The more I think about it, the more I feel that promoted gigs are almost certainly a bad thing for sellers. It seems like this system will eventually force everyone to promote their gigs, leading to an endgame in which nobody really gets any priority over anyone else and Fiverr just gets to take an additional 15%.
Think about it - a seller who is currently getting absolutely no business has nothing to lose and everything to gain by activating promoted gigs at the maximum possible level. This will put their priority over sellers who are a little “better,” forcing those sellers to activate promoted gigs as well in order to stay competitive. This will necessarily continue until every seller on Fiverr is forced to either activate the feature or settle for the last rows of the search page. Now that everyone has that extra search priority, does anyone really have that priority? Obviously not. Every seller on Fiverr is now right back where they belong search-wise, except now instead of losing 20% of their revenue to the “Fiverr fee,” they’re losing 35%.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I really can’t see how this works out any other way. Paid gig promotion seems like a great feature at the outset (In fact I think I supported it when Fiverr first floated the idea), but in reality it won’t go well for anyone who doesn’t work for Fiverr.
I’d love to hear what everyone else has to think.