How to Make Serious Money on Fiverr

fiverrIf you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I am a big fan of Fiverr. Mostly because I saw the massive potential in the concept even in its earliest days. I knew it was going to be huge and it has since exploded into a highly profitable venture for thousands of sellers.

But it’s no big secret that being a seller on Fiverr is…less than appealing, in a sense. I have heard so many people say that Fiverr isn’t worth your time at all unless you can find a gig that takes up zero time and can be automated as much as possible.

The Problem With Fiverr Gigs

One example of a gig that might meet that criteria is selling an eBook or some sort of pre-written content or other digital product that has already been created. Okay, sure. That’s fine. It takes almost no time and if you can get enough people to bite, then you could feasibly make a good chunk of change.

But using the eBook gig as an example, you run into a few problems.

First of all, if it’s an eBook you wrote yourself then you are probably way better off selling it somewhere other than Fiverr, since you are forced to sell it at only five bucks to start out. If it’s something you didn’t write, you have to have rights to sell it and if you actually do then chances are, so do tons of other people. Some of which may also be on Fiverr.

And keep in mind that Fiverr takes their $1.00 out of every gig you sell. Then Paypal takes their very small share too. This leaves the seller with a measly $3.92 per gig sold. Pretty lame, right?

Yes, I would say so. But I’m going to tell you what the real secret to making a shitload of money on Fiverr is. If you want a hint, it’s not automation or finding some shortcut.

How to Make Serious Money

The way to make serious money on Fiverr is to work your ass off until you get promoted to a Level 1. Then work even more until you’re at a level 2.

Why is this the secret sauce? Because once you are a level 1 or 2 seller, you can upsell your buyers on all your gigs.

There are some really lame examples of this and there are also some brilliant sellers who are really approaching this the right way and making bank. 

So first of all, how do you get promoted to level 1? If I remember right, you just have to get positive feedback from like 10 buyers and you have to deliver your gigs on time as promised, consistently. It’s not asking much.

At one point, I got promoted to level 1 but then I got busy with other stuff and didn’t really have time to explore it. However, I recently went to the site to browse around a bit and saw two striking examples that I really wanted to share with you today because I think they will help inspire you.

Adding Extras to Your Gigs

The first one is a seller who offers an illustration gig in which she’ll draw a head shot of you as a caricature. See the screenshot below for more details.

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 Yes, she’s a top rated seller. That’s hard to achieve. But by no means impossible. Just keep at it and you can get there too. Now check out the description for her gig below.

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Pay close attention to what she says here. Notice that she makes her $5 gig seem worthless in comparison to her upsells for this offer.

She makes it clear that the $5 headshot is for personal use only and she retains full copyright to use them for promotional purposes. She even includes her signature on the artwork, unless you pay extra to have it removed. This almost forces you to go for the upsells. 

She also offers you the full copyrights if you pay an extra $100. This is very effective because it’s still much less than you will probably pay elsewhere for something similar.

Promoting Affiliate Programs

The second is a seller who offers to setup and design a very basic website for you with a small catch – you must sign up for web hosting through their affiliate link to “offset their time,” as the seller puts it in the gig description. 

I’m not even sure if this is allowed on Fiverr, but considering that they have been promoted and are in the levels system then I imagine they either don’t know or don’t care. Either way, this is incredibly smart. They have tons of good feedback and this is a great way to start making affiliate commissions cheaply and easily. See the screenshot below of their gig.

Fiveonfive will make an awesome website or blog for you  on one tiny condition for  5  only on fiverr.com

 

The reason this works is simple. People that need a website will automatically have an equal need for hosting of that site. So this makes perfect sense for them and web hosting is priced low, which makes this the perfect type of affiliate offer to promote with a complementary service like web design.

Assuming you’re using some sort of theme or template based system for setting up the sites, this becomes a very quick and easy task for anyone who knows how to do this.

In Conclusion

I think it’s pretty clear at this point that Fiverr can bring in some serious money if you stay with it for a while. That DOES mean slaving away in the beginning…but it appears to pay off once you are promoted and assuming you have just an ounce of creativity.

