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Fiverr Writers are Awful - Or are Bad Buyers to Blame?

I have been procrastinating for the past 12-hours. Then, just as I was about to start work on an article about school camps for obese children, I stumbled upon an interesting article about what it is like to order an article from a writer on Fiverr.

What I like about the article in question, is the fact that the author includes links to two articles they have purchased on Fiverr. One they paid $7 for. The other, they paid $105 for.

As a writer myself. I get a guilty thrill out of the fact that both of the articles in question are awful. However, I think that the article comparing the two is just as bad. It also puts a spotlight on the most common reason things sometimes go wrong on Fiverr.

Click here to read the article yourself.

In case you can’t be bothered to read the full article the key points go as follows:

  • Some company somewhere decides to experiment with outsourcing some blog content to Fiverr.
  • Throughout the article, the author repeatedly chuckles about how silly doing so is.
  • The author buys one $7 and one $105 article because… Science.
  • The author gives each writer 3 keywords to work with, but doubts that either will deliver anything worthwhile because they are not familiar with his business.
  • As expected, each seller delivers content that the buyer considers comically bad.

As I finished reading this Fiverr review, though, two things struck me. First and foremost, I still have no idea what the business described as ordering these two articles actually does. If this experiment writeup is itself an attempt at content marketing, it’s a huge fail for that reason.

I think the business might run some kind of code boot camp. However, this isn’t clear.

Secondly, if this person had contacted me, I’m petty sure that I would have turned them away. This is because it seems like they gave extremely vague instructions to each of the Fiverr sellers they approached.

Precious corporate funds paid for a $7 article from a 4.8 star seller who promised they would “write a 500 words SEO optimized article in 24 hours” and a $105 article from a 5 star seller who would “write a stellar article for your blog or website.” The keywords we gave them were “IT job shortage,” “code schools” and “Omaha tech talent,” all terms relevant to our organization.

If I was to take on this job, I’d want to know a lot more about the article context. Who are you? What does your code school do if you have one? Whom are you teaching? What is unique about your brand?

Possibly, these questions were asked. However, the attitude of the buyer strikes me as one of, "my only responsibility here is to click buy."

They also go into their transaction with each seller expecting a poor outcome.

I expected to show my colleagues that a.) the cheap article would be terribly written, b.) the expensive article would be better, but not great, and c.) both would be unusable.

In fairness, both articles are bad. Neither is SEO optimized or remotely interesting. I’m also a bit shocked how anyone can charge $105 and dare deliver what is obviously waffle without even justifying the text. However, I’m pretty sure that the main reason these orders went pear-shaped rests with the buyer. At least, that is my hunch.

Am I alone in thinking this? Also, (if you read them) how much would you pay for each of the included example articles?

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They both sound like the writer isn’t a native of the U.S.

I had high hopes for the article that started by mentioning a malodorous cow town but that wasn’t followed with anything entertaining.

I couldn’t force myself to completely read either one. I don’t think either is worth anything at all. They shouldn’t be published on a legitimate website.

No matter what the buyer requested or how much information he gave them, these writers are not able to turn out coherent interesting well written articles. The fact that the second one is making up false facts about a town is unacceptable also.

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My Grandad was a notorious bargain hunter, and I spent many a time in my childhood watching him grumble and moan because his latest bargain purchase had broke after only a few minutes of use (with the exception of the ‘Rolox’ watch he purchased from a guy on the beach on holiday back in the 80s, and would proudly tell me that it was older than I was and still told pretty accurate time, so long as you changed the battery once every couple of years).

Slagging off Fiverr seems to have become trendy of late, or at least good for clickbait articles and videos. Perhaps Fiverr should be pleased… people are talking about them more and more, which can’t be a bad thing. I also think (hope) that the majority of sellers understand that if something appears to be far cheaper than it should be, it’s probably not as good value as you think it is.

