best fiverr gigs

Every now and then a new trend comes along that completely changes the way business is done on the internet. And I usually ignore it…

It might sound strange, but I’m not really an early adopter when it comes to new websites, tools and technologies. I tend to find something that works for me and then stick to it, even if it’s not the best solution anymore.

But lately I’ve been really getting into Fiverr and its $5 gigs because I’ve found quite a few that are actually useful for growing your business, website or blog for next to no money. It’s not all fake testimonials and people sword-fighting with pumpkins.

Here are some that I’ve found just for you.

(Oh, and that photo above won’t make your blog better but it’s an Ewok for $5! If you’re as big of a geek as me that will make you smile.)

What exactly is Fiverr?

If haven’t heard of it yet (where have you been?) basically Fiverr is website where people do things for $5.

You know, a “fiver”.

Now, some of these gigs are useful, creative and practical things that will be of value to your readers and customers. Others are just bizarre. Here’s a small sample of that stuff…

I wonder how many Tyrant Troops are active on Fiverr doing some of this weird stuff? That would be interesting.

A word of warning about Fiverr gigs

As with any website where you find workers or get content produced, you have to be very careful about who you work with and what they give you.

For example, if you buy backlinks on Fiverr you can be certain that 90% of the time you’re going to do more harm than good. And if someone is giving you an image that looks too good to be true, there is a high likelihood that it’s “borrowed” from someone’s copyrighted material.

Be careful. Make sure you do some research.

Oh, and don’t get sucked into Fiverr as another time waster. It’s easy to get lost inside these gigs – searching for the strangest thing you can find for hours on end.

The best Fiverr gigs

Obviously I’ve put an emphasis on gigs that will grow your blog but most of these apply to any business that does work on the internet.

1. Logo creation

Anyone who knows anything about branding and logo design will kind of cringe a little bit at this. Getting a logo done for $5 is really not a good idea if you are trying to grow a professional and distinctive business.

But, if you are just launching a new website or blog to try a new tactic or experiment in a new niche then getting logos done on the cheap is really helpful.

A word of warning with this and any graphical production on Fiverr: a lot of them are a bit iffy when it comes to copyright. Make sure you look around for someone who isn’t just going to give you a logo that belongs to someone else.

2. Video introductions

I didn’t get my fancy Blog Tyrant video introduction done on Fiverr (you can check it out on my YouTube Channel if you haven’t seen it) but you can get some similar things done quite easily.

With this type of thing, you want something short and made in a way that will be remembered. You want people to see it and immediately know that it is one of your videos coming up.

A lot of them will be taken from stock templates but for a few extra gigs you’ll find something nice.

3. Whiteboard drawing videos

These videos are really quite cool. Basically it is someone writing text or drawing a little figure on a white background. It can be used to explain a concept to someone or to just animate your logo and give it some life. Here’s an example of one I got done last week on how to start a blog:

Personally I think this is a great way to communicate something that might be tricky on your website or blog. For example, you could get a short one done to explain how your email opt-in form process works, or even to explain a sales checkout.

Again, keep it short and lookout for people who just re-use images owned by other people.

4. Cartoons

Cartoons are everywhere on Fiverr and some of them are really quite amazing. The thing about these is that they help you make a really boring topic a lot of visually exciting.

One of the ways you can use these is get cartoons drawn for articles that you write – you can make them the big opening image or use them to illustrate points along the way. This also opens up the opportunity of getting more social love on Pinterest.

5. Infographics

While a lot of you might be completely and totally fed up with infographics it seems like they still work and get shared around. Again, think about using Fiverr to get some infographics made to sit at the beginning or end of a really big post that you do – sort of as a summary. This will give people something else to Tweet about.

Remember, the back links on Pinterest are do-follow so it can be really handy to have people pinning your stuff on that weird site.

6. Voice overs

If you’re thinking about starting a podcast or perhaps you already have one but want to make it more professional, it’s a good idea to look into getting a nice little intro made.

This might involve a little bit of music but it also could have someone with a really cool, big booming voice doing a little intro for you. Of course, Fiverr has plenty of people doing these!

Look around for someone with good previews and see if they have the voice that matches your branding and style.

7. Merchandise-type stuff and things

Something that a lot of bloggers and website owners don’t ever really seem to do is make offline marketing material and merchandise. It might seem a little odd but it can be put to good use.

For example, there are Fiverr gigs that will have your logo made into a stamp or an embossed pattern that looks really cool. This can be a nice thing to do if you ever plan on sending out Christmas cards or thank you notes to people in your industry who have helped you out.

You could also search for special items that you might get produced to give away to loyal readers – mugs, t-shirts, pens, etc. – all of that is a little bit different and memorable.

8. Content creation

If you want to be more prolific with your blogging and online marketing one of the most important things is to learn how to get content produced for you.

Now, there are some amazing websites out there already like and Elance but there are also a lot of people on Fiverr who are looking to make a name for themselves in this space and will perform the same services a lot cheaper.

This process involves a lot of shopping around as well as creating “test” jobs so that you can figure out if someone is good at delivery before you give them a big important project.

9. Editing and other writing stuff

Once you start to get your content creation happening it can be a really good idea to get someone to help you edit it and compile it in to useful posts.

For example, you might have two or three people writing articles and then one person to read over it all, upload it to WordPress, change the image names and so on. Again, the idea to to take the load of the simple tasks off of you to free up more time for important things.

