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What Would You Do For $5?

by Mike

This morning I came across an ingenious little site called Fiverr that lets people buy and sell simple services for just $5.

Here’s how it works…

You sign up for a free Fiverr account.  Then you can post a gig for a small service that you are willing to offer.  If someone orders your gig you are notified and asked to accept it, and once you complete the work you receive $4 in your account (Fiverr keeps $1 for itself) which you can withdraw via Paypal.  You can also buy gigs if you find a service that you can use.

What kind of services are being offered?  Just about anything!  I spent a short time browsing through the listings and found all sorts of stuff…

  • One guy offered to analyze your Fantasy Baseball team and offer suggestions.
  • Another one offers to send you a surprising list of Canadians.  I’m not sure what that means. 
  • There is even a woman offering to write a message on her cleavage and send you a picture of it. 

Now many of these are just plain silly, but if you use your imagination you can think of many legitimate ways to make extra money on Fiverr…

1.  Several posts offer to promote web sites through social media sites like Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, etc.   I bet a lot of struggling webmasters would take you up on an offer like that.

2.  One guy is willing to write a review of your book on Amazon.  Reviews help build buzz and can make your book standout from the crowd.   This is especially helpful if you’re a small timer selling your own book on Amazon.

3.  A few were offering proofreading and translating services that may come in handy.

4.  There’s one guy offering to visit your web site or blog and click on your AdSense ads 200 tims for $5.  He obviously doesn’t understand Google’s terms of service because if you take him up on that offer you will quickly find your AdSense account banned.

I can think of a few legitimate ways to use Fiverr to outsource some simple tasks for promoting this blog and I’m going to give it a shot.  I’ll write again soon with a new post detailing my experiences.  :)

Can you think of any simple ways to make a few extra bucks using Fiverr?  The key is to offer something others will be willing to pay for but that you can do quickly.

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BibleDebt

Thanks for sharing! It sounds like this is similar to Amazon Mechanical Turk. Works great for things that are tedious but have to be completed. I am looking forward to reading how you have made use of the service.

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Mike

You’re right, it is similar to Mechanical Turk. I’ve been meaning to try that one out too but the payoffs seem painfully low.

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MyFinancialObjectives

This is actually a pretty cool site. I just visited and it looks like there is a lot of opportunity here. Some of the website promotion things listed seem fairly beneficial.

Another great site would be the same thing, except for say $20. More money, bigger favors!

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Mike

I agree. Some of the advertising and social marketing gigs could be worth a shot.

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Evan

That is such a cool concept. I think I may get an urban characiture LOL!

Visiting from Yakezie List
.-= Evan´s last blog ..What is Valuable May not be Worth Anything – Which Do you Want? =-.

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Mike

LOL…there are some pretty random listings, especially in the Bizarre category.

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Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire

I found Fiverr a few days ago, and have been thinking about trying it out too. I just joined the Yakezie Challenge today and found your post!

I’d love to hear what you tried and what worked. I also found a few cool ones where they will manually enter your site into 20+ search engines, they will put you on their blogroll, check your site for SEO and give you changes to make, or tweet your site to 18,000 followers. Very interesting!
.-= Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire´s last blog ..The Yakezie Alexa Challenge =-.

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Austin

I always click on these companies, but they fill up your email too much. Is Fiverr any different?

Austin @ Foreigner’s Finances
.-= Austin´s last blog ..Interview with a Location Independent Family Man in China =-.

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Mike

I haven’t taken up any offers yet but I did register for the site and no spam yet.

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