The writer of the article you linked to proved nothing more than if you pay WAY (ie; insultingly) below market rates, you’ll most likely get a poor quality product. He could prove his point even more succinctly by purchasing car brake cables or laser eye surgery using the same theory, but I suspect he’d realise at this point that you get what you pay for.

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In fairness. $105 is way above the going market rate for a single blog post. At least that is the case if you are an everyday SME. If I paid $105 for the second post, I’d be quite miffed.

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I see a lot of articles like this on websites and often it seems to be only a filler of space, and a try at search engine optimization. It’s little more than word salad.

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Valid point. He doesn’t really explain his research/qualification method for choosing a seller, other than to explain that he ‘looked at about 30 before he got bored’.

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For some types of sites this kind of horrible writing is considered acceptable by the site owners who do not actually want anyone to read the articles but only to click on the ads.

Lot’s of sites are only published as advertising carriers.

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I think the title says it all. Send in the clowns ,because it appears the biggest clown here is the guy placing the orders. youtube is full of stuff like this where sellers are set up to fail. Orders are placed with minimal information given with the sole purpose of getting something back that they use as '“look at what I bought on Fiverr”. He should have asked the sellers for a revision and given them relevant information if required. you can be sure they didn’t do this. Regardless of what you think of the articles, If you are given nothing to work with you cannot do the work. I dont know if the writers made anything up, as but since they have posted the articles online I assume they didn’t cancel the orders or ask for revisions, but you never know.That article seems to be more about "Why I need to keep my job " than the articles they ordered. This is also why sellers need to get as much information from buyers as possible, otherwise this is going to happen. One last thing. that site is selling link placements…just saying.

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Yeah, this is why my hunch is that this buyer is just as much to blame for the outcome of their order. It is this mentality that results in me getting buyers saying "write 500-words about care homes in Canada," before screaming at me in revision requests: "We are a specialist center for Alzheimer’s patients. Why didn’t you even mention this???"

People like this take little to no responsibility for the outcome of orders.

Bingo.

Yeah, but I find the whole site confusing and garbled. I keep going back to look and figure out what they do, but there is no immediate first impression there. Are they a coding school? Are they just making ad money?

To be honest, I think they would do well to find someone who can help them relate their basic brand message a little better. However, as the author points out, they are located in an apparent talent no man’s land. :wink:

Here they are: https://aiminstitute.org/

You’re right, of course; it looks like they gave the writers just the keywords, and got vague articles because of that. The purpose of the articles was probably not to market their non-profit, though, it was more to raise awareness about the need for trained talents.

Then again, their own landing page is not 100% clear on what they do, exactly, so it’s not exactly a surprise they were unable to give clear instructions.

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Do you mean not 100% clear?

I’m still at a loss. Is it code boot camp or not? As I look, it seems more like they are the tech equivalent of a life coach. I see no actual coding courses or skills-based job training.

Of course, there are lots of inspirational marketing buzzwords and change themed platitudes littered about. In fact, I’m calling it. This is tech life coaching.

RIP Omaha as a new tech center. :frowning:

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Science. I like this. Next time I want to prove to a friend that the shoes a shoe shop chain here that has an image for being cheap aren’t worth anything, I’ll buy some $7 flip flops and their most expensive high heels at $105 (both have a pretty box promising comfort and beauty).
Then I’ll go there, tell the shop assistant 3 relevant things: 1. Shoe shortage because lots of shoes come from X, 2. I need something to wear on my feet, 3. I̶’̶m̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶O̶m̶a̶h̶a̶ ̶(̶I̶’̶m̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶w̶h̶y̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶f̶u̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶l̶e̶ ̶I̶’̶m̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶h̶e̶a̶p̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶e̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶p̶ ̶a̶l̶r̶e̶a̶d̶y̶ ̶-̶ ̶o̶k̶a̶y̶,̶ ̶s̶c̶r̶a̶t̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶’̶s̶ ̶u̶n̶f̶a̶i̶r̶,̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶b̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶e̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶p̶ ̶a̶s̶s̶i̶s̶t̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶b̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶O̶m̶a̶h̶a̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶s̶ ̶g̶e̶o̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶c̶l̶i̶m̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶d̶a̶t̶a̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶t̶u̶f̶f̶, 3. I’m a Fiverr Writing & Translation talent from Y.
Then I’ll do two short hikes in both shoes and tell my friend “told ya”.