Make sure the person has a lot of good feedback and NEVER give anyone your passwords to WordPress. Even when you know them well – make sure they only have a limited Author account.

Tips for finding the best Fiverr gigs

Here are a few little things you should know about finding the best gigs on Fiverr.

  • They aren’t all just $5
    Some of the more high quality items on Fiverr will charge you more by saying an item is worth multiple gigs. So if you find an amazing painter that takes 10 days to do some art it might cost you 10 gigs or $50.
  • Watch the ETA
    When you order a gig you’ll see that they have estimated times of delivery. Make sure you check that before you buy as you might get stuck without an image for a post or some other deadline.
  • Contact them first
    There is a contact button under the gig description for every item. Always contact the seller before you pay the money to make sure they are a good fit for your project.
  • Shop around
    Don’t just go with the first person that you find. Add a bunch of “maybes” to your favorite list and then work through and study the testimonials and work examples to come up with the best.
  • Leave feedback and answer messages
    Fiverr seems to reward responsiveness. If you plan on using it regularly make sure you reply to messages and leave feedback as quickly as possible. Puts you in good standing.
  • Don’t get fake things done
    One of the most popular categories on Fiverr at the moment is fake testimonials. This is where someone pretends to be your customer and reads out a raving review. Please don’t do this. It’s unethical and, in fact, quite illegal in some countries.
  • Be careful
    Don’t ever send money to anyone or give out personal contact details. It should go without saying but there is a reason sites like Fiverr ask you to do everything in a transparent and on-site way.

After a while you will get a sixth sense for spotting the better services. The best thing about it all is that if you buy a bad one you’ve only wasted $5.

NOTE: After I finished writing this post I remembered that Glen wrote about Fiverr a little while ago. His post mostly focussed on whether the video testimonials were a good idea or not so I thought it was okay to still publish my post.

Have you used Fiverr?

I’d be interested to know whether any Tyrant Troops have used Fiverr to get anything done or whether you find other sites to be more useful and perhaps a bit less “strange”. Leave a comment below and let me know.

If you liked this post then also check out our guide on how to ask testimonials.


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  1. Damien Elsing on November 11, 2013

    Great stuff, Ramsay! Can’t wait to try a few of these out.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Damien. Let me know what you end up trying out.

  2. Neil Warner on November 11, 2013

    I use the help of someone named Vikiana to do my book covers.She is an experienced graphic designer with lots of good taste. Usually, each cover with a picture provided by me costs about $ 15.00 and takes 2-3 days.
    It is the best solution for me, and she always delivers according to my instructions!

    1. Thanks Neil. Appreciate the recommendation.

      Just FYI – your comment was in the spam folder. Might want to let Akismet know.

  3. Nicky Roberts on November 11, 2013

    I’ve tried Fiverr twice now and not had a lot of success. The first time for help with Mailchimp and the second time for getting an HTML signature created and installed. The mail chimp guy gave me back my money a week after accepting the gig. The HTML signature looks great but I haven’t been able to install it.
    I haven’t given up completely on Fiverr. I will probably try it once more. 3rd times a charm… Right?!

    1. Nicky, what problems are you having with the email signature? Maybe we can help?

      1. rRandy Noseworthy on November 11, 2013

        I’m not sure what an “HTML” Signature is. I’m curious about that. If it’s just a signature, that’s easy enough to do with a scanner. Heck, I even once did a blog post on that kind of thing.
        Just search my blog for Neil Armstrong, and it’ll pop up. I’m not um, a very active blogger, but I do enjoy posting from time to time. I’ve given up on that blogging for money idea, and just do it for fun.

  4. Hi Ramsay

    Do you really think it’s reasonable to pay someone just $5 for something as significant as creating content for your blog?

    1. Hi Lincoln.

      I’ve thought about it a lot and, to be honest, I know a lot of people in countries where the currency is very different and $5 USD for 30 minutes work is a really, really good rate.

      Obviously it’s not good for someone in the USA but mostly I think they are using Fiverr as a promotional tool to find clients and grow a business.

      What do you think?

      1. Thanks for the honest response, Ramsay.

        I think people should be rewarded appropriately for their labour. These types of sites allow those of us in the wealthy 20% to continue to undervalue the work done by the global 80% who are relatively poor.

        Why not pay people what it’s actually worth?

        1. Hi Lincoln.

          I think value is a very relative concept.

          1. I read an article today about the fact that 80% of the USA are now approaching the poverty line. The old rules about who is rich and who is poor are changing.

          2. I have a friend who works with a development team on the sub-continent. Recently they emailed him to say that his work has put their kids through school and allowed them to purchase a small house and that they might now get ahead.

          If someone in a country with a less valuable currency wants to do work for $5 that someone in say Australia would do for $45 is it right to deny it of them just because that is how much it costs at home? I’m not sure.

          If we talk about the “wealth 20%” then by that same logic they can afford to forgo some work to people who need it in less fortunate countries.

          These are just some ideas though. I work with people both home and abroad. I’m really not sure if there is a “right” answer other than to say that I never rip anyone off, usually pay bonuses for good work and have also found that you get what you pay for – even on different currency scales.

          Thanks for the awesome debate-starter!


          1. I’m really glad you’ve thought this stuff through before going ahead with it. It’s often the fact that people don’t consider the impact, that causes the problem.

