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Using Fiverr For SEO – My personal Review

What is Fiverr?


Fiverr is an online market site where you can find services such as the creation of a greeting card to help with your  Social Media marketing done for you for  … well, a fiver!.  It’s a great site for those little jobs you find you don’t have time to do or for jobs that you don’t have the know-how.

Fiverr advertises itself as a Freelance Services Marketplace for The Lean Entrepreneur.  You have buyers and sellers.  A gig is a service each seller advertises.  As a buyer, you can post a request and wait for a response – which is usually quick –  or you can approach a seller directly.

What is SEO?


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  This basically means that your content is such that it will rank well in search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and others which in return means you getting traffic from search results.

Search engines rank your site based on an algorithm but the ultimate result is whether your site will provide the information the user is looking for when they enter a search criteria.   For example, if a user types in “How do I lose belly fat”, the top results from the search engine will be those sites that the algorithm picks out as being able to provide the user with the information they require.  So it is important that your site SEO is ranked well for the topic you are speaking about.

For example, if a user types in “How do I lose belly fat” into a search engine, the top results from the search engine will be those sites that the algorithm picks out as being able to provide the user with the information they require.  So it is important that your site SEO is ranked well for the topic you are speaking about otherwise, your site will not be ranked high enough for users to see your content.

There are many tools which you can use to optimize your site.  If you are using WordPress, then there are TWO great plugins which will help with your SEO ranking.  These are the “All in One SEO” and “Yoast SEO”.

Sellers on FiverrUsing Fiverr for SEO


It is very easy to set up a Seller account on Fiverr.  You can sell almost anything you wish in any category whether you have the skills to do so or not.

It is free to join as a Seller. There are no background checks.

There is a Q&A section with questions such as:

  • What can I sell?
  • How do I get paid?

As a seller, you get to keep 80% of each transaction.

Buyers on Fiverr  Using Fiverr for SEO


As a Buyer, I like the idea that you can find services and people to do things for a mere fee of $5.  Before you post a request, you can check on profiles, send questions directly to the seller, request a sample of their work before hiring them.

 

My experience on Fiverr


I’m a Buyer on Fiverr.  I do not sell, so the experience I will share with you will be as a Buyer.

Whether you are a newbie or an entrepreneur,  I suggest you do your due diligence.  I have used Fiverr on several occasions.   My first buying experience was brilliant.  I was extremely satisfied and I received a lot of positive feedback from friends and family regarding the purchase – this was a logo.

However, when I made a request for some SEO work  – basically some content that will drive traffic to my website based on keywords supplied – I was disappointed, to say the least.  Using Fiverr for SEOFirstly, the article came back within a day. It was riddled with errors, some sentences didn’t make sense, some paragraphs should not have been included as it clearly didn’t support what I was trying to get across – in fact, some of the statements contradicted each other.  It wasn’t even a 1000 words as advertised – I received just a little over 700 words.
The grammar and structure weren’t that great – I had to re-write most of the content myself to save my site from being penalised by Google for plagiarism or from visitors having a negative experience.

 

This was the email I received after the job was completed and before I even got the chance to make a comment. 

 

 

 

 

 

With the first revision, I pointed out that some of the text didn’t make sense only to see that when the revised version came back, it wasn’t reworded or changed but the whole sentence had just been deleted so my post the word count for my content was becoming lesser which is not good for SEO.

My points in each subsequent email were just ignored.  It seems like this seller had an email template which he used – there were no personal responses to anything I highlighted just ‘Thanks for the points render to me’ and asking me to leave a 5* rating even though I was implying that the work wasn’t carried out to my satisfaction.

I can seriously say unless you want to damage your reputation as an online marketer/business using Fiverr for SEO is a ‘Definite No”.

If you want quality business services it’s going to cost more than a $5.  As the old adage goes, “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”

Fiverr, I’m sure no doubt started out with best intentions but now it’s becoming much of a  “black hat”  business and this happens when there is no vetting of skills and/or qualification.

Fiverr Pros


  • 3 or more revisions on your order
  • It’s cheap for a buyer
  • Turnaround is quick – usually within 3 days – each gig may be slightly different
  • Easy as a seller to make a quick buck
  • Make money doing something you love
  • You can make contact with the seller even after the job has been delivered
  • You get the source file(s) for your images at no extra cost

Fiverr Cons


  • There is no vetting of skills
  • There’s no way to verify feedback as being genuine
  • You have to pay upfront before you see the results
  • It is too easy to join as a seller
  • No way to get a refund if you’re not happy

Using Fiverr for SEO – Reviews


Here are some reviews of other users’ experiences of Fiverr as a result of these reviews and hundreds of other reviews concerning using Fiverr for SEO, many people will only use Fiverr for the services I recommend below in the section -Top 5 Business Gigs On Fiverr:

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Here is a review from a Wealthy Affiliate user on using Fiverr for SEO .

