There's a Website for That

by WordChazer

One of my first realizations when I started writing online was that I could write 400 words on just about anything. With that idea in mind, I joined fiverr in November last year. If you’ve not heard of this site, its basic idea is that whatever you offer, your starting price is $5. So you find people who write, translate, design, create, draw, make videos, offer advice or create and send you unique things, from $5. Offerings are called ‘gigs’ and you can have as many as you like, although pretty soon you will start to see a pattern of popularity. You’ll also find out which subjects you prefer writing about, and can update your gig accordingly. You can specialize as much as you like, or generalize as much as you like.

Photo is mine - my hardworking netbook keyboard which puts up with a lot from me.

Oneupmanship is common but spammers are not tolerated

Sure, there is some one-upmanship on some writers offer 400 words for $5, some offer far more. There is occasionally also some borrowing of phraseology. When one member posts that they will offer x for $5, and is seen to make a success of it, soon afterwards, someone else from a different location will pop up with exactly the same wording for exactly the same gig. I believe the vernacular calls this ‘riding the coat tails of success’. Slang has other, less polite, terms for it, mind.

The good news is that spammers are not tolerated. If you receive work which you consider is not good enough, or you as a seller are hit with obviously fake emails, then you are at liberty to report the perpetrators without any risk to yourself. The Customer Services team are also there to back you up, investigate as necessary and remove offenders if required.

Calling out bad workmanship or spammers in the forums is not tolerated, and if you are considered to be inappropriately promoting your gig you will be warned. Otherwise, as you were.

Gigs can become addictive

At first I only had one gig, but pretty soon added a couple of others. One was to write a guest post for a blog or webpage. Another was to write an article about the buyer’s business on a blogging site and mention both that and the business on social media. That one is quite popular, and I have had to make some amendments to it in order to fit the popularity in with all my other daily tasks.

The idea is that I write a short article within 4 days, stick it on a blogging site, and provide the link on my various social media channels. For $5.

Writing about these sites provides variety and certainly educates me about the vastness of the web. I have reviewed everything from startups not even live yet, to established sites with an encyclopedia of data that I could happily write a series about.

I tend to specialize in tech site write ups, because I can also submit further work to a gadget and electronics review site. I've also written several articles for a travel photographer using his photographs as a guide, helped out with the FAQ page of a new website, spouted at length about promotional products and regularly review a prolific mobile phone app designer's latest work. More details below. is that varied, there's no chance of being bored.

Gadgets, mobile tech, travel and more

You name it, I’ve reviewed it

I can't possibly name every website I've written about in the last year, but they have included several travel-related sites, lots of electronics reviews, gadgets and many more, both mainstream and off-the-wall niche.

An honorary mention has to go to M-Etech UK, as this was the first website I reviewed. This is one of those websites where you will find exactly what you're looking for to give to someone who has everything. It's based in the UK but has a warehouse in the US too.

The one which was the most fun was Need Help Write Now, which was so much fun I even wrote an article here about it as well.

Bo from South Carolina really caught my interest. He asked me to write a series about North Myrtle Beach, his adopted hometown, and I enjoyed researching it so much, my husband and I are now considering spending a vacation there one autumn. He’s just asked me for some more work too, but whether that’s more on North Myrtle Beach or not, I’m yet to find out.

Barrie asked me to provide content for his car sales website, writing his help pages. He’s yet to launch it, but after typing furiously for him for three months, I’ll be asking for a link when he does go live. I have been writing 800-word posts for him, so he pays twice as much. I'm now writing occasional off-the-wall and random articles on niche fashion for him.

There was also the very interesting service offered by Legacy Box Video, a website run by a video and photographic production specialist. The service allows priceless memories, photographs and items to be documented on DVD.

Of course, 'the interwebz' is not all joy and happiness, and I have also reviewed a site where former addicts talk about their near-death experiences and how they feel after surviving such a close brush with the Grim Reaper. Tough, but inspiring, for sure.

More recently, I was asked to enjoy myself writing about a travel photographer’s work. Now, I ask you, what’s not to like about crafting words to fit with amazing photographs that speak louder than anything I might write about them? Jason and I have worked together several times since his initial request for me to write about the jungle near Chiapas. Yes, repeat business through fiverr can be found.

Other places to write for pay

(And tips to help you be successful)
Bubblews is a writing platform which encourages its writers to pen whatever comes to mind. It then appears to chuck money at them.
Are you looking for new sites to make money writing online? Writedge and Daily Two Cents could be just the ticket.
After writing 50 articles on Wizzley, I've gained a lot of knowledge on the platform. Instead of keeping it to myself, I want to share it with you.

Start me up!

By far the most difficult sites to write about are the startups. These are new online and may not have as much depth as their more established rivals. Fortunately, I only need to find 400 words for each review, and if the buyer refuses to pay up, it's only $5 I've lost, which at time of writing is around £3. No one has yet refused to pay, however I hear it does happen.

I enjoy the variety and the speed of the turnaround. Unlike working for my major freelance client, I can write something in an evening and move on. Occasionally, like Bo, Barrie and Jason, the clients don’t want me to move on, which is fine too. That gives me a sense of pride and almost lends a routine to something which can be hit and miss at times.

I tend to have at least one new site a week to review, which keeps me busy alongside my other regular freelance work. It also rings the changes, so I’m always fresh for the next piece of work, no matter who asks.

