If you are working in online business or digital marketing field, you must have heard about Fiverr. It’s a platform to buy and sell digital services. Last year I started working on my dormant Fiverr account. The account was created in Jan 2017 but never used until July 2018. In June 2018, one of my friends suggested me to use Fiverr as he was running a successful online business, solely based on Fiverr. He was doing pretty great as his company was offering design and development services and he was generating up to $10,000 per month easily. He encouraged me to explore Fiverr and see how it works for my industry. I offer SEO Consultancy and Link Building service to limited clients so I was pretty skeptical due to already saturating market as well as ever-increasing restrictions by Google when it comes to SEO. Plus I offer high-quality websites which costs more than average sites and I can’t offer them in low rates considering the nature of Fiverr. Nevertheless, I checked my old account on Fiverr, added some gigs and got ready to make fortune.
I started working on it in July 2018 and make my first sale in August 2018. I made a total 2 sales in August and then 2 more in September however In October I didn’t receive any orders. Now I’ll be honest with you that I wasn’t happy with the results but at the same time I got curious about how Fiverr works. So I started researching on how the Fiverr algorithm works and how it decides to show what gigs when someone searches in Fiverr.
Is Fiverr Legit? Can You Make Money on Fiverr?
I came across dozens of blogs including Fiverr official blog and community offering several guides on how to get more sales and make money on Fiverr. If you have read any of them, you know that they are nothing but general advises like make gig description more attractive, put a unique image, etc, etc. But even after doing all that, the results weren’t any better. During November to Dec, I made a total of 4 sales. So I started doing little experiments with a couple of things to see how Fiverr algorithm responds to these changes.
I started implementing these step by step and then evaluate the results. From January 2019 to April 2019, I made 11 sales and finally achieved my Level 1 Seller status. Since Fiverr is not my main source of income (yet) and I started like thousands of other people with no credible info, I thought it will be a good idea to share my findings and help new sellers like me, to get a little bit advantage that I didn’t have.
So here goes my Fiverr guide outlining working methods to increase clicks, impressions and ultimately orders. I will list down each method, the trick that I used, its results and effectiveness.
Why Should You Trust my Advise?
I have talked with several Fiverr sellers, read dozens of blogs, put hours in Fiverr community to learn everything. Also instead of just rehashing existing information, I am gonna tell you how effective each trick really is. Heck, people even told me that they won’t share their methods to increase their rankings in Fiverr search but I firmly believe that helping others is helping yourself. So I am not gonna bullshit you with general guidelines instead I am telling you how to make money on Fiverr and things that I implemented which helped me got to level 1 naturally within 3 months.
1. Number of Gigs
This goes without saying. Use the full number of gigs you are allowed. 0 level sellers are allowed to have 7 gigs. Use all 7 of them. If you are offering 1 service only then treat all 7 gigs as different versions of your service. Use different headings, descriptions, etc to see which one performs better and then use that data to make other gigs better.
Effectiveness: 6 /10
2. Title & Description of Gig
This is one of the most important factors. You are allowed 80 characters in the title of the gig. Every title starts with “I will..” so make sure that your title makes sense. Now, most of the Fiverr guides out there suggests using keywords at the start of your title. It’s good to advise as long as the title makes sense. A bad title example will be
“I will best logo design with ultimate revisions”
Change it to “I will offer best logo design service with ultimate revisions” and you are good to go
The description part of the gig allows you 1200 characters. That’s a lot to cover all keywords you want for your gig. Make it clear, to the point and mention the value of gig. Following are two examples of gigs to show you the difference it makes.
Pro Tip: Search your service on Fiverr and check the title and description of gigs with most orders. Try to copy that description and change it to fit your gig. You have a winning combination of title and description that is already performing.
3. Gig Tags
One of the most neglected areas of your gig that can make a huge difference. Like many other people, I simply added tags that define my gig. But I learned that people are not thinking like me on Fiverr. For example instead of “guest post,” they were searching for “blog post”. You are allowed 5 tags per gig. Experiment with the different set of tags on different gigs to see which performs better.
