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TortoiseTree says

Had to bump this baby back up for old time’s sake. Let the new authors here “Make Sweet Love to Me” and “Mister Chicken”... especially “Mister Chicken”

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TortoiseTree says

I’ve normally found that reviewers switching categories on me has done me well and actually gotten me more sales for the item. My advice is to go ahead and trust them on it. If you don’t get sales on it for a month then maybe email them.

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TortoiseTree says

My assumptions about the global trend (in other posts) was only partially true, In general most of the top authors had less sales in April than they did in May (check out the popular files link to see) but the drop for them was just a couple of sales, nothing to really write home about. Besides, a few of them reported higher sales so really it is statistically sound that there would be a deviation.

Basically this means that actually sales trends for AudioJungle are generally the same BUT since there are so many authors now, the pieces of pie keep getting split more and more ways.

As for me the past two weeks have picked up quite a bit and am seeing some nice fat sales like packs and extendeds but the sales are more sporadic and in groups compared to last year where it was more or less the same amount every day.

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TortoiseTree says

+1

BlueFrog. Seriously, thanks so much for writing all this. It’s so great to hear things from the other end and that music producers appreciate what we do regardless of the sales tag!

You rock!!

Welcome to AudioJungle and I earnestly hope you do really well here!

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TortoiseTree says

It’s the most versatile compositional tool that exists. Hell, you can make it sound like an alien cantina band.

Nice Star Wars reference!

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TortoiseTree says

Hey man a few tips regarding your specific situation:

1. Don’t worry too much about portfolio design. You have a logo and a theme, that’s good enough. Things like site design shouldn’t be too high priority yet as you only have 18 items. When your customers click on the portfolio tab they can see everything in one shot.

2. Do what you enjoy. If you specialise in heavy metal music and enjoy then do it. If you like it chances are you have good taste in it. Therefore chances are someone else who likes what you like will like your music and buy it.

3. Write a LOT. I used to work with composers who would get all self conscious about their compositions and wouldn’t want to license/sell here their “best” songs believing that those are the best songs they will ever write. I tell people, if you’re in it to win it in this business then your best song is your next song! The more you write the better you get. Simple.

4. Upload everything. You bothered writing and producing it right? Why let it sit in your hard drive? Even if it only sells once for 8.50 that’s fine, that’s a meal in your local takeaway!

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TortoiseTree says

Unless I’ve misheard something, I believe he said consumerism.

Bitter humor with this video. It’s hard to decide whether to smile and laugh or to cry, because sadly enough, most of it is true. And all the selling songs sound like that.

Alas, I too sold my soul to the corporate needs. It was own my choice, and there’s nothing to whine about. Now, back to work.

Ok, sure. Probably.

Anyway, yeah end of the day I don’t actually think what we’re doing is that bad at all. End of the day what we do is a way “cooler” job than most anyway!

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TortoiseTree says

“The music industry is dying, but commerce is thriving.”

What a chilling statement eh?

Thanks for posting

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TortoiseTree says

+1 from me, although I do agree with Sky that it is essential that Envato sort this licensing issue.

One of my biggest disappointments right now is the dwindling community input from staff and attention to our concerns. When I first started uploading 2.5 years ago, there was an energy and empathy that was communicated through community figureheads like Scott Wills which has now disappeared.

Whether that’s because of under-staffing and an explosion in growth (I suspect that is one of the reasons), I feel there’s little real interaction with Envato anymore, only clarifying a few upload questions or avoiding giving details on important questions like this licensing one.

That’s not a criticism of staff, I know these things are usually due to top-down changes and they have a difficult job as it is keeping on top of things like the review process, but it’s a shame when a change in leadership leads to this type of change in focus.

As a fairly long-standing contributor here, it’s sad to see such a drop in confidence in authours. Combined with a generally low level of sales lately, I’m not a happy bunny at the moment. Really hope things change soon. :impatient:

+1 Here too, I really feel the should sort out the licensing thing as well. I also agree that there is a bit of dis-illusion amongst a lot of the veteran mid range authors as a lot of us have hit the proverbial glass ceiling here and can more or less predict how many sales we’ll have each month. I think the availability of these broadcast licenses will help motivate us to upload more and higher quality as there will be that small chance of scoring a 500 USD sale every now and then. Even if they’re half as rare as extended licenses I think it’s fair.

As for a price raise, I feel the price is fine for now in the sense that it is a price I think YouTube up loaders are comfortable with. But as our esteemed colleagues in the famous thread are stating, we really need to get these licenses in place. Even if only 1/100 of our sales are broadcast license sales it will be worth it!

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys,

I tried TuneSat for a while but turns out their retroactive search isn’t free and they don’t even do YouTube where the majority of my client base have their stuff.

I wanted to switch out of the premium account but I can’t seem to find a button for it (surprise surprise). I also emailed them and they haven’t gotten back to me (surprise surprise).

Any of you know how to opt out of TuneSat? I don’t want them having another cent of my money.

What a shady operation. Guys, don’t sign up for TuneSat!

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