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tacoMusic says


Here’s my referral count – like Matt said, it’s about driving traffic from various sources by getting other people to point to your (or others’!) tunes via your referral links.

Nice work Taco! You have crazy numbers also! It’s really interesting to see there’s no real correlation between the number of clickthroughs and referrals. It looks unpredictable to say the least right?

What would you say is your main source of CT’s? YouTube also?

Hi Paul,

Yes, YouTube 100% – I’m lucky enough to have my music used on a few popular videos and they’ve used my referral link (like Matt suggested earlier on). Remember, YouTube is massivohumongous!

:)

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tacoMusic says

Here’s my referral count – like Matt said, it’s about driving traffic from various sources by getting other people to point to your (or others’!) tunes via your referral links.

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tacoMusic says

He also told me it was the first time he got a claim. I guess I don’t have a choice other than to start hassling AdRev again.

And it won’t be the last time he gets a claim if things continue the path they have been going – I come across more and more composers using systems like this to protect their music online. The reason I’m ok with AdRev is because they usually resolve claims very quickly.

That said, sorry to hear he’s had the hassle of AdRev not clearing the claim though, that’s not cool if they confirmed it was cleared and then it came back. But yes, probably worth just pinging them an email to say the claim hasn’t been cleared yet, they’re pretty responsive in my experience.

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tacoMusic says

Hi Synchotron,

The fact ads are up on videos doesn’t necessarily mean the claims haven’t been cleared – it’s more likely that the video authour has decided to monetise their videos or has other third-party matches that are triggering adverts to appear. That is, unless your clients are saying that AdRev is still appearing on the third-party match?

Remember that if someone puts a whole load of copyrighted material in their videos (which more often than not they do), then they have to clear ALL those claims. Clearing your AdRev claim will clear that particular third-party match, not the Michael Jackson track and Tron video clip they placed at 01m32s.

Hope that helps,

Taco

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tacoMusic says

I hope I haven’t upset the AJ gods by complaining about the new license roll out.

Haha, I think I pissed them off a long time ago! I’m sure they’ve got a Taco Voodoo doll somewhere at Envato…

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tacoMusic says

Another problem I see, a lot of longer tracks fall into what I call an indefinite loop – same sounds, chords reused with slight variation to make the piece longer. Outside of catchy electronic music, it doesn’t work so well.

Thanks for posting this, it’s always interesting to hear buyers’ insights into what they think works and what doesn’t. I always assume that the vast majority of people on the forums here are authours, which is probably why you don’t see many people asking buyers what they are looking for and why people just follow the trend of writing what is selling at that time (after all, if it’s selling, there must be demand right?).


Finding a quality background composition that’s longer then 4 minutes, doesn’t loop every 40seconds, provides enough variation to be pleasant to the ear, consistent in tone/mood while at the same time not overwhelming the visual it will be accompanying is not easy.

Yep, totally agree on this. However, the general consensus is that the format for stock music tracks needs to be consistent and maintain the ‘vibe’ or ‘energy’ without too many changes which is why many people end up repeating the structure. I agree that this means we often end up with musically dull and uninteresting tracks, but the format needs to work for people looking to edit the track into their productions and have something that fits under a voice over.


Create something that’s original, that stands out, be it a visual or audio composition. There is this strange ‘sheep’ trend

I would love to see more original and creatively adventurous music being made here, but sadly, that type of approach doesn’t seem to lead to sales here. I know, as I’ve put up tracks that fit in that category, would work well in a film or an experimental arthouse production. But the people who purchase here (or the curators who influence who is a top seller) don’t seem to agree that tracks like that deserve sales.

At the end of the day, authours want to make music that sells. If that leads to a ‘sheep mentality’ making music (which inevitably it does in most cases), then I can’t see things changing soon.

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tacoMusic says

Biggest slowdown in sales I’ve witnessed in a very long time. And there was me expecting September to kick off with a bang. I find it very hard to accept that all the customers would be in their torrents one month (last month was BME) then just simply vanish the next. Desperately trying to remain positive, but something’s not right here.

+1 massive slowdown, sales are as dry as a cat’s eye. The feeling of total inability to change things is what is most disheartening here. I honestly can’t begin to explain how much time I’ve spent promoting and trying to drive traffic to AJ to sell my tracks, and the lukewarm response I’ve received.

I’ve even tried getting referrals by pushing potential customers to top authours’ tracks and it’s had little impact, so it doesn’t even seem like it’s down to the quality of work these days. What is the factor that makes tracks sell? It’s not just exposure in my opinion.

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tacoMusic says


Very confusing … why would Envato favor the non-ex? Hopefully there will be some clarification upon this issue.

Favor? The standard non-ex rate in the industry is 50%!

33, 36, 39 or whatever is VERY low…

One big dirty-n-fat +1

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tacoMusic says

Not sure I fully understand the new scheme – sounds like PayPal’s structure in that you’re charged a set fee and then a percentage of the sale? Is that right? Just asking as I would have thought it would say 36% of the sale rather than 55% in my earnings tab…

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tacoMusic says

And for those of you wondering what royalties is all about, it might help to read this article:

It’s from the perspective of PRS (the UK-based PRO), but the principles are the same in many countries.

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