Case Study: A Quick Look At Fivesquid.com

In today’s post we’ll be taking a closer look at a successful example of a Fiverr Clone, a website called Five Squid. We will be drawing on idea’s that you can put to good use when it comes to creating your very own, successful Fiverr Clone Site.

What Is Five Squid?

According to a Google search “Fivesquid.com is a British-based freelance marketplace website where people can trade skills and services. First launched in 2011, the website hosts a variety of services, from tech jobs like SEO specialist advice to bizarre things like having a man with a parrot produce a quick clip advertising a business.”

An Analysis Of Five Squid

Target Market

Let’s start with the target market of Five Squid. Having an understanding of your target market is paramount to being successful, both as a business as well as online. In this case Five Squid appear to be targeting the UK market as their prices are listed in £’s (GBP), despite having a ‘.com’ domain which gives them worldwide coverage. In the UK one pound (£1) can be colloquially referred to as a squid, which gives us an indication of the thinking behind their name. In our opinion, choosing a name like this is an excellent start to developing a successful ‘Fiverr Clone’ as it tells the user exactly what they should expect; jobs for £5!

Check out our ‘Where To Start’ page fore more guidance surrounding name choices

Unique Features (USP)

Unique features or ‘Unique Selling Points’ of the Five Squid website include that it appears to be the only one of it’s kind to service the UK target market. A simple search of “Jobs for £5 in the UK” turns up no other competitors and it is clear they have established themselves in the market, having been around since 2011. What they appear to have also done well with, is showing a wide array of gigs listed on their homepage, this helps to entice a new user into having a deeper look, without getting lost in a maze of categories, filters and nonsense.

Homepage view of Five Squid

Homepage View Of The Five Squid Website

Other notable area’s include the fully fledged use of a blog, which they appear to be doing right. Not only do they have a number of interesting posts surrounding the freelance market, they appear to be optimising these posts for particular keywords – a must have for anyone looking to gain real traction from their posts. One example being posted in August 2020 is named “How to start a side hustle while working a full-time job” which gives a step by step guide for users, before (of course) plugging themselves as the answer to the question.

Fiverr Clone Blog Example

Blog Feature Example On Five Squid’s Blog

These fundamentals can of course be applied to your own venture. Think outside of the box, think big, but more importantly, you DO NOT need to re-invent the wheel here!

Choice Of Theme

When it comes to the theme used by Five Squid, it look’s like most likened to the ‘Pricerr Fiverr Script‘ but in truth, almost any theme can be made to look just like it. All of the theme reviews we’ve featured have the ability to be customised to your preference, so there is no reason why you couldn’t make any of the top themes, work just like Five Squid. With the Pricerr theme starting from just $99 there’s no cost barrier in the way either, if you are serious then you can make it work with just a small investment.

If you’re not sure where to start, feel free to get in touch with us and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you! We understand that there can be concerns when setting out your journey into your own Fiverr Clone but that’s why we’re here to help.

Take Away Points

For us, we have a few main take-away points that are worth noting if you’re serious about setting up your very own ‘Fiverr Clone’ website;

  • Use a blog to leverage current trends and topical posts to increase website visibility
  • Pick a name that tells your story without the need for investigation, don’t leave people guessing
  • Don’t go too heavy on navigational elements, let people find stuff without too many clicks

Lastly, check out our full range of ‘Fiverr Script Reviews‘ and understand what is out there on the market, there really is a clone for everyone!

Fiverr Script Choice Guide

We’ve split our Fiverr Script Choice Guide up into four sections, Flexibility, Looks, Cost and Profitability. All of these are considered essential elements of any purchasing decision, so take a look at our specific examples of what you should be looking out for, before making your choice.

Looks

So, lets start by covering the looks of the Fiverr Script. Everyone wants their ‘Fiverr Clone’ to look similar to market leaders, but some people end up working with a base that doesn’t look or feel anything like those of market leaders (like UpWork & Fiverr). Having a poor design is going to put potential users off and not entice them to look around, rendering your website effectively useless because the traffic just wont convert. It’s definitely worth taking the time to get this right, check out our ‘reviews‘ section and see for yourself which ones have the best looks (we think either Pricerr or the GigToDo theme).

Pricerr UpWork Clone Script

Pricerr Theme Homepage

Profitability

Profitability is the second point we want to cover, most people who purchase a Fiverr Script are wanting to make money so you need to make sure the functionality is there. Look out for unique selling points such as worldwide currency integration, these can help you target users at a later date as a unique feature of using your site. Give users a reason to come to you over market leaders, so consider planning elements of your targeting strategy before going-ahead with your choice of script. Another consideration which will help towards profitability is to use low commission payment gateways, certain payment gateways (like PayPal) can charge high fee’s of up to 2% on each purchase, so make a list of ones on the lower end to prevent a loss of potential earnings.

Pricerr Theme Features

Pricerr Theme Example Features

Cost

Whether you’re working on a strict budget or are looking to get the most for your money, there are a range of Fiverr Scripts available on the market at a host of different price ranges. We suggest taking a functionality-first approach here, to identify which script has the functions or looks that you’re trying to achieve, that way you won’t be bogged down by looking at price on it’s own. Certain scripts offer a tiered pricing structure which means that you get less functionality at a lower price, so you may be able to negotiate a discount if you only need one of the features in the higher tiers, it’s always worth an ask!