If you want your site to do well in the SEO rankings, use Fiverr with caution and when you do, use only certain services and gigs.

Top 5 Business Gigs On Fiverr


1. Logo Design

To get a logo done can be very expensive.  However, I have found that there are some really great logo designers on Fiverr and at a cost of $5 that’s a bargain!! This is great if you are on a strict budget or are just beginning to make an online presence. If you’re starting out in the online world and haven’t got a clue what kind of logo you want then Fiverr is the place to go.

Give an outline of what it is you want and leave it up to them to create and design the logo.  Remember to get the source files so that you can make changes in the future should you wish, rather than having to fork out more money to make simple changes you could do yourself.

2. Basic Graphics

There are plenty of designers who can help with anything from drawings, caricatures, blueprints etc. Graphics design is a niche in itself.  Either you are creative and can draw or you can’t.  You can’t bluff your way through this skill.  This is the reason why you will find talented artists offering their skills for such budget prices.  If they’re really good, they will get lots of buyers which will add up.
Furthermore, using Fiverr for your graphical needs, you will find any basic graphical work from icons to clip art.

3. Voiceovers

Not everyone likes the sound of their voice.  As we know having digital content and videos on your website is great for user experience.  Not everyone likes to read a lot of text so having a video with instructions is a great way to engage your visitors.  Fiverr is great for hiring sellers offering voiceovers.  In addition, you can ask for a sample of their recording to see if the voice will fit in with your campaign.

4. Business Cards

There are hundreds if not thousands of sellers on Fiverr who have designed a Business Card.  So, this makes a great place to get your Business Card done.  All they have to do is enter your details into a template they’ve used previously and your card could be ready within a day.  This is great especially if you’re working to tight deadlines and you’re on a budget.

5. User testing

This is great for technology start-ups.  Sometimes you can overlook something in your application – because you are using it how you know it should be used.  As a result, all your tests will pass.  By having users test your application, they are there to try and find issues and “break” your application before it goes public. With live streaming and screencast videos, you can watch over the tester as they test your application.  At $5, you can get multiple opinions for under $25 providing so much value for your business.

Conclusion/Warning!!


First of all, I’m not saying Fiverr is a scam site.  What I am saying is that some of the gigs being sold can damage SEO on your site.  As a result, before you hire someone, check whether the gig will hurt your SEO rankings.

Sometimes in trying to save a buck, quality can be severely compromised.

However, if you want great quality content ,take the time to do the work yourself or use other services such as GigBucks or SEOClerks.  They are more expensive but the quality will be worth it.  Most of all, what will be produced, won’t hurt your SEO ranking.

As your website is your business I would stay clear of sites like Fiverr for your SEO content.Using Fiverr for SEO

There are hundreds of low budget/low-cost SEO services on the web.  If you want your site to rank well and not be penalised, avoid these sites at all costs .. even if it’s for a fiver!!

A Fiver for a 1000 word SEO blog post? … “if it sounds too good to be true, is most likely is” applies ten fold.

Finally, if you want to learn about what great SEO is and how to achieve this yourself, plus lots of other good stuff with live training classes, a support community and live chat, why not sign-up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate

Check out my Review of Wealthy Affiliate!! Alternativelyif you want to take the plunge for less than a Fiverr, why not click the button below:

 

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Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments about this post.  Maybe you’ve used Fiverr for your SEO needs.  What was your experience like?  I would love to hear from you too.

Jacqueline

16 Comments

  1. Your case is almost the same as another online marketplace that buy-and-sell comments for SEO. Can’t recall the name right now, but I remembered that the comment samples were horrible.

    Most are produced by non-native English people so the comment doesn’t really rhyme with the message of an article. Fortunately, I don’t have to use the service to find out – it’s widely reported in the forum area. That’s how I know. I think the fee for one comment was like $1 to $3, pretty much like a Fiverr gig.

    Until I have more budget to hire professionals, I think it’s safer and wiser to do SEO on my own.

    • Hi Cathy,

      It’s unfortunate that services like Fiverr aren’t regulated.  There are genuine people who naturally have a talent in what they do and want to help people out.  It’s a win-win situation – they earn and we get something done at a reasonable price.   But with all things good, you have people that want to exploit it for their own benefit.

      After my experience with my first submission, needless to say, I do not trust Fiverr.   The credentials they posted certainly didn’t match up to what was provided.  It was beyond a joke.

      Like you, until I have more budget I will continue to do my own SEO.  

      Wishing you all the best.

  2. Whoa, thanks for sharing this Jackie!!

    I always heard people talking about Fiverr, but I never really heard anyone ever speak about the seller aspect of the company!

    Also, thanks for the seo plugins – now I can get some exposure from the search engines 🙂

    And thanks for sharing the cons of the deal as well, it’s helping me make a decision of whether I want to give it a try or not..

    Thanks again Jackie 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Rod.

      I’m glad that the post was of some help to you.

      Best wishes to you with your online venture.

