How To Make Money on Fiverr: What I Learnt from Making over $10,000

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A view of Fiverr 
Photo: Matt Brighton

How To Make Money on Fiverr

Fiverr was launched way back in 2010, the whole premise of the site at the beginning was all around “I will… for $5” where you could offer your skills and services in the blank part. Learning how to make money on Fiverr can be a tricky art, but I’ll show you how it’s done.

Fiverr has since evolved and apart from almost killing and de-valuing the design industry they have now built the platform where up-selling is a key part and a decent income can be made.

It’s a worldwide marketplace and platform where you can sell your services or skills starting from $5. Many people sell their skills from designing, copywriting, SEO, coding, virtual assistant hiring and more! The possibilities are endless.

It can also be a very difficult place to create an income. I was lucky enough to start on Fiverr when it was brand new around 2011, a year after it was launched and despite taking an 8 year break from it. I re-kickstarted Fiverr in 2020 after being bored during lockdown to see what kind of income you could make in 2020 on the platform.

I quickly found a new niche to use my skills in — Youtube thumbnails.

I used to design blog and website headers and banners, it was the big thing back in 2011 when personal blogs were HUGE! However now I was looking for a new product that felt ‘evergreen’ and Youtube thumbnails is just that.

I created a class on skillshare teaching people how to go from Zero to Top Rated Seller. You can grab a 2 month free-trial here.

From designing simple YouTube thumbnails, I’ve made over $10,000 on Fiverr and quickly approaching a Top Rated Seller status.

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My earnings as of September 2020. In total I’ve made over $10,000 typically make $1500 a month at the moment. 
Photo: Matt Brighton

To get 2 months free access to my Skillshare.com video class on how to build your freelance business on Fiverr from Zero to Top Rated Seller — click here to take part in the class for free with a 2-month free Skillshare trial. You can post your own gig in the class project where I’ll be able to give you help and feedback on your own Fiverr gig & profile.


My Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Successful Fiverr Seller

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Be Online 24/7
Once you’ve started your Fiverr career, one great thing you can do is make sure you’ve got a tab open on your laptop whenever you’re using it and keep Fiverr on — this shows little green label next to your gigs and profile that say’s you’re online now and can actually massively help you in the rankings. Buyers can actually search for sellers who are ‘Online Now’ — this really helped me when starting out.

Underpromise, Overdeliver
One great little tip, is understand what service you’re going to deliver then underpromise on the gig description. If you’re an SEO seller for example, lets say you offer 50 backlinks in your package, why don’t you advertise 50 and actually deliver 55? Then you can tell every buyer that they’ve got 5 extra links for free! It’s a great way to make happy customers.

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Some of the awesome feedback from buyers on Fiverr on my profile. Photo: Matt Brighton

Make use of Quick Responses
Buyers will message you to confirm you’re happy to take on their project. Or sometimes they just want re-assurance you’re the right person. For me this means having to send out a lot of messages just simply saying… whenever you’re ready, please order the gig. So I use ‘quick responses’ which is the little lightening icon where it says hello and has a friendly greeting then explains the buying process to them and that I look forward to working with them. I can also use this on the mobile app so it’s super handy when out and about!

‘SEO’ Optimise Your Gig
Head onto the Fiverr search and just type in a seed keyword. I specialise in ‘Youtube Thumbnails’ and when you type that, an autosuggest box appears. This will give you multiple other variations of the keyword that buyers are searching for on Fiverr. Take these keywords and sprinkle them into your gig title, description, tags, FAQ’s and also into your profile. Don’t forget the last bit as your profile is just as important!

Price Your Fiverr Gig Right
I see a lot of people really underselling themselves on Fiverr. Don’t get me wrong — Fiverr is bad for the freelancing world, it devalues skilled work and puts the power into a third-party platform. Cheapest is not always best on Fiverr. I sell some gigs starting from $40, one even goes up to $200 of which I do get sales from! Not everyone ones super cheap as it means that you’re service isn’t worth a high price. I’ve seen tonnes of sellers pricing higher and getting lots of sales because people naturally associate better quality with a higher price.

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An example of some of my active orders — there’s nothing for $5 here! 
Photo: Matt Brighton

Don’t Forget Your Profile
Make sure you spending time crafting your profile page, photo and about section on Fiverr. This will help give you more authority, prove your skills to everyone and it will be naturally part of the due diligence that a buyer may undertake whilst looking at your services. One great tip is to include a bright smiling photo of you on your profile photo. Or black and white — either way it needs to be clearly of you. This makes it more approachable and relatable.

Always Deliver On Time
If you deliver late on Fiverr you can get penalised which means your search rankings will be affected negatively. Make sure you set your gig timers properly and give yourself enough time to complete those changes. Otherwise if you deliver late… you’ll be on an up-hill battle to get back in good Fiverr rankings.

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A view of the cash withdrawals from Fiverr. 
Photo: Matt Brighton

To get 2 months free access to my Skillshare.com video class on how to build your freelance business on Fiverr from Zero to Top Rated Seller — click here to take part in the class for free with a 2-month free Skillshare trial. You can post your own gig in the class project where I’ll be able to give you help and feedback on your own Fiverr gig & profile.