How can fiverr gigs possibly be any good?

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I just saw a link to someone offering to write an article, spin it, and get 1000 backlinks for (what I assume) is just five dollars.

How can this possibly not be too good to be true? Are these people from the Phillipenes or some other poor area that are willing to work for cheap? If so, I'm concerned about the quality as well as the obvious moral implications of hiring someone so cheaply.

I looked at the gig's review, and he has over 1000 thumbs ups and 7 thumbs downs. Am I missing something?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chasing Pace
    It's all about how you utilize the gig. For instance, if you were planning on spending $5 and using the article on your money site and have those 1000 backlinks point directly at your money site, then no, it's probably not worth it.

    But if you took a $5 spun article, spent a few minutes fixing it up a bit, used it for some web 2.0 properties and then asked to have those links pointed at that web 2.0, which in turns points to your money site, then it might be worth it.

    Also, for future questions, know that you can't qualify a statement like "How can fiverr gigs possibly be any good" without specifying what you want them to be good for.
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  • Profile picture of the author FokusNow
    Lots of people are looking for ways to begin making money online. Fiverr offers a fairly easy way to begin doing just that.

    You will find that some are good, while others are bad. I suggest looking at the feedback left by previous customers of the gig, which it looks like you did.

    Give it a shot, If it wasn't all that you hoped for, all you lost was $5.

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    • Profile picture of the author samyindia
      You do not have to feel bad or immoral when hiring someone from another country. I am from India and for indian people, $5 is not nothing. Our living expenses are not as high as yours in the USA. In India if you earn let us say $700 per month, you are far from being poor. While in the USA you can hardly live from $700.
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    • Profile picture of the author packerfan
      Lots of great gigs. The important thing is that YOU HAVE A STRATEGY and find gigs that fit that strategy.

      I don't use a lot of the SEO gigs there (occassionally), but there is a ton of stuff like e-covers, etc. are great deals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Albas
    Originally Posted by Dan Ellis View Post

    I just saw a link to someone offering to write an article, spin it, and get 1000 backlinks for (what I assume) is just five dollars.

    How can this possibly not be too good to be true? Are these people from the Phillipenes or some other poor area that are willing to work for cheap? If so, I'm concerned about the quality as well as the obvious moral implications of hiring someone so cheaply.

    I looked at the gig's review, and he has over 1000 thumbs ups and 7 thumbs downs. Am I missing something?
    Yes, it is true and i also saw that offer..you can't said that these people from poor area or something else. All thing depend upon skill and expertise. If you have skill then you do any thing..I hope you don't mind my view
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    The only thing to find out is by checking it out by yourself. The offer sounds too good be true, seriously. The person might be planning on automating the whole process (not sure how). There are other fiverr gigs that works for real, you just have to search for them.

    Ryuchi
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  • Profile picture of the author GyuMan82
    Some are good and some are bad. You just have to weed through the junk.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    Originally Posted by Dan Ellis View Post

    I just saw a link to someone offering to write an article, spin it, and get 1000 backlinks for (what I assume) is just five dollars.

    How can this possibly not be too good to be true? Are these people from the Phillipenes or some other poor area that are willing to work for cheap? If so, I'm concerned about the quality as well as the obvious moral implications of hiring someone so cheaply.

    I looked at the gig's review, and he has over 1000 thumbs ups and 7 thumbs downs. Am I missing something?
    I presume this was a gig on Fiverr or some other similar 5-buck site.

    You usually get what you pay for. For 5 dollars, I suppose the quality of the spin won't be great, the chances are, the person just copies and pastes your article into a spinning tool (The Best Spinner maybe), hits the button "Add Everyone's Favorites", copies the spun version of the article and submits it to Article Marketing Robot - although this action will generate a few links to your site, like I said, the spun article won't be much unique and in many cases won't make sense after spinning.
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    See, if I were you I would never buy any service for $5 especially when it comes to backlinking my website.

    Some crappy links can even lead to BLOOP (backlink over optimization penalty). I am not saying the person is scam or something, its just, I don't prefer such deals for my website.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      What makes this crap palpable to most people is the price.
      A mere 5 bucks.

