While Fiverr provides all of us with a chance to show off our skills and create a side income for your household through a simple to use interface, it does require some work to attain the right type of attention and detail. As you know, Fiverr provides its sellers with a ‘Level’ and it varies from Level 1, Level 2 and Top Rated Seller. Now, receiving Top Rated seller on Fiverr is a difficult and trying process, and it could take months depending on the product you are selling.
I was lucky that my work was spread around and people recommended me to their friends. Within a month I had went from beginner to Top Rated Seller. However, I have over a decade of typing experience and thrive in that line of work, making it easier for me to crash out 5,000-6,000 words at a time. Others cannot do this, so it all depends on your own skill and technique how quickly you will reach that zenith.
However, being a Top Rated Seller has plenty of advantages. From a VIP support team that will back you in just about any fight and also a lot of brilliant gig extras that let you really ramp up the money you are bringing in. Therefore, getting to the top of the table really is worth it – it offers you so many benefits in the long run and gives you a lot of staying power with your clients. If you can point to a mostly positive reputation and try to mitigate any negative reviews left – some people are just like that, sadly – then you’re more than likely to receive help and assistance from the support staff.
Being a Top Rated seller requires you to adhere to the following all the time;
Honest Delivery – In my type of work on Fiverr, it’s actually very common for me to be ‘Late’ with delivery. The difference is that while most of my gigs actually do go ‘Late’ I will be in touch with the client as much as possible to give them a heads up. My gig queue list is thankfully full unless I’m not here, so it’s easy for them to see that I am busy. You might not be on time, but being honest buys you more time.
Quality Delivery – Following on from above, it would be silly to offer apologies and reasons for late delivery if you then hand in substandard work. I tend to be late as I’m working the whole day researching and improving work, not because I’m lazy. Make sure when your delivery comes in – it’s a quality piece of work.
Don’t Have An Ego – One of the most important things about working through Fiverr is that you are your own boss. This means if somebody is messing you around, you simply refund them and move on with no harm done. However, being your own boss has its drawbacks – you cannot act in any way arrogant or rude to gig buyers. The minute you start to have an Ego is when you will find yourself moving further and further away from the Top Rated Seller section of the site.
Basically, the three things which got me to a Top Rated Seller position was quality delivery, transparency and a humbleness and thanks for every $5 gig that was ordered. I found that by being nice and going the extra mile for clients, I was able to achieve and then sustain my Top Rated Seller status. Treat this like you run your own professional business, and Top Rated Seller status cannot be too far off.
Written by Adam, a Top Rated Seller on Fiverr. You can view his gigs here.
“Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.” – Alfred Hitchcock
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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
If you want people to visit your site, come back to your site, and stay on your site, then it’s very important to remember that humans are visual. Our eyes are the easiest way to capture our attention.
What’s made this all the more obvious during the last few years is the speed at which Instagram and Pinterest have taken off – becoming household names right along Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Twitter, which originally focused entirely on the 140 character message, now has a huge number of photos shared every day.
How You Can Make Your Posts More Visual
One of the biggest challenges with making your content visual is that it will cost you a bit more money and/or time. However, adding visual elements to your website should significantly add to the overall appeal of your site. Several ways to ensure that your blog and posts are visual include:
Carefully Choose Your Blog’s Theme
As I have always recommended, unless you clearly know what you are doing, use WordPress for your website (blog, business, whatever). Find an attractive looking theme that is simple, goes with your content, and is easy to navigate. The format of your website plays a huge role in the visual attractiveness of your site and content.
Create a Clearly Noticeable Logo
You want clear branding across all of your social media and promotional activities. Therefore, develop a high-quality logo and post it on everything. People remember images, make sure that they remember the image representing your website.
Add Photos to Your Posts
Although this is obvious, it is not always as easy as it may seem do to copyright issues. Legally, you cannot pull an image off of Google Image Search and throw it onto your website. Pictures belong to someone, and you must either purchase them or give the photographer credit.
To legally use photos:
Buy Stock Photos
If you purchase your pictures off of Shutterstock or some other photo-sharing website, then you will have no problem legally posting the pictures on your website.
Use Your Own Pictures
Clearly, if you’ve taken the picture, the own the picture. Therefore, any photograph of your own that you take can be posted anywhere you want it to be.
Use Public Domain Photos
If you visit the Wikimedia Commons, you can find a large collection of pictures that are in the public domain. These pictures are free to use – although some may require recognition of the source.
Give Credit for Pictures Used
FreeDigitalPhotos.net is one website where you can download pictures for free – as long as you declare in your post where the picture came from. Additionally, many people will allow you to use their pictures on their site if you provide a link back to their website – this is an easy way for them to get more traffic.
Add Videos to Your Website
With the YouTube “embed video” option, it is easy to include videos into your posts. Using your own videos is a great way to attract more followers, but sharing other people’s videos in your posts can add to your website’s content and popularity.
Include Infographics in Your Content
Infographics have become popular recently. A visual representation of a process provides a quick and easy way to get an overview of how something operates. Additionally, infographics are a great way to reuse old material – taking the content of older posts and making it into an infographic.
People Share What’s Interesting
Ultimately, people will share whatever content they find interesting. Clearly, an article can be interesting. However, if you include a funny picture, a useful video, or a wise inforgraphic, the likelihood of the post being shared will increase significantly.
Have you noticed that your visual posts are more popular? What other elements seem important for a great blog post? Share your thoughts with us!