Top 10 Fiverr’s don’t do list
1- Never post your Gig in buyer requests page.
Only clients are supposed to use this page to submit work requests which you as a service provider (freelancer) can send your offer to any of this work. You can only post your Gig in the sellers menu under My gigs – add new Gig.
In Buyer requests page you can see only buyer requests of work categories you are offering your Gigs in. Other work categories requests will not appear to your profile unless you create a gig for it.
The consequences of posting your Gig in buyer requests page is having your account closed for 3 months. Probably it can be closed permanently.
2- Don’t submit your work files in private Messages.
One of the most interesting features of Fiverr that you can set the number of work revisions your client can have. To take advantage of this feature you have to send your work only via the deliver work button from your order page. Then the client will not be able to ask for more revisions than you specified in your gig. If necessary your client can ask for more revisions for extra money if you have set this Extra option in your gig.
So when you send your work to the client via private messages whether in or outside Fiverr you will lose this amazing feature and your client will be able to ask your for as many revisions as he want. And you will have to do all the revisions.
3- Don’t use stock images for your gig preview without buying them
Many freelancers have their gig refused and they never know why. One of the most common reasons of refusing your gig is using an image for your gig preview which you don’t have the copyright for it. You can’t also download preview pictures of other freelancers gigs and reuse it without permission. The best practice to do here is to create your own gig preview images whether by taking snapshots of your latest work, or even by designing your own image on any photo editing software.
4- Don’t write fake information in your description
Some freelancers thinks that if they say that they are professional in a skill while they are just beginners this will help them to have their gig bought. Some even say they can do things they never knew how it is done. Actually they are right, clients most likely will select gigs of professional freelancers rather than beginners gigs. But if a client buy your gig in this case and you failed to deliver a quality work that meets his expectations, you will have a bad review. Bad reviews will be as a sign for other clients saying “this client is bad”. You can’t also just copy paste other freelancer’s description.
The best practice in this case is to be honest in your description. You can find other ways to sell your gig even if you are just a beginner.
5- Don’t write short gig descriptions.
Gigs with a very detailed description achieve more sales than short description gigs. The reason is that clients always want to know exactly what are you going to offer them in details.
Short description gigs gives the client an impression that you are not professional.
6- Don’t postpone answering buyers messages.
Response time is one of the most important evaluation measure that clients care about. Having average response time of two hours or less will encourage clients who have urgent tasks to hire you instead of other freelancers who have higher average.
Installing Fiverr mobile app on your smartphone would help you to respond to new messages even when you are away.
7- Don’t offer relatively long delivery time.
When you create a new gig you need to check other similar gigs. If the you find that most similar gigs delivery time is two days for example, then you better not specify a longer delivery time. Otherwise your gig will not be considered as a competitor between similar gigs.
8- Don’t accept too much orders simultaneously.
If you are working on many orders you may consider turning the gig vacation mode on. Thus clients will not be able to order your gig. But they can always contact you by private messages to arrange a custom delivery time if they wish to. You may also activate the “LIMIT ORDERS IN QUEUE” option . And set the maximum number of orders for each gig.
You may find it unfair to lose extra orders but keeping your performance high is more important on the long run.
9- Don’t pass your deadline to deliver work.
Freelancers tends to offer shortest delivery times to stand out from the crowd. There is nothing wrong in this, just make sure you have extra time for unexpected circumstances.
10- Don’t deactivate the “Activate watermark” option
Active watermark option is set by default active. This option makes the fiverr water mark appears on the image of your previous orders in the gig portfolio. This prevent others to copy these images and reuse it. It will also protect images you delivered but waiting for buyer acceptance.
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