how to make money on fiverr
10Sep

How To Make Money On Fiverr: The Definite Guide To Turning Your PC Into A Cash Flow Machine

how to make money on fiverr

Want to know how to make money on Fiverr and become a Fiverr rockstar?

You have come to the right place.

For those of you who haven’t read my first article about making money on Fiverr, you can go to Victor Pride’s blog and read it.

After reading it, you will see that I made about 1800$ during my first month. In the picture above, you can notice the rise in my income for the month of August. From 1800$ to 2700$.

This is not due to luck.

I think I have cracked the code to making money on Fiverr and if you follow the strategies I will outline below, you will also be able to make pretty good money on Fiverr. (Some D&C readers already did it => 1 & 2)

The last 9 days alone, I made about 1400$. Almost the same amount of money I made in my first ENTIRE month.

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I average about 200$ of orders per day. With that pace, September will lead to about 4500$. Not bad just for 3 months right?

UPDATE 8.12.15: Actually, September has ended up even better than I expected:

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I want to be clear on that: I am not saying any of these to brag.

I just want to show you what’s possible if you have a goal and work on it. I had a goal to make 1000$ per month by September. And I have crushed that goal.

Before showing you how you can do the same, let me tell you what happens when you set a goal and work on it with persistence:

  • Finally, I don’t need any money from my parents. I pay for all of my expenses alone and I no longer feel like I a burden for them.
  • I am glad I decided to start a business and put college aside. If I continued with my degree, I would probably never make the money I make now even 5 years after I have finished college. (Not to mention that I would be dead broke until then)
  • Also, I would have to rely on my parents to pay for my expenses. And I wouldn’t be able to do several things I enjoy doing (like travelling).
  • I wouldn’t even have enough money for a proper nutrition – I would have to eat at the crappy restaurant of my university. I wouldn’t be able to eat the right kind of food to build a great body and I couldn’t progress in the gym.
  • I wouldn’t have money to pay for my dancing classes. I need only 150$ per month – but my parents couldn’t afford it. Now I pay for it on my own.

The possibilities are endless.

What’s needed from you is to work with enough faith and belief to make it happen. And you will inevitably make it happen if you don’t give up.

Now, no more talking about what I did.

Let’s talk about these 23 ways to help you crush Fiverr and make some cash.  And I would recommend to read until the end if you are serious to learn how to make money on Fiverr:

1.Your Customer Service Will Make Or Break Your Success On Fiverr:

Fiverr has one big drawback. A lot of people go there looking for EXTREMELY CHEAP services. Because of that, some of them ask you to deliver more than you promise – for the same price.

Writing a 800 word article for 5$ is simply ridiculous. Yet, I have been asked to do it after I have delivered the gig which was promised to be only 450 words.

My gig’s description was clear about the number of words I was offering. But this idiot  customer didn’t even read the description and wanted more than I promised.

I became really angry. And I almost told him to [email protected] off leave me alone. At the last moment, I stopped, closed the laptop and went out for a walk. When I came back I sent him a polite reply. I was EXTREMELY POLITE – more polite than you can imagine.

He appreciated it and didn’t ask for more.

Even if you have to deal with idiots, don’t you ever be rude. Make them feel like they are the most important person in the world. And everything will go fine. If you can’t control your emotions, you will have trouble making money on fiverr.

Your fiverr business depends on positive reviews and repeat customers – treat your customers like you would like to be treated.

2. Diversify Your Gigs & Sell As Much As Possible

The number of sales you make is hugely affected by the number of views your gigs get. And the number of views your gigs get will increase – if you simply make more Fiverr gigs.

When you become a level 2 seller, Fiverr allows you to have up to 20 GIGS. Even if you have no level, you can have up to 7 GIGS. Most people make the mistake of selling only one Fiverr gig.

If you want to get more sales and make more money on Fiverr – you should diversify your portfolio. Maximize the number of Fiverr gigs you have in your profile. More active gigs will give you more impressions and more views.

People might even find a gig of yours using the search bar and then end up buying another gig that you are offering. If you offer only 1-2 services, you are probably losing money.

Max out your gigs – sell as many services as you can. Don’t leave an empty gig spot for no reason. After some months, you will check which gigs sell and which not and you can delete the useless ones.

3. Always Offer A Money Back Guarantee.

Sounds counter intuitive right?

Yes, but it makes your potential customers feel secure. And it increases their willingness to pay you. Even if your service costs just 5$ – people are more likely to buy if they know that you will give them a refund.

I have finished hundreds of orders, but only 3-4 people asked for their money back.

That’s less than 1% of my customers. I was very polite and tried to genuinely solve their problems. In the end, they were satisfied and they even left me 5-star feedback on my gigs.

Most people won’t try to take advantage of your guarantee – if you deliver a great service.  But if you don’t deliver real value – you might have some problems.

Generally, it’s always better to offer a money back guarantee. You don’t want to have unhappy customers. Fiverr should be treated like a business – you want people to spread good words about your services – not bad.

Here is what will happen if you don’t offer a money back guarantee:

Your unsatisfied client will contact Fiverr’s customer support and they will most likely cancel the order. The support team seems to take the place of they buyer in most cases – something like 99% 😛

You will lose that money anyway. Offer a money back guarantee – It can make a huge difference and you don’t have anything to lose. Those who are unsatisfied, will get their money back anyway.

4. Promote Your Services On YouTube

In my other article I talked about the importance of having a video in all your gigs.

When you have a video, you should upload it on YouTube. Use this keyword tool and find similar keywords to the ones you are using on Fiverr. Put them in your description, tags and YouTube’s video title.

This will help you drive some traffic to your Fiverr gigs. And as more and more people view your gigs, Fiverr will be putting them higher in searches so more people can find them.

Since you have already made videos for your Fiverr gigs, it will take 10 minutes more to set up each video on YouTube with tags, description and everything.

5. Make Sure You Have a Stunning – Attention Grabbing Gig Photo

That’s extremely important. Your gig’s photo and title are the only clues the buyer has to see if your gig is worth it. A great photo will help you get more clicks. And make more money.

DON’T use a generic photo from google images. You must own the copyrights. Either go to Pixabay and pick a photo – or make one.

