If you have the same job as me, which is a freelance writer, then you might take Fiverr into consideration when trying to reach out with your trade. Online writing is not easy – it involves serious work, a lot of research and quite a bit of dedication to succeed. It took me over 5 years to actually start earning enough so that I could live comfortably through writing online. In any case, today we’re going to look at Fiverr’s service and what it could do for you, a striving freelance writer.
Online Writing, Brought Down a Notch
The thing you have to remember is that Fiverr is quite different from most of the other outsourcing platforms out there. You create a free account, you then set up a gig and wait for people to order it. As I’ve mentioned in the review I wrote about Fiverr, you’ll start off by getting $5 for each completed gig. When (and if) you get enough orders and positive feedback (reviews), you’ll have the option of expanding your order, generating more income through ‘extras’.
So let’s say you want to start earning some money as a writer on this platform. You’ll have to create a gig and determine how many words you’ll write for $5. Remember that gig extras are just around the corner, so don’t push it too far and offer 1000 words for $5 from the get-go. You’ll be able to charge more for more words later and, let’s be honest, there’s not a lot of people out there willing to have 1000+ articles written on Fiverr. When you publish your gig, make sure you have a quality image ready for it. It has to have a high enough resolution and clearly portray your trade, otherwise your gig might be suspended until you change it. I’m not a very good designer so I used Paint to draw up an image, but it wasn’t accepted and, eventually, I had to ask a friend to lend me a helping hand with it.
Waiting for Orders to Pour In
Once your gig is published and set to go, the hard part begins: waiting. Waiting for someone to order that first gig so you’ll get the chance to do your best and earn your first positive review. And your first $4. Oh yeah, out of the $5, Fiverr takes $1 for the service it provides. But as soon as orders start pouring in, there’s no stopping them. People are always looking for good, quality content on the web. And getting it for a steal on Fiverr is great! You’ll benefit from the amount of orders, not the measly $4/order. In this circumstance, it’s quantity that holds the key to financial success when it comes to online writing.
Here’s a few things you’ll need to take into consideration when creating your gig so that it’ll draw the attention it needs:
Believe it or not, it’s true that shorter titles sell more! A buyer might be browsing all the possible gigs he or she can order, but your title will show in its entirety, unlike most which are ‘cut’ and you have to hover over them to get the complete title.
Be as straightforward as you can. Sell your trade, let the requester think they ‘need’ this gig. Don’t leave any important details out, like what you’re really good at. For an online writing gig, things like SEO proficiency, having Ezine articles published or a live portfolio (like your blog, website, etc.) could make a real difference, so mention them!
A great picture is worth a thousand words. On Fiverr, it’s worth money. Lots of money if you come up with a really good one. Check out other gigs if you don’t know anyone who can help, and have another fellow Fiverr create a great picture for you! And remember – it has to portray what you offer in your gig.
Fiverr tells you that gigs with videos sell 220% more than those without. I personally don’t know whether or not that’s the case. But it could be and having a video certainly can’t harm your gig. Furthermore, it can really boost up your gig views, subsequently increasing the odds of someone ordering it. So I would definitely recommend making a video for your online writing gig.
Here it gets a bit tricky for those who don’t necessarily want to write just SEO-friendly content or creative copy or anything specific for that matter. If you’re like me, you’ve done it all and you’re pretty good at it already, so sticking to one single subcategory won’t appeal to you as much. But you’ve got no choice, sadly. What you can do is choose either one and, if things don’t work out there, edit your gig and move it to another one. Keep doing this until you start getting orders.
I hope this helps with your quest to expand your online writing trade. I simply love and always recommend Fiverr as a great resource for those seeking to make money online by doing the things they love.