A helpful breakdown and guide how to Improve your gig

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Introduction
This is not an inventory on the way to make gigs. this is often for gigs that are already made that are under-performing, need an overhaul, or simply need somewhere to start out for self-evaluation/education. It does contain a couple of general-information bits and may help you during gig creation, but that’s neither the main target nor the intent. For more information on any of the subsequent sections or points, please see ‘Other Resources’ under (PREV) at the below of this post.
Sections:
(TCT) Title, Category, and Tags
(DES) Descriptions
( IMG) Images and Video
(PPD) Packages, Prices, Delivery Time, and Work Queue
(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions
(PRF) Profile
(CPM) Common Problems/Missteps (a.k.a. read the TOS please)
(C&C) Conclusion and Contribution
(RRD) References (in order of appearance), Other Resources, and Disclaimer

 

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*Where does it say that?*

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Title, Category, and Tags (TCT)

1 ) A gig’s title should be kept simple and will become the permanent URL for your gig. The title can be changed later, but the URL cannot. (See: How to get Quality signals, and How to Rank Your Gig 25 for more.)

2 ) The main category is set on gig creation and can’t be changed, though the sub-category can.

*What about a category split?*

3 ) You’re only permitted 5 tags per gig, so choose carefully. Think, ‘if I was looking for a service like this, what would I enter in the search bar?’

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Descriptions (DES)

1 ) Do you offer unlimited revisions, 100% money-back guarantees, or 100% satisfaction guarantees? DON’T. These are never a good idea. The first two imply that you’re not confident in your work, and all three attract scammers.

 *Exception!*

2 ) The first sentence in every gig should mimic its title, to reaffirm what you’re offering to do. Window-shoppers have a short attention span. Don’t copy/paste, however: create a new sentence.

3 ) Your gig descriptions need to clearly differentiate what perks are part of which package. It’s also a good idea to mention the bonuses you offer.

 *Why should I?*

4 ) It’s important to be brief in your descriptions, but being clear is more important. Lists are useful to convey information, but if you have more than five bullet points per header, you have too many.

 *Clear and brief? How?*

5 ) If you want to mention a particularly relevant qualification or certification, it should go at the end of the description. Your gig should be about your client, not you.

 *But isn’t this important?*

6 ) Related services shouldn’t be listed in the gig description. You can mention that you offer other related services that might better fit a clients’ needs, and/or make a FAQ that mentions them, but people can see your other gigs from any of your gig pages.

 *What if a different gig is a better fit for a buyer?*

7 ) Formatting should be consistent within a gig. Caps-lock, bolded text, and highlighted text are hard on the eyes and should be used sparingly.

 *A further note on formatting and consistency:*

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Images and Video (IMG)
1 ) Your gig images are usually the primary thing people will first see, and a poor first impression will drive people away. “You never get a second chance to form a primary impression.”
*How many should I use?*

2 ) Always check your gig thumbnails from your profile. this is often a simple thanks to approximate how the pictures will appear during a search.
*Image dimensions:*

3 ) The content of images depends if your gig is more service or goods, but it must be relevant and accurately represent the gig.
*Example:*

4 ) Using words in your image isn’t bad, but do some research into what makes an efficient slideshow presentation. tons of equivalent concepts apply (ex. the 5/5/5 rule).
*What to consider:*

5 ) All of the above apply to video also, but specific to video is sound. You don’t need the foremost expensive equipment, but IF you would like a video when your gig category doesn’t require one, don’t use robot-voices.
*What are my options?*

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Packages, Prices, Delivery Time, and Work Queue (PPD)

1 ) Not every gig needs three packages. If there’s no difference between your packages, you don’t need three. What counts as a difference? Quantity doesn’t. Quality DOES. If you would like to supply extra quantity, make it a bonus and don’t forget to feature within the overtime it’ll take.

2 ) Package titles should be kept short. If possible, sum up the package in one or two words. The package description should be an expanded thought, though it doesn’t get to be an entire sentence.
*I’m confused…*

3 ) Every category is different in scale, scope, and type. this is often where research and self-awareness of ability and skill are important. Your prices got to be reasonable to the customer, but not undersell yourself or your work.
*How do I figure this out?*

4 ) Always ask ‘how long will this take under the simplest conditions,’ and ‘how long will this take under the worst conditions,’ if you think that 16-20 hours split that into three to 5 days estimated schedule, give yourself that extra window of your time (all-nighters aren’t healthy).
*Shouldn’t I push myself thereto lower estimate?*

5 ) Use some time estimate and calculate the per-hour rate supported of somebody of your skill level. this may change as you learn, grow, and practice, and when you’re new it’s best to slightly overestimate the time and underestimate wage.
*My math says I’m performing at $0.15 an hour!?*

6 ) If you would like to be ready to offer discounts, you’ll either got to mark-up your listed prices, or be willing to require a loss. When making your calculations, additionally to labor cost, even be conscious of materials costs and overhead/operation costs, like the Fiver commission fee (TOS), Paypal/Payoneer fees, and bank fees.

