Why isn't Fiverr working for me?

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Hey guys,

I joined Fiverr a few days ago and I have put up two gigs so far but nobody has bought any of them! Does anyone know any ways that I can entice people into ordering one of my gigs? I have been successful with Fiverr in the past so I know it is possible and that getting the first client is the hardest.

- Avril
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  • Profile picture of the author topnichewebsites
    A short catchy title
    A promo video
    Over delivery and tell them that in description
    If you can, do a 24 hours turn around time (express)

    Once you get an order ask them to leave nice comment (don't be shy)

    Follow the above and you should do fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author martbost
    Please note that there are thousands of gigs listed on Fiverr. Just because they have been listed there will not ensure that you get immediate sales. It may take some time. You also have to do things like the ones already mentioned. With all of my gigs, I create a 30-sec video along with really good titles and descriptions around them. Lookup freelancellc (not trying to promote myself, just a reference) on Fiverr and you can see some examples of my gigs to get a better idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author sk8tavou
    Fiverr is not the same as it used to be my friend.

    Try to offer something very special at the beginning so people will try your service and you will gain some feedbacks and then you can offer your normal package when your gig is popular!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by AvrilWriter View Post

    Why isn't Fiverr working for me?
    Because you're competing in the wrong market for your skill-set, Avril. You're targeting a market which has nearly as many service-providers (most of them with a skill-set considerably below the level of yours) as it has customers. That's the hardest way to make money from it. As I mentioned a few days ago, in your previous thread, this may help you quite a bit, if you read it carefully and follow its links: Making Money Writing Articles

    In the article-writing business, your income is about the markets in which you choose to compete.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    Originally Posted by AvrilWriter View Post


    Fiverr in the past so I know it is possible and that getting the first client is the hardest.
    In other words, you don't have any ratings yet? It's very difficult to get clients when you have no good ratings. Social proof is very important when it comes to things like these. You can always offer your services for free or for a cheaper price until you get some good ratings.

    Just offer potential customers their money back in exchange for a rating until you get established.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    I just saw your gig. You seem like a good writer. Why not post a "wanted thread" on this forum to get some ratings? As I said, just offer you services for free or cheap in exchange for ratings.
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  • Profile picture of the author owais211
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    There thousands of Gigs there at Fiverr seeking the same attention as you.
    I would you just need to make your gigs as unique as possible..a good title
    ....a promotion video among others
    Also you may consider a thread for rating here at WF.
    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jreed
      I takes time, In the beginning I did a 2 for one offer with a 24 hour turn around. it was more work but I got immediate sales because nobody else was doing it. Once I got feedback, and had a portfolio i didn't have to offer that anymore.

      As time goes on sales will pick up and people will make special requests. I would make note of the requests that I frequently got and created an upgrade for it.

      Now each sale averages about $10 instead of $5.

      Good luck
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      • Profile picture of the author internet_ninja
        JV with other sellers.

        Hit the forum and try to get jobs for free in return for good ratings.

        You can build a blog or website for ($5) and promote by buying gigs on Fiverr.

        Fiverr V2 is similar to the Google slap, getting traffic is much harder nowadays.

        Hmmmm...250 words (2) for 5 bucks.

        You might need to tweak your gig.

        There are people offering to do more for less.

        Get your name there, do more work and then when the orders pile up, you can always edit your gig.

        Try to also add more gigs to enlarge your territory.

        You love writing so set up gigs for other writing projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    The problem with fiverr is it's like most things in life. Majority of gigs listed on there would be making no sales at all and it would only be the very small minority that are making a decent income.

    My advice would be to not offer your services for such a low price.

    Look for places where people are willing to spend more realistic money for the services you offer and that is where you want to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author smith33122
    Originally Posted by AvrilWriter View Post

    Hey guys,

    I joined Fiverr a few days ago and I have put up two gigs so far but nobody has bought any of them! Does anyone know any ways that I can entice people into ordering one of my gigs? I have been successful with Fiverr in the past so I know it is possible and that getting the first client is the hardest.

    - Avril
    Most suppliers will do 500 words for $5 and as many will do 700 words - you are simply not competing against your competitors

    EDIT - MAJOR MAJOR APOLGY I DID NOT READ YOUR ADVERT PROPERLY AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE REALLY OFFERING IS TWO X 250 WORD ARTICLES FOR $5 - SORRY AGAIN BUT IF I MADE THAT MISTAKE SO WILL MANY OTHERS

    Many of us now beleive that 700 words is the magic number for a decent article that Google will not think is scammy - but just like everything else it's the opinion of many people on the forum and does not really have any factual evidence to back it up, but lots of here (including me) are followers

    So when I am looking for writers on fiver the magic number of words I am looking for is 700

    PS Hehe WillR I guess I am a cheapskate
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCodex
    Think bigger than Fiverr...

