How buying cheap traffic from Fiverr hurts your Google Ranking

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Hello Guys,

I want to share my bad experience with cheap fiverr traffic hits GIGs so no body else will face the same problems in future.


Recently we were doing good impressions for our website on Google. But I thought it will be a good idea to buy some gigs from Fiverr and generate some more traffic. That was my bad decision.

From google analytic stats, I realize I was being bombarded by fake hitbots that would just send traffic to my website from some anonymous referral.

But worst part was, they were affecting my Bounce Rate and creating 100% bounce rate which is taken as a very bad signal.

I noticed from last week our traffic ranking started falling and we lost some key positions on SERP due to high bounce rate.

Just be careful who you buy the traffic from, as it can back fire in a bad way.


Bobby
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianLemke
    Thanks for your good advice. I also bought fiverr traffic but always buy real humans with target interests or locations. Its not easy to find the right and good fiverr gig.
    • Profile picture of the author newxxx
      Originally Posted by ChristianLemke View Post

      Thanks for your good advice. I also bought fiverr traffic but always buy real humans with target interests or locations. Its not easy to find the right and good fiverr gig.
      how can you be 100% sure that you are buying real human traffic with target interests?
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    You get what you pay for. Human targeted traffic costs more. These types of traffic from Fiverr are only good to boost Alexa rankings.
  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    Google won't register the bounce since it is a direct visitor. Google just watches visitors which go through Google, and tries to see if they like it.

    "These types of traffic from Fiverr are only good to boost Alexa rankings. "

    Likewise if they are not searching through Alexa, Alexa wont notice it, other then from a toolbar which a robot likely doesn't have.
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    • Profile picture of the author richrowley
      Originally Posted by PBScott View Post

      Google won't register the bounce since it is a direct visitor. Google just watches visitors which go through Google, and tries to see if they like it.

      "These types of traffic from Fiverr are only good to boost Alexa rankings. "

      Likewise if they are not searching through Alexa, Alexa wont notice it, other then from a toolbar which a robot likely doesn't have.
      Interesting point PBScott - do you think there's another reason for the loss of position in the SERP's?
    • Profile picture of the author bobby_shahzad
      Originally Posted by PBScott View Post

      Google won't register the bounce since it is a direct visitor. Google just watches visitors which go through Google, and tries to see if they like it.

      "These types of traffic from Fiverr are only good to boost Alexa rankings. "

      Likewise if they are not searching through Alexa, Alexa wont notice it, other then from a toolbar which a robot likely doesn't have.

      I have google analytics stats behind my back to prove that it was not direct traffic, rather refferring traffic AND it has 100% bounce rate.

      your bounce rate is 100% when visitor press back or close session in less than 5 seconds
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by PBScott View Post

      Google won't register the bounce since it is a direct visitor. Google just watches visitors which go through Google, and tries to see if they like it.

      "These types of traffic from Fiverr are only good to boost Alexa rankings. "

      Likewise if they are not searching through Alexa, Alexa wont notice it, other then from a toolbar which a robot likely doesn't have.
      Are you sure about this? Analytics checks a lot of things.
  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    Never should you buy traffic hits from Fiverr, most of the gigs there uses bots to provide fake hits to your website.
    • Profile picture of the author Bigpanda
      Thanks for sharing Bobby. I've considered trying some of the traffic gigs offered on Fiverr, especially the gigs that have like 1k+ positive reviews. It defiantly looks tempting, I just was never brave enough to take the dive and see if if had a positive or negative effect on my sites rankings with Google.

      -BigPanda
  • Profile picture of the author alfred1982
    I tried my hand before on traffic from Fiveer gigs, hoping to get as much as traffic as I can to my website at a cost-effective price. These gigs are bought from those who have very good reputation on Fiveer and have receive many positive reviews.

    And similar to you, I receive near 100% bounce rate, with no conversions at all. I feel that the traffic is not targeted at all. If you really want targeted quality traffic, you really need to pay more, such as through FB advertising or Google Adwords. They are more expensive but the results are better.
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  • Profile picture of the author smasif15
    Thanks for sharing this,few days back one of my business partner were thinking to buy fiverr traffic! but i put him on a hold. now i can suggest him not buy
    Thanks once again
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  • Profile picture of the author megamind22
    I experience this myself sometime ago using fiverr to send traffic to my website. My website lost its page rank so fast that I thought I was doing something wrong with either my website or my backlinks till I later came to realize that it was the fake bot traffic that I got from fiverr just to boost my rankings.
  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    You need to research/qualify who your buying your gigs from. There are good ones out there. All my fiverr services are top notch in my book.

    Unfortunately you have a lot of people on fiverr just because its so large and all they care about is making a buck and they don't care how they do it.

    When you buy a product, fail at it the first time do you call it a scam and go buy something else?

    Fiverr had done a lot for people

    Again just take the time to research, ask questions and keep a folder on your computer with good fiverr sellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author yogibeezy
    Dont use or buy gig from fiverr. some of them used automated tool and it will really hit hard for your website.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Terrific answer, Sid.

      Also consider how many people use Webmaster Tools (or whatever they're calling it now).

      Millions of site owners are providing Google with enough data that they can do some things that seem like magic.

