Crowdsourcing: 99Designs vs CrowdSpring vs DesignCrowd

Thus far, we’ve reviewed nearly freelance marketplace: oDesk vs Elance: Why it’s a Battle You Won’t Win and How to Hire on Elance without Losing Your Sanity Pros + Cons and How to Make the Most of 99designs DesignCrowd review and comparison to 99designs The Best Business Gigs on Fiverr and the Unconventional SEO Gigs on Fiverr That

DesignCrowd Review: Should you crowdsource your design?

Last year we reviewed 99Designs, a crowdsourced marketplace that I was a huge advocate of. In short, you pay a fixed price (prize pool) which designers compete for, the designer you select wins the prize pool. When designers compete, we win. Conversely, it provides an opportunity for designers to find work, and designers confident in their ability have an

Growth Hacking for eCommerce Startups

Many aspiring entrepreneurs love the idea of eCommerce – no infrastructure, little overhead, etc. But becoming even moderately successful in eCommerce is a herculean task for the average person. Let’s put this in perspective: Amazon is #1 in eCommerce Sales, They Outsell Their Next 12 Competitors Combined And we’re not talking about eCommerce businesses we’ve never heard of, we’re talking Walmart,

5 Unconventional Tips to Boost Your SEO with Fiverr Gigs

WARNING: You won’t find recommendations for link wheels or tiered links over here (it’s 2014 – please don’t tell me that’s what you were looking for?). As a matter of fact you won’t find any “black hat” recommendations at all. How’s that possible if paid links aren’t allowed under Google’s Webmaster Guidelines? Keep reading… With Fiverr’s exponential growth

Breakdown of Web Development Costs

So you need a website? You don’t want to hire a new employee to build one. Of course. Makes perfect sense. Just outsource it to someone locally, your friends neighbor… Your cousin… or the infamous “brother in law”, and spend just a few thousand dollars to get a reasonable project done. Typically that’s how it

Startups: Don’t Outsource SEO

Disclaimer: I am a SEO Consultant, but this won’t be a veiled pitch. As a matter of fact, I’m going to tell you outright that outsourcing your SEO to me, or any other company could be a big mistake, especially if you’re just starting a business. I was watching ABC’s Shark Tank the other day, a show

Is the Outsourcing Model Broken?

I caused quite a stir when I wrote the post oDesk vs Elance: Why It’s a Battle YOU Won’t Win with related followups here and here. In total, we’ve seen over 130+ comments with freelancers and businesses telling their side of the story. Some have failed, and some have succeeded. Instead of commenting, reader John D. decided