Fiverr Marketing Hack: Should You PAY to Game the System?
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Fiverr Marketing Hack: Should You PAY to Game the System?

– Hey, everyone, it’s Neil
Patel here for another Q&A Thursday. I’m here with Adam from Viewership. – Hello, everyone. – And this week’s question is- – This one is from 518 Painters. Thank you again, everyone,
for their comments. And thank you 518 painters. His basically asking, “Should
I pay someone from fiverr “to do 200 citations
for $20 or is that risky “and will Google punish the website?” – So first off, citations
are different than links. Citations is someone
mentioning you in an article but they’re not linking to you. And supposed rumor, there’s
been a lot of stats and data on this, that if you
get a lot of mentions, it could help increase your rankings. Now, Google’s algorithm is
much more sophisticated. When that research first
came out years and years ago, I think it was released by Moz? David, was it Moz? Yeah, I think it was Moz. And there was an amazing article. But Google’s algorithms have
become much more sophisticated where if you get a ton of
citations, yes, cool, that’s great assuming they’re relevant. If you go to fiverr and
you just get random sites mentioning you, it’s not
going to do much for you. The bigger question that
you need to worry about is you shouldn’t be really
using fiverr at all for anything relating to marketing. You want to pay someone
on fiverr to adjust an audio clip, create a
song for your girlfriend or your spouse so you don’t
have to do something romantic because you’re lazy. I see a lot of people
doing that kind of stuff on fiverr, but never
use them for marketing. It’s a great way to get banned. You’re not going to get banned
by doing citations on fiverr because they’re not really leaving links, but if you pay them to
leave links or you try to get them fake Facebook
likes or fake social shares, it’s just going to hurt
you in the long run. Don’t do it. Don’t use fiverr. You have to worry not just about fiverr. A lot of these sites, Upwork, fiverr, a lot of these crowdsourcing sites that can help you get
stuff done for cheap. Look at what they’re doing. You usually get what you pay for. Upwork now has good quality people. You have to pay more for it, but they do have good talent on there, and
a lot of people forget that because they’re like, “Aw,
Upwork just has crap.” And if you pay 20 bucks or 10 bucks, yeah, you’re going to get crap,
same with fiverr, $5. You can get images modified
on fiverr for dirt cheap and they could be decent,
but generally, don’t pay people for citations, links- – Fake views, likes, anything.
– Yeah. – If you game the system,
you are going to get punished by these companies. They’re smarter than us. – I used to game the system. I used go buy links. Eventually Google caught
on years later, got banned. I used to buy fake Facebook
likes to fan pages, and then Facebook changed
their algorithm to, “Oh, if you have fans you don’t engage, “we’re going to hurt your
overall fan page score “and then no one’s going
to see your content.” – Right. – I used to buy fake
YouTube likes, and then what does YouTube do
once they notice that? – Not good. They will ban you.
– Yes. – I almost got my Sexy
Confidence YouTube channel banned within three days of starting it because I bought 20,000 views. Don’t do it. – When YouTube first came
out, I put a no script … You know what a no script is? – No. – Like this code on my
website where if you visit my site and you are logged into Gmail because Google bought YouTube at the time, they made a YouTube login at Gmail, you would automatically
subscribe to my YouTube channel. – (laughs) – And I was a top 100 YouTube
channel in less than 30 days. – Aw. – It was kind of cool. – Yeah, it’s super cool. – I had no videos uploaded. – Aw. – And then I uploaded a
video and it did really well, and then YouTube just canned the account. – It must’ve been a
different channel, right? – Yeah yeah yeah, it wasn’t this one. – Yeah, wow. Okay. – But the point I’m trying
to make is eventually you will get caught. Don’t do short term thinking. I used to do that kind
of stuff because I wanted quick money, and I realized
the best way to make money and get the rankings and do well isn’t to do short term stuff. It’s to do long term stuff. Because I would do the short
term stuff, make the money, and then it would go away and I’d be like, “Crap, now I’m off to the drawing board. “I gotta spend more money. “I don’t have the consistent income.” Think longterm. Don’t do any short-term shit. – And with artificial intelligence now, you’re not getting away with this stuff. They’re too smart now. It’s not happening. – Yes. – Thank you so much for
the comment, though. This is awesome, guys. More comments just like this
really help us out a lot. – Yes, thank you 518 Painter. – 518 Painters. – Yeah, 518 Painters. – Who’s got 684
subscribers, so he’s making some video content as well.
– Yeah, good for them. – Good job. Unless you bought it on fiverr. (laughs) – (laughs) Don’t tell me
you bought it on fiverr. – Don’t do it. – But think you for watching
another Q&A Thursday video. If you have a question that
you want answered next week, leave a comment below and let us know. Either way, I’m going to be responding to every single comment. In addition, if you
liked the video, like it, subscribe, tell other
people about it, share it. Thank you very much.