You could use this free tool to make photos like this one (made it in under a minute)

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It’s nothing amazing, but if you are not a Photoshop wizard – it will work. Personally, I use Photoshop and know some stuff about graphic design. This allows me to create images that grab attention without struggling a lot.

Also, if you upload a video – you will notice that your photo won’t be displayed at all. So, don’t bother too much about the photo – IF you listen to my suggestion and upload a video.

When your video is up, you can re-edit your gig and change the thumbnail. The thumbnail is the image that is displayed when your gig is picked up in searches.

If you have a video, Fiverr will pick a random screenshot of your video as a thumbnail. Make sure to change it and pick a thumbnail that grabs attention.

6. Optimize Your Video & Photo For Fiverr’s Search Engine

Don’t freak out, it’s easier than it sounds. Just like Google, Fiverr looks at the name of your video file to see what kind of gig you are selling.

So, when you upload your video on Fiverr be sure to name it with your basic keyword. For instance, if you are designing e-book covers, then name your video file as “e-book cover creation graphic design”.

This lets Fiverr’s search engine know what your gig is about. Do the same for the image you will upload in your gig.

7. Make Sure You Have a Great Title

The second most important thing when it comes to how many people click your gig.

If you don’t have an attractive title, nobody will click on it.

The easiest way to create a great title is to notice what the big sellers are doing. Search for the top gigs in your category and write down the top 10 titles in an excel spreadsheet.

Try to see which words are used often and pick them up for your own title. Lastly, Fiverr allows you to capitalize one word in your title. Make sure to capitalize one, since this grabs attention.

“I will write a super INFORMATIVE 500 word article” is better than “I will write 500 words of great content”.

8. Don’t Make Any Mistakes In Your Gig’s Description

Grammar, spelling and punctuation create a professional appearance. If you have spelling mistakes in your description and you are offering transcribing or article writing, then no one will choose your gig.

Even if you sell something completely irrelevant to writing, you must have a perfect, flawless description. This makes you look professional! 

Looking professional is an important aspect of every business. Because you have to treat Fiverr like a business – if you want to make good money.

Even if Fiverr’s customers aren’t grammar nerds, they can understand when your sales copy is poorly written. Also, Fiverr is a marketplace where you will find mainly people from the USA.

If you aren’t a non-native English speaker you have to be really careful with your description. And if your English skills suck completely, you should find someone to write your sales pitch.

9. Format Your Description Properly – Write As Much As You Can – Keep Your Sentences Short

how to make money on fiverr sales copy

Fiverr allows you up to 1200 characters for your gig’s description – which is about 300-400 words. Write as much as you can until you reach this character limit.

A 50 word description doesn’t explain much about your services and makes you look unprofessional.

Also, don’t write a plain-text essay-like paragraph. Use bolding, bullets and capitalize words to grab attention and break the monotony of your sales pitch.

Another thing that’s important when you are writing sales copy is to write short sentences.

Robert Bly, author of The Copywriter’s Handbook, says that people lose the meaning of a sentence after 16 words. So don’t use more than 16 words in your sales copy. Keep your sentences simple and short.

10. What About Cold-Calling?

If you have done all the above, but not getting any orders, then you should probably hustle a little more. And if customers aren’t coming to you, then you should go to them – at least until you make some sales and get some positive reviews.

A.Search For Unsatisfied Buyers

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Go to the gigs of other sellers in your category. Scroll down to see the reviews and sort them by negative.

See what made the buyers unhappy and message them to offer your service. When you do that, always offer more than your competition at a cheaper price.

But be careful to be as nice as possible. Or you will be considered as a spammer.

This is a bit risky because you might offend some buyers, but if you had no sales yet – then you have nothing to lose.

B. Use The Buyer Request Section

If you click in the upper right corner where your name is, you will see a drop-down menu. Click on Sales and then click on Buyer Requests.

Use the search bar to see if someone is looking for a service similar like yours. If you find anyone, send him an offer.

You will probably end up doing lots of work for pennies when you use this tactic. But the point is to get your first sales and start the ball rolling.

11. Always Leave Feedback

Most sellers never reply to their customer reviews. Those who reply just say a generic “great experience” to EVERYONE who writes a review for them.

That’s wrong! One of the places that potential buyers look often is your previous reviews. If they see these kind of replies they will feel like you don’t care much about your customers.

How would you care if you don’t even take time to leave them feedback?

On the other hand, when you reply to all your buyers and leave feedback to all your reviews – people see that you interact with your customers and care about them.

It won’t take you much time to do it. Just once per day is enough. One line of feedback is more than ok. But make them as unique and personalized as possible.

12. Increase Your Profit With The Express Gig Delivery Extra

Most sellers ask you for 20-50$ for 1 day express delivery. Make the difference and charge 10$ or even 5$ for express delivery. It depends on what you sell and how much time you need to finish each order.

If it’s not something time-consuming, charge it 5$.

You will be surprised how much more money you can make with that gig extra. Even if it’s just 5$. Personally, I ask for 10$ but I already have some hundreds of 5-star reviews to back up the money I ask for.

In the beginning, I was asking for 5$ as well. Now, I probably make 200-400$ extra per month from express deliveries.

13. Never, Ever Buy Fake Reviews

Fake reviews will probably help in the short-term because you will start ranking higher in searches. But if your work is not outstanding, people will realize that your 5 star reviews are fake.

You won’t only lose the trust of your customers, but you will be also flooded with 1-star ratings, cancellations and refund requests.

It’s not worth it.

14. Use This Technique To Get More Reviews

As you might have already discovered, positive reviews are pure gold. The more you have, the more sales you generate.

Unfortunately, only about 15-20% of your buyers will bother to leave a review.

But there is a way to increase this percentage. And it’s very simple: Just remind them that they haven’t reviewed your gig.

Don’t tell them: “hey you haven’t reviewed my gig, please review it”.

Instead, use this proven to work script:

Hey!

I see you haven’t completed the order yet. I would highly appreciate it if you could click complete and review my gig. Please do that only if you are completely satisfied with my service and eager to leave a FULL 5 star review.

