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The most common problem freelancers face when starting their journey is to get their first order.
Fiverr is a freelance marketplace and literally, anyone can start their freelancing journey there. It’s completely free and you just need some skills, so that you can offer it to your customers.
If you are one of these people who have started their freelancing journey on Fiverr, You are in the right place. So, Today I will show you How To Get Your First Order On Fiverr.
So Let’s get started.
How To Get Your First Order On Fiverr?
Getting found on Fiverr via their search is tricky and you can’t really wait for it. It’s because the search results keep on changing for the same keyword on every click.
So, you can’t rely on that, especially if you are a beginner on Fiverr.
Before we list the 8 ways, There is a small important thing to do
You need to showcase some of your previous works on the service that you are offering on Fiverr. This helps your buyers to know the quality of your work.
If you haven’t done any previous works, it’s better to do a dummy one so that you can showcase it on Fiverr.
For eg: If you are a web developer, just make a small website. Take screenshots of the website and then upload them on Fiverr.
Also, I have observed that reviews is what helps you rank on Fiverr and get more orders. So, the more the number of reviews, the higher the chance of getting more orders.
Anyway, here are the 8 ways in which you can get more orders on Fiverr:-
1. Fiverr Buyer Requests
This is a smart feature that Fiverr has included. It’s a great help for beginners to get started.
So, What is Buyer Requests?
Customers who want to buy a particular gig but can’t quite find the right one will post a request on Fiverr stating their requirements.
Interested sellers or freelancers will contact them with a fair offer.
This is where you take advantage. You offer your services for a lesser price than your competition. This is mandatory!
To establish yourself on Fiverr, you will have to offer your services far cheaper than others. This is the only way. Once you start getting more orders, you can eventually increase your price.
Let’s break it down a little bit.
Buyers or customers post a request through Fiverr.
Freelancers on Fiverr can reply to these requests by messaging them. When you give a reply, clearly state why you are better than others.
Those customers may or may not contact you. But if they contact you, try hard to lure them in.
Sometimes, Fiverr doesn’t show any offers on the buyer requests page. That’s mostly because all the requests from buyers have been filled by other freelancers.
The only solution to this is to refresh the page quite often so that you do not miss any requests.
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2. Giving Something For Free
People like getting something for free. So, if you provide a service on Fiverr, try overdelivering it or offering a Buy 1-get-1.
I can guarantee you that people will start buying from you especially if you provide a “buy one get one free” offer.
I have purchased gigs from Fiverr in the past and it was from a person who gave me a buy one get one free offer.
After you deliver your service, message them and ask them to leave a positive review about you.
One sure thing that every buyer checks on a Gig is their review. If your reviews are bad, it’s better if you delete that account and start a new one.
When you plan on giving something for free on your gig, make sure that the first thing that the buyers see is that offer. So, write the offer in full caps and highlight it. This will make them read the whole gig description.
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3. Provide a Compelling Description
Gig descriptions need to be well structured and should be on point. The buyer should understand what exactly is the thing that you are selling.
Break your paragraphs and do it in bullet points. This can make people read your description.
Also, look out for spelling and grammar mistakes, you don’t want that to happen if you are selling services like content writing and other writing-related stuff.
If you have extra work samples to showcase which can’t be included in the media tab, you can give a link here in the description where you have uploaded those files (Google drive, your website, or anywhere.).
A guarantee is another thing that people look for before buying a gig. Try providing a money-back guarantee if they are not satisfied. A mutual cancellation can be done on Fiverr which refunds the money back to the customer.
4. Adding a Video in Your Gig
Video can increase the engagement rate of a Gig. It’s very true because I have seen myself playing some videos when looking for gigs on Fiverr.
Hire a freelancer to do a short video for your gig. You can find these services on Fiverr itself.
If you can do it yourself, then that would be much better!
