I’ve only been here for about a month, but from what I’ve learned so far is that compositions have to be about efficiency. In order for any of those tracks to succeed in AJ or any other royalty free site, tracks not only need to be very well written and produced, but also need to execute those things compactly. You know, kind of like pop music. Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!
Anyway, I don’t have the sales and experience to legitimately proclaim that as veritable, but that’s my two cents.
Yes! I’ve noticed that tracks that get to the chorus or hook faster sell better here!
I once thought that I needed a huge portfolio full of diversity would make loads of sales. I do not think this is correct since the top authors do not have that many. Should I upload new items frequently each week? Not necessarily so since the top authors upload items sporadically. Hmmmmm…....so how do they do it? Is there a secret? I did think that if you were on AJ for a long time then you would become more established. Some top authors have more sales in less time than me. This is a curious and difficult puzzle to solve. I have not got a clue how they do it but well done to them!
I know what you mean man. Whilst I believe that one does see improvement and progression here, I don’t think having a megaportfolio is necessarily the answer.In some senses a smaller account with less than 30 items can be advantageous as clients can see everything on one page and don’t need to click around too much…
I don’t think you can just pick or identify the same reasons for all top authors.
Obviously, good quality music is a given, but depending on the author, these factors are also important:
• Sheer volume of portfolio (and thus upload frequency)
• Luck – yes – in terms of having a featured track. Many of the top selling tracks would never have been noticed if they hadn’t been featured – getting 4 weeks of exposure.
Of course, that featured track must also be VERY good, but there are only 52 spots per year, and there are MANY more really good tracks than that.I don’t think site design has much to do with sales either, but it can’t hurt… If you have an extremely large portfolio it will be help sell older tracks.
Thanks so much for answering. I like your points, in that sense I can see how luck and upload frequency do affect things. Great stuff man!
Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time surfing this site, submitting music, watching sales and checking out other author’s accounts will have noticed that some authors rise the ranks a lot faster than others.
On the forums I’ve heard and seen all kinds of advice, heck we even made a wiki article of sorts on “how to do good in AudioJungle” but I really wonder what makes that special difference between an author that sells in the hundreds every month and everyone else.
Now some say luck. I do not accept this answer at all. I’d actually say luck has very little to do with it. Anyone that listens to the music from the top 50 authors can easily tell that what they’re making is high quality and that is why it gets bought so much. I really don’t think luck is a factor.
Others say site design. I also don’t think this is the answer, I put a lot of effort into mine more out of personal satisfaction than anything else. I’ve seen some very ungarnished accounts do extremely well here so I wouldn’t put it to site design.
Now to get to my point. I’d like to hear theories as to the difference between these authors and the rest… you see in terms of listenability I find some tracks from red paw authors that have been here a year just as listenable to some tracks from silver paw authors that have been here for the same time.
Is there something special that they hear? Do you think it’s about gear or industry experience?
I’d love to hear theories from everyone
(Just a side note: I’ve started other open forum discussions like this and I do want to again say that this is NOT me asking for advice on how to improve my own account, I just want to know theories about rising stars on AJ. I started a forum discussion a few months ago about how important people thought site design was, and before I knew it everyone was chiming in an opinion about my site design. So yeah, this post is about AJ Conquistadors LOL)
In your particular case I actually wouldn’t go with the packs. I’m normally the no. 1 promoter of packs but actually there is one case scenario where I don’t recommend using packs and you fall within that scenario.
Tim McMorris, Metrolight Music and AudioQuattro (The authors you mentioned) all have relatively small portfolios (compared to other titans here with 100+ items) but have an extremely high ratio of sales to items. For them creating packs actually may represent a loss in income as some customers who would have actually paid for every item individually gets it on discount in a pack.
Now you, my friend, are actually in a similar boat. You only have 10 items but have an impressive 157 sales (good on you mate). In your case I actually wouldn’t go for packs as your ratio of sales to items is actually very high.
Congrats man! Those plasticine figures in the pictures are awesome! Did you make them yourself?
I’ve had songs sell randomly after a year and a half of standing with zero sales so you may want to reconsider!
Yes! Silver Paw! Congrats dude!!
Theoretically… and this is very theoretical. One could attempt it if you lived somewhere where the cost of living is low but with enough amenities to be able to still do this: like internet, access to banks, repair shops for gear etc. Also this is assuming you understand the marketplace well and it’s demands, have good production and composition skills and are good enough at marketing your stuff a bit and this all works out for you here. I know some guys do do this full time but I’m sure they’re supplemented by individual commissions they get from private clients they may or may not have met via AudioJungle. If you have a family to take care of then that just adds another dimension.
One thing though, I can imagine if you’re married to someone who earns quite well and they don’t mind you doing this and taking care of the house and kids then I’d say it is possible if you’re able to organise your time and do the other things mentioned above! I hope you’re wife/husband is a doctor or lawyer LOL.
Sorry to hear about your job
Your music sounds pretty good, but I would be careful….better to get a job of some kind and do this as well, gradually build this up.It takes a long while to build up a living here I believe.
+1 Gotta agree with Del. Also, don’t make your decision based on September, October and November sales. These three months are regularly the strongest for most authors and you may see drops of up to 50% or more in the quieter months like January and February.
If you’re gonna try full time I tell you know it will take up more time than a 9-5 job, as other authors have told me. You’ll need to be spending time promoting your music, working on your site and maybe expanding to other sites. I myself work in other fields but can imagine doing this full time can be very time consuming yet extremely rewarding!
Mind you though, if your savings are excellent and you truly can organise yourself well I can imagine you may be able to live off this in the future. As another thing to note, even the top authors here do other work outside of AudioJungle (mostly music but not all) so even they don’t live 100% off AudioJungle.