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Links from statistics websites

I saw a gig over on Fiverr that caught my eye.  For those of you who don’t know about Fiverr, it is where anyone can offer to do anything (almost) for five dollars.  It’s a bit like The Dollar Store of online services.  You can get some amazing deals on Fiverr – stuff you would expect to pay $25 for.  Or $50.  Or even $100.  You also get some blatant scams.

Some great deals.  Some rip-offs.  But either way, five dollars isn’t much.  Like I said, it’s like The Dollar Store.

The gig that caught my eye was:

I will submit your main domain URL to well over 5000 statistic sites. How This Works. I will submit your URL to various statistic sites. These give a value of your site/blog, and also provide a free link back to your site. My software sends your URL to over 5000 sites which gives you that many one way backlinks and Rapidly gets your site indexed by Google! I will send you a text doc to prove works done too. Order now and get indexed.

Anything that generates hundreds or thousands of links automatically can’t be particularly useful for a professional SEO campaign.  But it did occur to me that a few of these sites might be useful, and the links would most likely be either the domain (some with www, some with http, some with both, some with neither?) or the title tag, so not the usual keyword style links you see in blog comment spam and forum profile spam.  And not from the type of sites my clients would usually get links from, so perhaps it would add a nice little variety to a site’s link profile.

With low expectations and high curiosity, I laid down my five bucks.

OK, first off I must say that I did not check through the full list of 7861 entries (representing 36782 sites?  I think there was a typo), but with domain duplications taken into consideration,  it is still likely that the promised 5000+ were delivered).

The first thing I noticed were how many of the statistic sites were obviously scraping results from Google, Yahoo, Bing and most of all Baidu (If you think China wants to buy up all Western real estate, what does this say about China’s hunger for Internet property?).  To be expected, I suppose, but irrelevant to this review.

I checked through 3 dozen entries, being careful not to duplicate any sites.  I guess my first disappointment were how many came up dead (sites were for sale, 404 error pages, server would not connect, etc.) – nearly half.  But I suspect that for five bucks a gig, nobody will bother to check 5000 sites for deadwood (although, maybe the software should be set up to remove dead sites).

My second disappointment were how many of them did not link to the domain they were reviewing.  They tended mostly to link internally to other pages about the domain in an internal web of sorts.

Did the gig live up to the promise of “over 5000 sites which gives you that many one way backlinks”.  Not a chance.  One of the pages gave a NoFollow link.  Another gave a link from a secondary page (which might have been one of the 7861 entries that I did not check).  Although the sample size is too small for an accurate extrapolation 36 site, or less than one percent of the total – it implies that the site did get over 280 new backlinks, from new pages on established sites.  Even if I am off by 50%, that is still 140 links for $5, with at least a couple of the links probably reasonably good.

Five bucks for 140+ links that took me just a few minutes to order (and a couple hours to blog about, but that’s another story).  I would say that it is worth it.

But there was another residual benefit, too.  A few of the statistic sites (2, 3, 4? – I didn’t keep track)  linked to various authority profiles that link back to your domain.  For instance, a profile on Surcentro.net will not link to your website, but it will link to your profile at:

  • Alexa
  • WayBackMachine
  • Robtex

And each of these links back to your site.  So we can assume that at least another 140 links have been built to your domain’s profiles on authority statistics sites that already link to your site, and that is also a worthwhile.

Would I use this gig again? Yes. I wish more Fiverr gig sellers would cut the hyperbole and be more accurate about what they are offering.  But inaccuracy aside, I would call this gig a worthwhile addition to a comprehensive link-building campaign.

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20 Responses to “Links from statistics websites”

  1. emory @ clickfire (11 comments) Says:

    I’ve seen these in fiverr. Some of those statistics sites are pretty classy and who knows, maybe have a chance of getting scraped or landing you on bigger and better sites.

  2. Ileane (8 comments) Says:

    David, sounds like you got what you paid for. I haven’t used Fiverr yet, but this was a good deal. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Graeme (1 comments) Says:

    Did you check how my of these sites already had a link to yours? If I search for any of my domain names I get lots of these that I have never asked to list me.

  4. David Leonhardt (122 comments) Says:

    Good point Graeme. I guess there is no way really to check that…without spending a couple hundred dollars of my time to do so.

  5. Jayne Kopp (4 comments) Says:

    Hi David, I must say I am surprised that you though these ads offering a high number of links are worth while. I too was curious a few months ago and thought I would give things a whirl for one of my affiliate sites.

    Haven’t noticed any increase in back links yet… but like you I thought for a “fiverr’… what they hey!

    Glad you checked it out… nothing ventured nothing gained!

    Jayne

  6. Robert (4 comments) Says:

    Interesting topic.
    Isn’t it a problem if there are 140+ links suddenly added to your link profile? Maybe you can give an update about the ranking changes of the site in question in a few weeks time.