      It's one reason that I sometimes do market research at the public library. Not only do they re-initialize the network daily, wiping out cookies and other trackers, the users are so random that I get totally different results from identical search strings than I get from home.
  • Profile picture of the author Samio88
    Agreed Sid, worrying stuff. But isn't it a Catch 22 situation? You use google they use you, you don't use google and you miss out on google's market share. Can't exactly take a moral stance as a business.
    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Don't get me wrong...

      Originally Posted by Samio88 View Post

      Agreed Sid, worrying stuff. But isn't it a Catch 22 situation? You use google they use you, you don't use google and you miss out on google's market share. Can't exactly take a moral stance as a business.
      I'm not dissing their business model. In fact, I think it's brilliant!

      But it's obvious that people (even marketers who should know better) are oblivious to the depth and breadth of Google's intelligence gathering machine, and the synergy of all the different working parts.

      Google Search is NOT a stand-alone tool, and the "spiders" are not their only info-gathering mechanism. In the "back office" you can bet that Google is amalgamating ALL of the information that it collects from its various sources - and using ALL of that information to maximize their ad revenue.

      To even imagine otherwise would be sadly naive.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    I'll never understand why people buy this fake, junk traffic. I saw an ad in the WF classifieds the other day where the guy was selling 2500 visitors for $5. Come on people. Do you actually think that you are going to get 2500 real visitors for $5? Not going to happen.

    It all goes back to that old saying: If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

    I would imagine when you buy junk traffic like this Google views it as trying to game the system. And we all know what Google does to people who try to game the system. SLAP!

    People that do this type of thing have nobody to blame but themselves when it backfires on them.
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    What's so important with Alexa ranking?
    I don't see the need for it to be boosted, just saying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anoosh Kashefi
    Thanks for the tips and as it has probably already been said this is your business and you need to invest in it. Trying to get high quality traffic for cheap may not be the best option!

    Try investing in solo ads.. I have one going right now and the sales come in when people go through your funnel.

    The goal is to break even on the traffic you spend so it's all about those conversions. Getting the conversions up on the squeeze isn't that difficult..

    But, breaking even on high quality traffic when you're promoting some low converting Clickbank product @ $47 isn't a great strategy.

    Thanks again for the tip,
    AK
  • Profile picture of the author TB Ann
    Originally Posted by bobby_shahzad View Post

    Hello Guys,

    I want to share my bad experience with cheap fiverr traffic hits GIGs so no body else will face the same problems in future.


    Recently we were doing good impressions for our website on Google. But I thought it will be a good idea to buy some gigs from Fiverr and generate some more traffic. That was my bad decision.

    From google analytic stats, I realize I was being bombarded by fake hitbots that would just send traffic to my website from some anonymous referral.

    But worst part was, they were affecting my Bounce Rate and creating 100% bounce rate which is taken as a very bad signal.

    I noticed from last week our traffic ranking started falling and we lost some key positions on SERP due to high bounce rate.

    Just be careful who you buy the traffic from, as it can back fire in a bad way.


    Bobby
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Fiverr is a good place for many services you can get for cheap but i would not recommend using it for Traffic - rather " Fake Traffic"
  • Profile picture of the author Goffs Concepts
    Wow I have learned allot in this thread.
    It looks like I won't be buying any more fiverr traffic.
    Thanks to all of you!
    John
  • Profile picture of the author DollarShark
    Do a research before buying anything from fiverr, i do believe that valuable gigs exist but you have to do shattered searching until you find them, read feedbacks, check the seller etc
  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityBuilder
    Good that you are making everyone aware of not buying those fake traffic gigs. It hurts rankings on Google.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75 View Post

      I'll never understand why people buy this fake, junk traffic. I saw an ad in the WF classifieds the other day where the guy was selling 2500 visitors for $5. Come on people. Do you actually think that you are going to get 2500 real visitors for $5? Not going to happen.
      It's vanity, pure and simple.

      "My website showed a million visitors last month."

      "How much did you sell?"

      "Nothing. But I got a million visitors!"

      Or it may be naivete.

      Kind of like the old spam assumption. "If I send a million emails, and only 1/10 of 1% buy, I'll be rich."

      I knew old-time sales guys whose only criteria for a prospect was the ability to fog a mirror held under their nose. Fiverr traffic and the like mostly can't even pass that test.

      Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

      Google is obviously using the local cookies on a specific machine to tailor the search results, but just think how those results would "magically" change if John simply logged into his Gmail account at the library and repeated the same search.
      I can verify that if John logs into his Gmail account at the library, John sees the same results he sees at home.
    • Profile picture of the author bobby_shahzad
      Originally Posted by AuthorityBuilder View Post

      Good that you are making everyone aware of not buying those fake traffic gigs. It hurts rankings on Google.
      Fiverr is the number one market marketplace in the world for micro tasks and there is definitely no doubt about it.

      The purpose of creating this thread was to make people aware not to buy gigs from fake sellers apart from that the rest is okay.

      There are plenty of good 5 star sellers on fiver as well who are offering quality services to their customers. The thing is whenever your about to purchase a new gig please see the ratings and reviews of the seller first...
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