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What To Do When Fiverr Mania Strikes

Updated on September 22, 2012

Fiverr Mania: It Happens To Everyone.... But You CAN Control It!

It might take a day or two for you to get your first order on Fiverr. But if you're doing it right - if you're providing a quality product or service and you're delivering on time - it won't take long for Fiverr Mania to set in.

What is Fiverr Mania?

Fiverr Mania is a condition that effects Fiverr buyers and sellers. Fiverr buyers realize that only a small percentage of the gigs they find are actually going to be delivered. And an even smaller percentage will be worth more than 5 bucks. Consequently, when they find one - when they find yours - they buy as many as Fiverr will allow and sometimes even create multiple accounts so they can buy even more.

Fiverr Mania affects sellers a little differently. In the beginning you feel a sense of euphoria. Look at all those gig orders pouring in! You're going to be rich!

This feeling quickly turns to panic when you realize you have to deliver 35 Squidoo lenses within the next 24 hours if you want to maintain your 100% rating!

With this lens I'm going to show you about my own experience with Fiverr Mania and how I managed to pull through and survive.

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How Fiverr Mania Affects The Buyer

Many of the buyers who use Fiverr are looking for marketing tools - articles, promotional videos and link building to name a few. Most of my experience has been with these types of buyers since my gigs involve writing articles and setting up Squidoo lenses. But I do watch the other gigs, too, and the effects of this disease seem to be the same no matter what the buyer is looking for.

In the beginning they'll come to your gig and ask you all kinds of questions before they order, trying to determine if you're going to deliver a quality product.

After you've spent hours, or even days, answering all their questions, these buyers will finally order one of your gigs to test the waters.

Keep in mind, most of these buyers have bought other gigs, too, and they know how crappy the quality can be. They also know that sellers who deliver a quality product don't stick around long because they find more lucrative work. So, if you deliver a quality article or lens or whatever it is you're offering, they're going to order more.

A lot more.

In fact, they will order as many as Fiverr allows. If you're a newbie seller, they can only order one gig at a time from you. When you move up to Level One, I believe that increases to two at a time. And when you hit Level 2, buyers can order up to 8 gigs at a time from you.

Now here's where Fiverr Mania kicks in. These buyers, in their haste to get your awesome articles or lenses or what have you, will create multiple accounts and order even more gigs. I have, in the past, had 2 buyers who each ordered 16 Squidoo lenses from me on the same day.

Those 16 lenses would have been a stretch on a good day but I already had 8 other buyers in line before them. Which meant I had 20 lenses due one day and 20 the next. With orders already in line ahead of those it was impossible to start work early so I could deliver on time.

Even more important: It's impossible to create 20 quality Squidoo lenses in one day! But buyers don't think about stuff like that. They just want to take advantage of your offer before it disappears!!

Do NOT Buy In To This...

Before they order, many of these afflicted buyers will ask you to do MORE than you offer in your gig, with the promise of HUGE amounts of business if you 'Do a good job.'

Do NOT Buy In To This! They're lying! It's a symptom of the disease!

Buyers afflicted with Fiverr Mania automatically assume that all sellers are happy to work for peanuts and that we're all gullible idiots. They're just trying to see how much they can get for 5 bucks.

Tell them to take a hike!

How Fiverr Mania Affects You, The Seller

As a new Fiverr seller you're just happy to see that first order show up on your dashboard. You take your time creating whatever it is you're offering because.... well, you have plenty of time. You only have that one order to work on and you want it to be perfect so the buyer will leave you good feedback.

But those Fiverr buyers see that feedback - which is a good thing. But it's also what fuels their fever. Once you start getting even 2 or 3 comments and good feedback responses showing on your gig, the buyers start getting heart palpitations.

You, on the other hand, are initially filled with glee!

Trust me. It doesn't take long before you have 2 or 3 new orders showing up every morning when you log in to Fiverr.

And it doesn't take long after that for you to log in and see 20 new orders! IN. ONE. DAY.

What you need to remember is - all of the orders that come in on the same day will also have to be delivered on the same day. If your lead time is 7 days, those 20 orders you get on Monday will have to be delivered the following Monday, the 20 orders you get on Tuesday will have to be delivered the following Tuesday, and so on.

It won't be long before you start to panic. How can you keep up this pace?!

And that's when Fiverr Mania hits you. You're thinking, "OMG! What have I gotten myself into?! And how do I get out of this mess?!"

Why You Need To Work Through The Fever

How Fiverr's Rating System Works

As with any other site that offers a Feedback or rating system, Fiverr's system is important for you, the seller. Maintaining a rating in the mid 90's or higher means your gig will appear more often in random searches and it also gives buyers a sense of confidence. That confident feeling means a lot - especially on Fiverr - and buyers will be more willing to place that first order with you.

Fiverr also takes your rating into consideration when it's time to look at making you a Level 2 seller. You want to get to at least Level 2 so you can add extras to your gigs and make more money.

Every time a buyers orders one of your gigs a clock starts ticking. If you don't deliver on time, the buyer has the option of cancelling. If the buyer does not cancel, you have a few days left to deliver - even though the clock now says you're late. After a set amount of time, Fiverr's system automatically cancels the gig. You need to avoid this! When this happens, your rating will drop!