In any other case, please let me know and I am here to help and resolve any issues. My number one priority is to make you fully satisfied – So, don’t hesitate to contact me if needed!

Kind Regards,
-Your Name

15. Make Your Gig Look As Full As Possible

You should use literally EVERYTHING you can.

For maximum exposure, you should make your gigs look as professional as possible. The more info you add in your Fiverr gig, the more COMPLETE it looks.

Upload a video, upload three HQ photos, upload a banner photo (if your category allows it), upload PDF files showcasing your services or give more information.

Generally, make your gig look full.  The more complete it looks, the better business image you create.

16. Realize That You Are Online

Working online implies that some people won’t like your services, they will criticize and say stuff you don’t like.

When that happens, simply smile, nod, ignore and move on.

You can’t get stressed about what everyone is saying. Don’t give a fuck and do your own thing. This doesn’t apply only to making money on Fiverr, but to everything you do – online or offline.

17. Want To Make More Sales? Think From The Customer’s Perspective

If your gig is not getting enough impressions, views and clicks then it won’t make much sales. In this case you have to make some tweaks in your title, description and tags and see what happens.

On the other hand, if you have many gig views, impressions and clicks – but a few or no orders – then you have another problem.

Your description is not good enough and you are not communicating your gig’s value in a clear way.

Buyers want to know “what’s in it for them”, not how amazing you are. They want to learn how your service will benefit their lives.

For instance, let’s say you are a graphic designer and say:

Hey, I am a graphic designer with 6 years of experience in graphic design. I started graphic design when I was in college and became pretty good at it. I am here on Fiverr selling logos for your business. I can create the best logos you have ever seen that look amazing. You won’t find better logos anywhere.

If you write something in that vibe, only a few will buy. Because you only focus on yourself when you should focus on your customers.

Write what your services can do for them instead of telling them how talented you are. It doesn’t matter to them. Try to reduce the times you use the word “I” in your description.

Instead, use the word “you” and focus on how your service helps your customers. For instance:

Hey, want to get the best logos for your business? Are you looking for logos that make your business look professional? Then you have come to the right place. As a graphic designer with 6 years of experience, I will create incredibly awesome logos that will set your business apart from your competitors. Ready to rule your competition?

Look how many times I used the words “you” and “your” instead of “I”. This can have a huge impact on your sales and how much money you make on Fiverr.

You can always check your gig stats from your account panel. Click on your name in the upper right corner of your screen, then click on Sales and then choose My Gigs.

18. Secure Your Account To The Utmost & Make It Look Complete

Buyers prefer to trust sellers who have a 100% complete profile. This means to connect a Facebook, Google Plus and Gmail account.

Look the picture below:

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This increases your credibility as a seller and makes customers more likely to hire you. If you don’t want to use your existing social media profiles simply set up a new Gmail only for your money-making endeavors with Fiverr.

Use this Gmail to start a Facebook and Google Plus account. And connect them to Fiverr.

Also, take security measures:

1.Never, ever download an attachment that someone sends you if you are not sure what it is. 

Why?

Because there are hackers on Fiverr just like anywhere else. Some people will try to send you a file that contains a malware or a key-logger.

A key-logger is a program that records everything you type in your keyboard – like your fiverr’s password…

2.Install Malwarebytes

Malware Bytes is an awesome program that cleans your PC from malicious and suspicious files. Scan your PC once every 2 weeks and it will take care of business. It has a free version.

19. Refuse To Do Free Work Or More Than What You Promise

As I said above, some people on Fiverr will try to get as many services as they can without even paying for it.

I have been contacted by random people many times to do free work. Huh…let’s laugh.

  • They told me that I had to do something really simple and that they would pay me afterwards and only if the work was good.
  • Another one told me to do something for free and then he would come back to get this service for another 50 products.
  • And many other guys asked me for extra work after I have delivered exactly what I have promised.

I never did any of that extra work. If you let them control you, they will ruin your business.

You are the seller and you have to set the terms of the engagement – without being rude of course.

If someone asks for free work like the 2 first guys above, then simply play it like you are dumb!

Say: “Sure, I would love to work with you – Just go to my gig’s page and buy this and that. Then I will start working on your order immediately”

As for the 3rd type of guy, explain him politely that you have delivered what you promised. Tell him that you would love to do more, but he would have to get the right extras.

Some of them won’t even reply while others will gladly pay for the extra service they need.

But never compromise. Even if someone promises you tons of work for the future, then he might be lying.

Pay for it and you will get it man. Otherwise, you can choose another seller. Don’t have a “needy mentality” and settle for less than you deserve.

20. Don’t Fight With The Customer Support

Fiverr has a lot of goods, but also has its drawbacks.

From what I have seen, the customer support back ups mostly buyers and outside partners (more on that later). Sellers are not given as much importance as they should.

As the time goes by, something awful might happen. You might get a 1-star review for no reason or something that sucks and makes you angry.

The customer support is the only way to fix problems on Fiverr. And if you disrespect them, you will end up even more disappointed.

21. Beware Of PayPal Disputes Because You Are Alone Out There…

Hopefully, this has never happened to me, but I know many people who have been scammed and lost money.

Here is what happens:

A customer places three 80$ orders in a timeframe of 2 weeks. He pays you 240$ and you deliver what you promised.

One month later you get an e-mail saying that the buyer opened a dispute in PayPal, and that he received a refund. And the money is missing from your PayPal or Fiverr account balance.

The problem is that when this happens, you can’t contact PayPal and give them proof that you delivered the work. You are an unknown to PayPal. Only Fiverr can talk to them.

Unfortunately, if you message the customer support, they won’t help either.

There are many stories like this one in warriorforum and this one in fiverr’s forum. If you dig in Fiverr’s forum you will find even more stories like this: Someone pays you 200$ and then opens a dispute in PayPal and gets a full refund.

You lose the money even if you have spent lots of time to deliver the order.

What can you do in this case?

Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe pray and wish that it won’t happen to you. If it happens, simply move on – It’s not worth to lose time for 50$ or even 200$.

I know that it will hurt your pocket, but honestly, I can’t see any better option that continuing your life. Scammers are everywhere and you shouldn’t give up because of an idiot.

