I saw this new product called Search Engine Sniper appear on Clickbank so I thought I would take a look. I am always cautious with sites like these because I think they might be a scam. I like to keep an eye on the latest “make money online” sites that appear, so I can keep track of any possible new methods that may or may not be worth trying.
* At the time of first looking at it, it seems to be a rough first draft of the page, because it has “Your Name” written where their name should be.
When I first heard the name “Search Engine Sniper”, it reminded me of Google Sniper, which you definitely should not buy. In fact, you should probably stay away from anything with a word like “Sniper” in its title. Why? Because it suggests some kind of secret technique or loophole, which Google will eventually catch onto.
At the top of the sales page is this eye-catching headline:
Well, there’s nothing too outrageous stated there. There are no exaggerated earnings like “Make $4,567 tonight in your sleep” like you often see with these kinds of sites. There’s nothing unreasonable about getting a lot of traffic from Google for free. People get a lot of traffic from Google for free every day.
But further down the page, it becomes clear that this technique is all about backlinks. They talk about “Article Linking” and “Link Hotbeds”. This is worrying because it’s worth reading what Google says on the subject of links:
So if you are buying a guide which teaches you how to do Article Marketing as a way of getting backlinks, you are skating on thin ice. It’s possible that it may improve your rankings in Google, but there’s also a high chance that at some point in the future Google will decrease your rankings because of the links.
Do Backlinks Still Work?
Recently, Kyle, the founder of Wealthy Affiliate, a popular internet marketing training, and community site, had this to say on the subject of backlinks:
So, to buy a guide which focuses largely on how and where to get backlinks is at best useless, and could possibly harm your website in the future.
Is Search Engine Sniper a Scam?
It really depends on what your definition of scam is. I am not going to buy this guide myself to find out for sure because I don’t want to be shown how to get backlinks. It could well be that the techniques taught in this guide do work at the moment. Also, I could not see any evidence of upsells, and there are no outrageous claims to unrealistic earnings.
However, it does concern me that this guide seems to teach you how to get backlinks when Google has clearly stated that they don’t want you to go getting fake backlinks.
You see, backlinks are fine if they are natural and occur because your content is great and therefore people naturally link to your site. But deliberately trying to get backlinks, Google doesn’t want you to do that, and it has become increasingly better at spotting fake backlinks from genuine backlinks.
I once saw a video where Matt Cutts from Google said something like it’s getting to the point where it’s actually better just to have a great website, rather than try to trick Google into thinking you have a great website. I’m paraphrasing there, but that’s pretty much what he said.
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Anyway, thank you for reading my mini review of Search Engine Sniper. If you have any comments or questions, why not post them below.
All the best,