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What is the role of profile photo in your Fiverr success?


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I feel like this really depends on what area you’re in, I mean, If I’m going to look for someone to draw something for me I’d rather see a drawn version of themselves, or if it’s logo design, a logo they designed for themselves. Whereas, something that involves the actual person, then for sure, it would be great to visually see the person you’re workng with. That’s just my opinion.

I also feel that it’s worth mentioning that there a lot of people using stock images, and especially of women because there’s this idea that a picture of a woman will get you more sales, I’m not sure if there are any numbers to support that claim, but I know it exists. So, whilst this post was definitely made with good intentions, I just feel as though some new sellers/desperate sellers will just feel the need to find a random image to put onto their profile.

Good post nonetheless!

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Hi Nadeera,
I agree with your opinion of uploading a personal photo on the profile. It shows the seller’s confidence and the clients seeing the freelancers for their projects seem more happy.
Though fiverr gives flexibility in this regard. One can show the relevant images in profile. There are others who upload their videos just to show their confidence and share their capabilities to attract buyers.
I am also a content writer on Fiverr.com and have put my personal photo image on my profile. 

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On 12/17/2020 at 12:37 AM, razihaider694 said:

I think people will get more click and order If they use a female image, because psychology also says people trust easly to the women rather than man.

No, they trust the portfolio and work that you provide and how you are able to help them. 

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Almost everybody who has responded here has a picture of their face, so as ‘faceless’ seller I figured I’d pitch in! First let me state that I completely understand the psychology of evoking trust and I want to make clear I don’t disagree with this post. Especially because it includes that a profile picture of yourself doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be successful. I am living proof, since I’ve completed a few orders 😊

On 8/22/2020 at 2:09 PM, nadeera0v0 said:

if you are confident having your face on the internet,

And this is the reason why I don’t have my face as a profile picture. Not because I don’t feel confident enough to do so, but because I simply prefer anonymity.

On 8/22/2020 at 2:18 PM, kometbeats said:

I feel like this really depends on what area you’re in

This is also the reason why I can get away with it I think, because the field I’m active in on Fiverr is poetry. And rather than showing a picture of who I am, I can paint a picture with words to describe thoughts & feelings instead. Furthermore, people come to me for the story of emotions I can write and for that they can look at my portfolio. They can then sort of establish if they like my writing style and continue from there. Would putting a face to it all help me get more business? Perhaps, but I cannot conclusively say it would.

In short, my addition to this post isn’t completely helpful especially because I actually kind of agree (yes I know I’m a walking contradiction but that’s life haha). I just wanted to put my two cents in and tell my side to help people who, just like me, really don’t feel comfortable having their face out there and might feel discouraged after reading this post. Again, it does probably depend on your field but I’m proof that it can be done! Just have a solid portfolio and an engaging description where you let your passion speak. So if you’re a faceless seller just like me; don’t worry, we can make it too 💖 

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On 8/22/2020 at 2:09 PM, nadeera0v0 said:

If you upload a picture of yourself in your profile, you ill seem more trusting, and you will attract more customers because of this.

On 8/22/2020 at 2:09 PM, nadeera0v0 said:

Your own face will increase the chance of the customer being easily impressed on your profile rather than something like a cartoon, or actor movie photos. This is a proven psychological fact.

I beg to differ. There are many sellers that don’t use a real picture of themselves as a profile image and are doing well.

This is particularly true in the case of @vickiespencer, who was recently promoted to TRS and whose profile image is a jedi cartoon of herself.

In my case, as you can see, my profile image is a sketch of myself and it has also worked for me.

Trust isn’t built around a real photo of your face, but on your actions. You can have a great and lovely profile picture of yourself, but if, among many other things, your work is lousy or you’re dishonest or don’t know how to conduct yourself with your customers, then you’ll reach nowhere. 

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Yeah, but provided you are not a digital agency/team/studio/logo artist, don’t bypass the fact that Freelancing is very personified. As a result, buyers buy from characters not big companies who work the same ways “brands” work. (Apple is not one person and Apple wouldn’t be apple if Steve Jobs did not use his iconic image)

Logos are great, don’t get me wrong. However if you have a talent, you attract much more showing the world your real face. In an era where anonymity is a free for all game, on the Internet, a buyer feels safer viewing your face and even more knowing you are verified.

My best answer once and for all would be: Become established, then hide your face and put up a logo. 1% chance someone who hides his face, has to hide something. Business psychology.

I guess that will depend on the face (and the logo). I’ll trust a random (well designed, quality) logo much faster than I’ll trust some random faces lol

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100% agree. Most customers want to know who they are hiring. Having a clear, reasonably attractive photo with good eye contact* is almost as important as the grammar in your bio.

*actually the eye contact in my current pic is a little weird but I really like my hair in it, and I have more compliments from customers on my hair than anything else so I think it's okay.

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Although the generic perception of a "professional" seeming headshot (clean cut, solid neutral colors, suit jacket, button-up, tie, etc.) is suitable for many cases, I think that particular services, especially in the creative fields, have more leeway on what might be appropriate.

An artist with a self caricature or detailed illustration can convey far more about their service and individuality than through a regular headshot. Same with graphic designers, or other highly visual or "unconventional" services.

What is absolutely never appropriate is a picture stolen from the web, of a person who is not the seller, or one where the seller is blitzed out of their mind after a night of partying and is about to taste their dinner a second time around.

The sheer amount of fraudulent profile pictures might even outnumber those that are authentic but "unprofessional." A more dire issue, imo.

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6 hours ago, visualstudios said:

And always remember - if you're ugly as sin, you can always use a logo, and you will be way better off. May or may not be my case eheheh.

The ones that crack me up are the profile pics with a face mask on.  Seriously?

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On 8/31/2021 at 4:37 PM, newsmike said:

The ones that crack me up are the profile pics with a face mask on.  Seriously?

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