Fiverr Review: The Online Freelance Marketplace For $5 Gigs

Review Of Fiverr: The Online Freelance Marketplace For $5 Gigs:


Disclaimer


This blog post will explain what Fiverr is and my experiences with Fiverr. If you don’t know Freelancing is, check out my other post called Overview of Freelancing for more information.


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What is Fiverr


Fiverr is currently the world’s largest online marketplace that allows you to buy and sell cheap micro-jobs called Gigs. Fiverr allows you to buy or sell gigs that are $5 or more. Fiverr has been around since 2009 and currently boasts a selection of more than 2 million different gigs in 120 different categories.


Your Account


After you sign up at Fiverr, you will be able to keep track of a lot of important information as a seller. This includes: 

1) Sales: Under the Dashboard settings in your account, you can keep track of all of the sales you make as a seller. You can also keep track of the monthly revenue that you earn.

2) Contacts: When other people order a gig from you, Fiverr keeps track of all the buyers that order a gig from you. Your account will list all of the contacts that you ordered a gig from you.

3) Account Inbox: This is helpful for keeping your personal email separate from your work-related email. This is an inbox that you can set up within your account settings.

4) Requests: If you are unable to find the gig that you are looking for, Fiverr allows you to post requests for gigs within your account. You can write a description that specifies the gig that you are looking for and can specify the time you want it done by. Once you post a request, Fiverr will notify you if they approve your request.


Different Levels as a Seller


Depending on the number of sales you make and your overall rating as a seller, your status is represented as being either a New Seller, a Level 1 Seller or a Level 2 Seller. As a New Seller, you have to meet certain requirements before you can become a Level 1 seller. As a Level 1 seller, you have to meet more requirements before you can a Level 2 seller. You can become eligible for new benefits every time your status as a seller changes. The requirements and benefits for the different levels as a seller on Fiverr are as follows:

1) Level 1 Seller Requirements and Benefits: 

Requirements: 

  • Completion of at least 10 orders (Gigs)
  • A rating of 4 stars or above from buyers
  • Few cancellations

Benefits: 

  • Can create a maximum of 15 different gigs
  • Can charge Gig Extras that ranging from $5 to $40
  • Can have a maximum of 10 Gig Multiples
  • Extra Fast Gig Extra

Gig Multiples: Gig Multiples allow buyers to purchase multiple orders of one gig that your offering. If you are selling a basic gig for $5, someone could purchase 4 orders of that one gig for $20.

Gig Extras: Gig Extras are additional services that you can add on to any Basic Gig. 

Extra Fast Gig Extra: This is an option you can add on to any one of your gigs that allow you to offer gigs with quicker delivery.

2) Level 2 Seller Requirements and Benefits: 

Requirements:

  • Completion of at least 50 orders (Gigs)
  • A rating of 4.5 stars or above from buyers
  • Low cancellation rate

 Benefits:

  • Can create a maximum of 20 different gigs.
  • Extra Fast Gig Extra
  • Can charge Gig Extras ranging from $5 to $50
  • Priority Fiverr Support

Selling on Fiverr


Fiverr does not have any restrictions for sellers. They also do not have any application requirements for sellers. You do not have to upload any cover letter or resume that proves you are qualified enough to be a seller. Anyone is allowed to sell on Fiverr. As long as you aren’t providing an inappropriate service, you can become a seller. Fiverr may have an easy entry, however, most buyers who use Fiverr will tend to look for more qualified individuals with better track records.

Fiverr’s Commission: Once you start earning revenue from your Gig, Fiverr will take a 20% commission on all the revenue that you make as a seller. This means you get to keep 80% of the total revenue that you make as a seller. If you were charging others $5 for a gig, you would be left with a profit of $4 from each buyer.

Should you sell on Fiverr? Your success with selling on Fiverr will depend on the gig you are selling and how others rate you as a seller. Some categories of Gigs are more popular than others. It also worth noting that the number of users and the number of gigs on Fiverr has grown substantially since it started as a freelance marketplace. There are currently a couple million gigs which make Fiverr a very competitive marketplace. Getting attention for you gig is more difficult now, but selling on Fiverr can still be profitable depending on what category your gig is in. Some of the most popular gigs include Logo Designs, Music Voiceovers, Programming, Editing, and Writing.


Should you buy on Fiverr


 Basic Gigs start off at $5 each which makes it an ideal place for outsourcing tasks for a small price. Since Fiverr has over 2 million Gigs to choose from across from 120 or so different categories, outsourcing work as a buyer on Fiverr can be quite convenient. $5 is also not that much for a gig. If you outsource a task on Fiverr for $5 and are not satisfied, you will be at a loss of 5 dollars. This makes Fiverr a low-risk marketplace for buyers.


