Buying cheap traffic for SEO purposes?

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Hello, I am just wondering if anyone has bought cheap traffic from places like revisitors just for SEO purposes. I do not plan on this traffic to convert, but I plan to use it to continue to rank my site to get more real visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Traffic doesn't rank pages.

    Use that money to buy targeted traffic/links that will convert into sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim P
    Cheap traffics are fake, bot, non target traffic. They don't help your ranking, even low your bandwidth for nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author creztor
    What's the point? I guess if you were trying to fudge your Alexa rank, but seriously, what's the point? I know in the past people sent fake traffic to article sites to bump up the views so the article went into the "top 5" list or whatever and then got extra real traffic, but I honestly can't see the benefit or how it is possible to improve your SEO with fake traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author TicketRaven
      I ordered a few Fiverr Gigs to boost traffic and found nothing rewarding in this. I am learning more each day and don't need the fake traffic . . . this can hurt my rating right? I am trying to increase traffic and have to resort to $5 ads on Craigs as Google Adwords is killling my budget. Thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
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    Many websites are giving cheap traffic, Its better to depend on them they are not worth. Instead of buying traffic you can do manual submission by these at least we will get good backlinks
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  • Profile picture of the author Masondavis
    Use that money to buy targeted traffic/links that will convert into sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ghoster
    It's a waste of money. The only traffic that matters is targeted traffic.
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    On the whole, you get what you pay for.

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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda786
    Some people say buying traffic can help but honestly speaking you won't be able to rank top pages of search engines like Google, Yahoo after buying traffic. However buying traffic generally can support a blog or a website on temporary bases.
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Originally Posted by Amanda786 View Post

      Some people say buying traffic can help but honestly speaking you won't be able to rank top pages of search engines like Google, Yahoo after buying traffic. However buying traffic generally can support a blog or a website on temporary bases.
      Hi Amanda786,

      I guess I must be one of the "some people say" group. For indeed, buying "targeted traffic" can get you lots of exposure to the exact audience that will most likely create natural backlinks, which definitely helps your SEO. However, whether it helps you reach top rank, or not, also depends upon how good your content is, how much SEO was performed on the content, and how relevant and useful it is for the targeted keyword.

      The OP's question was about cheap (untargeted and/or fake) traffic, which is a different story. Untargeted traffic isn't likely to help your SEO, and is just a waste of time and money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
        Originally Posted by dburk View Post

        Hi Amanda786,

        I guess I must be one of the "some people say" group. For indeed, buying "targeted traffic" can get you lots of exposure to the exact audience that will most likely create natural backlinks, which definitely helps your SEO. However, whether it helps you reach top rank, or not, also depends upon how good your content is, how much SEO was performed on the content, and how relevant and useful it is for the targeted keyword.

        The OP's question was about cheap (untargeted and/or fake) traffic, which is a different story. Untargeted traffic isn't likely to help your SEO, and is just a waste of time and money.

        I struggle to think of a worse way to spend marketing dollars than to try and buy traffic in hopes that someone will then be so blown away by your amazing content that they will then create more new content and insert a hyperlink in it and place it on an authoritative web page with the right anchor text so that yuo can then rank for said kw.
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        • Profile picture of the author dburk
          Originally Posted by Jayski32 View Post

          I struggle to think of a worse way to spend marketing dollars than to try and buy traffic in hopes that someone will then be so blown away by your amazing content that they will then create more new content and insert a hyperlink in it and place it on an authoritative web page with the right anchor text so that yuo can then rank for said kw.
          Hi Jayski32,

          I tend to agree, if you were to use such a simple strategy, with such limited goals, you could end up wasting your money. But, think about it. How many people waste money, and more importantly time, on silly strategies and tactics that have no hope of ever generating a positive ROI? The answer is legion.

          For example, people post low quality gibberish loaded with web spam in the hopes that it will get them to rank for a competitive keyword. They waste a small fortune on this and similar failed tactics. Or, they pay for cheap traffic that is mostly fake traffic from traffic bots, or totally untargeted traffic that has little to no monetary value.

          Often the most extreme failure is when a marketer invests a huge amount of time and money targeting a highly competitive term, finally reaching a first page ranking only to find that their product/service flops on their targeted market segment.

          To think just how much time and money they would have saved if only they had the foresight to test their offer with a quick inexpensive paid traffic campaign. They would have the same answer, within a day or two, having spent very little to get it.

          When done correctly, paid traffic is the often cheapest traffic you can use.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
            Originally Posted by dburk View Post

            Hi Jayski32,

            I tend to agree, if you were to use such a simple strategy, with such limited goals, you could end up wasting your money. But, think about it. How many people waste money, and more importantly time, on silly strategies and tactics that have no hope of ever generating a positive ROI? The answer is legion.

            For example, people post low quality gibberish loaded with web spam in the hopes that it will get them to rank for a competitive keyword. They waste a small fortune on this and similar failed tactics. Or, they pay for cheap traffic that is mostly fake traffic from traffic bots, or totally untargeted traffic that has little to no monetary value.

            Often the most extreme failure is when a marketer invests a huge amount of time and money targeting a highly competitive term, finally reaching a first page ranking only to find that their product/service flops on their targeted market segment.

            To think just how much time and money they would have saved if only they had the foresight to test their offer with a quick inexpensive paid traffic campaign. They would have the same answer, within a day or two, having spent very little to get it.

