Recently I’ve seen a lot of questions from internet marketers about whether there are any good gigs on Fiverr. If you’re unfamiliar with Fiver, it’s a website where you can buy “Gigs”. A Gig is in effect a job that someone is prepared to do for you. For example internet marketing gigs may include…
- I will post your video to Facebook
- I will shoot a 20 second video on a greenscreen for your website
- I will do keyword research
But you can also get graphics, videos, writing, translation, advertising and just the pure strange such as…
- I will make a short video of myself dancing in spandex holding your words on a banner
- I will record you a voice message as Sean Connery
You get the idea! But the big sales angle of Fiverr is… everything only costs $5.
If you haven’t checked it out then you should take a look here.
There’s no doubt that internet marketing is a very time consuming job and outsourcing can make a big difference to your business. When outsourcing there are two main reasons for doing this. They are:
The first is the most common amongst more experienced internet marketers or those looking to start their online business whilst still working full time and having family commitments. There is simply no longer the time to do everything and you need other people in order to keep your business growing.
The second is found amongst both new and experienced internet marketers. Some times you just don’t have the skill to do something and you’ll both get a better finished product and have it done faster by getting someone with more skills than you to do it.
That’s fine, nobody can be the best at everything. But I do firmly believe that you should have some solid knowledge of what needs to be done and how it should be done. Otherwise how do you know if you’re getting a good final product?
Let’s take programming as an example. You can get something programmed, but how do you know if it’s done well to the proper and correct specifications if you don’t know what you’re looking for?
I’m not saying that you need to go and learn how to do everything for yourself before hiring outsources. What I’m saying is that you should spend the time learning the basic knowledge so that you understand what you’re looking at when you get it delivered.
When it comes to Fiverr and the question… “Are there any worthwile gigs on Fiverr?”
The answer is of course yes.
But… we must be realistic with our expectations and the sort of jobs we are looking to be done. After all, they’re only charging $5 and out of that comes Fiverr’s commission as well. Fiverr actually takes 20% which means that the providers are only getting $4.
When you’re ordering a gig you must remember that the person is only being paid $4 for the gig. Ask yourself how much time you’d be prepared to spend on something if you were only being paid $4.
I wouldn’t expect anybody in a Western country to be spending more than 15 minutes on the job at the most. In other countries they may be spending as much as thirty minutes on the job, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to the job being done better.
With that in mind you should only get certain jobs done on Fiverr.
There is actually an Online Marketing category and if we look at this category we can see that it is broken down into:
Looking at these categories we can assume the following:
Web Analytics: Most likely won’t take very long, could be worth using Fiverr.
Fan Pages: Anything to do with social media takes a surprising amount of time, unless you need something very simple done you are unlikely to find much of high quality here.
Social Marketing: As Fan Pages, most of this is likely to be of minimal value or low quality.
Article & PR Submission: This can be done quite quickly if you’re used to it, even without using software. Most will probably be automated or semi-automated but you will be able to find some decent gigs here.
Keywords Research: Can be done fast when you know what you’re doing and have the right tools. You will find some good gigs.
Get Traffic: You want serious traffic? Don’t bother. There is no way you can get anything worthwhile for $5. If you do then hire the person for a year!
Blog Mentions: Well it only takes a moment for someone to write a mention on their blog. The question is… “Is it worth it?” You’d need to do your research.
SEO: This will mainly be SEO advice and most of it will be from people who know basic SEO. You will be able to find out how to do it free online and in the process learn some useful knowledge. This is unlikely to be worth it.
Video Marketing: This usually comes in the form of submitting videos, becoming a subscriber or sending a certain amount of views to your video. Getting views from what is going to be automated is virtually pointless. Submitting a video may be worthwhile however if you are short of time but it only takes a moment to do and can be done while you are doing other things.
Domain Research: Definitely potential here to get some good value.
Bookmarking and Links: You will find some good gigs in here well priced.
So there are some worthwhile things that you can get done on Fiverr. But by only looking at the Online Marketing category we have missed the almost sole purpose I would recommend marketers use Fiverr for. And that is…
Hands down I have had better graphics experience on Fiverr than anything else. And having been a designer I have a high expectation of what I want from my graphics.
Now, having said that. I wouldn’t go and get my main business branded using a Fiverr designer. That’s not because they’re no good, but because there’s no way they’re going to have enough time to put the thought required into something so important.
But if you’re looking for banner ads, adjustments to designs or any smaller job. Then I would recommend that you take a look at some of the providers on Fiverr. They can be superb.
I have two providers that I use almost exclusively for my graphics design, and I have never been disappointed. If you’d like to find out who my two favourite graphic designers on Fiverr are then please hit the like button below.
So, in summary, there are some things that are worthwhile getting done on Fiverr. But the best work, done to the highest quality that I have found is, without a doubt, in graphics. Check out the two guys I recommend above, I get nothing for recommending them but I hope they get some extra work.