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Hey, everyone, it’s Neil Patel here for another Q&A Thursday. I’m here with Adam from https://viewership.com/.
0:10 This one is from 518 Painters. Thank you again, everyone, for their comments. And thank you, 518 painters. His asking, “Should I pay someone from Fiverr “to do 200 citations for $20 or is that risky “and will Google ding the website?”
0:22 Citations are different than links. Citations are someone mentioning you in an article, but they’re not linking to you. And supposed rumor, there’s been a lot of stats and data on this, which if you get a lot of mentions, it could help increase your rankings. Now, Google’s algorithm is much more sophisticated. When that research first came out years and years ago, I think Moz released it.
1:00 Google’s algorithms have become much more sophisticated where if you get a ton of citations, yes, cool, that’s great assuming they’re relevant. If you go to Fiverr and you get random sites mentioning you, it’s not going to do much for you. The bigger question that you need to worry about is you shouldn’t be using Fiverr at all for anything relating to marketing.
1:15 You want to pay someone on Fiverr to adjust an audio clip, create a song for your girlfriend or your spouse so you don’t have to do something romantic because you’re lazy. I see a lot of people doing that kind of stuff on Fiverr, but never use them for marketing. It’s a great way to get banned. You’re not going to get banned by doing citations on Fiverr because they’re not leaving links, but if you pay them to leave links or you try to get them fake Facebook likes or fake social shares, it’s just going to hurt you in the long run.
1:40 Don’t do it. Don’t use Fiverr. You have to worry not just about Fiverr. A lot of these sites, Upwork, Fiverr, a lot of these crowdsourcing sites that can help you get stuff done for cheap. Look at what they’re doing. You usually get what you pay for. Upwork now has good quality people. You have to pay more for it, but they do have good talent on there, and a lot of people forget that because they’re like, “Aw, Upwork is terrible.” And if you pay 20 bucks or 10 bucks, yeah, you’re going to get sub-par work, same with Fiverr, $5. You can get images modified on Fiverr for dirt cheap, and they could be decent, but generally, don’t pay people for citations, links-
3:30 The point I’m trying to make is eventually you will get caught. Don’t do the short-term thinking. I used to do that kind of stuff because I wanted quick money, and I realized the best way to make money and get the rankings and do well isn’t to do a short-term thing. It’s to do the long-term thing. Because I would do the short stuff, make money, and then it would go away, and I’d be like, “Now I’m off to the drawing board. “I gotta spend more money. “I don’t have the consistent income.” Think longterm. Don’t do any short-term stuff.
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