FAKE reviews over on Fiverr.. are you serious?

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I've been doing a lot of research lately on the power of testimonials and how they increase conversion rates dramatically. Obviously, social proof is something that makes potential buyers think "oh wow.. if they had success, I can have success too"

Here's the issue, with all these people over on fiverr doing fake reviews for products, there's a lot of newbies buying 2 - 3 reviews and posting them on their sales pages.. I actually saw a sales page with with a fiverr review for a new IM product this week!

I know fiverr has people that do honest reviews as well, but a majority of these people even go as far as letting you write the script, word by word, for your own product review..

Real marketers are working hard for our reviews and testimonials, then these guys coming sneaking in with false advertisements..

Am I the only one who sees a problem with this? I mean seriously, this is pretty bad..
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    Well, don't worry about that - it's always obvious when a testimonial is fake.

    Plus, they'll f**k up in different ways, so people who use such testimonials are really nothing to worry about. It's better to spend that energy looking for customers...
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

      Well, don't worry about that - it's always obvious when a testimonial is fake.
      and it still amazes me that these "marketers" think that new leads and potential customers won't be able to notice.. haha
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
      Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

      Well, don't worry about that - it's always obvious when a testimonial is fake.
      So that's why we have all these laws that state that you must declare if the testimonial is paid or not, using actors etc.



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  • Profile picture of the author enhu
    its easy to fall since its just $5 though.
    If fiverr let that happen, maybe fiverr isn't actually the right place to look for the service you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by enhu View Post

      its easy to fall since its just $5 though.
      If fiverr let that happen, maybe fiverr isn't actually the right place to look for the service you want.
      Fiverr is a really great platform to outsource some of the graphic design stuff we need done at a low rate, but yeah.. that small $5 price tag must seem really appealing to these individuals who can't get a real testimonial.

      I mean, it's pretty bad when they even let you write the script for what you want them to say in the testimonial video haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this?
    Old, old news.

    You can get in serious legal trouble.
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    • Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      Old, old news.

      You can get in serious legal trouble.

      This is very true. $5 for some legal trouble if you are caught... this isn't something I would ever consider doing. You can pay $20 in the Warrior Forum Classified Ads Section for reviewers and get 20-50 people wanting to review. if you do the math it is much cheaper and the reviews are more genuine.
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      • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
        Originally Posted by Dasilva Marketing View Post

        This is very true. $5 for some legal trouble if you are caught... this isn't something I would ever consider doing. You can pay $20 in the Warrior Forum Classified Ads Section for reviewers and get 20-50 people wanting to review. if you do the math it is much cheaper and the reviews are more genuine.
        wow, I didn't know this about the classifieds.. you learn something new every day thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
    Yeah, I'm not too concerned with them making money with the reviews so much as just the idea that they're outsourcing what they consider to be just another "task" to check off the list of things to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    When you talk about something this cheap, there will be unethical users around. But being that easy to run a fiver make it also so hard to stand out and in the test of time, the real hard working fellows will always win ( you can only fake some reviews before truth spills out )
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  • Profile picture of the author OrganicSeoGuru
    Unfortunately it has gone on for years and will continue for many more...
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    • Profile picture of the author Brett Hitchcock
      One word - integrity.
      Most people can feel the falseness of these things and for those who don't well it will surface eventually.
      I am amazed every time I see the fake testimonials and screenshots in sales presentations and it shows me that people really do believe there own lies.

      I prefer to pay no attention to it and the people doing it will never see or more importantly "feel" real success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Anything that works, including testimonials, will always be abused.
    And especially online.

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    • Profile picture of the author 2pat
      Better ask your buyers to get real reviews, and they will be very precious to make your product even better.
      Nice day to all of you
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      • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
        Originally Posted by 2pat View Post

        Better ask your buyers to get real reviews, and they will be very precious to make your product even better.
        Nice day to all of you
        Pat
        Yes, real reviews seem to convert better as well because the individuals in the videos seem more natural and more comfortable..
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      • Profile picture of the author DanielBlue
        Originally Posted by 2pat View Post

        Better ask your buyers to get real reviews, and they will be very precious to make your product even better.
        Nice day to all of you
        Pat
        Thats right!
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      Anything that works, including testimonials, will always be abused.
      And especially online.

      -Ray Edwards
      Not to mention all those hyped-up "clickbank screenshots" of "real" affiliate commissions..
      If you really have access to the accounts, why wouldn't you just log in and do a screen recording for a minute or two?

      Do they think we're just that gullible? haha.. it amazes me that people do this stuff, but I know that it's happening often and it's not uncommon in the IM marketplace..
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  • Profile picture of the author Terrance01
    Good thing there is the WF for people to solicit real feedback on a product.

