I have to agree with Tim McMorris. The changes are nice but the pricing is rediculously low.
Protools 11 here.
Maybe we should all just be thankful that AJ reviews items very quickly compared to many other stock sites. Anything under 30 days is a bonus in this business!
I tell people I am a spy…
This has been a fun thread to read and think about. Success on AJ can be an elusive thing. I don’t think you can find one or two “secrets” and be successful here.
I have seen many comments here that basically say the top authors are top authors because they are top authors…. Kind of a never ending loop. On some level this is true, I think people buy what is popular and look to top authors first. On the flip side I have been here a while and had some success – well after I had established myself here both Mr. McMorris and PinkZebra joined and they both quickly zoomed by me and have had fabulous success. My point is at some point a new author will find something that clicks and zoom past the current top authors. It has happened before and will happen again.
Do you need a large portfolio or a small portfolio. Again taking McMorris and PinkZebra as examples you can have success either way. In my case I have found success by having a large varied portfolio. Other have great success with a hand full of tracks.
Lets look at production value – obviously there is a minimum production value needed to be successful. That being said as I listen to the top selling tracks I hear tracks that blow me away and other tracks that in my opinion sound awful but sell really well – go figure.
I think Gareth really nailed the key to success. Music is by its very nature an emotional thing. In my opinion the good selling authors tracks have a great “feel” to them. That elusive feel is like a magical mixture of elements. Buyers know it when they hear it.
There are also obvious other considerations – if you are doing death metal tracks you probably won’t sell well. Nothing against death metal but there are way more uses for happy clapping uke tracks than death metal tracks.
I do think it is getting harder to establish a foothold on AJ. With over 145,000 items the math is against you even with a great portfolio. I think there is a bit of luck, a bit of having the right sound at the right time and a lot of skill involved.
I have found if you tip your reviewer the queue move much faster.