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The Curse of the TRS Monster 🙀


#3

This does scare me a bit, I’d like to believe that at this point I have enough repeat
buyers and enough ratings where I will ( hopefully) continue to make a good
amount of money, but who knows.
So far I’ve been lucky enough to keep my TRS badge, but once I found out that the
evaluation will be held every month I freaked out a bit.
Then after a while, I thought meh, in the end, if I continue to get sales who cares
about the badge…

but then, it does kinda feel good to have that golden badge and it would s*ck to
see it taken away especially if it’s due to something you can’t control.

I go back and forth between these emotions every now and then.
I guess there is a monster hiding under the bed, and it sneaks out from there and
crawls into my head every now and then.

(I’m going to comic con from tomorrow, I’m hyped up and in the mood to draw :stuck_out_tongue: )


#4

There really isn’t a lot of knowledge here. This post is mainly about questions and curiosities. No need to comment just to write something random. :slight_smile:


#5

Now THIS is an awesome comment! My post was so dry without illustration. THANKS Zeus and have fun at comic con!!!)


#6

No one else has any comments on this thought? I would really love to hear some responses. TRS’s welcome. Ex-TRS’s welcome, upset or not. Level 2, 1 or 0 welcome. If you don’t want to read the whole OP, that’s still fine, this is the crux:

If you were already level 1 or 2 and doing pretty well, do you think there is any risk if you get promoted to TRS? Am I wrong? Are there some circumstances where there is less risk earning good money at level 2 instead of ever getting used to rank/perks of TRS?


#7

Thanks for taking time to write this post and sharing with us.

I agree with you as I have also seen many level 2 sellers getting heaps of orders, while some TRS get few?

The question becomes, why sellers want to be TRS so bad if they already getting the number of orders they want?

Some TRS complain about being at that level, as scammers/low budget buyers increased for some reason?

I think its better for TRS to comment about this and tell us about their experience. Is it really a curse?


#8

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#9

Read your whole post. You mentioned and asked many good questions. I am just going to address random things here and there.

I was level 2 seller for approximately 3 years. Was promoted to TRS on May 2017. So, it really took me a long time to get here.

I personally don’t think TRS badge helps to get lot of sales. Of course, it might help a bit and can get a few orders. There are a few months where I make less compared to what I used to make when I was level 2. But as far as I remember, September 2017 was the best month ever, things went downhill since then. I think fiverr started some sort of testing in the end of 2017 and its still going on…

I won’t say TRS badge is a curse. I enjoy 7 days earning clearance and many other benefits that came with my level. As I mentioned previously, not too many buyers come because of my TRS level but some do mention it when they contact me or in reviews. So, not every buyer but I think a few buyers do notice seller’s level.

I am/was never worried about evaluation day since all my starts are at 100% (or at least far away from red zone)


#13

TRS is nothing to do with sales and I can confirm that because I experienced almost have zero sales for 1 month even I’m a TRS in my category.

You ask why’s that? It’s because fiverr not really make TRS as valuable as it used to be in the old days. TRS even not at the very 1st page of Best Selling. They don’t have their own cool filter like the PRO. What they can get now is ‘worry’ about the yellow badges being taken every 15th of the month, nothing else.

I gonna tell this feel extremely sucks if any thing happen in any sales.
That’s meant you only can lost it, or you keep it but with no any special treatment.

I’m lucky enough to retain my TRS though. Lucky me.


#14

I think the big issue for some is that they see the TRS badge as the goal they want to achieve.
This is not the way I see it - I see it as a mere acknowledgement or “side-effect” of how well a seller is doing. In that way, should I ever lose it, I can put it down to the silly evaluation metrics or whatever and continue achieving my actual goals which are earning money and building an ongoing client list here.
I have said it before - I really don’t see that TRS is SUCH a big deal. I am one of very few TRS in translation and while I am busy all the time, this was the case before I got the badge.


#15

It isn’t much of a difference now to have TRS. Before it was. But again, even when I was level 2 I was doing fine. And when I became TRS, first few months there wasn’t any difference. Only in 7 days clearing period. Later I was getting more work, but I can’t confirm that this was because of TRS. Also, repeated buyers are always there, no matter about level you have.

My opinion is that TRS now is way different then before. When there wasn’t pro gigs, then having TRS was great.
Also, many TRS (including me) have dry run or even bad month, so that isn’t level related at all…


#16

I think its just that when seller gets a TRS badge he/she thinks - Oh well I’ll get a lot of sales just because badge.
But, when they lose it they freak out because some of them are not used to put in some effort to get sales,like in the time they were TRS. And demotion sure will leave a scar of smaller amount of sales.