Zerys Review: Make Money Writing Content

In a previous post, we listed 10 different content writing sites where freelancers can make some extra cash online with their skills.

Today, I’m getting more specific and I want to share my experience with a company called InteractMedia, a site where writers can sign up to make money by writing content. 

The customers who post projects and writing jobs on InteractMedia use another product of the same company, called Zerys. We’ll go into more detail on why Zerys is exciting for marketers on another day, since that’s an entire blog post of its own.

I was fortunate enough to be a customer support representative for Zerys in its earliest days, so I’m very in touch with the core values and ethics behind the site and the outstanding team that runs it.

I have used Zerys as both a writer and a customer, to better understand how the system works. I highly recommend it for both writers looking to make some extra income and site owners or marketers who need web content.

The Signup Process

If you’re interested in being a writer for InteractMedia, head on over to their website and click on “Writers” in the menu bar, then select “Apply.”

The application process is very simple and painless. All the usual details are asked for, plus a 500 word writing sample. This can be work you did for a previous client, you don’t have to write a unique sample for the application.

During the application process, you will be asked to choose three different subject categories for which you have the most writing experience.

There is an incredibly long list to choose from, and they continue to drill down to more specific sub-categories for what seems like days. Keep it as broad as possible, so as not to limit yourself.

Once the staff at IM have reviewed your application and approved your writer account, they will assign you an initial rating between 2 and 5 stars.

Don’t worry if it’s not as high as you would have liked, since good ratings from your future clients through Zerys will be the determining factor from that point on.

Find Writing Jobs

Once you’re accepted and your account is all setup, you can login to the site and you will have access to the job board.

Writers who have ratings of 5 stars will be able to see all jobs posted on Zerys, while lower rated writers will only be able to view jobs by clients who have specified that they will accept work from lower rated writers.

The job board neatly categorizes all the available writing jobs on the site for which your rating is acceptable. The most important information is visible from the job board, including the title, word count and the rate per word that the client is willing to pay.

When you find a job that you are interested in, click on the title and you will be able to view more details posted by the client.

This can range from very little detail to outstanding and detailed instructions, depending on the client. I would recommend not accepting jobs that are unclear or confusing, as this will typically only hurt you and waste your time.

You have five minutes to review the details for the writing job before you must decide if you want to accept the assignment or not.

Submitting Content

Most writing jobs on Zerys specify a keyword or keyword phrase that the client is trying to rank their content for.

The client also specifies the keyword density, word count and may or may not include a link or attachment for you to review. The purpose of this is to let you become better acquainted with the style and tone expected for the writing.

The editor that you will be using when logged in and writing is quite helpful. It monitors your keyword density as you type out the article, as well as the word count.

This makes it easy to not end up with something too long, too short or under optimized for search engines.

When you are done editing and ready to submit the content for the client’s approval, the site will check your content using Copyscape. This ensures that you are not copying someone else’s writing or submitting content that is not unique.

Interacting With Clients

Once the client has reviewed your submitted content, they have several options.

They can either:

  • Approve your work and assign you a star rating between 1-5, based on the quality of your writing (this means you get paid)
  • Request a revision and provide instructions for how to edit your content (this means you will need to make the appropriate changes before you get paid)
  • Reject your work and choose not to use your content (this means you don’t get paid, but you still keep the rights to your written work)

The nice thing about both revision requests and rejections is that you have no real obligations in either scenario.

You don’t have to do any revisions if you think the requests are unreasonable. You just won’t get paid for the writing, but you will keep the rights to your content and can use it for any purpose you see fit in the future.

If your work is rejected, you won’t get paid for it. But you do have the option of blocking that client, if you think it was unfair. This will ensure that you no longer see projects posted by them in the future.

Getting Paid

Writers must have a Paypal account in order to receive payments for their approved content through InteractMedia. Minimum payout is $20 and payments are sent every two weeks.

For all writing that is approved by the client, you will get paid for every word you write.

The rate per word is determined by the client and displayed clearly on the job board before you choose to accept it or pass on the assignment.

