I’m sure you can relate with me when I say there’s a ton of crap online about SEO.
There are so many polarizing views about SEO like “Pure white hat SEO is the ONLY way to go” or “People who say they never bought a backlink don’t know what they’re talking about (taking the side of black hat or grey hat SEO).”
The truth is that no one knows the exact factors that weigh into ranking on the search engines. In particular, no one knows if black hat methods like buying links even works.
If you’re not too familiar with the idea of buying links, I’ll give you a run down.
Buying backlinks (sites that link back to you website via the anchor tag) is a black hat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) technique that involves paying site owners to link back to their websites in hopes of boosting their search rankings.
It’s similar to bribery and the corruption that plays a huge role in position of power in society. Does it work? Yes. It is ethical? No.
Of course, Googling the question “Should you buy links?” gives us this top answer:
The idea that you can buy quality backlinks is also a popular one, but a backlink which is paid for directly has little to no quality in eyes of most search engines.
This statement seems a little weak. Assuming all paid links are penalized by Google’s algorithm, how would Google or search engines know if a link was bought, especially if the content was highly relevant?
There are a ton of paid linking services, everywhere on the web. Especially internet marketing forum giants like BlackHatWorld.
Just Googling “buying backlinks” gives us an overwhelming amount of places where I can buy links.
Now, isn’t it odd that there was so many businesses surrounding an idea that “doesn’t work”?
A strong argument against buying links is the quality and the risk of getting penalized by Google, according to this article.
If the quality is high and it’s almost impossible to trace whether it was bought or not, paid links doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
So, I came up with the idea of doing an experiment (I love experiments).
I bought 1000’s of links on Fiverr.
The results will surprise you…
Finding a reliable backlink dealer who provides link juice is tough especially on Fiverr. Make sure to buy dofollow backlinks and the URL is indexed.
I use two simple tests to make sure the links give me some sort of ranking value.
- They must be dofollow
- They must be indexed
To find out if a link is dofollow, simply right click on the website, hit “inspect” and look at the anchor tag.
This is a dofollow link.
And this is a nofollow link.
As you can see, it’s denoted “nofollow” by the attribute “rel” on the anchor element.
According to backlinko, nofollow links do not improve ranking signal.
When a URL is indexed, it means it can be seen by the search engines. Many service providers have sites that are penalized because they spam anchor tags on their site. If a site is not crawled by the search engines, it simply cannot reward you with link juice even if it is a dofollow.
You can simply type in this Google Search Command:
site:<insert URL here> on the search bar to check.
This url is actually a backlink I was provided by a seller on Fiverr:
Unfortunately, this URL does not give my site any ranking improvements, as Google can’t even crawl it.
When deciding to buy backlinks on Fiverr, I went for the highest rated sellers offering different domain authority, PBN’s, and white hat SEO.
As with anything, I choose services with the highest rating accompanied by the highest volume. The high volume statistically solidifies the rating since a couple sellers can effect the rating for a service with low volume.
I purchased all sorts of links:
- High trust flow links
- white hat manual links
- Drip-feed links
- PBN home page links
- Links with Domain Authority between 60 and 90
- Dofollow links
The result was a total of 26,000 backlinks. That’s a lot of links!
According to my Google Analytics, I was getting about 3-4 page views a day. After about a month of purchasing backlinks, it was close to 20 page views.
Keep in mind that this is a single experiment and doesn’t reflect all link buying experiences.
I did try to control this experiment by NOT publishing any content. In fact, the content on this site’s been pretty stale for about a year so it’s very likely that the links were the reason for the increase in ranking.
According to my Google Search Console, I’ve hit a record high of 6 clicks and 400 impressions (after I bought links) vs. 3 clicks and 100 impressions (before I bought links) in a single day.
There’s also a bit of reassurance when purchasing backlinks on Fiverr: they take support very seriously.
If the links were not satisfactory in anyway, I was able to cancel the order and get a refund fairly quickly and without hassle.
From the 20 or so sellers I’ve bought backlinks from, only 1 or 2 gave me links that were all indexed and dofollow.
If you’re curious, here’s what a report looks like when the seller delivers the service.
When it comes to buying links on Fiverr, here’s my advice to you: look for a small number of medium DA PBN links. The reason?
Most of the high DA links are nofollows because it’s public places where you can submit text and links. Web 2.0 like wordpress.com, blogger, tumblr, etc…
Think about it….
If someone had access to a real high authority site like Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, they wouldn’t be peddling link for a mere $30.
In fact, last time I checked those kind of high Domain Authority REAL links cost upwards of $1000.
If a seller provides real backlinks that will ramp up your rankings, it’ll probably be a smaller DA pbn network that themselves own.
If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment below!
Hi! My name is Kenta. I’m an internet marketer. I love business and programming. I hope that you’ll join me on this journey to internet success. If you have questions or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out via the contact form!