Case Study: $100 on Fiverr for Link Building

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The other night I spent about an hour buying up 20 of the most popular link building gigs on Fiverr just to see what kind of affect it would have on my two sites.

I will keep this thread updated with the progress - I imagine it will be about 2-3 weeks worth of results (or lack thereof) to report.

After the case study is complete and all the reports are in I will be grading each gig individually and make available each report from each gig so you can download them and check them all out for yourselves.

I thought this would be a fun little case study to do and I think you'll get some value out of it.

If you want to see the 20 gigs I ordered I've went into more detail in this blog post.

It's a solid mixture of comments, profiles, link wheels, blog posts, forum sigs, and some other stuff mixed in. Could be interesting.

Questions, comments, predictions?


UPDATE Part 2 - July 08:

I have compiled everything here - gig grading, report downloads, and some of my observations on each gig.

Also be on the lookout for my Microworkers and Mturk case study coming next week. It's going to be a doozy.
#$100 #building #case #fiverr #link #study
  • Profile picture of the author Dan2008
    This should be interesting, looking forward to see what results you get. How is your competition for the keywords you are targetting? and how many exact monthly searches?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
    It's just 7 keywords across 2 domains, from a low 1,000 to 12,000 exact matches.

    I will give all the data on the next update, I haven't gotten it yet (should have, thanks for reminding me)
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    • Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

      It's just 7 keywords across 2 domains, from a low 1,000 to 12,000 exact matches.
      Sounds very interesting, however the one issue I see is that it will be tough to get a true quality gauge if you are using them all against only 2 domains.

      I.e, let's say your 1 domain ranks well, how can you tell which Fiverr service is performing and which one isn't?

      Wouldn't it perhaps be better to narrow it down to 5 top Fiverr services and then run each one against a different domain? Then once you have established a pecking order as such, you could test out combining a few of the top performing services against one domain.

      Just my thoughts, but sounds good either way.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmsearch
    This is a cool idea- subscribing to thread!
    I have used a few gigs for backlinks in the past- but for me its been kind of hit and miss.

    Really looking forward to seeing how this works out and to see which gigs are of the most benefit.

    Thanks for posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    Are these new sites or are they both aged? Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing what the outcome will be.
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    • Profile picture of the author brendan9971
      thank you!
      i love this idea and the fact that your going to the extent to individually report on each gig will help me and many others!

      really looking forward to the results!

      cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by bhuff85 View Post

      Are these new sites or are they both aged? Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing what the outcome will be.
      These are brand new sites I'm pointing the gigs too which I am kind of worried about haha... but hey it's worth it in the name of research

      Originally Posted by brendan9971 View Post

      i love this idea and the fact that your going to the extent to individually report on each gig will help me and many others!
      Definitely. I'm going to let you download the reports too so you can really get a good idea.

      Originally Posted by Rys1976 View Post

      What was the outcome of your case study? I would love to know the results.
      The reports are just trickling in now, nothing to report just yet.

      Originally Posted by NRC1983 View Post

      I've also been going through the gigs and am wondering how yours will turn out. If you are successful, could you post the sellers you used? Thanks!
      Yes certainly. I am going to give a grade for each gig for what it's worth. Definitely not going to keep anything a secret here
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    Interesting! Good luck with with.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaspast666
    pretty interested in what you will find... im pretty sure you wont find any IMMIDIATE effects but in the long term you will see some.
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    • Profile picture of the author frogman
      It's amazing what you can get done on fiverr.
      The quality is usually low, but for some tasks that's not a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Way I see it, it's up to the seller to just do a decent job of the submission, whatever, but it's up to you to choose which type of linkbuilding is going to be beneficial. So if you ask, "Is this AMR gig any good?", what you are really asking (apart from, is the seller going to do a competent job) is - does (e.g.) AMR work as a SEO method? And of course it matters how you apply the method too, like what anchor links you order etc.

    So Fiverr is just cheap outsourcing of repetitive tasks, or for services you do not otherwise have access to, it's still YOU 'doing' most of the SEO. That said, it's a way to diversify your links and try out different methods. For example, I would never have a chance to try out a Linkvana submission on a site otherwise (5 days, plenty of trackbacks, NO movement ). For $5 it's definitely worth a try. I don't doubt you will get SOME results from 20 different services at once!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by markowe View Post

      So Fiverr is just cheap outsourcing of repetitive tasks, or for services you do not otherwise have access to, it's still YOU 'doing' most of the SEO. That said, it's a way to diversify your links and try out different methods.
      Totally agree with you there.

