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porma9

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  1. If you're talking about literally writing, I can probably help with that.
  2. Maybe show screenshots of search results or websites you worked on. Also maybe explain why backlinks are important for websites to have, what they do, etc.
  3. Hi. Like many sellers, I am also having a slow time building sales momentum and getting orders. I believe I have tinkered with my profile and gigs enough, but I wonder if there is something else I can do to increase the odds of getting orders daily instead of crickets.
  4. Apparently graphic design is an extremely competitive gig section. Your gigs appear to have multiple examples which is good. I will say though that just offering broad or generic gigs may be making it tougher for you though. Buyers (at least me) have a specific need. If I want a drawing of a person and I see a gig from someone who draws 20 logos, 3 flow charts and 2 people, I will feel uncertain because most of the seller’s experience is in logos, not people. I usually end up asking sellers for relevant examples. So, you will want to title your gig and present examples of something you are best at, like logos or people or watercolor etc. I honestly just get confused when I read a gig where the seller can draw “everything” or “anything”. You can draw all the logos you want all day…but if I or the buyer wants the drawing of a flower or a person or a landscape, not clearly seeing examples of landscape drawings will make it much harder to sell. Actually one way I’ve seen is, sellers will upload a picture of drawings (like 8 or so) so they can quickly show all the stuff they can do. You want to quickly and clearly show upfront you can draw what the buyer wants. If they can’t find it after like, I dunno, 15 seconds of reading, not good. Also, label or define your art style on your gigs. Hope this helps.
  5. Apparently, very few buyers use the forum (except me). You will want to learn how to get impressions and clicks on your gigs through external social media or other means. I wrote a separate thread on advice for sellers too. I know about buying…selling I’m not good at, lol. One thing that comes to mind is to send offers for buyer requests that you ACTUALLY qualify for. I sorted through 70 of them this week for myself. A decent chunk of people who submitted, submitted gigs that were distant from my request in terms of service or price. If the offer isn’t closely related to the request…really doesn’t make sense to submit in the first place IMO. I more or less expect a random collage of offers that match my requirements and others that are way off—and probably didn’t read the request details. Also, it’s really obvious if one copy and paste’s their generic offer reply…just saying.
  6. Ideally have at least 10, 3 from yourself and the others from completed orders. Or, have some way to share your portfolio with people.
  7. I was scanning over a thread from 2020 about how to get “permanent clients”. Unless you have the elixir of life…anyways, I wanted to point out that paying attention to or commenting on the project details is a good way to get attention. Most of the sellers I have worked with never mention a thing about my project itself. It’s a small thing you can do to show you are aware and receptive or at least feign a connection with the project or the project’s concept. Although I did have one time where my order file had two of my fiction character’s names in the file description—only one of the names was completely misspelled! Lol! Why does this matter? If I am looking for a web designer, I’ll find 100s of people who can talk to me or mention about Wordpress. But I will rarely find someone who actually talks about MY PROJECT. That’s the difference/distinction. I don’t mean write a five paragraph essay gushing about the client’s project, but even a small mention that directly mentions the project itself for a phrase or a sentence shows it’s not just generic work to the seller. Yes, I know you know about Wordpress. So do 100 other people…but do you know even a tiny bit about my project? Just a thought.
  8. Nice. I think sometimes it’s hard to tell when to give feedback because we are all dealing with people we don’t know and on top of that we are dealing with people with different disciplines (I don’t know diddly about coding or music making for instance and they probably don’t know about fiction writing). I also like to work with sellers who are receptive to feedback, but it’s hard to tell that in the very beginning. Don’t want to come out swinging with critical feedback and sour the project. In other words, can’t read minds, especially of brand new people. But what you said makes sense. Getting on the same page is paramount. Maybe each gig should say “Things I Don’t Like To Hear” or “Please be Kind” or “Be Honest” etc. I guess finding a way to trust someone while also administering feedback at the same time is the goal.
  9. I respect your decision making process…which buyer types do you like though? In other words, what are the traits that you seek from buyers?
  10. As far as I know, fiverr has hundreds of thousands of sellers. If you do a search of your gig on fiverr you will come up with 100+ results most likely. You could try starting out by replying to buyer requests with personalized/tailored responses for the ones you can do.
  11. Yep. Illustrators want examples of photos or drawings. Musicians want examples of music…lol. I try to accommodate these example requests, though I find it comical that I’M asking for the drawing and they need a drawing to get started…things like that. Like…well…I’m…asking FOR the drawing. If I had one…well…
  12. I’m a buyer and I don’t draw, but here’s my brief take on the process. I usually don’t get sketches of the work in progress. It doesn’t bother me personally though because I rely on revisions and my extensive initial instruction to carry the drawing from start to finish, accurately. Wow, people know HEX color codes? I had to google shades of colors and get photos and get some opinions until I could pick out a color. One handy tool is a mobile app called Color Grab that can detect any color on any part of an image. It could also just be a matter of “I’ll know it when I see it”. Yeah, personality and style are important. IMO, art, like anything else creative, is ultimately subjective and a form of expression. Knowing what emotion, personality or expression you want the drawing to convey is important. I actually think the expression is the biggest part. Art is simply visual expression, like how writing is verbal expression and music is…aural expression? It’s all expression, at the end of the day. A brand book is a good idea. Or just having some template so that all drawings maintain consistency across each drawing. It also helps people recognize what they are looking at, probably.
