fiverr? What am I missing?

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I had never heard of fiverr before I joined here, and I never visited it after despite seeing a mention of it in almost every thread I read, because I thought I did not have the skill set to sell anything there or the funds to buy anything there. But I finally broke down and checked it out.

Now I am more confused than before.

I don't have the skill set to sell anything there, HA! I will sing Happy Birthday for $5, I will talk as a hippy for $5, I will do a backflip for $5. Is this serious? Oh and I will make a testimonial of anything for $5. I'm never going to believe another WSO testimonial!

But I like doing quality things, for example I am an artist, but if I drew a portrait of you that was only worth $5 I would be embarrassed to let anyone see it.

Oh and I guess I do have the funds to buy stuff there, I mean everything is only $5, but why would I want to buy a website that is only worth $5 or fill my site with content that is only worth $5?

Can someone please explain not only how this site is still in existence, but why it is loved and recommended by so many of you?
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    There are many things in Fivver that are worth it for the $5. Now if you decide you do not want to sell your service there then that is totally up to you.

    You will be surprised on what awesome things you can find on fivver. For example, I know someone on fivver you makes awesome Banners for $5. You can't beat that.

    Sure there's some junk on there but you can find some gems on that site.

    -Omar
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  • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
    They must be doing something right, it's a pretty popular place. I bought something there that wasnt worth 5 cents never mind 5 dollars, in the end, and I offered something for 5 bucks and had no takers. I havent bothered with it since.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    It is basically a bargain hunter's place. And in that respect it is similar to the WSO forum, where you can get awesome stuff for a bargain price. I realize that is not the case all the time, but a lot of the products I get there are awesome.

    Fiverr is a place with a low barrier to entry to start doing things to make money. Part of its genesis was to take the place of a Craigslist kind of things, but for odd and offbeat products.

    I don't know why other people recommend it, but sometimes the services you can find there are pretty useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post


    Can someone please explain not only how this site is still in existence, but why it is loved and recommended by so many of you?
    Did you read the reviews of the people who made purchases
    there?

    It is a very popular site--check the rankings--and it's because
    people have voted with their wallets and attention. It's a very
    popular marketplace where people can sell and buy services
    and products for a low fee.

    And I don't agree that there is nothing you can sell on Fiverr.
    Have you seen all those "weird" offers?

    Just take a closer look. I wonder how they get sales but
    they do.

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    • Profile picture of the author quesquaya
      Yeah, as Omar says, with some research you can get some amazing services on Fiverr for $5 bucks. I was considering getting a cover for a book I was doing and there was one lady there making great book covers, $5. Others will scale services like for a certain service $5 and above that they will charge more. But it's a great place to get stuff for very cheap. Just look at the persons history and reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I think a lot of providers use Fiverr to find opportunities. 2 of our full-time employees are people we found on Fiverr, so it clearly works!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      I think a lot of providers use Fiverr to find opportunities. 2 of our full-time employees are people we found on Fiverr, so it clearly works!
      Most definitely and the best way to think of it is micro outsourcing you know the little tasks that you just cant be bothered to do yourself like posting a video to video sharing sites, submitting your website to social bookmarketing sites etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    The majority of people I meet have never heard of fiverr, that is why I set up a site just like it.....keep checking it out and looking around and you'll get the hang of it very quickly
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    • Profile picture of the author jkibbles
      I use fiverr as a supplement to the rest of my income, meaning that I don't dedicate a lot of time to it but I do throw the occasional gig up there. Most of mine are something to do with photoshop, either making old pictures look new, making new pictures look old, or effects like making the subject look like it's coming out of the picture. Haven't made a whole lot of money there, but I've made a little bit.

      Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

      The majority of people I meet have never heard of fiverr, that is why I set up a site just like it.....keep checking it out and looking around and you'll get the hang of it very quickly
      Out of curiosity, how's the traffic on your site? If it's getting interest, I may throw up a gig or two and make us both a little bit of money.
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      • Profile picture of the author SEOexpertSEO
        For $5, you are going to get a service or product that probably takes only a few minutes to produce. There are a lot of gigs that offer "gig extras" where you spend more to get a more robust product/service.

        I've made over $30,000 as a seller on fiverr in the last year, part time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RenderTheWeb
    I never really tried Fiverr, I also haven't checked up on it for a few years:X. The categorizes that they have available are awesome and for the price of $5...you can't. You never know you might need an ad for something that includes someone singing a birthday song.
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  • Profile picture of the author pumpkinpatch1987
    I have been making art on Fiverr for nearly two years now and am still quite surprised at how great it's been holding up. There are a lot of really great gigs on there, and like Chris said, you just have to do a little sifting to find some of the best gigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    1st of all the number of online service providers is more than buyers.... so people who are unsuccessful to get projects in odesk or freelancer or numerous others try fiverr to earn living.

    its a market place...put your shop and wait....keep your mouth wide open btw

    many people who are learning stuffs offer their service to gain exp.

