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.
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?