Well, I’ve been facing too many fiverr changes along the 4 years I’m here at fiverr as seller, but one of them I just realized now, and also the most amateur change.
Lately fiverr have been changing their algorlithm (more than 1 year), It’s also +/- the time they created PRO sellers.
Today I realized that fiverr placed (again), low rated (in numbers and quality) sellers to be the firsts gigs to be shown at BEST SELLER GIGS (but gigs higher than $5 prices). Also they recently changed the number of reviews (total, and 1k+ reviews) to the number of reviews in the last 60 days.
What both changes have in common? Both obfuscates good and regular sellers with good reviews (in numbers and quality). And many other changes, already discussed in the past which helps to obfuscate good sellers.
I ask me WHY THEY DO SUCH AMATEUR CHANGES? You can call me slow, but just now I realized they are trying to “force” buyers to buy from PROS, instead a regular $5 gig.
We all know the PROs are amazing and they really perform great, but fiverr must understand that they will never (or almost never) transform a $5 budget buyer into a $600 budget, for example, just because they are “hiding” a good $5 seller. Buyers don’t come to fiverr to spend “hundrederrs”. Fiverr brand name doesn’t help this.
Fiverr is messing all the marketplace because a few categories who support PROs.
I support Fiverr keep doing a good develop with PROs, BUT without forgetting the regular sellers.
Clearly fiverr is trying to do more money, but I would respect this if they were trying to do this in a smart way. “Hiding” reular best sellers wont make the profits go up, will make the overall quality drop down.
Honestly, if you enter in an Apple Store, would you buy a $500 iphone, or ar $10.000 iphone, being the difference only in a “PRO label” on it?