    Ironically enough there's less competition at the top than at the bottom.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by TheCodex View Post

      Think bigger than Fiverr...

      Ironically enough there's less competition at the top than at the bottom.
      Exactly... and sites like fiverr attract cheapskates. They are not the sort of customers you want to build your business around.
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      • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
        Originally Posted by WillR View Post

        Exactly... and sites like fiverr attract cheapskates. They are not the sort of customers you want to build your business around.
        I second that statement. These are the same people who want to pay so little for something, yet expect to receive 10 times the value from it.

        Another place where you'll find some of the most ridiculous cheapskates out there are on freelance boards (Elance in particular). For example:

        https://www.elance.com/j/articles/44580289/

        People like this guy want "serious article writers", but only willing to pay $1 for 500 words of content.

        https://www.elance.com/j/multiple-wr...term/44571269/

        This person offers articles at $2.50 per 500 words. Expects no grammatical errors and proficiency in English. Want to negotiate on the price? Don't do it, because they won't be having any of that (it's all in their job description in the link above)

        As for the OP, here's my advice:

        Don't bundle yourself into this low-rent stuff. The competition is stiff. You're going to waste more time fighting for clients that expect the world and offer bread crumbs in return. You can do better.

        So, what can you do instead? For starters, I can tell you that taking $20 and investing in a thread over at the Warriors for Hire section is a good way to get your feet wet. You will still find plenty of folks there offering articles at pennies on the dollar, but if you avoid putting yourself in their league, you don't have to worry about them.

        Position yourself as an experienced writer and provide plenty of excellent samples. Offer a discount to bring in your first few clients, too. I've managed to pick up some excellent long term clients from this forum, and they all currently pay me much more than they did when I first brought them on board.

        Once you get a few bucks and have some experience managing a few clients, create your own website to showcase your work and attract clients. Develop your brand and make some cold calls to companies who you think would be interested in your services. Team up with graphic designers and tell them what you do. If you do this right, you will find a lot of money is there for you to grab.

        Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author FastAlexaRank
    I purchased a advertising video yesterday from there and to be honest, there is a lot of choice on there so to try and sell something would be hard. Just keep it up and see what happens and if you sell, ask them why they purchased of you and use that to your advantange
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    There are thousands and thousands of gigs on fiverr and "thanks" to their new layout, it's very difficult to see all of them! Just choose a short title that will attract the attention, promise quality results in 24 hours and wait. There's nothing else you can do.
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  • Profile picture of the author deannabalestra
    Fiverr is still a good place to sell services while you work on getting your own site or business set up. I make good money there as a writer - the biggest thing is to start getting orders so you have ratings and traffic which pushes you towards the top of the list on searches there. If you want more tips just inbox me, I'd be happy do some mastermind type meetings with you on chat or skype or something, sharing ideas etc.

    Also gang - I'm new here what does "JV" stand for?? Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author AZMD
      Originally Posted by deannabalestra View Post

      Also gang - I'm new here what does "JV" stand for?? Thanks!
      Joint Venture
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentWritingPhD
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    You’re right, it’s indeed possible but unfortunately, Fiverr is not the same as it was before and we have to consider that there are already loads of gigs listed there. Yes, you may have been listed but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll enjoy sales right there and then. It can take quite some time. How about offering something interesting that people can say no to? This way you get to entice people to give you a try and when you’ve gained popularity, you can go back to offering your normal package. How does that sound to you?
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  • Profile picture of the author AvrilWriter
    Thank you all so much for the replies. I have definitely learned a lot just from the response here. I will try what you guys have recommended. I know Fiverr is harder now but I know that I can succeed if I get the opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author soladollar
    This has really been insightful, tanks y'all
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  • Profile picture of the author klixion
    Look at the similar gigs and try to offer a little more. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author pingsters
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    Yes. Getting the 1st client is hardest. And once you got reviews and at least promoted as 2nd level seller. The orders will come automatically !

    Promote your gigs here and other forums to get initial clients and then scale it up !

    Thanks
    Faye
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  • Profile picture of the author TallGuyArman
    Promote your gig until you get your first couple sales, post classified ads, do some facebook marketing, at least till you get your first few sales, than from their the Fiverr spiral should take place
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