This is in the ranting pot for a reason! Just an FYI before responding to this thread.
I made a post last week about this - more specifically about the statistics of what happened. This one is more of a BEWARE/rant for business owners. Really can not believe what I am seeing to be honest.
June 2020 Joined Fiverr (with experience in my field, just hadn’t used Fiverr)
Aug 2020 - First few orders rolled in
by October 2020 I was getting steady orders to the point where I could barely keep up, but I worked round the clock because of how awesome it was that this quickly became the main source of income for my business and sort of took most of my focus, rightfully so.
August - 4 Completed, Sales $98.50, Tips $40
Sept - 5 Completed, Sales $304, Tips $42.20
Oct - 21 Completed, Sales $4,169, Tips, $129
Nov - 33 Completed, Sales $8,626, Tips $279.18
Dec - 19 Completed, Sales $8068, Tips $52 (purposely left prices higher for holiday weeks to take a “break”.)
Jan 2021 - 18 Completed, Sales $5,164, Tips $102.20 (this is when the holiday earnings completed, hence a little lower)
Feb 2021 - 27 Completed, Sales $7,914.40, Tips $154.40
I have 70 Reviews. 68 are 5-star, 2 of them are less than 5 stars. None of them are 1 star.
I reached LEVEL 1 - as fast as it’s allowed for having an account open
I reached LEVEL 2 - as fast as it’s allowed for having an account open
February 14th I hit all the marks to be ELIGIBLE for TRS - in under 6 months - the fastest it can be done, just as with the other levels (not bragging, just looking at this from an algorithm recognizing standpoint). I know it’s tough to get TRS, and almost NEVER happens during the first few evaluations, but I was excited and feeling confident to be eligible anyway.
During all of these months, I was getting probably 4-6000 impressions per day, approx 110-130k per month on my main gig. I have other gigs also performing fairly well, some are at 2500 impressions per month, etc.
HERE’S WHERE IT GOES WRONG:
- I set Out-Of-Office for my first time ever, as I left for a trip out of state for Feb 20th and 21st.
The OOO expired for some reason on the 21st (morning), so I re-set it to expire again the next day. (During this time I was still answering messages that came in from existing clients, and some new that came in as the Ooo first expired.)
Since coming back from my two out of office days, I have received ZERO messages from new clients. I am on page 7 of the results for “wix website” which previously I was the top 1-3 RESULT in the US. Not just page, but top row of results on the 1st page. For MONTHS.
Since my return from out of office, I delivered and completed 9 orders that were active when I left. I believe 4 of those left 5 star reviews and 2 tips. I am now down to my last 2 delivered/in revision and have NO active orders or messages coming in. TERRIFYING
Guys, I took 2 days off and I never received a message, ever again. I thought maybe it would take a couple days to pick back up. But zero messages in 9+ days. I went from thinking I was about to achieve top rated seller status as fast as can possibly be done, instead came back from my weekend off as a ZERO on Fiverr.
This is terrifying for a business owner. Luckily I have other sources of income at the moment. But many people depend on Fiverr for long term income.
You can go from Level 0, to 1, to 2, thinking you’re about to become a top sller, down to the last page, all in one day.
Yes, in the meantime I have updated my gigs, cleaned up a few things I neglected previously due to time, took a couple of the Learn from Fiverr and Skills tests, etc. I have also launched profiles on many other freelancing sites. I am a Wix Partner with Legend status, etc so I’m really hoping I can grow the other accounts the way I thought Fiverr was growing.
Just wanted to share my terrifying story. If you are suddenly doing amazing on Fiverr, DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB.
I didn’t get banned. I didn’t get warnings. I didn’t violate terms. I didn’t get a slew of bad reviews. I just took 2 days off and disappeared from meaningful search result pages.
Some people said they were moved to page 7 or the last page of results as level 2/TRS before but bounced back after a few days.
I am on day 10, no bounce back.