    Thats it...cant think any more :|
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  • Profile picture of the author murphyslaw
    You'll see a lot of quirky services being sold there. A few of them on offer *cough* "long distance fortune readings" *cough* are just plain illogical to me. It is good for really simple jobs that require a specific skill set like native language translators. Just keep checking the feedback and you should be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdc2727
    Lot of gigs are garbage..I have had good success with fiverr offering quality gigs..Maybe do banner design or any other kind of art needed to spruce up a site..good luck to ya
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Lee Jr
    If you find the right people you can build your entire Im career around fiverr. I have them doing jobs for me often. Now all I do is create content
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Harper
    By what you said in the original post it looks like you took a look at the front page of fiverr where they put their more .... unique gigs.

    The real power of fiverr comes from someone mastering a small simple task and offering to do it for 5 dollars. For example their are pretty good mass social bookmarking gigs because people take the initial investment to pay for a software like bookmarking demon and they spend a lot of time harvesting good social bookmarking lists so they can provide a quality bookmarking service to you and you only have to spend 5$. Whereas if they didn't do that you would have to spend the $100+ dollars for bookmarking demon then spend the time to harvest your own list and learn how to properly use the software and if you are only social bookmarking a few sites that would be a huge waste of money. But for the person providing the service, if they provide a good service there are hundreds of people looking for a quality social bookmarking gig so they make a substantial profit. In the end it is a win win for both parties : )
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  • Profile picture of the author mediabay
    For me I used some gigs and have had good experience. They are article writing, link exchange, tweet and target traffic. You will need to look at the gig's feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diny1982
    Fiverr is a cool place to get some gigs for a low price. Just keep searching gigs according to their rankings and ofcourse the comments people leave on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    The site remains in existence because an easy site to make money from... provided you offer special and unique gigs that people are interested in.
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    • Profile picture of the author live2all
      This is not much more good for everybody.
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    Hi,

    Fiverr is a site with a lot of potential to buy or sell services at a profit.
    Buy cheap ~ sell high. You can re-sell these services and make a nice profit.
    I've done it and many others have too. Only deal with the highest ranking sellers
    and have a back-up provider ready.

    Hope this helps,
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

    I finally broke down and checked it out.

    Now I am more confused than before.
    I don't think you are, actually. I think you learned a few things, and are less confused than you were before. They were just surprising things for you to learn, perhaps.

    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

    Oh and I will make a testimonial of anything for $5. I'm never going to believe another WSO testimonial!
    You certainly learned something valuable there, then.

    It's actually prohibited to use testimonials in WSO threads which are provided by people who sell them on Fiverr, so you have a little more protection here than you do elsewhere. Just a little. But you're right to mistrust testimonials, in general.

    With WSO's, I believe the testimonials from people I know and trust, who have bought and paid for the product through that thread, used it, and comment on their results.

    Many of the WSO threads I read are full of testimonials from people I've never heard of at all, whose primary activity here seems to be to post WSO testimonials. Their opinions aren't relevant to my purchasing decisions in any way.

    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

    for example I am an artist, but if I drew a portrait of you that was only worth $5 I would be embarrassed to let anyone see it.
    The ones sold on Fiverr are mostly generated by software.

    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

    Can someone please explain not only how this site is still in existence
    Partly because of its "first-mover advantage" in that market; partly because so many of the service-providers are happy to earn $3.92 net from something they can do very quickly indeed; partly because of its hugely wide range of services/gigs; partly because thousands and thousands of beginning marketers don't appreciate the damage the automated SEO "services" sold there can do to their businesses; partly because many people are relatively unable to distinguish between the degrees of quality in the goods/services provided and think of value mostly or only in terms of price; and so on. They're not exactly devastatingly insightful reasons. They're actually fairly obvious ones, and I suspect you knew most of them all the time, really.

    Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

    why it is loved and recommended by so many of you?
    I don't think it is. I think it's liked by a minority of people here, who post quite a bit. Some have never managed to make a single penny online before they started selling some gig on Fiverr, so they're delighted. Others are people like me who have only ever bought "silly/minor things" there, but have still been pleased to get things like cartoonized drawings, and occasional other graphics, for $5 without having to look too far for them.
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    • Profile picture of the author garyv
      Actually fiverr can be used for much more if you think outside of the $5 box. If you find gigs that consistently deliver, then it's great for arbitrage. If you find something you'd pay more than $5 for on fiverr - then chances are someone else would pay more also. And then if you can make a niche website out of selling this item/service - then you've just turned a $50 flippa site into a $1200 flippa site.
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