Best and Worst of Fiverr Gigs
In a previous post, we covered some tips for creating Fiverr gigs. But what about when you’re browsing the endless listings as a prospective shopper? How can you tell apart the scams from the gems? What should you look out for?
I love the old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” These words of wisdom should be fresh in your mind when looking to purchase gigs on Fiverr, or any site like it.
And be honest with yourself about what you really expect for five bucks. What would you be willing to do for that amount? Be fair with sellers and they will generally be fair with you in return.
Of course the great thing about spending such a small amount is that you won’t suffer anything significant if the gig ends up being crap. You’re only out five dollars, after all. I suggest you simply make a note of the buyer and avoid them at all costs in the future. There are likely plenty of others offering similar gigs, so you can easily find someone better.
I have experimented on Fiverr quite a bit, both as a seller and a buyer. I can only speak from my own experiences, so the following advice is based purely upon that. Please note that your mileage may vary.
Best Types of Fiverr Gigs
I have only received awesome graphic design work from 95% of all my Fiverr gig orders to date. There are plenty of sellers who are willing to create a custom design either as a flat image (best for Kindle eBooks) or in 3-D (for more of an IM-style look). My absolute favorite seller who provides this type of service is header5buck.
I order every single eBook cover I want from them these days. They deliver quickly (usually within 24 hours), listen to your directions and manage to turn your ideas into a winning design 9 out of 10 times. There is really no better deal currently being offered on Fiverr. Not surprisingly, they are a top rated seller.
You might be somewhat hesitant to sample Fiverr sellers who are offering content writing services, but you just need to make sure you buy the right gigs. I held off on ordering any writing gigs for a long time, since I am a writer myself and rarely require any help with that sort of stuff.
However, I was struggling to finish up a project a while back and the subject matter was incredibly boring to me. It was too painful to complete on my own! So I decided to outsource the last remaining bit of work using Fiverr. I hired this top-rated seller who was offering to write a unique and engaging article of 500 words. It sounded far fetched to me…if the quality was decent, that would be a heck of a value.
But it turned out to be KILLER! I was pretty amazed. This guy should be tipped for every 500 words he writes for five bucks, seriously.
If you are a seller on Amazon or eBay, or if you own a small business that has a profile or listing on sites like Yelp, Google Places or CitySearch, then Fiverr can be a great place to find reviewers to help spread the word about your products or services. I’ve seen tons of sellers who offer gigs for one or more Amazon eBook reviews, each from unique accounts.
If you are having trouble finding reviews or if a couple reviewers have said some unfair things that are hurting your sales, then this could be a great way to counter the bad publicity with some positive buzz to balance the scales. Some people aren’t into paid reviews, but if you’re okay with that sort of thing, this is the place to start looking.
To test one of the review gigs out myself, I hired this level 2 seller to write a review for my Amazon eBook. He did a great job and I highly recommend him.
Worst Types of Fiverr Gigs
SEO & Link Building
So far, this is the worst type of Fiverr gig I’ve encountered. Hardly surprising. I was wary of these from the beginning, but I eventually decided I’d give one a try since the gig had MILES of positive feedback left from previous buyers. That’s usually a good sign, though you shouldn’t ever use that as the only deciding factor.
After she finally delivered the gig (I think the time on it was 7 days), I was pretty disappointed to find that the “5 PR 7 backlinks” she had promised to get me were nothing more than useless social media-type profile links from sites like Zillow and CutePHP. These have zero effect on my link authority and are completely worthless.
Won’t be making that mistake again. Unfortunately, there are just too many people out there who don’t know a thing about SEO and will never know that this gig is not providing any type of real value for them or their sites. For the record, I purchased the gig from this top-rated seller.
You might find it strange that I am discouraging others from buying PLR articles on Fiverr since I write and sell PLR content myself. However, the issue on a site like Fiverr is that the content is priced very low and the number of buyers for each package will likely be very high. This combination basically equals more saturated duplicate content and that essentially weakens the overall value rather quickly, depending on how popular the gig is.
The other issue is that many people are selling PLR that they didn’t write, but have simply purchased the PLR rights to in the past. What that means is that the same stuff is probably being sold by a multitude of different sellers, and buyers have no way of knowing which packages contain the same content as others. I’d buy these gigs sparingly and definitely check using Copyscape before you do anything with the articles.