      Originally Posted by TBInternetMarketing View Post

      Wouldn't it perhaps be better to narrow it down to 5 top Fiverr services and then run each one against a different domain? Then once you have established a pecking order as such, you could test out combining a few of the top performing services against one domain.
      Hell yes it would be way better doing it like that. This is in fact what I did when I did a case study on 6 different article syndication services (UAW, AMA, etc..). Each was on a different domain and targeted the same exact keyword that I made up. The case study was ultimately worth it in the end because I unsubbed from the service that performed the worst and I'm still subbed to the best.

      But, I'm not going to do that for a handful of $5 fiverr gigs though. It is a lot of work putting together the content, making sure the density is the same, regging the domains, and then targeting an arbitrary keyword that nobody searches...in the end its all dust in the wind.

      But you have a point, it will be impossible to know which service provides the benefit if there is any gained. However, I'll still be sharing reports with everyone and from that we can sort of gauge what's up with the providers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dubturbo
    So if things go well are you going to rely on fivver for all your link building??
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by Dubturbo View Post

      So if things go well are you going to rely on fivver for all your link building??
      No - I am still building c-class seo networks, doing syndication to services like UAW, AMA, AR, etc...plus guest posting and some other tricks up my sleeve which Fiverr doesn't offer.

      IMO fiverr has the potential to be a cheap link supplement but probably shouldn't be relied on 100% in the long-term.
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    These days UAW not give best indexing.I don't know how it affects anyway looking forward to your casestudy
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  • Great blog post, Andrew. I'm going to link to it from my site.

    Glad to see you didn't buy too many tweet gigs -- those have never turned out well for me.

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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

      Great blog post, Andrew. I'm going to link to it from my site.

      Glad to see you didn't buy too many tweet gigs -- those have never turned out well for me.

      fLufF
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      Cool, thanks

      The twitter gigs seem overpriced when you can buy tweets on the microgig sites for less.

      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Only problem with this case study is that the only thing you will really be able to grade for these gigs is whether or not the seller completed the work. With ordering so many gigs, there is no way you can make a judgement with any kind of reliability what effect each gig had on your rankings.
      There are a ton of ways to judge the quality of links.
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  • Profile picture of the author olivergrand27
    Very well thought and a interesting way to spend $100. I think their are some very good sellers at fiverr but i never bought backlink services so i would also be looking forward to get this report. Btw thanks for taking such a great effort and sharing it with fellow warriors.
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    • Profile picture of the author limon2009
      You took a risk i think, but would be very helpful for us. Thank you very much.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Only problem with this case study is that the only thing you will really be able to grade for these gigs is whether or not the seller completed the work. With ordering so many gigs, there is no way you can make a judgement with any kind of reliability what effect each gig had on your rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author tchung
    Very interesting idea. Have any results come in yet? Generally how long do the fiverr gigs take to do this?
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by tchung View Post

      Very interesting idea. Have any results come in yet? Generally how long do the fiverr gigs take to do this?
      Fiverr SEO gigs tend to be listed as taking 3-4 days, and the providers usually deliver at least a day before that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
        Originally Posted by markowe View Post

        Fiverr SEO gigs tend to be listed as taking 3-4 days, and the providers usually deliver at least a day before that.
        It taken some of them some time, hopefully by Friday I will have the 6 in progress orders delivered
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
    So far I've gotten 13/20 reports.

    I will post some SERP results on Friday.
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    Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

    The other night I spent about an hour buying up 20 of the most popular link building gigs on Fiverr just to see what kind of affect it would have on my two sites.

    I will keep this thread updated with the progress - I imagine it will be about 2-3 weeks worth of results (or lack thereof) to report.

    After the case study is complete and all the reports are in I will be grading each gig individually and make available each report from each gig so you can download them and check them all out for yourselves.

    I thought this would be a fun little case study to do and I think you'll get some value out of it.

    If you want to see the 20 gigs I ordered I've went into more detail in this blog post.

    It's a solid mixture of comments, profiles, link wheels, blog posts, forum sigs, and some other stuff mixed in. Could be interesting.

    Questions, comments, predictions?
    That's a great mixture of paid gigs you have on that list and you should be knocking the the door of page one on Google in a couple of months, which is a small price to pay for the potential returns.

