Fiverr: What Could You Get for $5?

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Fiverr is a service that has been around for a while, but I wanted to share some aspects of the service to our readers. Whether you need some semi-professional work done for your business or personal website, or if you are just wanting to earn some additional income, Fiverr can be a great resource for your needs. I am currently offering a few gigs on Fiverr myself, and while it is not providing a steady stream of income, it still provides some additional play money on the side for things that I want. I typically take any earnings from Fiverr and put them into things that I need or want for this blog/community. Please read along and see if there is any value in this service for yourself.

What is Fiverrfiverr

Fiverr is a website that offers services, such as video editing, web SEO, music creation, and many other offerings, to users who need them. Most of these services start at $5, which is where the name comes from. However, after spending some time on the site, you will find that many of the services go well beyond that price after you add additional add-ons. On Fiverr, services offered to users are called “gigs”. A Seller creates some gig that they want to offer and they set their starting price. As I mentioned previously, many sellers will start their gig at $5. You will find that many sellers choose to start their gigs are higher prices depending on the difficulty of the gig or the experience of the seller.

There is more to understand about gigs. For instance, each seller can create packages for their gig. Each package will have it’s own price and come with some additional services, or extensions to the original gig. Beyond gigs and packages, there is an idea of the time frame in which the seller will agree to completing the task(s) a buyer purchases. Most gigs will complete within a few days, but if you were interested in having the work completed sooner, you could potentially pay a premium to have that gig completed in a day. In is important to keep the focus of the gig in mind as you choose this option. It is very possible that the type of work you are requesting from a seller might not be best performed in a short time and really might require the additional thought and process of more time.fiverr

If I was going to have someone create a slogan or jingle for my business, then rushing that order might be acceptable. However, if I was to ask for someone to create a website or a design project, I might not be as interested in rushing that process. In either case, a buyer would be presented with a wealth of knowledge about the seller.  There are ratings and Fiverr also provides some details about the experience and country of residence for the sellers.

Why would I consider Fiverr

This is a difficult question to answer. I would suggest that you consider Fiverr for things such as WordPress themes, or theme creation for other blogging platforms. It might be helpful in creation of a logo for a business or some type of event.  This is a very common gig offered by a number of Fiverr sellers. It might also be a huge savings to use Fiverr for the creation of video or audio content. These types of services can be extremely expensive on the open market. It really depends on what you are looking for and what sacrifices you might be willing to accept in the vein of saving some coin.

When should I not consider Fiverr

This question is actually a little easier to answer. There are some things that are not worth what you pay for them. For instance, I made a huge mistake of buying traffic for my site at Fiverr. There are many sellers who will tell you that they can send you targeted traffic for a fee. I have learned that this never works out as one would hope. Many sellers are using hosted servers to spawn a high level of traffic that ultimately appears to come from multiple destinations, but it really doesn’t. I would suggest using some common sense when seeking out a gig that you are interested in purchasing.

I would also suggest care in choosing gigs related to SEO. There are some sellers who will go through your back end and help you configure posts for optimal SEO.  That is a valuable service and something that would take a lot of time if you chose to do it for yourself. There are also sellers who will create back links for you and those are sketchy at best. Most of the links they create will be from sites that have no real ranking in search engines to begin with. I also have seen a lot of people fall into the trap of buying comments on posts and forums. This can be helpful to get some conversation going on your site, but you have to be careful that these sellers are actually going to create meaningful conversation.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I would just say that Fiverr can be an awesome resource and a potential cost saver for you. It could also present some challenges, so proceed with caution. In the end, I think you can take time and review gigs and make some solid purchases from the service. If you have any past experiences with Fiverr, or any meaningful advice, please leave it in the comments below for our readers.

Author: Phil

Phil Williams is an engineer with around 20 years of information technology industry experience with past focus areas in security, performance, and compliance monitoring and reporting. He has years of experience with Windows, Unix/Linux, Solaris, and various other operating systems. Phil is a husband, father of 4 children, and an avid geek who loves building computers, gaming, and gadgets. He has an undergraduate degree in general IT sciences and has worked with the US Government as a contractor for almost 20 years. He now is in a software sales engineering role with a Big Data company.

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