Here’s why you will get scammed on Fiverr – the marketplace for scams, especially when it comes to marketing and advertising gigs

Fiverr scams… extremely prevalent, especially when it comes to marketing and advertising gigs. We’ve been asked by a client to discuss this and we think it’s actually quite a great idea! Most of us (from upvotes.club) have our own companies as well. We’ve been into entrepreneurship and marketing for a combined total of over 200 years. We know how it feels to be desperate to get exposure for your own business, cause or blog. And then you open this wonderful website named Fiverr, and you see these incredible offers from the people of Malawi, Burundi, Congo and so on:

  • I will bring aamazing trafic from my 2wo million subscriber evry day, envy for competition, only 5$ (also blowjob)
  • I will improve SEO ranking, bring you to #!!!1 on Goggles, make envy for enemy, cash cash cash (it takes long, i dont have internet)
  • For $5 I will create a full website for u, register business, design product, manufacture, makreting, start selling, you keep 200%, just give me $5 now really (P.S. don’t xpect instant resultz!!.))

And so on. And the marvelous thing is that these people will actually have a multitude of 5-star reviews, as if people buy their services and are satisfied.

Then there will be the intelligent scammers, from China/India, and sometimes even US or EU. The titles of these people’s gigs might make sense, rarely even the descriptions of the gigs. But the objective of marketing is to bring you actual sales and we’ve NEVER made any sale with the help of Fiverr. Never! That’s because even the gigs that seem best are simply owned by better bot makers. Bots that will foul you. Bots that have a lower bounce rate.

The value of these gigs is not $5. They actually carry negative value because you’re wasting time with them. You’re not just donating money to scammers and their intermediary, you’re also handing them hours of your life. If they are SEO gigs, they carry a negative value also because as soon as their blog network will get unlisted, your website will get a rank penalty as well!

 

Fiverr is knowingly allowing scams on its website. They might even try to sue us for this reveal. It’s OK, we don’t care, we’ll just sue them as well. I’m sure we have more money than them. But here we go… since they’re supporting scammers, they’re scammers as well. And we don’t give a shit about scammers; we’re willing to fight them. Here’s how Fiverr knowingly allows scams and profits from them:

  • First off, it’s in their best interest to keep the charade going. They take 5% extra on top of the payment from the buyers and 20% from the sellers. This is a lot. So the seller has to offer you a service worth $4 minus withdrawal fees, while making sure he pretends to give you more than the competition for the same money – otherwise he’s not getting orders. Note that the competition is also pretending to offer a real service, so they’re pretending to be better than guys that are already pretending to be good.
  • Seller locations mean nothing. You can choose to have any location displayed, while your billing data is completely different. Almost none of the sellers offering marketing gigs are actually from US.
  • Negative reviews don’t actually exist. No… seriously. Hear us out! First off, the buyer leaves a review first! The seller reads the review and decides on his course of action. He has the upper hand because he’s the one leaving a review last (which is seen as a reply to the buyer, where he can lie his ass off because the buyer can’t reply as well). But if the review is negative he can issue a refund, and… guess what? The bad review disappears! So all those SEO gigs with 500 positive reviews and no negative review are easy to explain all of a sudden. Real SEO and traffic cost a lot more, and yes, we offer all of these on our main page.

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Actually, if you search on Google for “fiverr scams”, there are 176,000 results. Let’s read some of what other people have to say:

This scam was for increased traffic to my website for a month, but the seller was supplying junk traffic. I called the gig off early and Fiverr gave the scam artist the out and removed my negative rating and removed my warning to future shoppers.

– Matt on the Marketing Ideas 101’s blog

 

Don’t trust the SEO advice outlined in the description of any gig. They are just trying to sell the gig. And you have to consider the source as well. If a gig provider is really able to “Guarantee First Page Rankings for Any Search Term” why would they be wasting their time selling the service for $5?

– oakley56fila on Reddit

 

FYI, I’ve seen many SEO gigs on Fiverr turn out to be scams. They use blackhat practices, and then extort large amounts of money out of you to undo it. If you don’t pay, they get you blacklisted on Google by reporting the very blackhat practices they implemented.

