$321 on Fiverr, in two days? Here is what I did...

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Hi,

If you are looking for an inspiration for what's possible, read this. You are about to find out how I made $312 on Fiverr in two days.

I have to say upfront, that it is not a way to make money quick. When it comes to this particular gig, I did it only once. (I will explain why at the end)

You can do this too, but you have to offer a high quality service. If you choose this method, it can make you money. However, I want to discourage anyone looking for the "magic pill"; if that's you, stop reading right now.

OK. It's really simple.

My idea was to get clients for my Adwords consulting. So I put up a gig describing my offer.

Basically, I would diagnose their accounts, and then upsell my services.

Within a few days I had 11 orders. Now, one of them wanted really saw the value of my services, and was willing to pay for a consultation.

I immediately asked him to take care of it; the price was $200 per hour. He paid within 5 mins.

Here is the interesting bit: there was another guy who wanted my help. So I gave him a deal. I asked him for $100 upfront. He would then pay me the first $100 gross that came in from the campaign.

He sent me the payment on the next day. I booked him in but... after he diligently took his notes, he removed his account from my MCC!

So I didn't get the other $100.

Cool, so that's $300, within two days. I had another order that day so that's $4 (Fiverr takes $1 fee per order), and the other two were $8.

Why did I stop?

Well, after the positive reviews I started getting orders from all sorts of weird people. Most of them were attempting some sort of arbitrage.

Then, even though I knew better, I sent action plans to 4 other people, who were interested. Guess what?

They took my advice and run - at least two of them implement my advice on their sites.

Here are your lessons:
1.In reality, there are people willing to pay for premium services evnerywhere. Don't just focus on the small amounts, you can always get more.

2. No matter how good you are, people will judge you by your first impression. If they find you on Fiverr, you're just the Fiverr guy. That's why I stopped that service.

People were taking my work for granted.

3. Make sure you work hard, and learn how to provide real value to your customers. Not for moral reasons, but because life seems better in the "premium league"

4. Sometimes you have to walk away...

5. Always think in terms of "What sort of value can I sell next?". If I only focused on $5 per gig, I wouldn't have gotten the extra $300.

At the end, I rejected at least 3 new potential clients (from Fiverr), as soon as I saw red flags.

I'm out, leave your questions and comments! I'll answer when I'm back from my money-focused daily routine,
#$321 #days #fiverr
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielleLynnCopy
    5. Always think in terms of "What sort of value can I sell next?".
    That's very true. If you pigeon-hole yourself, you'll always be sweating over scraps.

    And that is the tricky thing about Fiverr- you could be offering premium services, but people will often assume your quality is lower because they found you on Fiverr.

    However, there are several ways to work around this - it's all about how you frame the encounter.
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    • It's all about setting expectations.

      You get 450 characters in your gig description. Use them wisely to sell as well as stating what you will and will not do. Give yourself a nice long lead time. I like a 5 day completion.

      Don't be too quick to respond to messages -- that implies Fiverr is your full-time job and you've got nothing better to do. It also encourages more messaging.

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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by DanielleLynnCopy View Post


      ...

      However, there are several ways to work around this - it's all about how you frame the encounter.
      That's true, although you will find that often it will still come back to getting the best out of a bad situation.

      Fiverr tends to attract people who want something for nothing. For me, it's only OK as a temporary measure.
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      • Profile picture of the author shmeeko69
        I think I've spent a fair bit of time on just accepting the $4 without trying to push my other services and websites to the folk who visit fiverr. I'll need to start utilizing all of my available tools quite soon.

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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    I'd encourage everyone to REALLY study the fiverr offerings of those "top rated sellers"....there is some genius execution you can find....and, they plaster those highly successful fiverrs right at the top.
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    • Profile picture of the author loyalsupporter
      Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

      I'd encourage everyone to REALLY study the fiverr offerings of those "top rated sellers"....there is some genius execution you can find....and, they plaster those highly successful fiverrs right at the top.
      It's not just about the offerings...it's about attitude to customers, support, quality of work, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author dailywinners
    Thanks for the advice,don't focus on the 4 bucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Sprague
    Adwords could u help find a service i can provide to the people on fiverr!
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelgrisso
    lol, I love the puppets. Absolutely genious! Can you imagine sending this to a significant other to break up with them! Eww, that would be salty.