My Experiences with Fiverr


I have ordered two different gigs on Fiverr from two different sellers and have had positive experiences with both sellers. Both Gigs I ordered were in the Digital Marketing Category. The first Gig I ordered was within the Social Media Marketing subcategory and the second gig I ordered was within the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) subcategory. I received both orders on time and both Gigs and helped provide an increase in traffic to my website. The first Gig I ordered was for traffic through social media channels. When I received the first Gig, I saw a huge boost in my websites traffic within Google Analytics. My website obtained around 2000 visitors within the span of four days. However, none of the traffic was targeted and did not lead to any additional engagement on my website. That being said, I still received around 2000 visitors which is what the gig had advertised.

The Second Gig I ordered was for Social Bookmarking as well as EDU and PR 9 (Page Rank 9) Profiles. The first order of the gig added my website to 800 different Social Bookmarking websites which helped increase the number of backlinks to my website. Backlinks are links form separate websites that link back to your website. These links can help boost your websites ranking within Google and other search engines. The second order of the gig was a gig extra which included total of 40 EDU (Educational Profiles) Profiles and profiles on websites with a high page rank of 9 or better within Google’s Search results. The Gig provided me with two different reports that included all of the links for the social bookmarking sites as well as the EDU and PR 9 (Page Rank 9) Profiles. I tested some of the links within the reports from both orders and all of them worked without any problems.

When you order any gig on Fiverr, your order’s progress can be seen in your Account Dashboard. This is what the Account Dashboard looks like on Fiverr. As of now, I have not finished completing setting up my profile and have not sold any of my own gigs on Fiverr. As a result, there is a small message in my Account Dashboard asking me to finish setting up my profile.

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Within the Account DashBoard, there is a tab called Buying that allows you to Manage the gigs that you have ordered and the payment methods that you decide to use for buying those gigs on Fiverr. Within the Buying Tab, you can see the progress of your orders underneath the Manage Orders tab. Since both of my orders are now complete, there is a green button underneath the tab “Status” that says “Order Again”. Before the orders were complete, the messages underneath the “Status” tab for both gigs were in “In Progress”.

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Verdict


Fiverr is a good freelance marketplace that has been around for a while and has developed a good reputation. Fiverr is also one of the oldest freelance marketplaces for gigs. Since Fiverr makes it rather difficult to charge higher prices for gigs, selling on Fiverr isn’t always an attractive option for a lot of sellers. On the other hand, there are a lot of buyers who wouldn’t mind outsourcing tasks for $5. I had positive experiences gigs I ordered on Fiverr and thought both gigs were of good value.

I hope you found this information helpful. Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment box below. Please let me know if there is something you would have liked to have seen in this post or in a separate post.

 

 

Still a Great Freelance Marketplace
  • Price
  • Selection of Gigs
  • User Interface
4.6

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18 Responses

  1. Helen and Cleopatra says:

    G’Day Dom
    I appreciated the disclaimer at the beginning of the article, it gave me more information hence being able to understand a lot more.
    Thanks for the great layout and the amount of information provided about Fiverr. This has made my research so much easier and quicker.
    Looks like Fiverr is a great option when you first start in this field, Wonderful options to learn and to also help me with some items of work freeing me up to do complete other tasks.
    Thanks Dom for this article, I also enjoyed the ease of locating the information on your site.

    • Dom says:

      Hi Helen! I have had a great experience outsourcing a few tasks with Fiverr. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and had an easy time navigating my website.

  2. Tony says:

    Excellent review on Fiverr. It seems like it is a great site to both sell and purchase “gigs” and can save a buyer a lot of money due to the low prices. What gigs typically sell for in the $40 – $50 range? As a seller, I would want to target these gigs due to the higher payouts so I’m curious what these are. Do you have any experience selling on Fiverr? If so, what services did you sell and what was the pricing?

    • Dom says:

      Hi Tony! I do not have any experience selling on Fiverr myself. Some gigs that sell within the $40 to $50 dollar range and above can include business proposals, Legal and Finical Consulting, white board animated videos and music videos. Some consulting gigs can go over a couple hundred dollars while white board animated videos and music videos can sell upwards of 100 dollars.

