The Batshit Crazy World Of Fiverr
Just a few weeks ago, I received a message about the merits of Fiverr.com as an option for outsourcing the shit that I’d normally be too embarrassed to outsource.
The Fiverr concept is simple. What would you do for five dollars? Given that my blog readership, according to Alexa, is stay-at-home males earning over $100,000/year, my guess is probably not a lot. I could hand you five dollars and you’d probably wipe your ass with it, buy a Justin Dupre LP, burn a month’s worth of traffic on Friendster…or whatever.
Five dollars is nothing to an affiliate. But unsurprisingly in the climate we live in, there are a lot of college students out there who will do some crazy ass shit for five bucks. They won’t even think twice about it. And after spending just five minutes browsing through the weird and wonderful listings on Fiverr, your little affiliate nostrils should be standing on end from the waft of opportunity.
Fiverr is a wet dream for cheap monkey labour.
I have no idea how we reached the subject, but just last night over dinner, my girlfriend was telling me how she’d used Fiverr to send some poor bastard to college with the link to her fashion blog pasted on his head. Literally, scribbled across his forehead. It only cost her $5 for the cranium-based plug, but how many eyeballs would it reach? There can’t be too many college kids going to class with a website scribbled across their face.
Now upon inspection, you’re going to find that a lot of Fiverr is somewhat retarded. There are freeloaders looking to make a fast buck by selling you things like “A poem for your sweetheart, just $5!”. Well, I’m sorry, but if this is the sort of thing you’d buy, I pray that you be scammed until the cows come home.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll see a few interesting proposals like this:
This dude is willing to get off his ass and deliver your fliers across a city in the name of five bucks. How much do you get paid for the average dating lead?
I was linked to a very interesting article by Phillian on Twitter about a company that built an entire empire with lawn signs. If you haven’t read the story, you really need to. It’s a classic example of how offline marketing can be executed quietly and effectively for insane riches. I haven’t delved too deeply in to these possibilities on a personal level, but one look at Fiverr and it gets the mind racing.
I see countless opportunities every day to advertise across campus sites and reach hundreds of eyeballs. One particular member is happy to pin your flyer to twenty different noticeboards across a university site. And for just five dollars? Well, you don’t need me to do the maths for you.
It’s not just cheap plugging that Fiverr is good for. Take a look through the category listings and you’ll see plenty of opportunities for grabbing cheap audio soundbytes, professional looking videos and christ knows what else.
I was particularly interested in the audio voiceover offers. Pay $5 and you can have some raspy sounding stud muffin spit out your acai berry transcript with the audio eloquence of Michael Buffer in his youth. Anybody who does PPV should be able to relate to the trend that landing pages with audio tracks are MUCH more effective at capturing the user’s attention. Unfortunately my accent is far too English to get away with recording homemade soundbytes. I resemble a sort of lobotomized robot from outer space to the average American ears. It would capture their attention for all the wrong reasons.
For other affiliates, there are opportunities on Fiverr to snap up legal and customized dating images. Some women are happy to accept $5 to take a picture of themselves holding a sign in front of some low budget webcam.
I doubt it’ll be too long before some poor bitch is forced to smile at her reflection of “Looking For 25-30 Year Old Guys”.
I guess all you need to know about Fiverr is that it’s a mixed bag. You will find money stealing scammers, no doubt. But you’ll also find some creative souls without a penny to their names who will do some good work for five bucks. And failing that, you’ll find some willing slaves ideal for the donkey work you’d normally have signed, sealed and delivered straight to a hut in Venezuela.
Check it out and see what you can find.
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I love using fiverr! I get articles written from college students all the time… $5 bucks for a 500 word article. I also use it for voice overs like you said.. Great site
I’ve been teaching a few people how to use fiverr lately. There is a ton of opportunity to arbitrage poor college students and stay at home moms (or should I say mums since this is a UK blog?)
Mums or GTFO :p
Looks like Fiverr could really work for those who are willing to think outside the box, a bit.
Enjoyed your post.
Great post. I’ve bought some insane things off there for just $5. You can’t really go wrong.
I’ve been reading a lot about fiverr and can’t wait to post a need for something i may want to have done in the future.
now if fiverr only made people follow through…
I paid for a guy to get kicked in the balls why screaming my name. That was 5 days ago!
This is a hilarious blog post on Fiverr. At the end of the day, people have to make at least $7 an hour or its not worth the time.
The old guy that sells rap songs never ful-filled my order and the website never gave me a refund.
I’ve never tried Fiverr, but a lot of people seem to be saying only good words about it so I’ll take a look at it 🙂
This is perfect. I was looking for something like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, but for higher-end tasks. Getting something worthwhile for web-design or Photoshop on MTurk is impossible – so I’ll definitely be using this.
Fiverr really doesnt pay $5. It pays only $3.92 or 2pounds if you live in the UK, after the exchange fee. Thats about 1/2 the minimum wage in the U.S. and 1/4 of the minimum wage in UK.
Couple of alternatives “7 freelance” pays $7 out of $7 paid by customer, 10 bux pays $8 out of 10 paid by customer
I enjoyed this post!
It’s an excellent concept Fiverr, the only problem I’ve found is, the pay outs are just to small ($3.92). So I’ve been testing others that payout much higher margins such as http://www.makeafiver.co.uk and I’m making a lot more money because there paying out in sterling and the pound is much stronger than the dollar!
Sad to say some of the more outrageous Fiverr gigs have disappeared. There’s still some batshit crazy stuff buried in the cloisters, though, where no one ever sees it.
I order animation gigs from this dude. He’s amazing.
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