    Adwords Mogul...thanks for the tips.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by michaelgrisso View Post

      lol, I love the puppets. Absolutely genious! Can you imagine sending this to a significant other to break up with them! Eww, that would be salty.

      Adwords Mogul...thanks for the tips.
      So now there are 51 ways to leave your lover? "Just send a vid, Sid." (apologies to Paul Simon)
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

    Hi,

    Here are your lessons:
    1.In reality, there are people willing to pay for premium services everywhere. Don't just focus on the small amounts, you can always get more.
    For me, that is the biggest take-away with this post. You cannot assume a specific marketplace ONLY has low-end, bottom feeder customers. It probably has all types, and it takes the right lure to attract the premium buyers.

    Some very rich people shop flea markets every Sunday...
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    • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      For me, that is the biggest take-away with this post. You cannot assume a specific marketplace ONLY has low-end, bottom feeder customers. It probably has all types, and it takes the right lure to attract the premium buyers.

      Some very rich people shop flea markets every Sunday...
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      Bruce

      Amen brother...

      I'm over on a freelance forum right now at this minute arguing the same fact....
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    While Fiverr is a great place to get a gig going and get some short term cash, its hard to really become overly successful on it. I'm sure I'll receive a lot of flack here but really though is your time worth $4 that you'll earn from a Fiverr gig? Probably not.

    There really are only a few things that I can think of that would be worth $4 for doing that and there's already hundreds of those types of gigs. As others mentioned you can siphon your gigs into longer term projects with buyers but it is difficult as a majority of the buyers on Fiverr want a quick/fast result for a cheap price.
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    • Profile picture of the author gamingmaster42
      Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

      While Fiverr is a great place to get a gig going and get some short term cash, its hard to really become overly successful on it. I'm sure I'll receive a lot of flack here but really though is your time worth $4 that you'll earn from a Fiverr gig? Probably not.

      There really are only a few things that I can think of that would be worth $4 for doing that and there's already hundreds of those types of gigs. As others mentioned you can siphon your gigs into longer term projects with buyers but it is difficult as a majority of the buyers on Fiverr want a quick/fast result for a cheap price.
      This is true - but exactly what the OP means. While a majority is looking for cheap quick results, there's still that minority willing to pay big $$$.
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      • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
        Originally Posted by gamingmaster42 View Post

        This is true - but exactly what the OP means. While a majority is looking for cheap quick results, there's still that minority willing to pay big $$$.
        Exactly. So it's important to work on attracting them. However, sites like Fiverr are OK for cash injections, and more importantly... gathering testimonials!

        In fact, you can actually say it's one of the best places to harvest testimonials.
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  • Profile picture of the author wuken
    Fiverr is actually a great place for marketing ideas and buying cheap stuff (e.g. traffic services). Selling gigs will require some USP to stand out from the rest. Most things I can think of have been done already.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketinghamster
    Here is someone who isn't doing too badly: Fiverr
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  • Profile picture of the author gorufus
    Well, I have had a couple of gigs on fiverr and have made $16 in two days... lol. I am a video guy so I put up a video for a social media end credits kind of deal. Its on the first page of video, and I'm getting a lot of traffic to it, but the conversions are obviously low. I think your method is pretty cool, but how are you offering the service? Do you consult with them on the phone? Just wondering how to get contact info, since fiverr doesn't allow the share.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by gorufus View Post

      Well, I have had a couple of gigs on fiverr and have made $16 in two days... lol. I am a video guy so I put up a video for a social media end credits kind of deal. Its on the first page of video, and I'm getting a lot of traffic to it, but the conversions are obviously low. I think your method is pretty cool, but how are you offering the service? Do you consult with them on the phone? Just wondering how to get contact info, since fiverr doesn't allow the share.
      I did consultations over Skype. Funny enough, I put that in my instructions, didn't have a problem.

      I also attach a PDF free report. It includes ways to reach me.

      If you are not converting, it's one of two things: people don't really want what you offer, or your copy isn't strong enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    But how do you get around Fiverr to do the upsell? I have got smacked once or twice for trying to give my email for the vendor to deliver something, like the URL list for back links, to my email. Even though I was sneaky, I got caught.

