The concept behind Fiverr is a great one.
Pay someone $5 to do a task you have no idea how to do and oftentimes receive a bonus.
Or if you’re on the other end of the spectrum, receive anywhere from $5 up to $100 for performing a task.
Sounds like a great money maker in theory, but in 2019, is Fiverr even worth it anymore or should you spend your time elsewhere?
In this Fiverr review I’m going to break down what Fiverr is, how to get the most out of it, if you should invest your time in it or stay as far away as possible.
Website name: Fiverr (Click here to join)
Founder: Founded by Micha Kaufman in 2010
Website Type: Online marketplace for freelance work
Best For: Purchasing simple tasks for small projects
Description: Fiverr is a website for online freelance work. You sell your services and earn money. Earnings vary greatly, as your income is determined on how many gigs you have ranked and how popular you are.
About Fiverr and Launch Date
Fiverr launched officially back in 1st February, 2010 and has built up a solid reputation since.
Fiverr is an online marketplace for Freelance work.
Basically, you can either sell your services or skill and get paid for it, or pay someone to do a task for you.
Fiverr is by no means the best online marketplace, but they are certainly one of the most popular.
And why is that?
Word of mouth.
Every man and his dog mention Fiverr to their friends and family, especially if they’re involved in online work.
Convenience sells, and because they are so inexpensive, they are popular and they are much cheaper than other freelance websites out there.
This has caused their reputation to sky rocket and the reason people keep coming back to use them.
But do they REALLY have a good reputation?
There’s been a lot of talk about them not been the best of the best lately and I’m going to expose them in just a second.
How Fiverr Works
As mentioned above, you can make money with Fiverr by setting up your account, filling out some details for your gig and waiting for customers.
You set your own prices and offer bonuses for an incentive for buyers to choose you over anyone else.
Because when you’re only new and don’t have any reviews, you’re not going to receive much work.
It’s only when you build up a loyal customer base who love your work and want more, that’s when the constant money comes in.
So don’t think that Fiverr is some type of get rich quick scheme and the answer to all your financial problems, because in reality that is not going to happen.
However, that’s not to say that you can’t make a consistent income with it because you can…eventually
You just have to be patient and put your best work forward along with lots of bonuses so you know your customers will keep coming back.
Promote Your Gigs Instead of Waiting
Another way of getting faster work is to promote your gigs which can be done many different ways.
And this is actually my preferred method as it gets your foot in the door and into the money making game faster than just “waiting for customers to come and find you”.
You can promote your gigs on sites like Reddit, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, forums and different social media platforms.
However, be sure to provide value before you plaster your Fiverr link all over the internet, else you’ll just look like a desperate spammer.
The trick is to make yourself look natural while providing a solution to somebody else’s problem.
Do that and the sales will come trickling in and then eventually you’ll have consistent sales on a daily basis.
Which means a consistent income just by performing simple tasks! 🙂
Buying gigs basically means you’re buying someone else’s service or skill.
This means you’ll be spending money to get a specific task done for you, which is why you need to be extremely careful when purchasing tasks on Fiverr.
I use to pay people to write articles for me which I have posted on my website (and deleted soon after).
These articles I paid for were scraped from the internet and sold to me which was only copyrighted content.
But the kicker?
The seller had lots of positive reviews so I automatically assumed that this person was legit.
If I didn’t do my due diligence and scan the articles I was buying, I would probably still be buying illegal content to this day and posting it on my blog.
And that will only have a negative impact on my website and kill all my rankings.
The easiest way to identify the good from the bad is to determine what you’re getting vs the price.
Basically, if you’re paying $5 and you get 1000-2000 words, it’s likely scraped content and you should move on to another seller.
Remember the quote; “you get what you pay for”, well it couldn’t be anymore true when it comes to purchasing services from Fiverr.
If it seems to good to be true, it most probably is and they’re probably copying other peoples work and selling it as their own.
Which brings me to my next and most important point, the RED flags!
The Red Flags
Fiverr has been a massive red flag for the last few years and to be honest with you, they’re on the decline and are now losing more money than they’re making.
Just take a look at this screenshot I pulled straight from the front page of Google.
The reviews below are from Trustpilot.
This is the first red flag, and if you look even deeper, most people have nothing but bad things to say about this website.
If Fiverr really was the best online marketplace on the internet, there’s no reason everyone will be giving it a 1-star rating!
Bad Customer Service
The customer support at Fiverr really do give them a bad name.
So many are complaining about bad customer service and getting 5-star gigs deleted for no reason and sometimes their accounts terminated permanently.
There are many complaints about customer service not caring about buyers and will favor the sellers.
Often times this happens without receiving a refund!
And this is very bad when some spend over $100, which happens a lot believe it or not.