  • bear Gamer

    Hi Neil
    Can you please make a practical video on how to write a SEO friendly article in WordPress on your website that it rank on first page of Google

  • Jonathan Sanders

    It is a pretty funny video. I laughed with you guys. One of my friends hired someone from fiverr for a logo redesign, the final result was terrible 🙂

  • punit bayad

    You are one of the celebrity authority in seo, and I want to ask you how you gained that authority?
    Because positioning is one of the most important things!
    So just a short video on what have you done to come at this position.

  • Itv is easy to earn

    Hey, Neil, I am a beginner and I have a website with zero traffic. I started dropshipping because I lost my motivation from the blog because of no traffic and high competition. Can I start first dropshipping and from this money, I think to get some visitors by Facebook and Instagram Ads to quick start mine new blog by hiring a content writer. Can I grow my blog this way?

  • Nayab Siddique Shaik

    Hi Neil. Say that I posted an article on a baby keyword (low hanging fruit) and getting passive SEO traffic from it each month. Can I dare to rewrite the same article for the top/parent keyword??

  • Manav Singh

    Hey Neil! Should I look up on fiverr if I need a logo? My budget is not very high- $5 to $10.
    Or do you suggest some other site?

  • Viktor Popovski

    Hey Neil, I never used Fiverr and I can't speak for it so I'm only going to focus on Upwork.

    From my experience as a freelancer on Upwork so far – helping SaaS & eCommerce brands organically grow, I was lucky enough to meet and collaborate with tons of high quality freelancers who deliver top notch work.

    I reckon that brands and entrepreneurs in general need to change their perception of perceiving Upwork only as a way to hire cheap labor. As in real life, cheap would always get you less quality. Same goes on Upwork too.

    One efficient way of finding quality workforce is basically a mix of abundant portfolio, high rating, extensive testimonials and a higher hourly rate. This is the case simply because a quality freelancer would definitely care about all of the elements listed above.

  • Dipak Vadhadiya

    I already do all that stuffs and suffered for a long time to get back to all good 😄😄, Thanks for this tips hope it will lesson to learn for them who thought to do it.

  • Buddy Shearer

    Avoid Fiverr at all cost if you are selling.  I was selling training source code for a niche software platform that I developed and they accused me of copyright violations.  Despite the fact that I worked for the company and had their permission.  Fiverr insisted they were right and myself and the software company was wrong.  They banned my account and froze my Fiverr income for 90 days.

  • Sanju Joseph

    My question
    How did you get into Marketing? What motivated you? What's your view on growing Spam and Fraud activities carried out by different marketing agencies? Won't this affect us all on a long-term?

  • Mahender Kumar

    Hi Neil, My competitors are using main keywords 5-6 times in description and 3-4 times in title and getting more traffic than me. What would be the reason Google is not punishing them for keyword stuffing.

  • Bhagyesh Patel

    You should promote this video more than those who promote fiverr gig.

    I did same when i was new to seo and now i need to disavow lot of links every 4 days…

    Thanks PATEL I learned seo from you and ranked that site.

  • Pamela Bey

    I sell on Fiverr but use to get exposure and bring in clients. I'm ethical. However one can only get "entry" level service. Not everyone on Fiverr is sketchy. I agree Neil, you get what you pay for.

  • Alok Tripathy

    how to choose from the people who want to guest post on your website?? if you are getting a lot of proposals and you can't read and edit all those articles.

  • bravo AK

    hey, Neil, I hope you reply back.
    I started a website on facts I cause I like facts and stuff.
    but currently I have no money other than paying for hosting, my problem is with free theme I tried to customize
    but every free theme has flaws and restrictions

    can you suggest me an awesome free theme or beginner theme?
    i would love to get advice

  • LucKie

    As usually Neil has Nailed it. Hey Neil, I got a question. I have a FB page that's inactive since 2013, it has more than 20k followers(mostly fake I guess, I paid someone to increase the page likes back then). Currently, I'm starting up a business. I was thinking to use the Page and delete the old contents and re-name/re-categorize the page with my business and re-start it from beginning. Since, it has 20k followers, I thought maybe I should use it, as it will look a lil matured/Authentic. Of course, I won't buy any likes again and organically grow the page with high curated content, blogs and ads.
    Do you think is it a bad idea? On the video you mentioned about Facebook algorithm. Could you tell me if I re-start an inactive page , will my content/Ads not be visible?

  • Jason Valasek

    More great information that you always wonder about but never truly know. Love hearing advice directly from the experts. Great video guys! Thanks again for the relevant content.


