A Lesson in Fiverr Ordering

Here’s a brief account of an experience I had on the online marketplace Fiverr. This isn’t about ‘naming and shaming’ – I understand that you get what you pay for and when buying cheap you have to expect some people will try to get away with as little time and effort as possible. It’s important to remember that you’re still entitled to get what you order and you shouldn’t just accept whatever you’re offered.

Essentially, while setting up this website I was looking to get some articles by other people who are experienced at making money online. Given the website was too young and poor to be able to attract writers in its own right, I figured the best way to do this was to find pay someone through an online marketplace. Not only would this allow us to find someone who was willing and able to write a good article, it also let us select someone who is already reasonably successful selling their skills online and thus has knowledge of the topic.

We easily found someone who was successful in the freelance writing arena and provided this request:

I would like you to write an article about making money online. I would like an engaging, semi-formal tone (factual and professional but not too boring) that provides advice about one or several ways to make money online. This should be about something practical (e.g. freelancing) not trying to masquerade as a ‘get rich quick’ scheme.

Within the scope of my original request (making money online), I am happy for you to come up with a topic if there’s something that you know well. This could, for example, be about the pros and cons of freelance work, how to freelance online, comparing different freelancing platforms, how to spot scams, how to build your personal brand online, etc.

All up it was quite a simple, straightforward request – especially for somebody already making money online. So what did we get?

Here is the original, unedited article we were sent:


Making Money Online (Original Version)

With the advent of the internet came thousands of opportunities to make money online. You can sell your car or your dog (hey just your dog!).  Or you can go legit and earn a few extra dollars with a bit of imagination. Often, all you need is your cellphone and an app. It’s in your pocket anyway, everyday, so why not make use of it. No time records to fill out, no boss to look over your shoulder, no office hours, and yet you make money on your own time, anywhere and while looking cool.

  1. Juno Wallet. Juno Wallet allows you to earn popular gift cards.  After downloading the Juno Wallet or Bamboo Wallet app into your device via m.junowallet.com, you become eligible for rewards by earning credits. Earning credits require inviting friends, doing tasks, submitting photos or videos, or having fans. Rewards can come as digital gift cards from Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, xBox Live and others.
  2. Gigwalk. Gigwalk’s system is similar to Juno Wallet. You first download the app, register you Gig account, register with Paypal, do some Gigs in your area, get guided on steps to take, and earn credits from $3 to $100.
  3. CheckPoints. There are a lot of options to cash out with CheckPoints. It requires only a simple interface called the CheckPoints app which transforms your cellphone into a reward card. You can earn rewards as small as $1 or one that is as expensive as a designer bag. By simply scanning specific products, clicking “in-store”, you gain points that become rewards.
  4. ShopKick. Whenever you are at the entrance of a listed establishment, you simply open your app, and voila! You make points by simply being there!
  5. ReceiptHog. By simply scanning the receipts of listed stores like 7-11, McDonald’s, Best Buy and many more, you earn coins. You earn more coins with bigger receipts. Even teenagers can make money from this app.  All they need do is to ask their parents to keep their receipts in a container for her to scan.

You can also make legitimate money by offering your services online via websites that connect you to people who need your services.  For instance, there are also many online tutors needed for teaching English especially in Asia. You can earn as much as $15 per hour. Aside from Freelance jobs, there are other ways to make money online, just browse, try each one and see what fits you and your lifestyle best.


On first glance, I thought this was an acceptable effort. It wasn’t an expensive service so I wasn’t expecting an extensive article based on in-depth research. I just wanted a basic overview which could serve as an introduction to the topic for novices. Sure, it needed some editing so that it didn’t read like a high schooler wrote it but I was after content not style. To be on the safe side, I checked through the recommendations… and I am so glad that I did.

The list is filled with services bearing overwhelming negative reviews, claims of fraud and a lack of updates or customer service for users. I seriously doubt the writer has used any of them – or at least not in the last few years. If so, where did the list come from? Was the core content plagiarised?

