So I have had several people email me about the new SEO software P1 RankMe by Peter Garety.
I can understand why because this software promises a lot. Peter claims that with the P1 RankMe plugin anyone can create up to 1200 back links to their website for free with just a push of a few buttons. Now having back links to your site is for sure a good thing. It can really increase traffic and it can really help you rank in Google. Because of this I really wanted to test this product. Unfortunately I couldn’t.
Let me explain:
I hit Peter up for a review copy of his plugin about a week ago, which he provided without any issue. However when I was looking at the plugin on my test site I noticed that the reporting only shows the number of back links created. It does not show what sites the back links are posted on:
I felt that knowing what sites your getting back links from is important because not all back links are the same. Back links from dead sites (sites that get no traffic) are not going to be worth much at all because there is no traffic to funnel down to you. Sites from low ranked sites are not going to be much good because Google may not consider the back link of any value. Sites that are banned / deindexed from Google are going to be worthless and back links that are no follow are not going really going to be of much value either.
I was surprised that there seemed to be no reporting in the plugin as to what sites you where actually getting back links from. I mean even if you hired some low quality Fiverr guy to get you back links, they will at least give you a report. But from what I could see there was nothing in the plug in. It just told you the number of back links you got, not where they actually where.
So I asked Peter to send me some links to a few sites in his ‘network’ that P1 RankMe creates back links to. His one word answer was right to the point:
I could not understand this at all. I explained to him that I felt that the plugin was really just the ‘wrapping paper’ and that the real ‘product’ was the networks of sites that people where getting access to. I let him know that it seemed to me that he was refusing to show the real product and that it made it seem like he wanted to hide the network of sites from people.
Now Im not saying that they are bad sites. But lets be honest, why else would someone hide them? In fact if there is no reporting and he refuses to disclose them, how do we even know they exist? Websites are not some secret thing, they are public access, I just could not understand what reason he would have to not disclose what sites these back links where getting created from.
He did give me some less than convincing excuse about how “because you would use it somewhere in your marketing and it would be exposed” (whatever that is suppose to mean) and “either you can sell it with what you ahve or you can’t“. I explained to him that my readers trust me because I go above and beyond to test and that I could not recommend something like this without seeing at least some of the sites in his network. However he refused to budge.
One thing I did notice that I found interesting though is that now that the sales page is up I can see his sales demo. In the video you can clearly see that he does not show the ‘reporting’ (perhaps because if he did people would see how much of a lack of accountability is in there) we can also see the website which he identifies as ‘my blog’ that he is using P1 RankMe on.
So I did a quick look in Alexa about that site which reports that the site has a rank of 926,705 and a total of 14 back links. Basically Alexa reports its a dead site.
Sure Alexa is not perfect, but its a pretty good indication of a sites popularity. Im not sure what site got those thousands of hits that Peter is saying he got from P1 RankeMe is, but it sure does not seem to be the site that is in the sales video.
So what do I think of P1 RankMe over all? Honestly, I dont know. In my mind the WordPress plugin is just the delivery system for P1 RankMe. The real product is the network of sites that you get back links from. Peter refuses to disclose any of the sites in this network and there does not seem to be any real accountability built into the reporting either. We cant know if they will be good back links that will help you or if they will just be useless links from dead / de-indexed sites. Though I tried to convince Peter to give me some of the URLs that P1 RankMe will generate links from he flat out refused.
Personally this is to ‘closed’ for me to want to use it myself. However I wont cut down the product and say its bad without actually seeing it, and Peter would not let me see the ‘real’ product (the network). That’s why I did not do a full review. Instead I will just say be cautious when considering this one.
**If you do pick this up I would LOVE to hear your experience with it, please post in the comments or write your own personal experience review in the newly added ‘forum’ section of this site**