I’m sure you’ve probably used Fiverr.com for different things in your affiliate business. Odds are you had mixed results. Some gigs went well and others didn’t.
Fiverr is one of my favorite places to find hidden talent in different areas. Primarily I use it to get affordable graphic design.
Case in point, last week I bought an eCover gig for my forthcoming Kindle book: “Affiliate Marketing for Beginners in 2012”
I got back a pretty slick looking image that only cost me a five spot. (See the above image)
Not bad if you ask me!
I’d say the quality is on par with eBook cover designs you’d get with Odesk or eLance…But at a fraction of the cost!
Now, there is a trick to Fiverr microsourcing for graphics work. You can’t buy a gig and assume the service provider knows what you want. Instead, I recommend you use my three-step process for getting great eCover graphics…
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You’ll find there is a wide range of graphics talent on Fiverr. My advice is to enter your keyword into the search box (ie: “eCover” or “Kindle cover”) and then sort the results based on the Ratings. From there, look for gig providers who have the “top-rated seller” ranking.
Here’s how all this looks:
From there, you want to click on each profile to check out their offer. My advice is to only work with people who have these three things:
- An estimated time of delivery of 3 days or less
- A 95% gig rating or better
- Less than five orders in their queue
These three steps will ensure you’re getting a great eCover in the shortest amount of time.
By the way, this is the gig provider that I used for my Kindle book. She didn’t have as many gigs in her queue when I hired her. I guess the word is out about her services. 🙂
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Leave nothing to chance with Fiverr. A generalized, wishy-washy description will result in a wishy-washy eCover.
My advice is to do these things:
- Provide an image the gig provider can work with
- Include the title, sub-title, and author information
- Give a basic description of the target audience
- Show examples of eCovers that you like
Do these things and odds are you’ll get a great eCover.
Example: For my Amazon Kindle eCover, I provided a vector graphic from iStock Photo. (The same one I used for my Facebook Timeline graphic.) Then I showed her an existing eCover image that I liked. What I got back was exactly what I wanted.
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Sometimes you won’t receive a great finished product. It’s up to YOU to take action when this happens. If you don’t like the eCover, then you should ask for an edit.
Many people don’t want to hassle a gig provider on Fiverr since it’s only $5. The way I look at it is:
[quote type=”medium” align=”left”] Bad quality is still bad quality- Even if you’re only paying five bucks! [/quote]
Follow up with your Fiverr gig providers. Remind them of what you asked for in the initial communication. And don’t leave feedback until you’re 100% happy with the end result.
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Like I said at the start of this article; I use Fiverr for a ton of different things. It’s quickly becoming my “go to” place to get cheap, quality work completed. But, there is a bit of art to finding the right person. My advice is to know what you want up front and be able to communicate it in a clear, concise manner.
You might be wondering about my new Kindle book: “Affiliate Marketing for Beginners in 2012”
I hope to have it ready by late next week.
The best part?
I’m going to do a special launch where I give away free copies for one entire day!
So keep an eye out for the announcement on my new Facebook page. (Be sure to “like it” while you’re over there.)Take Action. Get Results.