Now that you know why you need to work through this dilemma, let's take a look at to get through it and what you can do to avoid it in the future!

Set Limits In Writing

You can edit your gig listing any time you like. I've edited mine several times in one day. Why? Because buyers keep trying to outsmart me!

You only have 450 characters for your gig description and it's hard to get everything in there. You have another 450 or so where you can ask the buyer for more information. Use every single character if you have to!

Set limits. In your description tell them exactly what you'll do. That means you're going to have to put some thought into it. If you're only willing to write 450 words for five bucks, then state that clearly. Otherwise, some unscrupulous buyer can give you a Thumbs Down if he doesn't get a 1000 word article.

Are you willing to write about anything or are certain topics off limits? For example, my first gig guaranteed their article would pass Ezine Articles editors and get published. BUT - it had to be a topic that was acceptable under their publishing guidelines. If I hadn't included that disclaimer I'd still be sitting here trying to get that PLR article past their editors!

As time goes on you'll get buyers trying all kinds of little tricks. If you can, change up your gig description or your request for more information. If not, use the Cancellation Request button that I talk about next!

TIP: Maybe it's time to take a look at what you're offering in your gig. In the beginning, offering a bunch of little, extra features was fine. You had plenty of time for that. But maybe it's time to think about streamlining your offer. Start taking out one or two of the 'little extras' you're offering so you can complete gigs faster.

You'll never be able to anticipate all of the roadblocks buyers are going to put in your path. So read on to find out what you can do when unexpected problems occur.

You can change your lead time whenever you want, too. And you can also suspend your gigs.

If you notice yourself getting behind, or you need a few days off, just push out your lead time or suspend your gig for a few days. For each day you get zero bookings that means a day that you won't have any orders you need to deliver.

Don't Be Afraid To Cancel A Gig

You are going to have buyers who try to push the limits. It's just a fact of Fiverr. So be prepared.

I've had buyers insist that Squidoo will allow their Viagra lens or that Ezine articles will allow an article about the benefits of using PLR content. I know they're nuts, but they insist that I take their order. And if I don't it could result in a Thumbs Down somewhere along the line which would affect my rating.

I've also had buyers who give me nothing to go on - just a topic. 'Write an article about horses.' 'Build a lens about shoes.' There's no way to know what these people want and you're just asking for a Thumbs Down if you do this without more information.

Sometimes I get buyers who ask me to write about topics that I know I just can't write about. For example, I'm no good at writing about diesel engines or how computers work.

Sometimes I just have too many orders in one day or I have a personal emergency come up that keeps me from being able to deliver on time.

Anytime something comes up that will prevent me from delivering a quality product, on time, that meets all of the promises I made in my gig, I use the "Got Problems? Request Cancellation" button at the bottom of the gig.

This is the best way to communicate problems with your buyer because the powers that be at Fiverr can see what's being said.

For example, I might request a cancellation and tell the buyer I can't guarantee his lens will stay published because it's a topic that Squidoo doesn't allow. I'm not turning down his order (which might get me a thumbs down). I'm just letting him know that I can't guarantee it and giving him the opportunity to either cancel or change his topic.

I might also use this cancellation request if I'm behind on orders. I'll explain to the buyer that I'm running behind and if he'd like to cancel I completely understand. Most buyers are happy you communicate with them and they're willing to wait.

In any case, when you use this cancellation option, if the buyer does choose to cancel, it doesn't affect your rating at all. This is the best 'pill' for Fiverr Mania I've found yet!

Communicating on Fiverr is crucial. Anytime you have a question for the buyer, ask it. Do NOT try to read a buyer's mind. If you don't deliver what they 'think' they want, they can give you a Thumbs Down and hurt your rating.

If something happens and you end up with a cancellation because the buyer didn't respond in time for you to deliver the order, then you have everything in writing. File a Support Ticket with Fiverr and they'll remove that cancellation and restore your rating.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Glad to read this but I joined fiverr very recently. I have made some gigs there but never got any order. Have to say Fiverr is flooded with sellers, and then I switched to SEOClerks.com, there I earned over $500 in just 3 and half months and still counting.

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      homepage101 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I specially Like the bit about "Do NOT Buy In To This..." because I see this my self over there with gigs

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      monster cookie 4 years ago

      NICE, nice lens! Some good info here.

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I find all of this really annoying. I have been on Fiverr under like FIVE different names, and I can not make one single sale! I've tried EVERYTHING...cute charms, handmade Christmas ornaments and angels, offers to highlight people's gigs or websites on my popular blog, erotic stories, writing services of any sort including writing reviews, pretty homemade magnets, wholesale Hello Kitty stuff, E-books, video pranks...YOU NAME IT! And....NOTHING! Nobody ever orders from me....EVER!!!! I think there must be some sort of "trick" going on there - like the people who own the site send buyers your way if they decide they "like you" - or something like that. I find that site so frustrating, especially when it seems to work SO WELL for other people - and NOT me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love for you guys to give me Feedback about my Fiverr GIG. It has a 100% Rating and I am a Level 1 Seller. Please tell me what you think. Thanks

      :-)

      I am on Fiverr user Name is DrewAndrews and the GIG is about Leads

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love feedback on my Fiverr Gig. I am a Level 1 Seller with a 100% Rating and many many great comments. Please guys tell me what you think. Thanks

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      BrianLamacraft 4 years ago

      Great Fiverr lens. I am doing ok there with writing.

