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Avoid These Problems in your Fiverr Gig Images

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Recently I posted this gig image of a good looking Fiverr seller, and asked my Facebook group members to critique it. Now I'll toss in my two cents. If he and I were doing a Gig Doctor session together, here are some things I would suggest:

  1. Aspect ratio: The portrait orientation (tall and narrow) is wrong for a Fiverr gig image, and can result in an odd, stretched "hall of mirrors" effect when the image appears in search results. The "primary gig image" should be the shape shown by the light gray area that surrounds this photo. In your gig setup, Gallery page, you can see Fiverr's current recommendation for image size/shape.

  2. Centered photo: This is always a bad idea, because a centered photo will, on your actual gig page, have a play button over the nose, if you have any sort of playable demo, whether audio or video.

  3. Outside photo: Outdoor shots result in overhead lighting, or the sun in your face. Results are exaggerated lightness on the forehead, shadows under the eyes, and often, squinting, showing off crow's feet. Have your gig photos taken indoors under controlled lighting conditions.

  4. Busy background: Having your gig image taken against a fairly neutral background like a blank wall makes it a lot easier to remove that background in something like Photoshop, and substitute it with anything you want.

  5. No text: A photo-only can be effective with certain peoples' faces, but generally it's better to make use of the space that's cleared by moving the photo to one side or the other, to create an ad layout, with a bold background, strong solid well-chosen typography, and a few brief words.

  6. No branding: Having a brand helps buyers to connect you with the qualities or that make what you offer great, or with your personality or "groove."

  7. Black and white: While BW photos can be appropriate in certain dramatic gigs, generally I think it's good to stick with color, which is more eye-catching and appealing.

So there you have a few thoughts. If you would like some help with your Fiverr gig image, contact me with a personal message here, or visit my web page:

For those of you who do voiceovers, or who are interested in entering that fun profession, I can help there too. Check out my voiceover coaching services.

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