SEO Help from WickedFire

WickedFire has a lot of link building vendors who do different seo techniques. Some go as far as claiming to have guaranteed results. I decided to test them for a recent project of mine.

For this project, I bought 39 domains in the travel niche. All are exact match domains (EMDs) for their respective keywords which I want to rank for. Keyword difficulty for these keywords are between 45%-60% as computed by SEOMoz’s Keyword Difficulty Tool. All domains have not been SEO’d prior to testing, and only one service is used for each domain, unless otherwise noted. Some services were used on several domains because they allowed for multiple anchors. Domains are renamed for anonymity.

Here are the results:

mohsinmajestic’s Social Bookmarking Service

Paid $12 for 400+ social bookmarks for 4 URLs in 2 working days. The top  sites he submitted to were StumbleUpon, Yahoo Buzz, Diigo, Jumptags, Blinklist, Delicious, Hotklix,, A1-Webmarks. Delivered as promised.

Results after 20 days: G #12 to #6, Y&B #4 to #5, #4 to #5 G #62 to #35, Y&B None to #18 G None, Y&B None to #9 G None, Y&B None

Although 1 domain did not have movement, definitely worth the money.

jr_sci’s Squidoo-Wiki Interlinking

Paid $20 for 4 pages of PLR articles. 2 pages on Squidoo, 2 pages on Weebly. I thought I was going to get Wikipedia pages linked to Squidoo, but no. Misleading claims. Turnaround time was 5 days.

Results after 16 days: No ranking.

Very disappointed with this service. I was expecting it to have more effect than the social bookmarking.

jai_sree_ram’s WTS socialbookmarking 75 bookmarks for $2 dollars

Paid $18 for a total of 600 bookmarks for 3 URLs. 1 day turnaround. Half of the sites are PR0 and less, about 20 sites have good PR. Delivered as promised. Can’t complain for the price.

Results after 20 days: G None, Y&B #15 to #20 G #43 to #44, Y&B None G #172 to #46, Y&B None

Not bad, would have gladly forked over $18 for taking that one domain from #172 to #146 on G.

Andrey’s Profile Link Pyramid

5,000 forum profiles that all point to 200 PR4+ forum profiles that in turn point to your money site. Paid $55 to do this for 5 URLs. 1 day turnaround. Delivered as promised.

Results after 21 days: None G None, Y&B #14 to #15 G None, Y&B #24 to #20 None None

Totally useless. Perhaps profile links could work on some low tier pages aside from your money site?


Paid $20 to this guy in the Philippines. Got 3 sets of each having 16 Bookmarks, 4 Blog pages, 11 Forum Profiles and RSS Feeds. 1 day turnaround. Delivered as promised.

Results after 20 days: G #110 to #107, Y&B #4 to #3

Booster? More like a SERP nudger.

Marc_L’s Article Submission Service

Paid $20 to distribute 1 PLR article to 800 private blog network / WPMU sites and 1500+ PR0-PR6 article directories. Turnaround time 6 days.

Results after 14 days: G #193 to None, Y&B #9 to #8 G None, Y&B #6 to #4

What?? Even got delisted from G? Whatever he’s doing, might be more useful for taking down your competitor’s sites.

Aneekalam’s Bulk Do-follow Blog Commenting Service PR2+

Paid $60 for 250 blog comments using 3 keywords. Healthy mix of PR0 to PR6 sites, but a lot were on the same domains. Only 134 links checked out on scrapebox. 3 day turnaround. had previous SEO applied and was ranking an average of #7 on G, according to G Webmaster Tools. After this it went to #1 on G for the local G server, but not sure if this had to do with it.

Red_Virus’s Social Bookmarks

Paid $19 for 100 social bookmarks. Amit bookmarks only 3 urls per account. Only 90 links checked out on ScrapeBox. He claims a 3 days turnaround time but it took him 6 days to finish mine. No biggie, but pricey for a bookmarking service.

StacyKohlman’s 400 C Class IPs Blog Posting Service.

Paid $50 for posts in 200 blogs with 3 keywords each. Half did not have PageRank, the other half had PR 0. All 200 blogs checked out in ScrapeBox. Turnaround time 7 days.

Used Red_Virus’s bookmarks and StacyKohlman’s blog posting service on the same domain. Used DripFeedBlasts to the blog posts created.

Results after 19 days: G#111 to #130, Y&B #23 to #7

Rankings dropped! Not sure what happened here, but for what its worth, it might be useful to take down a competitor’s site.

masterjani’s gov, mil and edu forum backlinks

Paid $30 for 70 backlinks from 30 edu and 5 gov sites. 29 out of 35 links checked out with ScrapeBox. 4 days turnaround.

Results after 15 days: None.

$30 for nothing? What a disgrace.

Le-Projects 300 Blogs posting service.

Paid $24 for 300 blog posts, all different blogs with unique host IPs. Most are PR0. 7 day turnaround. Sites are timing out upon checking.

Results after 12 days: None  G None to #104, Y&B #11 to #4

Not bad, might have something here.

SteveJobs’ Article Submit – 300+ Approved Article Links – 600 Backlinks for just $20

Results after 12 days: G: None to #119, Y&B #35 to #40

SteveJobs’ Directory Submit – Snail Slow & Standard

Results after 12 days: None

Currently clearing up issues with provider.

OnTheWayUp Super MiniNet

Paid $160 for

5 ezine articles
5 blog posts
5 wikidot pages
5 .EDU articles
5k profile blast

Results after 8 days: G None, Y&B #13 to #8

Noticeable SERP movement right after DeShea sent the notification that the linking was done. Google did not pick it up however as the site does not appear in the top 200.

Ravee1981 – [Dominate Google] 3 Stage Link-Pyramid, 100 Times More Effective Than Link-Wheel

Paid $80 for what is essentially a maze of forum post links and some blogs. Gave him 3 domains to link to.

Results after 12 days: None G none to #119, Y&B #35 to #41

The only benefit was that one of my sites got to #119, if that’s any consolation. Not worth the money.

HOTH2.0 5×5

This is by far the most pricey SEO I’ve spent at $200. Gave the HOTH 3 domains to work on and here are the results after 12 days: G #172 to #46, Y&B None G None, Y&B #24 to #20 G None, Y&B #7 to #8

Got weird results. appeared on Google but not on Y&B. The other two appeared on Y&B. The only difference being was bookmarked by jai sree ram 20 days prior, so I cannot fully attribute the ranking to the HOTH. If the other 2 domains were any indication, the HOTH sucked, or rather, I got suckered.

3 thoughts on “SEO Help from WickedFire

  1. Interesting case study as I spend 4 figures a month on link services at WF and know most of the providers you tested.
    But please don’t judge a SEO service after 8 or 12 days 😉

    A follow up post would be cool!

  2. Hey, thanks for this great review! i believe you have spent quite an amount of money to do that, 39 domains alone already cost more than $300!

    But I was shocked about Red_Virus’s and Stacy’s service. I read from a lot of threads in WF that it gives a very good result.

    Can you kindly provide some latest update since your February 2011 which is when your post is blogged? Maybe like what Eric mentioned, it takes some time to see result?

    Thanks for this great post. 🙂

    – JH

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