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  • Profile picture of the author Heavenstorm
    I used fiverr for my seo too...but the problem is I bought many services and I am not sure which ones are giving me the great result I am seeing lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Gdetonator
      Originally Posted by Heavenstorm View Post

      I used fiverr for my seo too...but the problem is I bought many services and I am not sure which ones are giving me the great result I am seeing lol
      I took time to test the effects of each service I bought on fiverr, I monitored their results closely and it was pretty easy to pick out my top 10 among the million SEO services offered there.

      By the way Andrew, it was very creative of you to come up with this idea, it will help a lot of people and I like that
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        Originally Posted by Gdetonator View Post

        I took time to test the effects of each service I bought on fiverr, I monitored their results closely and it was pretty easy to pick out my top 10 among the million SEO services offered there.
        Interesting. Mind if I ask a few questions?

        How many did you test?

        How did you test them? (i.e. How did you separate them out so you were sure what was affecting what?

        What types of services worked the best for you? (I'm not asking you to reveal your providers, of course)
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  • Profile picture of the author tsgeric
    what an awesome idea! Thanks for doing this. I often browse fiverr and see so many SEO-related offers, but not sure what would really move things in the SERPS or how it would fit into an overall strategy. I am looking forward to seeing the results.
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    Wow, I got to start paying more attention to fiverr. great share. I am anxious to see your results.
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    Fiverr is definitely a hidden gem for seo services. I like to buy the high pr xrumer profile pyramids and blast my pumper sites with them, it works like a charm!
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    You may be interested in this thread:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...ial-links.html

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    I am wondering how you determine the results for each gig? How do you know how one gig did as opposed to another if the process was done simultaneously.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      I am wondering how you determine the results for each gig? How do you know how one gig did as opposed to another if the process was done simultaneously.
      There wouldn't be any way unless I had equal strength domains to test each one on or purchased brand new domains.

      It is not too difficult, however, to judge the general value of a service from the reports they deliver.

      There is a lot of noise on Fiverr and I think this case study helps to identify the few gigs that may actually be worth investing it. At least, that was what I was hoping to accomplish.
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    Great post mate! Thanks for the great investment and report. I have ordered some gigs already, hope it goes well!
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    Thank you for sharing this info, will be reading your blog post! I love Fiverr.
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    Fiverr is fantastic, you'd be surprised how much (in most cases) you could get for a fiverr
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      Fiverr is fantastic, you'd be surprised how much (in most cases) you could get for a fiverr
      i was surprised by a couple of them
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    Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

    UPDATE Part 2 - July 08:

    I have compiled everything here - gig grading, report downloads, and some of my observations on each gig.

    Also be on the lookout for my Microworkers and Mturk case study coming next week. It's going to be a doozy.
    Be careful with Mturk - they've been terminating accounts recently for 'human intelligence' activities such as blog commenting, or asking for Diggs or other strategies designed to increase traffic or get backlinks or ad clicks.
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      Originally Posted by MostlyHarmless View Post

      Be careful with Mturk - they've been terminating accounts recently for 'human intelligence' activities such as blog commenting, or asking for Diggs or other strategies designed to increase traffic or get backlinks or ad clicks.

      Yeah I've already had a couple of my jobs killed like that
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        Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

        Yeah I've already had a couple of my jobs killed like that
        Chances are your account termination notice is just around the corner then.
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  • Profile picture of the author amiramin
    hi Andrew S
    also wanted to purchase some gigs, i think i will do that after you detailed report. And your feedback about those gigs.
    I am keeping an eye on this thread.
    And yes, Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    Nice job on the test, I've always wanted to conduct something similar with Fiverr gigs. Although instead of sending them all to my money site, I'd build a nice linkwheel.

    Keep us updated on the Mturk one as well, I've used MTurk extensively before so I'd love to hear about how you set it up.
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    • Andrew, I read your followup. Thanks!

      It wasn't without a tiny bit of irony, though. You complained that several Fiverr sellers used edu blogs that had already been thoroughly trashed by other comment spammers -- and yet isn't the only difference between that and the xrumer/senuke types you gave an A to is that the latter managed to poop on the blogs first?

      I'm hoping next time you do this case study -- if there is a next time -- you'll hire some Fiverr sellers who leave relevant handwritten comments. It would be interesting to see which stands the test of time.

