So I own a small but steadily growing agency in Toronto. One of the bread and butter components for us is SEO. I have been doing Fivver on the side since Oct for some extra cash flow and have already made it to level 1 with level 2 on the horizon. I have had a lot of people reach out to me for my SEO gig with the same issue. The issue is that they have had 2-5 Fivver “SEO experts” work on their SEO before me without any results.
Every time I take a look it’s the same story. The Fivver seller is charging dirt cheap prices for their service and providing the customer with low-quality backlinks that don’t create any positive results at best and hurt their rankings/penalize them at worst. The thing with top-tier dofollow backlinks is that unless you have some new super high-quality content you won’t get them for free. The common method is that the agency you work with has connections for these links in the form of press releases, blog features but the links aren’t free they cost hundreds of dollars. The agency’s job is to make sure the onsite SEO, and the content being released through press releases, blog features are SEO optimized. This is why legitimate agencies charge anywhere from $600-$5000 a month for SEO services.
On Fivver I market my service by pricing it fair for the work I personally have to do and letting the client know beforehand how press release and blog feature charges work and that they will have to be prepared for those costs if they want to really secure a top ranking. Of course, there’s a lot of deals I don’t close because many people using FIvver simply don’t have the budget for real SEO work but honestly, I’d rather lose a sale than waste someone’s money without providing any results.
I guess the question I have is what will Fivver do to get rid of these sellers that are selling people terrible backlinks and SEO that is really hurting buyers as they are starting to flood the Fivver market? You can’t really penalize the sellers as there is never any level of guarantee with SEO. They also tend to get good reviews because they show a chart showing all these backlinks to their clients upon completion and the novice client usually doesn’t understand that these links have no real value. Some of the work I have seen is stuff one would to do hurt a competitor’s SEO and these sellers are selling it as SEO optimization. I think the only real solution would be for Fivver to somehow educate users on the basics of SEO and how backlinks work. This way users can be more careful when picking out an SEO provider to work with. There are tons of good legitimate SEO providers on Fivver from what I have seen. However, they aren’t the ones typically getting the orders as their pricing seems high to buyers compared to the shady sellers.
Let me know what your thoughts are? Did you have a bad experience with a Fivver SEO seller? Did you have a good experience with a seller?