5. Create Related Gigs not “Same Gigs”
I have seen a lot of Fiverr freelancers doing this. They create many gigs but with different headlines like “create a unique website”, “Create an Awesome website”, “Create a responsive website”.
The Fiverr team has confirmed that doing this will not increase your ranking and rather can have a negative impact.
So, instead of doing this try providing related services. If you are a web developer, you can offer something like “Create a website”, “Fix errors in Your Website”, “Add additional Functionalities to Your website”.
This will let you gain more exposure because all three gigs target different keywords and you are more likely to get an order from any one of them.
Related Article – 9 Low Competition Gigs on Fiverr for 2021!
6. Using Instagram
The gig on your Fiverr needs to get some views so that they may start showing up on the result. I have read it on some pages that views can help in ranking your gigs.
Around 1 billion people use Instagram every month. That’s why Instagram is a great way to get more exposure and build your brand.
You could do this in 2 ways:-
The first way is to make a separate account on Instagram using a brand name. This is for those people who would like to stay anonymous.
The second way is to use your personal Instagram account. This is much better and will allow your customers to know you better.
Uploading your works on Instagram is the best way to get more customers. But, to do that, you already need to have some previous works that I mentioned before.
Receive more Engagement on Instagram
Find freelancers and influencers on Instagram who are in your expertise, follow them, and then follow all of his/her followers.
This way people get to know more about you or your brand. Most of the influencers and other pages on Instagram did grow their account using this technique.
If following manually is a great task for you, use some automation tools to do it for you!
7. Quora Marketing
Quora is a great way to market your gig. All you need to do is find questions related to your gig and then answer them with a link to your gig.
This is what I do.
Go to answerthepublic.com and then type in your niche. For eg: if you are providing an eCommerce store development service. you can type in “eCommerce store”, dropshipping”, etc.
Once you click on search, you will get a list of questions that people frequently type into google. Clicking on these questions will lead you to the Google search result. From the above example, I found a question like this “can dropshipping make you rich” and I clicked on it.
On the Google result page, I found a Quora question ranking number 3 or 4 for the above question. Now write a great answer to it and then mention this somewhere in the answer (with a link to your gig) – “this expert drop shipper can help you build your first online store” or something like that.
This works really well if that particular Quora question doesn’t have many answers and your answer is pretty deep and lengthy.
Repeat this process with different questions and you will have your first order in no time.
8. Cold Emailing Businesses
Cold emailing is a tedious task. But if you can do it the correct way, it can help you get some orders.
I came to know of this method when a person emailed me offering his services for free. I was actually confused because why would someone really offer their service for free? This was the email he sent:-
He offered me to give an SEO video audit of my website. This service is actually expensive and I had to confirm again If he was just bluffing or not.
So I emailed him asking if there was any catch. He replied by saying that he was actually learning and wanted to gain experience.
He actually delivered the work for free and that’s when I came to know about his Fiverr gig which was linked in that email.
The method that he used here was quite impressive and powerful. But, the one mistake that he did was that his service was not something that people would buy again and again.
Honestly, if he did provide a content writing service instead of the SEO audit, I would have surely bought his gig from Fiverr if the free service he offered was of good quality.
So, my point is, if you are going to try this method, make sure that the service that you are offering is something that people would buy again and again.
Some examples include:-
- Content writing
- Video Editing
- Voice Over
- Facebook marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Virtual Assistant, etc
And by the way, to find potential clients for this, you will have to search on Google for related websites. For example, if you provide a content writing service, you could find blogs and message them asking if you could provide an article for free.
If they do agree. Provide them with a great article and also let them know that you can be found on Fiverr.
Fiverr is a great freelance marketplace and you can easily make some side income from them. However, like every other job or business, you need to have some patience.
Even if you do all the above steps, it may still take time for you to get your first order. When you receive the order, deliver it on time and with great quality. Persuade them to leave a review, so that you get more orders.
So, I believe you now know how to get your first order on Fiverr. Feel free to comment below if you have any queries.