            I would argue that if the rate in the west is $45 for something, what is wrong with paying the Fiverr person $40?
            The fact that they may be used to working for $5, instead of $45, doesn’t make it fair or reasonable. Is it reasonable to say to someone in poverty: “You’re used to having nothing, so I’m going to give you nothing”?

          2. Ramsay, some of these comments would indicate these people haven’t really researched Fiverr. The basic gig cost is $5, but the people who offer their services are free to add additional services that they charge for, e.g. faster turnaround, etc. I saw one gig for a woman who does professional voiceovers, and if you look at her extras for things such as selling you the rights to use her voice in commercial settings, she gets over $200. So the only way someone gets only $5 for a gig means they have priced themselves that low. It’s a free market – I don’t think it’s a bunch of children in Mumbai doing the work.

          3. Lincoln,

            I considered this question many years ago when travelling in SE Asia.

            The thing you need to bear in mind is that many of us in more affluent countries can’t necessarily afford to pay $45 or whatever to get an article written or logo created, but we can take a chance with a fiver.

            We aren’t ‘using’ others we are giving them something that is genuinely useful, it is a bit like a multi-millionaire paying you $100 for an article, while s/he could easily afford $1,000 and wouldn’t even notice it.

            You are more than happy to get $100 for an hour of your time. In many countries, $5 for an hour of writing is much better than $5 for 10 hours spent labouring in a field!

            I agree with your view of not abusing others, but this doesn’t fall into that at area, for example, it isn’t like getting coffee workers to be slaves (effectively), so that we can have the luxury of cheap coffee.

        2. Lincoln, I appreciate your point of view, but I think you are misguided when applying some of these ideas to Fiverr. As I said in another comment, the $5 is the initial cost, the “hook” of Fiverr so to speak. Almost every participant has options to increase their income on any gig. Of the four gigs I’ve done on Fiverr so far, only one was actually $5, and that person turned the project around in less than an hour (she was an American and not “exploited” but looking to pick up some walking around $$). All the others were around $40. And if you still feel “guilty” about “exploiting” these people, many of them have a “tip” option which lets you pay them more for the job if your worldview determines they are undercharging you for their services.

          Fiverr is an open market where individuals are free to exchange services for money. If there is any exploitation, it’s more likely by paypal with the fees they charge to handle the money. Stop being so judgmental, you have no idea about the circumstances of any of the people who offer services on Fiverr.

          1. “Open markets” are inherently exploitative. It is their very nature. Argue against that with whatever dogma you like, it is just the reality experienced by people around the world (in the USA, Australia, India etc).

            The “judgmental” attitude you think I have is merely posing the question: Why is it OK to pay people a nominal amount for their labour?

            The fact is that (globally) people who don’t NEED to ask for nominal (small) amounts for their labour, don’t. I would say that paying someone a nominal amount for a significant task is exploitative, regardless of the situation.

            If you don’t like the idea that you may be part of the problem, don’t blame me for pointing it out.

  5. Danielle Thomas on November 11, 2013

    I get logos and banners done for various sites pretty regularly. If you’re looking to build up a brand, it’s a poor choice (they’re usually pretty lame) but for my purposes it’s super cost effective way to get them done.

    I’ve also had re-tweets sent a couple of times, those really don’t work. I think I had a grand total of 20 visitors come out of those re-tweets, not worth it ;).

    1. Hi Danielle.

      Yes, I’m not sure they are any good either. But, perhaps some people might get them done for social proof? Like, it shows you had a bunch of Tweets so that your site doesn’t look as empty.

      I’m not a big fan of that type of thing but I know it does get done.

  6. Shane Fielder on November 11, 2013

    Ramsay – great review of Fiverr.

    I have had great success with technical oriented tasks such as transcription service, illustration work and other tasks of monotony.

    I agree with you on staying away from tasks that might involve potential copyright issues. For those items, I tend to work with more local pros that I know and trust.

    Domo Arigato

    1. Feel free to posts links if you have anyone in particular that you’d like to give a shout out to.

  7. I’ve had mixed results with Fiverr. Had one guy send me the most god awful voice over i’ve ever heard and dealt with a ‘designer’ who delivered a laughably bad site logo in the past.

    Found an excellent link guy there that i’ve been using fairly regularly though, so I’d agree that there’s some decent gigs to be found – if you’re brave enough to dig through all the crap!

    1. Wow – didn’t think I’d hear about many good link guys on Fiverr. How do you judge the quality?

      1. I use him to give some of my YouTube vids a bit of a ‘boost’. Not brave/stupid enough to have any back-linking done to my ‘proper’ site.

        It’s hard to see results straight away, but I have a video that appeared second in YT search results for the keyword ‘Garageband’ 3 weeks after he worked his greyhat magic on it (it’s still there).

        It’s this guy (hope it’s cool to link to him?)

        1. Hey that’s not bad. YouTube videos seem to still be really easy to manipulate.

  8. Hi Ramsey. Great article about Fiverr. I used it twice. For a Blog logo. The first time was super shabby and Fiverr gave me my 5 Bucks back. Then I gave a second try to another one in the USA, and this was truly good. I paid 15 Bucks, waited about 2 weeks and have to admit that this guy really read what I wrote. It’s on my german Blog. I’m actually thinking of hiring him again for my english Blog logo too. And once I can afford 200 Euro I will give it to design it or someone similar. I agree, that good work has to be paid, absolutely. But I also think, that a lot are doing over Fiverr a Portfolio to start their business and ask more money later.

