I know that we have had enough rants about how unfair it is that some people get demoted come review day. That said, I haven’t been demoted. What I want to rant about, is why I will definitely be demoted next month and why the new review system now only slowly reduces the overall quality of services on Fiverr.
To start, my present stats are 100%, 95%, and 99%. I was at 100% for orders completed at the end of January. Then, however, I had to cancel 5 orders over the next 30-days, due to people ordering things which I do not provide, the likes of which included:
- An 8-minute video and voice over editing service
- A 12,000-word edit of a document which the buyer wanted to pay $10 for (and definitely no more), due to the fact that they assumed I would only need to replace 500 individual words.
- An edit of an existing Youtube explainer video which the buyer wanted the text changing on, as well as the inclusion of their own logo rather than that of the company it actually pertained/belonged to.
- A full website re-write (and translation) of several pages of Portuguese text.
As for why I will definitely be demoted by the next evaluation date, I just had one buyer place 8-individual orders for multiple 1,000-word articles, which need to be delivered in 2-days. This despite me already advising this buyer that I cannot deliver more than 2 x 1,000-word articles per day. This doesn’t matter to them, though, they just need their work ASAP.
In short, there is simply no practical way for sellers like me to make allowances for the great assumers of the Fiverr marketplace.
It is not possible for me to say “I will make this exact explainer video for $10,” and not have a buyer come along and send me a bunch of After Effects or Blender source files which they want rendering into a completely custom video.
(Also, this is precisely why I got rid of such gigs prior to the new review system).
As for the fact that (apparently) reduced levels don’t affect sales. - Nah, sorry, being demoted by Fiverr isn’t about reduced sales volumes.
My old competitors in the real estate video niche (who just sell stolen Video Hive work) are flourishing as a result of this new review system. They, after all, just need to cut and paste a few buyer details and their work is done.
Given how Fiverr will be slapping a pair of training wheels on me next month, while continuing to let stolen logo, video, and other media sellers flourish, March will be the end of my Fiverr journey.
I respect myself more than to allow myself to turn from a freelancer into a digital sweatshop worker. Much more importantly, I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment. I wouldn’t be surprised in this case, if quite soon, all the new Fiverr rating system results in is a very real talent vacuum and Fiverr becoming nothing more than the Envato Studio Silk Road of the Internet.
Rejoice all ye how do I mek sellers. Thou wilt soon inherit Fiverr after all.