Conclusion

If you’re a freelance writer who is looking to make more money for online clients, then it’s pretty obvious that InteractMedia is worth a test drive.

If you use popular sites like eLance to find writing work, then you will probably love writing for InteractMedia.

Another neat perk of writing for Zerys clients is that you can negotiate reasonable rates for long-term projects they are managing, which means you can secure more consistent and steady jobs. That equals more consistent online income for you, which is always a plus.

Happy clients will likely give you many direct assignments once you have provided them with solid work, so get started today!

 

 

How to Make Money Selling Adult Content

Hey there, today I will be introducing you to a new online marketplace where you can create and sell amateur porn. It’s a site called ExtraLunchMoney, and it’s really awesome!

Introduction to Micro-Gig Sites

Maybe you’re familiar with a popular website called Fiverr that launched just over a year ago? In case you haven’t heard of it already, it was an interesting idea based around people selling services and completing tasks for a flat rate of $5 per gig.

As I started using the site and watching it unfold as they added new features and improved various elements of the user experience, I had a moment of inspiration and decided to post a gig offering to send buyers 5 adult photos of myself in exchange for $5.

Gig Sites Not So Adult Friendly

The good news? I made quite an impressive number of sales, somewhat to my surprise!

The not so good news? I soon found out that Fiverr prohibited any “adult-themed” gigs, and it didn’t take them very long to develop an effective gig approval system that made it impossible to create gigs to sell pictures.

My reaction? Someone needed to do this and give users the freedom of choosing what type of gigs they were willing to offer!

The things about Fiverr that basically suck does not end there. In fact, that is just the beginning in a long list of…well, bull shit.

For example, they take an entire dollar out of each sale you make through the site. That means you are actually only getting paid a measly $4 for whatever you are doing! I’m sorry, but that seems like too much to take out of what is such a small profit already!

It didn’t take long at all for about a trillion Fiverr clones to start springing up all over the web. But as far as I am aware, none of them have really taken off in the same way as Fiverr. More recently, they have made it possible for some users to offer upgrade services for additional costs with their gigs.

Then all I could do was wait for someone to see the same opportunity that I saw and create a site for adult gigs. It didn’t take too long, either!

I looked online for a site like the one I had in mind, and the only thing I could find at that time was a very sparingly designed site called FiveJizz. By the looks of things, someone created the site and abandoned it the next day! Not very promising.

Introducing: Extra Lunch Money!

Then, shortly after that I found the subscription form for a newsletter about a site that was soon to launch, called ExtraLunchMoney. The description of the site was exactly what I had been hoping for! I was excited and looked forward to hearing from them and anticipated their site going live!

It would be something like six months later when the site finally went live and I visited the domain for the first time. I had subscribed to the blog they had started shortly before this, and read their articles about where you could sell your adult photos and videos online.

ELM Avenue: Video Interviews With Adult Workers!

I noticed that they also had a category in their blog that featured video interviews. I clicked on it to check it out, and was pleasantly surprised! Their guests were all different types of adult workers from porn stars to authors and some cam girls too! I was immediately intrigued since I have over five years of experience working as an independent female escort.

After I returned to their website, a box in the lower right hand corner of the screen caught my eye. It was a live chat support widget that said I could send a message. So I opened it and wrote a short note, asking the person to please let me know when they had a moment to talk. I got a response right away, and the person on the other side of the screen seemed friendly and inviting.

After introducing myself, I explained that had been following their blog and watching the video interviews they posted there. I explained my background in the adult industry and offered them an interview with me, should they be interested. To my pleasant surprise, I got a positive response and later that day we booked a date for an interview via Skype, which I had never done before.

The gentleman’s name who I had spoke with was Benic, who turned out to be one of the coolest dudes in all of cyberspace! Our interview went very well and was a great experience for me. He was incredibly polite, respectful and quite obviously a very genuine type of person. If you’d like to watch the interview, you can find it here: Life as an Escort (part 2)

Custom Gigs + Paid Downloads = Multi-Income  Potential

I was quick to create my first gig on ELM once they opened the site up and started letting users create custom jobs. More recently, they added an option for paid downloads. That means you now have an opportunity to sell your adult photos and videos. This is exciting since it’s 100% passive income! I’ve sold many of my pics and vids on ELM so far.