I contacted the writer about this and, to their credit, they didn’t contest my claims or object to rewriting the article. Here’s what they came up with the second time around:


Making Money Online (Revised Version)

Technology and innovation have changed the way we live, work and spend our leisure hours. But there’s nothing more disruptive among all technology than the internet. It has changed the way we work and do business. Unfortunately, making money online is easier said than done and we must take into account shady characters who promise to help us make easy money online only to end up with nothing but broken dreams or worst, leave us broke. First things first, to make money online, you must work for it online.

There are two types of income generating plans online, continuous work and making a little investment of time, effort and money for passive income. Here are five ways to make money online through continuous work or passive income:

  1. Build your own online store – The internet is the new marketplace with the great advantage of not having to worry about a physical store. Whether you want to make money through retail merchandise or specialized handcrafted products, there are different platforms to cater to your retail dreams. Shopify and Etsy lead the pack as online platforms for retail goods. What’s more, these online shopping platforms are easy to build and manage. The bulk of the work is the inventory and marketing.
  2. Establish yourself as a specialized blogger with special talents and proclivities to different hobbies and activities. Many pioneer entrepreneurs on the internet became successful in making money through specialized activities and hobbies. Building websites and blog sites catering to specific activities and hobbies such as weight loss, knitting, home improvement or cooking specialty foods are great places to start. Write blogs, make explainer videos and market these through social media and email. As your site/blog become popular and gains followers, you can endorse different products and get paid by advertisers for posting their advertisements.
  3. Be the next YouTube sensation. Doing something you love and are passionate about plus being real and making good, instructional or entertaining videos is a winning formula to become the next YouTube sensation. Making good, entertaining and educational/instructional videos is a way to make passive income.
  4. Work as a freelancer. This is one of the best ways to make money online, and there are different freelancer platforms ready to take in new talents to be discovered by employers and contractors. Upwork, Design99 and Fiverr are the top platforms catering to freelance work. You can work anywhere and anytime.
  5. If you have a house or an apartment in a prime destination for business or leisure, you can rent it out through AirBNB. If you live and own a property in a city or destination, this is the best way to make money online. You can rent out your property on a daily or monthly basis, depending on your arrangements with the AirBNB client.

Make decent and sizeable money online. Get started while you are still ahead and find your niche.


This was clearly a better article with (mostly) more reasonable and realistic ideas. Obviously not groundbreaking or particularly original but still a vast improvement and suitable for our purposes. The writer was paid as agreed, however, we certainly wouldn’t use them again or recommend them.

Ultimately, we decided not to publish the article by itself. Partly because we weren’t comfortable letting this writer’s content stand on its own without contextual commentary and partly because we felt that this article would be more interesting and relevant to our readers.

Buyer beware!

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Get Started on Fiverr

This is part of a series of instructional articles about Fiverr.

Fiverr is a fantastic platform to help sell your skills in the online gig market. This post from Fiverr Best Seller mariokempes explains some of the basics of Fiverr and gives a few pointers for anyone looking to get started on the site.

 

People have been saying for many years that you can make money online via many different platforms such as blogging, affiliate networks, and online shops. The problem with all those platforms is that it takes quite a while until you actually see a flow of income into your bank account, and this is where Fiverr comes in.

Unlike other online ventures, Fiverr is an almost instant way to make money without the hassles of creating a website, spending money on domain and hosting services, making hundreds of posts on blogs, or even signing up for the rights to display advertisements. Fiverr is a workplace for freelancers from all around the world who offer a great variety of services; from typical items such as writing blog posts, recording review videos, analyzing website performance, setting up WordPress sites and so on, to some slightly bizarre services like pranks and stunts. For beginners, the first thing to understand is that Fiverr is now a huge marketplace for online services so you have a lot of competition – not only in terms of quality but also price.

Although Fiverr has already set the basic price for one service (or Gig), there is a workaround to set your own basic fee. Let’s say you’re a blog post writer on Fiverr, and the basic price for one Gig is around $5; the good thing is that Fiverr does not limit the word count required to constitute ‘one article’. This means you can set the word count yourself – for example, you can set 250 words as your basic unit, or you could set it at 500 words to attract more potential buyers. Once you sign-up and explore the options, Fiverr also allows you to make more customizations to your service. In general, Fiverr makes an excellent representative for the Gig Economy.