  7. Ming Jong Tey (3 comments) Says:

    I have tried a couple of Gigs in Fiverr mainly in link building and I am quite happy for what they provide. I think the important thing is to check their rating and feedback from others so that you won’t waste your $5 (is still money).

    To be, this stat based links will only help you to index faster. It is extremely useful for a new site, as it can do the magic to help you to get index within hours! However, from SEO point of view, I wouldn’t use those…

    Cheers,
    Ming

  8. symptomes grossesse (1 comments) Says:

    Ya I have seen some free software doing the same, its basically submit site to alexa,quantcast..

  9. Is It Down (1 comments) Says:

    Fiverr is such an awesome site, thank you for showcasing it here! I had never heard of it, but there are some great deals on there that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Thanks again!! :) -Laurie

  10. Daniel Snyder (3 comments) Says:

    David, thanks for giving an accurate view on what a few links may be worth. There are so many SEO scams on fiverr it is hard to know how legit some services there are. In addition there are so many so called SEO’s that know little to nothing that they will still give a positive review to a scam because they think it provided them some value… little do they know.

  11. Eliz (2 comments) Says:

    Thanks for this review, I’m looking for a fiverr provider to do the same for me, only so far I’ve come across many that don’t provide accurate reports or offer links that have absolutely no value. Anyone knows what kind of software submits to statistic sites?

  12. Harv (1 comments) Says:

    Hi Dave,

    I had actually been looking at some of these as well on Fiver, but was hesitant since i had heard that many of them did not live up to what they claimed. My concern was getting sites of low quality and then being slapped by Google.

    I would be interested in hearing whether your rankings were actually raised or not. Are you planning on following up with another article or have you already?

    Thanks

  13. Sri Gopal (1 comments) Says:

    Thanks for the great review on the backlinking offer in fiverr. I just came across that site and was worried to buy the offer or not. But after reading your article, it looks like it is worth our money. I will surely buy some of the offers and see how my site move up the page ranking.

  14. ryel35 (1 comments) Says:

    I am not sure if I will make use of the services but some says Fiverr is extremely useful for newbies who need some good work done cost effectively.

  15. kayal (1 comments) Says:

    Why don’t the backlinks from the statistics sites show on google webmaster tools?

  16. Mike (11 comments) Says:

    @kayal
    i know that problem. you should consider different tools to make sure you are up to date about your backlinks. try yahoo site explorer as well.

  17. Tina (2 comments) Says:

    Hi,

    I found this blog the other way around lol. I saw a gig that promises to submit your page
    to 1 million statistic sites and “search engines”. Although, I think some little traffic can come in over time (some people do read such sites and use micro search engines), I consider these links FFA-links, and build a ton of them in 1 day may harm your page. I was looking for others who had experience with it… I really would enjoy if one gets the gig and reports here the outcome :)

  18. Smuggecko (2 comments) Says:

    I use fiverr alot, both as a seller and buyer. There are some amazing gigs going and one thing I found very useful was / are the dofollow backlink gigs. For the most part your link gets dumped on a spammy page. However, every 3 gigs or so you get a very high quality pr5+ link. Which you can they follow back to the source and use that site yourself for future link building.

  19. Randy Pickard (1 comments) Says:

    David – I guess I would be nervous that having a high number of low qualty links show up suddenly will not look very natural to the Google algorithm. I doubt it will do much harm, as if so, it would be a tactic that could be used on competitors, but I question whether you even get $5 worth of value from the links. However, you certainly got $5 worth of value from writing an interesting post based on the experiment.

  20. Mac SEO Tips (1 comments) Says:

    I’ve NEVER seen running WhoIs/Lookup blasts ever ‘hurting’ a site – even on a brand new domain. EVER. So paranoid thinking about what ‘Google might think’ or ‘links too fast’ isn’t warranted.

    They help get it indexed (ah, but Ranking is another matter…), produce some verifiable low-ball back links, and in a best case scenario — will Extract and Display your site DESCRIPTION so the lookup results actually contain meaningful keywords and phrases Organic searchers might stumble upon. Most don’t.

    The problem with these lists of thousands of WhoIs/Lookups is that only about 100 matter. Several FREE submitters are out there, and they all seem to use the same bloated lists mostly filled with Chinese sites.

    A few of the Top 100 have surprisingly strong PR and may actually OUTRANK your own domain until you build enough link authority to your homepage. But in the end, ALL of these will get shoved down or out of SERPS.

    Lastly, none of these WhoIs/Lookups seem to handle DEEP inner-page links. But some do parse SUBDOMAINS properly. So if you have, say a something.blogspot.com blog or a Web 2.0 Profile like me.hubpages.com you can run them through.

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