    1. P.S. Sorry that I always misspell your name! I have a very good friend who’s name IS Ramsey…

      1. Hi Chris. Thanks for the good examples!

        How did you go about finding the logo designer? Did you just read lots of testimonials?

        1. No I didn’t read the testimonials, I wasn’t interested in them. I was interested in the work I saw. The first one I chose by the logo pics, I liked them. But what I got was something, which had nothing to do with what I asked or what they showed (in fact, this Fiverr Giger is cancelled by Fiverr in the meantime). Then I started to do a search through the Gigs, looking up the logos they already did. Something I realized which is important: how they described them self. That was/is kind of crucial, it gives more information about them than what they think. And I asked before, if he is able to do what I want (asking pretty detailed questions). And what I learned too is, that if you have to wait only 1 day, it’s not good. Someone who tells you in the beginning, they need time to do good work (like 2 weeks in my case), is more serious than a 1 day shot for a Fiver. You can get often something within 2 days, but then you have to pay 20 to 100 Bucks more.

          1. I think that is why the testimonials are so important. Sometimes people will whack anything up and claim it as their work but when you go to make an order it often changes completely. Good to see what other people have experienced.

            Thanks for sharing!

    2. Ramsay/Chris,
      I used to work at an online graphic/logo design agency. A lot of our clients were small businesses that tried Fiverr, and came to us after they realized you get what you pay for. There’s not a lot of Quality control on Fiverr, even with the testimonials.

      However, if you’re looking for a cheap quick solution, and you don’t care about reaching professional quality (school projects, etc.) Fiverr can be a useful resource.

  9. I’ve used Fivver a few times for cartoons and have been really impressed. Even my avatar is a product of an artist from Fivver!

    1. Nice work Lori! Thanks for sharing. Any tips for us?

  10. Hey Lincoln, continuing our above conversation down here.

    Good points. But I’d raise a few issues:

    1. Just because something costs $45 here doesn’t mean that is the solid and permanently fair price the world over. Australia, for example, is far too expensive.

    2. If an Indian man wanted to hire me, is it fair that he pays me in Rupees as that is his home currency?

    3. What about equivalent rates? $5 USD is about 330 Indian Rupees which will buy your groceries for a few days over there – much like $45 would here.

    4. If I am restricted to Australian or USA-only prices is it the right thing to do if it means I can’t afford to grow my business?

    Just more thoughts. Enjoying the discussion.


    1. This is also for Lincoln and to help put things in perspective. If I do the same work as someone in India and I get enough money to buy food for a day and she gets enough money to buy food for a week, then who is getting the raw end of the deal?

      1. I would say you should move to India and make the big bucks, if it is so lucrative.

    2. I suppose my real question is about how it is OK to push this:

      Is it OK to use child labour in China because they are accustomed to being used?

      Australia is expensive because we Australians do things like ensure the safety and health of workers, and generally want people, like us, to have a decent standard of living.

      Of course it is reasonable for someone to pay you in another currency, if you are prepared to accept it. Exchange rates actually don’t come into it. It’s all about the value we place on people’s labour. The value we place on the person.

      The fact that an apple costs less in Mumbai than it does in Brisbane is a significant consideration. It is reasonable to say that if the cost of living is lower in Mumbai, than in Brisbane, the income would also be lower. I do need to ask, though: Does the standard of living correlate?

      Your question 4 hits at the heart of the matter: Do we want to use people, keeping them in relative poverty, to grow our businesses and create wealth for us? Are we prepared to continue the imperialist ways of the west in using poorer nations to make us wealthy?

      Thanks for being open to talking about this.

    3. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web on November 12, 2013

      Here’s the only actionable issue I see in this discussion: Choice.

      The provider on Fiverr, be he from the U.S., Australia, India, Romania or the “poorest” part of Mozambique, he has made the *choice to offer his services on Fiverr.

      It seems to me that any controversy over ethical correctness of doing business with people becomes moot as soon as we recognize the fact that the people entering into the business relationship have done so willingly and by their own choice.

      A mini case study: I do business with a design guy, Marko, in the “poorest” part of the Czech Republic. Marko made the choice to get on the Internet and offer his services for $60/hour. And I choose to pay him for his work.

      I do business with a video guy on Fiverr whose profile says he is in Bulgaria. He made the choice to get on the Internet and offer his services for $5/gig. And I choose to pay him for his work.

      I’d submit that Marko and the guy on Fiverr have the same choices to make.

      1. I see it a little differently.

        It just looks to me like you’re applying the logic of the affluent wealthy lifestyle of the west (“choice”) to people who do not have the luxury of choice.

        Sorry to say it, but it sounds a lot like the rich telling themselves whatever they have to so they can sleep peacefully at night.

