The blogosphere is all abuzz about outsourcing. The idea of paying some guy in the Philippines $100 a month to build a blog, write content, get you on the front page of Google, and make tons of money for you is pretty alluring.

To be honest, I’m not really into that whole scene. I suck at creating niche sites and blogs, and don’t really want to spend the time or brainpower on instructing someone else to make them. But I have outsourced a couple things with varying levels of success, and I wanted to share some of my experiences and let you know how you can outsource the stuff you don’t want to do or are unable to do.

Oh, and it’ll only cost you $5.

So you’ve probably heard of Fiverr. It’s billed as “The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5.” Each “thing” someone is willing to do is called a gig. Simple enough, right? People are willing to do all sorts of stuff. A quick look at the front page shows the following:

  • I will write your ad on a Post-It note, stick it between my Big Blue Eyes, and send you a cool picture of it
  • I will teach you how to do African American cornrows
  • I will wear your branded t-shirt for a saturday night in disco
  • I will create a unique font out of YOUR very own handwriting

Like I said, all sorts of stuff. While none of these are particularly useful for bloggers (though I WOULD love me some cornrows), there ARE lots of services that bloggers could find useful.

At the end of this post I’ll have a list of a bunch of things that might be of interest to bloggers, but first let me relate to you my Fiverr experiences.

Stuff I’ve personally had done of Fiverr

I’ve used Fiverr for a variety of projects. Here are some of them:

Logos

I wanted a logo designed for something called Long Range Media. I paid for two separate gigs just to see if either of them turned out well. Here are the results:

The top one isn’t too bad, but I thought the bottom one was pretty awful. Looks like something you’d have seen on a Geocities page in the 90’s… I ended up using neither.

eBook Covers

I’ve gotten 2 ebook covers done. The first one was for a Spanish cognates ebook. The second was for my 101 Ways You’re Killing Your Blog ebook. Here are the results:

Both of these are from the same user on Fiverr. I thought the one on the left was actually pretty stunning! I was extremely pleased with it. Does the one on the right look familiar? No, it doesn’t, because I obviously didn’t use it :) I didn’t like it at all and ended up using my own design.

An ebook

I actually got an ebook written on Fiverr for $5!! I’m still deciding what to do with it. I’ve got a few options: post it here, guest post it in someone else’s blog, use some of the ideas to write my own (better) version, or sell it as a PLR item. I don’t think I’ll release it here because the quality isn’t up to my standards, but I really can’t complain for $5! It checks in at 18 pages. Just so you can get an idea of what it looks like, here’s a video flipthrough of it:

Blog posts/articles

I had a couple different people create 5 different 400-word blog posts for a niche blog. The articles turned out great!

Other

I had a niche site about language learning and saw that someone had a gig that was something like “I’ll make a list of 101 things.” I saw that and instantly thought “ebook outline!” I had her make a list of 101 essential English phrases to know in any language. I got it in a few hours, spent about 10 minutes editing it a bit, and then designed it all pretty-like. Voila! Newsletter opt-in bait!

And I’ve also bought a couple ebooks on Fiverr.

The Poor Man’s Guide to Outsourcing a Blog through Fiverr

Note that these are likely to change at any given time. There are gigs that I’ve ordered in the past that are currently no longer available. I guess that’s just what happens when you only charge $5 for something; you get smart and realize it’s not worth your time to do it :)

I looked at each one of the below gigs and tried to only include the ones that had a relatively high positive rating (above 90%). There are a couple, though, that I included just because they looked cool.

These aren’t really in any order other than the order that I looked them up. Some of these seem more useful and even more legit than others, but I just wanted to include a broad cross-section of things so you can know what your options are.

If there’s anything else you’d like to add to this list, let me know!

Niche selection

Design, etc.

Twiter backgrounds

Video

Blog content ideas

SEO

Writing, etc.

eBook Covers

WordPress

Traffic/Promotion, etc.

Miscellaneous

Want more? Here are some other general things you can get done:

  • Testimonials (in video, written, or audio form)
  • Any kind of graphics or illustrations
  • Tons of ebooks (there are lots of PLR ebooks; these are great for getting ideas for your own ebooks)
  • Niche analysis
  • SEO competition analysis
  • All sorts of traffic sent your way (looks like it’s usually very low quality traffic)
  • Get something retweeted or shared on Facebook
  • Get all sorts of backlinks
  • Get tons of Twitter followers

So whaddya think?

I’m extremely intrigued with the idea of Fiverr. I think it’s awesome. The old adage “You get what you pay for” still applies here to a certain extent, and you have to remember that. My experiences have been hit-or-miss. If you lack certain skills (if, for example, you have absolutely no ability to make a logo for your blog), Fiverr can be a useful, viable option.

Not only is Fiverr a great way to get stuff done, it’s also a great way for bloggers to make a little extra money. Sure, $5 isn’t going to pay the bills, but it’s probably more than you’re currently making from your blog! The services you could provide vary, of course, depending on your niche. If you blog about blogging, you could do blog audits. If you blog about minimalism, you could write and sell a short ebook. Get the picture?

If you want some ideas of services you could provide, leave a comment and we can all brainstorm for you.

So, it’s over to you now. I’ve got some questions for ya!

  • Have you ever purchased something on Fiverr?
  • Can you see yourself purchasing something in the future? If so, what?
  • Do you currently sell anything on Fiverr?
  • Are you going to consider selling something on Fiver?
  • Are there any services you’d LIKE to see on Fiverr but can’t find?

I’d also love to hear people’s outsourcing experiences with services other than Fiverr. Was it positive? What did you have done? How much did it cost?

Well, leave a comment!