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I rec you should put some samples in your Gif’s gig. I did a video gallery for mine.

Nah… I’m actually going to delete that gig. I actually hate gifs. In this case, I feel bad offering to pollute the internet with them.

All the people in my inbox so far have all been after banners and Instagram stories which I don’t really do. I could, but when I think of Instagram I shudder. In this case, I don’t think the gif market is for me in the same way that the Internet wasn’t for my grandma. 😦

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Are you about to create a post about having no orders? Are bills piling up? Can you not afford to feed your children because of the downfall of your Fiverr career? If so, self pity will get you nowhere. What you need to do instead is take action.

Last month was my worst month on Fiverr ever. This includes my initial time as a new seller back in 2014. I’m also going to just say it. When you start working on Fiverr and are successful, you often find that Fiverr starts to make up the bulk of your freelance income.

It doesn’t matter how much you diversify. When one platform or revenue stream starts taking up the bulk of your time, you devote more time to it and others fall by the wayside.

My original moneymaker when I started freelancing as not Fiverr. Now, I make zero on that platform because of how much my focus eventually switched to Fiverr. This being the case, having the Fiverr income tap turn off can be a problem.

Because I need Fiverr to pay my rent, wear clothes, and stop my dogs from starving and trying to eat me, last month was very unpleasant. However, it was also my best month on Fiverr for a lot of non-financial reasons.

Having almost zero orders, August 2019 forced me to stand back and look at everything I do on Fiverr. When I did that, I was in shock. My gig images and videos were absolutely rubbish. While they once had been, my gigs were not optimized for the Fiverr search. To make matters worse, I couldn’t even read my gig descriptions and see the value in what I was offering.

I had also lost levels and to be honest, it was my fault.

In short, I had been lazy. Fiverr had changed a lot of things (think the fabled algorithm). However, I’d pretty much-ignored drops in new clients for months, by cruise controlling along on old-time repeat buyers. In that time, I should have been evolving my business but I hadn’t been. - So what did I do?

To be honest, I’d put off updating my gigs for years because I know that this can make gigs disappear from the search. In this case, it finally took having no orders to spur me to do this. However, I didn’t do it overnight.

First, I started exploring the Fiverr search and trending writing niches off-Fiverr. This took me over a week. During this time, I identified new niches to create gigs in and new categories to reposition my existing gigs in.

After this, I decided to revamp my gig images and videos. To do this, I spent another week researching different design styles.

My goal was to create images which entice people to click my gigs when they see them. When I discovered a style I liked, I then decided to try and make my gig images kind of uniform. When people see my gig images, I want people to realize that they are familiar to my kind of brand on Fiverr.

Next, (and this might be shock horror to some people), I increased my prices. I didn’t just up my price point though. Instead, I built-in new components into what I offer to add value. I also didn’t up the price or revamp the appearance of two reasonably selling gigs to do a kind of split test between raised as opposed to old prices.

Lastly, I started developing a marketing strategy, I say started to, as I haven’t actually put this into action yet.

As a result of all of the above, I received zero new orders. That is until at the start of September. Then I suddenly started getting messages from new buyers. Then I started getting orders. Then I started getting more orders. Then as of yesterday, my sales per month finally went up for the first time since May.

Curiously, the gigs which I did not increase the prices of or change in any way are now my most poorly performing. I can also safely say that despite a mere $5 price increase, I am attracting a higher tier of buyers.

So, what does this mean for you?

Basically, you need to realize that you have a problem. - Yes, it’s you. You are the reason you are not selling. You have got too accustomed to living off regular buyers. You haven’t spent literal weeks analyzing the search and tailoring your gigs and images and videos to attract buyers. Neither have you stood back and said to yourself, "okay, this worked before, but what I’m doing doesn’t work anymore, I need to do something about this."

My big gig revamp took me weeks, not a day, and it wasn’t the result of a forum post saying " help, I have no sells." Neither were the results immediate, However, I did get the results I wanted.

The only question is, will you?

It doesn’t matter how much you diversify. When one platform or revenue stream starts taking up the bulk of your time, you devote more time to it and others fall by the wayside.

I feel like this doesn’t get brought up often enough but it’s very true. When fiverr suddenly decides to make you popular, it’s downright impossible to do any work elsewhere.

I had 5 hourly contracts and I’ve lost 2 of them because of fiverr’s hot season (the client came back with urgent work when I had a dozen orders in my queue here and after comparing profits, I had to get out of those contracts). Keeping the other 3 (and possibly look for more) is extra difficult at times but I’d advise making that extra effort. In your slower periods, it’ll be worth it. In your busy periods, it’ll be an absolute nightmare. But it’s an insurance of sorts.

Aside from that, thank you for sharing this. I love me a good motivating post.

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Are you about to create a post about having no orders? Are bills piling up? Can you not afford to feed your children because of the downfall of your Fiverr career? If so, self pity will get you nowhere. What you need to do instead is take action.

Last month was my worst month on Fiverr ever. This includes my initial time as a new seller back in 2014. I’m also going to just say it. When you start working on Fiverr and are successful, you often find that Fiverr starts to make up the bulk of your freelance income.

It doesn’t matter how much you diversify. When one platform or revenue stream starts taking up the bulk of your time, you devote more time to it and others fall by the wayside.

My original moneymaker when I started freelancing as not Fiverr. Now, I make zero on that platform because of how much my focus eventually switched to Fiverr. This being the case, having the Fiverr income tap turn off can be a problem.

Because I need Fiverr to pay my rent, wear clothes, and stop my dogs from starving and trying to eat me, last month was very unpleasant. However, it was also my best month on Fiverr for a lot of non-financial reasons.