Why am I talking about this if I don’t know a solution?

Well, it’s better to be aware of the fact that this can happen, than experiencing a 200$ loss out of nowhere. You will be able to deal with it with more self-discipline.

And you might also be able to avoid it. If you see that a buyer is suspicious or promises a lot of money, then he might be a potential scammer. Beware of large orders. If it’s possible, break large orders down to smaller ones of 50-70$.

This could probably help a little. The scammer may open 2-3 disputes, but opening 15 would be a little harder – I think…

Last Two Tips To Start Making Even More Money With Fiverr

Now you know almost everything I know about Fiverr. If I come up with anything else, then I will update this article or make something like a series.

Also, if you want me to write about something specific, let me know in the comments below.

Now, let’s get in the two last strategies:

22. Establish Your Reputation On Fiver

As you might have understood, positive reviews are gold!

The more reviews you have, the more money you can make. That’s because 5 star reviews add credibility to your account and give you social proof.

From my personal experience, when you reach to one hundred 5-star reviews – you will start making about 2000$ plus per month depending on what you sell and how much you are pricing your gig extras.

The question is: how do you get more 5 star reviews?

Beyond that you must be delivering an exceptional service, the easiest way to get dozens of 5-star reviews is the following:

Find a gig that you can finish relatively fast. Maximum 30 minutes. And give as much as you can as fast as you can.

Give DOUBLE than what your competition is offering and complete the work two times faster.

Does this mean that you will work many hours without getting paid much?

Yes and no.

If you don’t have 30-40 positive reviews already don’t expect to be flooded with orders. Even if you are offering your services for dirt cheap you won’t make many sales.

But if you offer TONS of value for 5$ – you will have 2-6 orders per day even if you don’t have many reviews. You will be working maximum 180 minutes for 6 orders.

So theoretically, you will spend 1-3 hours per day and you will be able to reach 25-45 positive reviews in about a month.

From that point it will get a lot easier since you will be able to charge more for your services with your gig extras.

Charge LESS than your service’s real value until you become a Level 2 Seller with 30+ positive reviews

This will take at least a month for a new account. But after that point, be sure that you will be making lots of money!

23. Set Up Your Gig Extras To Start Making Good Cash

Making money through volume is worth it only if you sell a service that can be done in 5 minutes. In that way, with 12 orders you can make 60$ just with an hour of work.

The problem is that it’s challenging to find a gig that can be sold for 5$ and finished in 5 minutes. You could probably do it if you have exceptional skills in some area, but for the average guy it’s not possible.

On the other hand, generating 12+ orders per day usually needs you to be a level 2 or top rated seller with lots of 5 star reviews. Maybe thousands of them.

I have a few hundreds positive reviews and I don’t have more than 10 orders every day. Some days I have only 3-6 orders. But each of them is about 50-70$.

The only way to do that is with your gig extras.

Here is how you should set up your gig extras. It’s actually extremely simple.

Don’t deliver a full service just with 5$. Don’t misunderstand my statement. I say don’t deliver a FULL service. I don’t say not do deliver an AWESOME service.

Your 5$ gig can be awesome even if it’s not a full service.

For example, there are a lot of guys who are drawing caricatures on Fiverr. The head of the caricature can cost just 5$ and be an awesome caricature. But if you want a FULL service you have to pay more.

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As you can see, a full body caricature costs 45$. Giving you the full rights of the picture costs another 10$. In this way you make 55$ just by adding a little sauce to your services.

Split your service into smaller parts – that still offer a lot of value – and you will be able to make more than just 5$ from a single order.

Is this unethical?

Of course not. You are doing more work. Don’t you deserve to get paid more? All in all, the buyer isn’t forced to get your gig extras.

Yet, lots of them will decide to get your extras to get a full service.

This Is The End Of “The Definite Guide On How To Make Money On Fiverr”

That’s all for today guys.

If you have any questions, don’t be shy. Hit me up in the comments below.

If you are a Fiverr seller, I would be glad to hear your opinion and experiences!

As a last tip I can give you one piece of advice. If you want to make money on Fiverr or anywhere else, you have to be awesome. Your service must be awesome.

There are a lot of mediocre sellers who don’t deliver a valuable service.

Of course, they won’t make any money on Fiverr. If you are not really good at what you do, then practice every day until you become better.

The better you become, the more money you will earn.

And that’s one reason my Fiverr income is constantly increasing.

The fact that I started making some money didn’t make me complacent.

I read books and practice my skills every day so I can get better at the services I am offering. As a result, I become more skilled and make more money on Fiverr.

It definitely takes some work, but it’s worth the effort. Now, I want you to get out there and crush Fiverr. Can you do that for me?

Then come back here and share your story – I would love to hear about your success!

Talk soon,

-Damian Pros

PS: Have you tried making money on Fiverr yet?

Let me know in the comments and then SHARE this post with your friends on social media to help them make money while working from home!

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COMMENT (82)
efe / September 10, 2015

Hey Damian, I am following your blog for a while, it is great. You are investing in yourself. I want to make this. Not in Fiverr, because of my English. But there is a similar local website in my country Turkiye. What kind of gig do you have? It seems very profitable. May be i can do it in my local site. Also, i submit my mail but i could not reach your e-book.

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Damian Pros / September 10, 2015

Thank you efe!

I am not selling just once service. It doesn’t matter what I am selling because it’s based on my knowledge and experiences. You should find something that is relevant to your personal skills. Think about what you know. Otherwise, I think that learning graphic design could be very profitable, yet it would take some time.

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Sergie / September 10, 2015

Good ideas. I have yet to check out the money making side of fiverr but will do so soon. Thanks for the post.

Regards,
Sergie

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Hey Sergie!

You should definitely check it out. Beyond being a great revenue stream – fiverr can also teach you a lot about running a business. Like how to meet deadlines, increase your profits, deal with unhappy customers etc.

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Tate / September 11, 2015

Hey Damian, first off I’d like to say that your article on VP.com was sensational. Second, this was a great follow up. I’ve been on fiverr since 2012 and what you are saying is spot on great advice.

