s_sayan Posted March 17, 2013 Share Posted March 17, 2013 Hello guys. This is the first time I start a thread here in this forum. In fact, it’s only the second time I post anything here in the forum.I am Ray, also known as ‘‘s_sayan’’ here on Fiverr. I am a level 2 seller. I joined the site 10 months ago and I believe I have a lot of experience dealing with buyers and other things here in this site.I started my journey 10 months ago. At first I was just a buyer. I bought a couple of gigs to get familiar with the site. After 15 days learning exactly how the site worked, I decided to create my first gig.To all new sellers all I can say is that don’t get desperate. I created my gig and I even forgot about it. The first 3 weeks I got nothing. After one month I started to get a couple of sales per week. That was great for me at the time. I started to get positive feedbacks, got level 1and everything was going great.After 2 months or something like that, I got level 2. Things started to get better. I was averaging 2-3 sales a day. That is great considering I didn’t have a lot of positive reviews.After 4 months I decided to create a new gig. I thought that one gig wasn’t enough to reach my goals. So I created a new one but the results weren’t as good as I expected.After 5 months I decided to create another one. The results were great. People seem to love that gig. Immediately I noticed sales from the first day.Note that I always choose my keywords carefully. Since I provide SEO services I know how search engines work and Fiverr search engine is no exception. I implemented my knowledge and it worked well with my first and my third gig. However, with my second gig things didn’t work that well. That tells me that a little bit of luck is involved to get visibility through Fiverr’s search engine. Even when you use the best keywords for your gig, and optimize the title and the description, but if you are not lucky you will get no visibility. That’s what I noticed.By the beginning of December I was averaging 8 to 10 orders a day with all three gigs. The first and third gig were getting most of the orders though.By December 15 orders dropped a lot. That’s when I found this forum. I noticed a lot of people were having that issue and I figured it was because of the festivities. Even though I never went through a day without sales. In fact many months have passed since the last day I got no orders. Maybe 5 or 6 months.The first week of January was glorious. Orders went back to normal and by the second week of January I was averaging 15 to 20 orders a day. By the end of January I was averaging 30 orders a day (somedays up to 40!).Finally all the hard work during the past 10 months was paying off. Seems like I was placing high in the search engine. Both, in ‘‘Auto’’ mode and in ‘‘Rating’’ mode. That is because I have a lot of positive reviews and 0 negative. Yes, that’s right, I am proud to say I have completed around 1500+ orders and I don’t have a single negative feedback.Yes, I had a couple of difficult buyers, but I always managed to keep calmed, politely talk to them, even refund them if I had to. Trust me, 90% of the problems with buyers can be resolved talking to them.I have roughly 50 orders canceled. Many of them were by people who ordered by mistake. Some of them were refunded by me or either customer support. I think that is a pretty low cancellation rate if you ask me.If you have any doubt don’t hesitate to reach customer support. Seems like they are busy these days, because in the past the used to reply within one hour. Right now they reply within 5 hours. But that’s still great, and the best part is that they are very friendly and 100% human responses.By February 10 my orders suddenly started to drop. I went from average 30 orders a day to average 6 orders a day. Week after week orders continued to drop. Right now I am averaging 3 orders a day. Some lucky days I get 6 to 8. I think is because some sort of bug with the search engine. I’ve seen many people talking about that in the forum lately.Right now some sellers are having extremely high amount of orders while others like me only a few orders. In the past, the search engine used to be a little bit more fair in my opinion.Even when searching my gigs sorted by ‘‘Rating’’, they are not in a decent place. Instead I find many gigs with less positive reviews, sellers with no level and new gigs taking my spot. And I am talking about when I search by ‘‘Rating’’, not ‘‘Auto’’.I can understand that new sellers deserve a chance just like I did in the past, but I believe the by ‘‘Rating’’ in the search engine should be for the highest rated sellers. Also the search engine in the ‘‘BOOKMARKING & LINKS’’ is not working properly these days. The gigs are not rotating in the ‘‘Auto’’ mode. That is hurting highly rated sellers and new sellers as well.By the way, yes I promote my gigs. In fact, these days most of the orders I’m getting is because of that. But let’s face it guys, promote is great but most of the orders we get are from Fiverr users.By the way, I invest a lot in my services. I have bought 2 computers, one laptop and one desktop for the sake of my gigs. I even have 2 Internet connections. I pay for a couple of monthly services to ensure the quality of my work, etc.All in all, I am very happy with Fiverr. Thanks to Fiverr I have been able to generate a nice income from home. This is my full time job and I am glad I found this site. People seem to like my services and that’s great.I hope Fiverr gets back to normal soon and I start to get my normal flow of orders. Also I know is hard for SEO sellers to become Top Rated, but after 1500 sales completed I still have hope I will get there. 🙂Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading. 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