In this article, I am going to be sharing my personal experience with a couple of Freelance websites that I use for my businesses. I will be giving the pros and cons of each freelance site and also explain what each freelance website is best for.
Sweaty Quid is a brand new UK-based freelance site that is truly up-and-coming. The website style is very simple and super easy to use. One thing I like about Sweaty Quid UK Freelance site is the fact that a) it focuses on admitting only genuine and quality freelancers; and b) it allows all niches. Expanding on the latter point, if you run a restricted niche that may not be allowed on other freelance sites such as sex shop, gambling, vape, escorts, adult tube sites, vape shops and so on, Sweaty Quid has a lot of Squids (or freelance packages) for a vast range of niches. I have started off by using a lot of freelance sites such as peopleperhour, SEO Clerks and Fiverr but the issue I came across is that there were a lot of time wasters / poor quality freelancers who have wasted a lot of my personal time. Sweaty Quid has a lot of verified and serious freelancers who are serious about their work and get the job done. I use Sweaty Quid for a range of services including backlinks, PBN links, guest posts, SEO software and other bits and pieces. You are more likely to find services on Sweaty Quid that you would not otherwise find on other freelance sites. Overall, I really like this freelance site. It is simple, easy to use and intuitive. The only drawback is that it is an up and coming site so there are not thousands of freelancers. On the other hand, almost all freelancers are responsive and deliver quality work so the "quality" aspect definitely trumps "quantity" for me. Another good aspect about Sweaty Quid is that it has a very clear pricing structure. All Squids have set prices which helps to avoid nasty surprises.
I really like Fiverr for odd gigs. It is very good for piecemeal and very specific gigs such as PBN backlinks, 301 permanent redirect backlinks, explainer videos, infographics, technical SEO, proxies, Windows VPSs and plenty more. I find that Fiverr does not have good content writers. Almost all content writers on Fiverr are either majorly over-priced or do not speak good English. I have recruited almost a hundred content writers on Fiverr to date and every single time, I was met with disappointment. Fiverr is a definite no-no for content writers but it is extremely good for almost all forms of SEO work such as link building, website analysis, data entry work, explainer videos and infographics, logo design, proxies, SEO software (to an extent), logo design, guest blog posts and other odd jobs. Another thing that I most dislike about Fiverr is that it has a tendency to arbitrarily suspend accounts. I had an account on Fiverr about two years ago and it was suspended for no apparent reason. I had about £5,000 on my balance and I did not get a refund despite writing to Fiverr on multiple occasions. I therefore view their platform as slightly unethical and would not encourage you to try and develop a profile on it because your hard work and efforts could be met with an arbitrary ban. Also, be careful not to post too many job requests as Fiverr can suspend your account for doing so. The best way to find freelancers on Fiverr is to search for individual gigs and contact freelancers.
Upwork is my go-to place for content writers and software developers. Upwork is exceptionally good for content writers. I view it as a content writing freelance site. I have and continue to recruit content writers on Upwork to date. Finding the right content writer may take a lot of time. If you are recruiting content writers from Kenya, parts of Africa and Asia, beware that those regions have power outtages so this is something that could interrupt your jobs. Otherwise, I would strongly advise you to conduct a proper interview and probe the content writers before recruiting them as it is very important to filter out time wasters and believe me, there are a lot of time wasters and opportunists on Upwork. Also, make sure to scan freelancers' work with a plagiarism detection software as sometimes freelancers do have a tendency to cut corners. The support at Upwork is ok but not stellar. A lot of the time, I find that the support personnel is reading off scripts and do not have a real power to solve problems. From my experience, Upwork is great for content writers, software developers and data entry freelancers. I found that the platform is useless for any form of SEO work including backlinks, guest blog posts, broken backlink finding, proxies, VPS servers, explainer videos, infographics, screencast videos and so on. Overall, I found Upwork to be an extremely good source of quality writers who are knowledgeable about vape and e-liquid related niches and in particular, CBD and vape salt products..
SEOClerks is a freelancer marketplace that is positioned for SEO jobs. I have tried using SEOClerks for a week and could not find any freelancers who meet my requirements. I find the number of quality services to be very slim and disappointing. Instead of using SEOClerks, I just stick to Fiverr as Fiverr is the best marketplace for odd SEO jobs, along with Sweaty Quid. I have a feeling that SEOClerks never really managed to take off in their recruitment of quality talent.
I have tried using PeoplePerHour for about one week (same as SEOClerks) and unfortunately, I did not manage enough quality freelancers. I find that the reach of PeoplePerHour site is very limited and I have now almost completely abandoned my account. It is just not worth my time anymore.
Overall, I now use only three freelance sites: Fiverr, Sweaty Quid and Upwork. I simply do not waste my time with other smaller freelance sites simply because I am under the impression that they never really managed to take off. Fiverr and Sweaty Quid are great for odd SEO and marketing jobs such as logos, explainer videos and infographics, all forms of backlinks such as PBNs, guest posts, broken links from authority sites, reports and analytics, screencast videos, proxies, Windows VPSs and so on and so forth. I found that Fiverr is best for one-off gigs, it is not a great place for building long-term relationships with freelancers. It is more like a market where you come in and just randomly buy the stuff that you need. You buy and move on.
Sweaty Quid UK is also great for odd jobs. I tend to use Sweaty Quid UK a lot for my restricted niche sites such as online vape shops, CBD, vape shops, eliquid brands, payday loans, gambling and casino, adult tube sites, escort sites, sex shops, cryptocurrency, etc. There may not be many freelancers on their site at the very moment but at least they are all quality freelancers who deliver. Sweaty Quid is a heavy hitter when it comes to SEO jobs. So far, the quality I have managed to get out of the site has been second to none. I am truly impressed with their freelancer vetting procedure.
Upwork is my go to place for content writers and software developers. I find that Upwork is great for developing long-term relationships with freelancers. Aside from content writing and software development, I find that Upwork is useless for almost all SEO jobs: there are a lack of freelancers who do good SEO or they are substantially overpriced.
I would like to add a caveat to the aforesaid. What has and has not worked for me is solely my personal experience and you may find that your experience with any of the above sites is drastically different. I hope that my experience will help you to shape your strategy when recruiting freelancers for your business.
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