I’d like to mention that a way that I increased my reviews that I got was asking for a review in my delivery note. Usually I’ll say something like “If you find my work satisfactory, please leave me a favorable review as it helps my fiverr rankings”

Usually people feel obligated to leave a review and it happens about 90% of the time now.

I’d also like to point out that if you are new to fiverr it’s imperative to get to level 2 status quick. That way you’ll be able to get the gig extras and better rankings. One way to do this is to offer your gigs be completed in 24 hours for the base price. I do this for one of my gigs still and I’m ranking near the top.

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Thank you Tate!

Asking for a review when you deliver is great way to get some extra reviews. I do it too and helps a lot but I left it for another post (A 3rd one will come soon). Also, I agree about reaching lvl 2 as fast as possible. The faster you do it, the more gig extras you can use, the more active gigs you can have(20) and obviously you can make more money.

I appreciate your insights. Glad to meet another fiverr seller!

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Untemplater / September 11, 2015

Wow, lots of great tips! I’ve used fiverr before as a customer and had pretty good success. Using it to make some extra cash is a great idea for a lot of people. I didn’t realize until recently that you can offer various services and add ons that are more than $5.

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Haha, yes – gig extras are the bread and butter of fiverr. Without them you will find it hard to make good money.

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Francisco / September 11, 2015

Hi Damian: Thanks for your posting. It’s a great article.
I have a couple of questions: have you ever had cluttering problems with orders? like how did you manage when you have short time and a couple of urgent orders from customers?

Regards,
Francisco

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Hey Fransisco,

No I didn’t. You just have to manage your time well and you will have no problems. The fastest delivery option is 24 hours. It’s very difficult to have so many orders that you can’t complete them within 24 hours.

But it depends on how much time you spend on each order. Generally if you focus on selling services that don’t take much time(except you get paid more with extras) you won’t have any problems.

The best way to avoid late delivering is to set a certain time within the day and finish all your orders for the next 24 hours. That way you know that you have nothing else to do until the same time, the next day. I like doing it in the morning.

Let me know if this answers your questions!

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Francisco / September 11, 2015

Yes, Damian. Thanks for your answer.
Other similar question i wanted to ask you is how do you manage to take some days off?

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Damian Pros / September 12, 2015

You can put your fiverr account in vacation mode for as many days as you want. During that timeframe you won’t get any orders and you will be able to relax completely.

If you have a few gigs you can just increase the expected delivery time from 2 days to 9 days and take a 5 day trip in the meanwhile. You might get some orders this way during the time that you are relaxing.

Last but not least, I don’t think it’s needed to take some days off except something extremely serious is going on(like a surgery). Why take some days off? Fiverr will probably take you 1-4 hours per day.

Last month I was on vacation and took my laptop along to work on fiverr. I would wake up, exercise and then finish my orders for the next 24 hours. This required only 2 hours of my time but I was free for the rest of the day. When you are travelling away you can also finish your orders when you are in the bus, train or airplane. This time would be lost anyway.

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Francisco / September 14, 2015

Thanks for your answers. It’s great to know there are so many options just in case i need to take a couples of days off.

Jacob / September 11, 2015

Just created my Fiverr account a couple days ago. Got 4 gigs up and making more as time allows. Got a good number of views on a couple of the original gigs. We’ll see how the 2 gigs I created today go. No sales yet, but I’m not too stressed about that. If I go a week or 2 without any sales, then I’ll need to troubleshoot.

Thanks for turning me onto this website. Hoping to make some nice money on the side.

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Well done Jacob – with that patience I am sure you will figure it out.

To kickstart your sales, try to increase the amount of services you provide for the 5$ gig – I don’t know what you are selling so I can’t tell you exactly what to do, but offering double or triple value compared to your competitors works well.

It doesn’t matter if you work 1 hour on the first 2-3 orders. Do it until you get 1 review. From that point it will be 3x easier.

Keep me posted! I will be glad to hear that you are rolling!

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Jacob / September 11, 2015

My current 4 gigs are:

500 word fitness article for $5
500 word article on anything requested by buyer for $5
Personalized 7 minute workouts for $5
Phone app download and 5 star review for $5

All 4 gigs have 4 day delivery. I don’t have any upsell options on these gigs yet. Just wanted to see what was generating a lot of interest and focus on tweaking them first.

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Damian Pros / September 11, 2015

Everyone is selling 500 word articles for 5$. You have to give more now that you don’t have any reviews. Give 1000 words for 5$ and 1 day express delivery. Otherwise, I think it will be very hard to get an order. When you have some reviews you can change them again and sell what you are selling now.

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Jacob / September 12, 2015

Good point. Thanks for the tip. I’ll make the changes and see if that generates some gigs.

Damian Pros / September 12, 2015

Great – I am waiting forward to it!

Jacob / October 13, 2015

Damian, just wanted to give you a follow up on my first month with Fiverr. I followed your suggestions and just reached Level 1 yesterday and am going at a good pace to reach Level 2!

Here are some things I found that work for me that I’d like to share with anyone that is thinking about starting a Fiverr account. I hope they help:

1) Offer a proofreading/editing gig. This has been where ALL my orders have originated from (more on that in point #3). I started with 1500 words for $5 in 1 day, but am going to drop the word count down now that I am more established (thinking of 1000 words).

2) Have an over the top customer service mindset. Damian explains it pretty well in his article. I make sure I am professional, friendly, and respond to my buyers immediately, even if it is just to say hello and that I received their gig request. After the gig is finished, be sure to thank them again and tell them to feel free to contact you if they have any questions/concerns about your work. Don’t just say, “Here’s your document. See ya later.”

3) Be open to custom requests. According to my Fiverr stats, all my sales have been through my proofreading gig, but that isn’t entirely accurate. Some buyers have found my gig and requested that I place reviews on their sites or even review their products. One business sent me a $100 knife in exchange for my honest review on their Amazon page. That’s right, I got a $100 knife AND the $5 from the gig itself for no more than 15 minutes worth of work!

Best of luck to all you aspiring entrepreneurs out there and thanks again Damian for letting me know about this side hustle option!

Damian Pros / October 13, 2015

Jacob I am really glad that you are progressing and well done for becoming a level 1 seller so fast! It’s awesome man.