    I remember when I purchased an SEO course and the link building section was literally going to Fiverr and buying links. The worse SEO course I ever purchased and it hurt my SEO like crazy. Now I make sure that every link built is built by me and this way I know it's clean, safe and powerful. Keep up the great videos Neil, I'm really enjoying them 🙂

  • fdd dfdf

    SEO Is Dead…. Sorry to say… I worked extremely hard to make my keyword trending and reach first place on SEO Rank and THEN "Kaboom" 11th place with 10 paid advertisments above my website. Any ideas?

  • R J

    Hi Neil, thanks for the video – I want to use Fiverr for making me an animated whiteboard video for my website what's your thoughts on it? I think it will be great to have a video to explain or promote my services. Is it a waste of time I have never used them myself.. your opinion will be appreciated!!

  • Pramod Chamling Rai

    Finally I am able to rank some keywords on google. Thank you so much Neil for updating content and quick response.

  • Nirman Pradhan

    Hello Neil. Can we get quality manual backlinks service if we pay over $150 for the service from Fiverr like from Fiverr Pro?


    Hey, Neil sir loved your content once again just wanted to ask you what r the different sources of earning money other than e-commerce in the field of digital marketing and how can we do this?

  • nico

    Hey Neil ! Awesome content as always 💥. I am targeting restaurants/bar/coffees in Paris for my digital agency, is it a bad idea to pay a digital assistant from Fiverr to gather a list of restaurants Employers in my area so I can create a custom audience. Thanks again

  • Sebastian Cardozo

    I've been following your metrics on ahrefs and i've noticed you got a several increase on your ranking the last few days (according to ahrefs of course) which backlink made you climb so many spots? Im curious. Great video as usual Neil 🙂

  • Subhash yadav

    Hey Neil.
    As a experiment I started doing everything that you suggest one should avoid while doing seo.
    1) Ridiculous amount of backlinking
    2) Keyword spamming on articles
    3) I have 4 websites and i have nearly 400 interlinks on the pages.
    I am just waiting to see when Google is going to notice that.
    Also, all my websites are ranking on the first page on my keywords and traffic on my website is increasing day by day.
    This is way too much fun.

  • WonderFriday

    Hi Niel ,I am new to blogging,been making good content and doing SEO and expecting to rank for my targeted keywords. I just want to know Is it really essential to get SSL certificate to my blog if I really want to rank?

  • Kasra Moghaddam

    So hey when I copy paste others blog to my WP would I need to choose any kewords for them or not, since I won't be rank for someone else blog anyways?

  • Mangesh Rane

    Hey Neil can you suggest how to do SEO for website on local language and are there any local langauage research technique for keywords

  • sevengenie Nawapaiala

    Hi Neil, I wanted to know, though Facebook has monopoly in my country Nepal. Why do they do mobile ads in games. I used to think we do ad, so that we can get new customer. But they already have monopoly.

  • DanKopun

    Hey Neil, where should I start working as a marketer? I'm learning tons about online marketing from your site, once I gather the knowledge, where should I start working, upwork?

  • Kreative Chaos Guides

    whats a long term method of getting links then, besides getting people to click your link by paying instagram people to make a sponsored post with your name on it? I would like some tips. thanks for the video

  • joon weng yap

    I need to immerse myself on your previous tips then only I could ask a question. More action less reading. Thanks Neil!

  • Kendra Wilson

    OMG I'm so glad you made this a topic I just had someone from Fiverr or pretending to be connected to them Threaten me to purchase gigs it was really strange and uncomfortable I felt like Who The F&%k Do You Think You Are",I was very piss I then turn this distraction into motivation to research Fiverr and also research how to handle the problem. I blocked them immediately and feel relief that I'm not easy to scare and know how to turn a negative into a positive. You 2 Are Awesome " Thank You So Much For Sharing This Information.

  • Ra Deal

    Neil is right because I got burned by using someone from Fiverr to market one of my old sites. I'm gonna make a future video on what exactly happened. I was super devastated, but I learned my lesson.


    Olá Neil, tentar burlar a Google e Youtube e redes sociais como Facebook, Instagram e outras realmente não dá certo.A questão é que mesmo não funcionando ou funcionando por pouco tempo as pessoas acabam utilizando sistemas que tentar burlar os sites para conseguir mais seguidores.Isso acontece também com sites mais simples, na minha opinião sites, pequenos ou grandes, acabam mudando seus codigos por causa deste tipo de ocorrência e as pessoas não percebem que são mais prejudicadas do que ajudadas.

  • Eldon Mirjah

    Totally agree, think long term… Question, what's your take on "locking your brand" by signing up and linking using as much social profiles as you can? Does doing this really help with SEO?

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