Fiverr has been a really great outlet for several reasons:

1) It’s cheap (though it is called Fiverr indicative of gigs costing five dollars, some can certainly exceed. Kind of like going to a dollar store)
2) It’s easier than Odesk and eLance etc. in that you don’t have to search too far, worry about a contract, and keep a correspondence with a consultant/contractor
3) Gigs are easy to navigate and typically have a surplus of reviews
4) Though the gigs are typically presented as being an individual performing the services, some gigs are requested so often that they seem almost like a psuedo-storefront

Needless to say, I like Fiverr.  I’ve done all sorts of different things on there, from purchasing a gig making a photo a vector image to doing a brief voiceover to a video.
Here are some of my favorite things to do (and could turn out to be quite good ideas for you):

  • Finding someone to transcribe your audio.  There are times when you don’t feel like typing ( I am typing this out, in this instance, but…) and doing a memo on your smartphone or other audio device works well for capturing something you’d want to talk about for a good blog or article.  Someone on Fiverr with good ratings will easily transcribe all of it, typically for about 5 dollars for 10-15 minutes and 12 minutes on average.  They’ll do a good job with grammar and spelling too often times, but you have to make sure you’re speaking clearly and hopefully not driving a vehicle while getting beeped at relentlessly.

 

  • Kind of piggybacking off of that, finding someone to edit content is a decent gig often found on Fiverr.  Just look out for ratings again, and if they do it in a word document, make sure they say they’re going to track changes so you know what work they actually put into it.

 

  • If you want to spruce up your social, you can buy some friends and fans off of Fiverr, though be careful as most of the time they will be fake accounts that’ll eventually fizzle out (hey, sometimes 5 bucks only goes so far).  Depending on the gig, sometimes it isn’t too bad getting a few hundred friends on Facebook fairly easily that’ll be around for a while, or some more followers for your Twitter.  This part will kind of turn into “you get what you pay for”.

 

  • We like using gigs that get our YouTube videos going a little quicker.  You can get a package where you get some views, likes, comments, and subs at once.  This isn’t the only component of rankings and boosting videos, of course, but getting them on course is definitely a positive

 

  • I wouldn’t advise link building.  Though some have tons of great reviews, I wouldn’t suspect many of these people really know what the impact of the links are.  In our experience, you will buy a gig that’s something like “10,000 links from our proprietary link pyramid replete with edu, org links ranging from PR 1-7 and a slow leak so they look natural!” and it sounds great, and you get a report, and sure enough if you check the URLs those links actually are there.  But especially with Hummingbird and 20,000 other people that ordered the same gig, I wouldn’t bother personally.  Fiverr is good for many other things like simple, quick graphic design, personalized services, and perhaps even advice in some cases.

So there you have it!  If you have any other questions about our experience on Fiverr and other services that are available on the site, please feel free to comment.