As for your tips, I totally agree with all of them.

Keep it up and enjoy your extra money 😉

Best,
Damian Pros

Benjamin / November 19, 2015

Just started my Fiverr account and threw up three gigs. I’m kind of wondering the the proofreading and editing gig, I’m kind of worried that I might miss a few errors lol.

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Damian Pros / November 19, 2015

Hey Benjamin!

Congrats for taking the 1st step. If they are just a few you won’t have any problem. Nobody can spot all errors at once. Try to do your best and see how it goes. Whatever you need feel free to ask!

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Josh / September 12, 2015

Should you place the video as thumbnail or a picture?

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Damian Pros / September 12, 2015

Hey Josh,

When you upload a video you aren’t able to use a picture as a thumbnail. And I recommend uploading a video. It can increase your sales dramatically. Even fiverr says that gigs with videos sell 220% more. But you can use a snapshot from the video as a thumbnail when your video is uploaded. Let me know if you need anything else!

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Muhammad Hayat / September 13, 2015

i hope this place will be helpful for me some one ordered my service and never follow the buyer instruction i canceled order but he decline the cancelation what shoul i do now ?

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Damian Pros / September 13, 2015

Hey Muhammad,

If he didn’t follow your instructions you should first make sure that your instructions are clear and easy to understand. Think from a buyer’s perspective and try to see if a regular buyer would be able to understand what you ask him.

If you can’t figure out a solution with your buyer and he continuously declines your cancelation requests, then you should probably contact fiverr’s customer support and explain them the situation. They will cancel the order for you. Hope this helps, let me know if you need anything else!

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Sam / September 18, 2015

Hey Damian, awesome article, very informative. I actually started selling professional book reviews and Reddit link karma after reading one of your other Fiverr articles (I’m 16 btw). The main problem seems to be getting noticed and making the first few sales and it sucks knowing you can deliver but no one is taking you up on it.

Keep hustling brother!

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Damian Pros / September 18, 2015

Hello Sam,

thank you. Yeah, that’s a difficulty all new sellers have to face in the beginning. But as soon as the first sales come in, getting more sales is far much easier. Making sure that you give a lot more than your competition is the best way to drive sales when you have no reviews. Keep me posted on how it goes!

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Benjamin / October 1, 2015

Dude! this is a great follow up to the last article I saw on VP. Thank a lot for writing this second part Damian. I am going to start and currently trying to learn photoshop. If you can keep updating us on what you learn in the future on Fiverr, that would be great man. Well I should start learning now!

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Damian Pros / October 1, 2015

Hey Benjamin!

Learning Photoshop is a really good move. When you develop solid graphic design skills you will be able to make really good money!

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hipanic / October 28, 2015

Hey Damian,
I have a specific question. I have been trying to use addmefast for almost 2 weeks now. I have generated some points manually and I also tried following your advice about downloading scripts from google. The thing is the scripts I’ve used don’t work as promised. They just play and play and i think i’ve received soome viruses from some of them. What site would you recommend for getting legit scripts that work?

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Damian Pros / October 28, 2015

Hey!

You need to be really careful when downloading files and always check for viruses before. Check this article on how to do this:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/30508/make-sure-downloads-are-safe-before-downloading-them/

Also, if you think you have viruses in your computer install the program Malware Bytes. It has a free version and will clean your PC fast and easy.

As for where to download them from, I don’t have any site recommendation. Just pick scripts that have been created recently. You might have to make some coding modifications to make them work properly. If it feels like impossible to learn how to change the code, then I would suggest focusing on another gig.

Hope this helps buddy! Let me know if you need anything else.

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hipanic / October 28, 2015

Thank you for the information. I appreciate it a bunch.

I have already installed the malware anti-virus and it works perfectly, and i will let you know if i have anything in mind. Thank you again.

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Michael / November 3, 2015

Damian, your whole blog, especially this article, is pure gold. I can’t believe you are giving it away for free.

I have been a long time reader of the holy trinity (D&P, B&D and GLL), but what I like about your blog is your youthful perspective.

The holy trinity is great motivation, but nothing quite gives you the kick in the butt than a younger guy achieving more than you.

Your blog is really refreshing, and hope you keep on writing.

I know read the holy Quadrumvirate

Michael

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Damian Pros / November 3, 2015

Hi Michael!

Thanks for your kind words. It really means a lot to know that I help in any way – either its practical or just motivation/inspiration. I will definitely keep writing. Are you planning to start playing with fiverr?

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Michael / November 4, 2015

Definitely. I got myself a Fiverr profile, followed every piece advice you offered, making my profile seem as full as possible, videos etc.

I have not gotten my first order yet, but am sure I will soon. I think it’s like a snowball effect, am I right? As soon as you get some feedback it gets easier and easier?

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Damian Pros / November 4, 2015

Yes, somehow. What actually happens is that the more “action” (views, orders, reviews) surrounds your gig the more fiverr starts to promote you and put you up in searches. Just like amazon does with eBooks or google with website results.

Also make sure that you have 7 gigs and give as much as possible in each of them (don’t worry, you won’t start getting orders in all of them immedieately).

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Michael / December 1, 2015

For the month of November I got two orders, and made my first $8. Not worth writing home about, but it’s a start.

I only offered non skill based gigs, like the ones you recommended on Victor’s site, but also the whole month been learning Photoshop, and soon will be replacing the gigs with weak anylitics with graphic design gigs.

December I’m aiming for $100. (It’s still low because I want to offer a lot for as cheap as possible to get my rating up) and after my second month I will start charging more.

Does this sound right Damian? or are am I doing something wrong and my numbers too low? It seems to me you made like thousands in your first month?

Damian Pros / December 1, 2015

Hey Michael,

As long as you are progressing, you are doing fine. For me it sounds absolutely logical based on the fact that you sell non-skill based gigs. Keep learning Photoshop. You will earn a lot of money from graphic design.

It’s great to see that you’ve patience and don’t expect to instantly make 10k dollars. Keep doing what you are doing!

Michael / December 12, 2015

It has been a month and a half now on Fiverr for me and just want to give you a little update.

It was starting of slow, like I said, only getting two orders in the month of November.