It's not unheard of for my research in the course of a week to span such wide-ranging subjects as flooring, guttering, musical instruments and holiday destinations, as well as more depressing subjects like the history of weapons and elderly care provisions.

I arrived home tonight to find my weekly request from Barrie for another 800-word article for his site, and in the course of writing this, I have received another order for the social media gig, so it’s just as well I took the time to update it and change the wording last night.

The Upsides

Fiverr is:

  • quick (how long does it take to write 400 words about an established website?)
  • cheap (it's only $5 per gig, so good value for money)
  • varied (travel to technology to fashion to mobile phone apps...)
  • vibrant (requests from all corners of the world)
  • fun (yes, it can be, even after a long day at my admin job)
  • easy to use (sign up, post gig, have it approved, away you go)

The Downsides

Fiverr can be:

  • nit-picky (the buyers - what do they expect for $5, after all?)
  • boring (the topics - not every gig is going to light your fuse, let's be honest)
  • irritating (the browsers - stop emailing me every five minutes already!)
  • busy (the workload - like buses, these writing gigs always travel in packs)
  • inflexible (the deadlines - don't they know I need to sleep?!)
  • flaky (the timewasters - stop asking pointless questions and RTFM...)

Fiverr for creatives

If you enjoy any form of creation, fiverr is a site you should consider. Writing, graphic arts, illustration, design, videos and voice overs, handmade jewelry, there's a place for it there.

My eBay shop logo was by a teenager I found there. One of my Twitter accounts has a snazzy new header which was delivered recently by another seller on the site. A third seller made me a suitably impressive logo for my popular social media gig.

Mixing and matching, I've also commissioned an illustrator from the site to produce work to go with a series of articles I'm working on for my main freelance client. Time to give back some of what I’ve had in the last six months.

Meantime I'm collecting links from my best clients to share with others who want to see examples of my work. Unlike the artists and designers on the site, I can't use the live portfolio option, so sharing links to those sites which have published my work is my best chance of proving what I can do.

I also use Greenshot free screenshot software to illustrate to clients buying my social media gig that I have shared their link and my work. That way they have the link to the review, but also proof that I really did share it on my social media accounts.

The nitty gritty

So, here are the details, in a nutshell:

  • Fiverr is free to join and set up gigs.
  • Once created, your gigs will be reviewed by the editorial team before going live.
  • You may find you are asked to change photos or wording.
  • You are expected to keep all communication about gigs within fiverr.
  • Sharing of email addresses, social media handles or phone numbers is not permitted.
  • Video description of gigs is, however, encouraged.
  • There are three levels of seller on the site, and each level gains more functionality.
  • You can put your gigs on suspension or mark yourself as on vacation so you can catch a break from time to time.
  • Payment is made through the site, you can withdraw to PayPal. Fiverr take $1 commission for each successful gig.
  • There is also a Fiverr revenue card backed by MasterCard which you can put your revenues on.
  • Fiverr has an excellent Android and iOS app which allows you to communicate easily with your buyers even on the go.

It may only be $5 a gig but it's amazing how quickly the revenues add up. It's a good way to build a portfolio quickly or diversify easily. Of course, like my buyer Blast SEO, you may find that your gig develops a life of its own. After all, over 7,000 clients can't be wrong.

Updated: 10/19/2014, WordChazer
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WordChazer on 10/19/2014

Thanks for your comment, Peggy. When it's busy on fiverr, it's very busy and most weeks I have at least one gig to write.

PeggyHazelwood on 10/19/2014

Wow, good to hear you've been so successful on Fiverr. I've had a few gigs up but they aren't popular and I only got a few takers.

WordChazer on 10/07/2014

It just seemed like a natural place to gravitate to for me, WriterArtist, after learning about the bad side of writing to order when I was proofreading it. With fiverr you set your own deadlines for the gig duration and (for writers) number of words per article. Making the most of my day off the dayjob today, I'm about to turn in 2 articles of 800 words each, which is twice the length I usually write, so the buyer has paid twice the amount.

WriterArtist on 10/06/2014

I have heard about Fiverr but did not know how it works. It does seem like a good site with potential of earning. I think it helps if you have an expertise on some area because that can establish you as a writer and reviewer there.

WordChazer on 09/26/2014

Thanks Derdriu. As I write more and more for fiverr I'm noticing my production time comes down in many cases, because I'm getting faster at finding the necessary information. That can only be a good thing for my earnings potential as a whole.

WordChazer on 09/26/2014

Glad to hear you enjoyed reading it, happynutritionist. I'm enjoying my association with fiverr in the main, especially when I can use my fiverr topics to inform other work for other clients.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/26/2014

WordChazer, Thank you for sharing your experience with Fiverr. I like the point that you make that $5 may not seem like a lot, but it adds up -- and, of course, adding it in with income from other sources gives a good view of the possibilities of earning as a writer.

happynutritionist on 09/25/2014

I have heard of this before, and did sign up a while back, but that's where it stopped, maybe one day soon I'll revisit it. You share a lot of helpful info here, thanks!

ColettaTeske on 09/16/2014

Thank you for the information on Fiverr. I signed up a few weeks ago but haven't posted a gig yet. It's nice to have an insider's viewpoint.

Telesto on 08/24/2014

Thanks Wordchazer, I was going to ask you about this, so am glad you wrote about. I have looked at the site, but haven't done more fore all the flips you've mentioned. Still 3 squids is better than the £8 I used to get paid for 1500 words...

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