Pro Tip: Search your service on Fiverr and check the tags of the top-selling gigs. Make note of tags of several top gigs and soon you ‘ll start to see some common tags used by the gigs which are getting most orders. They are your golden nuggets. Use these tags in your gig.
One of the most common tips you’ll find on 99% of Fiverr guides is to use the catchy image to get more orders. But a catchy image might not be fit for all industries. For example how catchy you can get with an image for translation service. You are allowed 3 images per gig. Use at least 2 of them. One as a cover image and one as a detailed image for your service.
Pro Tip: Use the image to highlight features of your gig. In my industry, I added different stats on the image such as site traffic, DA, SEMRush authority, etc. It helped me a lot as it makes the buyer see the summary of my service.
Fiverr itself says the adding video to your gig increases conversions and helps you get more orders. I tried it and it was true. My gig impressions increased from 145 impressions per week to 570 impressions per week. In my service category, I simply made a video of website homepage using screen recorder software. Fiverr will manually approve your video and it will take about 3 to 4 days.
Pro Tip: Simply use screen recorder software to make videos of you doing the work, previous client reports or you can use the whiteboard animated video service from Fiverr. it will cost you $5 for a 1-minute long video.
6. Share on Social Media
Not many people approve of it but sharing your gig on social media increases your impressions. Share your gig once per day on Twitter or Facebook with relevant hashtags and in related groups. it will do wonder for your gig
7. Ratings and Reviews
More ratings and reviews you will get, more chances of your gig appearing on top in Fiverr search results. It is as simple as that. I confirmed it when I got a positive review on my gig and its impressions start increasing from the next day.
Strangely it’s against Fiverr terms of services to ask for reviews from buyers and Fiverr might block your account for that. So be careful with this.
Pro Tip: When you deliver the order, make sure to ask for review nicely there.
8. Be Online
As strange and stupid as it sounds, but being online and keep refreshing your profile page after every 15 20 minutes increases your chances of appearing in Fiverr Search results.
9. Response Rate
The faster you respond to questions and messages, the better your response rate will be. However, I didn’t find any direct relation of this with gigs ranking
A rarely used area of Fiverr gigs that only a few sellers use. You can use that to further explain your gig or address some common questions to make the buyer more comfortable.
Some Shady Tips on Fiverr:
Buy Fiverr Reviews: There are websites and services that offer Fiverr Reviews. You can buy these to make your gigs look more trustworthy. Similarly, you can make fake orders to get to the $400 earning mark required for level 1 seller. This will fast forward your journey to make money on Fiverr. This is against Fiverr terms of service and if you get caught your account will be terminated.
Another way to get some gig reviews is Fiverr arbitrage. It involves sellers placing order on each other gigs and exchange reviews.
Multiple Fiverr Seller Accounts: This one is another interesting technique I found. Use multiple seller accounts to get more business from Fiverr. It’s like scaling your business. Again, Fiverr do not allow more than 1 account per person/company and you will be banned if you get caught.
So these were some areas that helped me in getting more orders and reaching to level 1 seller in April. Like most of the people, I am still learning on Fiverr and now my goal is to reach the level 2 seller. I am still experimenting with different things and noting the gig behavior to check what is working and what’s not. Once I reach level 2, I will update this guide or write a new one to let you guys know how it is working.
Before starting your gig, search the words relevant to your service on Fiver like “animated videos” and analyze the top gigs or gigs with most orders very carefully. Try to copy their techniques initially and then refine it later to get better results.
What are Impressions on Fiverr?
Fiverr Gig Analytics let you see how your gigs are performing. There are 3 main areas, Impression, Views and Clicks. Impressions mean how many time your gig appears in Fiverr search results. For example, if someone searches “photoshop” on fiver and your gig appears in the search results, that’s 1 impression. Click means how many people click on your gig when it appears in Fiverr search. Now if you share your gig URL on social media and someone visits from there, it won’t count as a click. So clicks factor is limited to people clicking on your gig from Fiverr search results only. Views mean how many people view your gig detailed page.
This fiverr guide is written by Julie Reader who is a digital marketing and outreach expert with 10 years experience of online marketing. She works with several clients offering expert outreach services on different platforms.