Yesterday, I was looking to hire some sellers for voiceover (southern male accent) and writing gigs - in particular areas. I’m, actually, quite experienced in searching and filtering for sellers via gig pages.
It was more of a challenge than usual. I got extremely frustrated at the difficulty of finding the right sellers.
I do realize 5r staff is tweaking the site with algorithms and working diligently to fix it. From my side, as a buyer, the filter system made it a bigger challenge than usual. (Sellers, please do NOT post your gigs have disappeared from gig ranking or search).
In the past, using various methods that I’ve honed, I can typically find the right sellers for virtual assistants, writing gigs within the hour, several in fact. Yesterday, I found none.
The sellers that were offering writing gigs were atrocious. This is typical, not a big deal - but they were all on page 1, 2 and 3 (I stopped there). I’m completely lost for words. They had misspelled words, incoherent sentences, gig descriptions were just two or three sentences at best - filter didn’t work. They most certainly weren’t TRS or level 2.
Far as the voiceovers were concerned, at least half on page one had no samples. I won’t speak for every buyer, but I most certainly won’t hire someone without knowing what they sound like.
I tried doing buyer’s request but it’s not getting approved.
This sounds more like a rant, but that is not my intention. I want to make a point that by not correcting the issues at hand few things are taking place.
New, serious, buyers will see 5r platform as an amateur site at best or as a joke. No writer will hire a seller with awful gig and profile description. That’s all they will see on the first three pages and therefore come to the wrong conclusion.
The occasional buyer would be even further frustrated. They are probably wondering why they are having so much trouble this time around. Fact, most don’t read forum where bulk of info seem to come from.
Please do not have hard working sellers, who have built up their reputation as a professional, to be looked upon as anything else.
I was not able to find what I was looking for yesterday. If I gave up after an hour, then a new and inexperienced buyer would have given up long before me.
I highly recommend not tweaking during peak times such as towards the end of the month when most businesses try to finish up and close their monthly sales.