A while ago now, I created a new video/video editing gig. This was going to be my first $100 starting price gig. Strangely, though, it never got listed anywhere in the Fiverr search. As a result, it got something like 87 views for the entire time it was live and no orders.
Thinking that perhaps Fiverr thought my gig video a bit too risque (because of a scene of two ladybirds mating) I deleted this gig. Then I started over, created a new video, new description, and relaunched. Sadly, though, this gig also failed to appear anywhere in the search, even though I created a separate new writing gig at the same time, which was listed immediately. (And which used a similar style of video.)
Anyway, in the end, I decided to simply not offer these gigs on Fiverr. However, now I have noticed something very odd.
Being nosy, I searched the other day for ‘real estate videos,’ just to see how flooded Fiverr was with sellers selling the exact same stolen video templates from Video Hive. (For people whom don’t know, I used to be a very successful legitimate real estate video seller, before being suffocated out of the market by such sellers.)
Surprisingly, I quickly realized that the majority of my old competitors are no more. Also, now just 6 pages of search results appear, whereas my gigs used to appear as far back as page 10 or 13.
Remembering a couple of my top competitors’ usernames, I then decided to search for these to see if they were still active, and then things got interesting. This is because my top old competitor is still active and all of his old gigs appear as usual on his seller profile page. They just don’t appear anywhere in the Fiverr search. Also, his last delivery was apparently 2 months ago.
So… Could it be that Fiverr now removes sellers from the search without even notifying them? i.e. A gig has been flagged or a gig is considered not in Fiverr’s editorial policy and is removed but not actually suspended?
Given the cull of my old competition, (or at least most of it). I am thinking about relaunching one of my old real estate video gigs when I have time. In this case, I guess I’ll see then if it gets listed or not. (And there will be absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t). In the meantime, though, if you have gigs which have suddenly stopped selling, it might be worth checking to see if these are actually still listed.