    But then I did manage to get a writer to do a bunch of articles for me by connecting through Facebook. Don't remember exactly how I did that, but we connected and did a chat and exchanged email there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Daniels
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      But how do you get around Fiverr to do the upsell? I have got smacked once or twice for trying to give my email for the vendor to deliver something, like the URL list for back links, to my email. Even though I was sneaky, I got caught.

      But then I did manage to get a writer to do a bunch of articles for me by connecting through Facebook. Don't remember exactly how I did that, but we connected and did a chat and exchanged email there.
      just make a free website listing all your services.. if people are truly interested they will buy np.

      To the op, i am not sure still why u stopped. i think you assumed people judged you, but in reality people are on fiverr or choose fiverr because they are broke or cheap, or don't feel what they need should be costly. Some times they run across a gig they where not originally looking for but desperately need.

      I think your issue was how u processed the payment. If it was me, i would always charge a percentage upfront or full. If you build a strong website with "believable" methods or convincing sales copy you won't have any issue getting your money upfront..

      I think ur ideal is great, but requires alot of time and work in the area of customer service. Fiver for me is a "in and out" like fast food experience for me and the buyer..

      I think that is what people really want there, but its nothing wrong with a smooth up-sell. Just work in making the transition better for you and the end user.
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      • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
        Originally Posted by overnight211 View Post

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        To the op, i am not sure still why u stopped. i think you assumed people judged you, but in reality people are on fiverr or choose fiverr because they are broke or cheap, or don't feel what they need should be costly. Some times they run across a gig they where not originally looking for but desperately need.
        ...
        You make a lot of good points...

        The thing is, it's not the kind of crowd I want to deal with. When the going gets, though, I may use a site like Fiverr for a short while.

        But, this fish is just too small to fry.

        Let's just say that my long term goals are not compatible with this.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      But how do you get around Fiverr to do the upsell? I have got smacked once or twice for trying to give my email for the vendor to deliver something, like the URL list for back links, to my email. Even though I was sneaky, I got caught.

      But then I did manage to get a writer to do a bunch of articles for me by connecting through Facebook. Don't remember exactly how I did that, but we connected and did a chat and exchanged email there.
      As I said, I made it clear I was offering Skype consultations. Maybe, I was just lucky!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    shhhhh this the backend of fiverr that not alot of people know about.

    Congrast on your for finding it. We are doing lots of tests with this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
    I think of Fiverr as a loss leader. I'm sure you're all familiar with this concept. Offer something at cost price (or slightly less than cost price) to get several benefits: opportunity for upsell, branding, gather testimonials and build portfolio, make contacts.

    I have been selling very simple WP templates on fiverr for a couple of weeks. It started slow but I now have on average one order per day. $4, whoopee. But from those I have managed to upsell on 5 orders now and gained two regular customers, one of whom has ordered over £750 (about $1500) worth of work from me, plus another who has told me has need for my services ongoing at about $100 per week.

    Bear in mind that fiverr has no fees for listing, unlike ebay, Adwords, most classifieds or even WF, so as a lead-generation tool it really is one of the most cost-effective.

    The key for me is to provide excellent service, whether the customer is an upsell or not. This will get you the positive feedback that you need to entice other customers and to get your gig listed higher. That customer is also likely to come back to you at a later date when they want something more expensive.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Karen Barr View Post

      I think of Fiverr as a loss leader. I'm sure you're all familiar with this concept. Offer something at cost price (or slightly less than cost price) to get several benefits: opportunity for upsell, branding, gather testimonials and build portfolio, make contacts.

      ...
      Yes, it is.

      However, you may also consider how much it's costing you time-wise, in the long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMorgan
    Nice strategy.

    Thanks for sharing .

    I also believe , there are lots of opportunities that smart marketers can get with fiverr.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Johnson
    Congrats.....that was a very good strategy....keep it up
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  • Profile picture of the author rite
    I have used fiverr for a while to make money and i was doing pretty good but i have stopped because i really feel like im short changing myself and leaving a lot of money on the table
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  • Profile picture of the author JJ Gallagher
    Awesome stuff! Fiverr is great for lead generation!

    JJ
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertAxelsen
    Very nice to read your story Makes me happy to hear how a simple idea and a focused plan can give you great results.

    Don't think you should have stopped, though :p

    Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

    2. No matter how good you are, people will judge you by your first impression. If they find you on Fiverr, you're just the Fiverr guy. That's why I stopped that service.
    Yeah, but you still managed to upsell a good percent of your clients. I would brainstorm ways to continue using fiverr for leads, without becoming "the fiverr guy".