But then, for some reason, December has boomed for me. I was working from 6 in the morning, and only going to bed at midnight.

It started to catch up with me and I was dead tired, but it was worth it because I got a lot of five star reviews.

To make my work load easier, I reduced the amount of service I offer for $5, and added a lot of stuff I was offering for free as gig extras.

Oh and by the way, I’ve obliterated my goal for December of making $100, and it’s only the 12th.

Still learning Photoshop though.

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Damian Pros / December 12, 2015

Michael, that’s WONDERFUL!!!

I am fired up. Congrats man. Keep it up!

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Anon1 / February 24, 2016

Reading these comments now are amazing, it shows the progress of how readers are starting, slow at first but then bit by bit they are making it!

Fantastic stuff Damian, these success stories are because of you man, and how you inspired people to keep at it!

Definitely worth putting up a hall of fame or something for these guys pulling the trigger like you did with Fiverr

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Damian Pros / February 24, 2016

That’s a great idea Anon!

Manuel / November 28, 2015

Do you use a profile picture of yourself when it comes to your profile? This article is beyond amazing.

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Damian Pros / November 28, 2015

Manuel, you can use your own pictures if you want. Most sellers don’t do it. They either use a logo, cartoon, badge or stock photo etc.

However, a smiling photo of yours wins buyers over a logo or a cartoon.

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Manuel / November 28, 2015

That and do you use your address and actual name or a PO box?

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Manuel / November 28, 2015

when it comes to billing?

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Damian Pros / November 28, 2015

Yes. That’s not public.

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CaptainSaveABro / January 2, 2016

Hello Damian, I’d like to thank you for introducing me to Fiverr.com as an income stream, (I haven’t made any money yet though, I just started 5 days ago).

I have a question to ask though. In the article you posted on victorpride.com, you mentioned selling high karma reddit accounts as a gig.

Would you recommend creating HIGH KARMA reddit accounts and then using them to advertise your own gigs, instead of selling the accounts ?

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Damian Pros / January 2, 2016

From my experience, if you use Reddit accounts to promote your gigs, only a fraction of the traffic will convert. Thus, it’s a waste of time to try and earn karma unless you already have a popular reddit account. In that case, you could try and see the outcome.

If not, don’t lose your time. As for selling reddit accounts with karma, I no longer recommend it because it’s not an “evergreen” gig.

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CaptainSaveABro / January 4, 2016

I see, thanks a lot, and sorry for the double post.

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Isaac / February 12, 2016

Hello Damian,

Your blog helps me to do my best everyday and thank you for that.
You’re as young as one of my little brothers and you’re doing great and that’s amazing ! It shows to me that everything is possible whereas a lot of people limit their true potential by themselves.

This article you wrote make me think about Fiverr but I’m really terrible in it.
I made a Fiverr account which I didn’t connected to for 2 months because I didn’t see one buyer buying one of my 2 illustration gigs.

Maybe my gigs are not quality gigs or maybe I have to add some other gigs and diversify (for example proofreading in French and English).

Your advices are good and I will try to apply it.

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Damian Pros / February 12, 2016

Isaac, thanks for your support!

If you are skilled in proofreading, you should definitely put some proofreading gigs. Why are you even thinking about it? Also, you could set up 2 translation gigs. English => French and vice versa.

But ONLY if your comprehension level of both languages is really high.

As for your illustration gigs, there is lots of competition and you have to be truly good and unique to set yourself apart from others.

Also, don’t make the mistake all new sellers make. You need to be active, learn and analyze the top sellers in your categories. Merely putting 2 gigs up and waiting is like getting 2 lottery tickets and expecting to win the big prize.

Hope that helps buddy. Let me know if you need anything else!

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Mariano / February 13, 2016

Hello Damian.
Do you have any examples of gigs videos on youtube? I don’t quite get the idea.

Thanks

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Damian Pros / February 13, 2016

Mariano,

Just go to Fiverr and see what other sellers use. There are dozens of examples.

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Adam / April 16, 2016

Hey Damien,

I’d like to try out whiteboard animation and my question is that some other sellers frequently offer voice overs as an extra, but they obviously aren’t doing the voiceover themselves (many of them are Indian, Chinese, etc.). I don’t get how they make their voiceovers other than buying it in fiverr, but in that case there’s no profit on that there must be another way they’re doing it (unless they choose new voiceover artists maybe who are very cheap).

Apart from recording your own voiceover, how can one do it in an economic way?

On a sidenote, I also offer translation, I made about 176$ in 2015 March, so I’m confident that all my combined gigs will bring me 3000$/mo eventually (that’s my goal).

PS: Employee question: Considering that even if you have an offshore company to recieve your revenue (which is totally justified and LEGAL, because the economic activity doesn’t happen in the EU; which I would eventually do after a certain level of income myself), how do would you pay your employees? The only way I see it to do it legally employ them, which means you pay the government too, which means the employee really has to generate a lot of value to you to make it worth it. 🙂

Ciao!

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Damian Pros / April 18, 2016

Recording your own voice-over is always better. You could probably hire someone on Fiverr for $ and charge $10 for the voice over. Look for someone who doesn’t have that many reviews, preferably someone good in his beginnings. Alternatively, you could work together with a friend of yours, if that’s possible. Other than that, you have to research for more ways.

You could hire people as independent contractors (e.g. freelancers) instead of hiring them as *employees*. You should consult a lawyer about this.

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Deanie Dean / May 6, 2016

Hello, Damian , awesome post, definately contains tons of value! Two questions:

This is going to be a lame question but how do i reply to a customer feedback? I honestly searched for a reply button, don’t know how!

Fiverr deleted a gig of mine??? Seriously, it said a third party filed a complaint that i “infringed their intellectual property”?? I haven’t stolen or copied anything so far, i only made like 2 sales, so what’s the issue?? Sucks because it took me awhile to post the gig from start to finish

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Damian Pros / May 6, 2016

Hey Deanie,

1) If your customer reviewed his order, just find the order from your Sales Manager and scroll down until you see the Stars. Click on the stars and reply.

2) Contact Fiverr’s Support. I don’t know what you were selling, but you should think if you accidentally infringed someone’s intellectual property. That could have happened if you used any Google Images for your Gig’s images.