Yeah, I know, that comparison doesn’t have a leg to stand on. To be serious, though, how much would I pay … I’d do some research to see how long it would on average take to write a 500 words (or whatever I want) article, ask myself what a sane person would take for that, and then search for a seller or two whom I deem serious enough and whose prices seem to vaguely reflect that, and then either order if it seems that’s what they want, or contact them to talk about details if it seems that’s what they want.

I kind of made an experiment like that too, just for myself (not the shoe experiment, there are never any shop assistants to find if you want to tell them things like that you’re from Omaha :wink: ) the Fiverr experiment.
I ordered the same thing (a drawing) at 3 different price points, and I got 3 rather different results which more or less reflected what I had paid, and all 3 delivered as promised. I wouldn’t use the cheapest of them (but there are things I could use it for, for the price I paid for it, it’s still good, don’t get me wrong) but the medium and highest priced one are very nice and usable, in fact, I’m using one and will use the other if an opportunity arises.

My instructions, however, were very precise. I think if you expect a good result, article, blog post, whatever, you need to give clear and precise instructions, unless you’re fine with a vague article or blog post.

I have ordered an article before which I was deliberately vague with, as the writer was the expert there, compared to me, so, free reign, and I really liked the article I got.
IMO, you need to know what you want, look closely at gigs/sellers (that you really have the feeling are qualified to do the job and not that you want to parade to prove a point) and compare before you order, and give instructions according to what you want. Unless, of course, what you want is to parade sellers and prove a point. In which case, science. Buy a gig for $7 and one for $105 and leave vague instructions.

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Yes, thank you. Corrected. Sorry, my brain refuses to wake up.

Definitely.

One of the Fiverr courses (personal branding) also has a part for those who buy on Fiverr, and the main thing there is to be very, very precise with instructions.

They do have some courses and workshops, so yes, among other things, they’re a code school: https://interfaceschool.com/

Tech life coaching does seem to be a good description of what they do, since they’re apparently unable to write a proper explanation (job search, talent search, school and career coaching, a few events, all in one place).

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It might not be their fault! I think the author of the Fiverr bashing article is actually some freelancer they hire. Apparently, he’s a freelance comedian, writer, poet, etc.

After reading some of his really quite awful poetry and blog posts, I’m pretty sure he’d struggle on Fiverr himself. :thinking: However, if he can fake it until he makes it, good on him.

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I honestly think that this time around the problem was with the buyer or to be a bit more precise their intention.

First and foremost, I just can’t tell what they wanted from the article. You can’t just give someone keywords and expect them to come up with something passable. This is why I’m incredibly picky about who I work with when it comes to content for marketing but those I do work with end up being recurring long term clients.

It’s simple, precise requirements = better results. Plus, it’s really easy to handpick “bad sellers” and use them for an article that from the get-go was intended to bash Fiverr.

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I agree he should have said said more about what the article he wanted was (unless he did).

Also when he said things like “paid for a $7 article from a 4.8 star seller” he could have made it clear that the article was actually priced at $5 and the other probably at $100 and the other charges were Fiverr’s service charge.

He also says “The prices on Fiverr ranged from $7 (no $5 articles here) to $300” - when it’s only the service charge that makes it $7. There are $5 articles on Fiverr.

I agree both articles could have been better (eg. some of the things the linked article points out), and the 2nd article was better than the 1st but they probably also weren’t dealing with clear enough instructions.

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