    Spread the Word.


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  • Profile picture of the author asimnawaz
    Originally Posted by JakeStatler View Post

    I've been doing a lot of research lately on the power of testimonials and how they increase conversion rates dramatically. Obviously, social proof is something that makes potential buyers think "oh wow.. if they had success, I can have success too"

    Here's the issue, with all these people over on fiverr doing fake reviews for products, there's a lot of newbies buying 2 - 3 reviews and posting them on their sales pages.. I actually saw a sales page with with a fiverr review for a new IM product this week!

    I know fiverr has people that do honest reviews as well, but a majority of these people even go as far as letting you write the script, word by word, for your own product review..

    Real marketers are working hard for our reviews and testimonials, then these guys coming sneaking in with false advertisements..

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this? I mean seriously, this is pretty bad..
    Yes agreed with you but not new for me. You need to try another way and work hard to get your way.
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  • Profile picture of the author DelilahTaylor
    There is definately a problem with it and unfortunately it isn't going away anytime soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahmadashfaq
    its not just fivver.
    I think its happening over here as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by sooperbad View Post

      its not just fivver.
      I think its happening over here as well.
      Sometimes when someone gives a WSO a review here on the forum, it almost seems like they were given a certain 2-3 specific things to mention by the seller of that WSO. I understand review copies are given out as "review copies" but we should all be making a conscious effort to be ethical and authentic.

      Review copies are important though to start building credibility. These review copies are just as important outside of this forum, but this is where those fiver reviews seem to somehow start creeping into sales pages..
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  • Profile picture of the author newgt
    Cheap things are always poor in quality. Usually a high quality logo will cost minimum of $200 to $800. And a Facebook cover image or a banner will cost minimum of $30 to $150. If someone is offering for $5, definitely it is poor in quality. There may be few sellers providing the quality graphics but most are cheating people.

    My advice is always go for average price, don't go for very cheap prices. You will loose both money and the products.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffs89
    Legally, the internet is still pretty much very un-policed in terms of what people can get away with and not get sued or penalized.. Some take advantage of it and others sit there pissed that others are taking advantage.
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  • Profile picture of the author MythicalBeast
    It isn't only Fiverr. A couple other marketplace sites I looked at recently offer the same unethical paid review services. People have been buying testimonials and forum posts on Mechanical Turk for years.

    Amazon introduced a Verified Purchase function so potential customers can tell if a reviewer actually bought my book on the platform. That could be useful on other sites as well. It won't prevent fake reviews, but it may improve buyer confidence -- and make scamming more expensive.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Donavan
      Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.

      I woudn't concern myself too much with this pedestrian attempt at professional marketing.

      Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
        Originally Posted by Michael Donavan View Post

        Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.

        I woudn't concern myself too much with this pedestrian attempt at professional marketing.

        Mike
        "pedestrian attempt at professional marketing".. I LOVE it haha

        Here's the thing, I'm not losing sleep over it by any means. I just think it's comical that individuals choose this route at all. What happens when they sell their product / services and it never delivers as expected?

        Upset customers, refunds, bad press..
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  • Profile picture of the author allseowork
    Yes, people do that on amazon, cb, and soo many other places. Its the same continuation on fiverr, but the point is that they are going through a lot of trouble for a $5 Fiverr wont be able to stop it easy, thats for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author attackdome
    Originally Posted by JakeStatler View Post

    I've been doing a lot of research lately on the power of testimonials and how they increase conversion rates dramatically. Obviously, social proof is something that makes potential buyers think "oh wow.. if they had success, I can have success too"

    Here's the issue, with all these people over on fiverr doing fake reviews for products, there's a lot of newbies buying 2 - 3 reviews and posting them on their sales pages.. I actually saw a sales page with with a fiverr review for a new IM product this week!

    I know fiverr has people that do honest reviews as well, but a majority of these people even go as far as letting you write the script, word by word, for your own product review..

    Real marketers are working hard for our reviews and testimonials, then these guys coming sneaking in with false advertisements..

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this? I mean seriously, this is pretty bad..
    Some people on Fiverr require you to put "Actor Portrayal" on the bottom of the video, which still ruins the video anyway. The only thing that may be ethical is for them to do an HONEST REVIEW and even at that someone who knows of that fiverr seller can accuse you of buying fake reviews. It's a hand-raiser.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2014leon
    Its nothing new.. It has been happening for a long time
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by 2014leon View Post

      Its nothing new.. It has been happening for a long time
      Yeah I know.. I think it's comical that individuals stoop this low when it comes to building "credibility" on their sales pages.. lies don't build credibility..
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  • Profile picture of the author unifiedac
    EVERY SINGLE COMMERCIAL YOU SEE ON TV USES THIS METHOD.