Having almost zero orders, August 2019 forced me to stand back and look at everything I do on Fiverr. When I did that, I was in shock. My gig images and videos were absolutely rubbish. While they once had been, my gigs were not optimized for the Fiverr search. To make matters worse, I couldn’t even read my gig descriptions and see the value in what I was offering.

I had also lost levels and to be honest, it was my fault.

In short, I had been lazy. Fiverr had changed a lot of things (think the fabled algorithm). However, I’d pretty much-ignored drops in new clients for months, by cruise controlling along on old-time repeat buyers. In that time, I should have been evolving my business but I hadn’t been. - So what did I do?

To be honest, I’d put off updating my gigs for years because I know that this can make gigs disappear from the search. In this case, it finally took having no orders to spur me to do this. However, I didn’t do it overnight.

First, I started exploring the Fiverr search and trending writing niches off-Fiverr. This took me over a week. During this time, I identified new niches to create gigs in and new categories to reposition my existing gigs in.

After this, I decided to revamp my gig images and videos. To do this, I spent another week researching different design styles.

My goal was to create images which entice people to click my gigs when they see them. When I discovered a style I liked, I then decided to try and make my gig images kind of uniform. When people see my gig images, I want people to realize that they are familiar to my kind of brand on Fiverr.

Next, (and this might be shock horror to some people), I increased my prices. I didn’t just up my price point though. Instead, I built-in new components into what I offer to add value. I also didn’t up the price or revamp the appearance of two reasonably selling gigs to do a kind of split test between raised as opposed to old prices.

Lastly, I started developing a marketing strategy, I say started to, as I haven’t actually put this into action yet.

As a result of all of the above, I received zero new orders. That is until at the start of September. Then I suddenly started getting messages from new buyers. Then I started getting orders. Then I started getting more orders. Then as of yesterday, my sales per month finally went up for the first time since May.

Curiously, the gigs which I did not increase the prices of or change in any way are now my most poorly performing. I can also safely say that despite a mere $5 price increase, I am attracting a higher tier of buyers.

So, what does this mean for you?

Basically, you need to realize that you have a problem. - Yes, it’s you. You are the reason you are not selling. You have got too accustomed to living off regular buyers. You haven’t spent literal weeks analyzing the search and tailoring your gigs and images and videos to attract buyers. Neither have you stood back and said to yourself, "okay, this worked before, but what I’m doing doesn’t work anymore, I need to do something about this."

My big gig revamp took me weeks, not a day, and it wasn’t the result of a forum post saying " help, I have no sells." Neither were the results immediate, However, I did get the results I wanted.

The only question is, will you?

After this, I decided to revamp my gig images and videos. To do this, I spent another week researching different design styles.

My goal was to create images which entice people to click my gigs when they see them

I like your new gig images they stand out for sure. To be blunt (pardon the pun) Fiverr obviously shook the tree for some reason. You would think they would protect long term stable sellers position. Yet again making us all guess what factors are most important in the metrics. My long term gig position finally bit the dust. Getting orders but its not the same. I will revamp soon.

Move the USA cyaxrex or Scotland

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After this, I decided to revamp my gig images and videos. To do this, I spent another week researching different design styles.

My goal was to create images which entice people to click my gigs when they see them

I like your new gig images they stand out for sure. To be blunt (pardon the pun) Fiverr obviously shook the tree for some reason. You would think they would protect long term stable sellers position. Yet again making us all guess what factors are most important in the metrics. My long term gig position finally bit the dust. Getting orders but its not the same. I will revamp soon.

Move the USA cyaxrex or Scotland

Move the USA cyaxrex or Scotland

What? I can’t think of anything more nightmarish. If anything, I’ll be heading East to the former USSR.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your profile looks cohesive and professional.

This helped me realize I also need to not become lazy and keep my sites updated and analyzing the trends. I’m glad you got the improvement you were looking for and hope you keep it up. Best of luck to you.

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Move to Canada! Actually, wait to see who becomes Prime Minister first.

I can’t move to Canada. My sister already beat me too it. 😦 . Also, my Chihuahua doesn’t like snow, cold, rain, geese, or long distance flights.

That said, feel free to invite me to dinner or a short (free) vacation whenever you like. 😉

I can offer fee bnb on Malta to return the favor. Just take note that breakfast can sometimes be served at 6pm.

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Well, I’ve had the same pic up for four years and it wasn’t new then neither.

Alas, I think that this is just how things are when you are over 30. Mine is isn’t that old, though. I think it was a 2017 pic hen I last changed it. Also, it seems you are indeed older. The last time I checked I was 34.

To spent more time online on Fiverr , send Buyer request regularly

To be honest, I’d advise against doing this. I did start replying daily to a few buyer requests. Sadly, there was zero ROI. Every request I replied to ended up going the same way. A buyer pitches a budget which I’m happy to work with. However, when they respond, they state that actually, they are looking to pay a lot less.

Buyer requests is fine if you are willing to work for rock bottom prices. That isn’t me, though.

I hope you decide to keep her. She probably loves you a lot.

Of course, she does. Sadly, love doesn’t keep the lights on or sweep up the fleece of hair she seems to shed everywhere every day.

It is also nearly impossible to find an apartment where I live when you have just one dog. Couple that with the fact that rents are skyrocketing at the moment, and Dax is a kind of lovely, cuddly, economic time bomb.

I’ll also be leaving Europe after Brexit and doping that with just one dog I already hard enough. Last year, I had to scupper plans to move because my airline said they wouldn’t be able to confirm whether I could fly with Chico until on the day. If they had said no, I would have been left in an airport with nowhere to live unless I started couch surfing on Airbnb until I could find alternative flights.

It would be much easier if dogs could be afforded the same rights as human children. In most cases, they are better behaved.

@cyaxrex then if we should not send buyer request then how can we get order?could you please share your opinion

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