    You will only be "the fiverr guy" to those who find you on fiverr. And they would probably never find your services if it wasn't for fiverr. So no real loss, eh?

    Secondly.. Have you considered outsourcing the fiverr gigs? Train someone else to do the $5 sessions for you, and then have them upsell the consultations and send them to you.

    Thanks again for sharing
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    • Profile picture of the author zoqy71
      What I like about fiverr is it gives you interesting ideas, and at a mere $5 you can beta test them, if they work in a small way then you can invest more in a better long term programme or person. i.e. it is a good place for talent spotting.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by RobertAxelsen View Post

      ...

      ...

      You will only be "the fiverr guy" to those who find you on fiverr. And they would probably never find your services if it wasn't for fiverr. So no real loss, eh?

      ....
      You see that's not true. The whole point is that, for the long term, there are much better, and lucrative ways to attract clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    To the OP:

    Why not do it again and make $642?

    Rinse, lather, repeat... Sounds like you could use a few tweaks
    as far as accepting payment, etc. Congrats on your success, but
    as others have said above, I don't agree with you stopping...

    You could have something good going for yourself.

    Best,
    Shane

    P.S. - There are Fiverr sites that allow you to post gigs at higher prices than just $5...
    Those could be good for you as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post


      Why not do it again and make $642?

      Rinse, lather, repeat... Sounds like you could use a few tweaks
      as far as accepting payment, etc. Congrats on your success, but
      as others have said above, I don't agree with you stopping...

      You could have something good going for yourself.

      Best,
      Shane

      P.S. - There are Fiverr sites that allow you to post gigs at higher prices than just $5...
      Those could be good for you as well.
      Don't get me wrong, I still made some more money from Fiverr later on. That particular gig was not worth it for me.

      However, as I keep saying, I stopped because I have much bigger fish to fry.

      The time vs value was just not good enough. I'm glad I moved on because it freed up the time for way more profitable projects...

      But everything in due time...

      Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post

      ....
      Sounds like you could use a few tweaks
      as far as accepting payment, etc.

      ...
      The point is, I don't want to deal with that kind of crowd long term. It's not just about the money.
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      • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
        Good idea. Be careful though, because that is against Fiverr TOS.

        I use Fiverr to sell quickies, that only take 2 or 3 minutes of my time.

        There are some gigs on there, that I have bought, like blog creation, that I know took a lot of effort and time to complete. So Fiverr for me is what value I can GET from others gigs, rather than selling on Fiverr to earn money.

        Had a guy on Fiverr help me sell my first site I created back in 2008. He helped me put it up on Flippa, and I got 500 bucks for it, within 3 hours of it going live.

        I paid him his 5 bucks, but also sent him 10% commission of the sale.

        I am thinking of using Fiverr for arbitrage and bundling video creation with another gig for video distribution and reselling that package to make a profit.

        For anyone who is not familiar with Fiverr, jump in, the water is fine !
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  • Profile picture of the author dreadpiraterobby
    I like that adwords mogul.... Not limiting yourself and looking at the big picture....adwords is a great skill to have... If i acquire it one day... Ill keep this in mind but i could certainly apply the principal to seo
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  • Profile picture of the author Andreas Quintana
    Very nice. Thanks for the share :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author icegin
    It really sucks when you get cheated out of your work but it happens, and not just on Fiverr. Thanks for posting your experiences -- it's quite an insightful read.
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  • Profile picture of the author jostified
    Good one there. I love fiverr. It's the first place i ever made my first $3,000 online within 2 months. Unfortunately, my fiverr account got blocked in the third month.

    I put up a new account barely a month ago and it has just risen to $800/month status. I believe so much in fiverr for extra income since i deliver my orders within few seconds.

    At least, i pay my office rent with the revenue from fiverr and have the remaining to pay for my office assistant.

    For newbies, i recommend fiverr. You need to be creative!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Coxill
    Cool method AdwordsMogul!

    Personally I've never really been involved with fiverr, but I am seeing how it can be very useful as a seller.

    I also agree with you about not sticking around for too long on fiverr, if there are better ways to advertise your services and maintain a more professional profile, then of course that's a better way to go.

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