The main idea behind adding other composers is to show you are selecting a ‘best of’ collection and not just choosing a selection of your own tracks. As well as showing you’re not biased, it’s good kudos for your fellow composers
I plan on doing a couple of collections of the material I consider ‘top-notch’ (currently I’m being a selfish old fart and creating collections of just our work to categorise it better, but think there’s plenty of good stuff to promote out there). One of them will be a ‘hidden gems’ collection to help boost new authors’ sales who have no or few sales.
lol…so what if I have “zero” click throughs every month?
Sky – with all of the links to your items and even your profile page, you should be appending ’?ref=SkyProductions’ in order to benefit from the referral scheme here on AJ. I hear very few people make money from referring people, but it’s a useful statistic in some regards in terms of gauging interest in your promotional work.
Remember that if the URL has a ’?’ in it already, then I believe you need to use an ampersand ie ‘&ref=SkyProductions’ otherwise it won’t work.
In the ‘Earnings’ area look for the referral links – obviously it’s not the most accurate way of measuring interest, but it gives you a good indication if your promotional work is generating enough interest to make people click a link.
If you want the number of times an item has been viewed, then yes, you’ll need to do what you’re saying in the Envato Analytics area (I really hope the analytics is built upon, I see it having a lot of potential)...
That video reminds me of an ex-girlfriend, the monkey that is. Didn’t last long!
@Gari and @AlumoAudio, we’ve had the same sort of response here i.e. a bit of a halt around the end of April / beginning of May, but that overall sales aren’t really being affected by how many uploads in general.
Here’s some stats stuff to look at from our account (we only count since Jan this year as we left the account dormant for around 3 years! Granted, it’s a pretty small sample set, but clickthroughs from non-registered users (which probably come from Twitter as that’s the main promotional work we’ve been doing) seems to have had a fair influence on sales, which is good as obviously we’re selling something that people are actually willing to buy(!).
- January 2012
- 14 Sales
- 27 Clickthroughs
- February 2012
- 20 Sales
- 190 Clickthroughs
- March 2012
- 18 Sales
- 97 Clickthroughs (we didn’t do any promotional stuff this month)
- April 2012
- 35 Sales
- 399 Clickthroughs (went for it last month on Twitter)
I have been contacted by would-be buyers about this issue and have always refused. Envato definitely needs to step up and address this issue to protect the composers here. The license agreement needs to clearly state that our tracks may not be simply modified into a new music track for sale purely as a music track.
I’m fairly confident there would be a mass exodus if the licence agreement here turns out to allow that kind of use, we certainly won’t be around if that’s the case. Copyright is meant to ‘protect’ against plagiarism etc of works from my understanding (although I think the copyright model doesn’t work anymore and needs modernising), but it defeats the point if you can modify an existing track with something as simple as laying vocals down. So yes, some clarification is certainly needed.
I won’t start an off-topic thread, but I have to say that all inspiration is essentially ‘stealing’ in some capacity. Nothing is really ‘original’ as we can trace the roots of almost anything to classical chord structures plus there are only 12 notes in the Western scale meaning there is a finite number of ways to play those notes. Hans Zimmer also ‘steals’ as does Danny Elfman and loads of others if you look at it like that.
I’d argue John William’s interpretation of Gustav Holst’s The Planets was exceptional and he is a genius because of that (and for many more reasons I won’t go into).