I began exploring more about the internet and making money on the internet last month. While researching and reading up on various options, from points programs such as Swagbucks to sites that sell services, I also discovered Fiverr.
Swagbucks: good for those with time
I have tried Swagbucks as a point site, and find it a bit time consuming and a bit of a struggle being on limited bandwidth (the good point makers are often videos, and some surveys contain videos). I’ve heard of people making a killing with that site, but they were also American and get different offers than Canadians do (and more surveys too). However there are some quick ways to earn points and the Amazon gift cards are well worth redeeming (450 points per $5 card, instead of 500 points per $5 card with the other gift card options).
Fiverr: Small offers with good return?
Fiverr on the other hand seems worth the time and also has an interesting platform. Sellers can offer small jobs, from video testimonials, to cartoon drawing, to proofreading or copy writing, for five dollars a shot. At least at first this is the case, as sellers gain reputation on the site they can add extras to their offer, and earn more money.
This site made me curious, and I decided to try and earn money on Fiverr. After I joined I waited a few days so that I could learn the site and do some more research. I love researching and this was a fascinating subject. Finally, I posted my first job, or gig as it is called. After a week with no takers, I posted a second and then a third gig.
Finally I had an inquiry on one of my gigs, a request to write critter reviews for RightPet. After a bit of a conversation, I agreed to the gig terms and began writing some animal reviews as WoadWarrior. The individual was pleased with what I had added, and ended up buying more gigs. Much to my surprise, I made some of my initial Fiverr given goals (like sell ten gigs and get good reviews) within fifteen days of joining Fiverr.
I’m not earning lots of money online, but I am earning some. A few days after my first set of gigs I had some more orders come in, for doing book reviews (link to gig). Now although I figure proofreading is faster than doing a book review, it does mean I get to read some interesting fantasy. Hmm, is that really work?
Five things I’ve learned from my first month on Fiverr:
- Look over the first page and see what the most common featured gigs are, drop a gig or two into those categories. This is how I was able to sell a proof-reading gig, and get my first review gig orders.
- Look at the descriptions from gigs similar to the ones you want to offer, and add something extra. If a featured gig is for proofing 1000 words, offer to proof more. One can always change the gig offer later after getting known.
- Start with something you are confidant in doing. I am confident with my proofreading abilities and with my ability to review books. However, I did not post the review gig until I was sure (aka had already done some helpful Amazon reviews).
- Respond to inquiries promptly, and if you’re not sure what’s wanted, ask! It is better to be clear and have a satisfied customer than to run off and finish a gig wrong – and have to re-do the work, or worse get negative feedback.
- Post gigs in different categories and watch to see which gets the most impressions. That is likely a category with lots of traffic, and it may be worth dropping an extra gig into it. Just make sure the gig is something you really enjoy doing, or can do really fast.
Fiverr is an interesting platform for making money on the internet. It seamlessly connects buyers and sellers, for a very reasonable price, from the buyer’s perspective. Are there better ways to make money online? Yep, but this is one I have explored and so far have enjoyed using.
Back to You:
What money making options have you explored online? If you have tried Swagbucks or Fiverr, what were your experiences? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment.