I’d say quality assurance on Fiverr for new buyers is at an all-time low. For one, the search is just confusing. When I was revamping my gigs, I searched for words like ‘copywriting.’ I’m on the last page of results for that search term. However, there are pages and pages between pages 3 and pages 18, where search results show mainly new sellers with zero reviews.
I don’t see the logic in putting a gig with over 700 reviews like mine to the back of the search.
That all makes it hard to find good sellers. However, the Fiverr new race to the top as far as pricing is concerned, makes it doubly difficult. I started looking at a few gigs where some writers offer blog post writing starting at $45. Many had samples in their portfolio. The problem was that quite a few read to me like they were written by people marginally better than amateurs.
Long running sentences, clearly no understanding of SEO, clumsy use of phrasing and capitalization. It all left me a bit bewildered.
I’ve noticed that the current best selling cryptocurrency writers are predominantly from Nigeria. There is nothing wrong with that. However, two are using near enough the exact same gig description and several don’t strike me as people who really know the space.
I also noticed that the top selling gigs in the cannabis content niche I’m trying to tap also have lousy gig descriptions. i.e. If someone says, “i will write about the cannabis and create content for your business,” that should be a pretty big red flag.
In almost every case, the key to securing a higher search position seems to be to price gigs at $30 or more. That is fine. I would actually like to do that myself. However, established sellers who do that risk waving an unceremonious goodbye to their regular clients. Then as soon as sales volumes dip, sellers take a one way elevator to the bottom of the Fiverr search.
I’m also far from impressed by he new Studio feature. All I see in most cases are studios made of groups of sellers who I would not hire individually. If I saw a studio made up of sellers with 500 reviews or more each, all of whom had some killer gigs, I might have more confidence. At present, though, I’m seeing studios which are obviously put together my leads looking for budget sellers.
I am seriously considering closing my Fiverr account, before making a new one. Then I’d start out charging higher prices and I am pretty sure, grab a spot on page one or two of relevant searches.
From a buyer perspective, iWriter and Writing Bunny are now probably a far better option for buyers on a budget who don’t want to risk what is essentially the pot luck of the Fiverr search. My orders on writing Bunny typically average $18 - $30. I don’t know what the full price the buyer pays is. However, all articles are screened by a Writing Bunny editor after they have been written. If editors don’t like them, they get rejected.
iWriter is more for your budget buyer. That said, you do have more assurances than on Fiverr that you won’t be dissappointed with an article. Sellers have to submit writing samples which need to be manually approved before they can create an account. Writers also have to write articles in a proprietary tool on the iWriter platform. This eliminates the threat of plagiarism and the same tool also makes sure that articles include a reasonable keyword density before they are submitted.
On iWriter, buyers can also reject articles and not pay a penny. That obviously leaves the system wide open to abuse. However, if I was a buyer, (even though as a writer, I don’t feel wowed by iWriter) I’d probably choose iWriter over Fiverr at present.