Well I still sell fine on my other sites. AJ is the problem for me. Again, absolutley nothing today. Pathetic.
Sort of the opposite here. AJ has picked up a little over the last few days back to levels I’d expect. It’s all the other sites that are dead..especially the one with the blue logo and site with the green logo. Haven’t sold a single thing on either for over a week now, which I can say has never, ever happened before.
I would tell you all about the wonderful world of his music but I think Matt would do a better job of explaining it (and why he is destroying the RF music industry).
As prestashop pointed out, KML has been on the (Free) Royalty Free scene for many years now, and his site has actually been top spot for the keyword search “royalty free music” since even before I began licensing RF music. But the trailer about the documentary that’s being made about him (yes, really) describes who he is perfectly (in more ways than one): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAVzqstNgh0
But I think we may have strayed a little from the original focus of the conversation. This isn’t about just one guy stealing all our customers (after all, he’s been around doing this for quite some time). It’s about the very recent proliferation of sites like this that Google are now giving priority and pushing up in search rankings, whilst pushing commercial sites like AJ, P5, etc, down and out of view.
Google want people to use free music. This is to clear their bad rep over copyright claims (which has been a major thorn in their side for years) and prevent droves of users leaving for newly arrived, competing monetized video sites such as Vessel and soon to be FaceBook Video. A change in Google’s strategy is what this all boils down to, believe me.
....why well polished and popular sites like AJ sink into the bottom of the page? because of DDoS attack maybe?
Mostly because of Google. The DDoS issue certainly isn’t helping things either.
In other news, try and listen to this video from 22:20 and see how long it takes you to have a seizure. I lasted 15 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B2ARRChOJw
Damn you James, I clicked it! 10 seconds here.
Comment section is great fun to read though and also very revealing…
Just did after seeing your post. 10th place again, making it dead last for 1st page organic results. There were 2 more paid results below it, in addition to the 3 up at the top of the page, plus 4 additional sponsored links to the right.
Interesting result. Strangely, I don’t see any paid results or sponsored links when searching via Incognito, so not too sure what that’s about.
My first search was a normal Google search from Israel. By searching via www.google.com/ncr (No Country Redirect) , you can get “region-less” results. In that search, royalty free music (no quotation marks) = AJ comes up 2nd organic, 5th overall.
Did you try incognito mode though and not in any way logged into Google? This completely bypasses any browsing history, cookies, etc. I’d be interested to hear what you see when you do that.
royalty free music (no quotation marks) = AJ just came up 4th in organic (non-paid) results, making it 7th overall. Probably varies by region, personal browsing habits, etc.
Remember to search via ‘incognito mode’. If you’re searching via Chrome whilst logged in, you’ll almost, always get results tailored to your account and region, with promotional advertisements.
In incognito mode (via UK), I’m now seeing AJ appearing in 7th position, on the second page of results. Wow.
At least our buyers care.
Or they just don’t know about the free stuff yet.
And with Google now pulling out all stops to promote free or subscription based music libraries (so people can easily monetize their videos – meaning more money for Google), by pushing commercial libraries out of view, there’s sadly little hope going forward.
I actually had to disable the comments on my YouTube channel a few weeks ago for this very reason. I had suddenly started getting inundated with hundreds of comments and messages weekly, either asking how they could download my music for free or spitting venom because I was charging for licenses. It was bonkers.
That’s what my inbox had become and a reflection of where the business is right now. How things change.
Disgusted to see Incompetech on top. It’s damaging this industry.
To make matters worse, he’s now partnered with YouTube/Google and has been creating music for Google’s free music library, so doesn’t come as any surprise he’s got prime position.
Btw, if you want a full on cringe session, feel free to watch him in interview here. It’s a difficult watchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ox1KJAEKsw
prestashopthemes saidPossibly, but a collection of highly popular, highly usable tracks is a collections of highly popular, highly usable tracks, however which way you cut it. That said, I do now think it’s naive to believe that music libraries will keep those on top or in full visibility forever. They need to keep the kettle boiling so to speak, which is fair enough.
You all seem like very smart people but I think it’s a bit naive to believe that you can stay on top forever with a relatively very small portfolio.
Now even Clouds isn’t in the top files anymore which might be the best selling RF track across the web of all time. But times change and the inflow of new competition is huge.
Ralf’s non exclusive. As per my previous posts, having a ‘moonlighter’ in full visibility, where their items are easily available on competing sites (and sometimes for cheaper) can have a damaging effect on potential new business, which Envato does not want to lose. Also, from a Google SEO standpoint, there’s also the technical issue of duplicated content, which can also have a massively negative effect on website ranking performance. I suspect Envato have recognised this and are acting upon it.
Just look at how new items are selling – the traffic is HUGE. Just look at the numbers.
And as Paul rightly mentioned, even during a period of intensive DDoS attacks. Personally that injects a lot of suspicion at my end and maybe it’s a little naive to think these items are selling via pure organic and natural traffic via the AJ search?
And thank you for not mentioning your mortgage.
And thank you for reminding me why I shouldn’t be spending my precious time posting on these forums.