We’re on the same page. I simply noticed that there is more competition in my category this last six months, and Fiverr is doing more to expose some of the newer people in the searches.
That means people who used to always be at the top are not shown quite as often. (But they generally have both word of mouth from existing clients AND social proof of their value…)
My gut says they want to see how a new person does if people know about them. Sometimes someone new to Fiverr has extensive experience before joining Fiverr so the newer systems tend to give them a chance for a short while, and if they do well, they can climb up faster.
(All just my theories…)
It’s always possible someone new is actually better than me, but I have some incumbent advantage, so they are creating more exposure for the newer people to see how they do. (Side note: Only being here 15 months or so, I still think of myself as on the newer side…)
I also think the site is changing, and some categories that did well in years past will be less important to Fiverr over time. It’s possible VO is hot this year, and cools next year -OR- becomes more important.
All categories can’t be equal, and if “Business writing” (pick a category) becomes one of the top sellers, Fiverr will focus more on it and put less energy into something else. They are going to go where the market is larger over time, and what we did in the past may not apply in six months or two years.
BTW - No different than most other freelance sites, or running out own sites. A site can be hot for a few years, then fade as competitors come into the space -OR- the masses decide to look elsewhere for other products/services.
What I’m clear on is success over the last year or three may not be the blueprint for success over the next year or three. That’s the difficult part, and there are no absolute answers. We all take out best shot at predicting the trends.