anyone Do This
- How To Best Promote Your Gig
- The Key To A Smooth Workflow
- What Fiverr Taught Me About Small Business
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