7 ) If you haven’t already, make certain to regulate the utmost number of orders you’ll have in your queue at any given time per gig.
*Where is that this option?*

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1 ) Every gig that gives revisions must mention what revisions include and sometimes what they don’t include. fixing your boundaries beforehand can prevent tons of trouble later.
*For example:*

2 ) Q: what’s a change order?
A: Please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_order 8 for more information. Any requests made before the merchandise is delivered to any stage of the project already completed and verified by the customer also will be treated as a change order.
*But, what’s it? Summary, please.*

3 ) Q: What if I do need a change order?
A: Change orders are often expensive. It’s important that the first project is thorough in detail. I can and can charge consistent with the quantity of labour that a change will cause, per change order. If this needs starting over from the beginningit’ll constitute the value of a replacement project.

4 ) Any project that takes longer than a couple of days or has multiple stages should have a daily communication schedule. In reference to (PPD): when estimating time, stage-reports and needed feedback from buyers also got to be considered in the schedule.
*Example and caution:*

5 ) As you’re researching gigs in your categories and competition, check out the FAQs and see if there’re other Q&As that crop up often and answer them in accordance specific to what you offer. Also, as you get orders, you would possibly notice a frequent question. If you discover you create a default answer to deal with it, it should probably enter your FAQs.

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Profile (PRF)

1 ) Remember that the formatting you employ for your profile description only shows properly within the gig, and not on your profile itself. Bullet point lists don’t belong here. this is often the part about you, the gigs are about what you are doing. Experience and skill are vital, and this is often the place to say that. (Minimum of 150 characters needed.) (The profile itself already has places for Education and Certifications.)

2 ) Be honest about your level of English: Transparency is vital for successful communication with clients. Because this is often through with text on Fiverr, your level must be supported your written skill level. Even native speakers won’t be fluent writers.
*How am I able to tell my level?*

3 ) If your primary language isn’t English, consider adding your language to your profile as ‘Native/Bilingual.’

4 ) If you’ve explored the choices on your profile, you’ll have found the Skill Tests. These currently haven’t any active benefit to Sellers unless a Buyer specifically looks for them. Relevant results can’t be placed in gigs and that they can only be seen within the Seller’s profile. If a Seller does check, however, it does lend credibility to your claims. you’ll prefer to not display the results.
*Exception.*

5 ) The small 70-character spot that appears under your username may be a perfect place to strengthen you as an individual.
*What should I put there?*

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Common Problems/Missteps (a.k.a. read the TOS 9 please) (CPM)

1 ) Fiverr doesn’t like it when their logo is used in gig images. (Fiverr TOS 9)

*User Conduct and Protection, Section: Violation*

2 ) Identical gigs are against the Fiverr TOS 9. If you can use the same image/description interchangeably between the gigs without edits, and the gigs still make sense, they’re far too similar.

 *Section: Sellers, Sub-section: Gigs* (truncated list)

3 ) URLs must be Fiverr TOS 9 compliant.

*What is allowed?*

4 ) Don’t steal another person’s samples (Fiverr TOS 9). If you claim to have original work, be completely original. (See point 1)

5 ) Don’t offer 24/7 availability (even if you’re part of a team): People need sleep. Don’t offer lifetime service: It’s a promise that you can’t guarantee.

*Why?*

6 ) If your written English isn’t fluent or better, don’t offer services that require that skill. Visual arts are more lenient, but a gig still needs to look professional. Be honest about your skill level and remember that this is an English platform (Fiverr TOS 9).

 *Expand*

7 ) You’re ‘requirements’ aren’t marked as ‘required’. Double-check that, if you need something specific from the buyer to do the job, list it individually in the Requirements of the gig, and be sure that the “Answer is mandatory” box is checked.

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Conclusion and Contribution (C&C)

Professionalism includes consistency and honesty, and there are many things that will turn buyers away. Failing to plan is getting to fail. Know where you would like to be, research, and make an idea to urge there.
If your gig needs an edit, make it. If the gig doesn’t, don’t. Edit the maximum amount as required, but as little as possible.

Do you know the old saying ‘the exception to the rule’? Follow the rule, but do question it. Know the exception and study it. Everything during this list is here for a reason. Knowledge is that the ‘what’, understanding is that the ‘why’, insight is that the ‘how’.

 

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