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7 Tips for Picking the Best Gigs

Discussion in 'Tips & Other Buyer Experiences' started by Fiverr Guy, May 16, 2012.

  1. Fiverr Guy

    Fiverr Guy Administrator Staff Member

    FE Dollars:
    When I pick gigs, this is usually the formula I use to lower the chance of getting a bum deal:
    • Look at the seller's feedback
      • How many positives/negatives do they have?
      • Is the feedback generic comments such as "Great job!" or "I Love It!" or is it more detailed?
      • How long ago was the most recent feedback left?
      • Are there any large gaps in feedback dates? (Does it skip from "one month ago" to "yesterday?")
      • How much of the feedback is by the same person? (if it's a lot, beware!)
    • See how long the gig has been posted (longer = a more quality gig)
    • Notice any trends in feedback left (to see if the "buyers" are actually different, or the same people using multiple ID's)
    • What Level is the Seller at? (I tend to trust Top-Rated Sellers the most, followed by Level 2 next)
    • Does the seller have many gigs or just a few? (few = a specialist, while many gigs = an opportunist)
    • Are they similar or very different? (similar = specialist, while very different = opportunist)
    • If you contact the seller, how quickly do they respond?
    Also, I will look at the # of orders in the queue, and compare that to the most recent feedback and the number of positives versus negatives. Generally if a seller has a ton of orders in the queue, has 98% or better feedback and feedback that has no gaps in time, they are a pretty good seller. Level 2 or Top-rated Status just adds to my comfort level.
    Do you have a strategy for picking the best gigs?
  2. gowriter

    gowriter New Member

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    I'm afraid I don't really have a strategy for picking the best Fiverr gig. However, I will spend hours, sometimes, scrutinizing profiles, testimonials and even contacting the seller before making a purchase. It also depends on the nature of the gig. For logo makers or video makers, I do a quick run through and pretty much order.

    But for advertising with social media traffic -- Twitter, Facebook -- I'm extra scrutinizing. The problem with those gigs is that most of the followers are simply not targeted. Not the fault of the seller. They gathered friends and followers over time and thought, "Hmm. I wonder how I can make money from this." So it gets tricky when you're trying to sell them a product.

    That's why I ask the seller first, "What do your friends like? What are they interested in." Sometimes you'll get a straight answer. Other times its, "All kinds of stuff." That's gonna be tough because now you have to guess what they're interested in.

    Every once in a while you'll find a seller with niche followers, but you've got to hunt deep for those.

    I learned early on to first contact the seller, even if the person is really popular. I want to know how long it will take him to reply to me. How good is his customer service before I order. That gives me a better indication how he will handle my order later.

    Plus, it helps you avoid having to cancel an order because it was delivered late. Maybe the seller was on vacation. I once contacted a seller (before purchase) and it took almost a week to get a response. He was on holiday.

    It might seem like overkill analysis, but for my $5, I want to get the best bang for the buck that I can.
  3. lowtinghao

    lowtinghao New Member

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    I normally tend to trust gigs if they have a high rating and the seller replies me quickly even if the gig is old. This thread will really help me a lot. Thanks!
  4. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh New Member

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    I am a seller on Fiverr. Never had been a buyer yet. It's interesting to know what my buyers could have done to check me out before they bought my gigs.
  5. ljepilo

    ljepilo New Member

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    I bought a trusted Gig once, and the seller said that he would deliver it within 24 hours,but he didn't so I had to pull back my money and leave him a negative review.
  6. Pat Baker

    Pat Baker New Member

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    I am planning to be a seller on Fiverr. This information will help me write my ad to give the buyer more confidence in my ability to complete the task.
  7. Isabellas2007

    Isabellas2007 Member

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    I really do not have a way that I pick. I usually just look at the feedback and if it is recent. If they have hundreds of orders, but no recent feedback I steer clear because it is usually someone who is controlling the system to delete any negatives said about them.
  8. Mystique

