Impressive achievement, well done pz!
Amazing sales. even though it`s summer. We love you buyers
...Or rather ‘We love you AudioJungle search engine’
Simply terrible sales here, haven’t seen anything quite like it in years. Looks like all my external referral links and duplicated content across the web and other stock sites has finally come to bite me on the bum.
The reason for this I suspect is due to recent Google doorway/thin content penalties and other algorithmic updates that were actioned over the past couple of months, and still continuing. I can only imagine the complete nightmare stock sites are having right now trying adjust to these new changes, as they’re so heavily dependent on external backlinking from referrers (especially sites like Themeforest).Problem is, Google’s new measures are detecting these as ‘unnatural links’ to thin content sites (ie. sites that hold little to no informative value to users) – which in reality just isn’t the case. Envato is basically an online shop. Difficult times ahead I sense.
Yup, things are unusually slow here too – now seven days without a sale and the same slowdown across other marketplace. Also nothing like I’ve seen in the six or so years I’ve been here, concerning times! And yes, the logical explanation is that it’s Big Brother fiddling with their algorithms for sure, but we’ll really never know the real reasons unless we are sitting there in the boardroom discussing analytics and business strategies with Collis and chums.
I’m focusing on things I can change / have control over at the moment, otherwise, we end up in a perpetual cycle of frustration at why some people are doing great (cough search engine cough) and other people are doing pants. What’s 100% clear is that selling stock music has now become much less reliable than it was previously as a source of income.
Agreed, great track, really like it! Congrats on the feature
That’s great guys, really appreciate the help. I think Omnisphere 2 is going to be my first port of call for the time being, I can satisfy my rabid desire to buy it which has been growing in the background at the same time. Double whammy.
Thanks Gareth, nice comprehensive answer as always. My initial thoughts (and impulsive buyer side of me) was to get Omnisphere 2 as it really does sound like a solution plus I have the first version so I’m familiar with the interface. I just wondered, considering instruments like 8Dio’s Rhythmic Aura and Spitfire Audio’s eDNA have a bunch of configurable knobs and dials, whether ‘blank templates’ with those sorts of parameters existed already where you just drop in your sample and mash it up a bit.
iZotope Iris also caught my eye for creating nice washes and pads, but doesn’t seem like I could use that as a playable instrument as such. Sounds like I should just get Omnisphere 2 then and be done with it!
I’m just wondering if something like a set of Kontakt ‘drag-n-drop-your-own-sample’ instrument templates exist out there? What I mean, is literally a Kontakt instrument where a bunch of scripting has been done already to link up any sample that you drop in to the instrument so you can mess around with filters, reverbs etc but using your own start sample?
I know many instruments use loads of samples to get a realistic sound for things like a piano, so I’m thinking this sort of thing would be good for textural or pad like sounds, but I’m keen on building more of my own sounds that are playable on a keyboard.
Any pointers appreciated.
Well done mate, big milestone! You can have some of my pizza instead:
Driving said+1. I’d also like to know whether appearance of items in search are limited due to non-exclusivity.
Does exclusive / non-exclusive choice affect only the percentage of revenue or does it also affect your possibilities to get featured tracks / trending items or any other features?
Also: what are the officially recommended steps for promoting our tracks with the new Google algorithm updates that favour mobile and penalize referral sites for thin content?
Okay, maybe I am fundamentally misunderstanding something here. For everyone using shortened URLs on YouTube, when you look at the Envato analytics and click on “referrals” do you see YouTube listed there? In the past, when I used the full AJ URL I saw YouTube on that list. Using smartURLs and now Bitly links I do not see YouTube in my referral list. My new Bitly link stats indicate clicks in the past 36 hours yet YouTube is still not listed in my Envato analytics. Do shortened links just get lumped into the “direct/not set” stats or should they actually show where the referral is coming from?
Pz, if Google Analytics are anything to go by in general (and I’m assuming as an Elite Author you get the same Google Analytics as a normal account), then I believe a lot of the results you’ll see in your stats under ‘direct / not set’ could well be from YouTube. See here:
“The ‘keyword’ (not set) simply identifies traffic that doesn’t arrive via a particular keyword and hence may not come via any search at all. This includes traffic coming from email, referral sites, or even things like Google Images.”http://www.whereoware.com/blog/not-set-vs-not-provided/2013/05/
My understanding is that people who find you via Google and YouTube searches (https searches) have their referral information hidden, so it means you can get a lot of ‘not set’ results from those as well.
Speaks volumes really, with Envato finally turning the faders down on us non exclusive authors. Don’t worry Envato, I can take a hint.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with this. It’s a little sad it is going this way as many of us have actively promoted Envato and spoke of the place in high regard among friends and work colleagues, stressing that it is a supportive and thriving community that cares about its authors. Why doesn’t it feel that way now?
Like many non-exclusives, I’ve continually uploaded the best content I can over the course of my time here – that’s almost 4 years. That effort, combined with the feeling you’re part of a ‘family’ of sorts here, has meant that being treated this way unsurprisingly upsets you as the ‘cold shoulder’ feels deeply personal.
I have the tendency to speak my mind, which I’m pretty sure works against my efforts here. However, I feel it’s important to highlight issues in a marketplace that actively promotes feedback and has an emphasis on ‘community’ in its strap-line. Surely that works in Envato’s favour if they do care about their authors as they’ll know how to address the concerns of their content providers?
But maybe you’re right Alumo, and this really is a hint for us to pack up and leave. If it is the case, rather than turn the dial down on sales and leave us in perpetual silence, why not be straight up with us and then we can weigh things up as a business decision?
Answers on a postcard.