        1. Hi Lincoln, you have all the right to see it differently. Then just don’t use anything close to Fiverr. I live between Switzerland and Italy and I own a “one woman show” business. I make enough money to pay all my bills over the year and to safe money for winter month, as this is a time I don’t work (due to my seasonal work). But that’s pretty much it. And I love my job a lot! I wanted a logo for my new Blog. I can’t afford 200 Euro for a Blog logo right now. If I could, I would have give my idea to (that’s kind of an upscale Fiverr and starts at 200 Euro). My solution was to find a gig on Fiverr and as there are people who offer it, I can (as Scott already said) choose to use their service. My designer sits somewhere in USA, which is (like Switzerland) one of the richest countries worldwide. But not everybody sitting in this countries is rich. Maybe you are and that’s cool, then do spend more money and give it out, so others can live wealthy too. I do it on a low scale because I can’t afford to do it on an upper scale.
          And don’t compare child labor with Fiverr. That’s a very long howl for a service you can’t be a child when offer a job on Fiverr. You have to be an adult. Just sayin.

          1. Hey Lincoln.

            I get what you’re saying and to be honest I mostly agree.

            However, the solutions are very difficult.

            For example, I spend a lot of time in India. I have a friend there who was pulled out of school at 10 to work. To paraphrase him, “Yeah I would have preferred to stay in school but this job lets my whole family eat and rent a house.” Should we Westerners with our cultural ideas of a normal childhood take that away? I’m not sure. I don’t personally agree with children working full time jobs but the alternative is often even worse.

            Secondly, the logic you apply to Fiverr should also be applied to Woolworths, Apple and just about any product that we use in the west. Do you use an iPhone?

            Again, not being antagonistic; enjoying the exchange.

          2. Interesting discussion.

            I think that trying to somehow link what happens on fiverr to the truly dreadful abuse of the poor throughout the world is more than just a stretch. They are two completely separate issues.

            As Ramsay has pointed out, do you use an iPhone (well possibly you don’t . . . I don’t), or a computer? Do you only consume food grown in your own garden or locality? How careful are you about sourcing your clothes – for example do you wear only organic cotton, so that the workers in the fields don’t suffer from the chemicals used in non-organic. The list and questions go on. I considered all this way back when I decide to live a vegan lifestyle, I soon gave up on being perfect, because ultimately I wouldn’t be able to get on a bus if the driver had sausage, egg and chips for his breakfast!

            Fiverr gigs are a world away from the real abuse going on and sure, it will be great when we live on the planet in total harmony, but in the meantime it is better to give what we can afford to those who need it. It sounds as if you don’t have to consider any budgetary constraints, which is great for you and in that case you are free to pay whatever you wish. However, for many of us the option is to pay $5 or do the job ourselves – which doesn’t help the poorer person at all.

            I feel that trying to make this connection is actually a disservice to those who really suffer, they would be glad of the opportunity to sit down in the comfort of an internet cafe and earn a fiverr (well, $4 actually) for making a few keystrokes.

          3. Chris, Patrick, Ramsay

            This isn’t about me. The fact that I may use an iphone (I don’t) doesn’t change the question I’m posing.

            If Fiverr is merely a marketplace for people to trade services, and it opens opportunities to people to trade their services, this is a good thing for everyone. I endorse this.

            My question is around the value that we place on people’s time/labour/life. I feel it is wrong to pay people less than their labour is worth. Nobody likes being exploited.

            If you use Fiverr and pay people non-exploitative rates for their labour, there is no issue. It is a potentially wonderful platform for this.

            If you use Fiverr and pay people a nominal fee for something worth much more, I feel you are saying: “This person is worth less than me. I am happy to treat them this way.” You’re free to do this, if you choose. This is a “freedom” of the so called “open” market.

            And yes, this logic can be applied to many marketplaces and businesses. This is not a reason to continue to expand the opportunities for exploitation.

          4. We have very different views on this.

            I don’t see Fiverr as exploitative, I see it as a great opportunity for those who were previously unable to connect with potential clients.

            You could take a contrary view to yours, that in fact Fiverr sellers are being paid precisely the correct value and it is not nominal at all, that actually the disparity is that ‘we’ are being paid too much.

            You may feel that I am saying “This person is worth less than me”, but that is purely your mind judging things from the way that makes you feel good.

            I feel you are being a bit disparaging of anyone who uses Fiverr, because you see a particular ‘evil’ in doing so, but I’ll repeat that you undoubtedly exploit others in a far worse way in your everyday life, than you ever will by paying someone on Fiverr at a rate that is commensurate with the income in their country.

            It is about you, it is about me, and everyone else, because we are part of the issue you are raising. If you wish to pick on something relatively innocuous like Fiverr, then surely it is better to have tackled some of the real issues in the world that you are quite probably ignoring at the moment. I don’t know how you live your life, but you are online and almost by that very act you are participating in and creating the problems in this world – I suspect you aren’t naked and living off fruit you picked from a tree.

            If you feel that a Fiverr job is worth $40 not $5, then pay that. Unfortunately, your ‘ideal’ would result in far less income for those on Fiverr, because most of us who use Fiverr do not have the $40 to spend and so would not order the gig.

            You’re not really seeing the difference in standards of living costs that we’ve mentioned, or at least you’re just ignoring it and focussing purely on a fixed global cost for everything. Realistically that isn’t happening overnight and not employing people on Fiverr (because one can’t afford the ‘true’ cost as you see it) purely to satisfy one’s ideas of right and wrong is detrimental to those people, not helpful at all.

            Think I’ve exhausted what I have to say on this one, we’ll just have to agree to differ. From the comments, we are obviously all concerned with not abusing workers/outsourcers, just that we view the details and logic differently.

