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tacoMusic says

...it might also just have had the right exposure at the right time, or it was marketed particularly well…

In a word, curation.


...or just happened to be linked to a website where it accumulated huge views…

Which is why I think YouTube has (or had) potential, but where all those affiliate sites are now suffering (and therefore many peoples’ sales) because of Google constantly changing the rules.


...or people just bought it with a herd mentality…

There is definitely that as well, I don’t think human nature’s propensity to follow suit can be underestimated, which is a large factor in why bestsellers are bestsellers.


...that could mean that any track of ours has the potential to become a hit.

Musician’s lottery.

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tacoMusic says

Rome was not built in a day but…..................

That’s true and I admire your consistently positive outlook Graham, but this little pile of rubble I’ve been trying to form an empire from is a bit more tricky than it seems… I know a lot of people feel the same.


What is the key here? What am I missing?

Personally, I think it isn’t just down to things like:

  • The musicality of a track
  • How easily it fits into another production
  • How many videohive projects you get used in
  • The production quality
  • Nor only down to how much marketing effort you put in (among the hundreds of other things).

There’s the curation aspect, and that’s a biggie. The musician’s lottery analogy still holds some truth here as an important element of getting sales is obviously exposure (particularly with 200k tracks in the catalogue now), which comes down to curation. Your winning ticket needs those bonus numbers, and that’s via the curators I believe.

There’s another important point from what I’ve seen, which is capturing the zeitgeist with your music. But writing soundalikes of what’s hot is risky in my opinion, which is why I try not to do it. That said, I do think I’ve shot myself in the foot by not going that route sometimes. My impression is that unless you go for the ‘timeless’ section of the market with your composing i.e. jazz, classical and other styles like world music that will always have demand (albeit in smaller numbers), then people will be looking for something that resembles what’s cool at this point in time.


Question: Is it possible to beat the little voice in your head senseless without actually hurting yourself? :)

Never, it’s a nasty little voice that needs a good beating. That said, please read the instructions before doing anything silly.

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tacoMusic says

Your last sale was $14 3 days ago. I’m really sick of the on again, off again relationship between AJ and me.

Unfortunately, as a veteran here, I can assure you this goes on for a very long time. After years of trying to provide what is recommended in terms of promotion, production, improving your skill set and trying to capture a niche, I am yet to see much of a ROI.

As a savvy businessman, I should have been out of here ages ago. As an ambitious composer who wants to survive solely off his passion, logic seems to go out the window along with my sanity.

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tacoMusic says


MP3 files aren’t loopable, when rendered, they always add a little but of time either side of the file which means you need to use an equivalent like a wav to create seamless loops.
I’d better take a 2nd look at mine. I thought I was able to create them. Better make sure they’re working as I expected.

If you find a way, let me know as I’ve always thought you can’t easily make them (as demonstrates by Synchotron’s link!).

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tacoMusic says

Damn, double post – mods, please auto destruct this post for me

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tacoMusic says

MP3 files aren’t loopable, when rendered, they always add a little but of time either side of the file which means you need to use an equivalent like a wav to create seamless loops.

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tacoMusic says

It’s actually very worryingly slow at the moment. I’m certain it’s the Google algorithm updates again, really destroys sales on a lot of these kinds of sites regardless of the effort they put into marketing. It’s like trying to hit a moving target….held by a tasmanian devil….on acid…and stuff.

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tacoMusic says

I think you’ll find that if England were not Knocked out so early on in the competition they would have beaten Germany in the final.

And that’s a statistical certainty. ROYAL BRITTANIA!

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tacoMusic says

All these questions and the ongoing in transparency makes me feel like I did join a lottery rather than a place with a predictable workflow.

Didn’t they tell you? AudioJungle IS the musicians lottery! :) in the UK, they call the lottery Fool’s Tax, not sure what the equivalent would be here though… I’m still waiting for my winning numbers like many I suspect.

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tacoMusic says

Such a difference! I think this guy gets more sales each week than I do per year…how? who? what? where? when? why???

Nice trending hat btw.

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