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Is Fiverr a Scam? Can you really make money on Fiverr?

By Edited Jan 12, 2014 1 9

If you are into making money on the internet, you have no doubt heard about Fiverr. For those who might not know what Fiverr is, here is a little insight. This site basically offers people the opportunity to perform any task for $5 dollars. That is to say, you can sign on and write the task you are willing to perform for $5. The tasks are called gigs on Fiverr. If anyone is interested in the gig you've created, they will contact you for details. If you are the buyer, you place an order through the Paypal payment cart of Fiverr, you will then have to wait for your order to be processed. The person performing the task or gig gets $4 while Fiverr keeps $1.

Now you have an idea of what Fiverr is. It is an internet market place for small tasks people are willing to perform for $5.

Can you make money from Fiverr's market place? The answer is yes and no. Yes, you can make money if what you are offering is what people are currently looking for. At the moment those who seem to be making any money are those offering small gigs or services that can be performed quickly. If you are into video editing or online marketing, you might make a little change. Just don't expect to get rich overnight. It is interesting to see what people are willing to do for $5 dollars. Here is a list:

I will teach you French for $5

I will pretend to be your girlfriend for $5 dollars

I will send you a postcard from Florida for $5.

I will leave 5 nice comment on your Youtube channel for $5.

I will create an intro video for your Youtube site for $5.

Those who are offering to create an intro voice over for online videos are actually getting orders. Someone was also offering to make a silly rap song of about 2 minutes for $5 dollars. He also got orders.

Some of the tasks that people actually offered can be done quickly. Others are really surprising. I will setup a website for $5. I wonder what type of website you will get for such a low budget.

On the other hand, you might not make money on Fiverr if your offers are not actually filling a need. There are some crazy offers on Fiverr that make you wonder what the people behind them were thinking. For example, someone offered to create a lie. Another, offered to dump your girlfriend on your behalf just in case you lack the guts to break up with her. As you can see the list is long and the offers divers.

A word of caution; there have been offers about people promising to drive traffic to your website. These are mostly scams and something you should stay away from. If it were that easy, everyone will be paying $5 and will already be receiving loads of traffic to their sites.

Another issue that you need to be aware of is the delivery time. Most of the people of Fiverr tend to do the gigs over the weekends and at night. That can cause delay in reply and delivery of your requested gigs. Furthermore, you will be dealing with people in different time zones. If you are not patient, Fiverr might not be the best place for you.

Is Fiverr a Scam? Fiverr can be a scam if you go in wanting to pay $5 dollars and expecting a delivery of 100 dollars. You get what you pay for. At times you get nothing. What do I mean by that? Some people have complained that the gigs were never delivered. What can you do? You can contact Fiverr. They will normally credit your Fiverr account with 5 dollars so that you can use the money to pay for other gigs on Fiverr.

Is Fiverr worth the time and effort? Yes! Fiverr can allow you to test some business ideas and see what reactions you get from the general public. If it all goes wrong, you only lose 5 dollars and you gain another experience in life.



Jul 12, 2010 9:43pm
Fiverr is a pretty neat little system. Of course, like any system, it definitely has pros and cons. I've purchased fiverrs where I've gotten alot for $5....and, others where I got nothing for $5.....all in all, it balanced out and I learned alot.
Jul 17, 2010 9:35am
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Jul 20, 2010 11:22am
I like the fiverr marketplace. Not just because I found it so interesting reading through the funny stuff, also about things I am interested in. I bought a few RSS pingings, and a little bit of article writing but I yet have to find real value. I found a guy that is programmed a php script for me for $80. That's not $5 but I am very glad to have found him this way. I have my own fiverr that I think is worth about a minimum $25.
Nov 9, 2010 2:04pm
The best thing about fiverr is all the ‘clone’ sites it is producing like those mentioned already. There are actually over thirty of them and any technique that would work at fiverr would work on those as well. I’m putting up a list of them at my site, http://sites-similar-to-fiverr.info.
Feb 4, 2011 11:08pm
@tmcservicesguy You didn't put JobsFor10.com on your site and it is the best micro job site ;)
Jun 16, 2011 7:52pm
people pay for gigs money clears and fiverr itself never wants to release money they said i need to proof of id . what kind of company is this its only five dollars . there real scam beware of new rules
Jun 21, 2011 10:30am
i joined fiverr about a month ago, and this is a great place to start making money online, i made about $700 last month enough to pay my bills, i've had a good experience, and its not a scam, i can withdraw the money easily to my Paypal account. this is the link to my profile on fiverr, now im a Top Rated Seller, check for yourself

Jul 6, 2011 2:18pm
For those who get work from Fiverr it can be a good deal but for those who post a task on Fiverr it kind of sucks. People want a ridiculous amount of work over what you offer to do first of all. Then Fiverr take one dollar off of every order, so its really a fourrr. Then they hold each single payment for two weeks past when the person ordering it approves, which could be days. AND when the time comes to get your payment, at least in my case, they send out one verification email to your paypal acct which magically never gets there and refuse to send it again. So the money I did earn is now in limbo unless I want to spend it on other Fiverr.
Aug 24, 2011 8:52pm
Fiverr is a nice marketplace, I used to sell on it before I moved to Fivers World, the only thing I would say, I am not a fan of fiverr way of suspending accounts without a good reason and without notification or warning
May 3, 2012 5:57pm
fiverr is not that nice people. I was a top seller until they banned me for no reason and I had over $500 in my account. Until this date, no comment. I have filed report with IC3.gov and waiting to hear.

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