As far as I see, fiverr don’t seems to care much about a good and reliable ranking/placement system. They’ve been testing an algorithm, which sometimes seems to be noneffective (or they wouldn’t be doing this over 18+ months).
Unfortunately, in my opinion, fiverr is doing too much for those new sellers who complain of not having orders, but most of these sellers simply create a gig and wait orders to come (not even a single advertising). It just messed up with the reliability of placements, ranking.
with me, for example, I’ve been the overall best seller in vector tracing category. I’m still getting some good number of orders (due my regular clients), but days ago, my gig was the last placed gig, in the last page of best selling, while most of gigs, with just a couple of reviews were placed in front of mine (some even on top of first page).
It takes me to believe that it doesn’t matter how you perform at fiverr, they are just trying to find a way to do more profits. IT’s doesn’t matter if it affects the overall fiverr quality, but placing amateur and low rated gigs in front, of those who were doing better, isnt the solution.
Fiverr tends to place on top of search many expensive gigs, which is the most amateur strategy to do more profits, when placing a similar gig, beside this for the minimum price.
If fiverr wants to do more profits, they should consider the gigs which CAN “extract more” from an order, ALONG with this gig performance (which now seems to be useless). For example, leveraging the gigs which has the highest final sale (average sales price) ALONG with their performance and rating, instead the initial highest price (minimum offered by a gig) and forgetting it’s performance.
Mathematically speaking, a gig with 20 x $5 orders (all 5 stars) would be the same as a gig with 1 x $100 order (5 stars too).
Sometimes it seems to be a lazy algorithm script, trying to force buyers to order the highest gig, instead encouraging them to spend more than their budget.
A $5 budget buyer will always seeks for a $5 gig, but many times they are willing to spend more. Throwing a $50 gig in front of them wont simply convince them to spend more, will just make these buyers to spend more time searching for the right gig.
Me, particularly, convinced many $5 orders to become over $100 orders. I wasn’t cheating my clients, I just showed them why I had to charge more (due the extra time it would take me, and the finest quality it would become), while some sellers just accept this $5 offer.