  11. Thanks for reminding me about Fiverr! I had heard of this website when I first starting blogging (all of 2 months ago) and I was super excited. Then. I forgot about it. I’m still trying to focus on content creation, as I can easily get distracted by new plugins and bizzbangs, but Fiverr seems like a website worth spending some time on!

    I super appreciate the ideas, as I’m still not quite sure how I could incorporate Fiverr projects without just bumbling up my site.

    Thanks for another great post!

    1. If Fiverr doesn’t work there are also good content producers on Elance and

      1. Thanks Ramsey! I’ve been duly cautioned by your troops against doing anything with any of these sites until I am strong on putting out content. I’ll put these sites in my back pocket until I have written an e-book… I guess. Sigh.

    2. Tiffany, it seems you’re just getting on hands on deck online and the plugins,themes and content stuff really gets on your nerves,slowing down your pace.. My advice: don’t go prowling on fiverr,learn how to grow your blog by getting premium e-books on the subject matter and sticking it out.. For now,fiverr will be a big distraction for you. Best of luck!

      1. I totally agree.

        When you first start you need to prioritise:
        1. Critical needs – Domain and Host (except free blogs etc.)
        2. What can I write about. Get on there and start writing.
        3. Security. If you’re using, say WordPress, make your work safe.

        Then – the techie stuff:
        4. SEO so that your site is discoverable, etc.

        Then, and only then, should you make it pretty.
        In the beginning, whether you like it or not, nobody’s going to find you. While you’re waiting for your first visitors (traffic), you can then spend your time making your online world look ‘the business’.

        Remember, when you Do start to tidy things up, it will effect all the work you’ve already put in.

        Hope this helps?

        PS Some people have made very good money on the internet with the ugliest of sites! But the content is what visitors are looking for FIRST, and foremost.


        I’m a graphic artist, but used to working on printable stuff. I use Fiverr gigs to create my digital graphics, sometime from my Photoshop etc., originals.

        1. Thanks Alan! I’ve got the ugly site down (heh heh) and I am cranking out content. I get between 20 and 100 views a day, depending on when I put my articles out – which feels pretty cool. Now, as for this wordpress “security” business – what do you mean?! Aagh!

          1. Hi Tiffany

            If you’re already getting up to 100 hits, you’re doing very well. Congratulations.

            Security is vital!

            I was hit by different hackers last year. I lost three WordPress sites forever; recovered one, and had to clear one out completely to rester. Even the backups had been hacked.

            I don’t know what Ramsay’s policy is; but I strongly recommend installing a good anti-hacker security Plugin. Both the two here are free, and easy to set up:

            ‘Better WordPress Security’ and ‘Wordfence Security’.

            You can even use both, as some of their features differ slightly, and they don’t clash. If you leave ’em as is, they’ll do the job, but spend some time with the settings and you’ll be in total control. Wordfence even has the facility to tell you by email if anything suspicious or malicious has occurred.

            Before that, in Dashboard, go to Users. If you’re admin is still set as admin, you’ll need to change it ASAP.

            I won’t risk the wrath of the Tyrant by posting a link here, but if you install ‘Better WordPress Security’, it will tell you you need to change this, and fix it for you!

            How cools that?

            Great plugins – I recommend both.

            Wordfence found malicious files over a year old, in a database which had been wiped clean!!!!

            Forget Fiverr – get those plugins installed double quick!

          2. Went your site.

            It ain’t that ugly, and I love the subject.

            I’ll be stalking (sorry) visiting regularly, and will probable get involved.

            Great subject.

      2. Arewa! Thanks so much! I really appreciate your thoughts. I suspected as much. So, for now, I’ll put my head down and keep cranking out content. Now, the e-book… aw man, I’m still struggling mightily with how to think about, plan and move forward with doing this with the audience that I have. I’ve kind of chosen a niche where I first have to educate my audience and then create the community. Onwards!

        1. Alan! I saw you “liked” me on FB! GREAT! Thank you so much! Now, I’ll HAVE to get that post out today! HOORAH! ๐Ÿ˜€

          1. This is SO cool to see you all helping each other out!

          2. It IS cool, isn’t it?! You’ve got some fabulous troops here, Ramsey. I’ll definitely stand to learn a thing or two! (or fifty.)

  12. I’ve used Fiverr for my logo design, to upgrade my shopping cart to latest version of zen cart, and edit an article I’m writing for a magazine. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I’ve been really happy with the results I’ve obtained. All three gigsters were very professional, timely and got me what I wanted. Maybe because I targeted highly rated gigs and emailed them before signing them up.

    1. Hey Paul.

      Thanks for sharing.

      How did you go about selecting those people? Why do you think you had success with them?

      1. I only considered working with people who had the highest ratings, I stuck with people located in North America.

        1. Thanks Paul.

  13. Fran Civile on November 11, 2013

    I’ve used Fiverr for small banners and had pretty good results.

    In your discussion with Lincoln about the fairness of paying so little, I agree with your last response about judging prices in terms of equivalency. The value of a dollar or a Rupee is determined by what it can buy.

    That said it’s still true that people might be underpaid in any currency for social or political reasons, so Lincoln and any one of us could choose to tip for good work.


    1. It’s a very interesting discussion that’s going on!

  14. How funny, I just got one of my gigs done, a professional looking handout for my social media course. I did follow your advice and contacted a couple of Fivvers before purchasing the service from them. The honest ones, that ask a lot of questions and don’t promise you the world, are more likely to be the ones doing the best job (and ethically). My gig was $5 per page so you should find this out before hand. I was happy to fork over $25 to get an awesome product, one that I could spend hours on end trying to do and never have anything to show for it. I love Fivver. Thanks for this article Ramsay! BTW, I love Ewoks too (Is this Wikit?)