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Deanie Dean / May 7, 2016

Hey man

Thanks a ton, i replied to the two sales. It’s crazy how the human can sometimes miss these small details 😀 , thanks bro.

Well it was just a simple book review gig so don’t know what i infringed… the writings was all original. Good point about the google images though, i’ll work to make them all original right now so this won’t happen again.

I’m a little worried about putting my face on youtube but i’ll do that too, a man can’t be picky if he’s broke!

Quick question though, how do i add that little “exclusively on fiver logo to my videos?

i’ll keep you updated! I’m really going to work hard this month may so i’ll keep you posted about progress !

Damian Pros / May 7, 2016

If you reviewed books on Amazon or similar sites, your gig might have been banned because these reviews are NOT allowed by their Terms Of Service. Buying reviews is essentially manipulation of rankings.

You can add that phrase with any video editing software.

Deanie Dean / May 15, 2016

Hey man, just want to post a little UPDATE!!

OMG guys this totally works! I have close to 1,000 total impressions literally by following your advice to the letter! I’ve fully revamped my gigs and profile page. I’m reading books to improve my writing style. LISTEN TO THIS GUY PEOPLE!

One thing though, i have like a bad anxiety when i click ‘deliver order’ because couple months back when i was new to the Fiverr game this guy made me redo hours of work-i’m talking $5 slave wage and it took me another 8 hours to do.

I now have this anxiety from the time i click ‘deliver order’ to the time the customer leaves a review as i worry he might make me redo it.

What are your thoughts on this?

P.S buying your conquering Fiverr in a week or so

Damian Pros / May 15, 2016

Specify the revisions you are going to make beforehand. Don’t waste your time with cheapskates. If you sense that someone takes advantage of you even though you did great work, cancel the order. To hell.

Deanie Dean / May 15, 2016

Haha! Right now my aim for this month is to collect as many stars as possible, so i reach level 2, then i will drop the sheer quantity for $5 i’m doing now. Level 2s generally dont work so hard to get customers right?

dantnan / May 24, 2016

Hi Damien,

This is a WordPress developer that works fulltime on Themeforest as an author. I like to try new areas. I haven’t tried fiverr before because I thought it wouldn’t be profitable. But when I read your article at VP’s blog I got excited and created an account and my first gig just now. I wonder if you could have time can you please check my gig and point me if I did good or bad? I’m totally new in Fiverr and have just checked some of the popular gigs in my area thats it.

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Damian Pros / May 25, 2016

Read all the articles I have written about Fiverr and if you are still unsure about your gigs, let me know.

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Israel / June 19, 2016

I am From Brazil, i just need of $1000 to get out from my parents house. Here i go.

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lupebogi / June 20, 2016

Hey man,

I couldn’t find anything on buyer requests. To be more precise, how to maximize the effect on those?

I’ve tried sending short, copy-paste messages with info on what they will receive and long, fashioned replies particularly to their request and I haven’t seen any difference, although on one occasion I received a compliment that I had a really good pitch and that was the reason they choose me over the rest.

Still I am getting low conversion rates (is this the term) daily, although all of my (10 so far) gigs were made this way.

To any Fiverrpreneur out there: what’s your experience with this option?

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Damian Pros / June 20, 2016

You should better ignore these, unless you are in the beginning and can’t figure out how to get sales/reviews.

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Kostas R / August 13, 2016

Amazing info!

How do you manage payments in Greece (capital controls etc) ? What’s your strategy? Is this income taxed? Please elaborate 🙂

Thanks for sharing

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Damian Pros / August 17, 2016

Kostas, I can assume you are Greek. When you start making money, get an accountant or a lawyer and they will set you up.

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Orestis / October 13, 2016

Hello Damian!

My problem is this: I will go for 9 months in the Greek Army from January to September.

My question is: How can i operate a fiverr business in that time?

Thanks in advance!

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Damian Pros / October 13, 2016

You won’t be able to do that there. Persevere until it’s over.

Buy a Kindle Device and fill it with as many books as you can. Instead of wasting time, you will be learning and evolving. Check D&C’s recommended book list. Unless you go to Special Forces, all other divisions of the army have been turned to a complete waste of time. You are not likely to learn anything valuable there. Read.

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Shyam / December 6, 2016

Hey Damian!
I had come to your site a few times and I had even commented before. I never really congratulated you for your success so, a hearty and sincere CONGRATS to your success!

Let’s just say that I’m in a messy situation too, which I’m slowly fixing. And you have inspired me to take a leap too!

One thing I didn’t see about fiverr on your posts. How long did you have to wait for your first order, after you got started?

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Damian Pros / December 6, 2016

Thank you Shyam. I am glad that I can help.

I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but it should had taken a few days. If started again now, I could get it within a day for sure.

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Shyam / January 20, 2017

Heyy Damian!
So I finally did it! I reached level 1. The whole process took about a month but it was worth it. 😀

I just had to let you know.

God bless you my Greek friend! 🙂

-Shyam M

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Damian Pros / January 20, 2017

Shyam, my man!

Awesome. Keep it up and let us know when you reach level 2 (or even Top Rated Status!).

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Chris / December 15, 2016

Hey Damian, Loved it great article thank you so much. I’ve done Fiverr for the first time back in 2013 and made a little then stopped. I ended up as a seller level 1 and have 21 reviews 4 1/2 stars. I’m almost done with my come back. I had put my account on vacation mode for 2 years. Question is it better to use my account that’s already established with 4 1/2 stars and a level 1 or start a new account?

Thanks so much for your time.

~Chris

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Damian Pros / December 15, 2016

If you provide value with your services, the star rating will go up so there is no reason to start from scratch.

What is more, you are already level 1 and a 2-year member which ads “seniority” to your account, making it easier to rank higher or qualify for a Top Rated Seller later on.

My recommendation is to not start a new account, unless you want to use a different brand name.

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Chris / December 16, 2016

Hey thanks so much, kind of what I thought. Hey you’ve been great I really appreciate it. Thank you for getting back to me. Great day and great selling.

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Damian Pros / December 16, 2016

Glad I could help!

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