I don’t understand people who aren’t interested in automating something if it can be automated. I have a watermarking template but to open it up, go select and drop in the track I want to watermark, make sure the watermarks are going for the appropriate length of time, perhaps make sure there is no clipping, export the watermarked version, then choose the preview along with the main file when uploading and then choosing the preview file for the preview file in the dropdown—is a lot more work than just uploading the main file. It may only take 3 minutes for me if I’m concentrating. Or I may get stalled indefinitely if I am bored with the task and get distracted by something else. Either way it is a grand nuisance and I think it would be swell if AJ could eliminate the need for it.
This is annoying. I just got three songs rejected at once because:
“The preview has to match the content received in the zip, one way or another.”
These songs are designed to be potentially used in a video game and they have intros and a looping section. All I did was loop the looping section once so that buyers can here how it sounds when it loops. If it didn’t have an intro then you wouldn’t hear the loop properly because there is always a slight pause at the end of previews, and when there is an intro portion then you obviously can’t hear how the looping portion loops.
I don’t get what the big deal is. I carefully explain in my descriptions what the buyer will be getting and how long each portion is. Haven’t other authors done similar things? I have some older songs that have extra loops or alternate versions at the end but I guess they were approved because I didn’t commit the sin of looping the same audio file back-to-back in the preview.
I don’t want to change the previews, I want buyers to be able to hear it loop. There must be some happy compromise that can be reached…?
Have a look at www.dir3d.com. They have a lot of 3D models and textures. I found them while I was doing Google Image searches for textures. Actually I found a texture on another site with no/dubious copyright and used Google to find copies of the same image which lead me to dir3D. I haven’t found any evidence that the items there are illegal. As far as the textures go I have found some of them on other sites also being offered for free. The quality and selection varies on dir3D but some of it is really good stuff. Almost too good… I’m just wondering if it is safe to use for products I want to make for 3Docean or GraphicRiver. Not selling that stuff directly of course, but using them to make other things.
I guess it is too late to get the reward now but I am still wondering, what format do people want these files in? Is this explained anywhere? Do you just provide one big PSD ? With slices? Separate PSDs? PNGs? Sprite sheets with a stylesheet???
How’d you get your stats cyzer? Thanks, miseld, I guess Google Trends can give you a good indication but visitors isn’t quite the same as buyers or $ spent. Revaxarts, how did you make that map?
Well, sound like it wouldn’t hurt to learn German!
Has Envato released any information about where in the world their customers are coming from? It might be useful information for sellers to know.
Thanks Phil, that is a helpful explanation of things. I didn’t know where to look for web stats like that. Actually, I did see a sharp boost in my AJ sales starting in January for some reason, but that pales in comparison to the rocketing sales I have for May thanks to two GR items. At this rate it will actually be worth all the time I spent preparing them! Well, I will keep making music because I enjoy it and I still want to become more professional in it but for the foreseeable future it won’t be a profitable endeavor. 3DOcean seems to be doing the worst for some sad reason. I wish it was better because I was actually trained in 3D graphics, and 3D artists could save tons of time with the stuff on there.
I’m puzzled about something. Recently I made a few items for Graphic River and at least two of them are selling great. I even got a featured item! So I was looking at my items in Envato Analytics and it confirmed something I was suspicious about. My Audio Jungle items barely get any views!
I have only ever had meagre sales on AJ, though I am thankful for the sales I do have. I haven’t felt like it is the quality of my work that is the issue. I figured it is hard to get noticed among the ocean (or jungle, sorry) of music that continues to grow on AJ and I just need to expand my portfolio. Or maybe I was making music that people aren’t really looking for. I decided to make a ukelele, finger snapping, xylophone, toy piano song and it has indeed become my best seller. But then I just casually made a few things for Graphic River and now thanks to them May is going to bring in more $ for me than my previous 2 years on Envato combined!
When I look at the analytics, my stuff on Graphic River has gotten 70 to 300 views on their first day on the market. My music doesn’t get that many views in a month! Now, of course, visitors really want to click on the GR items to see the details whereas music can be previewed from the thumbnails on any page. That could explain a large part of the pageview difference, but then why the huge sales difference?
Perhaps somebody can look at my music and tell me it isn’t really that great. I would like to hear some statistics from an official Envato source about the amount of authors and web traffic and such, per each marketplace. I know ThemeForest is the busiest. What about the others? Has this been posted somewhere? I just read a 7 month old post claiming that AJ is doing amazing and growing a lot in sales, but I haven’t noticed. How do other peoples experiences compare? Those of you who have sold on multiple marketplaces, what is the “feel” you get for each one? I love to make music but it seems like if I actually want to make money on Envato I should concentrate on other things.
Yeah I know they have the Popular Files category but I am talking about something to consider as a sorting option. Popular Files shows all file types mixed together, but it would be nice to have this feature for any category you are browsing. Popular Files is also limited to recent times. Some files could have a high sales rate over all but just not recently.