28 Jan Six Things to Consider Before Using Fiverr for Your Blog
Have you thought about using Fiverr to write articles for your blog? Or maybe you’d like some help with basic marketing tasks, photo editing, or graphic design and other technical tasks. Fiverr.com was created in 2009 as a way to connect freelancers with people who have a limited budget for tasks or don’t know how to do certain tasks.
You can search for professionals to perform all sorts of tasks, called gigs, for as little as $5 but sometimes more. Is it quality work for such a small price or a waste of time? Here are a couple things to consider if you’re thinking about using Fiverr for your blog.
Fiverr for Bloggers
Speaker and Momables.com Founder, Laura Fuentes says although she hasn’t used the site in years, it’s a valuable resource for bloggers to get stuff done efficiently. “I recommend them to bloggers when they are starting out because they tend to have limited resources and skills and it’s an affordable way of getting technical help.”
Sonia Smith-Kang of MixedUpClothing.com ordered a flyer design on Fiverr,com to promote a parenting seminar where she was speaking. Her recommendation, “Like any business contract, I would just suggest folks get everything upfront when dealing with fiverr. Ask questions, look at their portfolio, ask about turnaround time and pricing. $5 could escalate if you don’t understand each other.”
Dawn Harris from MamaHarrisKitchen.com highly recommends using Fiverr.com after positive experiences ordering a logo and getting her ebook optimized for Amazon. Both tasks took her hours of frustration until she released the frustration. Her orders were delivered on time and she went back to the same seller for additional projects. Dawn said, “I was trying to design something on my own, and we had the vision I just couldn’t make it come to life. I found ‘logogallery,’ who came up with exactly what I wanted and for only $5. Once done, he asked if I wanted all the files for an additional fee, which was absolutely worth it. We used the logo on business cards, for the website and on a high quality, huge printed banner as a sponsor for the local high school.”
Six Things to Consider Before Using Fiverr for Your Blog
- Read the reviews. Take note of any negative reviews that point out gigs that are delivered late or need multiple revisions.
- Order early. Since these gigs are fulfilled for as little as $5, the creators are typically juggling multiple projects to make it worth their time. Delivery time can be as much as a week and should be described in the gig. Consider upgrading to an express gig for an additional cost if you need it right away.
- Earn free gigs. Use the fiverr referral program to invite your friends, family and even your audience to use it. Give them your link. When they spend their first $10, you’ll automatically earn $5 in your account.
- Ask around. See if the members of your blogging tribe have had success with a particular Fiverr.com selling and follow their advice.
- Have a backup plan. As Nadia Jones pointed out, some gigs are not delivered on time or fail to deliver. What’s your backup plan if that happens? You can cancel the order and try someone else.
- Consider the alternatives. Worried about hiring someone for just $5 for a major project? Elance.com and Odesk.com also allow you to hire people for graphics, technical and writing gigs.
If you need a podcast transcribed, research on a project, a series of images designed or even video editing, Fiverr may be an option.