Have you already created a couple of jobs on ELM and are wondering how you can start selling and making some money? I wrote a guest post for the ELM blog that talks about How to use Picasa Web Albums to Find New Customers. Be sure to check out some of my tips in there!

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

eBook Covers

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.

Article Writing

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.

Product Reviews

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.

PLR Articles

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.

 

My Most Profitable Fiverr Gigs

Okay, so I shared some of my tips for creating Fiverr gigs in a previous post. Today I want to share with you some details from my most profitable Fiverr gig to date.

Since discovering Fiverr some time ago, I have registered multiple accounts and created similar types of gigs using each one. Which gig has been the most profitable across all of my accounts?

You’ll be surprised — it is the easiest, quickest and probably the most enjoyable task of all the gigs I’ve offered so far. The idea started out as something quite simple: I will find the top 50 links from all over the web for any topic/niche provided by the buyer.

Finding Links Example Gig #1

Gig Title: “I will search any topic for you and create you a personalized list of 50 relevant sites for $5.”
Description: You provide me a general topic, with some specific points of interest, and I will use search engines, social networks, reference guides, and the invisible web to find the best and most relevant sites out there. I will then compile these sites into a personalized template that is easy to view and navigate and send it to you on time! Believe me, this will be of great value to have.

Repeat Buyers: 4 (1 buyer ordered this gig 28 times, one of which was just offered as a tip!)
Total Revenue: $140

Value of Gig: This gig offers value in a couple of important ways. The first is obviously the number of links I offer to find for the buyer. Fifty high-quality links is a solid collection. The other less obvious way that I increased the perceived value can be found in the description. I make sure to mention several different online resources when listing my search methods. This conveys to the buyer that I will be going beyond a simple Google search, which anyone can do.

What I Did to Deliver: The work for this gig is pretty simple and easy, but can be a bit time consuming depending on the obscurity of the topic provided. Since 50 links is quite a few, I like to start with Google and scan through the first ten pages of results to start with. Any link that looks promising, I open in a new tab so I can evaluate it closer to determine whether or not I will include it in my list.

After you have a good chunk of the list completed, plug in a few related searches to find additional links that may qualify for inclusion. Try alternate keywords and synonyms if you can think of any. Then try a couple of your searches in other engines, like Yahoo or Bing. They are usually bound to display one or two links that Google did not, but you’ll have to dig for them and pay close attention.

The tool I used for creating my link lists is a site called Linkli.st. I created a free account, and whenever I would get a Fiverr order, I’d create a new public list of links and title it accordingly. Once I was done, I’d copy the embed code and paste it into notepad, then save it as an HTML file and attach it to the Fiverr message as completed work.

Finding Links Example Gig #2

Gig Title: “I will research your niche to find you 15 AWESOME affiliate programs you should join for $5.”
Description: You tell me about your niche, I will do the research and scour the web for 15 of the best affiliate programs for you to join. The list of programs will provide the commission info and the sign-up page to join the program!

Repeat Buyers: 1 (This buyer ordered the gig a total of 6 times)
Total Revenue: $24

Value of Gig: Although this gig offers to find only a fraction of the links offered in our first example, it offers two distinct values to the buyer. Since the 15 links provided in this gig are all affiliate programs/products, they possess a higher inherent value to the buyer than links which are not directly profitable (as is more likely in the first example). Equally as important, this gig offers something that is likely to save the buyer a considerable amount of time that would be spent on researching and evaluating several affiliate programs for their website.

What I Did to Deliver: For the affiliate links gig, I used a few different research tools. The first was Google. I’d plug their topic + “affiliate program” into a search and scan the results to find links for closer inspection, which I’d open in a new tab. The more useful resources for finding affiliate programs were Clickbank, Commission Junction and ShareASale. I went to each of these sites and searched for programs listed within the most appropriate categories for the niche provided by the buyer of the gig.

Here is an example list I created for one of my Fiverr buyers.