    Mystique New Member

    FE Dollars:
    This is definitely a useful thread for me. I have always wanted to be a buyer but I've been very skeptical. I will definitely make use of the tips. Thank you!
  9. Rphoenix

    Rphoenix New Member

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    I really just pick based on feedback. I try to look for the feedback that doesn't seem like it was "copy-pasted" in the buyer's arsenal of good feedback to use. There's also contacting the seller via private message. That's actually what some buyers do for me, they contact me first to clear things up about the gig. If it's what they need, they'll buy the gig. If it's not, well, let's move on, then.
  10. ljepilo

    ljepilo New Member

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    If you need any tips on how to increase your sales on Fiverr,give me a pm I'll help you :).
  11. Charli

    Charli New Member

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    During my experience, I would pick a gig with a high rating as that would be a deciding factor on me seeking out a gig.
  12. Gigexpert

    Gigexpert New Member

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    The bets gig out all that the gigs of a particular type has to be one of the most tenured ones with an excellent feedback. The reason is that sellers with tenured gigs are professional and they do not want to get negative feedback.

    The second thing that I look for is how responsive a seller is. If I send a message and receive a response I usually do not order anything form that seller.

    You can say that I have become an expert in reading "through" reviews because I can make out which feedback is genuine and which one is not. Usually a positive feedback will a little more than a few words. Some sellers incentivize positive feedback by promising a bonus after leaving a positive review.
  13. HankKingsley

    HankKingsley Member

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    I've always wondered how sellers handle this, because a gig can come in at anytime. Someone could wake up in the morning and see a gig waiting for them, and already they've lost 8 hours or so, and then what if they have to go to work or school once they wake up?
  14. lord1027

    lord1027 New Member

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    I've never been too careful when buying gigs and I got few bad ones, but most of them were ok. I'll remember to check your tips next time I order, thanks!
  15. Fiverr Guy

    Fiverr Guy Administrator Staff Member

    FE Dollars:
    Communication. Just tell your buyers what is going on as soon as you know, and most will not have an issue.
  16. TheStoryteller1

    TheStoryteller1 New Member

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    Isn't that a little misleading? That way no new sellers will get a chance, just because they have 0 feedback and no rating yet, even if they can do a great job.
    Also, personally, I have studied journalism and mass communication in university, and I have studied photoshop, photography, graphic design. As I am a freelancer and I like all of those things, I've enjoyed doing a bit of each, and I keep learning about all of them, too. I've been drawing since I was 5, and writing for about as long (though in English only for the past 6-7 years). I also make handmade jewelry. Putting all those things as gigs under one account doesn't make me an opportunist. All of them are part of my daily job.
  17. Fiverr Guy

    Fiverr Guy Administrator Staff Member

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    Nope, not misleading at all. If you are new and want to get ratings/feedback/gig sales, you have to work a bit harder in the beginning to establish a name for yourself, but over time, you can use your built-up feedback to sell your gigs,and even offer less for the standard $5 (instead, opting to place the "extras" in the Gig Extras section).

    See the Selling Strategies section of fiverr exposed for examples of how to make your gig stand out: http://www.fiverrexposed.com/forums/selling-strategies.5/
  18. her21

    her21 Member

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    While I understand a buyer wanting to choose the best gig for their purchase, unfortunately a buyer may be missing out on an excellent service based on the fact that it's a new gig. From my understanding in these posts it doesn't appear that anyone is looking at any of the newer gigs, but, rather is basing their sole impressions on those gigs that are already established.
  19. Smartmom

    Smartmom Member

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    I look at feedback. This is key to me. I actually take the time to read all of the feedback. I look at how attractive a gig is and I usually send a message to the seller asking a question to see how quickly they will respond to it. I also look to see how the seller answers the question. Knowing that the person has kept a good feedback over a long period of time is key.
  20. LindaKay

    LindaKay Member

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    I think those are some pretty good tips. I don't think it's a bad idea to give newbies a chance, though. I mean, you are only spending $5. I just wouldn't order a whole bunch of stuff from people who don't pass the test. Instead, I would send one test order to see how it went.

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