Running a successful blogging business has a lot of moving parts.
For the vast majority of my blogging career, I thought I had to do it all myself – the content creation, updating, social media promotion, the tech support, the SEO…everything.
However, over the past few years, I’ve discovered that there is value in hiring people to help – especially people who are much smarter than I am at certain topics!
I’ve used college interns successfully for a couple semesters now, which has been a great way to get more content out (especially for my side dish website). However, there are certain things that I just couldn’t have them do (mainly because they were things I’m not sure I could successfully train them in!)
Enter Fiverr. Eralier this year, I invested in Fiverr, and I thought to myself, “Why am I not using Fiverr more?”
Which began my Fiverr obsession. While there have been some misses, I have been extremely impressed thus far with those that I’ve hired – and even more, the price that I’ve paid.
What I use Fivver for as a Blogger
I am in the process of launching a mobile app for my website, The Breastfeeding Mama. I talked with a few people on Fiverr, and I settled on someone who has done a fantastic job. I have been thrilled with his work, and the price was unbeatable.
SEO Technical and Content Audit
SEO audits are expensive. I paid $100 for one of these and Fiverr, and I was actually really impressed with the depth of it. The content audit left something to be desired, but I still gleaned some good information. I would definitely say it was in line with some that I’ve seen for A LOT more.
Technical Fixes for Website
The person who did my SEO audit is doing a bunch of technical fixes for me as well. It was affordable, and he’s doing a great job.
Here is who I have used for the audit and technical fixes.
This is a big one. I have launched several new sites – and I have zero desire to write the content. While I use my interns for a lot of content creation, as well as a few others that I have hired, when they aren’t available, I turn to Fiverr.
I have found some excellent writers. You do have to be careful (I’ll talk more about this below), but the prices are, once again, unbeatable. I have found the most success with using someone for Simply Side Dishes, because I have a pretty strict template that is easy to follow.
I got five designs for $20. There was a little bit of back and forth with them, but I was really pleased. These were for some new sites.
I got some quotes for creating some calculators for The Breastfeeding Mama from my normal tech guy, but it was way out of my price range. I went on Fiverr, and I was able to get these calculators for way less, and they turned out amazing!
You can see them here:
I also have a few more in the works!
Facebook and Instagram Ad Management
This is something I am just starting to look into. I have struggled with getting Facebook ads running, and I am talking to a few people that I think will do a great job.
Tips for Successful Fiverr Use
I never work with someone who doesn’t have reviews. Sometimes they just have a few, but I only use them if I really have had a good conversation.
There are a lot of people with no reviews, and I’m not interested in being a guinea pig. Read the reviews and pick someone who has good ones.
Be Very Clear with Expectations
There can be some communication barriers due to language, though most everyone I’ve worked with speaks English quite well. However, sometimes I have found some miscommunication in what I want and what was delivered – so make sure you are very clear with exactly what you want.
I also find that they are always willing to make changes, so if you aren’t satisfied, don’t be afraid to ask them to fix something!
Negotiation is Always an Option
I don’t always just go and buy a gig straight from the sellers page. I will often ask about bulk discounts, ask if they are willing to take less, etc. Never hurts to negotiate!
I am always having the people I work with try and sell me on something else. Sometimes I bite, sometimes I just say, no thank you. It’s just part of how it works. It doesn’t always happen (especially with my content creation people), but I wouldn’t be too put off by it. They are just trying to make some more money!
If you are buying content, it is ESSENTIAL to make sure nothing is plagiarized. This is a problem you can run into on Fiverr if you aren’t careful.
I hired someone to write something for a new site, and I ran it through my Grammarly plagiarism checker (I highly recommend using this – as well as for checking their content – and your own – for grammatical errors). I found that there were certain chunks that were phrased the exact same as another article on the web (it was about a different kind of dog, but a similar post).
I asked her about it, and it turns out it was another article she had written – which is what I suspected. She was super nice and said she could rewrite it, but I just made some changes myself. It wasn’t anything major, but you definitely don’t want to get copied content!
You also want to make sure everything makes sense. All of my articles are written well, but sometimes the phrasing of things isn’t really correct. So go through and make edits to make it flow better with your audience.
The Request Feature
I only recently discovered this. You can put out a request for what you are looking for, put the amount that you are wanting to pay, and people will send you offers.
You tend to get a lot of offers – and a lot of them are way more than you have put initially. But you do tend to get some good offers. Just make sure you still read reviews and have a long conversation!
Many of the sellers want to make you happy, and they will go above and beyond to be very polite and do what you want. I would try and be patient and kind too!
So what have you used Fiverr for? Do you have any questions? Comment below!