Don't ever use fiverr for articles...

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Maybe it's just the gig I picked but I had a horrible experience on fiverr the other day.

I'm pretty good creating my own content but I was running a little short on time and needed a few things outsourced. So, I bought the gig. I should have known it was too good to be true. 3 500 word articles for $5.

I received the articles in 24 hours. What I received was a bunch of jibberish and rehashed articles that had obviously been spun in every imaginable way.

I guess I shouldn't have expect much for 5 bucks...lesson learned.
#articles #fiverr
  • Profile picture of the author Simmeon
    You picked a bad egg. Just put your hand out and try again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Wow .. at $5 for 15 hundred words .. just what did you expect?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    Yeah I wouldn't expect much from Fiverr. Most of the content you get for $5 can only be used for SEO purposes (spinning & blasting out to directories or Web 2.0 sites).

    There's some good content writers here in the Warriors for Hire section. Many claim to have fast turn arounds, what's great about that section is you can read reviews from other Warriors so you know what to expect in terms of quality and turn around time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dr Mukherjee
      Some gigs have lots of very good feedback. I don't know if they are bad too but people really gave nice comments for them. This thing happened to me for creating a Logo. The guy just wrote the name of our company on a green background. It was so bad but the guy really has many wonderful comments. On the otherhand, I have good experience too for my other gig. SO it may be luck or something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    I'm just overwhelmed right now. I've been churning out article after article for the past 2 weeks. I'm going to have to find someone reliable who I can outsource some of my projects to.

    I'll look in the warriors for hire section. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by Bill_Lawrence View Post

      I'm just overwhelmed right now. I've been churning out article after article for the past 2 weeks. I'm going to have to find someone reliable who I can outsource some of my projects to.

      I'll look in the warriors for hire section. Thanks
      Here's a tip I used last year when the demand for my article writing services took off: Craigs List. I live in a college town and I posted up a free ad on Craigs List. Within two days I'd had 15-20 responses. I emailed each one and asked them to send to me 1 article of ~750 words on a random topic so that I could see how they wrote, and I gave them 24 hours to complete the task.

      I ended up getting an awesome writer out of the deal who could handle the same volume that I could. She and I did a 50/50 split on the articles, which made me happy as I was getting paid just to get the business and proofread what she'd written. (And her work was easy to proof...she rarely had any errors.)

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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    Try and stay within 2 articles for $5. Anything more than that and i expect the quality of the article will not be good! :/

    Don't let this experience stop you though...find a good writer and stick to him or her for your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    $5 for 3 articles is too low... $1.33/article. No wonder the quality is so poor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by megawarrior View Post

      $5 for 3 articles is too low... $1.33/article.
      Well ... $1.67/article, perhaps. But in that price-range, who's counting?

      The thing is, anyone who's any good as a writer, if they start off at Fiverr, may not stay there for very long.

      So, you can catch someone good, within a few weeks of their "starting off online" (though that's going to be $5 for one article, not for three, I think?), just like you can find a really promising, good, young copywriter who will do a tremendous, successful $3,000 job for $497 ... but there's always going to be a lot of luck in it, and most often, that's not going to happen.

      Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

      If you want to send a friend a video of someone playing a banjo in their underwear whilst singing "Happy Birthday".....then Fiverr is your best bet.
      Yes, this is true: Fiverr is outstanding for those "bizarre"/"weird" gigs. Those are actually almost all that I've ever bought there - and I've very rarely been disappointed!
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Well ... $1.67/article, perhaps. But in that price-range, who's counting?

        I think he got you, lol.

        $4 remember.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by fin View Post

          I think he got you, lol.
          Because they take home only $4, you mean? Yes, I did wonder if he was looking at it from the supplier's perspective rather than the customer's, but decided probably not, given that the thread's clearly entirely from the customer-perspective? ... :confused: Oh well ...
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          • Profile picture of the author fin
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Because they take home only $4, you mean? Yes, I did wonder if he was looking at it from the supplier's perspective rather than the customer's, but decided probably not, given that the thread's clearly entirely from the customer-perspective? ... :confused: Oh well ...
            :confused::confused::confused: Yeah, who knows?

            Anyway, I hope the OP prints them out and wipes his bum with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    I can't imagine how anyone would think they could get one usable article for $5, much less 3.

    You get what you pay for.

    If you really want to get good results, you could try investing in quality work from a competent writer. This work won't come cheap, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonjwarner
    I have had some great articles on Fiverr, I do use established sellers and pay $5 an article tho
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    There are also some good writer's on WF who are also on Fiverr.com.

    Chatted with one the other day. Jayrcu something or other is his handle on here.

    It isn't Fiverr.com you don't like, it was that one gig.

    I've amazing gigs on fiverr.com and some that were garbage. When you find good ones, stick with them.

    I figured for $5 bucks, just give a bunch a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    LOL.

    I suppose it depends on people's definition of "quality".

    How many $5 article writers do people think Frank Kern, Eben Pagan etc hire?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    The hidden lesson to be learned from this Bill: know your limits. Stopping yourself before taking on too many projects prevents these desperate scenarios from ever occurring.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    There are some pretty good deals, I got a really good quality press release written using fiverr, pretty sure I got lucky with that one

    Had plenty of crappy gigs too, you get what you pay for usually
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashera
    I've had some amazing articles written for $5, so don't say it can't happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    The only good things on fiverr are kitschy crap.

    If you want to send a friend a video of someone playing a banjo in their underwear whilst singing "Happy Birthday".....then Fiverr is your best bet.

