(The following is just to provoke discussion. It is by no means for bashing. Don’t let it go there. But I do think this is a discussion that I think us authors and staff need to have together, as we grow together. I’m a full believer that Envato owes us nothing. The way they listen to their authors and interact with them is not seen like this anywhere else. That’s a part of what makes this community so great and why moral among authors is generally high. We feel heard.)
When I joined in December 2011, I want to say that I think there were around 35,000 items on AudioJungle. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
Now, indeed, we have seen great growth in buyers… but have we seen even greater growth in authors (item submissions, in particular)? What if we keep on this trend and by the end of 2013, there are close to 200,000 items? Now, I believe in Envato and I believe they are smart, so I believe they have some plans for this kind of growth (of course more submissions may not hurt Envato or the buyers, other than more time searching through the jungle. Maybe more submission just hurt the authors that aren’t quite top authors. So maybe there is no plan for this kind of growth…? They don’t owe us a plan.).
Do approval standards for submission quality need increased? About a year ago, when I was researching other marketplaces after being here a short amount of time, for one marketplace you had to submit 3 clips of some of your work before you were even allowed to submit your first song for review. You as a composer had to pass review before any of your music could be reviewed. I never heard back from that marketplace. I’m a better composer now than I was then but I submitted 30-sec clips of 3 songs that were already approved on AudioJungle. Since I was never accepted as an author and began to see some more success here, I decided to stay. Looking back now, I believe some of my earlier stuff should have probably never been approved on AudioJungle. I personally think composition and recording quality standards need increased (some items are recorded and mixed well… but the composition is a shuffled drum beat over a straight-metered melody in the background.)
Does submission quantity need capped (I’m not really talking about the sound fx guys, by the way. They are not in competition with the music community and have buyers who are looking for a large volume of items)? This may not seem like a huge deal now, but we have seen new reviewers be hired recently to help with the influx of items, which means shorter wait times, which is what a lot of authors seem to want these days, especially new ones starting out. I would personally prefer longer wait times if it meant less items to be lost in. People who are in the “get rich quick” mindset will submit an item, see the 30 day wait time and probably leave that mindset quick. Maybe I’m wrong.
As we have all heard, AudioJungle is a marathon, not a sprint. If you are flooding the marketplace with a large quantity of music, they better be amazing and completely original. There are some authors out there with 300-400+ song items that only have about that many sales. This may work on other sites, I don’t know, but starting out with a ton of submission definitely doesn’t seem to work on AudioJungle. Buyers pick authors and seem to be rather loyal to those who submit consistent, high-quality work, but not in bulk where they don’t even know where to start.
Just some food for thought.
What do you guys think? Keep it nice and positive. We all want growth and more submissions are a part of it. Maybe there is nothing wrong at this point and I’m thinking too much into it. I’m always willing to be corrected, so please do if I need to be. Thanks!
SoundFix saidThat doesn’t matter. The site changes all of them to “preview.mp3” unfortunately. Which is really strange.
I always name my previews like this: ‘Song Name (preview)’. It doesn’t make any sense to name a preview ‘preview’, how confusing haha
+1 This is really true. Download one of your previews, SoundFix. You’ll see.
It’s doing it again! Almost the entire second line of items on AJ’s front page! This looks like a reoccurring glitch that needs to get diagnosed asap, guys.
Yay, congrats! He’s got some real quality stuff in his portfolio. Good luck, Jamie!
Yay, Brandon! Congrats man. You’ve come a long way in such a short period of time. It’s awesome to witness the success of such a good, humble guy. Looks like you’ll be here for a while.
Yeah, I’ve noticed too… I think it’s gotta be a bug! This seems like taking a step back if it was a new feature.
mamproductions, no need to look any longer! I believe I have what you are looking for right here (if we are thinking of the same commercials):
Quirky Toymaker – http://audiojungle.net/item/quirky-toymaker/3209330
Congratulations, Phil! I’ve never played a Riptide but I see they get pretty good reviews. Hope to hear some smokin’ uke tracks soon
Ha, I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a little while. I’ve got a bit to learn. Really haven’t done much guitar at all but have always wanted to delve into it more (piano always made more since). Buying a uke was basically a good excuse to learn. I got the rhythm thing down… it’s switching between chords. I’ll get there.