That is somehow a curse in my opinion.
Im not talking about TRS in general,just some of them.


#17

I think sentiments like this summarize everything that is wrong with Fiverr at present.

Earning and keeping a TRS badge should be seen as an incredible achievement. More importantly, a TRS badge is the only real assurance that buyers have that they are about to place an order with a high-quality seller who will deliver work which meets their expectations.

Now TRS is starting to be seen as a liability. Namely, because of how monthly reviews are rigged against many sellers.

Rewind one year and Fiverr is a marketplace where anyone can start small and work their way to the top. That’s good. That imbues Fiverr sellers with a streak of competitiveness, gives them an objective to strive for, and gives rise to homegrown Fiverr entrepreneurs who are constantly on the lookout for new ways to expand their business.

Now Fiverr is a marketplace where the prevailing sentiment is one of 'why bother to do any of that? With so many variables outwith of the control of sellers, it does not make sense for any seller to purposefully try and win a TRS badge. If you are a web designer who could lose it again after a single cancellation, being a TRS is of no material benefit.

That’s the TRS monster in the room and its a bit sad really.


#18

Interesting points. I hadnt really considered it that way.

It’s true, I never really celebrated getting the badge and was initially hesitant to make much noise about it because it could be lost the month after through no fault of my own. As it is, I have casually added it to some of my profiles online but not made any reference to it on my gigs or Fiverr profile.

I actually got the badge 2 months after I had decided that I didn’t care about getting it any more so it was more of a hmmph when I actually got it rather than “Yay, I worked so hard to achieve this and this is the fruit of my labor”. I did celebrate making particular monthly earning milestones which were my actual goals but not TRS.
So has the “competitive edge” or the incentive been lost for sellers? You are probably right there when I think about it.


#19

This is exactly what I had in mind.
I got the TRS badge some days before but I didn’t feel like celebrating about it.
I am not crazy about the TRS badge, just focus on improving my services.
A change in badge doesn’t change my attitude of work honestly.
My customer service is just the same and I always deliver the best works I can offer.
Maybe I will share my thoughts some days, but not after I experience and keep the badge long enough.


#20

Congratulations! :bouquet::tada::champagne:

I can do that for you! :slightly_smiling_face::sunny:


#21

It’s very nice of you. Thank you Lorna.


#22

One issue with this is that if someone was level 2 and had good sales, then got TRS and had mildly improved sales plus 7 day clearance and other perks- they won’t see it as a “curse.” If they are demoted, though, and they don’t return quickly to their level 2 income, perhaps it was a curse all along. It is easy to lose TRS nowadays and not easy to regain it. Level 2 is also easy to lose, but you can regain it within 1-3 months with automatic promotion.


#23

TRS, Levels… they’re all well and good, but…

When I became a Level 2 Seller a few days ago, the feeling of accomplishment was there, but it lasted… not nearly as long as I expected. I didn’t have any real expectations attached to my reaching the level; I knew my sales wouldn’t magically increase or anything like that.

What I found out, however, was my new ambition in relation to Fiverr, one which goes to the heart of why I joined this platform in the first place:

Queues.

I can’t help but be thoroughly impressed when I see a Gig with tens or hundreds of orders in queue. It’s advertising all on its own; it says, “You’d be a fool not to get in line (if you need my services, of course.”

That’s what I’m aiming for now: queues.


#24

I never understood why someone would like to have 100 orders in a queue instead of 10 :slight_smile:
If I need a logo or an article then I’d rather hire someone who has enough time for me. I’m not saying they can’t do the job and time doesn’t equal quality, but my personal experience has shown that fast food lines are not really what I’m looking for :slight_smile:

Anyway, this is getting off topic.

Regarding TRS, I don’t see why sellers chase it. I’d rather be a PRO.
You skip the ranking algorithm, you won’t lose it so easily, you get the same benefits as TRS and Fiverr will invest a lot more in advertising your gig as opposed to TRS.


#25

I think this is quite valid and is critical for people who are suddenly facing the fact (unfair or fair is not the issue in this thread) that demotions are automatic. Now, if you were to lose your TRS badge and for whatever reason, your sales dropped by half, perhaps you’d need a few months to regain your income.

I don’t know if that would really happen, some people say it has to them. If it did maybe it would be better to have not had the TRS at all. I guess until a lot more TRS get demoted and report their situations, it’s hard to say.