      The reality is, you get what you pay for. You get $4 worth of
      trash.

      I can't even come up with one reason to turn my sites over to
      some knucklehead on fiverr.

      I'm talking link building here, not paying the cute girl to make
      a video of some idiotic escapade. Those are priceless.

      The SEO stuff? I know there are a handful of big names here who
      may (or have) used them. But what is 4 bucks given to some
      low-life going to get you and your VALUABLE website?

      Nothing.

      If your site has adsense, you are crazy.

      Again, the lure of riches on a 5 dollar bet is just too much
      for some people to ignore.

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      • Profile picture of the author NikkiBlue
        I totally disagree that sellers on Fiverr are "nuckleheads" and "low-lifes". I see article services being sold on Warrior Forum for under 5 bucks and those sellers arent considered low lifes lol.
        Fiverr is a great way to gain experience, cover costs for software and make money doing something that might take minutes for you to do. I agree that most of gigs on Fiverr are offering poor quality articles, but not all of them are garbage.

        It only takes minutes to use software like SEnuke or Seolinkrobot to spin and submit an article. Using the Seolinkrobot trial and spinchief I was able to spin and submit a decent article to web 2.0 and bookmarking sites in minutes. I was shocked.
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      • Profile picture of the author opiel
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post


        I can't even come up with one reason to turn my sites over to
        some knucklehead on fiverr.

        The SEO stuff? I know there are a handful of big names here who
        may (or have) used them. But what is 4 bucks given to some
        low-life going to get you and your VALUABLE website?


        Paul
        Knuckleheads, low-lives.... dude, you must be in some serious pain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Baker
    Before you order a gig, you must check the sellers feedback if it is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Awesomo
    I usually look at feedback, sometimes I will message the seller to test him out. If all seems good, I will buy the gig to test it out. If it's good, I will order from the seller again; if not, I paid $5 to learn something...
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTruth2011
    The best advice you will get is to contact the person with the gig, ask them a few questions and see for yourself how they answer. If they decline, you walk away, if their writing style is poor while asking them questions, you walk away, if everything looks good maybe you decide to give it a shot. You just saved your time rather than discussing this 100 times in a form because you will change your mind every time someone else shares their opinion.

    Hope that makes sense, cheers !
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    Hi,

    There are plenty of great deals on Fiverr, although I wouldn't trust the SEO gigs to do much good and possibly even harm.

    "obvious moral implications"? This isn't a company forcing small children to work, these are other people happily offering their services online. You could even offer some of your know how as a product or service.
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  • Profile picture of the author richjr72
    Originally Posted by Dan Ellis View Post

    I just saw a link to someone offering to write an article, spin it, and get 1000 backlinks for (what I assume) is just five dollars.

    How can this possibly not be too good to be true? Are these people from the Phillipenes or some other poor area that are willing to work for cheap? If so, I'm concerned about the quality as well as the obvious moral implications of hiring someone so cheaply.

    I looked at the gig's review, and he has over 1000 thumbs ups and 7 thumbs downs. Am I missing something?
    I would stay away from offers like that, it will do you more harm than good.

    Fivver can work, but you have to know your target market and find individuals that are offering services to the same market. Once you identify them, you can start trying different offers.

    It's a good way to increase your twitter followings and facebook likes. I have tried it a few times, and works decent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rankx
    Originally Posted by Dan Ellis View Post

    I just saw a link to someone offering to write an article, spin it, and get 1000 backlinks for (what I assume) is just five dollars.

    How can this possibly not be too good to be true? Are these people from the Phillipenes or some other poor area that are willing to work for cheap? If so, I'm concerned about the quality as well as the obvious moral implications of hiring someone so cheaply.

