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Have you changed much about your service in the last 10 years?

What do you offer now that’s different to before?

Have you edited gigs in the past year or two?

Fiverr has changed massively in how they do things, from appearance to how gigs are shown. If you haven’t adapted to these and taken a look at your approach, you really need to. I feel this complaint is going to be very common soon. Fiverr and the world have changed since you began here (For context, Instagram was founded in 2010).

I too would recommend reading through ALL of that post linked above including comments to get your mind thinking about what you should do.

Yep, all my gigs are updated every 6 months to a year to keep them current. I use every single area that I can filling up the full word count, using the 3 spaces for gig graphics and also the 2 PDF slots which most people in my category rarely use.

Updating, keeping my gigs relevant, offering extra things every month for orders I do all of that. Whatever is happening on Fiverr it is 100% outside of anything that I am doing on my end.

I probably wouldn’t be in business on here if I just didn’t update things in 10 years 😛

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Just wanted to thank everyone for their replies. I picked up a tad at the end of the month and some switch was turned on so I can promote my gigs now, which has helped with that thankfully.

While business isn’t the same as it was a year or two ago, it’s really nice to have so many people on here who help and respond to a topic 🙂 It’s one of the reasons why I love this site so much the community of awesome people 🙂

Cheers to you all! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Just wanted to thank everyone for their replies. I picked up a tad at the end of the month and some switch was turned on so I can promote my gigs now, which has helped with that thankfully.

While business isn’t the same as it was a year or two ago, it’s really nice to have so many people on here who help and respond to a topic 🙂 It’s one of the reasons why I love this site so much the community of awesome people 🙂

Cheers to you all! Have a wonderful weekend!

What do you mean by pick a tad?

Can you please share your experience so we can learn too.

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Yep, all my gigs are updated every 6 months to a year to keep them current. I use every single area that I can filling up the full word count, using the 3 spaces for gig graphics and also the 2 PDF slots which most people in my category rarely use.

Updating, keeping my gigs relevant, offering extra things every month for orders I do all of that. Whatever is happening on Fiverr it is 100% outside of anything that I am doing on my end.

I probably wouldn’t be in business on here if I just didn’t update things in 10 years 😛

Updating, keeping my gigs relevant, offering extra things every month for orders I do all of that.

Good - it always amazes me to see how many people just go with a set-and-forget approach

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On 5/29/2021 at 3:36 AM, eoinfinnegan said:

Good - it always amazes me to see how many people just go with a set-and-forget approach

Yeah I was really big on that in the beginning, making sure you use every single line of text or making sure you fill up your gig profiles with information is very important 🙂

On 5/29/2021 at 3:41 AM, gunawanguan said:

What do you mean by pick a tad? Can you please share your experience so we can learn too.

So for me, it seems like the last say 4-5 months, days 1-20 of the month are extremely slow, I get maybe 1 message a day if that, then days 20-30 seem to pick up to 2-4 message a day. My only guess is that because money seems to be tighter around the country and I mainly focus on book cover designs that the first of the months check is going to bills and then the end of the month people have money to spend on pet projects like their book. I can say also that after promoting my gigs for the past week I have gotten 2 promoted orders.

I don’t think we are going to get back to where we were 2-3 years ago with what is going on now and the economy, so it is what it is. I would suggest to anyone to save as much money as possible for the slow times, specially if you are self employed.

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Well, Covid itself is not the issue.

The problem is that there are a lot and I mean A LOT of people that just came to the platform trying to make money online. Some lost their jobs, others want extra income, etc.

There are way more competitors everywhere, regardless of the category. I am a writer, for article and blog posts there were 19k writers at the start of this pandemic. Now there are well over 50k. So… You can see why there are issues. I didn’t check your profile, so pricing might also an issue, since a lot of buyers are trying to pay pennies on the dollar for many types of work.

Yes and some of those people are shady at best. There needs to be a greater oversight because those types of sellers are pushing out the good guys.

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This has also happened to me. I don't think it's covid related because for me things actually continued to grow during covid and I wasn't even a TRS yet. Over the last 6-8mo, I've seen my monthly earnings drop to about 25% of what they were when I was first upgraded to TRS. I've literally had to basically go back to my day job now because of it. 

I know exactly what is going on. It's a twofold but related issue. The first is that there are just more and more people joining this platform all the time and with fiverr really ramping up their marketing this past year, I'm sure the number of new sellers have shot up. In addition to this, they've also gone crazy promoting top rated sellers. A year ago there were maybe 10 different sellers with TRS status in my category. Now it's like 40 in just a years time. Seems to me the manual process isn't really manual anymore and basically everyone gets' top rated sellers eventually. So to put it simply, fiverr is getting way to oversaturated for anyone to make a considerable income form it because there are just too many sellers. 

I don't know the their strategies, and I know they added fiverr pro (which I will soon be applying to) but personally I do not think what's going on is good for the platform, because it's lowers the perceived average quality of the sellers and their services, it lowers the average price of sales in any given category, and it makes it harder to buyers to find truly good sellers meaning they have a higher risk of having a bad experience because they were mislead by an inappropriately granted TRS status. 

 

I understand and new that over time more people would get to be a TRS, but I think they need to be adjusting the metrics and criteria to account for the fact that the platform is growing, because while I can understand 1 or 2 people a year getting upgraded, in my case they basically tripled or quadrupled the number of people in less than a year. 

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Interesting... I found this topic as I'm having exactly the same issue right now. I've been a TRS for over a year now, was getting 4-5+ enquiries a day to the point where I was turning work away I was so busy. Suddenly 2 months ago it just dropped off a cliff. Now I'm getting 1 enquiry a week, if I'm lucky. My revenue has plummeted to <25% of what it was. Nothing's changed from my side.

This drop-off was so sudden and obvious, it cannot be anything to do with my gigs etc. otherwise it would've been a slow, natural decline rather than an overnight drop, which implies something has changed in Fiverr's algorithm. Either to do with me personally or the site as a whole.

This seriously upsets me after all the hard work building up the business and relying on Fiverr as my main revenue source.

So as of last week I'm focusing on building up my work on other sites and direct marketing to clients, and forgetting Fiverr now. My success on Fiverr meant I neglected my profiles on the other sites but that's where 100% of my focus is now. I'm sure Fiverr doesn't care (which is mad bearing in mind the thousands of dollars they've made off me the last few years) but I do.

Really frustrating.

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