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Gigs You Should Consider Avoiding


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Just because a gig is offered on Fiverr.com, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good idea for you to purchase it. Some of the gigs sold on Fiverr are a waste of money, unbeneficial, and even outright dishonest. Some people will do almost anything for $5 - but you may not want to buy these services.

An interesting article that discusses the ethics of buying and selling on Fiverr is visible here: http://fragglesrock.com

Here are several types of gigs that may actually hurt your business, rather than help it:

  1. Guaranteed views or visits. When a service promises 1000 page views, they are sending bots to your website. In other words, these are not views by real people. Yes, this can trick people into thinking that your website is popular (helpful if you are trying to sell a worthless website), but it doesn’t actually provide any benefit if you really want to attract the attention of REAL people. If Google or other systems find out that you are sending fake traffic, it can actually HURT your ranking.

  2. Buying followers or fans. Again, when you purchase 1000 twitter followers, these are FAKE. Yes, they may sit on your twitter account for a few months or a year, but they will never click on your links or buy your products. Do you really think that people will only visit your site if it’s popular? Just tell people that you’re new - and you’ll gain REAL followers just as fast as if you purchased fake followers.

  3. Hiring someone to do a fake testimonial. There are MANY gigs on Fiverr that offer to “be your biggest fan” and discuss how amazing your product or service is - even without using your service. You may be willing to purchase this gig because testimonials sell. And they DO. However, wouldn’t it be better to find a real customer and ask them for a video? Don’t have any customers yet? Give someone a discount in exchange for a review. If your video reviewers promise great things, but you don’t produce, it will hurt your business in the long run.

    Ultimately, I believe that it is unethical and unbeneficial (in the long-term) to buy gigs that are used for the sake of deceiving people into believing something false (such as how popular your website is). People are tired of dishonest big businesses - we appreciate small, honest businesses much more.

    What do you think? Does it matter if you buy or sell gigs for the sole purpose of tricking people into believing something that isn’t true?

    Sheriff’s Note: Off Fiverr links that are not allowed.
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I review books and generally give people a good review (4-5 stars), unless there are grammar issues or super poorly written. Just because I don’t necessarily enjoy the theme or writing style doesn’t mean nobody else will. I am an author too, and I believe (or like to believe) that the said author has poured their heart and soul into the book. I genuinely WANT them to get someone to read their book. I’m sure you would consider that unethical but I don’t. I guess its relative.

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