They Take Down Gigs
If you’re an avid seller on Fiverr and have LEGITIMATELY built up your portfolio to increase rankings, Fiverr have known to drop you down a number of pages.
Then when you try to contact them about it, they give you some bland reply such as: “we are currently testing our algorithm”, but in all honesty, they aren’t doing anything and they’re not going to help you get top rankings again.
No one knows why they do it, but it happens and it’s a real pain and a huge loss of income if it’s your main gig.
A Lot of Scam Sellers
There are more scammers on Fiverr than there are legit sellers.
These scammers copy content and sell it as their own, or they use bots to send you traffic if you buy traffic gigs and will automate everything as much as possible.
Warning: Those gigs have high ratings but they could be fake! Scammers are getting smarter and much harder to detect.
Basically, when you place an order, they will copy someone else’s work from the internet and sell it to you.
This is called plagiarism and it’s illegal, so you have to be very careful who you’re purchasing from and what you’re actually buying.
But I’ll talk more about how to avoid these people below.
How to Get the Most Out of Fiverr
Read Buyer Feedback
Buyer feedback is the best indicator on whether or not that seller is the right fit for you.
Anyone can get 5-star ratings, but to be sure you’re going to get what you ask for, read the feedback.
When I was using Fiverr I found a lot of 5-star gigs at the top of searches and they were actually copying content and selling it to people.
The worst part is that plagiarism checker couldn’t even pick it up.
I had to manually put quotes from the article into Google, and there it was, the article I had JUST paid for was on another website.
It had a few tweaks to it and that’s probably why plagiarism checker couldn’t pick it up.
However, needless to say, be careful who you’re purchasing from, do your due diligence and research before making ANY purchases.
Buy Small, Go Big Later
One big problem is that people go all in on a gig they’ve never used before, and not receiving exactly what they wanted.
And you could be a victim if you’re not careful.
Buy something small from the seller first, meaning don’t spend anymore than $5-$10 until you know the quality and legitimacy.
Do a couple of purchases before you know that the seller is providing you with what you want.
And if you’re confident they deliver what you’re asking for and give you nothing but the best service, then you can buy bigger gigs.
Never and I repeat, never spend lots of money on a buyer you don’t know or never used before.
That’s a one-way ticket to getting scammed big time.
Stay Away From Gigs That Can Easily Be Copyrighted
The most simplest way of not getting scammed is to stay way from marketing gigs, because these can easily be copied and automated or scraped from other people.
What Fiverr is actually good for are cheap logos for your business, logo animation, virtual assistant work, visual effects, video editing, voice overs, programming, user testing, game coaching, character design and much more.
There are still hundreds of categories that has to be legitimately done by the seller and cannot be done by bots.
However, if you’re looking to purchase traffic or content for your website, that’s when things get complicated and you have a higher chance of getting scammed.
Anything marketing and/or writing related is a no go zone because they can easily be cheated with bots.
Pros and Cons
- They are cheap and affordable. Pay someone a few dollars to perform at a professional level
- You can make money even a couple weeks after creating your gig
- Making hundreds of dollars per month is possible if you rank high
- There’s lots of room for anyone wanting to sell their service
- You own nothing – you can be banned for no reason. If this is your primary source of online income, it can be a huge loss
- There are too much scammers willing to take your money and give you trash in return
- You have to weed out the good from the bad which is a timely and stressful process
- They have accumulated too many negative reviews
- It takes a while to build up your portfolio, only to wake up one day and your account has been banned or gigs taken down
Is Fiverr Legit or a Scam?
Fortunately and surprisingly, Fiverr is legit and they are one of the biggest online marketplaces on the internet.
But keep in mind that there are too many complaints for my liking and so many more legit opportunities out there.
The fact of the matter is, the reputation is getting destroyed due to all the scammers and the customer service is some of the worst out there!
Customer service don’t even care if you got ripped off and will just blame you for not looking into feedback or the star rating.
And this is a huge problem because it shows that they don’t care what these scammers are doing and all they want is to take your money while they can.
At the rate this website is falling, they’re going to crash and burn soon.
If they want to save their reputation, they need to do a huge overhaul and make some changes to get this one back on its feet!
They are losing money and will continue losing money in the upcoming years.
Fiverr is legit but I won’t be using them for any of my projects anytime soon.
Fiverr is a great place if you want small projects done.
They have lots of gigs available for anyone wanting to get their online work completed without paying an arm and a leg.
They are an inexpensive online marketplace and one of the biggest and that’s the only nice thing I can say about Fiverr.
I hope you’re prepared to do your research before finding the golden nugget among all the scams.
My final verdict is that you should use them for basic virtual assistant work and that’s it.
Do not buy traffic or get things done for your website, you’re only asking to get scammed and your business in the bad books.
Well that concludes my Fiverr review.
I’m happy to answer all your questions and concerns about Fiverr, just ask me in the comments below!