    It's just another method of advertising. Every commercial has someone "acting" as if they enjoy the product, use a service or approve of a person. Those are paid actors...err, paid reviews.

    I believe that if you have a good product or service, it will eventually break through the market. However, I can understand why people would want to purchase reviews to get a jump start. It's the same reason people/companies buy fake social followers. It may help them get noticed faster so the real reviews will poor in.

    In reality, if the product/service is low quality, one or two bad reviews will kill it.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
    That's really crummy but obviously there is a market for 'fake reviews' or they wouldn't be selling. And, maybe some of those people are actually trying out the product first. Though I would doubt it, especially if they're letting the buyer write the script. And, possibly this kind of cheating will go on until someone reports it.
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  • Profile picture of the author saulmaraney
    this is bad news all round. - I think Fiverr as an ethical company should not allow these types of gigs to be sold.
    That being said, unfortunately many marketers will continue being scum bags and do this.
    This gives us all a bad name in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author KMgigs
    for me i have been preparing for my first product for around 2 months now and this is because i hate getting fake reviews.
    every time i am ready to launch i stop and test again and take screenshots of my actual earnings just to be clear with myself and feel my success when it happens
    a person i know wanted to start launching at the same day with me but took that road of fake reviews and fake screenshots and now she regrets it and the launch was HORRIBLE!

    all i need to say is just let them do what they do and be sure that people ALWAYS follow you when you provide them value and they just know it
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    • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
      Well, if someone has to purchase fake reviews, then that lets you know that their product wasn't very good. If it were, then they shouldn't have a hard time getting some genuine positive feedback on it.
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      • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
        Originally Posted by Hesaidblissfully View Post

        Well, if someone has to purchase fake reviews, then that lets you know that their product wasn't very good. If it were, then they shouldn't have a hard time getting some genuine positive feedback on it.
        I agree completely. It's just a funny concept to think about. The point of a review is "honest feedback".. so.. haha
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
      Originally Posted by KMgigs View Post

      for me i have been preparing for my first product for around 2 months now and this is because i hate getting fake reviews.
      every time i am ready to launch i stop and test again and take screenshots of my actual earnings just to be clear with myself and feel my success when it happens
      a person i know wanted to start launching at the same day with me but took that road of fake reviews and fake screenshots and now she regrets it and the launch was HORRIBLE!

      all i need to say is just let them do what they do and be sure that people ALWAYS follow you when you provide them value and they just know it
      Good for you! That's awesome, and I'd like to thank you for your transparency and integrity.. yeah, it may take longer, but it pays off in the long run.. and for that other person who took the short road to "success", that's exactly what happens..
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  • Profile picture of the author DenEdBiz
    Originally Posted by JakeStatler View Post

    I've been doing a lot of research lately on the power of testimonials and how they increase conversion rates dramatically. Obviously, social proof is something that makes potential buyers think "oh wow.. if they had success, I can have success too"

    Here's the issue, with all these people over on fiverr doing fake reviews for products, there's a lot of newbies buying 2 - 3 reviews and posting them on their sales pages.. I actually saw a sales page with with a fiverr review for a new IM product this week!

    I know fiverr has people that do honest reviews as well, but a majority of these people even go as far as letting you write the script, word by word, for your own product review..

    Real marketers are working hard for our reviews and testimonials, then these guys coming sneaking in with false advertisements..

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this? I mean seriously, this is pretty bad..
    I remember seeing reviews all the time by fiverr people, after fiverr first launched a few years back.

    There is really nothing you can do about this sort of shady business practice however other than rely on your own instincts when watching a review of a product or service.

    There is a few things you can do to investigate further however, some techniques that I use such as google image search. You can download this add-on to your browser and then search any jpeg image to see if its indexed somewhere in google.

    I've caught a few fakers using this tool.
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  • I think anything fake is completely useless, I honestly don't believe that a guy named GiantProductReviewer83 will influence my decision. It should all be down to doing some proper research, especially in a digital world where (almost) everything can be faked.
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  • Profile picture of the author redlady
    Hi

    Before ordering always ask for sample work and links to previous works--if they cannot provide this then save your money and do not order.

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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I like these fakes reviews and testimonials, whenever I see one, a red flag on my head says RUN AWAY & DON'T USE THIS SERVICE.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Welcome to the party. You are about 2 - 3 years late to this. This process has went from being amazingly effective to being frowned upon and now as a second hand way of getting social proof.
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