  3. Thanks for a great review. I was in between giving Fiverr a try. I am now definitely not going to. Do you have other reviews that are more positive in helping with SEO content? I am a new blogger and I do want to do most of my material but I would like to see and use occasionally a reputable company. I find it sometimes difficult to write 1000 words. I know I need to go back on content I have written but it is sometimes difficult. I am a very concise person.

    • Hi Kristina,
      Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you found my review of Fiverr helpful.
      I too am new to blogging and will be revisiting some of my posts. I’ve not used any other company for my SEO work other than Fiverr so I can’t really comment on them. However, my intention is to outsource some of my work in the future – I’ll then be better placed to review these companies. So please feel free to revisit my blog as I’ll be updating content on a regular basis.

      Have you tried Upwork.com and Freelancer.com? – they are a bit more expensive than Fiverr but I’ve heard that the quality is much better.
      Wishing you all the best with your blogging.

  4. I too used to be a buyer on fiverr and found it to be one of the most frustrating experiences in my online life. I would never use them again. I didn’t like the pay up front business model and then there was the English language barrier. I ended up in 2 prolonged paypal battles for getting a refund. Paypal ruled in my favour both times. Buyer beware, I wouldn’t go cheap again, go to a real professional is my advice.

    • Hi Peter,
      Thanks for stopping by.

      I’m sorry to hear of your experience with Fiverr.
      I believe Fiverr is great for graphical work – sellers would be hard pushed to say that they can deliver graphical content when they can’t even draw or design as these skills are an art in itself.
      However, for SEO work, I will not take another chance with Fiverr. You will end up rewording the article or worse case, ditching it and doing it yourself.

      Using a professional service and paying that bit extra is the way to go.

      Best wishes with your online business.

  5. Hello,
    Thank you for sharing a very helpful article about using Fiverr for SEO. I really like your explanation about Fiver service, but I have to disagree with you. I know many people who use Fiverr services for content and they are happy with them. Obviously, there are a lot of them, you just have to find the right one.

    • Hi Karlo,

      Thanks for your comment. That’s great if you have found the right gig on Fiverr!!

      However, I don’t think I should be looking for the ‘right one’. If someone sells themselves as having a degree in English and can write great SEO content, that is not plagarised, with great grammar etc this is what I expect. This is what I didn’t get, hence my review.

      Wishing you all the best with your online endeavours.

  6. Hello Jacqueline, I discovered Fiverr about three weeks and I’ve used it a few times since then. I paid someone to create an infographic for me and I was pleased with it. But then I paid a few people to write content for me and just like you stated in this article the content I received was poorly written. English may not have been the person’s first language.

    However, at a later time, I contacted another writer who told me that they were born and raised in the U.S. and that they have spoken English their whole life. So I hired them to write me some content, but when I received the content I was very disappointed. I think Fiverr is great if you’re looking for someone to do some graphic design work for you but not for content writing.

    • Thanks for your comment.

      You seem to have had the same experience as me. I requested some graphic work and I was blown away with the professionalism. Then I submitted a request for some SEO content work.

      Using Fiverr for SEO content writing for me is a definite no. If it takes a day or two to carry out a thorough research on your keywords, then another day or two to write the content, what can we expect with a 1 day turn around at less than a Fiverr?

      Wishing you success with your online business.

  7. Nice review. You have given the pros and cons of using a Fiverr. As a reader, it is convincing at the end of the post, better not to try – as you have stated the info about it and a warning. And you have given an alternative idea of using WA which is better than Fiverr.

    • Thanks for your comment Marrisa.

      Fiverr has become a black hat site with some sellers signing up purporting to be skillful in areas that they clearly are not. Buyers who are genuinely looking for help at a budget are lured towards sites like these and are being stung when they receive their final product whether it is a logo, some content etc.

      If I can make people aware of using sites like these, and how they can impact their online business negatively, then I will do so. It’s just not right for people to make a quick buck by producing below par results.

      Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform as it teaches you how you should create a website that will drive traffic to it and the tools you need in order to be successful online.

      Once again thanks for your comments.

      Wishing you success with your online endeavors.

  8. When I first heard about Fiverr, I needed a logo created for my website. So I created a free account and spent $5 for a logo. It wasn’t great at all. Which points back to the cons of Fiverr you posted. I was naive to think the designers were pros were vetted. That is the downside. My friend on the other hand got a really nice logo from Fiverr. But all and all, it is a great website to save money on all type of design/creative needs. I found your post very detailed and easy to read. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jo Jo

    • Thanks for your comment Jo Jo.

      Sorry to hear of your bad experience with Fiverr. It goes to show that not everyone is made out to be what they say they are. Design, creativeness are skills that are hard to bluff your way through but it seems like some people are doing just that on Fiverr. I would use Fiverr with caution.

      As I mentioned, it’s not a Scam website but you have people using it to make a quick buck regardless of how it can affect your business.

      Wishing you all the best with your online business.

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