It all sounds very simple indeed, but as you dive down into the real Fiverr atmosphere, the sheer number of freelancers and various specific demands from the buyers can be overwhelming. That being said, Fiverr gives all the options to make your Gig stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of having a steady flow of income. Here are some simple suggestions to get started.

The Profile

You need to create a concise summary for your profile. It should include your skillset, level of expertise, and any information catchy enough for potential buyers to notice. The most important thing is that you are honest about the profile; there is no need to brag about your competence or certification on certain skills if you cannot prove it in your works later. For example, if you claimed to be able to create quality video animation in 24 hours, you must understand that buyers expect you to deliver exactly as promised. Remember that there is always the possibility of having multiple orders at a time, so the best approach is to under promise yet over deliver. You can also use video for your Gig and feature it on the front page to get better exposure.

Getting Your First Orders

You can only start working on Fiverr once a buyer places an order for your Gig; this is where many sellers seem to get easily frustrated. It does take a lot of patience while you are waiting for the order to come in. After your profile and Gigs are set up, there isn’t really much to do but wait. Thankfully, Fiverr has a helpful section of the website called Buyer Requests. This is the place where buyers can send various requests attached with a set of specific requirements. Instead of looking for sellers who offer a particular service, the buyers choose to list their requests and let the sellers send offers. You don’t always get your offers accepted in Buyer Request section, but at least you have the chance to promote your Gigs more easily.

If needs be, you can send an offer for much lower than the standard price. If your standard Gig offers $5 for one piece of work, for example, you can try to send offer for two pieces of works at the price of one. It does involve more effort, but you can stop offering the discount once you feel comfortable without it.

Note: sometimes the requests have different parameters or requirements from the Gigs you actually have. As long as you can adjust for the difference, send your offers with a sample of your works if possible.

Ranking System

As I mentioned before, there is no need to lie about your profile. The entire success of your Fiverr venture is based on performance and buyers’ reviews. Getting 100% completed orders along with 100% of customer satisfaction rating is difficult, but at least you can try to get close to that. Especially for beginners, with presumably lower number of orders, getting the perfect rating is actually possible. When you are just starting, perhaps you only have two to three active orders; assuming you get all the jobs done and those buyers are all pleased, you have perfect scores for job completion and satisfaction level. This is your chance to capitalize on the achievement; share your profile on social media accounts to get more exposure.

Remember that there is always the possibility of having multiple orders at a time, so the best approach is to under promise yet over deliver.

Another good thing about Fiverr is that you have the option to allow buyers to complain about your works after the works have been delivered. This may not sound terrific at first, but it opens the door to keep the customers happy even when you did not manage to meet their expectations the first time. It applies to all Gigs. You can revise the completed works and get better reviews – in the end, buyers’ testimonies play major role to your success. Keep your customers happy!

The Gig Shortlist

This list serves a quick starting point for the range of potential money-making avenues you can pursue. Which options are best for you will depend on your skills, resources, timeframe and location.

Each will eventually be discussed in a dedicated post but if you have a burning question then get in touch!

  • Monetised website or blog
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Sell things
  • Online trading
  • Share economy
  • Airbnb
  • Pet sitting, dog walking
  • Surveys
  • Internet use
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Graphic design
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Teaching, tutoring
  • Sewing and alterations
  • Consulting
  • Transcription
  • IT support
  • Data entry
  • Telemarketing
  • Leaflet distributing
  • Personal assistant
  • Drive (e.g. Uber, Lyft)
  • Product testing
  • Fundraising

Gig Platforms

Think of something you can do – absolutely anything – and chances are there’s someone out there who is willing to pay you money to do it.

Do you personally know that person? Probably not.

Fortunately, there are numerous platforms out there to help connect you with them (and all their likeminded friends). Here’s a list of the sites and apps that can help you earn extra cash:

Marketplaces

Gigs

 

We are continually growing this list. Want something added? Let us know!