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        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        It wasn't without a tiny bit of irony, though. You complained that several Fiverr sellers used edu blogs that had already been thoroughly trashed by other comment spammers -- and yet isn't the only difference between that and the xrumer/senuke types you gave an A to is that the latter managed to poop on the blogs first?
        Haha that is correct

        However, the one's that received A's delivered a high volume. They gave a lot of crappy links for the money.

        The .Edu blog seller sent a fraction of the links under the pretense that they hold more value since they are edu. I don't think this is the case since the pages have already been shredded.

        But this is of course just my opinion and my grades should be looked at with a grain of salt really.

        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        I'm hoping next time you do this case study -- if there is a next time -- you'll hire some Fiverr sellers who leave relevant handwritten comments. It would be interesting to see which stands the test of time.
        This is something I am looking to do with the crowdsourcing sites, so far I am getting better luck with them.

        Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

        Keep us updated on the Mturk one as well, I've used MTurk extensively before so I'd love to hear about how you set it up.
        I sure will !

        Originally Posted by MostlyHarmless View Post

        Chances are your account termination notice is just around the corner then.
        I hope not
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          nice thread have you seen much movement in the serps?
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        • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
          Interesting experiment, thanks for sharing with the rest of us. On the subject of off page SEO, been observing something interesting lately...getting Facebook likes, Google Plus votes and Tweets for my pages is having an impact almost equal to link building....I expect this to become more pronounced in the near future...after all, I think if Google's objective is to ranks sites that people like they'd be more likely to give credit to social votes.
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    I was so excited to see how this case study would go, but no updates for a while...
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
      Originally Posted by jleavitt13 View Post

      I was so excited to see how this case study would go, but no updates for a while...

      The update was posted on my blog some time ago

      $100 Spent On Linkbuilding from Fiverr Gigs: Case Study Part 2

      Originally Posted by Keen F View Post

      I'm surprised that you haven't really mentioned if you've seen any improvement in the rankings. Has the $100 paid off in increased rankings?
      I am second page for 2 terms and front for 1 but I can't deduce if it was the Fiverrs that did it.
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    I'm surprised that you haven't really mentioned if you've seen any improvement in the rankings. Has the $100 paid off in increased rankings?
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilding
    I did this exact thing about a year ago and my results? 0
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    got to know about some nice gigs from your blog post.

    going to check out a few of them.

    thanks for sharing your experiment with us! Its people like you who share and make this forum a great place!
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    yes, one of the best threads around- thanks for sharing.
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    Outstanding work man....Keep it up
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    ^ also interested in answers to those
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      Originally Posted by Trivum View Post

      Interesting. Mind if I ask a few questions?

      How many did you test?

      How did you test them? (i.e. How did you separate them out so you were sure what was affecting what?

      What types of services worked the best for you? (I'm not asking you to reveal your providers, of course)
      I build a lot of sites at once mostly but I used about 7 - 9 of my sites specifically for testing.

      What I do is I buy a particular service from one provider, I might even purchase it 3 times to give me the amount of links I want then I wait and monitor the progress of that before I buy another one.

      But the best method that worked perfectly for me was combining about 5 or more different services from different providers at once. I mean like buying micro status service, blog commenting, profile links, wiki links, press release, video links, social bookmarking and all that at once for my site, it worked way better and results were very good but be warned, it took me time to figure out the providers that I use.

      But in my single testings, I found press release and video links to be damn powerful for some long term stuffs and I always recommend them.

      Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

      ^ also interested in answers to those
      Andrew, I guess your question is answered too?

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  • Profile picture of the author newgenlead
    Thanks your sharing. Could you share to show specific benefits when the service to benefit. How long to increase PR and Alexa Ranking?
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      Originally Posted by newgenlead View Post

      Thanks your sharing. Could you share to show specific benefits when the service to benefit. How long to increase PR and Alexa Ranking?
      I don't even think PR and alexa are worthwhile metrics to track. You should be looking at your rankings and traffic.

      Originally Posted by MyNameIsSam View Post

      I like the way you blog is presented and it has some key information that is pretty useful to people who are new to fiverr
      Thank for the compliment
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    I like the way you blog is presented and it has some key information that is pretty useful to people who are new to fiverr
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    It's been over 3 months since you began your case study. This should be enough time to start determining if your $100 paid off.

    What's the verdict?
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    Nice experiment, Fiverr is great for some web promotion, but lately folks have been complaining that they have had their sites penalised as a direct result of some Fiverr gigs
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  • Profile picture of the author RuthBabe
    Thanks for the share Andrew S. I bookmarked your site for future reference.
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