Pricerr WordPress Theme Pricing

Pricerr Theme Example Pricing Structure

Flexibility

When it comes to picking your Fiverr Script there are many things you should take into account. One of these is the flexibility (or usability) of the script, if you have minimal knowledge of HTML/CSS then it will be difficult for you to make large design changes to stand out from the hundreds of micro-job sites that are out there. If this sounds like you then don’t worry, just make sure you choose either a WordPress based script, or a PHP one that includes a built in CMS (Content Management System) like GigToDo 

Take The Next Step

PHP Fiverr Script Pros And Cons

We’re often asked the question “Why should I use WordPress Fiverr Script over a PHP based option and are there any significant differences?”

As something we’ve already covered (here), today we’re going to flip this question around and see exactly why you would use a PHP based script over a WordPress counterpart. To give some background WordPress runs from a pre-built Content Management System (CMS) which is what gives a webmaster the ability to view a back-end panel where changes can be made, but PHP does not offer a CMS from standard.

A content management system is what gives a webmaster the ability to view a back-end panel where changes can be made

This doesn’t mean that no PHP Scripts are offered with a CMS though. Certain products such as the “GigToDo” Fiverr Script come with a powerful CMS which has the ability to beat some of the functionality that WordPress is able to offer, so is important to remember. Aside from this though, they are relatively equal and it then comes down to the level of functionality included with your chosen package.

Additional Benefits Of PHP Script

  • Typically lower page-load times due to less running gear
  • Heavily customise able if willing to take time
  • Can include powerful CMS

PHP Fiverr Scripts On The Market

The next question you may have is what PHP Scripts are available? There are a few, but unfortunately they are not all equal. It’s worth taking the time to compare the different functionalities and features on offer, before looking at pricing to see how it fits in with your budget. We’ve actually featured what we consider to be one of the best PHP Fiverr Scripts available on the market, called GigToDo so our review might be a good place for you to start.

PHP Fiverr Scripts On The Market:

An Extra Tip

An additional tip we have for you is to make sure you’re getting the CMS that meets your needs, make good use of available demo’s and admin panels to check if they suit you. All scripts have demo’s available to them, so you can make use of them before making a purchase decision. If you are a beginner then we recommend taking the time to compare WordPress vs PHP to see which works better, as there are quality Fiverr Scripts available for both choices so there is no need to make allowances.

From here you should now have all of the insight you need to create your very own PHP Fiverr Script, so check out some of our other tips and tricks, guides and reviews to get a head-start!

If you haven’t, you can check out our other comparison where we put a focus on WordPress here.

WordPress Fiverr Script Top 5 Plugins

There are a huge number of benefits to using WordPress, but today we’re going to be focusing on just one of them, plugins. Plugins are a powerful way to increase the function of your website at the push of a button, reducing otherwise labour intensive processes. To help you get started we’ve handpicked our Top 5 WordPress Fiverr Script Plugins (most of which are free), so we hope you put them to good use!

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a go to WordPress Plugin for anyone looking to optimise their website for search engines like Google and Bing. This powerful plugin enables a host of features that help you to optimise your website, even without upgrading your free subscription. Some of the features Yoast SEO is great for includes the ability to edit and add meta data (such as meta titles, keywords and descriptions), a built in content analyser and the ability to set target keywords for pages or posts. We recommend this plugin for anyone who is serious about getting more traffic for their ‘Fiverr’ or ‘Freelancer’ style website, so make sure you check it out.

GA Google Analytics

The GA Google Analytics plugin is a simple and straightforward tool that injects your tracking code onto your website. Forget about editing your backend code and opt for this simple and lightweight solution, just enter your unique account ID after install to get it up and running. We recommend pairing a Google Analytics installation with Google Search Console, which will help you to identify traffic from search engines. Read more about Google Analytics in our ‘Top 5 Tools For WordPress‘ post if you’re unsure of the benefits it can bring.

Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL is a fast SSL integration plugin that provides a level of security on your website. Any site that deals with payments MUST have a secure SSL for users not to be put off (in-fact, browsers like Chrome won’t even let you get onto the website) so this is a must have. It’s worth noting though, that you must have already purchased an SSL certificate, so we recommend getting one from your domain name provider.

Beaver Builder

The Beaver Builder plugin is a ‘drag and drop’ page builder, allowing you to make advanced changes to a web-page with ease. When creating a truly unique and graphical experience, a tool like Beaver Builder can be a god-send, allowing you to create excellent pages from the comfort of your home. In fact, some Fverr Scripts we’ve featured here actually include their own page-builders, so we suggest giving them a go beforehand as they are often customised for different page types.

Opt In Monster

Opt In Monster is a WordPress lead generation plugin that can be used to gain opt-in from users, for re-targeting at a later date (via services such as SMS, Email etc). This can be a powerful pairing with email marketing tools like Mailchimp (see our Top 5 Tools post) to help bring users either back to your site, or entice them to purchase. A retention strategy like this is suggested for any website looking to grow its customer-base, so shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re just getting started with your own Fiverr Script.

All of these plugins are available through your WordPress ‘plugin’ section (click here for a guide).

Next Steps For WordPress Fiverr Script Success

If you haven’t already, we recommend checking out our Top 5 Tools For Fiverr Clone Script post to get an idea of how to increase the performance from these plugins. Certain featured options like the GA Google Analytics plugin will require a Google Analytics account to work, so please bear this in mind when installing. Remember these are only a handful of options, there are thousands of other excellent examples out there, so please do your own research if there are other features you’re looking for.