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digitalscience says


Inspiration to build amazing things? After $5 milion you get a MacBook ? :O I think that someone who earned $5 milion has already a MacBook if they want one… I liked the previous rewards better. I am glad I have passed the $500k mark just few days before the new rewards were anounced.

P.S The website look very good ;)

Ah but it’s not just ANY Macbook – the stock Apple log will be replaced with an Envato one. So it will be an Envato branded MacBook! I haven’t decided on which one yet, I though Air for portability, maybe MBP for max grunt, but trust me this will be SPECIAL :)

For the record that comment wasn’t from me.. it was from mpc – see previous page. Please don’t quote me on things I didn’t type ;)

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digitalscience says

Keeping the homepage like it is now will help that small group authors with popular items to quickly reach $25 mil lol… :)

Indeed, I think this will become more and more obvious to authors. Effectively Envato is taking potential sales from the bottom authors and giving them to top authors – which is unethical considering that will affect peoples incomes, families and motivation to succeed here.

Unfortunately it appears that greed and power has taken over – more is never enough. Envato was built by the community with our own hands (or mouse clicks), it was not about the money in the beginning – it was about doing what we loved doing – being creative, and when you follow your passion success naturally follows – that’s how it should work here. Envato should let the site grow on it’s own – you will still get to your 25 mil mark / space launch, just slower.. why risk it all to get there sooner and destroy the community spirit and competition in the process – the victory in the end won’t taste as sweet. Envato you know that’s the truth, listen to your intuition – it already knows what is the right thing to do.

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digitalscience says

We are elite authors but after homepage changes we now have sales like you (like regular author), 5-6 sales and less per day. We lost hundreds of dollars. In weekends we have 0 sales now (before changes was 1-5).

We never have 0 sales per day before homepage changes for latest 3 years.

We even have new item released today for WordPress, but sales is very bad because nobody see New items now.

By Google Analytics stats I see that our new theme that now on Homepage checked around 900 users for all day. Usualy (before) in working days we got 1500-2000 users to item from homepage.

And the main problem that only 180 users from this count is users who clicked item on homepage!. All other users found item from category (because it on first page after release).

Themeforest have thousands of visitors per day and most of all is homepage visitors, and only 180 people clicked WordPress (most popular category) new item? This is crazy, this is not as it was before.

Yup, it’s good for you to mention this and that you’re looking at actual data and have a new item on the home page – a lot of authors here are guessing how this change impacts sales or listening to what Envato says as reassurance that everything is fine, but as we will start to see the reality is reduced exposure for new items. One click is better than two click, visible links are better than hidden links – its logical.

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digitalscience says

For premium templates and more expensive products may have been a good option, but for cheap products I’m not so sure. The increase appears to have been exaggerated in some cases:

$1 to $2 = increase of 100%
$2 to $3 = increase of 50%
$3 to $4 = increase of 33,3%
$4 to $5 = increase of 25%
$5 to $6 = increase of 20%
$6 to $7 = increase of 16,6%
....
$10 to $11 = increase of 10%
....
$15 to $16 = increase of 6,6%
...
$45 to $48 = increase of 6,6%

Bingo… if we use our logic here, the percentage increases should have been the other way around for a more fair competitive environment considering the volume of sales on some higher priced items, but personally I think it was the higher priced items which needed a slight increase, the rest of the library was competitively priced. But Envato should know how it works, so this is done on purpose obviously for a specific end result.

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digitalscience says

Long time somehow disconnected, now i think i’m having a huge déjá vu, VF & DS discussing about homepage exposure. :)

:D welcome back, we wanted to make you feel at home ;)

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digitalscience says

^ To anyone who quotes small part of my comment: Home page is not the only exposure channel for new items. New items are accessible through different pages. We never know which one contributes “sales”. Nothing about personal strategies on selling; this applies to everyone from power elite to new author :D

Actually you can tell, when your new item is no longer visible on the home page under a particular category, you’ll see a drop in sales. So logically and working with averages you can see what percentage of sales was coming from the home page. You don’t need to guess how it works, your sales data will tell you. Calculate how big that drop is, and you’ll understand how important those category links are, after doing this for years – you’ll start to see the patterns and see what is a myth and what is true.

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digitalscience says

But my previous comment was related to knowing which page contributes major sales number for new items: 1. Home page, 2. All items, 3. Category menu on top bar

Ok I see what you mean… personally I think the home page is the most important, not necessarily the “All New Items” because that can move fast, sometimes a day or two but under one of the category sections, for example on the Marketing category section you can be on the home page for about two weeks. And considering the home page is the most viewed page on the site, this means your item is visible for two weeks on the home page with only one click… but now it’s become two clicks and the visible category link removed which decreases the chances of that category being clicked.. there is no myth to how important home page exposure is, two weeks on the home page with only one click is very good for exposure.

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digitalscience says

Another clarification will give relief for many authors and even break some unnecessary myths about homepage exposure.

To be fair VF, you had a different strategy for selling on Envato – you always kept your portfolio small but extremely high quality, so most of your items did incredibly well and had high sales.. so you weren’t that dependant on home page exposure because most of your items were on popular pages, and had good search rankings which helped promote your new items. You were also an early adopter and joined in 2008, and I’m sure you remember home page exposure was much longer back then, sometimes a few weeks. So you never really experienced how less exposure on the home page impacts sales in my opinion

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digitalscience says



@justinfrench, can we at least have a “hand cursor” mouse over state on the drop down to make it look more like a button you can click on – I think that’s reasonable to ask?
Done and merged, should be deployed in a few minutes :)
Good to hear :) I’ve changed my avatar until then.

Hand cursor is now live – thanks Justin!

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digitalscience says

There was nothing wrong with the prices before – top items were making good income. And besides why would you want to be more expensive, sure you make more per sale but will that make you more in turnover? You should know that value for money is how you make good turnover on Envato.. for example look how well the Envato bundles do. Think like a buyer – think how you shop when looking for good deals, it’s about value for money to get those sales. A small price increase on higher priced items is still worth while for buyers, however a small price increase on lower priced items is less attractive.. think about it.

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