Fiverr is a unique marketplace where people can buy or sell anything for $5. There can be some great deals that can be found on a site like this but it can also attract some low quality services and of course people that expect high quality services for just $5.The saying can be true that you get what you pay for. Although there are some great gigs available on fiverr that cover a range of categories, there are some that lead new webmasters and those inexperienced with SEO down the wrong path. If you understand what changes Google has made to their search engine over the past few years you would know what can hurt your website's rankings. So before we reveal which gigs Fiverr.com recommends you buy to get traffic to your website lets do a quick overview of on page seo, link building and the 2 main google updates called Panda and Penguin. Webmasters are fully responsible for the content they create and write so this is one way you can control your own destiny when it comes to sales and also doing the part necessary to get your content to rank in a search engine. There isn't a whole lot you can buy on fiverr that would influence this unless you are buying articles from people. Then there is link building which not all webmasters have the ability to control. You can influence how you get links to your website but in many cases the links have to come from other websites that you don't own and usually never have control over. Google Panda update was created to punish websites with low quality content which can include things like pages with very little text, automated content and duplicate content as a few examples. Google Penguin update was created to punish websites for low quality links with many of them being comments on articles and link directories. Once upon a time these types of links were what you needed to do if you wanted to compete but now they will harm you. Google in theory doesn't want you to trick the system so their algorithm updates are meant to try to reward sites with quality content and quality links. Of course Google still has no problems in helping their own sites rank higher like youtube, google+ and blogspot but that is another story on their own bias. You can read more about the 2 main Google updates here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Penguin So when having a browse at Fiverr.com one article from David Datny called Grow Your Business : 10 Must Haves my first reaction was what terrible advice to give to any webmaster with some of the suggestions as being recipes to ruining your website and possibly your site's reputation. Just looking at the article you can see some interesting gigs but there are a few that stand out as being absolutely horrible especially from an SEO point of view. Keep in mind this article is more of a sales landing page where new gigs are refreshed so there are changes happening often but despite the adjustment of gigs, there still seem to be some bad ones being suggested. So the page is deceptive to make it look like an article of recommended gigs to grow your traffic and for help on SEO.
1. Get TrafficAccording to the quote from this section "More traffic means more revenues. There are great Gigs on Fiverr that can bring thousands of visitors to your business. Try them out!".
Gig 1: I will create 800 social bookmark SEO backlinks + ping in 24 hours for $5. This gig by user spookseo has an impressive 100% positive rating with 5767 votes which is probably a minimum of 5000 orders for this gig lifetime. Very popular! This gig claims they will help you "DOMINATE the Google search results, this gig will give you BIG results!". I like this phrase too "All links GUARANTEED to be Penguin SAFE." For an extra $5 "I will create 50 blog posts on a private blog network, pointing to your site". Another $5 will get you 15 manual backlinks from PR9 sites. This is the type of gig that can ruin any website. Just do a search for any "seo penguin google" search and look at the articles that talk about what types of links will ruin your website. Over this summer I had a contact that eventually became an SEO client. In the summer they were interested in chatting about what I could do for them SEO wise but because they were happy with their current SEO who delivered results by creating hundreds of bookmark links per month, they felt they didn't need me. I did tell them to reach out if they do ever lose their rankings. A few months later I get an urgent call that their site has lost their search traffic. Those bookmark links that initially helped them in the short term are now a semi-permanent problem. The links cost them $150 per month but after asking if they could be removed, they were presented with a $2500 offer to remove the links. Regarding the 50 blog posts on a private network and the PR9 links. I can't say if this is for the purpose of sending traffic for the blog posts or simply for link building but there are enough articles floating about where link networks have been targeted by Google with the customers getting zapped in the rankings. Here is a recent article from the Dave Naylor blog (@DaveNaylor): http://www.davidnaylor.co.uk/google-reveal-backlinks-com-latest-casualty-of-private-link-network-cull.html Gig 2: I will add your site to 1001 social bookmarks high quality backlinks, rss, ping for $5 This user has a 100% rating, over 100,000 gigs ordered with over 20,000 positive votes and currently has 386 orders in queue. Their description of the gig is as follows: "Huge Page Rank, Authority Backlinks, Dominate Google Increase Your Ranking, Traffic and Leads with CrorkService". They claim it is the most natural search engine friendly technique and does not look spammy and Google always rank higher. Damn I didn't know you could dominate Google for $5. I really don't know what you are going to get with this. There are hundreds of smaller social networking sites where every profile is a chance for a link. Maybe these links won't be as bad as bookmark links but no matter how you look at this gig, were looking at probably link spam. Having your site listed on hundreds of social media sites would definitely get you some traffic, but would this traffic convert? Probably not unless you are a dating site and it is possible this type of link building could lead to a penalty.