    I looked at the gig's review, and he has over 1000 thumbs ups and 7 thumbs downs. Am I missing something?
    I wouldn't trust that if I were you. Most people charge $5 just to write a 400 word article and that isn't even including spinning the article. So I know for sure it wont be an original article. As others have said, the quality would be lacking. You can still try it but I don't think I would.
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  • Profile picture of the author ydraw2011
    I love fiverr and have bought some awesome things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maraun
    You should be wary when looking at the feedback of fiverr gigs, especially when they are for SEO gigs. Most feedbacks there will be submitted right after the Gig is finished. You get a nice excel sheet with a link report, the links will be there mostly, but what the links actually do to your site will be seen at a much later time. Very few people wait that long and so the feedback you see is only directly for the work done, but very seldomly for the effect of that work.
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  • Profile picture of the author dougb
    I have used Fiverr for mainly account signups for sites like ping fm. I know they use a software but it is still way more time efficient to pay the $5 than sign up for all the accounts myself. Other than that I haven't ventured too far out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    It depends on what country a person's in, or their financial situation, and the software or skills they have as to how much you can get for five dollars. I have a gig where I share your site with over a hundred thousand followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and StumbleUpon. I have a new one where I give you over 2,000 back links from directories. Check out rowanman28 on Fiverr if you're interested.
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    • Profile picture of the author NikkiBlue
      Originally Posted by rowanman28 View Post

      It depends on what country a person's in, or their financial situation, and the software or skills they have as to how much you can get for five dollars. I have a gig where I share your site with over a hundred thousand followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and StumbleUpon. I have a new one where I give you over 2,000 back links from directories. Check out rowanman28 on Fiverr if you're interested.
      How can you "give" over 2000 backlinks from directories? If you have some special directory hookup I would definitely place several orders with you.
      No offense, but directory submission is one of the gigs I recommend people stay away from.

      Some Fiverr sellers just resend the same spreadsheets to buyers and never actually submit the links. Any free directory with page rank is probably getting hit hard with submissions. If your site ever gets approved it may take weeks or months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Red
    The fact is, a lot of these gigs are done with automated software, so it's not really that hard to get them done.

    Secondly, a lot of the time services are over valued and thats what you see because they're marketed well. On fiverr you're just getting the services done at the lowest price someone will do it for.
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  • Profile picture of the author zannix
    I think the only gigs worthy for SEO are the ones where the provider has a paid account with some other service provider (for example Linkvana, or SenukeX, or something), and then you pay the man $5 to do a blast or a drip-feed for you).

    That's sometimes okay, since you may not need the full service and pay $200/month for the program, but instead pay $5 for a blast, and use it a couple of times.

    So yes, fiverr still definitely plays an important role in my SEO handbook
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    You need a clear understanding of SEO and backlinks for fiverr to worth more than the $5.
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  • Profile picture of the author anders3397
    Be very wary of reading any feedback reviews on fiverr or any other site for that matter. So many so-called testimonials are extremely vague and say things like "great job" or "a pleasure to deal with". But how many tell you the actual RESULTS they got? Virtually none. I've become extremely wary of buying any service without seeing at one person stating that it actually delivers the desired result.
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    • Profile picture of the author guy11
      Build up a good reputation by buying your own gigs and veiwing it from different account...
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  • Profile picture of the author thetravelbug
    I have had good and bad gigs from fiverr. I have asked for a couple of refunds when the gig was not as described or of very low quality. And you get the refund.

    "Some crappy links can even lead to BLOOP (backlink over optimization penalty). I am not saying the person is scam or something, its just, I don't prefer such deals for my website."

    Can anyone elaborate on BLOOP?
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  • Profile picture of the author FergusM
    I spent the fiver. I got 425 back links, of which 425 have not been indexed nor are they likely to be. Now I could go and index them, but what would the point be, they were all posted by robots onto different "simple machine forums" that as far as I can see were set up for the sole purpose of posting back links to. I can only hope that this link for http://www.iedepot.ie works better here than at the end of this post. Hopefully Google does not index them as I am sure they can figure that it is essentially a paid for link farm. What did I expect for a fiver? Well it was worth a go.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterBruce
    Fiverr SEO gigs may not be the best however there are plenty of great services for only 5 dollars.