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      I've recently signed up. Hopefully I experience this mystical beast that is Fiverr Mania, sounds like a lovely problem to have.

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      INeedGlasses 5 years ago

      You've hit the nail on the head with many top Fiverr issues, for sure! With their site growing so large, I sure wish they've tackle more of these "control" issues with timing, especially. Each gig ordered should have it's own deadline. Having the entire bundle of 8, for instance, due the same day for any service is ridiculous. And allowing people to order like this all day long can kill any business model. They need to get real there at Fiverr. Good site, good support, etc., but one place in need of improvements.

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      I put some listings there but haven't gotten any sellers yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for this information. I just signed up for Fiverr two days and have received 4 gig invitations -- three of them completely unrelated to the job I posted, but still very interesting tasks. I'm liking the potential of the site. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've heard of Fiverr but never really known anything much about it. I don't think I could stand the stress!! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You have so much more drive than myself. I prefer the slow and easy lifestyle so I guess I would be more likely to purchase than to sell on fiverr.

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      Rachel Field 5 years ago

      Great advice about Fiverr - might try it one day, thanks :)

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks kooljewels. And no, I'm not sitting here watching for comments LOL I just happened to be logging on to Squidoo when you posted this. Have an awesome day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I got a few articles from you. Because I know your work and know you do quality. But otherwise I don't trust most gigs (related to content writing) on Fiverr.

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      tmstrekkie 5 years ago

      Oh God I'm supposed to be working but I have just spent the last 45 minutes engrossed in your lenses - gotta be a good sign!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Sinisa, A lot of my Fiverr orders come from people who see my lenses about Fiverr here on Squidoo. I also have Facebook and Twitter but I'll admit I don't use them much at all. I usually forget I even have them. You're welcome to put a link to your gig up above in the Plexo. Also, make sure you use good keywords when you tag your Gig on Fiverr so it shows up when buyers are searching. It helps to offer something a little bit different and unique, too, at least until you start getting a following. That way you stand out from the crowd. My gig is building Squidoo lenses and I don't have a lot of competition so I started getting some buyers right away. Just start talking it up - post it on FB and Twitter and talk about it in forums. Promote your gig the same way you'd promote anything else online - go where the buyers are and start telling them about it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HI Donna

      I was encouraged with your lens and I joined Fiverr five days ago. Could you please advise me how to promote my gig and hopefully get some customers?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you DonnaIt`s a great lens. I have to say it brings some light in my life. I desperately need additional income. So $200-$300 a month would help me a lot. English is not my first language but still I have my web sites and I`m experienced in article marketing. I have many articles approved by Ezine, Go article and other main article directories. I haven`t tried Fiverr yet because I was afraid that there is a lot of competition. Instead I joined http://www.gigblasters.com/. I received one request to write article, I wrote it, got $4 and that was all. I got 100% positive feedback, I was rated as a top seller and that was all. Nobody asked me to write another article. So my concern would be how to provide enough business with Fiverr, at least 2-3 articles a day.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Yep. Just now! You. Thanks.

      Blessings,

      Cynthia

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      Timothy Arends 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I have started doing videos on Fiverr and I don't think they're as susceptible to "Fiverr Mania" as writing since they take less time to complete, but we'll see...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't tried Fiverr yet, guess everyone needs to rest up for when the mania hits!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a level 2 seller on Fiverr...you have some very useful info here....perfect for newbies or the experienced seller....great job!

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      qiu2012203 5 years ago

      i can not get this web'email.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I haven't tried it yet, but I've been looking into it. Thanks for the tips!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I am really doing well on Fiverr. Hopefully my buyers will not read this lens and open multiple accounts. When they give me 8 gigs in a day I start sweating! One has actually asked me how many he can put each time, and tries to adjust according to my other gigs, really sweet.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Indeed I have as an advertiser. I still got the fever and had to beat it over time. Angel blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for introducing me to a new subject!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have heard of Fiverr, but never thought of selling Squidoo lens. Very interested, will go and check out your other lens on this subject. Will keep in touch. Blessed

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      DahliaValentine 5 years ago

      I love buying from Fiverr... I was always curious to know how the sellers made it to different levels. I may have to take you up on your lens creation services soon.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I've looked at the site, but I haven't used it.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @Ahdilarum: Hi Ahdilarum, Feel free to post the links to your gigs in the plexo up above so everybody who reads this lens can see it.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Such a useful series! I'm not sure that Fiverr's for me, but if I end up going there (thanks to you) I'll be going in well prepared.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      With your influence, I joined yesterday and started two gigs, still waiting for a response..

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very interesting indeed! Blessed!