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You’ve probably heard of Fiverr, the marketplace for $5 jobs. There are a bunch of SEO-related gigs on the site. I don’t like spending time doing much off-site SEO work, so I decided to try one of these out to see if they were worth anything. The results were actually pretty surprising!
I did some keyword research and came up with a blogging-related keyword that had 1,300 exact monthly searches. The first page of Google for that keyword included some pretty big blogs, but the competition wasn’t too bad. I figured I’d be able to get on the first page.
I wrote a blog post on the topic and included the keyword in the post title, permalink, first paragraph, and a couple more times throughout the post. In other words, I did the standard on-page SEO stuff. I published the article, it got indexed by Google, and eventually made it to the second page. It peaked at #16 in Google for that term, so that’s second page material.
I wanted to get it on the first page, so I went to Fiverr.
I’d been reading a ton about link wheels. Pat Flynn’s article especially turned me on to the subject. But that required a lot of work, time, and software I didn’t have and didn’t want to pay for. I searched for “link wheel” on Fiverr. A bunch of gigs came up, and I chose one that had a lot of positive feedback that looked OK. The link wheel wasn’t exactly the type that Pat outlined (as I said, that kind takes a lot of time and effort and would require more than $5!), but it looked OK to me.
I’m not going to go into much detail about what a link wheel is. In short, you create a few pages (Squidoo pages, Blogger blogs, etc.) and link them to your blog, and then you create a bunch of links (social bookmarking submissions, articles, etc.) to those pages. If you want more info, check out Pat’s article as referenced above.
The particular link wheel that I paid for on Fiverr, though, was a bit different. It’s not as robust. Here’s what it advertises:
1. I will build 5 blogs from different sites with links like the scheme on the gig with keyword related content from top article directories.
2. I will get 5 RSS from all 5 blogs and will submit them to major RSS directories.
3. I will make 5 social bookmarks to all 5 blogs (25 bookmarks).
4. I will send you proof.
If your keyword have a 500-1000 searches monthly , I guarantee that you will be on the first Google page for this keyword.
Here’s the simple link wheel that’s advertised on this particular Fiverr gig:
I bought the gig on 3/10. It was delivered and marked as completed on 3/16 (a bit longer than it was supposed to have taken, but whatever). I kind of forgot about it for a week, but then I checked back on 3/22. And the result? #4 on the first page. I just looked again and now (on 4/3) it’s #3 on page 1. Sweet!
And not surprisingly, I saw the traffic from that search term increase.
Needless to say, I was pleased and impressed with this. But I thought it might be a fluke. “Maybe this would have happened without that Fiverr gig?” I thought to myself. I needed to find out if I could duplicate the results.
I went and looked through my stats to see what keywords I was getting some traffic from. I found one article that was optimized for a keyword that got 720 exact monthly searches. I was getting a trickle of Google traffic to this post, and I found out that I was #18 and on page 2 on 3/22 for that keyword. I immediately bought the same Fiverr gig that I bought before. The gig was completed on 3/28. I checked the next day and saw that I was #2 on the first page for that keyword!
A couple days later I was at #1, and I’m still there today (4/3).
Here’s the chart showing the search traffic that was coming in for that keyword before and after I bought the gig:
Obviously, there’s a correlation there.
Summary and Implications
Holy crap. It actually worked. Paying $5 did in fact noticeably improve my search engine rankings for the keywords I was targeting. And of course with that came a corresponding increase in the amount of search traffic to my blog. I’ll pay $5 all day long for that if it saves me the time of having to do it myself.
Of course, both of the keywords that I targeted in these two experiments were relatively low-traffic keywords. This Fiverr gig won’t do much for you if you’re going after a competitive keyword that gets 50,000 searches a month. The seller of this Fiverr gig guarantees that you’ll be on the first page of Google within a month if the keyword gets 500-1000 searches monthly. That was indeed my experience, and it happened within a few days.
All of those little long tail keywords add up, and the result will be a significant increase in the amount of search traffic you get.
But then this raises a question… Is this “ethical”? And is it a good thing that I can buy my way to the top of Google for $5?
Well… Yes and no. I think it’s a good thing for me because I have great content :) What I write is what people are looking for when they search for that term. But what if you’ve got a crappy blog with crappy content? You’re worsening the search experience for the searcher. You’re cheating. The whole point of Google is to weed out the good content from the bad, and you’re throwing a wrench into that system. You’re making it worse for everyone involved except yourself.
Anyway, moral SEO debate aside, I’m very pleased with this service. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
- Does this look like something you’d like to try out?
- Do you have any positive (or negative) experience with link wheels?
- Do you have any positive (or negative) experience with SEO gigs on Fiverr?
- Does this kind of thing mess up Google for everyone?