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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Three Ways Writers Can Boost Their Income With Fiverr

I recently discovered a website that seems to have captured people's imagination.

It's called Fiverr, and anyone can use it to post details of jobs they are willing to do for just five dollars.

The services on offer cover a huge range of areas, as the screengrab below indicates...

You can also post requests for jobs you would like people to do. Some of the requests listed strike me as optimistic for five bucks but, hey, someone might be willing to take on the challenge...

I can see various ways Fiverr could be useful to writers. If you're looking for help with designing your blog or website, for example, there are plenty of people keen to assist. And if you need help promoting it, offers such as the one below look good value...

Of course, the quality of service you will receive isn't guaranteed, but for five dollars a time, you're not exactly taking a massive risk.

And how about offering your own services? At first glance you might think five dollars isn't worth getting out of bed for. As a writer I can see at least three ways advertising yourself on the site could be highly beneficial, though...

1. You could offer to write a short blog post or article for $5, as a way of introducing yourself to potential clients. If they like what they see, hopefully they will want to hire you and pay you a decent rate for your services in future.

2. You could use Fiverr as a way of building your list. As a published author, for example, you could offer an appraisal service for a short story for $5, and then add your clients to a mailing list promoting courses such as my own Write Any Book in Under 28 Days using the WCCL affiliate program. Hmm, I might try this one myself!

3. Finally, you could write a short report and sell it through the site multiple times. This is slightly against the spirit of Fiverr, but I've seen plenty of people doing it. The key is to make it sound as though you are personalizing your offer. Here's a simple idea: Create a short report on (say) how to set up a free blog in five minutes using Blogger. Then sell it with an ad along the lines, 'X will show you how to set up your own free blog in just five minutes using a popular blogging platform'. You would have to offer to give follow-up advice if required, but most people probably wouldn't need this. Essentially, by this method, you could sell the same mini-report dozens of times, perhaps making hundreds of dollars from a single ad. Feel free to borrow this idea if you like!

I hope this post has opened your eyes to some of the interesting possibilities for writers presented by Fiverr. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to share them below...

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Anonymous Charleen Larson said...

I've hired nearly a dozen writers through to create content for my website, write articles for free article directories and post reviews of my site on their blog.

As a buyer you're going to run into people who think they can write but aren't up to the challenge, but hey, it's only 5 bucks and I can usually salvage what they turn in. It's a great way to find talented workers I can go to again and again.


6:25 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Charleen. That's pretty much what I thought. Of course, I hope that if you discover talented writers via this source, on subsequent occasions you might pay them a little bit more!

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Charleen Larson said...

Hey Nick, I know writers want to be paid what they're worth. After all, I are one.

I like the approach taken by the WonderSpark Puppet Company. Through Fiverr they did a hilarious 40 second puppet show video promoting my company. If I want a longer or more intricate video, the price goes up sharply.

It might help to think of Fiverr as a small frame in which a sample of your creativity and expertise shine brightly.


3:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Quote: "Hey Nick, I know writers want to be paid what they're worth. After all, I are one."

LOL. I like your style, Charleen. And thank you for your tips and examples of how Fiverr can work for writers. I'm sure my readers will find them both interesting and inspiring. I expect to see another boost in the user numbers at Fiverr as a result of this post and your comments about it!

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Another great and useful Blog post - thanks again Nick! Fiverr certainly seems to offer a lot of opportunities for writers, and a lot of chances to be really creative in thinking up new ways of using the service, too. By the way, have you put your idea No 2 ('a way of building your list...')into action yet? If so - did you get promising results..? I'd be interested to know, as I'm thinking up a slight variation on this to also build my list.
Thanks again, either way. Andy.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for your kind comments, Andy. And no, I haven't tried out that technique yet - too busy with other things, I guess. Good luck if you decide to give it a go yourself. I can't see why it wouldn't work, although it would obviously take a little while before you see significant results.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Cathal said...

Another very helpful post. Thanks, Nick.

I've bought more of your courses than I care to remember (oh and the Writers' Bureau one too, for good measure!).

I love your courses and now, who knows, I might be able to score a fiver using some of the knowledge I have learnt from you!


Cathal :-)

3:29 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for your kind comments, Cathal. Not that I mean to sound immodest, but I did actually help to write The Writers Bureau course too...

Good luck if you decide to give Fiverr a try. As a writer, I'm convinced there are lots of ways you can profit from this website. Anyway, do post here again in due course and let me know how you get on!

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Countrymom said...

I signed up on fiverr a few months back and have sold a few different things. They recently lowered their pay threshold as well so you can now take payout at a lower amount. A huge bonus to those of us who are living from pay check to pay check! I will continue working with fiverr and honing my skill. Its a great quick addition to my online writing sites and every dollar adds up!

4:12 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for the update, Countrymom, and congratulations on boosting your earnings via this source!

3:59 PM  
Anonymous David Gigs for $4 said...

4th way to boost your sales is to gig at 7 Freelance I get paid the full $7, which is almost twice as much as what Fiverr pays.

5th way to boost your sales is by posting at this forum for Fiverr gigs. You can simply double your sales compared to posting on Fiverr alone. Plus, the bargain hunters get a $1 break. (I love it) I am waiting for more to post, so I can buy more stuff. I will be glad to take up your offer, should you post here.

-David, A fiverr junkie turned fiverr bargain junkie

10:38 AM  

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