I think I chose proper category to post this and hope someone from Fiverr will see this! The same time this is my protest against Fiverr rules! Don’t get me wrong, I like fiverr a lot so take this as a suggestion, not real protest!
So I completed over 1.000 orders with 100% feedback (only 2 thumbs down for which I can even give proof they are not reasonable) and contacted fiverr support about becoming top rated seller and do I need something else to do to make my dream come true!
And I just got answer like this:
"Sorry, but your Gigs don’t really fit with what our editors are looking for in Top Rated sellers at this time. :("
First I was thinking like: "Ok, There are a lot of really amazing gigs on fiverr, creative, beautiful, funny, strange, unique, etc… My gigs are just about selling guest blog posts, they have right, I do not qualify!"
Then I did a small research to check about other top rated sellers in my niche. Then I realized that a lot of people offering “rubbish” and even illegal services are top rated sellers.
So my niche is “internet marketing” and “search engine optimization” - building backlinks. A LOT of fiverr gigs on that topic and a LOT of top rated sellers. What I do for $5 is that I (my sister - writer) writes a review or guest post about buyers desired topic and without “overpromoting” put a link to buyers website/product. Anyone in internet marketing business will know that guest posting is one of the top popular techniques and used by top class websites. Of course my blogs are not top class but what people get for $5 is what they cannot find online for less than $20 comparing my blogs to what is usually sold at forums and also here on fiverr!
1 - Who are top rated sellers and above me:
- People who sell services like xrumer and senuke link blasts - using software to make thousands of blog comments and forum posts.
- People who offer youtube views like 10.000 or facebook likes/shares/friends or tweets or google pluses!
- People who will offer thousands of other links just for $5 in 1 day like backlink pyramids or linkwheels
2 - Categories and logic ?
Recently fiverr introduced categories and one of them is “online marketing” with subcategory “blog mentions”. So if there is such category I expect logically to have top rated sellers in it. So why I could not become one of the top rated sellers in “blog mentions” category if that exists?
Let’s make it clear. I am happy that I sell like 50 gigs per month. I also do not have problem with people selling above mentioned things because it is a buyers choice to pay for that or not, fiverr just connects them!
So, this is like a suggestion. I agree if fiverr tries to promote unique and really amazing gigs and I admit my gigs are not amazing. But in that case they should “clean up” a bit their top rated sellers base and remove other people from my niche and give it a fair chance to everyone
p.s. I hope I will not get banned because of this, I just wanted to share my honest opinion in order to help fiverr and also me!