– rand486 on Reddit

 

It’s a joke.
Even when you pay extra for the added services. You’ll be getting low quality fake social media profiles posting stuff out to other face social media profiles.

– rand486 on Reddit

 

You have zero time and no money and want results? What fantasy world are you living in?
The automated shit you find on Fiverr is more likely to get your website de-indexed than to help it.

– NakedAndBehindYou on Reddit

 

I can guarantee you that all the gigs that claims on first page of Google are clear scams. I have tried several gigs and no results at all!

If you are getting some results this is due to your previous seo or quality of your articles…etc. Don’t think these sellers can bring you any good result! All of these scam artists use bots to generate bulk links. Don’t be fool to believe that they will build hundreds of manual links for 5$ or even for 50$. All are bot generated links!

Since they claim the results come at least after 1-2 months, According to Fiverr rules you are not able to claim a refund either! or at least Fiverr will not allow you to post a negative review after 30 days!

If you search the gigs for the term ‘seo’ you can find these gigs among top results!

– jimmykrimson on their own damn forum

 

When it comes to Fiverr, you’re looking at a world of hurt if you’re expecting quality work. Let me revise that statement a bit – there is a huge hill that you have to climb to find someone who’s anywhere remotely what you’re looking for.
[…] If you’re selling your time how much do you really expect to make? The people who make money on Fiverr have built systems and software to accomplish requested tasks almost effortlessly.

– Jay Soriano on his blog

 

As an experiment, designer Sacha Greif took Fiverr up on their offer and ran a project through the service, only to find that many of the portfolios presented were full of other designers’ work, and the delivered logos were knocked off from somewhere else.

– Steve Douglas on The Logo Factory’s blog

 

Bad Gigs:

  • Real social media followers
  • Any sort of backlinks for SEO purposes
  • Submission gigs (press releases, infographics, document sharing sites)
  • Blog or social media shares with a huge audience
  • Business plans, financial advice
  • Anything that you know can’t be done for $5

– Ryan Stewart on Sitepoint’s blog

 

I was hired to write a 75,000 word novel, a $560 job.  The client was so happy with my work, she gave me a 5-star review and asked me to do more large projects. Suddenly, account BANNED by Fiverr

– atuckerit on YouTube (actually here, just read the comments if you’re not convinced yet and you need more information on Fiverr scams)

 

How can one even take Fiverr seriously after this: searching for “magic” on Fiverr, finds some of these pearls:

  • I will banish and remove black magic for $5 (191 reviews, average rating 5)
  • I will cast a LOVE spell with Blue Magic for $5 (58 reviews, average rating 5)
  • I will balance your health using Body Talk, energy work for $5 (1055 reviews! average rating, of course 5 – everybody is perfect on this website)
  • I will heal your mindbody for rapid selfhealing for $5 (35 x 5 stars)
  • I will cast a powerful MONEY attracting magic spell for $5 (231 x 5 stars)

So… there you have it. From retards. Through retards. For retards.

 

Except this one, this one is for real:

  • I will cast an extremely POWERFUL Kabbalah Spell which will make your wish come true for $5 (3328 reviews x 4.9)

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Comments (2)

  • Eli Reply

    Thanks for this great article, good job 🙂

    September 28, 2016 at 10:18 AM
  • Poor Guy Reply

    I wish I read this earlier. Not that I lost a lot of money on fiverr, but my time.

    I wanted to tell people about my recently started site so when I visited fiverr to find something else and saw all these social marketing gigs on fiverr, I thought what the hell, it is only $5 and they promised to share my link with a lot of people.

    Though their promise looked too good to be true, I did not care, it is only $5, right?

    In the first few hours after they said they started the campaign my site started to receive visits by 34 new users in total which was already something (compared to the 0 visitors I had), so I thought, this is great. The Google Shortener Analytics page they gave me showed more than 700 clicks already, the distribution in the platform / browser was similar to what my analytics showed. I was dumb to leave a good feedback at that point, before I looked into the numbers more closely. I realised that these 700 clicks actually came from 34 users only and the bounce rate is 100%, all the sessions were 0 second long. A real human can’t even read the title in 0 second…

    November 29, 2016 at 6:04 PM

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