It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in the forum. I don’t stay as connected as I once did. But with the launch of Fiverr Pro, I’ve been digging around a bit.
After almost five years and thousands of gigs completed (ranging from $5 to $4000), I feel about as knowledgeable as I’m ever going to get about the inner workings of being a Fiverr seller.
I was vehemently opposed to the “stars” rollout. And I still am. For me, Fiverr lost a lot of the fun that made it a great place to work and sell when they launched the 5 stars rating system. It didn’t kill my business (I didn’t expect it to), but my stress level went way up! After stars, I felt like the human connection that I had previously had with my customers went away. I used to make friends on Fiverr. Actual friends that I went out and had drinks with. But there is this subtle difference between being reviewed and being rated. “Is he cute?” is different than “How hot is he on a scale of 1 - 10?”
I don’t want to make this too long, so I’m going to skip ahead to Fiverr Pro (and algorithms and new buttons etc).
Here is a quote from an article about the death of Digg:
“But over time, Digg changed. Redesign after redesign unnerved loyal users. Finally, one new version, v4, was so atrocious that there was a mass exodus from the site altogether. The new site was a disaster both visually and content-wise, as “sponsored links” were thrust onto the front page and users felt like they were being packaged and sold to companies.”
I have so much that I could and want to say. But it’s probably boring and useless. I don’t think Fiverr Pro is a bad idea. But I think the rollout has been extremely sloppy. I personally feel kicked in the teeth. And the game isn’t all that fun anymore.