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Based on what I’ve read in the Forum, Out of Office can harm your ranking and kinda drag you down for a little.

I would suggest pausing your gigs or extending the delivery time! Hope you feel better soon :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Based on what I’ve read in the Forum, Out of Office can harm your ranking and kinda drag you down for a little.

I would suggest pausing your gigs or extending the delivery time! Hope you feel better soon :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Thanks @krheate. I’ll pause them 😀

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If you think you can’t totally work I guess it is better to take a break (Health first)

Rest if you think you can work just change your delivery time e.g if you used to do some work in 1-2 days make it 4-5 this will keep gigs live. If you go out of office or pause gigs then they totaly disappear

So your take on if you can manage just increase delivery time.

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Increase delivery time. Pausing gigs makes them disappear from the ranking and there’s no warranty that they will come back in the same position

Doing anything to your gigs (like editing them) will temporarily move them around in the search results. However, it’s definitely better than going OOO.

FYI, as I stated above, I got this info from reading in the Forum- specifically from this post: Went from Top Seller Evaluation to ZERO - #17 by eoinfinnegan

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Was just about to comment here but yeah - OOO seems to do something that isn’t good for ranking. I paused my gigs and was away for almost 9 months but when I came back and unpaused them, my gigs have been ranking as well as before. No guarantees this isn’t a fluke or some other reason but I remember that when I used OOO for even a couple of days, it definitely affected rankings for some time.

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I was seriously ill off-and-on this past year.

I went Out of Office frequently.

It didn’t seem to have a negative impact and allowed me to get well without the added stress of trying to explain to Buyers that I wasn’t really at the point where I could provide top quality service.

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I’ve written about this before, so apologies to the regulars - but it might be useful to hear.

Whenever I’ve used Out of Office mode (usually a couple of times a year), I’ve found it can take two or three weeks each time for my account to start to recover in terms of volume of orders and messages. But recover it does. However, the peace of mind that comes with OoO is that it is like shutting the front door behind you. People can’t hassle you and expect replies.

I have also paused gigs in the past, and in my opinion the effect of pausing gigs is a little more unpredictable. I’ve had gigs spring back into life the moment I’ve un-paused them and I’ve also had once successful gigs (100+ orders) never do anything again. However, pausing gigs won’t stop existing and previous clients from messaging you.

A half way house would be to extend your delivery times, this way your gigs stay in the search but buyers will hopefully be put off ordering because you’re stating 20 days for a one hour service for example. However, you will still need to service your account by responding to messages etc. In other words it doesn’t allow you to switch off from Fiverr.

I wish you a speedy recovery. If you’re likely to be out of action for a few days, then consider extending delivery times - if you’re likely to be out of action for a couple of weeks or more then I personally would opt to use OoO mode.

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I recently used OOO for almost two months due to a health issue. I almost didn’t get back in time to keep my 60-day ranking high enough. Yikes! The gig ranking did disappear, but didn’t take too long to come back. It took about one week this time for orders to start rolling in again.

Best wishes to you!

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Trying to do VO while sick or with a shot voice will obviously show in a recording and doesn’t do anyone (particularly you) any good.

Pausing your gigs is debatable as the safest choice, but extending delivery times is the long-term solution if ever you are briefly under the weather.

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