Some food for thought – non-exclusives are highlighted in red. With the exception of Sound-Ideas who I expect would never in their right mind lock their entire catalogue with one library, as a non-exclusive, you can pretty much kiss goodbye to ever becoming a top seller. It’s not a balanced market here, one glance at this image says it all:
Thanks AudioTrend. I’m not sure if a second account is the way to go. I probably won’t upload much, maybe 1 track per month. I’ve got the impression that authors with just a few tracks won’t make much sales here. It makes more sense to move with my whole portfolio to NonEx.
I make more money as a result of being non-exclusive and am particularly grateful of that considering the huge downturn here lately. Exclusive is a good idea here if AJ pushes your tracks hard so that they get decent sales as it can add up if you reach the 70% rate, but not if you only clear something like $200-$300 per month as that 70% rate will take a lifetime to reach. For that reason, and the fact that 50% is the standard rate outside of AJ, going non-exclusive for me was a no-brainer. Where would brands like Coca-Cola be if they only sold in one shop?
A couple of caveats to bear in mind, however, are that exclusives are often treated preferentially in any music library (and in my experience, royalty free marketplaces as well) and it’s a lot of work to set up and maintain a non-exclusive portfolio. Still worth it for me though.
It seems very likely that sales have taken a hit across the marketplaces since the February tax changes.
Do you think so? I guess if other marketplaces are absorbing the cost of EU VAT in their prices (or just ignoring it), then it makes them more appealing than those that charge it at checkout, but it also seems like this slowdown is across the board based on the other sites I sell on…
That said, it is particularly marked here on AJ, sales are still trickling through on other places, but they’ve completely stopped here as of four days ago for me and it seems for quite a few others as well. Concerning, particularly when my earnings dropped 30% last month!
tacoMusic saidConspiracy, right?
AudioTrend saidcough..(engineered sales)...cough…
Hi Matt I can see 190 sales at top-seller of the week. Doesn`t it mean that sales at AJ are better than in the past?
No magic, no conspiracy.There’s always a track at the top with a considerable distance in sales to the next. You won’t worry if it’s your track one day. So, don’t panic, don’t get paranoid.
Don’t worry, I meant it as a joke, but British sarcasm is a toughie to get across sometimes I’m sure those 190 sales are genuine, wish it was me of course!
Let’s see if this week is as appalling as last week! Not looking bright this month, really hope it’s a glitch in the system.
Want. So very much.
Lovely set up Luca, I’ll have to plan a path like you to get something like that, as currently, I’m a long way off!
Depressing sales for a usually good earning site. Hope it doesn’t last.
Yeah, things have been particularly poor lately haven’t they? Had a 30% drop in earnings last month here and this month has been very slow so far. Got to be Google’s mobile-favouring algorithm kicking in or something…
Great answers everyone, thank you for the links! I’ve just realised I have Bamblong from when it was made by Tonehammer, so I’ll have to dig that out and give it a go.
I’m definitely going to get the Spitfire Frank Ricotti Marimba as well though, sounds like it will fit in really nicely into a mix. Sonic Couture are great as well (can one have too many marimbas???)
tacoMusic saidAlready there.
StudioMonkey saidCome over to the dark side, it’s warm and sunny here (well, maybe not sunny).
...it is a strong argument for adrev though – i know in past threads i was not a supporter, but i think it illustrates the need for using a system like that to help protect your rf work.