    I make a fortune outsourcing from them
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Lets say the person is in the philippines.
    A starting 40 hour full time job that paid 12000 pesos per month,....is attractive to many out of work people.
    How much is 12000 pesos? Perhaps $275 dollars. So lets divide that by 160 hours per month (full time) what is that per hour? About $1.71 per hour.
    So, if a person from the Phils (who can live on those wages, I cant) Puts gigs on fiver and gets $5 and it takes them one hour, they are doing well, in comparison to a decent salary, assuming they can sell enough to keep busy.
    Now someone in the USA with the high cost of living there, they would have to have gigs that can be done fairly quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author kea55
    yeah some are good and some are bad. I agree on this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author MiFortuna
    There are various factors at play here. The persona can be from a country where 5 bucks is pretty good. It can be someone who automates the whole process. There are sites such as Ubertoolz where you get free articles if you become a member. Or another possibility is that someone is offering such a service just to get cash flow and be able to fund their own projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author CoryW
    Also look for gigs where they manually create links for you such as blog posts or manual bookmarks. This is valuable and has definitely helped my rankings...not to mention save me time.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeacefulCalamity
    It's always just a newbie's way to start getting some traffic, albeit not always converting. It is always just 5 dollars after all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Banks
    You have to look at the potential from mass sales rather than a simple five bucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordsofmagic
      I'm a great fan of fiverr gigs, what it boils down to is having a strategy and sourcing the best supplier depending on what your looking for.Its a ll about creating goals and saving money.
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  • Profile picture of the author jawanda
    I have spent several hundred dollars on Fiverr almost exclusively on SEO backlink building, and have had some mostly great results.

    The key, as many have said, is that you absolutely must have a thorough understanding of good SEO practices, and use this knowledge to guide your link purchases.

    Rule number 1: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. I NEVER (ok once, at the beginning just to make sure my intuition was correct purchase the "100 back links", "50 pr 5s", or even "10 PR 3" packages. Why? Because you can just tell that they are over-promising in order to try to make the sale ... and because anyone who had access to 100 REAL quality on-page-PR5 sites wouldn't be selling OBL's for $5.

    Instead, look for gigs where the seller has a niche specific site with a reasonable PR and is offering you ONE or maybe two backlink for $5. Also, of course it is important to check the feedback ... but if a gig has more than 30 comments, you know they have sold it many many times and the site has likely lost quality (started to get spammy) due to a high out bound link ratio.

    So, in short, look for fiverr gigs that offer a backlink that sounds "REAL" ... aka one or two quality links, not 5000! Also, from my experience, if the seller mentions "Low OBL" in the description, it is usually a sign that they have some SEO savvy and the links tend to be higher quality.

    Last but not least, gigs where they publicly post the URL of the site that you will be linked from should be avoided. They may be great links on good sites, but eventually they will most likely be reported to Google and the value of their links will decrease. I have actually contacted a few sellers and let them know about the ramifications of broadcasting their URL.

    I was able to push a client from page 7 to page 1 (where he remains with minimal ongoing link building) for a fairly competitive local keyword in less than 45 days, and for less than $150, primarily using fiverr links.

    All that being said ... it is a very tedious way to build links (one or two at a time, and most are only for a month unless you renew with each seller) and is now only a very small part of my greater link-building efforts

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  • Profile picture of the author SEOtrug1
    yes fiverr does have so many great deals, most of thoes awesome gigs come from people who are desperate or something like that! :0
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    • Profile picture of the author GypsyButterfly
      I'm a writer who, finally, because of my husband's continued support & encouragement & also due to our current circumstances, offers my services on Fiverr. Will write in a variety of genres. It helps me hone my craft & get my work recognized. Not so much my name, as, I'm primarily ghostwriting, for now. I think Fiverr is a good launch pad. Plus, for anyone who uses it, we know there is more than one pay level.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Fiverr gigs can be good if the seller himself has earned lots of positive feedback from the customers. Just look for some gigs that are having lots of positives, a "Top-Rated Seller" badge, or someone who's account was upgraded.
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