Somehow I found fiverr.com. Their tagline is “The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5” which at first, sounds a little sketchy. Is this the website where you can pay the neighborhood kid to eat a booger? Well, I’m sure you could, but I was looking for something more and I found it.
Here’s How it Works
- Find a gig you like and order it
- Pay $5 by PayPal or credit card
- Track your seller’s work progress, exchange files and communicate
- Get your finished work!
- You will have 48 hours after work delivery to ask for fixes from the seller
- Provide feedback and review
This is pretty similar to other sites like elance.com and 99designs.com – remember I used 99designs.com for the Upper Cut Woodworks logo. But on fiverr.com everything is $5 and it is very easy to make a purchase. After checking to make sure it was legitimate, I decided to try it out. I focused my purchases on things that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do, things that were great deals for $5, and some impulse purchases. A lot of my orders will be incorporated into my videos to take them to the next level in production quality.
Take On Me, Take Me On
This first one is a pencil sketch of me working at the bench. The idea here is to fade from the real picture of me to the pencil sketch. Much like the A-Ha “Take On Me” video from the 1980s. Yes, I asked the artist to remove some of the pounds I’ve added in the last four years. But those Popeye forearms are for real, yo!
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Beautiful Calligraphy
The art below was a bit of an impulse purchase but I’ve already incorporated it into the exit sequence of Video #8. I like this because it is nostalgic and reminds of how the company name might be written by the founding fathers. It’s also gorgeous, and was done by hand which as a woodworker I love.
Thank You for the Music, the Songs We’re Singing
I need music for my podcast, and there are great sites out there that showcase musicians from all over the world, offering music in many genres, for just about any purpose you can think of. A couple of my favories are Free Play Music and Audio Jungle. There are musicians on fiverr.com as well, and they create custom music for you.
Here’s a track I bought, titled Beautiful Strength
Listen to Me Now, But Believe Me Later
But there is another kind of audio for sale on fiverr.com, and that’s custom voiceovers. Write the script, order the gig, and literally within a day or so I have a nice 30 second audio spot.
If You Build It, They Won’t Care
I admit it. I feel like I’ve done a lot of work on the website. I know the Number One Rule is to just make sure your site is full of lots of fresh and relevant high quality content, but I guess I also believe there is some trickery behind the scenes. I am constantly reading things like Google’s SEO Starter Guide and running web analyzers like WooRank.com and Websitegrader.com. I work hard to fix the things those analyzers point out hoping that the number of visitors will magically increase, my ad revenue will skyrocket, and I can retire to my own private island. And yes, I will own a Unicorn that farts rainbows.
Do You SEO What I SEO?
There were some tempting offers on fiverr.com, things like “I will send 10,000 visitors to any website for $5″ and “I will tell my 27,000 twitter followers about your web site for $5″ and these seem really tempting. They conjur dreams of living on your own island, cashing checks from Google. Some of those gigs (as fiverr.com calls them) are popular and highly rated. So, I tried one. Yes, I did. Consider it an experiment.
Sure enough, Google Analytics and WordPress saw the traffic, but it wasn’t real traffic. It wasn’t users that care about what I care about, and they weren’t really viewing the content (or the ads). So while this may pad some Alexa ratings, and trick search engines into thinking I am suddenly more awesome than I was last week, it could actually hurt my rating with search engines. I am sure they know which traffic is real, and which traffic isn’t, and will soon start ignoring the fake traffic. They’re smart like that.
The New Phone Books Are Here!
There were some other SEO things I did that will hopefully be more useful. There are a lot of directories you can submit your sites to, but the submission process is a pain. Being listed in a directory is kinda like being listed in the phone book. Navin R. Johnson was excited to be in the phonebook, and that’s what the directories are like. Big lists that some people refer to some of the time. But if no one is looking for you in the first place, just being in the directory doesn’t help much.
Like Navin, I want to be in the directory. For $5 a seller on fiverr.com submitted my site to DMOZ and the Yahoo directory. The upside is that the seller provided proof of their work with screenshots that prove the process was completed. The downside is that the submission could take weeks to be reviewed. The seller also submitted my RSS Feed to 60 directories for free. We’ll see if that has any impact.
Back to Rule Number One
Just make sure your site is well organized, full of lots of fresh, relevant, high quality content, and inviting. By inviting, I literally mean it – make sure it’s easy for users to subscribe to your content, or get notified when you update. So in recent weeks I’ve done a ton of things to the site to improve it including:
- SEO: Geolocation information
- SEO: Dublin Core
- Performance: WP Super Cache
- Performance: Apache gzip compression
- Inviting: IE9 Site Mode
- Inviting: High quality favicons
- Inviting: Updated banner area with subscription icons
- Organized: Built pages for Archives and Categories
- Content: Six posts in eight weeks, including four videos
The Fiverr.com Verdict
Like etsy.com I could get addicted to browsing through the listings and finding interesting stuff. Purchasing with PayPal, communicating with the seller, and receiving your order are super easy. The pricepoint is just right and there are a lot of gigs on fiverr.com that are well worth a Fiver. I’ll be back to get more, but I’ll probably stick to pictures and audio.
What sites or services have you used to enhance your business, create your website, or build your marketing materials? Have you ever outsourced a business task like book-keeping? What about a woodworking job to someone with a specialty, like a turner or a finisher?