  13. I usually message sellers and have a micro interview with them. I ask 3 or 5 questions, slowly drilling down until it is known if they offer what I want, at an agreeable price. Lately I’ve been hiring illustrators, so my questions will start a little broad (can you do this art style, can you draw this object) and after a few questions I can generally figure out if the person meets my requirements or not. Hope that makes sense. I don’t really hire anyone without at least a small conversation. My project is pretty specific and I tend to unleash a flood of words for my actual gig project (lol, I’m such a writer), so the questions help me understand if the seller can fit the slot or puzzle piece of my project’s super specific need(s).
  14. There’s no link on your profile to your fiverr profile. Also, consider starting out by looking for buyer requests.
  15. You’re welcome all. If you have other questions, I can try to answer them.
  16. As a buyer, I really think that when sellers try to tailor or pay attention to fit the buyer’s needs or desires, that’s the way to have a higher chance of getting a sale. Sometimes I get communication or see gigs that aren’t applicable to my needs or is just a flat out copy and paste generic response that doesn’t mention how their service/gig fits my need. I know it sounds a bit trivial or dull… trust me…it’s like if you order a drink at a restaurant the waiter walks away and hands you a random Sprite or Coke without asking you. Communication and tailoring. Tailoring and communication, I personally think.
  17. Hi, try to have at least 10 examples in your slideshow or description. Def more than 3 or 5, in my opinion. If you have 20, great.
  18. I’ve never asked my sellers about their order history, but they’ve been on the platform for 6 months to 2 years…takes time to ramp things up and build a name for yourself I think (more than a month or two). Try keeping that in mind.
  19. Yeah my own gigs lack social proof too. I would appeal directly to buyers via submitting to their requests and/or messaging them. If you demonstrate you have a detailed or deep understanding of their request, it will stand out a lot. Most of the time, I can tell when someone didn’t read my details, half read them or really read them. If you just try to stand out through search, it’s too hard because other results around you will have more pics and reviews.
  20. Hi I have been using fiverr for a few months now. I have worked with a few different sellers and have sifted through probably 100 other sellers via buyer requests. I am pretty much a noob when it comes to fiverr as you can see, but I have a background in accounting and business and customer service, so I think I can offer some direct and transparent advice to sellers—as a buyer. This is all the personal perspective of one person, which may easily vary from your past, present or future experiences. Or I could have just missed something. -Social proof is important but not always needed. AKA, how I pre-qualify gigs and sellers. We all like to think we are special wallflowers and the best things since sliced bread. Well…on fiverr…we are one of many. When I search for gigs, I frankly look for gigs with more than 3 or 5 pictures and ones with 4/5 or 5/5 stars with at least 20 ratings. Conversely, when I get buyer requests, I tend to ignore how many ratings someone has, but I still care about whether the seller has more than just 3 pictures for me to see. Sometimes I dig deeper, which some buyers may or may not do, and message the seller for more info. Then I can assess their willingness to work with me, if they have extra examples they just didn’t share on their gig and their overall fit. In short, to me, the buyer has to demonstrate strongly and clearly in some way that they can fulfill my order. If it’s not via proof of past work and past reviews, honestly, sometimes it comes down to personality and work ethic. No seller or buyer is a mind reader, so ultimately both sides will need to work through bumps in the work to reach the final result. Because of this, willingness to work or a higher interest in the work is important, I think. You may wonder why I care about personality and work ethic. Well, If I’m gonna pay someone to work for me and I will spend 3 or 7 days with them, why would I want to work with someone I have to “drag to the finish line” or someone with a resistant or unwilling personality? So yeah. I have worked with some new or relatively new sellers, because other factors besides work experience or prior fiverr sales won me over. Sending messages is a good way to more or less create an interview and assess fit on a deeper level, for both sides. It is also an indirect or direct way of showing willingness to work. In both cases though, having a lack of relevant examples can be an issue. (It is way, way better to have 10 or 20 examples than 3. If you cannot show this, please have some kind of portfolio available.) Sure, I know what YOU can do. But if whatever you can do is not what I want, then there is little to no incentive for me to use your gig. Describing and showing your gig and work in a way that fits the buyer is way better than showing your work from just your perspective, if that makes any sense. (Your work needs to FIT my need. If I can’t detect that it will fit via the examples or gig description, I will move on/) Sometimes though, the work you offer is simply the work a buyer does not want, and there isn’t much you can do about that. You can be willing all you want, but your work product may just not be what the buyer needs or wants. -For god’s sake, read the Request description when viewing buyers’ requests. I know this is kind of a sore spot for both sides, but when I post a buyer request and get offers that clearly do not fit the description or price, I just skip them. I don’t understand why one would create an offer that isn’t even compatible with the request’s price or description. I get minor differences, but sometimes I have just gotten requests that are very different in terms of work, style or price. Not cool. Please actually READ the description so you can fulfill the requirements. If you can’t…don’t submit the offer in the first place. -Communication is key. I have observed over time that sometimes there are delays or bumps or frustration due to a lack of communication. It could be for a variety of things like deadlines, order details, project scope, missing details, misunderstanding details, the power went out for 2 days, etc. Thing is…it’s great that you know that, but if the other side is waiting on your to complete something, giving a heads up would be nice. A preemptive notice looks better than a last minute or late notice that something went wrong. It causes more frustration and more misunderstandings. So, in short, communicate more or communicate more frequently. Couldn’t hurt, I think. It just simply looks better if I get told about a power outage the morning of day 1 rather than the end of day 2 or on day 3. I think this would also reduce the need for revisions by refining/tuning direction early. Trying to fix everything on the last day is kind of a bummer. If you have questions on something I did not cover here, feel free to leave a comment. Hope this helps to simplify and speed up the process as a whole.
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