When you go to your gigs, and you select one, you will see that Fiverr gives you the option to limit the orders in your queue. If you hit that limit, your gig will temporarily become ‘hidden’ so that you won’t get any more new orders while you work on completing the rest in your queue. It sounds great, doesn’t it? I thought the same. Until I used it.
I joined Fiverr in January and did the stupid thing of waiting for orders to come to me. While I did half-heartedly advertise on Twitter here and there, things didn’t get going until after my first two orders, both of which I personally brought to this site. It was by the end of March/the beginning of April that I started getting my first ‘organic’ orders, and things picked up from there. From one order a month, to one every two weeks, to one every week, until, in the last week of April and the first week of May, I started getting orders every single day, or even multiple a day. One of such days, I got 3 orders, two of which were 24-hour ones and one of which a longer-term one. I freaked out a little - although it was a happy freak-out - and put the order limit on 3. My gig went hidden, but it wouldn’t be that bad, because it would only be for a few hours… right?
And that’s where it went wrong. From that day forward, I didn’t receive any more messages in my inbox, whereas I’d previously had inquiries on a daily basis. All my orders came from my regulars, until those, in time, left too. My gig completely dropped off the radar. I tried contacting support, but it was during the time that the analytics were gone, so I got a standard “the analytics may be broken visually, but they’re working, and we’re working on fixing it, etc. etc.” All sales I received came from the buyer requests, which I’d just unlocked after reaching level 1.
Now, with the analytics returned and with me still sending buyer request offers every single day, I have had one order in six weeks and have seen my gig impressions bob between 5 and 15 in 30 days. I have since created a new gig for a different service (a service I like a lot less but will provide if I have to) and received several reviews and orders there, but it doesn’t seem to have helped my other gig much.
Has anyone else experienced this? Or did I run into some kind of fluke? Should I create a new gig in a new category that has since popped up, even though I then won’t have the 10+ reviews I’ll have on my old(er) gig (which I would keep up at the same time)?
TLDR: I was becoming a little too successful. I pressed the order limit button. My account has suddenly dropped into the abyss and hasn’t come out yet despite several months passing.
Small note: I do proofreading/editing, a manual job that takes a lot of time. The secondary service I now offer is manuscript critiques. Maybe that explains some things or why I did what I did.