I've been a seller on the platform since around December, and have found fairly decent success in my community (story/fanfiction writing). Recently--within the last couple of months--I've noticed that several of the orders I've gotten were marked as 'Fiverr's Choice'. I honestly had no idea what that meant, and had to look it up on this forum to find out what it entailed. Mostly what I found was people talking about how they've been selling for years and never gotten a 'Fiverr's Choice' or wondering how each gig was selected for it. I do not know, but I just want to share right now that even if it's something you want, something you think will help with your gig and increase sales, it can quickly become a nightmare for a seller.
Let me explain: I was very happy to have gotten it at first. It meant that maybe my gig was going to garner more attention, my sales would go up and I would make some more money. But it quickly turned into a situation where I had no control over anything. The review from the buyer is completely private and I can only assume that Fiverr uses it as a way to either boost or all but take your gig off of the main page. You're basically forced into giving a buyer everything and anything they ask for, and while I'm all for that, it quickly became apparent that even if boundaries are being set, a buyer can completely step over that line if you want to maintain that good review.
I had a buyer that wanted a short piece, and I was very excited to write it. I rewrote that piece about eight times for them, before they finally decided that they wanted something completely different, a completely new story, something that I didn't agree to. Not only would that mean all of my time had been wasted, but that also meant they would be getting a completely free piece that they would be free to download and use as they wished. There was and is no way for a seller to cancel an order, and I was on the verge of having an order cancelled (and all my hard work still going to them for the cost of nothing), and I jut knew my review was going down the drain.
I haven't had more than two orders within the last three months. My gig is pretty much not getting any exposure, but today I got yet another Fiverr's Choice order and I am quite scared for what is to come. I'm not ungrateful for the opportunity, just horrified at the lack of support and control Fiverr gives to any of its sellers.
I guess I just want to hear other's experiences and opinions, maybe warn people about this as well. There is no choice to opt out or in and it seems that gigs are chosen at random.