Lost time – it lost money.
Exactly. This is my problem with mass uploading instead of crafting the best music you can and marketing it. I’ve done the mass uploading thing and it doesn’t work in my opinion. The rewards are maybe slightly better over time in terms of sales, but let’s be honest, they really are not relative to your efforts.
I would rather work hard on 50 tracks than churn out 500 and know that everything my customers come across in my portfolio is usable, high quality stock music. The question that is hard to answer (and will most likely not be shared here!), is what is most worth putting your efforts into: marketing / building your own customer base, or relying on a system whose mechanics we have no understanding of (AJ’s search for example)?
I’ve gone for marketing, but while it’s working outside of Envato, it doesn’t seem to work here? Confusing. Anyway, thank you for the answers, I think prestashop is spot on that Envato will continue to make sales with their current setup regardless as we are all dreamers at the end of the day
Either way, AJ will sell lots of licenses and as long as the numbers are displayed people with dreams will continue uploading. Veteran authors will continue uploading for fear of losing a huge income.
That’s a very good point. But unfortunately, what you described just there is the ‘musician’s lottery’ which really leaves me wondering what the odds are that it will be me one day! I have a friend who calls the lottery ‘fool’s tax’, starting to feel like he’s right…
I’d just like to add one more thing. Quantity…Once you have about 100 decent items online you should be able to see a difference.
That’s interesting you mention quantity. While I agree that you need a certain number of tracks to bring in customers / keep a presence here, I’ve found that actually pruning back the tracks that haven’t sold well had no detrimental effect on my sales. In fact, I actually experienced a slight increase when I did that (then obviously returned back to my ‘allocated salary’), lol.
I’ve also seen authors do very well with small portfolios – like UJ mentioned, getting a ‘hit’ is for sure a good way of breaking out of this endless cycle, but it doesn’t mean the other tracks in your portfolio benefit:
There are good selling authors with just these 1-2-3 Hits which sells and sells. And when you have a look on their portfolios you’ll notice that all other tracks are also quite lost in the jungle.
What I don’t understand is why something like this would be built into AJ as it destroys your perseverance as a veteran author. Why would I continue uploading strong material if it’s just ignored and I get the same earnings month-in-month-out here regardless?
It means I end up putting my efforts into other marketplaces because I’m actually rewarded for it there. Strange, you would have thought they’d want it the other way round, particularly for such a community-focused business model where more experienced authors can help newer ones…
Thanks for the responses. Yes, I expect the search is quite an important factor, but it seems difficult to get higher up it so I have generally been opting for external marketing more. I’ll try revisiting my tags and descriptions and see if that will push me out of this sales bracket.
@Toivo, you’re absolutely right, that banner doesn’t say anything so I’ll change it to something a bit more clear and attractive! However, I’m pretty sure no one looks at my profile page!
Is it just me then, or have other people noticed a general trend of earning the same thing for months on end?
I’ll keep this brief as I know people dislike negativity in the forums, but I’ve been here a long time now and I really can’t break out of this ‘earnings threshold’ that seems to shackle me. Tried uploading regularly, internal and external promotion, honing in to popular styles as well experimenting with niche styles, yet month in month out, it’s more or less the same earnings.
I genuinely feel like I’m on a salary here at AJ which is great in the sense it’s regular, but not very motivational (!) if you’re efforts are not reflected in your earnings / sales.
To keep this constructive, has anyone else experienced the same thing and recommend some things to try? I’m non-exclusive and my sales seem to scale with my efforts on other marketplaces, but not here. It’s one of the reasons I’ve not become exclusive to be honest.
Congratulations! Hope you enjoy beginning parts, it’s meant to be quite an experience I’m told!
Nice! Interesting to see your workflow – I use Logic as well, so interesting to see how you move around it so quickly. Nice to see you playing in parts and not quantising the hell out of everything as well gives a nicer feel to the music doesn’t it?
Ultimately, I could pretend it’s still 2005 and come up with a whole bunch of reasons why partaking in AdRev, or any other digital fingerprinting platform is a bad thing, and using the occasional grumpy customer as a device for resistance. But we’re not there any more.
+1 and another +1
Did I say +1?
I have to admit, but I was in a similar situation at the beginning. However, these days it’s simply not an option for me to go through each one systematically as there’s just way too many videos!
+1 I’ve got to the point where there are so many instances of people using my music that it’s impossible to address each one individually. I’m straight down the line with what will happen when using my music and haven’t had any issues so far.
Any question / concern that has arisen, has been solved within a couple of hours and the customer has been appreciative of the quick communication. Thanks for keeping the communication clear Alumo, Envato should seriously sort out that community superstar badge right now! (hint hint).