One of my biggest concerns was the new algorithm. Then a few weeks ago, it changed again and the best rated buyers are in the right place. In other words, the best sellers are in the best placement (on TOP).
I noticed my gig Impressions went up, and as consequence my sales too. I think it’s fair because I went to top not because I had a chance, but because my hard work here.
Till here everything seems to be getting normal again, like always should be (in my opinion).
What does it had to do with this topic?
Because after this change, I saw an action that is becoming usual, in a category I sell (VECTOR TRACING). I see some sellers that seems to be “manipulating” orders to give their selves a lot of reviews, and as consequence growing up in ranking placement.
Some sellers clearly seems to be using a secondary account (as buyer) to buy them A LOT of orders and give A LOT of 5 stars reviews.
Other seems to be asking to real buyers do 10x $5 orders, instead doing 1x $50 order.
Why I’m thinking this?
These sellers I’m watching, they have similar gigs, similar descriptions, similar user names, same country, similar number of consecutive orders (by the same buyer), similar reviews, similar placement, some of the same buyers, similar behaviors.
“So why dont you report to fiverr support”?
I done this hundreds of times, till I got a TOS warning, because spamming support. I’m afraid of getting a new warning, so I’m not reporting anymore.
I dont know how fiverr doest to get these kind of sellers, but as far as I understood, same IP addresses are one of them (which could be easily masked with a VPN service).
When something seems to get fixed, other thing start to goes wrong.
Now imagine if this behavior starts to become usual in the whole fiverr?
It’s becoming harder to compete at fiverr if you are a honest and reliable seller. But isn’t the world the same?