Fiverr PRO badge gives you the front row seat in search results. It would take me years to get to the front page on my own, especially considering the service I offer. So is it good for “normal” sellers, of course.
PRO badge means an external talent, so if Fiverr wishes to separate them somehow then that’s fine by me. The problem is that most buyers don’t know that. I bet a lot of them think these are the only PROs and the rest are amateurs. So of course they will flip the switch to show PROs at the top.
If you get 20-30K impressions per month then most likely you’ll still get more orders than regular sellers with thousands of reviews and 5.0 average. Even with 0,1% conversion you’ll probably still make more money than an average Level 2 seller with 5% conversion.
Let your portfolio do the talking. If you’re external talent who has worked with major companies then add it to your profile and showcase your work in the portfolio. Let buyers decide based on your work if they wish to hire you.
So to answer your question about fairness - no it’s not fair. However, that’s the new system so either adapt to it or move out Until my category opens up, I will try my best to improve my chances to get picked.