  3. Sharon Whyte says:

    I have used Fiverr for a number of gigs and been pretty happy with the service. I got blog banners made which turned out great. Im glad you pointed out the levels and of course the higher the better and more experience the person has. I used to go by highly recommended, but will definitely make sure I check their level in future. Thanks for that!
    Cheers Sharon

    • Dom says:

      Hi Sharon! I tended to look at the more popular gigs that had more reviews. These sellers had more experience with Fiverr and had completed more orders. I’m glad you had a good experience with Fiverr like I did.

  4. JelenaBB says:

    Thank you, Don on this post.
    You really are explained in detail what is to Fiverr.
    I’m looking for certain micro jobs that will help my site is better visibility on Google. I also need some backlinks to my site, like you do 🙂
    I do now know about Fiverr, and this post I found exactly the right time!

    • Dom says:

      Hi Jelena! Thanks for the comment. I thought the SEO gig was fine. The social media gig that I had bought did bring quite a bit of un-targeted traffic. My website’s visibility temporarily went up, but the traffic I received from the Gigs eventually subsided and my daily traffic returned to a small amount that I had before I used the gig. I ended up receiving around 2000 extra visitors in total from the social media gig. There were days when I was receiving more than 500 visitors per day and a lot of the traffic was not targeted. I would look for Social Media gigs that aim to provide a smaller boost in targeted traffic such as 100 more visitors per day. I would stay away from the gigs that promise to provide a larger increase in traffic with thousands of more visitors. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and found it at the right time.

  5. Ilias says:

    Nice review on Fiverr, I have bought in the past a few articles for my blog from different gigs. You can find good writers for 5$ but sometimes you can find bad ones too. I usually contact with the seller before buying and add the good gigs on favorites to buy again in the future.

    • Dom says:

      Hi Ilias! I’m glad you have had some good experiences with writing Gigs on Fiverr. Contacting a seller before purchasing a gig for more information is not something that I have thought about. I’ll consider doing that in the future.

  6. Robert says:

    I appreciate this posting.

    As a relative newbie to being full-time online entrepreneur the work load has been busy.

    Although I had heard about fiverr I dismissed it because of the price.

    Your review has cleared that up and I look forward to investigating the services that would be appropriate for my situation.

    Outsourcing some items where my skill set is lacking is an attractive opportunity…

    Thanks.

    • Dom says:

      Hi Robert! I also find outsourcing as an attractive opportunity. Although I don’t plan on outsourcing my website’s content, Fiverr has alot of other gigs such as Graphic design, SEO and Proof Reading that I could see myself using.

  7. Derek Marshall says:

    Hi there Dom,

    Thanks for creating and sharing this in-depth analysis and look and making money with a popular online platform. It is appreciated – thanks.

    I have had a good look around Fiverr many times and see that some people are making a decent income from the gigs on this platform but how long does it take to get established and start to churn out regular decent part time or full time income using fiverr?

    • Dom says:

      HI Derek! Thanks for the comment. When you first start selling a gig on Fiverr in any category, you starting to compete against other established sellers on Fiverr. I would have to say that the amount of time it takes for you to start earning a consistent part time or full time income depends on the gig you are selling and the amount of time it takes you to develop a good reputation as a seller within your field. Fiverr provides more visibility to sellers who have had more experience selling on Fiverr. Sellers who have a higher status from a better customer rating, having sold more gigs and having achieved a higher level tend to earn more. I think it would take up to 6 to 12 months to start earning a part time income and 12 to 24 months to start earning a full time income through Fiverr.

  8. Daniel says:

    Hi Dom,

    Interesting review. I have always heard and read a little of Fiverr, but I never really took the time for it. Now I finally found the time to read your review. It is quite an interesting alternative or a good link to all affiliate marketing. I have a question about the backlinks: I’ve often read that Google does not really like backlings. Did you have make other experiences?

    All the best,
    Daniel

    • Dom says:

      Hi Daniel! Thanks for the comment. I would say that Backlinks can either improve your website’s ranking or hurt it by where they came from. It you have backlink from high traffic websites that have relevant content, then these backlinks would benefit your website’s ranking. If you have backlinks from website’s that have less popularity and less relevance to your website’s content, then these backlinks would hurt your websites ranking. As of now, I can’t say I’ve seen a noticeable impact on my website’s ranking from backlinks.

  9. Karlo says:

    Hello,
    thank you for sharing in-depth article about Fiverr. I really like Fiverr because you can get some micro jobs get done for a really cheap price. Also, everyone can make money with Fiverr if you have a knowledge in one field.
    Great article
    Wish you all the best
    Karlo

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