    Everything else....look elsewhere
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    There are great writers on Fiverr. I always had a great experience with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
    I ran 3 x 500 articles until recently to build up my credentials on fiverr as well as build up a portfolio.

    I have had nothing but repeat orders. None of my articles are spun/rehashed and all pass copyscape.

    I have had nothing but good reviews hailing me as one of the best article writers on fiverr.

    So you can get quality for $5 for 1500 words!
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

      I ran 3 x 500 articles until recently to build up my credentials on fiverr as well as build up a portfolio.

      I have had nothing but repeat orders. None of my articles are spun/rehashed and all pass copyscape.

      I have had nothing but good reviews hailing me as one of the best article writers on fiverr.

      So you can get quality for $5 for 1500 words!
      What happened when you increased your prices?

      Do you still have repeat orders?
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      • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
        Originally Posted by fin View Post

        What happened when you increased your prices?

        Do you still have repeat orders?
        I got overwhelmed with orders and stopped when i had 50 in the queue, although I am working my way through this (all articles completed on time)

        I gained 2 'contracts' for $15 per 500 words away from fiverr So basically someone is paying $45 for something i used to charge $5 for. I complete around 9 or 10 of these a week. Many people were purchasing 3 gigs at a time and telling me to just write one 500 article, which was nice of them!

        I won't be heading back to fiverr, I completed what I set out to do, and that was build a portfolio of work as well as getting a bit of start up cash for IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    Fiverr is hit and miss. The same as anywhere you get what you pay for and 3 articles for $5 sounds like taking a risk at the best of times.

    There are some gems on fiverr and i have fond 2 writers which i have now been using for over a year with great results.

    If you want someone reliable from this forum i would recommend Sidcandid http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...price-tag.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Should've just wrote them yourself. How long does it take you to write one, 500+ word article?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    I agree that the problem is not Fiverr but the person you paid to do the work. I've gotten some really good stuff there and some unusable stuff, depending on who did it. But it's fast and it only costs $5 to see if someone does good work, and if they do, send them more work. Beats having to write your own ad looking for someone to do something, then waiting for responses.

    BTW although $5 (or $4) for 3 articles doesn't sound like much, that could be a lot of money to the writer depending on where they live. It could be the equivalent of $30 or even $50 in the US, and if they took half an hour to write an article, that would be a higher hourly wage than a lot of people make here.
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  • Profile picture of the author 100k
    So you were expecting someone to write you 3 quality 500 word articles for $4?

    What weed are you smoking?

    Use your head.

    You can find decent writers that can write 1 400-600 word article on fiverr, but anyone selling gigs with more than 1 should be a warning sign for you. No good writer will sell themselves that cheap bra.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
    There isn't really a nice or politically way to put this:

    If they're willing to write that much for $5, english probably isn't their first language.

    I'm all for using fiverr gigs for stuff, you get to help out people who really need it and you can get stuff done for cheap, but article writing is probably one of the last things I'd use it for.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    The title is really misleading, firstly. There are plenty of great writers on Fiverr that do provide quality articles. I disagree that you can't get a good article written for $5, but probably expecting 3 well written articles for that price is pushing it.

    You should always make sure you read a providers ratings before buying his or her gigs. While there are plenty of great writers on there, you should be careful hiring people at very low prices as it may suggest that English is not their first language (although it is not always the case)


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  • Profile picture of the author jacksonlin
    Fiverr.com rocks for services!

    For writers for cheap, go to Odesk. I have writers doing 700 word articles in GOOD ENGLISH for $2. =]
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  • Profile picture of the author SuppaDave21
    I would suggest to go straight to freelance or odesk as well to outsource articles as you can get good quality for a lot less then paying a company or going to fiverr as you are now cutting out the middle man.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stoney
    I used to write articles on Fiverr but I got so many orders I had to quit. Because I usually sell my completely original, high-quality, well-researched work for about $.02 - $.03 per word, selling a 300-word article for $4 was nearly prostitution. However, I did get some regular clients. You can see more about my work at Juliet Harpe – Writer, Blogger, Muse. P.S. I have some other great, non-kitsch gigs on Fiverr that are very popular! I hope you'll give it another try. Make sure you read the feedback before plunking down your $5er.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    Lesson learned = You get what you pay for.

    Mind you, I say that only for article writing. I love Fiverr for graphics.
    As long as you sort by top rated. I never choose a gig that has no rating.

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  • Profile picture of the author ashloren
    Yeah, like the others have said...to even bother purchasing a gig that promises 3 500 word articles for five dollars is more than a little ridiculous. Much less to expect any sort of quality.

    On the other hand, it's equally as ridiculous for the person selling to offer such an unrealistic promise for a five dollar gig.

    Personally, I have had almost nothing but great experiences with Fiverr. I recently purchased ONE 500 word article from a Fiverr seller (for $5) and it was OUTSTANDING!

    Be fair and you will get what you're looking for.
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    • Profile picture of the author shashank
      There are a few very good writers at Fiverr, but you have to find them...don't only look at the reviews but also contact them and ask specific questions..I have got some articles written through Fiverr..I can't say those were excellent, but were quite decent.....I mostly try backlink gigs at Fiverr.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    When a gig sounds too good to be true, then I won't buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    You can get a decent 500 words article for $5. If it is cheaper than that, watch out!
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    You can not judge a whole site for one gigs. I am getting good result from fiverr. A lot of good worker are there.
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