    1. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web on November 11, 2013

      Raquel: Any chance you might share the name or link to the professional handout gig that you liked so much? I have a need for the very same thing ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. For sure Scott! Here is her FIvver link: She has a 95% positive rating, in America, and even has an MBA. She gave me exactly what I needed, that’s rare these days. Wish you the best in your product!

        1. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web on November 12, 2013

          Thanks much, Raquel! I’m going over there to check it out now.

  15. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web on November 11, 2013

    Fiverr has been a source of both productivity and for “time suck” for me — there are so many funny and weird gigs up there, it’s easy to get lost in it all.

    But the productivity side of it has been good for me. The gig I am most happy with is a short, 40 second video done in a quick-draw style. The video simply says what I do, who I do it for, and gives the viewer a look at my logo/branding. It cost me $15. Judge the quality and value for yourself:

    I was very happy with the provider on Fiverr, who goes by the username of uniquefivex. He also does some of the whiteboard animations you mentioned in your post, Ramsay.

    1. Thanks mate. I edited out that last link because it got garbled and wasn’t sure what it was supposed to be.

  16. I have used Fiverr only once and that was certain link building campaign for a site that I wanted to test out.
    Though there are people offering some really unique and weird gigs on Fiverr but they are all awesome and some of the guys really give you a lot more than what you pay for ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Did that go well?

  17. Great post, any idea how much people on an average make on fiverr?

    1. They make $4.

  18. I LOVE Fiverr, I bought a video intro on Fiverr and am really happy with it. I also got some infographics and design work done.
    I even found an artist that is doing ALL of the graphics for by ebook for less than $50. Seriously it’s awesome!


    1. Thanks for sharing Naomi.

  19. Slavko Desik on November 12, 2013

    Hey man, I never considered Fiver as a tool that can help me with various aspects of my online projects. After reading this, I must say I should reconsider some.

    1. Worth a look at least, I reckon.

  20. Martin Rice on November 12, 2013

    I’ve used Fiverr three times. Once I got a little cartoon for a post and it was just what I had described. Great deal.

    The next two times I wanted to have a short post written. I had been falling behind and decided that if they were good, I’d publish them under the authors’ names as guest posts. (I’m not about to publish something under my name I haven’t written.)

    It didn’t work at all. The first guy delivered a horrible piece. I’ve graded many, many hundreds of undergraduate essays, and this post was as bad as any I had ever read. The second guy just never delivered at all.

    In both cases my money was refunded.

    I love the idea of getting a whiteboard video. That looked great.

    As an aside, I’ve used oDesk with great success in getting really super technical people to help me with my WordPress blogs’ technical issues. The one I use most is in India and very, very affordable. She’s an absolute genius.

    Thanks for the post. Really informative.

    1. Haven’t tried oDesk. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks Martin.

  21. Hey Ramsay,

    Awesome post, I used Fiverr before for logos and a video testimonial until I got a real one. I found some really good writers for my blogs too. Fiverr is also great for outsourcing. I used to write press releases for clients, but sometimes I outsourced to writers on Fiverr. Its a great website for building relationships.

    1. Nice work Darius!

  22. I’ve had an idea for something I want to get done for a while. Don’t know yet if I’ll find what I want on Fiverr though…

    1. Let us know how you go…

  23. I’ve used Fiverr a few times to hire people for testing websites and products. It worked out well and was very affordable to get a few people to test websites or products on different operating systems or in different environments that I can’t easily test on my own.

    1. Good to hear some nice success stories. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Melissa Wilson on November 12, 2013

    I’m actually in the process of finding someone on Fiverr right now to design a logo for my upcoming site. Since my budget is very limited right now I figured this might be a good option for me. And, like you say, worst case you only waste five dollars (unless you spend more of course). So we’ll see how it goes. I’m cautiously optimistic about it and am trying to make sure I go with someone who seems like they will actually do a decent job.

    1. Hope it works out for you Melissa. Take your time with that – the logo is very important.

    2. Ramsay, I hope you don’t mind…
      Melissa, this is the Mike, the guy I used to make my Weinweib Logo:

      Once you book the Gig, he asks very precise questions. If you have a clear idea, it will be easier for him to work. Once the first part is done, he will send you 3 b/w offers, from which you choose one. Only then he will make it with colors. I would hire him again for a Blog Logo.

      1. Melissa Wilson on November 14, 2013

        Thanks, Chris, I appreciate the recommendation. I will check him out.

        1. Nice work guys!

  25. Matthew Kaboomis Loomis on November 13, 2013

    Hi Ramsay,

    I’ve used Fiverr twice for a logo to use with a niche blog I’m starting. The first person I hired did a decent job, but nothing wow worthy. I paid $40. But then I revised the blog target audience and needed a new logo, so I went back to Fiverr and decided to go with a new designer…it turned out to be a horrible experience. The three logos were a copyrights nightmare. One was the Superman logo with a D in the diamond instead of the S. The other two turned out to be tweaked rip offs of the PBS logo. I paid this person $40 too. Said they were in Macedonia. And to top it off, I think my laptop got a virus from his .RAS file. Anyhow, I need to request a refund. I wish I’d read this blog post first, as I didn’t “shop around” nearly enough and didn’t “contact them first.” Oh well, at least it wasn’t hundreds of dollars. Now I have a designer friend doing the logo. He just gave me six excellent options to choose from today. He normally charges around $800 for it. But we have a bartering agreement. Anyhow, that’s my experience so far with Fiverr. Not sure if I’ll use them again. I may for editing services.