            When done correctly, paid traffic is the often cheapest traffic you can use.
            That was some nice goal post moving there however it has nothing to do with what I responded to. Which is your claim that buying traffic target at your super sweet awesomely written content is a good SEO strategy because you will get awesome content written about it with ubersweet natural links. Thats fools gold if there ever was.
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            • Profile picture of the author dburk
              Originally Posted by Jayski32 View Post

              That was some nice goal post moving there however it has nothing to do with what I responded to. Which is your claim that buying traffic target at your super sweet awesomely written content is a good SEO strategy because you will get awesome content written about it with ubersweet natural links. Thats fools gold if there ever was.
              Hi Jayski32,

              Not sure what you mean by "goal post moving". Personally, SEO rankings is never my goal, it is just an objective that happens to support my goals. My goals are always centered on maximizing profit. Perhaps that is the part that I didn't elaborate on enough.

              I realize there are people on this board that have a business selling SEO services, and many rarely ever consider "profits" for their clients. Instead they are focused on achieving rankings while never even considering whether the rankings will make a profit or not for the client. I'm not saying that is you, but your response to my post seems to reflect such goals.

              When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. An SEO agent that is paid to get rankings, and is not responsible for anything else, will see things from a different perspective than I and many others. My end goal isn't achieving a certain ranking, it is in achieving maximum profit.

              You see, when I run a paid campaign it usually generates a profit. There is no incremental cost for the SEO benefits that are also derived from that same campaign. This, in my opinion, is the proper way to use paid traffic for SEO purposes. In your reply you seem to ignore the value of targeted traffic, apparently making an assumption that all paid traffic has little or no value, which couldn't be farther from the truth. I apologize for not making it clear enough in my previous post.

              HTH
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              • Profile picture of the author Jayski32
                Originally Posted by dburk View Post

                Hi Jayski32,

                Not sure what you mean by "goal post moving". Personally, SEO rankings is never my goal, it is just an objective that happens to support my goals. My goals are always centered on maximizing profit. Perhaps that is the part that I didn't elaborate on enough.

                I realize there are people on this board that have a business selling SEO services, and many rarely ever consider "profits" for their clients. Instead they are focused on achieving rankings while never even considering whether the rankings will make a profit or not for the client. I'm not saying that is you, but your response to my post seems to reflect such goals.

                When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. An SEO agent that is paid to get rankings, and is not responsible for anything else, will see things from a different perspective than I and many others. My end goal isn't achieving a certain ranking, it is in achieving maximum profit.

                You see, when I run a paid campaign it usually generates a profit. There is no incremental cost for the SEO benefits that are also derived from that same campaign. This, in my opinion, is the proper way to use paid traffic for SEO purposes. In your reply you seem to ignore the value of targeted traffic, apparently making an assumption that all paid traffic has little or no value, which couldn't be farther from the truth. I apologize for not making it clear enough in my previous post.

                HTH

                You moved the goal posts again by claiming you didn't know what that meant. That's some expert level deflection right there. You made a claim that cannot be backed up so you continue to try and change the subject. That's fine.
                You obviously are looking at every reply to your post as an opportunity to discuss why you are awesome, so I will leave you to it. Its like the used car saleman who gets called out on a car having no engine and in reply you talk about what great gas mileage you can get for your customers and how the dealership down the street doesn't even care about gas mileage.
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                • Profile picture of the author dburk
                  Originally Posted by Jayski32 View Post

                  You moved the goal posts again by claiming you didn't know what that meant. That's some expert level deflection right there. You made a claim that cannot be backed up so you continue to try and change the subject. That's fine.
                  You obviously are looking at every reply to your post as an opportunity to discuss why you are awesome, so I will leave you to it. Its like the used car saleman who gets called out on a car having no engine and in reply you talk about what great gas mileage you can get for your customers and how the dealership down the street doesn't even care about gas mileage.
                  LOL, I spelled it out for you and it still flies over your head.

                  I'll let readers decide who's deflecting, I tried to not make it personal, but once again it I get a reply that seems to asserts you know better than me what point I was making. Sorry, but you don't get to speak for me, speak for yourself and I'll speak for myself.

                  My point, which, still seems to elude you, is that when done correctly paid traffic is very effective at boosting SEO, while making a profit in the process.

                  You replied to my assertion and I quote "I struggle to think of a worse way to spend marketing dollars than to try and buy traffic...", and then continued to narrowly define the goal of paid traffic to mere link building purposes. At that point I realized that I had not been clear enough about the value of paid traffic in my post. So I replied with a more in-depth post to clarify that paid traffic, when targeted is valuable unto itself and there was no wasted money when done correctly. That must have struck a cord with you as evidenced by your "move the goal post" replies.

                  I realize that a paradigm shift can be unsettling, but please don't try to redefine my assertions. Allow them to stand on their own, Please point out my errors if I made a mistake, ask for clarification if something I said doesn't make sense, but please don't define my goals, or accuse me of moving them. I stand completely behind my original assertion and provided additional detail that I believe is obvious to many, but not all. I haven't deviated from my original assertion, just provided clarifying points.


                  At the start, I was speaking of real gold, not "fools gold", an offer to share a golden nugget if you will, and never deviated in subsequent posts. I think that many people on this forum, that are focused on SEO, have developed a tunnel vision of sorts, and have become blinded to the real value of paid traffic. Paid traffic, when targeted, is not only a valuable source of traffic, but also can be a tool for maximizing SEO campaigns. I tried to provide one example of how paid traffic can be used to boost the effectiveness of SEO campaigns and I get challenged, no problem, I share specific details and I get accused of moving the goal post, and peddling fools gold.

                  Call it "expert deflecting" if it makes you feel better, I just hope most readers of this thread don't miss out on my original assertion, which I still stand behind completely.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    Real traffic that can be converted into sales come from real ads, not from cheap and usually fake traffic.
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