Levelling Up: A Quick Guide to Fiverr’s Seller Levels
Thinking of creating a profile on Fiverr? The popularity of the digital work platform shows no sign of slowing as we enter 2020, and it remains one of the easiest places online to begin a successful freelance career.
There’s a whole host of things to consider before getting started on the platform, but in this guide, we’re going to concentrate on giving you an understanding of Fiverr’s level system.
Getting your head around how the various seller levels work is one of the most important factors in conquering Fiverr. That’s because just like 5-star ratings, a higher seller level means greater social proof, and ultimately more interest in your gigs.
An Overview of the Level System:
When a potential buyer looks at your gig listing or profile page, they will see a designated level next to your username. The level assigned to you will be one of the following:
• New Seller
• Level One Seller • Level 2 Seller
• Top Rated Seller
On the 15th day of every month, Fiverr looks back at your average performance over the last 60 days on the platform, and decides whether to promote you to a higher level, or demote you to a lower one.
Yes, you read that right: You can go down as well as up!
To progress through Fiverr’s levels, a seller must pass certain milestones as well as maintain an average standard of service in several different categories.
Let’s take a look at what leveling up entails:
Level Zero: The New Seller
Everyone on Fiverr starts as a “New Seller”. This can be a frustrating time for beginners, because combined with a low of reviews, that New Seller tag means that many potential buyers simply won’t risk their money on your services.
One easy way to mitigate this (apart from having awesome gig descriptions) is to offer services at rock bottom prices, and to over deliver each and every time.
Making Progress: Level 1 Seller
Getting to Level 1 on Fiverr is basically a waiting game:
You need to have been on the platform for at least 60 days. In addition, you have to wait until the 15th of each month for an automatic review of your profile.
If the 15th arrives and you’ve been on Fiverr for 59 days, you’re going to have to wait until next month. It’s frustrating, but it’s all part of the process.
In addition, you need to have banked in excess of $400, and fulfilled 10 separate orders successfully since joining up.
As you can see, this is mostly an exercise in working hard, and biding your time.
In addition to the above criteria, you can’t get to Level 1 on Fiverr unless you’ve maintained the following performance averages:
• You must respond to 90% of all new enquires over the course of 60 days.
• You must complete 90% of orders over the course of 60 days.
• You must deliver 90% of your orders on time over the course of 60 days.
• You must not receive any warnings from Fiverr admin over the course of 30 days.
Finding Your Stride: Level 2
Getting to Level 2 on Fiverr is a huge milestone. At this point, Fiverr becomes a very viable full time time career option. The vast bulk of potential buyers will give implicit trust to a Level 2 seller, and at this point in your Fiverr career, you should be handling and fulfilling a steady stream of new orders each week.
To get to Level 2, (and indeed stay there!) you need to maintain the average quality standards listed for Level 1. In addition, you need have achieved the following milestones:
• Have been on Fiverr for at least 120 days
• Have successfully completed 50 orders (all time) • Earned more than $2,000 (all time)
The Big Leagues: Top Rated Seller:
Top Rated Seller status is a big deal on Fiverr. The freelancers that achieve this coveted rating will always get preferential treatment over their lower level peers.
Buyers will pay far more money per job, and put vastly more faith in the freelance services of a Top Rated Seller.
Fiverr are cagy about admitting this, but it’s also fairly obvious that Top Rated Sellers get a higher placement in search results, and most likely increased frequency too.
Becoming a Top Rated Seller is far from easy. In addition to maintaining the usual 90% performance standards (as listed above), you’ll need to have:
• Banked earnings in excess of $20,000. (all time) • Fulfilled at least 100 orders. (all time)
• Been on the platform 180 days at a minimum.
Each time you level up on Fiverr, you’re given extra perks. In general, this means the unlocking of extra features such as extra gig listings, faster payment clearance and superior customer support. In addition, you’re also eligible to appear in promotional placements on Fiverr’s front page.
Whilst those are nice things to have, they don’t really offer any tangible benefit for the average freelancer. Especially once work starts to pick up.
The biggest reason for a newcomer to look forward to levelling up on Fiverr is the dramatic increase in professional status each upgrade affords, hopefully unlocking the path to higher profits along the way!