    1. Hey Matthew.

      That story about the copyright/RAS file is exactly the kind of thing I was worried about. It’s so hard to keep on top of it all. I guess reviews and testimonials are a pretty good way to be sure you’re getting something good but even then it’s hard to know.

      Thanks for sharing.

    2. It is worth checking images using google, to see if anything similar comes up. It isn’t foolproof by any means, but if you go to Google Image Search and then upload the image you are given, Google often comes up with similar ones.

      Be interesting if you try this for the image you were given and see if it works for this and let us know.

      1. Matthew Kaboomis Loomis on November 19, 2013

        Thanks for the great idea, Patrick. I’ll see how google image search works and let you know.

        1. We need a “copyscape” for images!

  26. Lewis LaLanne on November 14, 2013

    We’ve had good luck with the cartoons and the video intro/outros on Fiverr. The picture attached to my comments came from a Fiverr gig. The one thing I really look forward to are the whiteboard drawing videos. When done well, they make content fun to consume. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Lewis. Nice to see you here again.

      Yeah, I’m a big fan of those whiteboard style videos. I think they can make some pretty dull things seem a bit more lively.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  27. Been using the gig site in the past for several jobs. In my opnion it is a great platform for online marketing and job oferring. On the other hand you have to digg for quality. Even article writing outsource can be a time consuming task.

    1. Yep. Agree with that. Thanks Chantale.

  28. Hi,

    I just wanted to say thanks for the article about fiverr, I didn’t know about it before and it’s a really interesting site.

    I’d like to get a video done similar to the whiteboard example you’ve used for setting up a blog – are you able to let me know which fiverr supplier you used? I’ve put a few into my wishlist but I haven’t seen one that actually uses a texta like yours seems to.

    Also I just wanted to send some kudos to Lincoln for standing up for his beliefs and expressing his POV so eloquently and calmly in the face of personal attacks.

    Only one thing consoles me somewhat about this situation; the 80% of the world population exploited by the rest actually have an incredible capacity for – and experience of – simple true joy in their daily lives. The average westener will likely never experience this in their sadly longer lifespans. I think the ‘wealthy’ are actually the ones to be pitied. And those who argue the loudest (to convince themselves perhaps?) that there is no inequality are probably the worst off of the lot.

    1. Hey Bana.

      Really good points. I hope you’ll be back to comment around here!

      I’ll dig up that username for you.

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  30. Nice tip, Ramsay!

    I think I’ve been living under a rock or something, ’cause I never heard of Fiverr ’til I read this… Will definitely check it out.

    Also, have you guys seen Microlancer? It kinda has a similar concept, only the gigs are more expensive (usually from $20-50), but it has some really high quality services and is from Envato (the same guys from Theme Forest), so the whole system works great. I was so impressed with the services that I got for my blog that I set up an account as a microlancer – I draw cartoons – and so far the experience is being pretty nice. Just another tip for people looking for small services/adjustments…

    Keep up the great posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Juliana.

      Great tip. Hadn’t heard of it.

      There is also one called MicroWorkers or whatever that pays people like 5c for doing tiny jobs like clicking a Twitter button. Interesting scales.

  31. It has carved a special niche among both buyers and sellers happy with its prompt response, cheap transaction platform, and earning capabilities.

  32. I’ve used Fiverr a few times and had great results. Sometimes. At other times I’ve had to cancel my order due to nonperformance (computer troubleshooting), or been less than impressed with what I received (writing).

    That said, Fiverr and its knockoffs are all worth the investment. There are a lot of talented people out there and it’s exciting to find someone to work with.

  33. Dean Saliba on November 27, 2013

    I have used Fiverr just for having images created for my blog posts and logos for my sites.

    I certainly would not encourage anyone to use this service to help with their linkbuilding or SEO efforts, in fact I tell people daily on forums this on an almost daily basis. I don’t know what kind of quality SEO techniques they are expecting for $5.

  34. Great article! Personally I use this fiverr to get some good content for my websites. There are some good professionals out there!

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    […] Ramsay explained that on average every 3rd or 4th post will contain some sort of affiliate offer, it’s important not to go overboard with these types of posts on your primary blog. The other posts will contain valuable content for his audience, a recent example from his blog would be this article all about utilizing Fiverr. […]

  36. Shoplet Promos on December 11, 2013

    I’ve never used fiverr before. I’ll check it out, thanks

  37. So, is Fiverr a truly valuable internet marketing resource? For some things yes, for gaining search engines and social platformsโ€ฆa definite NO!

  38. Kristi Davis on February 14, 2020

    I use Fiverr and have had great results. I use them for cutting backgrounds out of photos. Also have gotten voice overs for ads and independent film projects.

    As far as fake video testimonials, that used to be a huge problem and is now against the sites TOS and will get suppliers accounts shutdown, same with Amazon reviews. Finally.

  39. i use this method it will be helpful for me thats great thank u men u realy have a great work

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