On my last post, I talked about how I bought backlinks via Fiverr. Unsurprisingly, this had almost no effect on search rankings of the website. However, I thought I would try purchasing a couple more backlinks just to experiment what the results would bring.
This time, I purchased backlinks from one of the top sellers from Black Hat World. If you’re not familiar with BHW, it’s a forum based on black hat SEO practice. Weary of scammers, I’ve talked to several mods on the forum and realized that they go through a vigorous vetting process for marketplace sellers. As it turns out, BHW puts in a lot of work to make sure these sellers are legit.
After finding this out about BHW, I decided to place an order from a guy named Sarkar:
Now, I’m not an impulsive buyer when it comes to purchasing backlinks or any type of online service. Especially when it comes from a 3rd world country. So, I did my due diligence. The guy lists his Skype on his post so I started talking to the guy.
After some back and forth for two months, I decide to bite the bullet and purchase the Captain Jack Sparrow Returns with a discount for a total of $80. He offered a full 100% satisfaction guarantee service so I could refund if I wasn’t happy.
The turn around time took several weeks. The contents of the work included:
- High Domain Authority(DA) Web 2.0 Links
- High DA Article Submissions
- High DA Edu links
- High DA Profiles
- Social Bookmarks
- Tumblr, Weebly, and blogger
- 2nd Tier Bookmarks
- Social Media
When I received the reports, the first thing I do is make sure the URL is indexed. Why? If it isn’t indexed by Google, then it won’t provide you link juice. It’s that simple. I type site: <URL> in Google to check if it’s indexed.
Manually checking the High DA web 2.0 links, I found that only 12/30 links were indexed.
Obviously it’s not ideal when more than half of the links you ordered are not indexed. However, I can look past that IF the my traffic increases based on Google Search Console. It did, but not as much as I hoped it would.
I compared the number of impressions on Google Search Console of this site (have not bought links so far) to the site where I did buy links for. Here’s the result:
Yup, the traffic on the site that I bought backlinks for did not increase much. It did increase by around 180 impressions but that’s nothing to brag about or be satisfied with a $80 purchase. I produce original creative content on this site and the other site is a site made especially for the Amazon Affiliate Program.
What happened next? I asked the seller for a refund and he graciously gave it to me. I always believed that a ton of backlinks would at least give me significant about of traffic but I was wrong. You need contextual links and creative / helpful content in order to rank better.
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